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General discussion / Re: Lions Tour
« on: Today at 12:59:58 PM »
The Lions, like the Ryder Cup is of little interest to me. It's a junket.

I'm going to be honest with you - I was waiting to see who would be the first person to trot this, or something very similar, out. It is of course all about opinions. Thankfully though, your view does not appear to be shared by the majority of the rugby following public with the result that we normally have contests of the highest standard, played before huge, partisan crowds, that makes for a thrilling sporting spectacle. The emotions of the players - both winners and losers - gives some insight into what it means for those to participate.
It is nothing more than an opinion and I am entitled to hold it, won't watch either event.
I guess people find it strange that someone would take time out from their day to go into a thread of something they have no interest in, to tell people they have no interest in it.

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Did any of you students stay the weekends? Vicoís was the spot on a Saturday and the limelight on a Friday night early to mid 90ís, cracking tunes and the staff didnít annoy anyone.

The Duke of York upstairs on a Friday was decent too

Where was vicos? I remember the name but can't remember if I was in it.
Stayed up the odd time just as had a job back home.
Shine the odd time. Was in Duke of York one weekend and it was rough so didn't go back.
The weekend nightlife round home was good so I generally always went home.


The back of Robinsons Vicoís had 3/4 floors with different tunes going on in each floor, with a guy serving free pizza downstairs, quality set up. Brunswick street

Ah yes. Was it renamed La-Lea at some point? Had a few good nights in there to be fair.
Think i remember a toilet cubicle with no lights in the corner of a dance floor. Or I could be imagining it.
No I think La Lea started off as Franklin's Gate or something. Vico's I think was round the back of Fibber Magee's where the Joxer etc. used to be.

Anyone remember the Chicago Pizza Pie Factory. Probably the first time I had seen a cocktail!

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To be fair if it's the same receipt I saw then the £6.50 pint was hoegarden (spelling) and I have never seen it not being close to £6. Peroni pints have always been a good bit dearer than the average and they were £6 on the receipt. £5.30 for a pint of tennents was the bigger outrage as it's horrendous lol.
The other 6.50 pint was Clonmel lager! And this gaff isn't even in the City Centre!

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 06, 2021, 10:29:46 PM »
Did any of you students stay the weekends? Vicoís was the spot on a Saturday and the limelight on a Friday night early to mid 90ís, cracking tunes and the staff didnít annoy anyone.

The Duke of York upstairs on a Friday was decent too

Where was vicos? I remember the name but can't remember if I was in it.
Stayed up the odd time just as had a job back home.
Shine the odd time. Was in Duke of York one weekend and it was rough so didn't go back.
The weekend nightlife round home was good so I generally always went home.

The back of Robinsons Vicoís had 3/4 floors with different tunes going on in each floor, with a guy serving free pizza downstairs, quality set up. Brunswick street
I just remember the inside of it being like a house with wee rooms and drinks in plastic cups. And of course the pizzas.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 06, 2021, 08:01:29 PM »
Stayed the weekend very rarely. Needed to get home for food and the clothes washed!

Would have been to Vico's a good few times though but usually late at night! Would have went to Cratchett's the odd Sat night. Magennises was a good spot on a Friday night when I was past my student years.

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General discussion / Re: Lions Tour
« on: May 06, 2021, 07:07:11 PM »
Some odd picks but combination of wanting aggressive players and having Gregor Townsend on the backroom team no doubt helped swing a couple of the Scottish picks. I think Henry Slade could feel aggrieved.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 05, 2021, 04:55:05 PM »
Nothing could beat a 1 on chips out of Sphinxís on Stranmillis....had one the night my eldest lad was born!  Thatís another story ;D

And the rest of your hoors can go f**k yourselves. I lived the shit hole life!
;D

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 05, 2021, 01:46:46 PM »
Crowd o rich basturts. Pizzas for a pound in the Empire 😎

Pizza and pint for £1.50 or something like that.

Microwave yolks all the same but safer than the Julies Kitchen just down the road on Botanic, you were taking your life in your hands by eating in there..
Bishops if you were flush, Spudz for a bolognese chip, Kam Wah if you were too blocked to know any better.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 05, 2021, 01:45:12 PM »
The Egg was a grand spot when I was there, 94-97. Was always a crew of GAA heads about it.  Would have lunches in it walking back to the Halls or across the road, think it was The Terrace....did a great Fajitas for 2 for a £10!

Fajitas as a student. Posh fecker.

For 2!  £5 a man an included a beer!

I stand with Maddog. Yer names no good round here no more bcb1. No comin back from this
His only defence is he pronounced it as fa-jee-ta. In Cross a Mexican is someone who lives down the road.

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General discussion / Re: European Leagues.
« on: May 04, 2021, 11:10:16 PM »
All too easy for Manchester City, would have been a more competitive semi final against a full strength Bayern Munich.

First Champions league final for Pep Guardiola in ten years and he rarely loses any finals.
Not much to fear on the other side of the draw.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 04, 2021, 11:00:49 PM »
You wouldn't have kept a Jack Russell in some of the kips on Wellesley Ave.

A Jack Russell would have been safer up those streets than down near Renshaws, bit too close to Kam Wah in botanic....

Dear god I forgot about the Kam Wah! Wee auld fella used to sit out the back and shout at everyone.
Place was stinking.

I was never a huge renshaws fan, but does anyone remember the Crescent on Sandy Row? Jeez it was some spot...2 quid in, drinks about 80p. Sawdust on the floor and and a very dodgy management.
The attic in laverys was class in the mid 90s too, a wee dingy nightclub.

Crescent UDA downstairs catholic students upstairs, I darken itís door once, being a local I was wise to the joint

We went  there every Tuesday and Thursday in 95 and 96.

There was a rumour that rustled and died on a 3-4 week cycle that the UDA would be kneecapping catholics if they wouldnít  stay away. 6 tins beforehand was always enough to reroute thoughts of going somewhere else but more expensive. Then inside once again youíd quickly realise that everyone in the place was catholic, was steaming, didnít give a f**k, and was wired up happy with double gin and Hooch for £3. That, and everyone seemed to wear grey. Always.

Stole a couple of pictures off the wall one night. The girl I was walking home was freaking out that Iíd get me knees done for it. Still have one of the pictures to this day. Iíve no idea why.

Great times.
Before I started going with the now missus I was playing it cool in the upstairs bar (prob in '95 too) we bumped into her and her mates in the Crescent and managed to drop a can of Carling Black Label all over her shoes  :-[. Too much MD20:20 downstairs!

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 04, 2021, 10:24:03 PM »
Never did the Crescent, just didnít trust it. Would have been in Laveryís a lot mind you, Alex Higgins was a regular begging for pints there for a few stories. Was in the upstairs the night after the riots in Dublin at the Ireland England match. A few C18 boys with the spiders web tattoos on the head were pushing their way round the place. Got out quick smart!

Laverys was grand by local standard, the BOT back in the day, 88 was local regulars downstairs, few peelers solicitors and the south Belfast professionals while upstairs the students, where you there before the current building?

I had 1 year of the old Bot. Was never a big fan of it to be honest but would still have drunk in it regular as thatís just what you did!
Think I was the same. One of the lads knew the bouncers so he was able to open the doors and we ran up the back stairs. I seem to recall the bar upstairs being in the middle with a wee dance floor. Good spot on a Wednesday night. The Fly was also a great spot on a Wed night. Maybe it's nostalgia but all the old spots seemed better before their renovations.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 04, 2021, 03:54:33 PM »
You wouldn't have kept a Jack Russell in some of the kips on Wellesley Ave.

We were actually really lucky. Right down the Lisburn road end beside the 4 in Hand....was a grand spot. Used to play 45 with a few old boys in the pub until one of the lads landed in with his gear bag....was Ďadvisedí not to come back ;D
Would have attended the odd quiz in the 4 in Hand on a Monday night if trying to behave. Decent spot but certainly not the cosmopolitan crowd you'd get on the Lisburn Road these days.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 04, 2021, 03:38:28 PM »
You wouldn't have kept a Jack Russell in some of the kips on Wellesley Ave.

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: May 04, 2021, 03:36:21 PM »

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