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General discussion / Re: The WINE thread
« on: October 20, 2018, 12:48:55 AM »
Seriously, Beaujolais - less than £10 most of the time.

Not suitable for the 15% crowd, but you will def like it even if you don’t love it.

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General discussion / Re: The WINE thread
« on: October 19, 2018, 02:21:04 PM »

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.
 
https://www.macave.leclerc/vins-rouge?region=Rhône&res_sf=18

Guigal and Chapoutier are usually quite decent

UK wine brokers are also good for info

https://www.laywheeler.com/country/france/rhone
https://www.bbr.com/region-545-rhone
We had our wedding reception in a restaurant in Chamonix and had their basic CdR red (and white) and I've been hearing about how nice it was from people ever since, although it was also free-flowing which may have influenced their comments! 
Sharing a carafe of the house vin rouge mid-afternoon after a long morning skiing is my happy place. 
Just didn't know (even though I don't care) if I was drinking something the French wouldn't put in the toilet.
 
trailer - that's my "nice" wine - Asda even do their own branded variety which is decent for about £12.   

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General discussion / Re: The WINE thread
« on: October 18, 2018, 02:13:54 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.
I am a big Cotes du Rhône 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?

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General discussion / Re: The WINE thread
« on: October 17, 2018, 10:23:28 PM »
Good reason to go for a little jog along the coastal path from Fortwilliam then...

That's a great idea.  Presumably they open different bottles every day or week?

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General discussion / Re: The WINE thread
« on: October 17, 2018, 09:39:47 PM »
the Pinot Noir is a wine that isn’t for the first timer but has good Tanin.

This thread is so much better than the other alcohol-related ones...

I brought back an expensive bottle of Pinot Noir from the Buena Vista vineyard in Sonoma, California - really liked it when doing a wine-tasting session there 3 or 4 weeks ago.  Determined to savour it but no doubt it'll go the same way as others - open it for a special occasion when we have people round, and get about half a glass of it myself. 

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General discussion / Re: The WINE thread
« on: October 17, 2018, 08:21:19 PM »
Any recommendations for a newcomer? I think i would like to stick to the red stuff, unless of course persuaded otherwise.

French Beaujolais is a very light wine and a good one to start with.

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General discussion / Re: NIE connection
« on: October 16, 2018, 08:48:32 PM »
Not sure NIE are as tightly regulated as the UK?
I could be wrong but they def have a different Regulator

Put your complaint into them https://www.uregni.gov.uk

Also put complaint into consumer council NI

Aristo60 has a uni friend who works for the utility regulator...or maybe you've already tried that route?

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General discussion / Re: Buying a house
« on: October 03, 2018, 08:54:01 PM »
I've dealt with this a few times over the years. Roads aren't adopted for one of two reasons: 1 - they are not up to transport ni standards e.g. poor visible splays, narrow footpaths or just poorly built. 2. the developer owes money to transport NI (road service) in the form of a bond for this site or another.

If its the first point, i would be wary of the liability you as a home owner would be taking on, such as the responsibility for sewers to the road boundary rather than your site boundary as well as any other utilities within the development.

You can PM me with development details and i can check with contacts within transport ni to find out why its not being adopted if you like.
Thank you - likely to be Number 2 - the front man is a former bankrupt, though he is not the site owner. It scares us that even public liability would rest with us. Only 6 houses in the development. I might take you up on the offer - trying a couple of other ways of finding out the craic. We won’t buy if there’s any risk. We’re the first to buy in the dev. Gutted this eve.
Can he (developer) go now and get bond etc and get them adopted?

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General discussion / Re: Buying a house
« on: October 03, 2018, 05:32:37 PM »
Buying a new build (in the north) and contract just landed from vendor - they aren't adopting the roads so will be private roads.

Anyone have any experience of how people deal with that?  Really really putting us off if we can't get a resolution.  Does it suggest the builder/developer not constructing roads up to right standard?

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General discussion / Re: Christmas markets in Europe
« on: September 16, 2018, 04:19:14 PM »
Salzburg was lovely. We did it and Munich in the same trip last December. Direct train between the two. If you’re in the north, Ryanair starting flights to Salzburg soon and days of flights are  good for weekend breaks.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Tennis Thread
« on: September 09, 2018, 07:07:04 AM »

The worst bit of it all was that Osaka was brilliant and we cruising to the win. Serena completely ruined it on her.
I agree 100% with this, the poor girl had no clue how to react and should have been elated at her performance. Serena was a disgrace.

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: September 06, 2018, 11:28:26 PM »
Should be a great game, Rois. A rivalry match-up with PAC implications.
Someone told me today you couldn’t get a beer at a college football game, but I disagreed as I’ve been to two now and def had a beer or wine or sonething at half time at both.
Turns out we randomly went to two of the c.30 colleges where beer was sold. Not at Stanford tho!

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General discussion / Re: Primark fire in belfast
« on: September 06, 2018, 10:36:13 PM »
Who was yer man on BBCNI news yesterday, Jesus he wasn't impressed.

Was it the CEO of Argento, the jewellery store that can't open? Saw him on the BBC website.
My heart bleeds for this poor millionaire

Maybe you could consider the employment and well-being of the employees in the store, genius.
A good Strabane man who knows the value of business to his staff. Not a silver spoon millionaire.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: September 06, 2018, 09:55:12 PM »
What exactly were you told? What constitutes “bags”? It is no secret but these stories seem to snowball.

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: September 06, 2018, 09:48:45 PM »
Going to USC at Stanford on Saturday...excited!

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