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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: June 15, 2022, 01:58:28 PM »
Setting aside the Saudi Arabian aspect for a moment.

I watched the LIV and I watched the PGA event this weekend. Even accounting for the fact that the PGA event was significantly more exciting than many PGA weekends, the PGA event far surpassed the LIV golf event in terms of format, competition, quality and presentation. The LIV event was a total damp squib - and that is being generous. Exhibition golf is not even the distant cousin of a competitive tour event. I would go further and say the LIV would come in behind the KF, the DP, the LPGA TOUR and even the Masters Drive Chip and Putt event. It was abysmal viewing, IMO.

It was like watching Steph Curry throwing 3s in practice, compared to him playing against the best in a competitive environment.

I don't see how LIV survives beyond a few years of hype.

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General discussion / Re: America`s Gun Culture
« on: June 08, 2022, 10:43:17 PM »


I知 all for gun regulation and extremely tight regulation at that. I知 in favor of a gun buyback program. I知 in favor of people needing to take out extra homeowners insurance. I知 in favor of taking away guns from domestic abusers, substance abusers and anyone with a criminal record. I知 in favor of upping the age at which people can buy guns. I知 in favor of banning high capacity magazines. I知 in favor abolishing open carry laws. I知 in favor of restricting the storage and use of assault weapons to secure shooting ranges. I知 in favor of background checks that include a trip to the proctologist

What I知 not of favor of is an overblown knee jerk reaction to ban assault weapons that  provides some great talking points to CNN but will prevent less than 1% of gun deaths

Why?

Still?

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General discussion / Re: Covid...Travel issue
« on: June 08, 2022, 06:01:33 PM »
The VeriFLY app does something similar in terms of providing guidance based on destination.

Agreed. I got the test certificate and uploaded it into VeriFLY. The VeriFLY line at Aer Lingus check in was (marginally) shorter and faster than the main check in for those who hadn't prepped for their travel in terms of the test, certificate, and VeriFLY information.

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General discussion / Re: Nicest Crisps?
« on: June 08, 2022, 05:33:47 PM »
A principle's a principle. :D

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General discussion / Re: Covid...Travel issue
« on: June 08, 2022, 05:26:31 PM »
https://www.dam-health.com/

I used these lads in Omagh to get my negative test to come back to the USA. As the young fella behind the counter informed me, they aren't a travel advisory company, just a testing company.

That said on this hyperlink there is an option for you to find out the latest rules depending on your departure country, your destination country, and your nationality and residency. Take a look and it should help you understand.

There is a testing facility in Belfast it appears (perhaps other places in the North as well, I didn't check).

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General discussion / Re: Nicest Crisps?
« on: June 08, 2022, 05:07:15 PM »
Finally a discussion worthy of return.

Keoughs are a fine crisp for those stuck away from home. They had an interesting turkey and stuffing version around thanksgiving that was pretty good as well as the cheese and onion.

Was home for a few weeks recently and mistakenly tried a bag of the Guinness and Oyster. from the off license.  Not good.

Maui onion is a hard crisp to pass up as well, agreed.

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General discussion / Re: America`s Gun Culture
« on: August 09, 2019, 04:11:03 PM »


I知 all for gun regulation and extremely tight regulation at that. I知 in favor of a gun buyback program. I知 in favor of people needing to take out extra homeowners insurance. I知 in favor of taking away guns from domestic abusers, substance abusers and anyone with a criminal record. I知 in favor of upping the age at which people can buy guns. I知 in favor of banning high capacity magazines. I知 in favor abolishing open carry laws. I知 in favor of restricting the storage and use of assault weapons to secure shooting ranges. I知 in favor of background checks that include a trip to the proctologist

What I知 not of favor of is an overblown knee jerk reaction to ban assault weapons that  provides some great talking points to CNN but will prevent less than 1% of gun deaths

Why?

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General discussion / Re: America`s Gun Culture
« on: August 08, 2019, 08:23:01 PM »
Will a change in the constitution take one single solitary gun out of the hands of a criminal?

Really really interesting comment that gets bandied about a lot. I assume by criminal, you mean a bad guy - with a gun. Chicago, LA. Gangs, Convenience store robbers etc...?

The folks who are committing these mass shootings usually aren't a criminal in the sense that gun advocates use the term - right up until the moment they plan, snap, and start shooting up kids.

So, would a change in the constitution prevent any of these atrocities? Of course it would. Would it change common criminality - perhaps. Perhaps not.

Either way, one is a common place issue in almost all societies and for want of a better word - a resignation of society that there will be a criminal element that takes up our resources and keeps folks awake at night and scared when they walk down a dark alley... Mass slaughter of folks in a day time mall/school/cinema is not.

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General discussion / Re: It Must be Marching Season
« on: August 08, 2019, 03:10:43 PM »
Is it not a bonfire about internment? 2 storeys high.

Yep, Run by youngsters who wouldn't know a damn thing about internment.

Nolan had a spot on it yesterday I think. Shocking that the community is being held to ransom by some halfwits. Then it degenerated into the usual nonsense with the Mervyn's from Larne giving their 2 cent's worth.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: August 02, 2019, 09:23:44 PM »
7252 from the tips. Easy for men of your caliber!

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: August 02, 2019, 08:08:51 PM »
You will bounce up a couple points here and there, but wholesale changes shouldn't really impact.

We have a revision on the 1st and 15th of every month. I just revised to 10.3, which interestingly at a course rating of 138 gives me a course handicap of 13 instead of 12.

Helpful..

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General discussion / Re: Learning to drive
« on: August 01, 2019, 07:43:43 PM »
65 was the speed limit. Just about every other driver on the road seems to think speed limits are a suggestion. I feel like a snail driving at the speed limit.

You're using the Californian freeway speed limit to make a point? That's a cracker!

Fair play to you being able to get it up to 65 on the Bay Bridge. Must have been 1am.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: August 01, 2019, 05:58:31 PM »
GUI is about to introduce the slopes system for handicaps from next year, any ideas how it works?

We're on the slope rating over here. Each course is rated on level of difficulty, as is each set of tee boxes. You will carry a handicap index with you. When you get to a course, you will put your index into the computer against the slope rating for that course and that set of tee boxes and it will give you a course handicap.

You post every round of golf unless you are playing by yourself. Single player rounds do not count to handicapping. The system will track your last 20 rounds of golf, and automatically kick out the worst 10 rounds. Your handicap index is a function of the average of the best 10 rounds out of your last 20.

For Example.

My Index: 10.1
My Course Rating from the 1 up tees: 138
My Course Handicap from the 1 up tees: 12


The downside of this handicap system (which revises every 2 weeks) is that it doesn't take into consideration the day to day playing rating of the course (i.e. the standard scratch) for any given day. Wind howls at my course it's a total bear. Plays at least 2-3 strokes harder.

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General discussion / Re: Nolan Show
« on: July 31, 2019, 06:05:46 PM »
Woke up to the news about the photos of the queen being taken down in the NI Office.

Thought, I must listen to Nolan this morning. It has not disappointed. Rubber stamping the idiocracy of the NI unionists and Loyalists.


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I see some fella got E1.1m for wrongful arrest by the Gardai. I'm happy for them to duff me up a bit for a million.

Source?  That is just teasing.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/man-awarded-1-1m-for-wrongful-arrest-by-garda%C3%AD-over-attack-on-fiancee-1.3970801?mode=amp

Not the last lawsuit out of that story

The jury of six women and five men, reduced to 11 after one juror had to go on a pre-booked holiday because the trial went over the scheduled five days, deliberated for nearly 6ス hours over two days.

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