Brian Smith

Brian Smith, 64, is a retired Logistics Controller from Saltash, Cornwall. He lives with his wife Wray. In 2010, their son Richard, 30, and his housemate Kevin, 32, were found dead from Carbon Monoxide poisoning from their Beko-manufactured cooker.

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Brian Smith: The Welsh goat is just annoying. I once hit it with a ball but it ignored me...

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Brian Smith: Wallabies are watching Six Nations closely, hungry for Lions clues

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Brian Smith: Why Stuart Lancaster is right to change a winning England team for the wounded French

Coach’s View: France will be hurting, and that makes them dangerous

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Chris Robshaw has been criticised for his decision-makingChris Robshaw has been criticised for his decision-making

Brian Smith: Chris Robshaw needs help from England coaches with late decisions

Coach’s view: As it is, he’s going to start shaking every time the clock shows two minutes to go

Ruan Pienaar will be at the heart of all that South Africa do today

Brian Smith: Boks are so brutal I’ve known players pleading to come off...

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Michael Hooper retains his place at No 7 with David Pocock out

Brian Smith: Deans is feeling heat as he tries to lift depleted Wallabies

Coach’s view: The line-out will be a serious contest... Expect plenty of fun and games

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Brian Smith: Stuart Lancaster will be looking to find more proven performers for England

Coach's view: England coach will want to emerge with a clear idea of who he can trust to deliver

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Frank Furedi distinguishes those subject to name-calling, gestures and "rough and tumble" from the "genuinely terrorised" and asserts that the former, having "negotiated pain and unpleasant experiences" will learn to cope and may "learn compassion".
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