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Messages - Owen Brannigan

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: February 12, 2019, 05:47:07 PM »
Newry man sentenced to 8 years in Turkish jail

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47215312?ns_linkname=northern_ireland&ns_source=twitter&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_news_ni

Apart from the horror of time in a Turkish jail, he consented to having the ring removed surgically when it didn't pass in 36 hours!

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: February 12, 2019, 03:30:05 PM »
Sorry to hear about John Morrison, much too young to leave us.

I remember him as a young teacher arriving in the Geography department in Greenpark CBS.  He was such a character compared to the staid old lads and brothers who made up the staff.  Everyone wanted to be in Beefer's class.  He went on to lecture St Mary's in Belfast.

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General discussion / Re: The SDLP
« on: February 11, 2019, 03:16:29 PM »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47200039

Not good news for the SDLP.  Essentially, the SDL part of the party was sacrificed for Saturday's agreement to enter into an 'understanding' with Fianna Fail.  Now, an majorl part of the P has gone too.

It would appear Claire is only a Democrat when it suits her. Sad but something has to change or thereíll be no party to resign from.

Pathetic.

You can be a democrat, accept a vote has gone against you and then take whatever actions your principles demand. In her case, the party she belonged to voted to become a branch of FF, a centre right party and moved away from its founding principles and any pretence of being social democrats with left leaning policies. She has her principles and decided to resign her portfolio and become an independent.  Strange though that she wants to remain a member of the party.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: February 10, 2019, 09:01:32 PM »


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General discussion / Re: The SDLP
« on: February 10, 2019, 10:59:55 AM »
MLA Claire Hanna seems to have deleted all SDLP mentions from social media, where next for what seems like a very competent politician?

Alliance Party.

Alliance party would be extremely risky. They already have ex uup Bradshaw as an mla they wont get enough votes for 2 even with Hanna bringing some personal vote with her. Likewise an independent is risky for the same reasons. All academic since stormont isnt going to be up and running again anytime soon. I think Hanna made the mistake of being so vocal. Fair play to her for sticking to her principles but she has kind of cornered herself  she could have just said she wasnt happy and left it at that. It could be yrs if ever before sdlp candidates have to stand under FF banner.

They may not be standing under a FF banner but as far as the voters are concerned it is now FF.

With PR voting there is always room for an independent, just look at the Dail. Hanna could easily form another party if she shows true left wing, social democratic credentials with a nationalist standpoint, what the SDLP should have become.  It might survive mostly in the east while Tobin makes in-road into the rural areas of the west. PR gives breathing space to multiple parties but Stormont denies them the power found in normal parliamentary systems.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: February 03, 2019, 06:24:25 PM »
Thank goodness not only Armagh getting draws:



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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: January 29, 2019, 03:26:33 PM »
Geezer is in situ for 5 years and the players are "lacking in experience" .

I bet Cavan with Graham will overtake them

Maybe players in their first or second year in the squad or team do not automatically accrue 5 years experience on day 1? Just a thought.

I would be very surprised if at the end of the league we will not have demonstrated improvement. That will be influenced by a combination of returning players, improving/maturing players and actual improvements by the group Geezer has been working with. So even then after the improvement opinions will continue to be divided.

Also confident of us actually winning an Ulster championship match.

After that who knows??

There is talent there and depth. More depth than anybody since McDonnell have had.

+1

No excuses for McGeeney after this year with a full hand to play.

No Andrew Murnin
No Oisin O'Neill
No Ethan Rafferty

Your definition of full hand and mine appear to differ!

There will always be injuries for any manager but he has a full hand in the absence of withdrawals from the squad for a variety of reasons as in previous years.

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General discussion / Re: Private Health Care in the North
« on: January 29, 2019, 03:16:56 PM »
Private health via a provider over a long period of time can be a major rip off.  As you get older the monthly payment increases greatly.  If you look at the value of the payments against the use made then you will find that self-insurance is just as viable if not cheaper. 

Private health works well to get consultations in a timely manner but it is weaker when it comes to procedures.  It should be noted that in some trusts when you step out to go private it is not always possible to step in to NHS to continue treatment.

The private hospitals in N.Ireland are barely capable of patient care as Rois found in having to go to Scotland. The after operation care is quite minimal and well below the standard provided in NHS. Private hospitals in N.Ireland can often depend on NHS hospital to clear up complications that may occur in some procedures. Not unusual for NHS ambulances to be sent for to take patients for emergency care from private hospitals.  In post operative situations in private care it is not unusual for patients to find their consultant has long since gone back home or to work and they are left in the care of nursing staff without the safety net provided by junior doctors as found in NHS hospitals.

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: January 29, 2019, 03:05:18 PM »
Ridiculous I know but has anyone brought their dog on holidays. Thinking of maybe taking the car over to Scotland or England. Maybe even France if I went away for 3/4 weeks in the summer.

Has your dog got a passport?

https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/travelling-pets

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: January 28, 2019, 04:32:21 PM »

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: January 28, 2019, 04:11:43 PM »
Geezer is in situ for 5 years and the players are "lacking in experience" .

I bet Cavan with Graham will overtake them

Maybe players in their first or second year in the squad or team do not automatically accrue 5 years experience on day 1? Just a thought.

I would be very surprised if at the end of the league we will not have demonstrated improvement. That will be influenced by a combination of returning players, improving/maturing players and actual improvements by the group Geezer has been working with. So even then after the improvement opinions will continue to be divided.

Also confident of us actually winning an Ulster championship match.

After that who knows??

There is talent there and depth. More depth than anybody since McDonnell have had.

+1

No excuses for McGeeney after this year with a full hand to play.

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: January 21, 2019, 10:48:12 PM »
Always use a Santander Zero card, has credit card purchase protection and no exchange fees itís a MasterCard so accepted everywhere and in all ATMs.

BTW forgot to mention that in Sweden it is almost a cashless society with some places refusing cash and card only. Norway not far behind.

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:01:59 PM »
Been to Stockholm & really enjoyed it. Only thing was it was the end of June & i felt like Al Pacino in Insomnia (virtually no night time at all). Ended up on a daytrip to Norrkopping for no other reason  than i had seen their team playing Crusaders in the Cup Winners Cup at the Oval in 1968. Also spent a few days in Copenhagen on another trip & you can then get the train across the bridge to Sweden & i ended up in Malmo & took Mrs to Ystad as well, as she's a Wallander fan. Remember going to Lund for a day trip & meeting somebody from Armagh working in a bar! Scandinavia is bit off normal list of people's places to visit, it is bit expensive, but worth visiting. I took SAS flights out of Dublin each time.

And Norwegian also offer a great service from Dublin on what look like brand no aircraft.

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: January 20, 2019, 07:33:04 PM »
Despite the English and French dismantling the original structures of the European Cup and moulding them to what they thought were to their own advantage, we have only one English and two French teams in the quarter finals. However, you could still see an English - French final

Saracens v Glasgow
Leinster v Ulster
Edinburgh v Munster
Racing 92 v Toulouse

Semi finals

(Saracens v Glasgow) v (Edinburgh v Munster)

(Leinster v Ulster) v (Racing 92 v Toulouse)

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: January 20, 2019, 07:10:47 PM »
Cannot believe you described the Stockholm city centre as grubby
There are parts of Dublin that look like the third world in comparison

I read it as saying it's not quite on Dublin's level of grubbiness.
Ah, on re-reading you are correct
Stockholm is a beautiful city, on a number of islands with lovely neighbourhoods and a fantastic subway system

The old town is clean and beautiful in the mornings but by late evening it has rubbish everywhere, not the Swedes' fault if tourists are like this but they need to make more effort to clean up through the day, empty a few bins.

It's the modern parts of the Stockholm city centre that tend to be grubby, as said above, not on the Dublin scale, however, it is quite far behind Oslo, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Berlin and even Prague which has a similar old town, new town scenario.




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