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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: June 21, 2017, 05:48:58 PM »
Boris Becker declared bankrupt

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 21, 2017, 05:13:34 PM »
With regard to blaming the "count
y board" it has to be said that Fitzy and Adams were not their appointment. They are the remnants of Jim Murrays tenure. So we will see for the first time what kind of ambition the board have for trying to deliver a plan for football that will at least deliver us out of the lower two divisions thst we regularly yo yo between, and offer us respectability.
Afraid the buck just does stop at the top BS...

Let's be realistic. The county board should prioritise plans to produce competitive county teams in 10-15 years time.  They could appoint a cross between Mickey Harte and Jim Gavin as senior football managers and still get hammered next year.  Antrim conceded 0-22 to a Div 3 team FFS.

General discussion / Re: UK General Election 2017
« on: June 21, 2017, 02:20:10 PM »
DUP want £2 billion off Big T for NI. That's about £1100 each. What will you spend your share on?

A gay cake

General discussion / Re: UK General Election 2017
« on: June 20, 2017, 04:45:04 PM »
Trouble in paradise??

Looks like there'll be no Tory/DUP deal before the Queen's Speech tomorrow.  According to BBC the DUP are calling on the Tories to "bring greater focus to the discussions and their support can't be taken for granted"

As I said before it's said are a number of Tory MPs who would prefer to run a minority government rather than with the DUP, taking their chances that the DUP won't bring them down to allow Corbyn into No 10, though that's a high risk strategy.

Or else the DUP have overplayed their hand...??

General discussion / Re: Arlene's Latest Gaffe
« on: June 20, 2017, 02:22:33 PM »
Arlene caught telling porkies over letter to Scottish government about gay marriage:

Alleged "moderate" DUPer Simon Hamilton wrote to Scottish government too.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: June 20, 2017, 10:04:34 AM »
John Crace is always good in the Guardian:

Frazzled David Davis guides UK to 3-0 defeat in first round

First the handshakes and generous expressions of goodwill. Not forgetting the obligatory exchange of gifts: a mountaineering book from David Davis to Michel Barnier, a hiking pole from Barnier to Davis. When you’re heading over a cliff, you need all the help you can get. Davis couldn’t have been more charming. The EU was a magnificent institution, the best of the best, and the UK was keen to have the very closest links possible.

Just as it looked as if Davis might be about to have a change of heart and beg Barnier to let us stay after all, the bell rang for the start of the negotiations. The two teams headed off behind closed doors, with Davis exuding all the confidence of a non-league manager up against Barcelona. Several hours later he emerged for the press conference looking decidedly frazzled. His face was hot and sweaty and his hair was a mess. Lucky he’s still got plenty more to pull out.

Barnier, though, appeared remarkably unbothered. The talks had been constructive. He had laid out the EU’s demands on the timetable for the talks and Britain had caved in to all of them. Things couldn’t have got off to a better start.

Once citizen’s rights, the financial settlement and any other issues the EU considered important – don’t call us, we’ll call you – had been more or less agreed in principle, then Barnier might get round to considering the UK’s main concern – its future trading relationship with the EU. “I’m neither optimistic, nor pessimistic,” the EU capo di capi said casually. “I’m determined.” Determined to make life difficult for Davis, while appearing to be helpful. The clock was ticking and he wasn’t bothered how quickly it ran down.

With the UK having gone 3-0 down in the first minute, Davis tried to take a few upsides from the opening day’s talks. There was still plenty to play for, the lads had kept their heads up and had knocked the ball around nicely under the circumstances. The talks had been really useful and he was thrilled with his walking stick.

It had been good that the EU had agreed to the timetable that Britain hadn’t wanted to agree to, and he was looking forward to reaching a deal of some description. He finished by quoting Churchill – or believing he was, as there is no evidence that the great man ever said: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity and the optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” He forgot to add that the realist sees difficulty in every difficulty.

Davis’s panglossian take began to fall apart when the media were allowed to ask questions. First up was Ireland. Wasn’t it significant that Ireland was relegated to any other business when the UK wanted to make it a priority? Not at all, Davis insisted. The fact that it was under any other business was a sign of just how keen the EU was to resolve the border issues. Barnier just shrugged. “Ireland would require some imaginative solutions,” he said. He couldn’t think what they might be, but if anyone saw some flying pigs …

When ITV’s James Mates pointed out that everything was happening according to the EU timetable and that Britain had already given in to everything the British government had previously insisted was a red line in the negotiations, Davis began to implode. “Everything is exactly the same as before,” he yelled. “We will be leaving the single market and the customs union and the timetable is exactly the one we asked for. Nothing is decided until everything is decided.”

At this point Barnier began to get seriously concerned. His assumption that Davis had understood the real meaning behind the opening pleasantries had clearly been totally mistaken. He had imagined that Davis was bright enough to understand the rules of the game, but now it was looking as if the Brexit minister was simply a bit of an idiot. Davis didn’t even seem to realise he had agreed to making the terms of the financial settlement a priority, as he hadn’t bothered to mention it once despite being repeatedly pressed on it.

Time to spell things out for the halfwit. “We need to remain calm,” Barnier said menacingly. Here was the deal. The EU hadn’t made any concessions because it hadn’t needed to. It was the UK that wanted to leave the EU, not the EU who had wanted to leave the UK. He had warned that there would be trouble if Britain left the EU, and if the Brits were stupid enough to go through with it, then they deserved everything they got. It wasn’t about the EU punishing the UK – it was just that the consequences of leaving the EU would inevitably be punishing.

Just as things were about to turn really nasty, an EU official called the press conference to an end. Barnier smoothed his tie and strode off, having added another goal in injury time.

GAA Discussion / Re: Tyrone v Donegal - Sunday 18th June at 2pm
« on: June 19, 2017, 03:44:43 PM »
Surprised there has been no chat about Karl Lacey's hair! Some job lol

Channelling his inner Tiernan McCann by the looks of it

General discussion / Re: Caption thread for summer
« on: June 19, 2017, 03:04:02 PM »
Coveney claims that FG proposals for a United Ireland went over Brokenshire's head

GAA Discussion / Re: all ireland football qualifiers 2017.
« on: June 19, 2017, 02:49:22 PM »
Last year,Armagh had to return to Laois for the replay,so I imagine Antrim will have to go back to Sligo

Sligo seem to be in the clear.

General discussion / Re: UK General Election 2017
« on: June 19, 2017, 02:30:12 PM »
It doesn't matter a damn.I cannot think of any other nation in the world that freely seceded hitherto national territory under no duress,without as much as a whimper in 1998.

In the widely used acronym "GFA" it is important to bear in mind what the "A" stands for.

General discussion / Re: London Bridge
« on: June 19, 2017, 01:27:14 PM »
Where was this terrorist radicalised?? ;)

An Orangeman who "ploughed" into a crowd in north Belfast, trapping a teenage girl under his car, has been found guilty of injuring six people.
John Alexander Aughey, 63, will be sentenced for causing grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm and common assault at a later date.

Phoebe Clawson, then 16, sustained a fractured pelvis, ankle and collarbone in the crash in July 2015.
Two police officers were among the others injured.

It happened during a nationalist protest on 13 July, that followed a Parades Commission ruling not to allow an Orange lodge and flute bands to walk past Ardoyne shop fronts on their return journey.

Aughey, from Brae Hill Park in Belfast, claimed he was driving home after marching and had made a "U-turn" "in a blind panic" because he believed his car had come under attack by protesters.

Officers who were on duty described seeing the car strike Miss Clawson in the back before she disappeared under its front wheels.

General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: June 19, 2017, 01:22:29 PM »
Even if it's moved to the 11th will that not still be a bad time for security personnel?

Yes, attendees at the OranjeFest usually get more hammered on the 11th night.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 19, 2017, 01:02:40 PM »
Well that wee bit of hope didn't last too long....

Just as well.  Time to draw a line under this year!

General discussion / Re: Fire in tower block in London.
« on: June 19, 2017, 01:01:59 PM »
Latest official death toll - 79 dead or missing presumed dead.

General discussion / Re: London Bridge
« on: June 19, 2017, 01:00:00 PM »
Daily Mail: "Clean-shaven white man arrested"

I wonder if he was on any terrorist watch list or is that the preserve of Muslims?

As Alison Morris tweeted:  What school/church was he radicalised at, arrest his family members and friends...

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