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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: June 16, 2022, 06:05:52 PM »
The busted flush running ok today.

Would be good to see some GAA figues and perhaps even the association itself come out and condemn this as a show of solidarity. Will be interesting if RTE or Irish Times cover this, they usually cover up any wrongdoing by the Orange vermin.

I think they donít need to as plenty of condemnation already and only building. By them getting involved officially it will only kick off the whatabouterry and the focus needs to be kept on this utter scum.

Iíd say all the lads in that video are about to get a good dose of cancel kulture.

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: May 31, 2022, 10:33:36 PM »
why not get rid of handicaps altogether?

it encourages people to not improve and doesn't reward players who practice and put in the time and effort to try and win prizes

or should everyone get a prize  ;D

Fair point. Golf is like sex. No matter how bad you are at it, you still enjoy it.

Iíve hated golf this season as Iím playing shite. Havenít played in near 3 weeks now. Will head back out at the weekend for more torture though. Also, Iíd be raging if a 39 handicap won a comp never mind an important one. Heís bound to have been embarrassed winning with that many shots.

Not a chance, he was delighted 🙄

Weíve had incidents in competition where guys have been improving their lies by tramping down rough or playing out of bounds etcÖ. lots of it from new people to golf or at least competitive golf. Lots of the scores coming in should be disqualified but hard to prove. Even had incidents of people playing outside the comp times and getting their mates who are playing as guests to sign the scorecards; or worse again people were playing on their own, submitting their own cards and signing on behalf of their mates.

My other club is an older and established membership with a waiting list. Any new members have to be proposed and seconded, so there is a lot of emphasis on the proposers to ensure the correct behaviour and etiquette. While Iím not a fan of all the pompous snobby shite around the place, there is a lot to be said for how they ensure new members are introduced to the club and informed of what is expected of them.

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: May 31, 2022, 05:20:01 PM »
These high handicaps make a strokes comp a farce if people can get away with throwing loads of doubles and trebles on the card and still be in contention. One destructive hole in strokes should punish your chances but we've had lad of 39 (and under the age of 30) winning a medal with a net 62. To put that in context, to equal that score I would need to shoot a gross 61  ::)  Although I'd like to hope i'd win on count back  ;)

The WHS didn't bring in the 54 max limit, it was already in before the introduction of the new handicap system. It just appears we have had the perfect storm with the WHS, new upper handicap limits and new people taking up the game over the last few years (driven by covid too); which in turn is leading to people getting these ridiculous handicaps. I'm not torn at all, no male under a certain age and able bodied should be playing above 28 and I'd argue it should be lower too. What other sport do you expect to be competitive without any effort to practice at all?

All this effort to make the game more inclusive has just done the opposite. We have done away with the overall prizes now in competitions now apart from majors; the club had previously done away with lowest gross prizes for non-majors as it was the same pool of players picking them up and was lots of whinging over that, so effectively that same pool of players boycotted weekly comps (as no point paying comp fees) and a few withdrew from inter club panels. Effectively now you have 3 different competitions for each of the handicap ranges, although I would like to see a class 24 and above as I think the last class is a bit unfair too.

The rules and WHS do allow clubs to enforce players to drop down to the max handicap for competitions and we've already discussed enforcing this in the club (for majors) from next season. Once we get a better idea of what handicap ranges the winners come from this season a decision will be made.

One thing we did bring in, you cannot win a major if you don't have 20 records on your handicap. Rather than saying you can't win them in your 1st season, it's much fairer compromise for new members.

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: May 21, 2022, 10:38:56 PM »
Rory goosed!

Not quite yet, course playing tough and reckon 5 under will be right in mix tomorrow. Plenty of opportunities on back nine and lots of shots being dropped by everyone, but he needs to start making a few putts.

Do you work for Sky ?

 ::) ::) ::)   

Is now with that treble

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: May 21, 2022, 10:07:46 PM »
Rory goosed!

Not quite yet, course playing tough and reckon 5 under will be right in mix tomorrow. Plenty of opportunities on back nine and lots of shots being dropped by everyone, but he needs to start making a few putts.

General discussion / Re: building a house
« on: May 17, 2022, 04:40:09 PM »
Solar water not really worth the investment, PV may be more expensive but ROI much better. If you are using a heat pump, it can be hooked to battery for hot water anyway which is more efficient. If you have an electric car, the PV also can directly be used to charge it during the day.

General discussion / Re: Whoís Been Cancelled??
« on: May 05, 2022, 10:18:38 AM »
The song Footballís Coming Home is apparently offensive now and the FA are looking to cancel it 😂

What? Why?

The woke brigade say its offensive to other countries.

Not just the woke brigade. If your not english it would make you puke.

General discussion / Re: Derry Girls - Channel 4
« on: April 28, 2022, 09:14:13 PM »
Does anyone think there is a lot of repetitive stuff from father Ted?

YesÖ.. see next post on Kevin McAleer. Itís just a rip off of Father Austin Purcell IMO.

In fairness itís watchable, has some genuinely funny moments but itís not ground breaking. It is heavily influenced by stuff like father ted but that in itself is not a bad thing as it lures us in with the nostalgia. Nobody complains that stranger things just rips off/borrows form every 80s movie, in fact we expect it at this stage 😀

General discussion / Re: What hasn't been invented yet?
« on: April 27, 2022, 10:25:43 AM »
The entry point to VR too expensive and the headsets too cumbersome. Once the hardware catches up it will become mainstream.

It really wonít.

Why Google Glass didnít take off is straightforward. Two simple reasons:

1.  apart from a small group of fashionistas, nobody in history has chosen to wear spectacles when they didnít have to.  The concept behind Glass confused something that is an inconvenience as being convenient.

2. Glass required you to redirect one of your primary senses away from doing something useful, towards doing something that was usually trivial.

VR only works if it takes control of that same primary sense.

Most of us will always refuse to allow this to happen.

You keep getting VR and AR mixed up.

Glass didn't work as a consumer product because the hardware was intrusive and privacy concerns. The enterprise version is still sold and large number of companies have built productivity solutions around it. HoloLens is similar, it's not really ready for mainstream consumers but plenty of use cases in industry where it is being trialled. Architecture and industrial interior design are one of the main proponents of AR.

Your argument about Glass taking away a primary sense is incorrect. It's no worse than a Head up Display on a car, the brain adjusts to look past the augmented information and it's just there. AR glasses/headsets are only one implementation of AR but there is already large number of AR applications available, and Apple has invested a large amount of time in their ARKit SDK to help people build more. 

General discussion / Re: What hasn't been invented yet?
« on: April 25, 2022, 02:37:03 PM »
The entry point to VR too expensive and the headsets too cumbersome. Once the hardware catches up it will become mainstream.

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 18, 2022, 11:00:40 AM »
Learning moment for Shane the double on the par 3 is something to get over but the 2 horrible shots on the par 5 where he could have recovered cost him.

Heís playing so well hopefully he can keep the form going!

Hardly a learning  moment, the putter just went cold at wrong time. He's playing well and at the right time of the season where majors are coming think and fast, just like scheffler he needs to convert.

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 17, 2022, 10:46:48 PM »
Biggest choker on the tourÖ.. and a west Brit too  ;)

General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: April 06, 2022, 11:49:08 AM »
Any of the men on here had an abortion before? If you donít like it so much, maybe.. donít have one?
Not something that I really care about one way or the other or that Iíve ever given much thought to but thatís a ridiculous take
Not really. The point being people most opposed to abortion are all men and are from or are supporters of male-dominated right-wing parties like Aontķ, TUV, DUP etc.
A lot of  people see abortion as taking a human life. Rightly or wrongly, thats their view. So you may as well be saying ďdonít like murder? Donít kill anyone then.Ē

Anyway, completely off track and irrelevant to this thread.
Again, you miss the point. Itís about body autonomy. You as a man canít get an abortion, even if you wanted to. Yet the pro-lifers are telling women they shouldnít have that choice.

Which body are we talking about? The mothers or the baby's? Because by every scientific definition the baby is a human. You may call it "tissue" or whatever but you cannot deny it is human.

I don't care if a woman wants to do something with her body, so long as it doesn't harm anyone else its none of anybodys business.
I do have an issue when you end the life of another person though. I can understand there are a tiny minority of cases where this is unavoidable when something goes wrong, but the vast vast vasssst majority of abortions involve healthy mother/healthy baby so I think any attempt to use these extreme cases to justify widespread abortions is disingenuous.

Also don't have much time for the argument that men have no opinion by virtue of the fact that they are men. Does the message need to come from a pro-life female for it to be a valid point of view? What difference does it make who says it?

If we are bring science into it, then it's not a baby.

General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: March 29, 2022, 10:02:21 AM »
Is there a automatic 10% add on these day? 15euroveach for tea and scone is a god damn disgrace.
I would say the 10% automatic add-on is very unusual for a hotel.

However, not overly surprised by the price for the scone and a cuppa. This is a 5 star hotel, you're paying for the ambience, location, decor, etc, etc. And probably to brag to your pals "Oh I had afternoon tea in the new Cashel Palace...". I'm sure it's not much more expensive, if at all, than Adare Manor, Westbury, etc. Plus you would receive a menu with prices before you order. So my conclusion is that the person who chose to go there, chose to order, and afterwards chose to complain on social media, is a knob.

Exactly. It amazes me the people that do this, they rock up to these places complaining the prices are not the same as the Circle K down the road and yet knew this prior to going.

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