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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: December 07, 2018, 10:35:21 AM »

https://youtu.be/zuuObGsB0No

See 2:24


At 2:24 I see Peter Hook banging away on the bass but not to the level he would cause concussion to himself or anyone else....

/Jim.

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General discussion / Re: Top 3 Christmas Songs?
« on: November 29, 2018, 03:36:43 PM »

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: November 27, 2018, 01:26:48 PM »
Her worst legacy will be losing the Assembly. 

They have give a free reign to Shinners for last two years.  Shown up for intolerance on rights and language badly.   Brexit and their Tory agreement enhanced that.  Taking a crack at farmers and business over their genuine concerns another own goal.

Even Peter Robinson and others can see that demographics are working against them and they need to adjust

She needed to be a leader of unionism that reached out.  Unionism needs to bring people into their house, not drive them out.   Even her "reach out" efforts earlier this summer seemed contrived and tapered out once the Brexit mud-slinging started.

The long term trends mean that stalemate is actually helping nationalism.   I can understand that why herself, Sammy Wilson etc can't see that but surely there is someone in that party (or these all powerful SPADS?) that has an ounce of strategic thinking.

I suspect jumping on Brexit to show how British they are will prove the most short-sighted strategy possible.

/Jim.



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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: November 23, 2018, 04:23:08 PM »
These are the people leading the unionists forward !!!!!!!!!

At the risk of whataboutery, it's more than unionists that have such type of sensitivities:

Surely someone working in a community centre could walk past a noticeboard with a Britain's Got Talent poster without feeling threatened enough to write a complaint?

Maybe it's a Nordie thing?

/Jim.
No harm Jim, but I'm just going with the thread title and and not other fools bigotry!

Fair point, apologies for going off topic.

/Jim.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: November 23, 2018, 02:24:11 PM »
In the event of a no-deal Brexit will that spell the end of the cheap power-tools and the like from Lidl UK stores?

That would be tragic.

/Jim.



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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: November 23, 2018, 09:16:02 AM »
These are the people leading the unionists forward !!!!!!!!!

At the risk of whataboutery, it's more than unionists that have such type of sensitivities:

Surely someone working in a community centre could walk past a noticeboard with a Britain's Got Talent poster without feeling threatened enough to write a complaint?

Maybe it's a Nordie thing?

/Jim.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 21, 2018, 01:14:42 PM »
O'Neill and Keane are gone  :-[

If the problem is the system it won't make any difference.
The FAI missed the boat on the development of young players and this is now a problem at senior level
It is not easy to fix. Mick O'Dowd said the Meath manager after the next one might start winning. Maybe it's like that. 

Losing attitudes are insidious. You have to drop people even if they have loads of experience when they have no belief. You have to build it in young players.
Ireland are disorganised and will be playing teams who aren't. It takes time for young lads to build experience. Kilkenny are learning that now.
Fan expectations are not realistic.

Look at how well the rugby team is doing but that took years to get right. 

If you look at Dunphy analysing the manager after the honeymoon period in videos going back to Staunton there is a constant theme.
I don't think it's been about the manager for the last 14 years.

I have an issue with the sentence in BOLD, it is simply not true.  Our underage teams are doing well, even more so since the implementation of the player development plan (PDP).  Last week, our u18s in an invitational tournament in Spain beat both Belgium and Holland, and lost unluckily to England after leading for most of the match.  The issue is that there's no connect (in the lifetime of O'Neill & Keane) between the underage structures and the senior 'structure', though I understand that there has been an appointment made in the last few weeks whose purpose is to introduce the appropriate players from the underage system into the senior system.  That has to be a positive development.

I guess we always relied on the English club system for that "transfer" to senior football (or to grab a few already there via the granny rule).

The internationalization of the Premier League seems to have adversely impacted all the "Home nations" in that respect.

/Jim.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: November 20, 2018, 01:02:17 PM »
One out of leftfield:

If this halfway house is such a good deal but the DUP too blind to play ball, why don't the Republic offer to align as soon kind of halfway house? 

Leo and the boys are saying we are well in with the Europeans so we could say that we will have an regulatory alignment with Brits, keeping the island border free and skelping a rake of business out of London and the like.

A sort of Hong Kong of Europe.

/Jim.

What happens when the British start "tearing up the EU red tap that is stifling business" do we continue to align with them and move out of alignment with the rest of the EU?

No idea, but if the North could be a halfway house with the best of both worlds I am wondering if it could be inverted.

As for cutting the red tape.  I worrying hear a brexiteer on Newsnight extolling the virtues of cheap meat from South America.   I don't know about the average Brit but I am happy to pay a little bit extra for the quality regulations (in particular around steroid and antibiotic use) the EU enforce.

/Jim.


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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: November 20, 2018, 12:13:44 PM »
One out of leftfield:

If this halfway house is such a good deal but the DUP too blind to play ball, why don't the Republic offer to align as soon kind of halfway house? 

Leo and the boys are saying we are well in with the Europeans so we could say that we will have an regulatory alignment with Brits, keeping the island border free and skelping a rake of business out of London and the like.

A sort of Hong Kong of Europe.

/Jim.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 16, 2018, 12:50:10 PM »
Very funny. What is the anti NI abuse the ROI fans dished out? I didn't watch any of the game so I didn't hear any.
Last night, Sky Sports News reported that ROI fans booed the NI "national anthem" and that NI fans booed James McClean. Then they showed clips of the booing by both sides.

If someone regards "booing"as abuse they need to stop going to sawker matches.

A more important reflection is that in no way shape of form could Northern Ireland be seen as having superior playing resources that the Republic.  Yet they played far superior.  To me it highlights that Martin O'Neill is a bluffer.  It's one thing to claim poverty when playing teams like Germany, France etc.., even Denmark.  However against Northern Ireland? 

The difference in organization was hugely apparent last night.

I think Martin O'Neill realized this comparison himself as he threw himself on his sword in post-match interview, saying he had let team down last night.

/Jim.




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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: November 15, 2018, 10:02:39 AM »
The Brexit minister Raab has resigned.
It is rather alarming that he is using NI as an excuse, rather than his own stupidity.

I think it's more of an issue that Labour have said this doesn't meet the 6 tests.  May has proven a wily political operator but it's hard to see her picking up the numbers now.

She can't do it with a few Labour strays, she needed them as a party to support or even abstain.

/Jim.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: November 15, 2018, 09:49:41 AM »
They donít know who they are. They need to distance themselves from the Tory party and they canít because there is nothing else for them to hold onto.

They are being very careful to personalize the Brexit draft to Theresa May. 
They can't have the narrative that the Tories fcuked them over because they would have to distance themselves then.

Also once Brexit is dealt with, the will be payback from the scrutiny the have gotten in the UK.  They will need Stormont back because unlike previous direct rule, there is not conflict to distract legislators.   There are too many British politicians aware of social policy divergence in Northern Ireland now.  Unless they get back into the balance of power I would forsee SSM, abortion and language reform.  Last vestiges of Sunday closures will be ended etc.

Ironically a dose of "britishness" could make the North more in tune with Nationalist outlook than DUP outlook.

All speculation of course but it's hard to see anything but that the DUP played badly during the moment in the sun.

/Jim.
 

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: November 14, 2018, 07:56:36 PM »
Sammy Wilson spitting feathers on tv and letting the cat out of the bag by using the old 'no deal is better than a bad deal' phrase. Which is really what they yearn for despite their public utterances to the contrary.

Ignoring the fact that economically it's not a bad deal at all for the north given the 'foot in both camp' scenario. Nicola Sturgeon even complained about preferential treatment for the north but Sammy see's it completely differently. Even managing to bring the IRA into the conversation.

There is a delicious irony that after years of saving Ulster from sodomy, the DUP have taken a massive one up the hole.  They propped May up long enough to do a deal.  Now she will play the spectre of no deal to get some new allies and as cabinet says "make tough decisions about Northern Ireland".

"The Precious Union" indeed.

/Jim.

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I see Gemma O'Doherty gurning about the RTE documentary on twitter:

https://twitter.com/gemmaod1/status/1062273160257650690
 
In fairness she has a point.  She met with McCabe and wrote about these things long ago.   If RTE had cutting edge investigative team would have done a Prime Time exposť two years ago.  Now they are sailing in under the umbrella of Charleton results.  Compare it to the work of the likes of Peter Taylor back in the 80s.

The soft focus stuff makes up for any actual new information but at least it hits home to people the reality of what Maurice McCabe and his family experienced.

/Jim.


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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: November 14, 2018, 10:07:40 AM »
I see that the Daily Mail has come out with front page headline in support of May's proposal.

Has she yet boxed clever?  The likes of the DUP, Rees Mogg and Boris are all lunatics who were never going to be happy.  So, if she knows her own cabinet well enough, allied with a media campaign that this is the best on offer she could get a Labour rump onside and throw Arlene and co. under the bus?  I am sure the spectre of a no deal will win some over.

Otherwise are we looking at a General election and a no deal, disorganized brexit?

/Jim.

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