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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: June 11, 2021, 02:12:41 PM »
The cost of living has gone up a good bit with things like that. I think restaurants are up a good few quid on things like main course price too and then small things like haircuts etc are up too. I think in general the world has just got a lot more expensive...

I wouldn't know  :D

Anyways, wife was telling me that the South are requiring pet passports for entering the South ffs!! I've two dogs and was looking to head down for a break, has there been an out break of rabies in the south.. My dogs are Irish so will they need a passport?  ::)

Yes dog passports are required for taking them to the South, with the exception of Irish Setter or Kerry Blue Terrier breeds.

German Shepherds are fine going down but you ll need the passport to get back and will have to go via Larne for a vet check

Any dog without a passport will have to be quarantined in Larne. Which is OK as it is already full of mongrels.

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: June 06, 2021, 10:13:31 PM »
Just watched "Time" episode 1 on BBC. It has the makings of the best drama series of the year. Sean Bean is excellent and Stephen Graham is even better. It is grim but keeps you engaged with the back stories.

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - Under New Management
« on: May 24, 2021, 10:12:36 AM »
First child arriving in September and it's a boy. We're still undecided on a name.
Thinking Billy, Alisdair or maybe Cecil.

What if it's a boy?

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General discussion / Re: Guess the Sindo Headline
« on: May 16, 2021, 12:02:43 AM »
Don't even think about bringing the Old IRA v PIRA thread discussion here.

Are the board moderators going to censor the discussion if it doesn't agree with their agenda?

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - Arlene overboard!
« on: April 28, 2021, 04:47:48 PM »
Went on and had a listen to that, insane that these people operate in our daily lives.  She is from the ‘old guard’ of DUPism.  Her deluded point is that the values the DUP once had are not as staunch as they once were and she is blaming Arlene for that. 

Arlene is in a unique situation where younger people are getting involved in politics and the DUP have to either adopt to the new majority or go extinct.  She is now getting it from the older generation for catering to the new generation.

Leadership will always get the raw deal when transition is involved, regardless of politics, business, sport.  In terms of the DUP, they either adapt and move forward, or they will eventually peter out.

If she had her finger on the pulse of a young voter, it wasn't in his wrist.
Get Iris Robinson out of retirement then, she seems to have her finger on the pulse with young voters while still catering to the firebrands!

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: April 20, 2021, 11:41:59 PM »
Songwriter Jim Steinman, 73.

He must have suffered a "total eclipse of the heart".
I already got my coat and on the way out.

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General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: March 31, 2021, 03:19:17 PM »
Pretty sure there were prominent members of FF and FG at the Garda funeral including Charlie Flanagan a minister, if reports are to be believed.

Charlie Flanagan was a has been. There is a difference between him and a leader. If Gerry Adams had gone to Storey funeral and O'Neill and McDonald had stayed away then there wouldn't have been an issue. That is what leadership is about.

For me there is a difference between a Garda who was on killed in the line of duty serving his country and Bobby Storey who at best was a lay citizen and, well at worst, someone trying to destroy the state. One funeral deserves to have leaders of the country at it and the other doesn't.

The mask slips. Your concern has nothing to do with public health. You're outrage is totally dependant on who was in the coffin - ergo you, like Column Eastwood and co. are just using a man's funeral (disregarding his family's grief) in order to score the cheapest of political points. Does covid not spread at Garda funerals, no?

I'm not sure I was masking anything, I have been pretty upfront with my opinions. I'm not scoring political points because I am not a politician.
There is a public health issue absolutely. Regulations were broken at both funerals. But if Gerry Adams unelected citizen attends Bobby Storey Funeral it a breach but that's it. But once Mary Lou, Pearce Doherty, Michelle O'Neill (Deputy First Minister) attends then it is an issue. She is making the rules and then breaking them. Why is she allowed to attend a funeral that breaks regulations and rest of us not? Additionally there were further breaches at the Graveside Oration (Michelle O'Neill posed for pics with 2 Dublin SF members).

With regards to the Garda, Political Leaders should attend as they are representing the state and by extension all of the people. The Garda was murdered on duty. If he dies in his sleep off duty then no, they shouldn't attend. I think it's pretty clear. Many of the other attendees though have broken the regulations.

That's my view anyhow.

If it is ok to risk the health of the elderly and vulnerable because a Garda died on duty. Then why are the regulations there at all?


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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - Fleg Lives Matter
« on: March 26, 2021, 04:48:21 PM »
Sammy on the How to win friends and influence people tour.


Rep. Kevin J. Boyle
@RepKevinBoyle

Sounds like Sammy Wilson of the DUP is still heartbroken his hero Donald Trump didn’t win re-election. Fortunately for everyone else President Biden’s Administration will uphold the Good Friday Agreement and its core tenants.

https://belfastmedia.com/sammy-wilson-brands-president-biden-a-bigoted-ignoramus-as-nio-sends-official-to-washington-over-irish-sea-tensions

The bare faced (arsed) cheek of him.

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General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: March 18, 2021, 04:22:22 PM »
Of the many Countries (60 or 70?) that got out of the British clutches NONE have asked to go back under their control.
Larnaparka raises an interesting point....what happens if we vite NO?
But in all but one case, Ireland, none of these countries were ever part of the United Kingdom itself

In no case did any of these places have a knife edge balance where around half the population was desperate to remain under British control

When NI was created, there was a hefty Protestant/Unionist majority

That changed largely because Catholics/Nationalists started outbreeding Protestants/Unionists

So, in a hypothetical situation where a border poll went the way of unification by 50.1% to 49.9%, what happens then if Protestants/Unionists start outbreeding Catholics/Nationalists and within a short time have tipped the balance back the other way

If Hong Kong held a referendum on whether it wanted to go back under British control now, it would be interesting to see which way it would go

The people of Hong Kong didn't get a vote to leave British control. This was a deal done between China and Britain after the opium wars. So any referendum voting to rejoin with Britain would not be a change of mind by the majority in Hong Kong.

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General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: March 18, 2021, 03:26:22 PM »
If the Irish government were to announce tomorrow they were starting to plan for a united Ireland and demanding a border poll it would only cause more tension/problems.
Cause more problems and tensions? Are you for real? You are really failing to grasp the fact that there is going to be a border poll and it will be relatively soon. Are you suggesting the Irish government would be better just sleepwalking into it and not being prepared for it's outcome, than to actually be prepared?

The Irish government are the sensible ones unlike SF demanding the poll be called.
Again, SF are demanding that the planning start. They are not calling for a poll to be held tomorrow. You've had this pointed out to you numerous times, so drop the straw man argument.

IF SF want a poll to pass they need to bring the DUP/unionists with them and not force them into something they don't want and are not going to vote for
What claptrap. If SF want a polll to pass, they need to bring 50%+1 with them. It's right there in black and white in the GFA. There is absolutely no requirement for a majority of the DUP/unionists to support it. By definition, that can't even happen. When a majority of people vote for reunification, then reunification it is. The days of a unionist veto are over. And if a slim nationalist majority want unity, then you, as a democrat will surely support it? You wouldn't want to "force them into something they don't want" by insisting their wishes be ignored because unionism doesn't like it?

That's the square your position seems unable to circle in your frantic opposition to argue against a border poll. You want unionists to be engaged in a debate about it, yet when it's suggested the Irish government do that very thing, you deem that unacceptable incase it upsets said unionists.

You really think it's that simple? 50.000000001% votes for a united Ireland and everything is settled? I don't see how anything can be settled unless both sides are happy with the deal. Its this nonsense from SF/DUP who both think that the other should do what they want that has the NI assembly in such a mess and anything but a well run functioning government.

If a majority of the population in the north vote for a U.I. 50%+1, then their wishes must be observed. Like the Brexit vote in the U.K. almost 50% voted to remain, but brexit went ahead because the majority voted for it.
That is how democracy works. Pandering to a minority will risk the majority losing faith in democracy and seeking other ways to achieve what they will have voted for.
OK, but pretty much all evidence shows that a significant democratic majority in NI wants to remain in the UK

So, isn't constant agitation for a border poll which will inevitably lose "pandering to a minority"?

I am not agitating for a border poll. But when it does happen, if the majority vote for a U.I then their wishes should be observed with no minority veto. Same if the majority vote to stay within the U.K.

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General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: March 18, 2021, 02:48:53 PM »
If the Irish government were to announce tomorrow they were starting to plan for a united Ireland and demanding a border poll it would only cause more tension/problems.
Cause more problems and tensions? Are you for real? You are really failing to grasp the fact that there is going to be a border poll and it will be relatively soon. Are you suggesting the Irish government would be better just sleepwalking into it and not being prepared for it's outcome, than to actually be prepared?

The Irish government are the sensible ones unlike SF demanding the poll be called.
Again, SF are demanding that the planning start. They are not calling for a poll to be held tomorrow. You've had this pointed out to you numerous times, so drop the straw man argument.

IF SF want a poll to pass they need to bring the DUP/unionists with them and not force them into something they don't want and are not going to vote for
What claptrap. If SF want a polll to pass, they need to bring 50%+1 with them. It's right there in black and white in the GFA. There is absolutely no requirement for a majority of the DUP/unionists to support it. By definition, that can't even happen. When a majority of people vote for reunification, then reunification it is. The days of a unionist veto are over. And if a slim nationalist majority want unity, then you, as a democrat will surely support it? You wouldn't want to "force them into something they don't want" by insisting their wishes be ignored because unionism doesn't like it?

That's the square your position seems unable to circle in your frantic opposition to argue against a border poll. You want unionists to be engaged in a debate about it, yet when it's suggested the Irish government do that very thing, you deem that unacceptable incase it upsets said unionists.

You really think it's that simple? 50.000000001% votes for a united Ireland and everything is settled? I don't see how anything can be settled unless both sides are happy with the deal. Its this nonsense from SF/DUP who both think that the other should do what they want that has the NI assembly in such a mess and anything but a well run functioning government.

If a majority of the population in the north vote for a U.I. 50%+1, then their wishes must be observed. Like the Brexit vote in the U.K. almost 50% voted to remain, but brexit went ahead because the majority voted for it.
That is how democracy works. Pandering to a minority will risk the majority losing faith in democracy and seeking other ways to achieve what they will have voted for.

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - Fleg Lives Matter
« on: February 11, 2021, 11:57:40 AM »
There isn’t much logic/reason to loyalism my signature in general but it doesn’t stop them me. I think the idea behind it is as a form of “protest” "Jealousy"

Fixed that for you.

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General discussion / Re: Worst pop song of all time
« on: January 09, 2021, 09:28:31 PM »
Anyone know the name of the 70’s band that appeared on top of the pops and had an old lady playing the piano?

Was it Lieutenant Pigeon who sang Mouldy Old Dough?

All time classic!

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General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
« on: January 06, 2021, 02:03:25 PM »
A lot of unfair comments on here relating to both parents and teachers

Not really. They’re all useless.
Parents and teachers?

Every single one. All useless.

The married ones must be OK.

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General discussion / Re: Movie reccomendations
« on: December 04, 2020, 02:29:58 PM »
Dunno if this should fall in with Movies or not but I watched the musical show Hamilton on Disney+ last week.  I didn't know a single thing about it before I sat down to watch it, but I was blown away.  I thought it a fantastic show.

+1

The guy who starred in and wrote the script, music and lyrics for the show, Lin-Manuel Miranda has won a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, three Grammys, an Emmy, and two Olivier Awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award.

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