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    Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

    You genuinely saw a calculation somewhere saying that the current pension scheme applying to junior ministers gives her a €20,000 annual pension for earning €60k extra for four years?
    I included an IT link to that effect. Section 2, "working out the pension of a minister". 4 years as minister entitles you to 30% of the excess (minsters salary minus basic TDs salary).
    Its under blue text in my post but I'll do the full link in case its not appearing properly on your device.
    Just how are ministers' pensions worked out? (irishtimes.com)
    Have I made a mistake somewhere?
    She's in the relatively unique position (but becoming more common) of her entire Dail career being as a minister which skews her figures.
    The more normal career I guess would be 25 years in the Dail, half of it in opposition, and even half the time in government on the backbenches, and 5/6 years as a minister.

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      Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

      No. I think it's the volume of interest. Fairly certain I was clear about that also. The exaggeration of minor stories by incessantly covering it. Not individual stories. Noticed it before when she kept seeming to be considered newsworthy back when she was a junior minister. There seems an abnormally high volume of negative news. Also the same with the minister for children - Roderick someone? And news story tends to get too much coverage.
      Feckin' hell, that's pretty damn tenuous! It's an interesting angle.

      So the volume of news stories is indicative in itself of bias? Is this across the entire media universe or just certain sections of it.

      I do hear a faint echo in your comments.

      Fake News.
      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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        Originally posted by ArmaniJeans View Post

        I included an IT link to that effect. Section 2, "working out the pension of a minister". 4 years as minister entitles you to 30% of the excess (minsters salary minus basic TDs salary).
        Its under blue text in my post but I'll do the full link in case its not appearing properly on your device.
        Just how are ministers' pensions worked out? (irishtimes.com)
        Have I made a mistake somewhere?
        She's in the relatively unique position (but becoming more common) of her entire Dail career being as a minister which skews her figures.
        The more normal career I guess would be 25 years in the Dail, half of it in opposition, and even half the time in government on the backbenches, and 5/6 years as a minister.
        Of course, it's no longer the outrageous deal that it was under Bertie. Now it's just eye-opening.

        I guess, not in defence but in passing, it's pretty unusual in any career for random groups of people to be able to sack you based on their feelings as at a point in time.
        "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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          Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

          Feckin' hell, that's pretty damn tenuous! It's an interesting angle.

          So the volume of news stories is indicative in itself of bias? Is this across the entire media universe or just certain sections of it.

          I do hear a faint echo in your comments.

          Fake News.
          I think so. A party is elected based on a population perspective that the party is like the people, so it's surely a very effective strategy to highlight very different people from the main population. In the case of propaganda it's about amplifying news stories (like I did yesterday) about their homophobic councilors. In the case of a story about 'FG has lost touch' its highlighting lifestyles and backgrounds that are different to the population, like Zappone. So stories about the likes of a Zappone will be highlighted more by an effective anti FG propaganda outlet.

          I don't think that's an unreasonable idea, no? It's almost classic politics.
          "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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            India gone odds on

            Turning millions into thousands

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              Lets not put the mockers on India again.

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                A weekend of firsts so far, came across Hardy Bucks on Netflix last night, completely passed me by at the time, explains where "Eddie Durkin" from this parish fado fado and The Viper clips of late originate from. The show itself is not an easy watch, well, the first 4 i have seen anyway.

                Came across an xmas present for the young fellow that was tucked away and never opened, a fine pair of sony earphones, tried them out cutting the grass earlier and with some noise canceling witchcraft i couldn't hear the lawnmower...it did bring my attention to a dodgy bearing somewhere on the machine though.
                This too shall pass.

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                  A lad I know on has been doing some serious hill running recently including a 7 hour 60K run along the Kerry Way earlier this year the thoughts of which had my head in a spin .

                  6AM yesterday he started the 200K Kerry Way ultra which has a median finisher time of 32 hours.

                  He won the race at 4AM this morning after22 hours as far as I can see hours ahead of second. That is some bona fide crazy shit!


                  Here's his strava for it, averages 7:10 /km Fucking hell

                  https://www.strava.com/activities/5901502747











                  Turning millions into thousands

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                    Leona Maguire playing a stormer in her first Solheim Cup.

                    She’s up against the two Korda sisters and she’s doing exactly what she needs to.

                    Some player.
                    This may or may not be an original thought of my own.
                    All efforts were made to make this thought original but with the abundance of thoughts in the world the originality of this thought cannot be guaranteed.
                    The author is not liable for any issue arising from the platitudinous nature of this post.

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                      The 3 year old got me real good this morning.

                      I was in knots, although I don't think she meant it, was a little too clever.

                      She was eating toast. She had a small bit in her hand and she started spinning it around like the way you do Airplane when getting a kid to eat.

                      'What's this Dada, what's this?'

                      Oh, hmm, is it an airplane?

                      Nope. What is it Dada, what is it?

                      A helicopter?

                      Nope

                      A birdie?

                      Nope. What is it Dada?

                      Ehh, is it a piece of toast?

                      Yeah.


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                      I hold silver in tit for tat, and I love you for that

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                        363 in hospital from covid now. Seems to keep going up unfortunately. I couldn't see the number, would anyone have a vague memory of how many were in hospital back in Feb/March? Was it thousands or was it closer to the current number?
                        "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                          Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                          363 in hospital from covid now. Seems to keep going up unfortunately. I couldn't see the number, would anyone have a vague memory of how many were in hospital back in Feb/March? Was it thousands or was it closer to the current number?
                          February 4th.
                          Strong decline in Covid rates across all ages - Nolan (rte.ie)
                          "There are 1,284 patients being treated for the virus in hospitals, with 188 in intensive care, which is down 15 on yesterday."

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                            Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post
                            A lad I know on has been doing some serious hill running recently including a 7 hour 60K run along the Kerry Way earlier this year the thoughts of which had my head in a spin .

                            6AM yesterday he started the 200K Kerry Way ultra which has a median finisher time of 32 hours.

                            He won the race at 4AM this morning after22 hours as far as I can see hours ahead of second. That is some bona fide crazy shit!


                            Here's his strava for it, averages 7:10 /km Fucking hell

                            https://www.strava.com/activities/5901502747

                            Friend of mine does ultra runs all over the world, up mountains, through deserts, pics of the places are great:

                            https://www.instagram.com/the_plantp...venture/?hl=en

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                              Out of sheer boredom the young wan started hitting golf balls into the net out the back last year during the 2km lock down.

                              Roll things on a year and a half and I think she has only gone and won the Lady Captain's prize in Athenry GC. Might be a few scores left to come in. Hope I don't BBV her.

                              https://www.masterscoreboard.co.uk/m...TC-48625-19375
                              Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                363 in hospital from covid now. Seems to keep going up unfortunately. I couldn't see the number, would anyone have a vague memory of how many were in hospital back in Feb/March? Was it thousands or was it closer to the current number?
                                Heard an interview with Stephen whatshisname yesterday saying that the latest models from NPHET all show the numbers increasing with the peak in mid/late Oct when they are expected to start falling. He went on to explain some of the rationale behind the model outputs but my brain kind of tunes out from anything Covid related after a minute or two these days.
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                                  Originally posted by Denny Crane View Post

                                  People are hardly using bots for this are they?
                                  Pretty sure they would be. I know a few people that started using them to book Gym times when they introduced the booking system after Covid.

                                  Edit - On reflection, I laughed when I got to Tar's comment as my sample data would be very biased.
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                                    Originally posted by ArmaniJeans View Post

                                    February 4th.
                                    Strong decline in Covid rates across all ages - Nolan (rte.ie)
                                    "There are 1,284 patients being treated for the virus in hospitals, with 188 in intensive care, which is down 15 on yesterday."
                                    Jaysus. It's not over anyway despite 90% vaccination. ffs.
                                    "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                      Originally posted by Wombatman View Post
                                      Out of sheer boredom the young wan started hitting golf balls into the net out the back last year during the 2km lock down.

                                      Roll things on a year and a half and I think she has only gone and won the Lady Captain's prize in Athenry GC. Might be a few scores left to come in. Hope I don't BBV her.

                                      https://www.masterscoreboard.co.uk/m...TC-48625-19375
                                      Thats unreal congrats. Whats with the double barrel name?.

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                                        Kenny out
                                        Jayzus, Sheila! I forgot me feckin' trousers

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                                          Originally posted by rounders123 View Post

                                          Thats unreal congrats. Whats with the double barrel name?.
                                          Didn't marry until years after the kids were born.
                                          Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                            Hitch have you proposed the BBV buys an NFT together yet? If not why not!! It seems like something that should have already happened

                                            For anyone interested in the space. I am not particularly but I did want to know a bit more and Doug has a decently knowledgeable guest on the other day talking about it.



                                            Kind of related and I think it is HJ who is into the DeFi space. I was also trying to understand a little about it too. I watched this video trying to understand one of the terms used when I was reading about it. I had some moments early while watching this video thinking is this what it is like to just not get new stuff anymore. :Insert head explode GIF:

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                                              Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                                              Jaysus. It's not over anyway despite 90% vaccination. ffs.
                                              It's the vaccination keeping hospital and Icu numbers so low compared to even February when they were sky high. We're pretty much there. October 22nd is a day to look forward to.

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                                                Yeah it's great! It's just not *over*, as in there's a fair whack of people still going into hospital and ending up in ICU.
                                                "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                  Mild oul evenin
                                                  I hold silver in tit for tat, and I love you for that

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                                                    Originally posted by ComradeCollie
                                                    Met up with my special lady friend for pints this afternoon. A lot of catching up over the 5 hours or so. Separated but not yet divorced. A lot of info to digest.
                                                    Could CC be for turning? Hmmm...

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                                                      Originally posted by BennyHiFi View Post

                                                      Could CC be for turning? Hmmm...
                                                      Her memory of that fight with Bono in the Kitchen is very different to how I remember it. Seems I missed how it started, which is entirely possible.
                                                      “Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.”

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                                                        Kenneth Branagh's Belfast, due for release in November

                                                        https://www.universalpictures.ie/micro/belfast

                                                        (dunno why the thumbnail ain't working but it's the 2 min trailer - looks good.)

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                                                          Got stuck with outlaws for dinner so missed match. Presume the usual cant break any team down shite?

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                                                            Interesting there in the Solheim cup. American leaves the putt hanging by the rule 'Apparently '. European picks it up but should have waited 10 seconds . Hole awarded to America. Controversy. Didnt quite look hanging to me.

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                                                              Originally posted by Dice75 View Post
                                                              Got stuck with outlaws for dinner so missed match. Presume the usual cant break any team down shite?
                                                              Final ball and finish a real problem. Dermot Kennedy was playing on World XI in Soccer Aid. Only saw last 20 mins. Wonder would he change disciplines
                                                              Jayzus, Sheila! I forgot me feckin' trousers

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                                                                posting for hitches benefit

                                                                https://mobile.twitter.com/oonaghmur...14086389161990

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                                                                  Originally posted by Wombatman View Post
                                                                  Out of sheer boredom the young wan started hitting golf balls into the net out the back last year during the 2km lock down.

                                                                  Roll things on a year and a half and I think she has only gone and won the Lady Captain's prize in Athenry GC. Might be a few scores left to come in. Hope I don't BBV her.

                                                                  https://www.masterscoreboard.co.uk/m...TC-48625-19375
                                                                  Nice one. I know this sounds like a disturbing question but what age is she?

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                                                                    Originally posted by MysteryGuest View Post
                                                                    Thank you, I might have missed that. Well caught.
                                                                    "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                      Bit of a life change that I've been trying to bed down before publicising it. Trying it on for size before committing.

                                                                      Swapped the big messy wallet for a little pouch that holds three cards on one side, an ID card on the other, and a little tiny slot for banknotes for restaurants that don't pay their taxes and insist on cash, and it has been a revelation. Despite the size of the original wallet I even struggled to identify three necessary cards.

                                                                      Give it a go people. Live your best life.
                                                                      "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                        Bum Bag
                                                                        This too shall pass.

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                                                                          Originally posted by Dice75 View Post

                                                                          Nice one. I know this sounds like a disturbing question but what age is she?
                                                                          16. She won it but was relegated into second because junior members aren't allowed first prize in major club comps. She knew that going it. Presentation last night. She is over the moon.
                                                                          Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                                                            Originally posted by Wombatman View Post

                                                                            16. She won it but was relegated into second because junior members aren't allowed first prize in major club comps. She knew that going it. Presentation last night. She is over the moon.
                                                                            Could be the next Leona. Clearly has talent .

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                                                                              Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post

                                                                              Could be the next Leona. Clearly has talent .
                                                                              Of course against this we have to balance the appalling impact that early exposure to golf can have on a person.
                                                                              "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post

                                                                                Could be the next Leona. Clearly has talent .
                                                                                Was thinking about this last night watching all the active happy auld wans with their golfing buddies at the presentation.

                                                                                I would be happy if she just became a golfer for life TBH. No doubt she might leave and come back to the game a few times but I believe it will be a lovely positive outlet for her to have, physically, socially and mentally, as she moves through her life.
                                                                                Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                                                                  Originally posted by Opr View Post

                                                                                  Kind of related and I think it is HJ who is into the DeFi space. I was also trying to understand a little about it too. I watched this video trying to understand one of the terms used when I was reading about it. I had some moments early while watching this video thinking is this what it is like to just not get new stuff anymore. :Insert head explode GIF:

                                                                                  The learning curve is pretty steep, but once you've used it a bit it becomes a lot simpler! It's worth sticking with. If you have any questions hmu.

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                                                                                    "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                                      Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                      Always thought it was the same girl . Kind of wondered if the many memes taken from it realised that.

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                                                                                        8.5/10 shilling

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                                                                                          Originally posted by hotspur

                                                                                          Here is the stuff he makes. I was smelling one all night that I had though the hole in the box for sniffing it. I have exclusively used shower gel in showers for as long as I can remember, be interesting to try it.
                                                                                          Fight club has a lot to answer for.
                                                                                          “Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.”

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                                                                                            Reminds me of the soap you'd buy in the joke shop that you'd give your father and once lathered up turns black.

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                                                                                              Those soaps look actually class.
                                                                                              "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                                                Yeah, those kind of men’s grooming products are getting pretty popular. Natural, handmade, rustic, etc.
                                                                                                Beard oils, balms, exfoliating scrubs etc.
                                                                                                I seen a $20 toothbrush today that I think was bamboo and charcoal.

                                                                                                Smelling wise, I’d imagine a natural pine tar soap smells heaps better than some mass produced soap. But it’s still a bar of soap. Just can’t get the image of hairs stuck to a half bar on the side.

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                                                                                                  The market leader is Dr Squatch. Their revenue last year was $100m, from $5m 18 months before. Here is their Superbowl ad from this year.

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                                                                                                    Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                                    Bit of a life change that I've been trying to bed down before publicising it. Trying it on for size before committing.

                                                                                                    Swapped the big messy wallet for a little pouch that holds three cards on one side, an ID card on the other, and a little tiny slot for banknotes for restaurants that don't pay their taxes and insist on cash, and it has been a revelation. Despite the size of the original wallet I even struggled to identify three necessary cards.

                                                                                                    Give it a go people. Live your best life.
                                                                                                    I rarely carry a wallet anymore.
                                                                                                    Revolut plus phone is a total game changer.
                                                                                                    If a place is cash only tough shit, you ain't getting my business

                                                                                                    People say I should be more humble I hope they understand, they don't listen when you mumble
                                                                                                    Get a shiny metal Revolut card! And a free tenner!
                                                                                                    https://revolut.com/referral/jamesb8!G10D21

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                                                                                                      Originally posted by DeadParrot View Post

                                                                                                      I rarely carry a wallet anymore.
                                                                                                      Revolut plus phone is a total game changer.
                                                                                                      If a place is cash only tough shit, you ain't getting my business
                                                                                                      Drive thru coffee place in Naas refused to take cash off me recently when I forgot my card. It was my first time there, "Drop in the next time your passing with your card".

                                                                                                      I presume its a security / staff fraud decision.

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                                                                                                        Originally posted by horatio1 View Post

                                                                                                        Drive thru coffee place in Naas refused to take cash off me recently when I forgot my card. It was my first time there, "Drop in the next time your passing with your card".

                                                                                                        I presume its a security / staff fraud decision.
                                                                                                        Java Republic don't take cash anymore either.
                                                                                                        I hold silver in tit for tat, and I love you for that

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                                                                                                          Managed to miss most of the cricket today.

                                                                                                          If you had asked me at lunch on Day 2 for odds on going to Day 5, I would have laughed at you and probably offered 50/1. Now here we are with England 290 to win and all ten wickets intact. One of those weird pitches that seems to be getting progressively easier to bat on.

                                                                                                          And it's Labor Day tomorrow so I won't be bothered by yanks. Test match cricket. There will be swongs.

                                                                                                          Where's Ken when I need him?
                                                                                                          "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                                            Originally posted by Hectorjelly View Post
                                                                                                            The learning curve is pretty steep, but once you've used it a bit it becomes a lot simpler! It's worth sticking with. If you have any questions hmu.
                                                                                                            Do you think the kind of people involved in this stuff is still all relatively tech-savvy or has it extended beyond this in the younger generations? Do they just get this stuff easier? Doug was saying on a podcast with Jason Les that he got talking to the woman who was cutting his hair recently (Min 20's) and it turned out she was also farming on pancake same as him. I found that incredible that some random is just out their knee-deep in this stuff. Jason Les's story btw is pretty incredible. Doug used to have a stable of players he coached for high stakes heads up and Jason is one of those guys. He transitioned out of poker a good while back and is now CEO of Riot Blockchain which is a multi-billion dollar company and the biggest Bitcoin mining operation in the world.
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                                                                                                              Some craic over in South America WC qualifiers. The match between Brazil and Argentina looks to be abandoned after 5 minutes.

                                                                                                              Four of the Argentinians lied on entry to say they hadn't been in the UK in previous 14 days. Health dept officials and federal police looking for players at hotel but the team had left for the game. They arrived at the stadium and broke up the game.

                                                                                                              Apparently looking to deport the 4 lads now and the game probably isn't going to go ahead. Never a dull day in South American football!

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                                                                                                                I'm inadvertently about to launch into my third (i think) watch of the Wire.

                                                                                                                Seeing as i am most definitely here conversing with un-degenerates i can assume everyone has seen this at least once? If not, you are in such luck.

                                                                                                                Such a great series.

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                                                                                                                  Originally posted by DeadParrot View Post

                                                                                                                  I rarely carry a wallet anymore.
                                                                                                                  Revolut plus phone is a total game changer.
                                                                                                                  If a place is cash only tough shit, you ain't getting my business
                                                                                                                  I'm sure you know that you can reduce that by a further 50%

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                                                                                                                    Originally posted by Theresa View Post

                                                                                                                    I've had the PM grind a while back and honestly its only really usable on soft lies. Any sort of hard lies and the grind just bounces the club into the ball. Mentally, for me, skullfucking a ball is as disastrous as a flub or a 3 putt so I took it out of the bag ha.

                                                                                                                    We have the same problem, and its always driver. And it's always right. And its purely the result of a concentration/focus thing for me. I know how to not hit it right, and sometimes due to play speed, chatting, mental check out, it just happens.

                                                                                                                    I played with a +5 cap and a +3 cap last weekend, they shot a combined 8 under. The one thing that stood out to me that was very very different was their level of focus before every shot. It was worlds apart of mine. There was no chit chat, there was 40 seconds of focus.

                                                                                                                    I got lessons this year, and it was game changing. It's hilarious how counter intuitive the golf swing is until someone puts you in the mechanical position and says "get back to here", I had a massive early extension/flipping issue (like everyone does I suppose) but when I started to focus specifically on hands through impact it quite literally got me from a 5 to a .05 cap. I've regressed a bit now to a 3 again, but thats due to lack of practice lately.

                                                                                                                    Will pick up some SEED balls when I get home. A similar thing here is Costco offer their own brand (kirkland) wedges, they match vokeys for spin rate and distance... but only for 15 rounds, then its like hitting the ball with a paddle.

                                                                                                                    I'm planning on getting back in Nov for a wedding, if there is any decent courses open on non temp greens we should get out, I'd be willing to travel!
                                                                                                                    Yeah I always wondered if those cheap wedges were too good to be true. Definitely up for a round if you have the time. As long as the weather isn't too bad it should be no trouble. Esker Hills in tullamore is playable all year round. Probably links is an option but you could get blown away.

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                                                                                                                      Originally posted by Degag View Post
                                                                                                                      I'm inadvertently about to launch into my third (i think) watch of the Wire.

                                                                                                                      Seeing as i am most definitely here conversing with un-degenerates i can assume everyone has seen this at least once? If not, you are in such luck.

                                                                                                                      Such a great series.
                                                                                                                      I've watched the whole 5 series twice. Am regularly tempted to in again for a third time.

                                                                                                                      This might be the encouragement I need.

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                                                                                                                        Originally posted by Degag View Post
                                                                                                                        I'm inadvertently about to launch into my third (i think) watch of the Wire.

                                                                                                                        Seeing as i am most definitely here conversing with un-degenerates i can assume everyone has seen this at least once? If not, you are in such luck.

                                                                                                                        Such a great series.
                                                                                                                        Never seen it along with a lot of other stuff i guess

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                                                                                                                          Match play team golf so much more watchable than stroke play. The Tour Championship can fcuk right off.
                                                                                                                          Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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