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General discussion / Re: Secondary School Teaching
« on: November 14, 2006, 09:04:27 PM »
If you think you have it in you, Jack, go for it. There is no better feeling than doing something you love, and the good days by far outnumber the the bad days. As someone else experienced, I had the benefit of teaching in England initially. Inner-city Birmingham (Handsworth) was a tough baptism and I haven't experienced such trials and tribulations since. I've also had a 18-month stint in a Primary School but didn't think that age suited my interests. All-in-all, this is my 10th year behind the desk and provided you stick to what you want to do in teaching and not take on extra responsibility for solely prestige reasons, you'll enjoy it. Although you think it's better than a 9-5 job, you'll find out it's actually an 8-8 job. Don't forget you take your work home with you and will spend much of Sunday preparing as well. The Summer, Christmas and Easter holidays are very welcome.

In terms of discipline, you'll find your own methods. Some teachers shout, some are silent and both can work for different teachers. It's not a glamorous job and the pressure from those in authority as well as parents can sometimes leave you feeling disillusioned. Coping with this is the key. But sure that's the same in any walk of life.

GAA Discussion / Re: Slim Shady Makes it at last !!
« on: November 14, 2006, 07:36:57 AM »
Hostilities aside, good luck to Slim on Sunday - very few of us have played at that level. Has it be said, although the TV is meant to put a locka pounds on you, judging by the UTV coverage, Slim must eat chocolate all day long.

However, I question Cargin's participation in the replay. Their antics on Sunday were nothing short of disgraceful, from their keeper running 40 yards to deck someone, another blatant punch and their opposing manager being grabbed by the throat. Cargin should be thrown out and Lamh Dhearg reinstated in their place. I just hope that Clontibret, although they seemed a well behaved bunch, do not attempt to exact revenge on Sunday.

Well, the last 5 All-Irelands have seen just four teams compete. Kerry (2/4) Tyrone (2/2) Armagh (1/2) and Mayo (0/2). Can any team break this dominance? Well, the Jackeens, despite their obvious failings, do seem to be edging closer to an All-Ireland final. I feel that a change of management will see this happen - a bit like Armagh pre-2002, coupled with a Player-of-the-Year season for Brogan. I cannot envisage a breakthrough from any other teams in Ulster, Connacht and Leinster. I still think there's a big year in Cork.

GAA Discussion / Re: Hello new board- goodbye new board
« on: November 13, 2006, 09:39:05 PM »
Boys ignore the crap written here, and the foul language used by midlouth - a poor example to set for the kids of Ireland.

People hark back to the 'good ole days' of the old board (pre 2001) - even though it had about 500 topics on the one page! If the Laois, Kerry, Louths of this world don't like it, it's because they simply don't have the numbers to create heir own county threads. The northerners can't help it if they're passionate about the Games. As someone said earlier, I never open half the threads, just those that interest me. I find it no hassle at all.

GAA Discussion / GAA on the British Pathe
« on: November 13, 2006, 09:10:40 PM »

Some great early footage - all free. The animals dominate it though.....

Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling and Football Thread
« on: November 12, 2006, 09:24:45 PM »
Rossa camogs getting hot under the collars.  - only click on this link if you support their stand.

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC
« on: November 12, 2006, 07:14:27 PM »
Another typical Autumn Errigal/Enniskillen game. Low scoring (3-3 at HT) with the introduction of Canavan at half time the deciding factor. I think he swung over 4 (3 from frees) and created enough panic in the Gaels' defence to force them into conceding scorable frees - something they weren't doing in the first.

To be honest, I cannot see an Ulster title in Errigal. Their brand of possession football doesn't really suit the heavy conditions and up front they still seem to be too reliant on God being on the field.

General discussion / Goons 3 Liverpool 0
« on: November 12, 2006, 07:09:29 PM »
Surprisingly easy. A piss-poor Liverpool team were overturned with relative ease. Arsenal have played better in recent games and not won. I liked the Clichy-Gallas-Toure-Eboue back four. Fairly tight defensively with an attacking element down both flanks (even though it was the central defenders who scored). Good to see Henry rolling the sleeves up and getting stuck in - played the captain's part well. Again, Hleb and Fab spent much of the game weaving nice patterns - sometimes it works.

What is slightly annoying is that having won at Old Trafford and annihilated Liverpool, Arsenal are still 10 off the pace. No more losses to bottom half teams needed.

GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin launch new jersey
« on: November 11, 2006, 06:03:27 PM »
Boys, guarantee yourselves success. Follow the Northern lead.

General discussion / Re: Official Gooners Thread
« on: November 11, 2006, 05:32:06 PM »
I believe Rosicky pulled up in training. A pity, as he was starting to shine as an attacking force.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: November 11, 2006, 01:27:53 PM »
I see Errigal/Enniskillen is live on TG4 tommorrow, 1415.

GAA Discussion / Re: Manager Of The Year?
« on: November 11, 2006, 01:07:14 PM »
Point of the Year: Mickey Harte making the point that the IR is a waste of time.

Pat Spillane Bollix of the Year: Pillar Caffrey's attack on Beefer.

General discussion / Re: Official Gooners Thread
« on: November 11, 2006, 01:02:10 PM »
I see it's Liverpool v Arsenal in the Carling Cup as well. Asking the reserves to beat Everton was tough enough, but the Reds might be a Mersey journey too far.

GAA Discussion / Re: GPA Football Player of the year
« on: November 10, 2006, 11:17:48 PM »
75.8% of the board were correct then....

GAA Discussion / Re: Avatars
« on: November 10, 2006, 10:54:04 PM »
Done it for you Rufus:

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