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    @Hitch, did your Fr Ted stamps arrive? It's the only time I ever got a 'first day cover' and really liked the postmark of 'The holy stone of Clonrichert'.
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      Quality Street watch a blank in Tesco.

      It's a bit like looking for the groundhog.
      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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        Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
        Quality Street watch a blank in Tesco.

        It's a bit like looking for the groundhog.
        Afraid you'd come out in a rash if you went to Aldi? (like I do when I go on the Northside)
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          David Graeber died today, the man behind Occupy Wall St's "We are the 99 percent".

          You can read a wonderful article of his here: https://thebaffler.com/salvos/of-fly...rate-of-profit

          Which is very interesting, as he makes exactly the same arguments as Peter Thiel, about the lack of technological innovation over the last 50 years, but comes to very different conclusions.

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            Originally posted by ComradeCollie View Post

            Afraid you'd come out in a rash if you went to Aldi? (like I do when I go on the Northside)
            no, I was just curious as opposed to actually wanting QS.

            I suspect your Aldi sighting may have been a freak pallet. Kinda like the Marie Celeste.
            "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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              Originally posted by Keane View Post

              How far do I have to go before I get to that?
              Farther than I got. I stopped when the protagonist was sneaking around the hotel with a young girl.

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                Originally posted by Hectorjelly View Post
                the lack of technological innovation over the last 50 years
                The what in the what now

                Turning millions into thousands

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                  Originally posted by hotspur View Post

                  Farther than I got. I stopped when the protagonist was sneaking around the hotel with a young girl.
                  I'm a bit beyond that, finding it fairly tedious. So far it's like The Leopard for dunces.

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                    Originally posted by hotspur View Post

                    Farther than I got. I stopped when the protagonist was sneaking around the hotel with a young girl.
                    That's the core relationship in the entire book.

                    Except for the cat perhaps.
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                      Originally posted by Keane View Post

                      How far do I have to go before I get to that?
                      Originally posted by hotspur View Post

                      Farther than I got. I stopped when the protagonist was sneaking around the hotel with a young girl.
                      A good bit further than that, it picked up in book 3 the end of which is a tour de force that has carried me me through to the finale where its tailing off a bit.

                      As I say I'll reserve judgment until I've finished and let it sink in for a while but am a bit confused by Hitch and RDIII being so absolutely wrong about it setting in time and place being irrelevant

                      Turning millions into thousands

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                        Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

                        ...
                        As you're there, have a garden now so I'd like to start thinking about growing some vegetables. I presume there isn't much worth doing at this time of year - any suggestions for reading material or whatever to get my ducks in a row for the new year?

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                          Originally posted by Keane View Post

                          I'm a bit beyond that, finding it fairly tedious. So far it's like The Leopard for dunces.
                          Oh that's an interesting comparison that points straight at my difficulty with it. It kind of turns into a kind of fun romp that works when you stop expecting it to be in the same league as The Leopard
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                            Originally posted by Keane View Post

                            As you're there, have a garden now so I'd like to start thinking about growing some vegetables. I presume there isn't much worth doing at this time of year - any suggestions for reading material or whatever to get my ducks in a row for the new year?

                            Put a few broad bean seeds in pots during this month , its a great place to start Pick a dwarf variety like the Sutton 20 seeds to get 12 healthy plants and you will have an amazing crop in May.

                            You could pick up a few winter cabbage and purple sprouting broccoli plants at a garden center if you have a bed ready for them or if you are swinging by this way I could give you a couple of plants.
                            You might get away with sowing a few hardier lettuce and radish if its a warm autumn, better to sow some corn salad and purslane seeds that will give you loads of nice greens in early spring if its well sheltered

                            Preparing beds is the big thing , look at Charles Dowding's you tube channel for great advice and his obsession with the no dig method, You'll need access to loads of manure I don't use it but it seems a great way to start.

                            start a compost heap and put all non cooked kitchen waste paper garden waste etc in it, save you buying it back from the lads who take your green bin next year!

                            My biggest failing is that I try to do too much stuff ,keep it simple and within the time you will have available.
                            Turning millions into thousands

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                              Originally posted by Hectorjelly View Post
                              David Graeber died today, the man behind Occupy Wall St's "We are the 99 percent".

                              You can read a wonderful article of his here: https://thebaffler.com/salvos/of-fly...rate-of-profit

                              Which is very interesting, as he makes exactly the same arguments as Peter Thiel, about the lack of technological innovation over the last 50 years, but comes to very different conclusions.
                              The absolute state of that article...

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                                Originally posted by zuutroy View Post

                                The absolute state of that article...
                                Wonderful input, thanks for sharing.

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                                  Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post


                                  Put a few broad bean seeds in pots during this month , its a great place to start Pick a dwarf variety like the Sutton 20 seeds to get 12 healthy plants and you will have an amazing crop in May.

                                  You could pick up a few winter cabbage and purple sprouting broccoli plants at a garden center if you have a bed ready for them or if you are swinging by this way I could give you a couple of plants.
                                  You might get away with sowing a few hardier lettuce and radish if its a warm autumn, better to sow some corn salad and purslane seeds that will give you loads of nice greens in early spring if its well sheltered

                                  Preparing beds is the big thing , look at Charles Dowding's you tube channel for great advice and his obsession with the no dig method, You'll need access to loads of manure I don't use it but it seems a great way to start.

                                  start a compost heap and put all non cooked kitchen waste paper garden waste etc in it, save you buying it back from the lads who take your green bin next year!

                                  My biggest failing is that I try to do too much stuff ,keep it simple and within the time you will have available.
                                  Thanks friend that's a good start anyway.

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                                    The first three episodes of a new HBO show dropped online. Reviews very positive.

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                                      PP offering a cash out of three times stake for my bet on Frances Fitz being next MEP. Thought it was a done deal on Mairead, or maybe she just had better journalists in her pocket. Think I should let it ride?
                                      "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                        I got home after a few pints and decided I wanted to rewatch Stretch and bobbito - radio that saved lives. If you're a hip hop fan and haven't seen it put it on asap
                                        airport, lol

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                                          Frank Gibney can we have more from you? If we knew all it took to get you posting again was a tenner we would have had a whip around
                                          airport, lol

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                                            Hitch you are just wrong -tired of funding useless academics - relentless support of a position that has been explained to.you over and over again and yet you keep coming back with snarky articles about about how Barnier misses his little fwiend- maybe we should send over one of our middle academic economists to save the day armed with a few jokes (just give me and Solks a shout)

                                            No you would rather argue every point to the death.

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                                              Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
                                              Of those 12 States, Iowa, Texas and Ohio I tend to give to Trump.

                                              Minnesota and Nevada, I tend to give to Biden

                                              So now we're at Trump 176 plays Biden 233 and it all comes down to:
                                              State EC Votes Lean Trump Lean Biden
                                              Arizona 11 Yes
                                              Florida 29 Yes
                                              Georgia 16 Yes
                                              Michigan 16 Yes
                                              North Carolina 15 Yes
                                              Pennsylvania 20 Yes
                                              Wisconsin 10 Yes
                                              it's a much bigger ask for Trump. He has to win FL and a couple of others.

                                              There will of course be swings and I will no doubt be proved wrong all over the shop. But I'm on now anyway and feel good about it.
                                              Biden is the rightful favorite. But it's much closer than you suggest.
                                              Texas is in the lock pile for the red team.

                                              I agree that the swing states are those 7. Plus Minnesota.

                                              Georgia is pretty heavy favorite Trump favourite in the betting. 1/3.
                                              Arizona and Florida are 50/50 on some site. If they swing red, I make it 279 to 269 for the Dems. That would be my prediction now.

                                              But the 4 weakest Dem states are;
                                              Michigan 16 Dem
                                              Minnesota 10 Dem
                                              Wisconsin 10 Dem
                                              Pennsylvania 20 Dem
                                              If any of them swing, it's takes away the Dem lead.
                                              And I'm, somewhat regrettably, funking hard for Minnesota or Wisconsin to swing red just for the sheer carnage of a 269 to 269 push.
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                                                A bit strange having no audience, but better than nothing

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                                                  Ha, hadn't seen Biden's shotgun advice before. 'Murica indeed.

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                                                    Originally posted by dinekes View Post
                                                    Hitch you are just wrong -tired of funding useless academics - relentless support of a position that has been explained to.you over and over again and yet you keep coming back with snarky articles about about how Barnier misses his little fwiend- maybe we should send over one of our middle academic economists to save the day armed with a few jokes (just give me and Solks a shout)

                                                    No you would rather argue every point to the death.
                                                    Wha? Are you just randomly remembering stuff from previous days?!

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

                                                          Wha? Are you just randomly remembering stuff from previous days?!
                                                          Drunken post. Apologies.

                                                          I'm to going to hide under a pile of coats.


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                                                            Originally posted by eamonhonda View Post
                                                            I got home after a few pints and decided I wanted to rewatch Stretch and bobbito - radio that saved lives. If you're a hip hop fan and haven't seen it put it on asap
                                                            Did you see the Irish hip-hop doc on RTE at 22:15 last night? I'm sure its on the player. Was pretty good.

                                                            TBH I never gave it much respect over the years but I liked Messiah J and Expert OK back in the day and DJ Mek was always a monster and the current crop - Kneecap, Kojaque, Jafaris - seem pretty dope. Seems like a great time to be into that scene.

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                                                              Originally posted by BennyHiFi View Post

                                                              Did you see the Irish hip-hop doc on RTE at 22:15 last night? I'm sure its on the player. Was pretty good.

                                                              TBH I never gave it much respect over the years but I liked Messiah J and Expert OK back in the day and DJ Mek was always a monster and the current crop - Kneecap, Kojaque, Jafaris - seem pretty dope. Seems like a great time to be into that scene.
                                                              Not yet as was out drinking said pints! But will definitely catch on the rte player soon.
                                                              Irish hip hop definitely starting to find its own for sure!
                                                              I saw Kojaque live last year and he puts on a great show, that first album is amazing imo
                                                              airport, lol

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                                                                Originally posted by ComradeCollie View Post

                                                                In fairness, and I know I'm not the age group to be seriously commenting, but Irish TikTok is a shocking indictment of the nations ability to entertain. At least this is kinda funny and they're taking it professionally.
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                                                                  Jaysis, Berlusconi is in hospital now with covid. Too much bunga bunga close contact.

                                                                  Always used to knock good craic out of bunga bunga with Jack in the Aquarium.
                                                                  "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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

                                                                    In fairness, and I know I'm not the age group to be seriously commenting, but Irish TikTok is a shocking indictment of the nations ability to entertain. At least this is kinda funny and they're taking it professionally.
                                                                    Tik fucking Tok is the yardstick for entertainment now?

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                                                                      Originally posted by Emmet View Post

                                                                      Tik fucking Tok is the yardstick for entertainment now?
                                                                      Hitch has kids.
                                                                      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                        Originally posted by BennyHiFi View Post

                                                                        Did you see the Irish hip-hop doc on RTE at 22:15 last night? I'm sure its on the player. Was pretty good.

                                                                        TBH I never gave it much respect over the years but I liked Messiah J and Expert OK back in the day and DJ Mek was always a monster and the current crop - Kneecap, Kojaque, Jafaris - seem pretty dope. Seems like a great time to be into that scene.
                                                                        I thought it was really good. Brought back memories of mad Scary Eire gigs back in the day. I'm going to check our some of the current rappers on it. Been listening to Strange Boy this morning as I really liked his style. Mango seemed like he has something.

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                                                                          Originally posted by dinekes View Post

                                                                          Drunken post. Apologies.

                                                                          I'm to going to hide under a pile of coats.

                                                                          Never apologise for drunk posts. Man up and double down the next day

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                                                                            Originally posted by hotspur View Post

                                                                            I thought it was really good. Brought back memories of mad Scary Eire gigs back in the day. I'm going to check our some of the current rappers on it. Been listening to Strange Boy this morning as I really liked his style. Mango seemed like he has something.
                                                                            Mango seems like a good guy but I don't get the hype on his music tbh. Thought the album was poor. There's guy from near me called The Wallfella that released a track the other day that sounded pretty good, he released his album today.

                                                                            Denise Chaila is another to look into
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                                                                            airport, lol

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                                                                              I watched Midnight Run again last night. What a great fun movie that is . If it passed you by , you have missed out.

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                                                                                More of this. Puts Trump on the back foot.

                                                                                Doesn't matter if it's true or not, when you're explaining, you're losing.
                                                                                "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                  Originally posted by dinekes View Post
                                                                                  Hitch you are just wrong -tired of funding useless academics - relentless support of a position that has been explained to.you over and over again and yet you keep coming back with snarky articles about about how Barnier misses his little fwiend- maybe we should send over one of our middle academic economists to save the day armed with a few jokes (just give me and Solks a shout)

                                                                                  No you would rather argue every point to the death.
                                                                                  It doesn't take an economist to know that people will do things for friends/people they respect - Hogan was positioned to make sure that during negotiations when things came down to the small details whats important to Ireland would have more weight than whats important to Poland.

                                                                                  Hitch for an academic understands that negotiations are about whats being traded and who is trading them. Brexit wont be negotiated between the UK and Europe its a few people who actually sit down and figure it out. Hogan may well be an arrogant bollix but this is precisely why he was able to do this job and do it well.

                                                                                  I cant see how people are naive enough to believe that the new commissioner if Irish automatically inherits his political capital or that the new appointee from Germany pushes for agriculture being more important to Europe over car sales to use a very broad example. The large learning curve for the new comer to get up to speed on does also weaken Europes overall position

                                                                                  We will be leaving money on the table because of this puritan nonsense.

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                                                                                    Sorry thats a tad over the top - hurt my back so clearly in a bad move.

                                                                                    The sentiment that hitch was indeed correct stands

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                                                                                      Originally posted by RichieM View Post
                                                                                      Sorry thats a tad over the top - hurt my back so clearly in a bad move.

                                                                                      The sentiment that hitch was indeed correct stands
                                                                                      Seen as a drunken dinkies touted me for the role(lol ya bollix) . What actual money are we leaving on the table as a result of losing Hogan ?
                                                                                      biggest threat to Europe at the moment is stagflation . Sneaky stealthy hitting us in the phoca. The budget should be interesting this year . 10p on the pint but nowhere to buy one unless you add 9 euro to the price. The chicken wing industry must be flying though (PTP) .

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                                                                                        BTW if anyone is betting on the US election with PP - Biden to win is now 5/6, while betting on Democrats in the 'winning party' market is 10/11. Unfortunately only a max bet of €50 on the latter for me, can bet higher on the Biden one.

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                                                                                          Originally posted by eamonhonda View Post
                                                                                          Denise Chaila is another to look into
                                                                                          Found her pretentious and annoying tbh. Prefer my rappers not to be middle class kids with doctor parents and sociology graduates.

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                                                                                            Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post

                                                                                            Seen as a drunken dinkies touted me for the role(lol ya bollix) . What actual money are we leaving on the table as a result of losing Hogan ?
                                                                                            biggest threat to Europe at the moment is stagflation . Sneaky stealthy hitting us in the phoca. The budget should be interesting this year . 10p on the pint but nowhere to buy one unless you add 9 euro to the price. The chicken wing industry must be flying though (PTP) .
                                                                                            Thats all true and we have many threats to the pennies in our pockets but it dosnt change the fact that Hogan in Europe was better for us than not.

                                                                                            We cant say exactly what the difference in negotiations will be, we wont see what Hogan on the team outcome will look like. The fine details when being worked out of a trade deal will be where the margins are, a tiny part of a percentage in a place that suits us instead of another European partner will be worth a lot of the years to comes.

                                                                                            It is probably the most important trade deal that will be negotiated for Ireland in out lifetimes and will impact our economy for decades. The new commissioner may have a huge swing for the positive and do a much better job than hogan so we could end up much better off. Again we wont ever really be able to say either way but it seems like we have given up a potential advantage for twitter likes.

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                                                                                              Originally posted by Emmet View Post

                                                                                              Tik fucking Tok is the yardstick for entertainment now?
                                                                                              If you're interested in what's happening now and in the future then yes. It's already had a big impact on the music industry.

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                                                                                                Originally posted by hotspur View Post

                                                                                                Found her pretentious and annoying tbh. Prefer my rappers not to be middle class kids with doctor parents and sociology graduates.
                                                                                                Haha oof! I've never heard an interview with her or any knowledge on her background but she has some good tracks imo
                                                                                                airport, lol

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                                                                                                  Originally posted by Emmet View Post

                                                                                                  Tik fucking Tok is the yardstick for entertainment now?
                                                                                                  It absolutely is. It's the reason US tech were so scared of it and had to force it's takeover - it's nothing about data security it's that they simply can't compete. It precisely captures what entertainment and social media should be. Think it's best compared the revolution that MTV first was when it arrived.

                                                                                                  Edit: M to the B, M to the B.
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                                                                                                    Originally posted by hotspur View Post

                                                                                                    Found her pretentious and annoying tbh. Prefer my rappers not to be middle class kids with doctor parents and sociology graduates.
                                                                                                    What's wrong with middle class kids doing RAP . Raouls daughter is a big fan of 50 cents

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                                                                                                      Their algorithm is ridic smart. Within a few hours of watching you have a tailored tv channel precisely to what you like. But the algorithm is also creative enough that it's always trying to introduce new things, so you don't get stagnation. That's how they initially became famous in China (well still are), with an AI driven news app that learns what news you might be interested in and tailors your news offering accordingly.

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                                                                                                        Originally posted by hotspur View Post

                                                                                                        . Prefer my rappers not to be middle class kids with doctor parents and sociology graduates.
                                                                                                        That's a very narrowminded attitude.

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                                                                                                          Originally posted by RichieM View Post



                                                                                                          It is probably the most important trade deal that will be negotiated for Ireland in out lifetimes and will impact our economy for decades. The new commissioner may have a huge swing for the positive and do a much better job than hogan so we could end up much better off. Again we wont ever really be able to say either way but it seems like we have given up a potential advantage for twitter likes.
                                                                                                          This is absolute nonsense. It's important that high profile politicians follow the public health rules - if they don't it means the public won't either. This means lives saved or lost, not twitter likes. It's a very unwise train of though to start allowing politicians to bend the rules because the work they do is so important.

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                                                                                                            Haha, one of those TikTok lads (Tom I think is his name) did a bit of video work that I was helping out on last year. You couldn't meet a sounder and more enthusiastic fella.

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                                                                                                              Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                                              Their algorithm is ridic smart. Within a few hours of watching you have a tailored tv channel precisely to what you like. But the algorithm is also creative enough that it's always trying to introduce new things, so you don't get stagnation. That's how they initially became famous in China (well still are), with an AI driven news app that learns what news you might be interested in and tailors your news offering accordingly.
                                                                                                              The ultimate dopamine fix. Do you think you would have reached PHD level if all this distraction was available to you back at the starting gun ? It must be extra difficult on the new generation of Hitches .

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                                                                                                                Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
                                                                                                                More of this. Puts Trump on the back foot.

                                                                                                                Doesn't matter if it's true or not, when you're explaining, you're losing.
                                                                                                                It's crazy stuff like this that makes me think if Trump loses he will end up in Jail. It's antithetical to things every American, republican or democrat believe in. He won't have any sympathy or friends to protect him if he loses, and there are several criminal investigations already underway.

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                                                                                                                  Originally posted by Raoul Duke III
                                                                                                                  Quality Street watch a blank in Tesco.

                                                                                                                  It's a bit like looking for the groundhog.
                                                                                                                  You need to brush up on your reading skills


                                                                                                                  Originally posted by Lao Lao View Post

                                                                                                                  I have checked with my contact (store manager in Tesco)

                                                                                                                  He says and I quote;

                                                                                                                  "Tubs are 100% seasonal. Thought maybe the cartons are all year round but checked the app and can't find any Tesco to stock them. The tubs are due to arrive in stores from 9th Sept. On offer at €7 a tub"

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                                                                                                                    Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post

                                                                                                                    The ultimate dopamine fix. Do you think you would have reached PHD level if all this distraction was available to you back at the starting gun ? It must be extra difficult on the new generation of Hitches .
                                                                                                                    I don’t think Hitch was ever short of a distraction or two.

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                                                                                                                      Hitches horse already fallen Mairead McGuinness and Andrew McDowell named as Ireland's nominees to replace Phil Hogan as EU Commissioner https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/202...ssion-vacancy/
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                                                                                                                        Originally posted by Hectorjelly View Post

                                                                                                                        That's a very narrowminded attitude.
                                                                                                                        The Beastie Boys spring to mind as one obvious example of upper middle class proponents that were pretty much universally respected.

                                                                                                                        Often the middle classes have brought an 'art school' sensibility to popular music, specifically rock 'n' roll. Not sure how that applies to hip-hop, either historically or in the present day but I'm sure, especially in the early days, there had to have been plenty of college kids involved though how cutting edge they were I couldn't say. Curious though.



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                                                                                                                          O'Briens Sept Wine Sales looks to be fairly decent

                                                                                                                          Meerlust 2016 down to €34.95
                                                                                                                          A 'Tuesday' Bordeaux for €9
                                                                                                                          Couple of Spanish Albarino's ranging from €11 - €13
                                                                                                                          Rioja Reserva down from €34 to €17
                                                                                                                          Sancerre down (I think) from €24 to €16
                                                                                                                          Decent Bordeaux down from €30 to €22

                                                                                                                          were the main ones I noticed but they've about 100 wines half price and lots of others with anything from 2 to 10 quid off


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