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General discussion / Trivia
« on: September 13, 2009, 09:59:19 PM »
Stick in some really useless trivia/facts that you know?

if you add up all the numbers on a roulette wheel you get 666

General discussion / A Heart Warming Story
« on: August 28, 2009, 06:34:14 PM »
His words, not mine...

how can he think its heart warming FFS.

US kidnap survivor 'doing great' 

Suspect's rambling account
Garrido's 'forensic awareness' 
A woman freed in California 18 years after being kidnapped at the age of 11 is said to have had a happy reunion with her mother.

Jaycee Lee Dugard had been living in her alleged kidnapper's home in a suburb of San Francisco after her abduction 200 miles (322km) away.

She and the two children he allegedly fathered with her are "doing great", stepfather Carl Probyn said.

Mr Probyn said his ex-wife had been struck by how young Jaycee looked.

Jaycee's stepfather gives details to ABC's Good Morning America
He and Jaycee's mother divorced after the abduction and he told US media how he had endured years of "hell", under suspicion of having played a part in his stepdaughter's kidnapping.

Jaycee Dugard was forced into a car on her way to school in front of his eyes. He had tried in vain to give chase on a bicycle.

Ms Dugard's alleged abductor and his wife have both been arrested as police search their home in Antioch.

Phillip Garrido, 58, is being held on suspicion of various kidnapping and sex charges. He is already a convicted rapist and kidnapper.

His wife Nancy, 54, was allegedly with him during the kidnapping in South Lake Tahoe, a town in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains.

'Guilt over bonding'

Ms Dugard has retained custody of her children and is staying at a motel in the San Francisco region, according to the US authorities.

She, her two daughters, her sister, her mother and another relative were at the reunion on Thursday, Mr Probyn said.

"I think they're pretty happy," he added.

In interviews on NBC, ABC and CBS on Friday morning, Mr Probyn said the most surprising thing to his wife had been that Jaycee still looked very young.

"She looks very young, she looks very healthy," Mr Probyn said. "She told me that Jaycee feels really guilty for bonding with this guy. She has a real guilt trip."

He said he was struggling to understand why his stepdaughter had not come forward earlier.

"I don't know if she was brainwashed, I don't know if she was walking around on the street, I don't know if she was locked up under key for 18 years, I have no idea," he said.

Elisabeth Fritzl (Austria): Held 1984, aged 18; found 2008
Shawn Hornbeck (US): Abducted 2002, aged 11; found 2007
Natascha Kampusch (Austria): Abducted 1998, aged 10; escaped 2006
Elizabeth Smart (US): Abducted 2002, aged 14; found 2003
Steven Staynor (US): Abducted 1972, aged 14; escaped 1980

Timeline: Jaycee Lee Dugard case 
DNA tests are being taken to confirm Ms Dugard's identity as the police investigation progresses.

Police have removed a car from the suspects' home in Antioch.

They said they had found a vehicle which matched a description of the car originally described at the time of the abduction.

'A disgusting thing'

Fred Kollar, undersheriff in El Dorado County where South Lake Tahoe is located, this week described finding a makeshift compound in the backyard consisting of sheds, tents and outbuildings.

Phillip Garrido allegedly fathered two children with Ms Dugard, police say
The true identity of the backyard's inhabitants only emerged after Mr Garrido was called in along with his "family" for a parole office hearing on Wednesday.

Suspicions had been aroused when Mr Garrido, who has a printing business, was seen acting suspiciously towards the children as he tried to enter the University of California, Berkeley, campus to hand out religious literature.

Diane Doty, a neighbour, has said she often heard children playing in the backyard.

"I asked my husband, 'Why is he [Garrido] living in tents?'" she said on Thursday.

"And he said, 'Maybe that is how they like to live.'"

The alleged abductor has himself told a US TV channel that his story was "heart-warming".

"It's a disgusting thing that took place with me at the beginning, but I turned my life completely around," Mr Garrido told KCRA television from El Dorado County jail.

Court records show that Mr Garrido was convicted of kidnapping and raping a 25-year-old woman in South Lake Tahoe in 1976.


General discussion / CCTV of Gerrard incident released
« on: July 21, 2009, 07:05:35 PM »
Looked at this a few times and cant see any "boxer speed punches" being thrown, or any digs for that matter. One thing I did notice, there was a lot of them wearing the same blue tops.
I did think he was doing a piss at one stage, but it was behind the bar.

make your own mind up

General discussion / 118 800
« on: July 11, 2009, 10:55:36 AM »
this is due to launch shortly and I have been trying for the last few days to have my number listed as ex-directory, and guess what! the site is suspended for "improvements" whilst this may be correct it was down on Thursday and Friday fro maintenance, with the message that it would be up on Saturday.

wonder if it is due to the volume of people trying to go ex-directory?

if you do want you number removed the instructions were

log onto 1, 

2, Click on ‘Ex Directory’ at top right hand side of page, from there it’s straight forward.

thats the way it was working but i cant get onto it to make sure. i will be getting my number off it if possible.

have many done this?

General discussion / 20p could get you £50
« on: July 02, 2009, 07:13:38 PM »
Start the rummaging in you piggy banks, and you childrens ones as well. I thought I had one,  it turned out I was just blind

A batch of 20p coins accidentally issued with no date on them could be worth £50 each, say coin collectors.

Tens of thousands of the coins have been produced in error by the Royal Mint at Llantrisant, near Cardiff.

They are said to be the first undated British coins to enter circulation for more than 300 years.

The Royal Mint said the issue had been resolved but wanted to reassure the public that the faulty 20p coins were still legal tender.

But with experts saying the coins could be worth up to £50 each, anyone finding an undated 20p may be reluctant to put it towards a loaf of bread.

The date on the new 20p was moved from the 'tails' to the 'heads' side when the country's coins were redesigned last year.

The coins without a date were created by accidentally pairing up the new 'tails' side with the old 'heads' - meaning no date appeared at all.

Legal tender

A batch of somewhere between 50,000 and 200,000 of the coins are thought to have entered circulation.

A Royal Mint spokesperson said: "The Royal Mint can confirm that a small number of new design 20 pence coins have been incorrectly struck using the obverse from the previous design, resulting in these coins having no date.

"The issue has now been resolved and the Royal Mint would like to reassure members of the public that these coins are legal tender."

The 20p piece was first struck in 1982
The Tudor Rose design was used continuously on the 20p until 2008
There have been two other coins with errors struck in the decimal era since 1971, but they did not enter circulation.
The first British coin issued with a date in numerals was the English 1551 silver crown of King Edward VI
From 1662 onwards all coins have carried the date of issue
In the mid-19th century, Queen Victoria issued a series of silver florins that were dated in Roman numerals
Source: The London Mint Office
Nick Hart, of specialist coin collector company The London Mint Office, said: "Last year the Royal Mint changed all the designs of our circulating coinage, which is a tradition every 40 years or so.

"And when they did this they struck a new design on one side of the coin and the old design on the reverse of the coin and that's led to one of the sides being undated - which makes them incredibly valuable."

He added: "We believe this extremely rare error will certainly get the public looking at the coins in their pockets again and noticing the excellent new designs launched by the Royal Mint last year on our coinage."

Matthew Dent, 26, from Bangor, Gwynedd, won a competition to design the first new British coin series for 40 years.

The London Mint Office said there had been two other coins with errors produced in the decimal era, but they did not enter circulation.

In 1983 some 2p coins were struck with a die that used the old terminology "NEW PENCE" instead of "TWO PENCE".

And in 1994 a gold £2 commemorative coin was issued with the wrong legend on the Queen's portrait side.

From  the bbc

and I am looking 10%  :D   

Local GAA Discussion / The Down Thread FAO Admin
« on: June 05, 2009, 10:32:59 PM »
is it me or are people unable to post on the Down thread? Admin if this is true any chance of getting it sorted?

General discussion / Pringles lose Appeal Court case
« on: May 20, 2009, 05:59:15 PM »
Well I always thought it was a crisp!

Procter & Gamble will be forced to pay tens of millions of pounds in VAT after losing a legal battle with the taxman over its Pringles snack.

The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Revenue, which has long maintained that Pringles constitute a potato snack and are, therefore, liable for VAT.

A High Court judge ruled last summer that the snack was exempt from the tax.

Foods are usually exempt from VAT, but one of the few exceptions is the humble potato crisp.

'Reasonable view'

A High Court judge ruled last July that Pringles' packaging, "unnatural shape" and the fact that the potato content is less than 50% meant the snack was exempt form VAT.

The Appeal Court judges disagreed.

"There is more than enough potato content for it to be a reasonable view that it is made from potato," said Lord Justice Jacob.

Potatoes make up 42% of the Pringles' ingredients.

He added that the lawyer acting for the Revenue advised him the VAT due on the sale of Pringles was "as much as £100m of tax for the past and about £20m a year for the future."

But a spokesperson for Procter & Gamble said the company had been paying VAT on the snack pending the appeal process, and so was not liable for any back taxes.


While praising the "simplicity and common sense" of the judges, Toby O'Reilly, director in indirect tax at Ernst & Young, said an opportunity had been missed to provide "coherent guidance" on which snacks are, and which are not, subject to VAT.

At last year's High Court hearing, Procter & Gamble insisted that their best-selling product was not similar to potato crisps, because of their "mouth melt" taste, "uniform colour" and "regular shape" which "is not found in nature".

It also argued that potato crisps - unlike Pringles - did not contain non-potato flours, and were not packaged in tubes.

Pringles are more like a cake or a biscuit, it claimed, because they are manufactured from dough.

General discussion / Google Chrome
« on: April 17, 2009, 10:39:10 AM »
what is it and what does it do? anyone using it?

I googled it and read it on Wiki but its a load of techno speek

General discussion / Dont Drink the Water
« on: April 14, 2009, 12:49:27 PM »
Water alert 'could last all day'

A water safety alert affecting about 220,000 households across Northern Ireland could last all day, officials have warned.

People in Greater Belfast and parts of counties Antrim and Down have been asked to boil cooking and drinking water in case it is contaminated.

NI Water issued a warning on Monday after a potential problem was spotted at Dunore Point treatment plant.

David Dangerfield from the company said it was a precautionary measure.

"We take thousands of water quality samples and one of the samples that was reported to us yesterday suggested there may be a problem with the treatment process," he said.

The specific affected by the problem areas include Antrim, Ballyclare, Ballymena, Belfast, Broughshane, Carnlough, Carryduff, Castlereagh, Crumlin, Dundonald, Dunmurry, Glenarm, Glenavy, Holywood, Kells, Newtownabbey, Randalstown, Templepatrick, and Toomebridge.

NI Water said tests would continue until samples returned to normal.

It said customers would be notified as soon as their water could be used without boiling.


Customers can get further information and advice by calling the Waterline on 08457 440088.

In a statement, the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency advised people affected by the alert to boil water and allow it to cool before drinking it, using it to prepare salads, fruit or vegetables that will not be cooked, brush teeth or use it in any other direct way.

Dr Richard Smithson, consultant in Communicable Disease Control, said: "It should be emphasised that the risk to public health is very low, but until the situation is resolved, the boil water advice should be followed."

NI Water is conducting further tests of the water supply and with the Public Health Agency, will advise the public when it is no longer necessary to boil water.

General discussion / Never judge a book by its cover
« on: April 12, 2009, 07:04:15 PM »
Think this is a classic example of that addage.

watched this last night on Britains got talent, she stated she wanted to be like Elaine Paige, I thought oh my god he we go another twat going to make a fool of themselves.

General discussion / Belfast Dalek
« on: April 07, 2009, 01:04:08 PM »

just noticed this this morning and I have no idea how long its been there. Someone has painted a giant Dalek on the side of the black mountain, anyone know what its all about?

General discussion / Comic Relief
« on: March 13, 2009, 09:15:19 PM »
Any one watching this?

3000 children under 5 die a day from malaria in Africa!!!!!!!

and fair play to those 9 that climed Kilimanjaro,

General discussion / Cricket
« on: February 07, 2009, 06:33:45 PM »
England are getting hammered in the cricket

England capitulated to 23-6, still 51 runs from making West Indies bat again, on day four of the first Test.

hope they score less than 49

General discussion / Champions League 2011
« on: January 29, 2009, 04:18:31 PM »
its going to be in Wembly in 2011 according to the BBC, plus Dublin's Lansdowne Road has been picked to host the 2011 final of the Europa League, previously the Uefa Cup, as Arsenal's Emirates Stadium missed out.

General discussion / Burgers and Chips anyone
« on: January 18, 2009, 06:20:36 PM »
From the Waldgeist Restaurant

The beer is served in quantities of ½, 1 or 2 litres ! 

You‘ll be able to devour a Schnitzel XXL
(You can order ½ or ¼ portions – Yeah! Right!)

Or a lumberjack steak
(Approx. 600 grams – just over 1¼ lb)

As a specialty, they offer you the "Bembel of Grauens" a mixture of
Bacardi rum & cola drink in a 4 litres glass
(The "Bembel des Todes" version is 8 litres)


The XXL sautéed escalope
with some accompanying chips

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