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General discussion / Re: The WINE thread
« on: Today at 06:38:49 AM »
Any recommendations for a newbie for red wines that arenít expensive?

Have drank a few merlot and some are grand. Any merlots to look out for or indeed any other type of red?
Baron de Lestac

General discussion / Re: The WINE thread
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:30:29 PM »

Try and stick to the Spanish, Italian , or French reds, reduced hangovers (providing you don't drink two bottles) New world wine is cheaper but as Ive said very often on here Tesco and other shops run a 25% discount for 6 or more, which will on average give you good bottles of wines for a fiver!

I'll give you a few types later

Obviously Biased here, living on Napa's door step but why exactly should one not try New World Wines?

Napa Cabs and Pinots will go toe to toe with all and any of the French and Spanish famed wines.

I enjoy a Cote Du Rhone, a Beajoulais, and a Temperanillo - but if I wanna really get nose down in a cracking bottle of Red there are wonderful Californian and Oregon options.
I donít know if American Pinot can match the best Burgundy. And I never had anything as good as a Montrachet.
But other than that there is a lot of very good non European wine.

General discussion / Re: Depression
« on: October 19, 2018, 10:45:01 AM »
Professional help is the way to go. Counseling is the first option. Maybe look up some counseling options in your area and present those to her.

She goes to a Councillor, she dumped 3 or 4 of them initially as she didn't like them. However, I would say its more like she didn't like the questions they were asking. I am fairly sure she is not telling current Councillor the truth and I certainly see no evidence that Councillor is  making any progress with her.

You see there was tragedy in the family when she was a child, I am sure that's some of the root of the issue but she will never talk about it.

Itchy as a family all you can do is support her. Thereís only so much you can do. She has the support structures around her and if she is dumping the counsellors as you say then she is not ready to get better. I would see if there is anyone who she can trust but she has to want to make the ch age herself. This may sound a bit cold but you canít do it for her. Provide her with the professional supports you can, mind her as best as you can but ultimately she needs to make the decision

I would agree, BC. Something is probably causing it and the illness can't be fixed without addressing it. 

General discussion / Re: The WINE thread
« on: October 19, 2018, 10:06:11 AM »
I think it is good to try various grapes and see what works. Experimenting with wine from different countries is worth it.
Also Bordeaux and Burgundy are quite different.
I am a big Cotes du RhŰne fan but prob only because of holidays in the east of France. I have no idea of how it is considered (in general) by wine buffs. Any wisdom?

The French supermarkets know their stuff and can give you an idea about prices plus variety. It is a long way from the 1980s ad for Le Piat d'or when Irish punters were told that the French love le piat d'or, which was plonk.Űne&res_sf=18

Guigal and Chapoutier are usually quite decent

UK wine brokers are also good for info

General discussion / Re: What's your relationship with alcohol?
« on: October 19, 2018, 09:02:34 AM »
Rounds aren't a great thing as it can put pressure on people to drink more than they would normally do. I don't know if it is just an Irish thing as in many other countries people just buy their own.....which is more sensible really.
Rounds are a waste of money.
Plus the nonsense if you are in a group of 4 or having either 4, 8 or 12 pints
Probably 20% or so of rounds bought end up as slops

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: October 19, 2018, 05:08:54 AM »
Can someone explain to me how extending the exit period helps solve any problems?

The way to do Brexit was develop a policy, get the party united  behind it and win a general election on it.
They won a wafer thin margin in a referendum. Brexit means Brexit because they couldnít agree what
Brexit meant. They still canít.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: October 19, 2018, 05:02:11 AM »
Off the top of my head:
Bonner (Celtic)
Hughton/Morris (Spurs/Celtic)
O'Leary/McGrath (Arsenal/Man United)
McCarthy/Moran (Celtic/Man United)
Staunton (Liverpool)
Houghton (Liverpool)
Townsend (Chelsea/Villa)
Whelan/Sheedy (Liverpool/Everton)
Quinn/Cascarino (Arsenal/Villa)
Aldridge (Liverpool)

There is some drop off in Irish representation in the top teams in Britain, even with Celtic.
Charlton had it good.
Everything changed after 1995

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: October 18, 2018, 03:45:45 PM »
The Unionists are holding England to ransom in 2018 having held Ireland to ransom in 1920 and having plunged northern Ireland into hell in 1969.  There seems to be a pattern.

The Eurasia Group, a consultancy that that has been producing well-regarded briefings on Brexit, thinks that the chances of a no deal Brexit, although still quite small, have gone up. Mujtaba Rahman, a former European commission official who runs its Europe division, says in a note released today that the odds of the UK leaving without a deal are now at 20%. He says:
A grubby Brexit deal, albeit delayed, is still our base case (45% probability).
However, in recognition of the structural impasse between the two sides over the Irish border, EU negotiatorsí deep negativity about the status of the talks, the ticking clock and stepped-up preparations for no-deal planning, we are increasing the odds of a cliff-edge exit from 15% to 20%.

General discussion / Re: The WINE thread
« on: October 18, 2018, 12:48:19 PM »
I think it is good to try various grapes and see what works. Experimenting with wine from different countries is worth it.
Also Bordeaux and Burgundy are quite different. 

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: October 18, 2018, 11:32:04 AM »

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: October 18, 2018, 10:19:07 AM »
Really on the ball :

"Today there will be no breakthrough," said Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. She added that 28 months after the Brexit referendum, in June 2016, London had still not explained clearly how it wants to leave the EU.
"Today, we do not know what they want. They do not know themselves what they really want. That is the problem," the Lithuanian president told reporters.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: October 18, 2018, 08:55:32 AM »
See Jamie Bryson threatening violence, he doesnít realise that they are no longer the master race,
Times they are a changing.
why is he threatening violence? Is the DUP not in power ?

Because he's not getting his way. Plain and simple.
What does he want ?

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: October 18, 2018, 08:00:26 AM »
Surely the problem is the system rather than the manager. Cuir geansai na h Eireann ar an gabhar ach is gabhar I gconai e.

The new plan for developing players, one everybody is agreed is key to the future of the senior team, is based around underage national leagues run at under-15, -17 and -19 levels, with an under-13 competition to start in March.
The FAI puts the existing cost of the first three at Ä1.4 million, of which Uefa stumps up Ä825,000. In March of this year the FAI made much of the fact it was coming up with Ä250,000. Its contribution previously has not been made public but seems, from other figures provided, to have been just Ä75,000.
The associationís high performance director Ruud Dokter accepted last week that, in an ideal world, the leagues would be run at under-14, -16 and -18 levels too. The current plan will involve some players alternating from season to season between League of Ireland and schoolboy clubs, which is probably not in too many international best practice manuals, but apparently the money isnít there. Ticking a lot of other boxes, you are maybe talking Ä2.5 million, 10 times what it is giving, but half what it has been paying in stadium debt repayments and interest.
Delaney says the Aviva Stadium will be paid for in 2020, after which the good times will roll, but the only way that the association appears to be able to meet the target is to front-load sponsorship payments stretching well into the 2020s, so the sorts of increases in investments being made all over Europe are still many years away.
In the meantime, our national team is still based on the old system: around a third of the 27 players this week had left for England by the age of 17 or so, and only a handful had played serious game-time at senior level here before departing.
There is, then, just our declining place in the sprawling English system to produce new talent until things get properly up and running, so perhaps we should not hold our breaths. If patience does run out, however, we can always sack the manager.

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