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General discussion / Re: Another School Shooting in America
« on: February 18, 2018, 02:29:37 AM »
Damn. Best of luck to you, Stew. Even if you are still an oul ballix!

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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: February 17, 2018, 08:08:26 PM »

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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:05:22 PM »
Bilingual signs are a threat to Britishness!

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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: February 14, 2018, 09:43:45 PM »
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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: February 14, 2018, 09:10:06 PM »
An ILA was part of the agreements signed up to by all. It's long past time it got done. I don't think SF are being unreasonable at all. And it makes no difference to unionists does it? They're not going to be forced to learn Irish FFS. I think this issue is really showing Foster and unionism up. I also agree that they're circling the plughole.....they've nowhere to go. They've been out thought and are paralysed with fear, not knowing which way to turn.

They know exactly which way to turn. Keep saying "no" to everything. As long as they're propping up such a weak Tory government there's nothing to stop them from blocking progress at every turn. Sad but true.

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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:58:09 PM »
Any harm in asking what kind of ILA we'd like to see?

From the shopping list, here's what I'd like to see and what I'm not fussed about:

  • Live translation in the assembly - No
  • Translation of all government documents into Irish - No
  • Bilingual road signs - Maybe in some areas where local authorities want it, but only if it has broad support
  • Mandatory learning of Irish in all schools - No
  • Better funding for the Irish medium education sector - Yes
  • Better funding for NGOs that promote Irish - Yes

Increasing the number of people who can actually speak the language fluently has to come first. Being able to do all official business in Irish can come later when there's sufficient demand for it.

If SF could tone down their demands as to what they want to see in an ILA there'd be a better chance of getting one. Frankly I'm sad to see culture being weaponised as a political pawn. It didn't help at the time of the Drumcree parade disputes and it's not helping now, it's just reinforcing this unionist perception that Irish and Irishness is something that's a threat to them.

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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:50:59 PM »
Do I take it that most of  the Nationalist Community aren't too bothered if Stormont and the Executive are gone?

I get the impression nationalists want the assembly more than the unionists. In fact, unionists would prefer direct rule over power-sharing (or "mandatory coalition" as they've tried to re-brand it). This is why I think SF have boxed themselves into a corner here. Sure Dodds was up at PMQs last week asking May if there was any chance of getting direct rule going.

SF "threatened" to collapse an assembly that the unionists are half-hearted about at best, and Arlene et al are happy to see it go. It's like "threatening" your child to take away his vegetables if he doesn't eat them.

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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:44:40 PM »
I didn't compare the O.O. to the Irish language. Icompared their symbols, flags banners as British symbols where Nationalists could use Road signs in Irish as Irish symbols
Translation: "I didn't compare the OO to the Irish language, I just compared the OO to the Irish language."

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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:41:56 PM »
Show me studies which prove accidents are more common in the south than the north because the south have bilingual road signs. Otherwise, away with that rubbish.

There’s been quite a few studies undertaken in Scotland and Wales about this and the general consensus seems to be that bilingual signs take longer to read, but as yet there is no evidence that this leads to increased levels of RTCs.

My personal feelings are that roads are dangerous enough without millisecond distractions.

I won’t be lining up an I told you so should a report ever be produced to back up that feeling. But it would be helpful if people could acknowledge the simple fact that it takes people longer to read signs that are longer.

A car-load of speed-obsessed teenage lads with R plates and alloy wheels are a far bigger threat to road safety than a sign saying "Béal Feirste."

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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:38:41 PM »
Nationalists dont want the Orange Order with their symbols of British culture marching through Nationalists areas but you think the Unionists should have symbols of Irish culture in Unionist areas.

If the OO could drop the anti-catholic bigotry I wouldn't have a problem with them marching wherever they want. There's plenty in their culture that they could celebrate without selling "kick the Pope" mix tapes and banishing anyone that goes to a "popish" funeral.

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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:05:29 PM »
For what it’s worth, bilingual road signs (when the second language is Gaeilge) are more costly to create. There must be tens of thousands of signs across Ireland that declare Rampaí, which means signs are bigger and need more ink.

More importantly, the increased levels of text involved in bilingualism decreases the legibility of those signs, and therefore decreases their ability to deliver information instantaneously. As such they could be perceived as a distraction to drivers.... and therefore make driving more dangerous.

The opposite might apply in somewhere like Croatia, whereby their influx of tourists undoubtedly struggle with the unusual characters in their lanaguage, and providing an English language version of the message helps prevent tourists from slowing to a stop at junctions and roundabouts.

But in Ireland, where every single person who speaks Irish also speaks English, and tourists have no understanding of Irish, I do believe it’s an unnecessary distraction.

Never read such garbage in all my life.

It's customary to replace signs as they wear out when switching to a new standard, so there's no extra cost.

"More ink" indeed. We're not printing on a page. You need a reflective surface for the font AND the background, so there's not one square millimetre extra of paint used.

Signs can be made perfectly legible with an additional language added if you use a bit of imagination and design them properly.

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General discussion / Re: Lurgan
« on: February 13, 2018, 07:21:11 PM »
Bad gets

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General discussion / Re: Winter Olympics 2018
« on: February 12, 2018, 07:04:46 PM »
Had the same brush for 14 years. It's had 3 heads and 2 handles.

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General discussion / Re: Winter Olympics 2018
« on: February 12, 2018, 05:43:00 PM »
It's interesting how they can steer the thing, speed it up or slow it down while it's in mid-flight. Something you could never do with ordinary bowls

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General discussion / Re: Winter Olympics 2018
« on: February 12, 2018, 05:08:44 PM »
Was in a bar on Saturday night and they had the curling on the TV. It was strangely compelling.

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