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Where to start. One that gets me;

Wife: What will we do for dinner this evening.
Me: I dont mind, whatever you fancy.
Wife: Why am I always the one that has to choose.
Me: Sighs (I know whats about to happen), What about pizza and chips?
Wife: Na
Me; Spuds and Chicken?
Wife: Nah
Me: Spaghetti Bolognese?
Wife: Na, had pasta yesterday
Me: Curry and Rice?
Wife: Nah
Me: Chippy?
Wife: nah, What about Fish?
Me: Sounds good

Then repeat the next day

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Deccie Meehan 2000.

I'm biased but haven't seen a better goal in a final than that one. Every pass from one corner of the field to the other was close to perfect. As was the finish.

No doubt Darby's is the most famous/important.

My God, Clancy's vision. He seen him run past, then swivelled and kicked without looking up again

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General discussion / Re: Boredom
« on: March 18, 2020, 12:38:17 PM »
The AFL starts tomorrow morning. Some can't stand it, but....the alternative is not there. With the inside mark coming in, could be useful as a forward to watch how their guys move.

Some good sporting Docs off top of my head I can think of you might not have seen -

"Weight of a Nation" - All Black Documentary from 2007 World Cup Exit to 2011 Victory, excellent show.
"ROG" - Ronan O'Gara Documentary, another great show. Although some weren't keen on O'Gara I personally loved him.
"The Wounded Tiger" - On AFL side Richmond Tigers
"Pumping Iron" - It's on Netflix, on Arnie before he made it. Bit cheesy and trashy but somehow interesting none the less.
"Chasing Great" - Story of Ritchie McCaw
"Fittest on Earth" - Another Netflix one, about the Crossfit phenomenon. Some engaging stories even if I don't really get into the craze of the sport.
"Icarus" - Netflix, ended up a great documentary by accident - on Russian doping, give it a go.

Of course all the usual GAA ones

Jimmy's Winning Matches
Marooned
The Laochra Gael series (on TG4 Site - some of them anyway - The Kieran Donaghy one recently was great.)
Crossmaglen - Field of Dreams
Toughest Trade Series

This all felt very propaganda like to me. I wasn't convinced it was as real as it lets on to be. It was very convenient to say the least.

All or nothing on prime. Think the NFL ones are great, finished of the Panthers, Cowboys and Eagles and now watching the Michigan college one. Once you get over the whooping and hollering it is a very good insight to the physology etc involved.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 17, 2020, 12:39:14 AM »
So now they are throwing pregnant women into the at risk category all of a sudden. My wife is 20 weeks and works in a pharmacy and has been dealing with effers fighting over toilet roll  nappies and calpol the last week.

Add to that her employer a big chain seems to only  be  intent on cashing in unlike some others I've heard off

Checked it out for work pregnant women are now officially in the “at risk” category...

can you please provide a link? My wife 36.5wks pregnant with our first.
Unsettling times

It’s true I was looking it it for work earlier... Pregnant women are now officially in the “at risk” category

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Thanks for that. It doesn't say why they have put pregnancy in that category, but from what I have read elsewhere:
Pregnant women generally have lower immunity
Later stages of pregnancy, lungs can be of reduced capacity to circulate air and more prone to infection
Some evidence that pregnant women are more at risk of similar viruses, eg SARS
Lack of information due to low numbers of case studies leads to conservatism

In short, being in the at-risk case due to lack of information is slightly better than being in the at risk case due to actual reasons (that's what I'm telling myself anyway)

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2237352-coronavirus-what-we-know-so-far-about-risks-to-pregnancy-and-babies/

I think you’re right it would seem more of a “well being pregnant puts you at high risk for most things” more so than they have noticed a trend so sounds like nothing to unduly worry about.

I’d still be asking your wife to minimise the risk where possible.

Definitely. We are taking all precautions we can. She's finished work now so that helps.
Don't want the added headache of having Coronavirus (even if it doesn't affect her) and hoping for an isolation room in hospital.

Only place we've been in the last week is supermarket, hospital and work (for me)

I don't know what to think. This is our third so my wife is still doing the school runs, using buses and like I say working in a pharmacy that hasn't even done their statutory risk assessment yet. Off for a few days now so we're going to wait to see what changes in that time.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 16, 2020, 07:40:01 PM »
So now they are throwing pregnant women into the at risk category all of a sudden. My wife is 20 weeks and works in a pharmacy and has been dealing with effers fighting over toilet roll  nappies and calpol the last week.

Add to that her employer a big chain seems to only  be  intent on cashing in unlike some others I've heard off

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 13, 2020, 10:32:24 AM »
Ironic thing with the number people swarming the supermartkets yesterday is that said individuals could well now have been infected given the swarms of people present at the supermarket  :o

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keep an eye out for the Russia report also as soon as the UK hits peak panic

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General discussion / Re: GAA Geansaí “Threatening” To Unionists
« on: March 04, 2020, 03:05:41 PM »
Its just cause they've nowhere to go ever since Renshaws shut down!

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 04, 2020, 01:30:54 PM »
I've told all my employees that I'll pay them if they're affected (infected?). I think that is the right thing to do.

Do you require proof? There are chancers everywhere.  Here, I feel rotten, I'm away to self isolate for 2 weeks...

No. We're a small enough business (8 employees) and we treat them as grown ups. I'd like to think no one would be like that, in fact I know they wouldn't. So that's how we approach things.

Could put alot of companies out of business that.

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General discussion / Re: The SDLP
« on: February 11, 2020, 01:05:34 PM »
A bad week for Colum Eastwood. First off he failed to live up to his election promise to "Stop Brexit", and now two of his MLA's have been busy making a mockery of his big FF link up.

Claire Hanna, who opposed the FF link up and who shortly afterwards appeared at the Labour Party Conference, and who has in the past been pictured on the canvass trail for Labour, and regularly speaks of her support for Labour, was out canvassing this week for...you guessed it....Neale Richmond and Emer Currie of the blueshirts.

And then we have Pat Catney MLA who has been busy tweeting about his canvassing efforts on behalf of Aodhan O'Riordan of Labour.

Lest we forget that not long after his big FF link up was announced, his former party leader actually stood in the European elections for FG.

Laughable.

But credit where it is due he did manage to "stop Boris"....No?

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Over the past 5-6 years I’ve noticed an increasing trend whereby young fellas would rather be a non-playing sub for the seniors, than line out for the reserves. Or if they do line out for the reserves, it’s with nonchalance.

It might be an ego thing. It might be a football-career-goals thing. It might be a senior squad unity thing. They might even not enjoy playing football at a lower standard, even if their current outlook with the seniors suggests it might actually be their level.

It could well be a combination of all those. But I just find it all a little odd. Training prodigiously to watch football.

I was once awarded reserve player of the year at my club but wasn't impressed one bit. It was a failure on my part as my aspirations were higher.

Looking back now I am quite proud of it and regret I didn't allow my dad to get a pic of me with it.

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GAA Discussion / Re: PSNI recriutment
« on: February 04, 2020, 10:43:26 AM »
I get the "personally" bit but would GAA clubs really get behind them?

The trouble unfortunately with getting behind someone is that you are putting them out there, for want of a better term, whereas due to a very small minority in the community it is safest for that person to keep their head down. If I were to join (I'm not) I certainly wouldn't want it broadcast.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: January 26, 2020, 09:19:34 AM »
10 mins into second half and we luckily just got a goal to get us into the game. But team selection and tactics have to questioned.  Wind behind our backs and we have 14 men behind the ball at home to Leitrim.  We are in big trouble for the year ahead.  Sweet jaysus.
Not sure about your wind direction but, yes, we are in big trouble and a return to Division 4 not out of the question. Division 2 hopes probably gone already.

Lol, one game in and you’re writing off the season
I did qualify it with “probably”. Always wise to actually read posts. Anyhow, based on tonight’s lucky escape, which counties do you think Derry will beat in Div 3 this year?

We are capable of beating any of the other teams. I’m not saying we will but I’ll be disappointed if we don’t improve significantly.

Hope so Lenny, though I'm not so sure atm. Leitrim at home was supposed to be a banker. Leitrim played with serious hunger. We lacked in pretty much every area this evening. That performance was a serious leveller.

Like I say above. We're great at making teams look good

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: January 25, 2020, 11:40:28 PM »
Over the past years we've become an exceptional team at making other teams look good. A real confidence booster for them.

We are better than  this. Gallagher needs to find it fast.

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 23, 2020, 01:12:36 PM »
Martin is going to be on a sticky wicket attacking the Government on their record since 2016 .
He had the Government in the palm of his hand and could have forced them to take action on anything he or FF were "concerned" about.
SF sound like the infamous FF manifesto of 1977 which gave us the massive 1980s recession- increase spending and reduce taxes.

This one often amuses me. Not saying you, but there is sometimes an attitude, SF policies sound like FF policies that failed so people should vote for FF instead!

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