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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 it’s 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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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: January 18, 2019, 08:59:58 PM »

Norway

Tell me more Owen...would love to visit scandinavia properly, but how expensive it appears to be has put me off

Over the last two years we have been to Denmark, Sweden and Norway.  Last year flew from Dublin to Stockholm and then on to Oslo before flying to Bergen on the west coast.  Our flight was meant to be Dublin - Oslo but it was cancelled and we had already booked the Oslo - Bergen flight.

Had four days each in Bergen, Oslo and Stockholm.  We had the good luck to visit during a heatwave and dry period in   Norway and Sweden whereas the summer in Bergen can be wet.  Bergen is quite touristy with cruise ships calling every day.  Great if you like history as it was developed by the Hanseatic League a northern trading area.  Great walking or hiking on the mountain around or take the easy way up on the funicular or cable car.  Very clean, very safe but food is expensive. Hotels are cheaper than equivalent in Dublin. Well worth a visit. Used it to visit the Flam valley where you travel from Bergen by train to Myrdal and then drop down 2000 ft to sea level on the Flam Train. Then take the boat for a trip through the fjords before taking the bus back to the main train line to Bergen.  Takes a whole day but not to be missed. Fjords were a great experience. Visited the Leper hospital where those who contracted leprosy in Western Norway were treated and experimented on to discover how it spread and could be contained or cured. There was a high prevalence of leprosy in this area in 19th century.

Travelled from Bergen to Oslo by train. Travelling the worth of Norway from sea level in Bergen to sea level in Oslo but reaching 1222m above sea level in the middle. Almost 7 hours on the train but the scenery is fantastic. At the highest point you reach the snow fields and glaciers and are above the tree line. 

Oslo was great. Again hotel cheaper than equivalent in Dublin. You can walk everywhere in city centre, great public transport via tram system. Very safe, rarely saw police anywhere. Cruise ships do come in but not as noticeable as smaller Bergen.  While safe, Oslo badly affected by the Breivik attack in 2011. Reminds you a bit like home in the past with bomb proofing of government buildings with bollards and concrete borders. Great place to visit for its museums and art in the national gallery.  You travel by boat to the Viking, Folk, Kon-Tiki and Fram museums. They are dedicated to the seafaring explorers from Norway from the Vikings to Amundsen to Heyerdahl and all have the original ships from each era.  Like Bergen Oslo is expensive for food but you search out eateries which are a little off the main areas and it is reasonable for a large city.  However, avoid the likes of Starbucks and Scandinavian equivalent where 2 coffees and pastries can run to over £20.

Flew from Oslo to Stockholm because there was disruption on the high speed railway as the summer is the only time to do this work. Stockholm was much different. City centre was grubby, not quite to level of Dublin.  Again the cruise ships come in to some extent. Very nice old town area. Given that it is built on islands it is easy to travel to to the main attractions by boat. Some great museums but expensive entry fees, Abba museum was over £20 (didn't go in). Travelled by boat or walked to most places, avoided the metro.  As the evening went on there was a air of menace around the main city areas as large groups of young people of migrant origin gathered and paramilitary police came out in most areas.  Hotels were slightly dearer than Norway but on a par with Dublin.  Eating out was similar to Norway.

Enjoyed the whole trip and would consider going back to Norway to travel around a bit more.

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: January 06, 2019, 10:44:30 AM »
Trying to organise the holidays this year! Where are people all time favourite locations?

I was thinking about Sri Lanka, May be too far away however!

Just trying to get some inspiration

Norway

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General discussion / Re: Ruth Dudley Edwards: a brain to be reckoned with
« on: January 03, 2019, 02:30:36 PM »

I would be in favour of cutting off all types of Oxygen. A one dimensional prehistoric waste of space.

And Ruth Dudley Edwards is not much better.

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I don't agree with the tax thing but that aside Bono is a hypocritical p***k, a knob and a patronising ass. He talks about helping the poor but counts mass murderers amongst his friends. People who go to see him play music have to put up with his political lectures. It's not begrudgery it's fact. I personally admire people who do well for themselves in their business or careers but this is different.

Take a a few seconds to read what you have posted and how it applies to quite a few others in Ireland.

No one forces anyone to go along to a U2 concert, if you don'† like the 'lectures' sit at home and listen to the music without the commentary you despise.

This is a forum Owen. If I took your approach I might suggest if you don't like my post, ignore it, block me or unregister your account. But that would be stupid. Bono is a very public person and so he deserves scrutiny from the public, whether that be here or elsewhere.

You make my point, as with Bono, you don't need to suggest that if I don't like your post/statements, I have a number of options which all involve ignoring or avoiding you.

Everyone already knows that these options exist and most people exercise them while there are always some others who particularly seek to be offended. 

Happy New Year!

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I don't agree with the tax thing but that aside Bono is a hypocritical p***k, a knob and a patronising ass. He talks about helping the poor but counts mass murderers amongst his friends. People who go to see him play music have to put up with his political lectures. It's not begrudgery it's fact. I personally admire people who do well for themselves in their business or careers but this is different.

Take a a few seconds to read what you have posted and how it applies to quite a few others in Ireland.

No one forces anyone to go along to a U2 concert, if you don'† like the 'lectures' sit at home and listen to the music without the commentary you despise.

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Can we just re-name this thread "Begrudgers R Us?"


And hypocrisy....lashings of that going round.

So a major global business relocates to suit its tax affairs - and we're suddenly against this? As Irish people who offer the most liberal corporation tax regime in Europe and the world? As far as I'm aware Bono and his band pay their personal taxes in this country.....unlike the likes of hero JP McManus and others who don't suffer a percentage of the abuse. If ye want U2's global business to pay "it's fair share" what about Google, Facebook, Apple et al? Pure bullshit lads and lassies. How should we decide where Google pay their taxes - where their owner or founder is from? Is that how tax law should be? Absolute rubbish talked about this.

This whole tax thing is just a convenient stick to beat someone who publicises inconvenient truths with.

Well said Seanie, nail hit firmly on the head.

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: December 20, 2018, 08:16:19 PM »
Munster are learning that Carberry is not the man when the pressure is on in European Cup rugby.  He could have kicked them to victory but fluffed his lines.  Hanrahan must be furious being kept off the team to give Carberry his chance to play with Murray.

Carberry missed a host of chances yesterday, he’ll hardly be considered for the World Cup

By moving him to Munster Schmidt has made Carberry the understudy. Other options are not great either with Billy Burns now being talked about. Bleyendaal is injury prone. Ian Keatley, Madigan and Hanrahan? Jackson is gone.

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: December 16, 2018, 06:16:35 PM »
Munster are learning that Carberry is not the man when the pressure is on in European Cup rugby.  He could have kicked them to victory but fluffed his lines.  Hanrahan must be furious being kept off the team to give Carberry his chance to play with Murray.

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: December 16, 2018, 06:14:38 PM »
Just watched some series on Walter Presents both French.  Worth considering if you enjoy the Saturday night shows on BBC4.

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General discussion / Re: Paddy Jackson apology
« on: December 16, 2018, 06:11:16 PM »
I know many legal experts in this and the main thread, that has now been locked, think they didn't deserve to be acquitted but that a separate issue entirely. In the eyes of the law they are innocent of the charges brought against them so why do they have to pay to establish their innocence?

The judge explained that while the jury made their decision to say their guilt had not been proved beyond reasonable doubt the case was so complex that the PPS had been correct to bring the case and so the defendants were not entitled to have their costs returned.

Hence, the crux of the argument regarding having your defence costs repaid by the state is whether the PPS was justified in bringing the case against you regardless of your innocence.  In this case, the judge believed that the PPS was justified.

At the end of the day, Jackson had the money to pay for his defence from his family and with his contract being bought out by IRFU his family will have been paid back in full.  The state paid for most of Olding's bill and he also had his contract bought out by IRFU.

So, few will be worried on whether Jackson and Olding have been repaid by the state other than this case shows how much an individual can spend on defending themselves against charges brought by the PPS. The cost of going to or being in court is now colossal and in many instances legal aid is not available.

Unlike civil proceedings, in criminal proceedings in the North costs do not follow the result that is to say you don’t simply get costs if you win and that applies to both prosecution and defence. There is provision for costs to be awarded in unusual circumstances but as was shown in this case that rarely happens. The rationale being that there is a public interest in prosecuting people and that the PPS shouldn’t be dissuaded from doing that by fear of large costs implications if they are only just incorrect.

Given that in order for a Crown Court prosecution to be brought a directing officer, magistrates court prosecutor, district judge and at least one if not more barristers/advocates will have to have considered the file and all come to the conclusion that there is a reasonable prospect of conviction and then the person has to be innocent and not in receipt of legal aid you can see how the issue of costs will rarely arise.

On a personal level and as usual this is caveated by not being there but I find it very strange that once the case got to the jury and wasn’t dismissed by half time direction that costs were even applied for.  That again makes me think there was plenty that went on in this case that wasn’t reported.

They took it back to reclaim costs because they had the money to pay the additional legal costs involved in giving it a go.  Anyone else would have been so ruined by the initial costs that they wouldn't be able to try it.

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General discussion / Re: Paddy Jackson apology
« on: December 16, 2018, 10:17:03 AM »
I know many legal experts in this and the main thread, that has now been locked, think they didn't deserve to be acquitted but that a separate issue entirely. In the eyes of the law they are innocent of the charges brought against them so why do they have to pay to establish their innocence?

The judge explained that while the jury made their decision to say their guilt had not been proved beyond reasonable doubt the case was so complex that the PPS had been correct to bring the case and so the defendants were not entitled to have their costs returned.

Hence, the crux of the argument regarding having your defence costs repaid by the state is whether the PPS was justified in bringing the case against you regardless of your innocence.  In this case, the judge believed that the PPS was justified.

At the end of the day, Jackson had the money to pay for his defence from his family and with his contract being bought out by IRFU his family will have been paid back in full.  The state paid for most of Olding's bill and he also had his contract bought out by IRFU.

So, few will be worried on whether Jackson and Olding have been repaid by the state other than this case shows how much an individual can spend on defending themselves against charges brought by the PPS. The cost of going to or being in court is now colossal and in many instances legal aid is not available.

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