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General discussion / Fab 50 Songs - the Countdown (we've reached #1)
« on: December 21, 2011, 09:45:21 AM »
Well, it was strange.  We had 649 votes for 191 different songs - all that means is that it didn't take many votes for a song to get into the Top-10 (i.e. 2), though given the vagaries of the system one song got three votes and isn't featured in the countdown (as they were all fifth place votes).  Don't blame me - it's AZ's bright idea of a system.

Any hooo.

Right, democratically everyone who voted got a first choice song into the Top-50, so the cut off point was 5-votes and songs from #44 to #13, in no particular order (though Excel may have alphabetised it) are:

A Town Called Malice - The Jam
A Trick of the Light - The Triffids
All These Things That I've Done - The Killers
American pie - Don Mclean
Another Girl Another Planet - The Only Ones
Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf
Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
Jersey Girl - Bruce Springsteen
Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks
Galileo - Declan O'Rourke
Geno - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Heart of Gold - Neil Young
Highway to hell - AC/DC
I'll be Waiting - Horslips
July - Mundy
Keep On Running - Spencer Davis Group.
Little Musgrave  - Christy/Planxty
Melt - Leftfield
Murder Incorporated  - Bruce
Nirvana - Drain You
Oasis - Let's All Make Believe
One - U2
Red Hill Mining Town - U2
REM - Talk about the Passion
Seven Spanish Angels - Willie Nelson & Ray Charles
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
The National - Slow Show
The National - Terrible Love
The Stranglers: Golden Brown
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Yesterday - Ray Charles

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General discussion / Fab 50 2011
« on: November 30, 2011, 09:31:01 AM »
Saw this on the RTE website, and wondered if we were interested in doing it this year; we haven't done it since 2007 I think.

http://www.rte.ie/ten/2011/1128/fannngd.html

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General discussion / Oddest Sporting Competitions
« on: July 08, 2009, 12:58:32 PM »
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0907/funny.weird.sports/content.1.html

Check this out - some great stuff in here, something for everyone I'd say.  My favourite is Chess Boxing.

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General discussion / Cool Politicians!
« on: May 21, 2009, 12:53:52 PM »
I was driving through Laois yesterday and saw election posters for John Bonham! (http://www.finegael.ie/representatives/councillors/index.cfm/type/person/pkkey/240/ikey/16)

Ironically, one of his key policies is 'tackling anti-social behaviour'.  :P

Any other lost twins out there in the world of politics??

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General discussion / More Surprise News (The Onion)
« on: April 22, 2009, 09:45:02 AM »
God Makes Surprise Visit To Local Church April 21, 2009

FAYETTEVILLE, NC—Parishioners at the First Presbyterian Church were left stunned and in awe of His glory Sunday, when the Lord God Almighty dropped by their 11 a.m. service unannounced.

Our Father, the Almighty God, popped His all-powerful head into First Presbyterian Church Sunday.  Interrupting Pastor Terry Pridgen's sermon on His unending mercy, God appeared suddenly before His flock as an intense beam of white light, instantly dispersing the earthly forms of those seated in the first two pews. Sources said the remaining congregants had to avert their eyes from their Creator, whose booming celestial voice overwhelmed their worldly senses and humbled their hearts as He politely apologized for not calling first.

"I AM the God of Abraham, the LORD MOST HIGH, who brought you forth from the bondage of Egypt," God said unto church members, many of whom cowered in reverent fear of Him. "Thought I'd just pop in and see how things were going. Please, pretend like I'm not even here."  The Supreme Being then thanked the choir for its "lovely introduction" and took a seat to the right of the altar.

According to wholly repentant witnesses, who were scarcely able to look upon the Alpha and Omega, much less conceive of the enormity of His Might, God did not speak again for the entirety of the service, but was seen nodding approvingly during the Nicene Creed.  Attendees reportedly did not ask the One Who Made Them Flesh why He had chosen to visit their small parish, though some suspected the church's new electric organ might have had something to do with it.  "I don't think anyone knew He was coming," said churchgoer Ron Stiehl, adding that, for once, he was happy his wife dragged him to church. "At least it seemed that way when He started walking toward us and everyone was yelling their heads off like it was Judgment Day."

"Turns out the King of Kings was just making the rounds," Stiehl continued. "I thought He'd be taller."  While God did not reveal unto man a reason for His visit—nor did He, in His great wisdom, offer to pay for the six stained-glass windows that shattered from the awesome power of His presence—the Almighty sat among His followers for the last 35 minutes of the Sunday service, as well as the free coffee and pastries that followed.

Sources said that Our Father sat alone eating two cinnamon-sugar doughnuts, and was approached only once, when 5-year-old Jeremy Pacheco tried to hug the omnipotent deity. The boy's parents immediately yanked him away.  The other 112 church members avoided God entirely, and reacted to His continued stay with a mix of astonishment, confusion, fearful reverence, and the sublime inner peace that comes with the knowledge of a power greater than oneself.  "I wanted to ask the Lord what heaven is like, and if my mother is there, but I wasn't sure if it's still considered taking His name in vain when you address Him directly," Wendy Alston said. "And I didn't dare draw attention to myself with two teenagers wearing blue jeans to church. I could barely look at Him, I was so ashamed."  "Oh dear God," said 72-year-old church volunteer Michael Sharpe, completely enraptured by the materialization of the One True Creator before his very eyes. "Oh, dear God in heaven."

Since the Almighty's decision to stop by the First Presbyterian Church, the theological world has been thrown into chaos. Presbyterian leaders said God's appearance was indisputable proof that their denomination is the one true faith, but afternoon sightings of the Lord at two other Fayetteville churches, as well as one synagogue, have cast doubt on that theory.  "God said He just wanted to see what we were up to," Pastor Pridgen said. "This is His house, after all. He can drop in whenever He wants."
"Although, you'd think an all-knowing deity unbound by time and space would be able to give us some warning so we could at least put a bulletin in the church newsletter," the pastor added. "Not that I'm complaining or anything. All praise be to God. Is He still hanging around the parking lot?"

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You laddeen, you're underage - get the f**k out, and stay out.

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General discussion / Computer Assistance sought
« on: January 05, 2009, 10:31:31 PM »
I'd appreciate if anyone could offer assistance on a computer technical matter.

Our home computer screen had 'taken' to turning yellowish rather frequently - I assumed that it was trollixed, so I got a new monitor.  The 'picture' is now red-orange, and I'm flummoxed what to do after following several 'troubleshooters' with no positive result.  Please tell me that the future is not Orange!

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General discussion / Useless Statistics
« on: March 04, 2008, 05:08:39 PM »
Maybe I'm wrong, but it might be interesting to have a thread with unusual statistics to keep us occupied with Trivia!

Here's one I came across today - according to the 2006 Census (RoI only), the most common age is 26; there were 77,922 persons of that age in the country on census day.

Incidentally, in 2002, the most common age was 21, there were 67,865 of that age in that census.

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General discussion / Fab 50 Music - #1
« on: December 20, 2007, 02:02:03 PM »
Bubbling Under (up to #15) - Songs

Acquiesce - Oasis
All These Things That I've Done - The Killers
Bad - U2
Colony - Damien Dempsey
Concrete Jungle - The Specials
Daytripper - The Beatles
Evil - Interpol
Find the River - REM
Hey - Pixies
Messin with the Kid - Rory Gallagher
Rock the Casbah - The Clash
Rubber Bullets - 10cc
Tank Park Salute - Billy Bragg
The Hurricane - Bob Dylan
Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
Waterfall - The Stone Roses
With or Without You - U2

Bubbling Under (up to #15) - Albums

Doolittle - Pixies
Murmur - REM
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
Hysteria - Muse
Revolver - Beatles
The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
Whatever People say - Arctic Monkeys
Achtung Baby - U2
Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
Closing Time - Tom Waits
Grace - Jeff Buckley
Hot Fuss - The Killers
Live & Dangerous - Thin Lizzy
Talking to the Taxman about Poetry - Billy Bragg
Ten - Pearl Jam
The Man comes around - Johnny Cash
Whats the Story Morning Glory - Oasis

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General discussion / Fab 50 Music 2007 - Voting Time
« on: December 14, 2007, 08:56:46 AM »
Ah here, I've a spare moment this morning, and it looks like it's lists day.  As we've missed time for nominations, I'll use last years nominations lists, for the moment.  I'll allow for the addition of 5 (each) 'new' songs and albums, but will close for new nominations today.  I'll post the final lists and commence voting this evening, and we can vote until Wednesday next (19th).

Here is the Songs list:

Acquiesce - Oasis
All These Things That I've Done - The Killers
Another Girl Another Planet - The Only Ones
Baba O’Riley - The Who
Bad - U2
Buffalo Soldier - Bob Marley
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Dont Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Evil - Interpol
Find the River - REM
Gimme Shelter - the Stones
Hey - Pixies
I wanna be adored - Stone Roses
Just like Heaven - The Cure
Love will tear us apart - Joy Division
Messin with the Kid - Rory Gallagher
Motorcycle Emptiness - Manic Street Preachers
Olivers Army - Elvis Costello
One - U2
Rebellion/Lies - Arcade Fire
Redemption Song - Bob Marley
She Bangs The Drums - Stone Roses
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
Tank Park Salute - Billy Bragg
Teenage Kicks - Undertones
The Hurricane - Bob Dylan
There is a light that never goes out - The Smiths
Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
Waterfall - The Stone Roses
We Don't Need Nobody Else - Whipping Boy

Here's the Albums list:

Abbey Road - The Beatles
Achtung Baby - U2
Appetite for Destruction - Guns 'n' Roses
Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
bat out of hell - Meatloaf
Closing Time - Tom Waits
Dark Side of The Moon - Pink Floyd
Darkness on the edge of town - Bruce Springsteen
Definitely Maybe - Oasis
Doolittle - Pixies
Funeral - Arcade Fire
Grace - Jeff Buckley
Green Day - American Idiot
Heartworm - Whipping Boy
Hot Fuss - The Killers
Hysteria - Muse
Inflammable Material - SLF
Joshua Tree - U2
Live & Dangerous - Thin Lizzy
London Calling - The Clash
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
Murmur - REM
Nevermind - Nirvana
OK Computer - Radiohead
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
Rattlesnakes - Lloyd Cole and the commotions
Revolver - Beatles
Ten - Pearl Jam
The Bends - Radiohead
The Man comes around - Johnny Cash
The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
The Soft Bulletin - The Flaming Lips
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Whatever People say - Arctic Monkeys
Whats the Story Morning Glory - Oasis

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General discussion / Help my telly!
« on: June 11, 2007, 01:39:18 PM »
My kids have bought a Playstation, but let's not talk about that.  I've tuned it into the AV channel on the telly.  I have a double scart socket plugged into the telly - when I want to play a DVD, I plug the PS out of one scart-socket and plug the DVD player in.  When I had the oul Video plugged into this, it was fine, but now I can't get any reception from the DVD player on the AV channel.  I guess it's something simple - can anyone help?

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