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General discussion / When is a smiley not a smiley?
« on: November 25, 2015, 05:31:14 AM »
Starting a thread for Muppet and Franko to fight out their handbag battle in privacy while the rest of us get on with discussing Irish unity on the other thread.

General discussion / United Ireland soccer associations / national team
« on: October 11, 2015, 12:49:30 AM »
Thought experiment: What would be involved in reuniting soccer in Ireland under a single governing body with a single national team? 

More soccer uptake in the north among nationalists? More nationalist-minded clubs forming in the north and getting voting rights in the IFA?   Better community relations so that nationalists would feel safe attending games in unionist areas and vice versa? Better community relations so that working class unionists would get behind an all-Ireland team the same way unionists support the all-Ireland rugby team?  Would the FAI clubs have anything to gain from going back under the rubric of the IFA? Would the two domestic leagues be improved if they were merged into a bigger league?

What are the obstacles?  What would need to happen to overcome them?

Please try to keep the usual "it will never happen" posts to a minimum, we've heard them all before and they add nothing new to the discussion. This is a thought experiment about how we could actually achieve this. I'd be interested in hearing from people with more knowledge of the internal politics of either of the two soccer associations.

General discussion / Best way to send money from the US to the UK
« on: August 21, 2015, 06:11:11 AM »
Any suggestions? I've used Western Union before but I'm open to other ideas.

General discussion / Drive-thru pranks
« on: August 06, 2015, 04:49:42 AM »

General discussion / Blarney Castle controversy
« on: July 30, 2015, 05:37:38 AM »
"Objections have been raised to proposals to erect a statue of 16th century Blarney Castle owner Chieftain Cormac Teige McCarthy on a site overlooking the world-famous Cork village as part of Blarney Chamber’s work to mark the anniversary."

The story doesn't say what the basis of the objections is. What are the locals concerned about?

General discussion / Ex-pats in non-Anglophone countries
« on: July 27, 2015, 07:04:28 AM »
I'm curious about what it's like being an ex-pat in a non English-speaking country where you had to start at zero and learn the local lingo. I found it easy to settle in here in the states since I was already so familiar with a lot of it through TV and what have you, and understanding the language was a huge help. But what's it like having to settle in a place where you have to put serious thought into something as basic as ordering food or paying for stuff? Do you feel a bit helpless at first? Do you find yourself relying much on other people knowing English?

I remember when I visited Russia I felt like I had a superpower just by being able to read signs and say "that picture please" in a shop. Do you get a kick out of getting by in a tongue that's not your own?

The English-speaking world is a decent sized place, but I often feel limited in my travel options because I'm a bit put off by language barriers.

General discussion / Miriam O'Callaghan: would you ...
« on: July 04, 2015, 09:59:33 AM »
vote for her for President?

General discussion / The "on this day in history" thread
« on: June 19, 2015, 04:01:23 AM »
June 18th, 1994. 21 years ago, Giants' Stadium, New Jersey. Ray Houghton's goal - Ireland 1, Italy 0.

General discussion / The US policing crisis thread
« on: April 28, 2015, 07:10:37 AM »
Just read an article in the Atlantic about so-called "rough rides." Apparently there's a plethora of nicknames for the practice of cuffing someone, throwing him in the back of a van, not strapping him in, and then driving around like a maniac to rough the victim up. "Bringing him to the front" is the act of sudden braking to slam him against the front panel, also known as a "screen test." In Philly they call them "nickel rides" after amusement park rides. If they've got that many names for it then it's a good bet that it's a fairly common practice.

For all this talk of condemning the rioting in Baltimore, which you have to do, I feel a bit uncomfortable with this American culture of hero worship for anyone in a uniform. If someone serves in the military you have to refer to them as a "hero" and thank him for his service, even if you know nothing about him or what he did when he was on tour. You don't know if he spent his time as a mechanic in the base or shooting up civilians on the street. And I certainly don't get this habit some people have of saying "I support the police." As far as I'm concerned I'll be grateful for when they do a good job the same way I'm grateful to the waitress who gives good service that I'm paying for.

I'd make an exception maybe for the likes of firemen since they're not generally armed and not in much of a position to abuse any power. But this doctrine of porcine infallibility makes me very uncomfortable and it will be America's undoing if they don't do a better job of policing the policemen.

General discussion / China
« on: April 14, 2015, 09:37:58 PM »
Some amazing acts of defiance here. This is what you call holding out for the best possible deal!

GAA Discussion / Rule idea for Gaelic football wrt high fielding
« on: April 03, 2015, 08:01:31 PM »
Idea - The “flying mark” or the “555 timer” rule:

  • Ball is kicked a distance longer than 20 meters.
  • Players go up, one of them makes a catch.
  • Player who makes the catch cannot be tackled for another 5 seconds, and his opponents have 5 seconds to put 5 meters between themselves and the point where the catch was made. Failure to comply by any one player results in a free to the man who made the catch, and the free has to be taken from the hands immediately. 


  • Incentivizes longer kicks
  • Rewards high fielding
  • Discourages blanket defenses
  • Blanket defenses can now only happen with shorter range passes (usually hand passes), so it’s a disincentive to overly rely on the hand pass
  • The five second rule incentivizes the catching player to quickly get rid of the ball, or start making a run if he has room.
    Keeps the game flowing without necessarily the interruptions you get in Ozzie Rules where there is a free awarded regardless


  • How do you measure five meters in the heat of a game? Could be one more thing for referees to remember when they’re already loaded with responsibilities.
  • If the catching player holds onto the ball, everyone has to start counting to five to be able to tell when he can be tackled again. Adds another level of complication to the game, but we might be able to live with that.


General discussion / Sci Fi
« on: April 03, 2015, 07:42:44 AM »
This week I discovered that Blakes 7 is on YouTube. I think it's all up there. My productivity has plummeted and binge-watching has commenced. I never saw all of it the first time around either, so I'm seeing all the early episodes for the first time. Superb writing and acting. I wish the BBC or someone would do what they did for Star Trek TOS and re-do the special effects for the space shots.

General discussion / 2015 UK general election
« on: March 26, 2015, 09:12:04 PM »
PMQs was good crack yesterday. Funny so so much of the media missed the rise of the SNP over the years.

General discussion / The dress
« on: February 27, 2015, 08:06:04 PM »
It's gold and white, so it is.

General discussion / Polygamy
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:30:21 AM »
I say legalize it.

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