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General discussion / Re: Fionn's Friday Night 90's Indie Disco
« on: June 21, 2020, 11:45:51 AM »
More for the playlist...

Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro (1990) -

The Verve - She's A Superstar (1992) -

The Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch (1999) -

Nirvana - I Hate Myself And I Want To Die (1993) -

Edwyn Collins - A Girl Like You (1995) -

Saint Etienne - I Was Born On Christmas Day (1993) -

General discussion / Fionn's Friday Night 90's Indie Disco
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:51:12 PM »
Due to popular demand (possibly astroturfed), the offshoot of the "Banging 90's choons!" thread, the 90's indie disco thread is now here from "Fionn the Spin Doctor". Mostly guitar based, not hugely commercial though this doesn't exclude top ten smash hits or even number ones & we may slip in the odd big rock anthem if it doesn't feel completely out of place. Alternative rock, shoegazing, psychedelia, dreampop, art rock and some occasional doses of Britpop, grunge & Alternative dance from the decade all wanted for the playlist. No posers, no under 18's, ID checked at the door.

Pulp - Common People (1996) -

Dubstar - Not So Manic Now (1995) -

The Dandy Warhols - Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth (1998) -

Bush - Swallowed (1996) -

House of Love - Shine On (1990) -

Oasis - Slide Away (1994) -

EDIT: And once again, no c**k teasers! Label your links.

General discussion / Re: Banging 90's choons!
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:23:57 PM »
Something for the ladies

Oi, I said no c**k teasers! I expected better from you Armaghniac. :(

For the record, the link is to "Saturday Night" by Whigfield. And I have to say that if this screenshot from her Facebook profile promoting a "living room gig" last month is anything to go by, she's looking pretty well for 50 years old...

General discussion / Re: Weather
« on: June 18, 2020, 12:51:03 PM »
Met Éireann website now includes details of weather warnings in place in NI...

The move, by the Irish national weather service, Met Éireann, aims to ensure that those who commute or travel cross-border can access the latest warnings.

It is part of a series of upgrades to its warnings page, which are being implemented this week.

Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack said the proposal was approved after being discussed with the UK Met Office.

The organisation collaborates closely with the Met Office which will maintain responsibility for issuing severe weather warnings for Northern Ireland.

It says it may also include warnings issued by Met Éireann in the Republic of Ireland in the future.

General discussion / Re: Banging 90's choons!
« on: June 18, 2020, 12:30:14 PM »
Yer bouncers (like all bouncers to be fair) aren't too bright.
(Go check the fire escape around the side)

In other words, you're too cheap to pay the fiver at the door!  ;)
Hope you told all the girls you were trying to impress, this.  ;D

Patrons' I'm trying to keep this thread more towards the dance/house/rave and other derivatives of the 90's. There is a special 90's rock & indie night for those interested - if someone doesn't set up a thread for that, then I'll look at accommodating it later. Keep y'all happy.

As an offshoot, anyone ever tune in to Energy 106? I'd mention Kiss 106 too if I could, but its signal from Louth got blocked into Fintona thanks to the Fivemiletown mountain.

General discussion / Re: Banging 90's choons!
« on: June 15, 2020, 09:12:38 AM »
Yeah, breaking the rules. But I can't hear your complaints over the booming tunes!!

Your name isn't down. Who let you in?

Will do a list tomorrow I worked in the Elk from 2000 -2004 so remember all the classics it was a great time for Dance music.

Maybe now is a great time for Dance music but we’re just too old??

There's a theory ever since Ike Turner & Bill Hayley started playing with an electric guitar that most folks regard the music they listened to in their teens & early 20's as a high point in pop music and that it's been downhill since, other than an occasional exception.

General discussion / Re: Banging 90's choons!
« on: June 14, 2020, 03:02:39 PM »
@gawa316 - must call foul on your Basement Jaxx nomination, as "Where's your head at" was only released in late 2001! Darude with "Sandstorm" gets in on a technicality, as while it was only released in Ireland & UK in 2000, it was first released in his home country of Finland in 1999 ;)

Some additions...

Wildchild - Renegade Master (Fatboy Slim Old Skool Mix) (1998) -

Altern-8 w/PP Arnold - Evapor 8 (1992) -

Bamboo - Bamboogie (1998) -

Vengaboys - Superfly Slick Dick (1999) -

DJ Quicksilver - Bellissima (1996) -

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: June 14, 2020, 02:39:23 PM »
So much for player burn out at youth level.

If you are u16 and playing minor (which most club will have) then you have league matches on 1st, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 20th, 24th and 27th August. Thats 10 games in 26 days before you start into playoffs and championship.

It’s great to see football back but I think this is too much. Run the minor and u14 in August and September then run the u16 competitions.

We're in extraordinary times, and these are extraordinary measures. No perfect schedule in these circumstances exist. In saying that...

(1) You could have the schedule of the five league rounds at U14 & Minor, along with championship 1st round & quarter final where possible up to the end of the month or the first weekend of September, leaving just league & championship semi finals and finals beyond this, with Under 16 competitions commencing after the first weekend of September, and hopefully have all youth competitions wrapped up by Halloween. However, this is a very minor criticism - the CCC have had to organise things in quite a hurry and have to be commended for what they've come up with. Not to mention that should a "second wave" of COVID-19 come around and a reintroduction of lockdown measures are brought in, you potentially leave the U16 competitions unfinished/void. Best to play them off quickly if you can.

(2) Consideration should have also been given for all the main five league rounds at youth level to be possibly played at 13-a-side, including Grades 1 & 2, to help out with a possible reduction of involved players as well as the compressed schedule, but maintain that in grades 1 & 2 that league semi-finals and championship games would be 15-a-side only.

...but if you were to ask many teenage lads of the potential U16/Minor schedule they face, especially as it is ironically one of the best times (or should be) of the year to play it in, I'm sure they'd prefer competitive games to the endless drone of training sessions. We normally have a drought of fixtures for August!

Has there been any word on what might happen with the go games blitzes?

U8 & U10 Go-Games, U12 league, U13 league, U21 championships & hurling competitions. Not to mention ladies football & camogie.

I could see two or three Go-games blitzes organised at both age levels. They usually end in early September but I could see them taking place up until the end of September, especially if the weather is kind & maybe the last round of them could be floodlit? Would be a nice one-off occasion for those participating to do so under lights.

Hard to know about the U12 league, I suspect if it goes ahead it'll almost certainly be on a scaled-back single round robin of five rounds.

U13 league - It's possible that this won't happen in 2020, but last year's competition didn't start until October. I reckon the CCC are adopting a "wait and see" approach as to wherever this might be possible.

U21 championships - I can see this not being played this year, especially given the way it has gone over the last number of years.

Hurling - Quite likely we'll get at least the SHC final - the JHC & JHC "B" competitions are more doubtful? Little word on U12 & U14 club hurling within the county.

Ladies Football - will have to take similar measures to their male counterparts e.g. senior leagues will need to be split into sections with a reduced amount of games. If the youth leagues are going to be played, then they'll have to adopt a similar split as well (girls underage football in Tyrone is usually played as one All-County section per grade, as opposed to usually two for the boys).

The Camogs? I'll let those who know better talk about that!

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: June 13, 2020, 03:24:41 AM »
Where did you get that?

Minor league round 2 on Thursday 09th August is clashing with the u16s on Saturday 09th August! :o

General discussion / Re: Banging 90's choons!
« on: June 12, 2020, 10:11:32 PM »
Point of order: No posting of links without a label please. Don't have us to click on a link just to see what you're saying.

I fully endorse this. Don't be a c**k tease.

General discussion / Re: Digital Re-tune
« on: June 12, 2020, 10:09:23 PM »
Just a heads up for anyone receiving Freeview from Divis Mountain - the COM8 multiplex is being switched off by the end of this month. If you can receive Now 80's on channel number 83, then you are receiving COM8. It is moving to COM7, which you are receiving if you can watch BBC News HD on channel number 107. Some services are closing on 22nd June...

55 - 5STAR+1
56 - 5USA+1
67 - CBS Reality+1
69 - CBS Justice+1
89 - Together+1*
109 - Channel 4+1 HD
110 - 4seven HD
115 - TJC HD

...while some services are moving to COM7...

64 - FreeSports
83 - NOW 80s
93 - PBS America+1
96 - Forces TV
111 - QVC HD
112 - QVC Beauty HD
113 - QUEST HD
205 - CBeebies HD

... The channel 5 & CBS +1 channels listed above will leave Freeview. Channel 4 +1 HD & 4seven HD will still be available in SD, as will TJC if you're fussed. Sewing Quarter is moving from COM8 to PSB3, so ironically will be in many more homes!

The channels moving from COM8 to COM7 or PSB3 will remain "on air" on COM8 until 25th June, in the channel numbers 780+ before being replaced by a caption on each channel advising to retune, the power switch being flicked off on COM8 on 30th June.

General discussion / Banging 90's choons!
« on: June 12, 2020, 09:48:38 PM »
Going on a bit of a nostalgia trip at the moment. Can't embed YouTube clips here when nearly every other internet forum now does (Biffo mafia, sort it out!) So some links to a few bass speaker testers will have to do. Bring your own glo sticks...

Beastie Boys - Intergalatic (1998) -

The Source & Candi Staton - You Got The Love (Now Voyager Mix) (1996) -

Touch & Go - Would You? (1998) -

Sash! - Encore Une Fois (1996) -

The Prodigy - Out of Space (1992) -

KLF - What Time Is Love? (Live At Trancentral) (1990) -

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: June 12, 2020, 09:27:20 PM »
Fair play to the co board. Great proposal

+1. Not much more to add given the extraordinary circumstances.

General discussion / Re: 11-Plus Proposal
« on: June 04, 2020, 12:06:55 PM »
FTR, there's decades of research written about the overall academic outcomes between the parts of England still using academic selection, and those that don't. The general consensus is that on an overall basis, those English counties still using academic selection are achieving no better overall outcomes compared to elsewhere in the country.

Any links please (genuinely interested)?

Don't have any off hand, apologies, my understanding of this is from talking online to English-based teachers and academics - not an unbiased source, but they reckon socioeconomic & demographic backgrounds weight more in academic achievement than a selective stream. I'll try and get some later if I have the time.

What I have off hand the last PISA test scores came out back in December. NI's general report card could be termed as "Okay" but certainly not world beaters...

Pisa tests: NI pupils better than world average at reading

In Northern Ireland, Pisa 2018 was conducted from October 2018 to January 2019, with a representative sample of 2,360 15-year-old pupils in 75 schools.

There was particular focus on reading skills in this year's OECD analysis.

Within the UK, students from Northern Ireland slightly outperformed their counterparts in Wales but were a little behind those in England in reading, maths and science.

Pupils in Northern Ireland were ranked just above those in Scotland for maths and science, but below them in reading.

The UK as a whole is ranked 14th in the world in reading.

The Republic of Ireland performed better than all UK countries in reading where it is ranked eighth in the world.

The PISA testing system certainly isn't without its flaws, but it's perhaps the best one out there at present. The BBC NI article linked above is worth the brief read IMO.

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