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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: Today at 09:56:34 AM »
For someone of 28 years old he suffered some bad health. According to articles excess drinking caused a good part of it. He must have done some amount of drinking. I have never heard of someone so young suffer so badly through alcohol. I have heard of older people but 28 is very young for that.
Maybe some drugs in the mix as well.
Some people can handle toxins and others can't. 

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: Today at 06:42:31 AM »
Avicii pretty much wrote the niteclub soundtrack for a generation. I never knew he was suffering so badly. Success can be a curse as much as a blessing.

It looks like he got sidelined by drinking.
Very sad

Calvin Harris said he was "a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do."

I don't care. Just something different. A relegation battle would be exciting. 22 years is too long.  Give someone else a go.
Steve Staunton.

General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:10:19 PM »
When we went to lake Garda we were stopped and asked if we had drink taken.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:55:02 PM »

David de Gea (Manchester United)

He has been United’s best player by some distance for the last four years and has saved the club a great deal of embarrassment.

General discussion / Re: Nicest Towns in Ireland
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:45:13 PM »
The historic old town of Moygashel is absolutely gorgeous and has been the centre of cultural life in Tyrone since the 1800s . Just put on your walking shoes (it's mainly cobbled streets) and go exploring. The town was untouched by the Troubles, a beacon of neutrality, and is now on the UNESCO Heritage list. If you enter from the south you'll see Linen Green, one of the world's leading designer shopping villages. Stroll through the old town and you'll find lots of interesting murals, the Independent Methodist Church, and in the centre of the square you'll find the Cloth Hall monument, commemorating the town's rich linen history. The centre is surrounded by rows of terrorist houses with lots of fields and hedges. Linen Green sells everything from food to souvenirs and local crafts.

Moygashel is clean, has a peaceful atmosphere, and appeared very safe for walking around. No cars are allowed in the centre though there are taxis within a few miles.
"The centre of cultural life in Tyrone " may be a pejorative term.

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: April 20, 2018, 07:04:17 PM »
DJ and Producer - Avicii, 28

Artist, DJ and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died this afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th.  The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

He had retired from live performing in 2016, citing health reasons. He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.

He posted the following statement on his website last year:


For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.

Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.

The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.

Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do.”
Really shocking news

General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: April 20, 2018, 11:40:41 AM »
We're flying to Milan Bergamo in June and hiring a car - first couple of nights up in the Brento Dolomites (Madonna di Campiglio) and the last four down in Sirmione right by the lake, but looking to spend a night in between in another reasonable sized village or town on the way down.
A colleague has mentioned Salo, which looks good, and I've already discounted Riva and Malcesine - any other recommendations?

Last year we drove down the side of Lac d'Annecy and I remember thinking going through one or two towns that "aw if I knew these hotels were here, I'd have stayed here".  So hoping for some hidden gems that I don't find on google.
The chateaux hotels guide is like the Irish blue book .
You can get it from AFAIK

Being a sports fan is about emotion most of all. And there is something about this Mayo team that lost 3 finals by a point to the Dubs machine that goes way beyond the usual sports experience, even for non Mayo people.

Sid said it a while ago
“It might not feel like it to a Mayo person but there has to be something, as you say, almost spiritual about following a team like that. It’s something bigger than just following a team, and as a Dublin supporter, I almost envy Mayo supporters.”

Joe Dolan had a hit in 1981 with More and More

Time and time again
I try to find you
Til the very end
I won't turn back
Down every road I travel on and on and on
Reaching out my hand
I try to touch, I try to feel
But you're not there
No you're not real
Still I believe
That you'll be mine

Galway hurlers had a similar story to Mayo for a long time but the paths diverged last September.
Hopefully Mayo can give it a right lash this year and finish the job. In any case they have brought great honour to the county no matter what happens .

General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: April 20, 2018, 10:05:49 AM »
When I was a teenager the family  drove to Annecy via Le Havre and stayed in a BnB in Burgundy on the way down. It was unforgettable. I think it really comes down to how old the kids are.

French motorway restaurants are shite so going off road to a local restaurant is much better imo. Plus cheaper.

General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:51:13 AM »
We stayed in a lovely campsite with mobile homes etc in the Cote d'Azur near Frejus , about 1hr 15 from Nice. Really good facilities plus a kids club and the region is very interesting. We met a family from Cork who were also staying.

Smashing spot Frejus, La Baume, and the other one towards town we stayed at.. I’d go back tomorrow
did ye drive?
how long was that from the ferry?
Flew to Nice and hired a car.
The other Irish family flew to Grenoble and skied for a week then hired a car and drove down.
They drove down once from Roscoff  but said they wouldn't repeat it.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:52:20 AM »

In an interview with CNN that aired last month, McDougal said she had been in love with Trump and the affair started not long after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron.

The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with McDougal.





The right’s obsession with abortion and gay rights while giving Trump a pass to cheat at will on his pregnant wife reveals a bleak truth: They’re fierce defenders of their right to force their religion on their perceived enemies, and only their enemies.

John Harwood




GOP members of Congress are persistently, actively attempting to interfere w/investigation by US Department of Justice

Manu Raju


GOP escalating feud with Justice, with Goodlatte now planning to subpoena Justice for access to Comey memos memorializing conversations with Trump, sources briefed on the matter say

Greg Sargent




Republicans are now set to subpoena Comey's memos. Let's be blunt: Rs are actively interfering in the Mueller probe to protect Trump. They will likely try to selectively leak from these memos or create pretext for Rosenstein's firing.

Greg Sargent



Apr 18

Trump's new claim is that the search of Michael Cohen's office shows Mueller is operating in bad faith. But Trump isn't angry about law enforcement abuses. He's angry that *legitimate* law enforcement processes are being applied *to him.*

Chloe Angyal




One thing I learned editing this piece: Kentucky is spending $374m on the bureaucracy it needs to implement work requirements for Medicaid... and to free up that money it is *cutting Medicaid coverage.* "Kafka would be proud."

Opinion | The Trump Administration Is Waging War On The Poor

Matthew Miller




At some point Rosenstein needs to tell them to stop interfering in ongoing investigations. Let them hold him in contempt. The goalposts for Congrsssional involvement in criminal probes are shifting in a dangerous way.

Manu Raju


GOP escalating feud with Justice, with Goodlatte now planning to subpoena Justice for access to Comey memos memorializing conversations with Trump, sources briefed on the matter say


General discussion / Re: Syria
« on: April 20, 2018, 07:26:16 AM »
Regime change in Syria–good for Israel; good for the U.S.

Hillary Clinton Email Archive

UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05794498 Date: 11/30/2015 RELEASE IN FULL

The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.

Negotiations to limit Iran’s nuclear program will not solve Israel’s security dilemma. Nor will they stop Iran from improving the crucial part of any nuclear weapons program — the capability to enrich uranium. At best, the talks between the world’s major powers and Iran that began in Istanbul this April and will continue in Baghdad in May will enable Israel to postpone by a few months a decision whether to launch an attack on Iran that could provoke a major Mideast war. Iran’s nuclear program and Syria’s civil war may seem unconnected, but they are. For Israeli leaders, the real threat from a nuclear-armed Iran is not the prospect of an insane Iranian leader launching an unprovoked Iranian nuclear attack on Israel that would lead to the annihilation of both countries.

What Israeli military leaders really worry about — but cannot talk about — is losing their nuclear monopoly. An Iranian nuclear weapons capability would not only end that nuclear monopoly but could also prompt other adversaries, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to go nuclear as well. The result would be a precarious nuclear balance in which Israel could not respond to provocations with conventional military strikes on Syria and Lebanon, as it can today. If Iran were to reach the threshold of a nuclear weapons state, Tehran would find it much easier to call on its allies in Syria and Hezbollah to strike Israel, knowing that its nuclear weapons would serve as a deterrent to Israel responding against Iran itself.

Back to Syria. It is the strategic relationship between Iran and the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria that makes it possible for Iran to undermine Israel’s security — not through a direct attack, which in the thirty years of hostility between Iran and Israel has never occurred, but through its proxies in Lebanon, like Hezbollah, that are sustained, armed and trained by Iran via Syria.

The end of the Assad regime would end this dangerous alliance. Israel’s leadership understands well why defeating Assad is now in its interests. Speaking on CNN’s Amanpour show last week, Defense Minister Ehud Barak argued that “the toppling down of Assad will be a major blow to the radical axis, major blow to Iran…. It’s the only kind of outpost of the Iranian influence in the Arab world…and it will weaken dramatically both Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.”

Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel’s security, it would also ease Israel’s understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly. Then, Israel and the United States might be able to develop a common view of when the Iranian program is so dangerous that military action could be warranted.

Right now, it is the combination of Iran’s strategic alliance with Syria and the steady progress in Iran’s nuclear enrichment program that has led Israeli leaders to contemplate a surprise attack — if necessary over the objections of Washington. With Assad gone, and Iran no longer able to threaten Israel through its, proxies, it is possible that the United States and Israel can agree on red lines for when Iran’s program has crossed an unacceptable threshold. In short, the White House can ease the tension that has developed with Israel over Iran by doing the right thing in Syria.

The rebellion in Syria has now lasted more than a year. The opposition is not going away, nor is the regime going to accept a diplomatic solution from the outside. With his life and his family at risk, only the threat or use of force will change the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s mind.

General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: April 20, 2018, 07:24:10 AM »
We stayed in a lovely campsite with mobile homes etc in the Cote d'Azur near Frejus , about 1hr 15 from Nice. Really good facilities plus a kids club and the region is very interesting. We met a family from Cork who were also staying.

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