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    Found myself watching The Wire again recently.

    Jimmy's wake is just such a great scene. Everything about it.

    "He learned no lessons. He acknowledged no mistakes. He was as stubborn a Mick as ever stumbled out of the Northeast parishes to take a patrolman's shield. He brooked no authority, he did what he wanted to do and he said what he wanted to say and, in the end, he gave you the clearances. He was natural police.

    ...

    Jimmy, I say this seriously. If I was laying there dead on some Baltimore street corner, I'd want you standing over me, catching the case. Because, brother, when you were good, you were the best we had."

    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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      God I identified with Jimmy McNulty so much
      "I can’t find anyone who agrees with what I write or think these days, so I guess I must be getting closer to the truth." - Hunter S. Thompson

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        Originally posted by Pat Mustard View Post

        I'm no bob the builder, but that seems like an insane amount of money for a bedroom with ensuite and a new kitchen.
        Likewise myself but definitely know prices are through the roof. Know people here who've gotten work over the last number of years so trying to gauge. It's not your standard room/ensuite will need to be specialised for my fathers needs so I'm assuming that's where the cost comes in. Kitchen is old as anything needs to be properly insulated as it's the coldest part of the house.

        Got a good feel from the architect and just trying to see what the costing of ones usually are.

        Originally posted by coillcam View Post

        You'll be 100% fine by then dude, nobody wants the country or F1 to be paralysed by roadblocks. It's mostly disgruntled truckers worried about diesel prices. What pokerhand said above is spot on re covid certs. Just make sure you have your itinerary etc ready and you're there as a guest for the F1 plus holiday. Nothing to worry about tbf. You'll get a new passport stamp and be on your way in no time.

        Bolsonaro spoke yesterday and said that the roadblock protests were not to continue.... everyone should have freedom of movement and business is suffering.... we can protest peacefully in a different way. Paraphrasing but that's the gist of it. Some hospitals were starting to report low oxygen stores due to supply chain disruption .

        I assume you're landing at a airport. Did you get a transfer sorted or does it need to be organised?

        If not the options would be to take an uber and expense it. Or get the bus transfer that brings you to the other airport (Congonhas) near your hotel/interlagos. Make sure you have both debit and credit cards on hand btw. Ideally have a visa and mastercard too. They have separate machines for each, lol Brazilian bureaucracy and the odd time play silly buggers. Though revolut will be your best friend (last time I was there it only worked on credit card machine bizarrely). Do keep a few notes of Reals on you just in case. Max €50.

        I have some notes to email you from the last time we spoke. I'll ping them over later.
        Yes to Guarulhos, transfers are being sorted which is handy. Working in London the other week and my transfer to the hotel was a Jaguar F Pace, my transfer from the hotel to the airport was then a Prius. I've been mostly using my Revolut card when travelling for work. Can't remember the last time I actually had foreign currency.

        Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post
        There is lad my nephew knows specialises in doing conversions to OT specs. I'll get his number tonight and send it on to you.
        there used to be decent grants for doing those jobs, afaicr all you need is the recommendation from the OT to qualify.
        There is grants that you can get but it's all dependant on household income.

        "you raise, i kill you" El Tren :{)

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          Originally posted by AndyFatBastard View Post
          God I identified with Jimmy McNulty so much
          Was he a proddy bastard too ?

          SPOILER

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            Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post

            Was he a proddy bastard too ?

            SPOILER
            Well he didn't drink Protestant whiskey!

            I just saw The Banshees of Inisherin, remarkable film.

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              For all ye Kildare heads. I see Cliff at Lyons have taken over Graces property in Naas. 25 year lease.

              Delighted that cunt Timmy Grace is outta there. Some wanker that chap.

              hon naas
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                I imagine this is what Solks gets up to in Finland, the deviant swine.

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

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                  I recognised it quickly but was also kind of surprised at this state of photo of a Dublin road in the '60's



                  FgkxXEEXEAMD86n?format=jpg&name=900x900.jpg#
                  SPOILER

                  The long mile road
                  Turning millions into thousands

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                      Originally posted by ionapaul View Post

                      Almost bought one for our old house a few years ago, but then decided to move and left that decision to the new owner. Currently live in a house 100% powered by electricity (air-to-water pump, which is great but needs electricity to run), would love to have some kind of stove somewhere simply for redundancy if the electricity goes down! We went to a few gas stove showrooms, the modern ones you would be getting are pretty nice and very efficient compared to the madness of an open fire.
                      Cheers, never even thought of the redundancy aspect for power cuts, but I'm on a hospital line that apparently never goes down so I've been told.

                      Yes the efficiency rating on them is very high, I have an older house that is updated to B3, so would have to spend mad money to get an air-water heat pump in?

                      Parents have a traditional wood fired stove in the sitting room and it's very thrifty in terms of fuel consumption and it basically keeps heating the room for hours after it burns out. I just can't go with a wood stove for a couple of reasons,
                      A. I've mains gas,
                      B. The thoughts of setting up a fire would put me off even doing it, plus sourcing wood and getting deliveries, C. Cleaning up the ash mess!
                      Anyone that does have a fireplace stove,
                      thoughts of a standalone one in the room versus inset into the fireplace job?

                      ﴾͡๏̯͡๏﴿

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                        this brings back fond memories https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crim...sino-1.4091288

                        Two men sentenced over mugging of woman (73) who won €23,000 at Dublin casino

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                          Originally posted by Hectorjelly View Post
                          this brings back fond memories https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crim...sino-1.4091288

                          Two men sentenced over mugging of woman (73) who won €23,000 at Dublin casino
                          must be well out by now?
                          "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                            Originally posted by Micknail View Post

                            Cheers, never even thought of the redundancy aspect for power cuts, but I'm on a hospital line that apparently never goes down so I've been told.

                            Yes the efficiency rating on them is very high, I have an older house that is updated to B3, so would have to spend mad money to get an air-water heat pump in?

                            Parents have a traditional wood fired stove in the sitting room and it's very thrifty in terms of fuel consumption and it basically keeps heating the room for hours after it burns out. I just can't go with a wood stove for a couple of reasons,
                            A. I've mains gas,
                            B. The thoughts of setting up a fire would put me off even doing it, plus sourcing wood and getting deliveries, C. Cleaning up the ash mess!
                            Anyone that does have a fireplace stove,
                            thoughts of a standalone one in the room versus inset into the fireplace job?
                            We had an inset in the old house and just got a new one fitted in this place, they are great but it almost feels like a waste having such a great piece of gear to (over)heat one average-sized room. Haven't used it yet, need the weather to get properly shit.
                            "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                              Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                              We had an inset in the old house and just got a new one fitted in this place, they are great but it almost feels like a waste having such a great piece of gear to (over)heat one average-sized room. Haven't used it yet, need the weather to get properly shit.
                              Ah do a Dermot Bannon on it and make everything open plan
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                                Trailer for Bert Kreischer's movie

                                “Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.”

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                                  Originally posted by tylerdurden94 View Post
                                  Morning folks

                                  Hope everybody has been good and keeping well?

                                  Looking to get some information from the financial wizards and home renovation enthusiast. We had an occupational therapist out the week to check in on my Dad and we were discussing about finally trying to make the move for a bedroom/bathroom downstairs for him. In doing all this work we were also thinking about getting a new kitchen done also, two birds one stone. I'd been in contact with an architect previously about some work and he popped out to the house for a meeting. He reckons what we want to do in the house will probably cost around €100,000 plus VAT.

                                  A lot of places banks/credit unions will only let you go as high as 100K and 10 years online from their loan calculators. Any help in pointing me in the right direction for what I should/could be looking at? Also what would be a reasonable price to pay for an architect from job start to finish?
                                  Don’t use that Architech for a start
                                  i can put u in touch with a team that won’t go to town on you and have their own team to draft up drawings and all items needed

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                                    Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                    must be well out by now?
                                    Those two are but the third guy fled back to Romania and was only got and sentenced this week.

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                                      tylerdurden94 i was thinking similar. If there is no planning permission required (i.e. single story extension within limits) and you already have a fair idea of layout id lean towards talking to your builder first.

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                                        Haloween is over , its time to enjoy the run in, the drinks , the meeting of friends and family you havent seen in a while. A chance to sinng those familiar songs . To forget what day of the week it is , all to the run up to the big day.

                                        THE WORLD CUP Final December 18th

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                                          Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post

                                          THE WORLD CUP Final December 18th
                                          Anyone else intending to largely boycott the World Cup?

                                          I know it'll be impossible to avoid on the news, social media etc... but thinking I can't really bring myself to support the whole sorry mess so will likely swerve as much as I can and bury myself in a project or a couple of good books instead.

                                          And I hope anyone who physically attends it gets the wakeup call they deserve.

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                                            Originally posted by BennyHiFi View Post

                                            Anyone else intending to largely boycott the World Cup?

                                            I know it'll be impossible to avoid on the news, social media etc... but thinking I can't really bring myself to support the whole sorry mess so will likely swerve as much as I can and bury myself in a project or a couple of good books instead.

                                            And I hope anyone who physically attends it gets the wakeup call they deserve.
                                            Not me . I'll be canned up for it . If i adopted the line of logic i wouldnt watch many sports . Would ii like to see it in a country without atrocities. YES . Having a small sneaky bet on Holland and a bigger one on the Argies

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                                              Question for self-employed or accountancy peeps.

                                              Context is a situation where you're a self-employed worker(SEW) and contracted to Company X (US based).

                                              Company X allows SEW a set amount towards certain expenses
                                              - laptop, monitor, desk etc (One-off, capital expense subject to depreciation?)
                                              - There are others like internet but I don't think they are covered.

                                              SEW purchases the one-off items on their Credit/Debit card.

                                              Company X then reimburses for the expenses the following month along with their monthly retainer.

                                              SEW then appears to be paying income tax (and VAT already) on the one-off expenses.

                                              ----------

                                              SEW's and my understanding is that the one-off expenses can be discounted or depreciated against income tax but SEW's accountant isn't providing clarity here.

                                              SEW's return is obviously due imminently for the previous year. They're worried that they will be paying €1-€2k extra in income tax because expenses may be incorrectly addressed.

                                              Has anyone been in this situation before or have an understanding of what should happen?

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                                                Originally posted by BennyHiFi View Post

                                                Anyone else intending to largely boycott the World Cup?

                                                I know it'll be impossible to avoid on the news, social media etc... but thinking I can't really bring myself to support the whole sorry mess so will likely swerve as much as I can and bury myself in a project or a couple of good books instead.

                                                And I hope anyone who physically attends it gets the wakeup call they deserve.

                                                will be looking forward to the great game been played
                                                if u ask to boycott this u should boycott 85% of the teams going forward on life as they have all played their part in fucking up something in this world of ours
                                                keep sport away from all this shite in the world
                                                if you don’t want to watch it well and good, you can enjoy strictly come dancing or I’m a celebrity as they won’t offend many because the brits have done it for hundreds of years so it just washes over us

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                                                  Originally posted by Dice75 View Post
                                                  tylerdurden94 i was thinking similar. If there is no planning permission required (i.e. single story extension within limits) and you already have a fair idea of layout id lean towards talking to your builder first.
                                                  We need planning permission as we will be coming out past the limits.
                                                  "you raise, i kill you" El Tren :{)

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                                                    Originally posted by Dice75 View Post

                                                    Those two are but the third guy fled back to Romania and was only got and sentenced this week.
                                                    Always wondered who the 3rd wheel was,
                                                    thought it must be a local
                                                    since the obvious tourist types
                                                    all still seemed to be knocking around.

                                                    What really stuck out to me
                                                    was carrying around false number plates.
                                                    I'd initially assumed the crime was opportunistic.

                                                    That wasn't the only major theft
                                                    in the last year's of the Fitz either.
                                                    Maybe partly explains the sudden closure?

                                                    DC's been playing around Dublin lately
                                                    and BE had a recent cash in Nottingham.
                                                    Last edited by DeeBrown; 03-11-22, 12:44.

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                                                      Originally posted by DeeBrown View Post

                                                      Always wondered who the 3rd wheel was,
                                                      thought it must be a local
                                                      since the obvious tourist types
                                                      all still seemed to be knocking around.

                                                      What really stuck out to me
                                                      was carrying around false number plates.
                                                      I'd initially assumed the crime was opportunistic.

                                                      That wasn't the only major theft
                                                      in the last year's of the Fitz either.
                                                      Maybe partly explains the sudden closure?

                                                      DC's been playing around Dublin lately
                                                      and BE had a recent cash in Nottingham.
                                                      https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/iris...-year-28380385

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                                                        Originally posted by DeeBrown View Post
                                                        DC's been playing around Dublin lately
                                                        and BE had a recent cash in Nottingham.
                                                        Surely any respectable establishment would ban them for life?
                                                        "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                          Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post

                                                          Not me . I'll be canned up for it . If i adopted the line of logic i wouldnt watch many sports . Would ii like to see it in a country without atrocities. YES . Having a small sneaky bet on Holland and a bigger one on the Argies
                                                          The fact that Ireland aren't in it kinda makes it more interesting as a sporting spectacle for me, perversely enough.
                                                          Funking a Loolah-led Latino victory. Although Neymar is a geebag of the highest order, so maybe not.
                                                          "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                            Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                            Surely any respectable establishment would ban them for life?
                                                            There'd be nobody left if you started that craic

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                                                              Originally posted by coillcam View Post
                                                              Question for self-employed or accountancy peeps.

                                                              Context is a situation where you're a self-employed worker(SEW) and contracted to Company X (US based).

                                                              Company X allows SEW a set amount towards certain expenses
                                                              - laptop, monitor, desk etc (One-off, capital expense subject to depreciation?)
                                                              - There are others like internet but I don't think they are covered.

                                                              SEW purchases the one-off items on their Credit/Debit card.

                                                              Company X then reimburses for the expenses the following month along with their monthly retainer.

                                                              SEW then appears to be paying income tax (and VAT already) on the one-off expenses.

                                                              ----------

                                                              SEW's and my understanding is that the one-off expenses can be discounted or depreciated against income tax but SEW's accountant isn't providing clarity here.

                                                              SEW's return is obviously due imminently for the previous year. They're worried that they will be paying €1-€2k extra in income tax because expenses may be incorrectly addressed.

                                                              Has anyone been in this situation before or have an understanding of what should happen?
                                                              The SEW shouldn't be paying income tax at source. The Company should pay SEW the gross amount (+ VAT, depending) and the SEW worker then works out his income tax liable (and pays VAT if applicable) based on his accounting of the income/expenses etc

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                                                                Originally posted by Dice75 View Post

                                                                There'd be nobody left if you started that craic
                                                                There's shenanigans and then there's violent crime.
                                                                "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                  Originally posted by Dice75 View Post

                                                                  There'd be nobody left if you started that craic
                                                                  Yourself & GAB heads-up maybe?
                                                                  No sorry, on 2nd thoughts,
                                                                  I see what you're saying.
                                                                  Last edited by DeeBrown; 03-11-22, 16:11.

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                                                                    Originally posted by BennyHiFi View Post

                                                                    Anyone else intending to largely boycott the World Cup?

                                                                    I know it'll be impossible to avoid on the news, social media etc... but thinking I can't really bring myself to support the whole sorry mess so will likely swerve as much as I can and bury myself in a project or a couple of good books instead.

                                                                    And I hope anyone who physically attends it gets the wakeup call they deserve.
                                                                    I’m buzzing for it. Fridge full of crude oil. Imposed Sharia law upon my wife and daughter. Confiscated the passports of the lad who delivered a curry and installed a few patio heaters in my lounge.
                                                                    LETS GOOOO
                                                                    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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                                                                      Today's annoying thing with housing in Ireland, I have to get building insurance, the lender say that I must have this before I can buy the house, while the insurance company (Allianz) are saying that they can't insure before I own the property, and that it is a legal requirement. Guys you do this every day, how is this an issue.

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                                                                        Originally posted by Tar.Aldarion View Post
                                                                        Today's annoying thing with housing in Ireland, I have to get building insurance, the lender say that I must have this before I can buy the house, while the insurance company (Allianz) are saying that they can't insure before I own the property, and that it is a legal requirement. Guys you do this every day, how is this an issue.
                                                                        That's very weird. Have just activated our home insurance and won't own the house til next week (brag)......with Allianz

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                                                                          haha yeah I think the phone guy and their supervisor don't know what is going on, bizarre.

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                                                                            House Insurance due next week and has jumped up 50% since last year even shopping around FFS

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                                                                              I have a new song out today! Written after a beautiful sunny Sunday cycling through the streets of Mexico. It's quite a light jazz/dancey affair with live drums, swirling synths and some gorgeous sax (I can say this because it isn't me playing!).


                                                                              https://open.spotify.com/track/29T5h...3ddd01d22f4652

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                                                                                Originally posted by Tar.Aldarion View Post
                                                                                Today's annoying thing with housing in Ireland, I have to get building insurance, the lender say that I must have this before I can buy the house, while the insurance company (Allianz) are saying that they can't insure before I own the property, and that it is a legal requirement. Guys you do this every day, how is this an issue.
                                                                                you just purchase online and dont deal with humans. there should be a first day of cover in the process. if not just assume immediate. thats what i did

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                                                                                  Originally posted by paul8200 View Post

                                                                                  The SEW shouldn't be paying income tax at source. The Company should pay SEW the gross amount (+ VAT, depending) and the SEW worker then works out his income tax liable (and pays VAT if applicable) based on his accounting of the income/expenses etc
                                                                                  Yes that is what's happening. The gross amount is received by the SEW including any expense payments. Any income tax or VAT due is worked afterwards by the accountants and paid to revenue separately. The accountant isn't being clear though on depreciation or relief piece. So there's a concern that SEW is overpaying income tax as a result.

                                                                                  The question then is about reconciling how the likes of the laptop/desk etc are factored for depreciation or tax relief. I don't understand enough tbh and neither does the SEW. Maybe you have some insight on depreciation or tax relief for those items?

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                                                                                    Originally posted by DeeBrown View Post

                                                                                    Yourself & GAB heads-up maybe?
                                                                                    No sorry, on 2nd thoughts,
                                                                                    I see what you're saying.
                                                                                    We might end up with no dealers either.

                                                                                    One shouldn't ever be surprised at how small Ireland is and how much I know of their "relationships" in the latter parts of the 00's.

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                                                                                      Originally posted by coillcam View Post

                                                                                      Yes that is what's happening. The gross amount is received by the SEW including any expense payments. Any income tax or VAT due is worked afterwards by the accountants and paid to revenue separately. The accountant isn't being clear though on depreciation or relief piece. So there's a concern that SEW is overpaying income tax as a result.

                                                                                      The question then is about reconciling how the likes of the laptop/desk etc are factored for depreciation or tax relief. I don't understand enough tbh and neither does the SEW. Maybe you have some insight on depreciation or tax relief for those items?
                                                                                      You can legitimately book any items like laptops, accessories and office furniture as expenses. They are not income so need to be deducted from income before working out income tax/usc etc. And I think the standard is to depreciate those assets over 5 years (IE 1/60th per month). That's what I do anyway. If you are not a LTD company you may have less flexibility like this and perhaps that is what your accountant is unsure of? Otherwise change your accountant lol

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                                                                                        Originally posted by BennyHiFi View Post

                                                                                        Anyone else intending to largely boycott the World Cup?

                                                                                        I know it'll be impossible to avoid on the news, social media etc... but thinking I can't really bring myself to support the whole sorry mess so will likely swerve as much as I can and bury myself in a project or a couple of good books instead.

                                                                                        And I hope anyone who physically attends it gets the wakeup call they deserve.
                                                                                        Interesting to watch the outrage over Qatar as a state, Its a bit like that gobshite Kerry priest, what do you expect? They are who they are and their beliefs and culture are what they are.

                                                                                        A moral calculation that brings you to a boycott of the WC because it's in it Doha would logically lead you to boycotting all soccer and most sports.

                                                                                        Doha is on a par with UAE and IMhO is more acceptable than most of the Emirates or most of their neighbours
                                                                                        Turning millions into thousands

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                                                                                          Originally posted by Gimmeabreak View Post

                                                                                          you just purchase online and dont deal with humans. there should be a first day of cover in the process. if not just assume immediate. thats what i did
                                                                                          Oh believe me I want to avoid humans, but their auto address system did not have my address correct so lender won't accept it and it did not have my lender either, so had to edit over phone.
                                                                                          Pal working in there went to the underwriters now and overrode it, so all good. Took ages on the phone, their whole backend was messing up but an hour later it is done, and fair play to the girl she stayed like an hour late to sort it out.

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                                                                                            Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

                                                                                            Interesting to watch the outrage over Qatar as a state, Its a bit like that gobshite Kerry priest, what do you expect? They are who they are and their beliefs and culture are what they are.

                                                                                            A moral calculation that brings you to a boycott of the WC because it's in it Doha would logically lead you to boycotting all soccer and most sports.

                                                                                            Doha is on a par with UAE and IMhO is more acceptable than most of the Emirates or most of their neighbours
                                                                                            Yeah may as well boycott the EPL too as they allowed Newcastle and City to be sportwashed egregiously.

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                                                                                              Originally posted by Dice75 View Post
                                                                                              House Insurance due next week and has jumped up 50% since last year even shopping around FFS
                                                                                              Give me a shout
                                                                                              nephew with aa
                                                                                              seems to work the trick on anything we need

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                                                                                                Some craic here in Arizona with the upcoming election. Some real nutjobs in the running.

                                                                                                Placards, rallys and crazy peeps and I would be in the bluest part of it here in Scottsdale close to ASU.
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                                                                                                The author is not liable for any issue arising from the platitudinous nature of this post.

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                                                                                                  Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

                                                                                                  Doha is on a par with UAE and IMhO is more acceptable than most of the Emirates or most of their neighbours
                                                                                                  Just don't look too closely at their funding for ISIS.
                                                                                                  "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                                    Originally posted by Theresa View Post
                                                                                                    Some craic here in Arizona with the upcoming election. Some real nutjobs in the running.

                                                                                                    Placards, rallys and crazy peeps and I would be in the bluest part of it here in Scottsdale close to ASU.
                                                                                                    I was asked to spend a summer near there years ago at the peak of my bball playing days.

                                                                                                    I can’t remember why I said no but definitely a regret, now I play a game one a day where we don’t even keep score.

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                                                                                                      Originally posted by Dice75 View Post
                                                                                                      House Insurance due next week and has jumped up 50% since last year even shopping around FFS
                                                                                                      Same for me and the car insurance. Really quite confused on that one though - no claim and a big jump in premium, again with shopping around!

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                                                                                                        Originally posted by Murdrum View Post

                                                                                                        I was asked to spend a summer near there years ago at the peak of my bball playing days.

                                                                                                        I can’t remember why I said no but definitely a regret, now I play a game one a day where we don’t even keep score.
                                                                                                        The female talent is otherwordly. Never, in any other place on earth, have I felt like such a wart.

                                                                                                        I mean, I'm no oil painting, so there are wart like feelings in lots of places, but here.... I am comfortably the ugliest person in town.

                                                                                                        I suspect once you leave Tempe/Scottsdale you get back to reg Joe and Jane American but not here.
                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                          Originally posted by Murdrum View Post

                                                                                                          I was asked to spend a summer near there years ago at the peak of my bball playing days.

                                                                                                          I can’t remember why I said no but definitely a regret, now I play a game one a day where we don’t even keep score.
                                                                                                          Isn't it revoltingly hot in summer though? My brother was heading there for a conference that had to be cancelled because the airport tarmac was melting.
                                                                                                          "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                                            Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

                                                                                                            Interesting to watch the outrage over Qatar as a state, Its a bit like that gobshite Kerry priest, what do you expect? They are who they are and their beliefs and culture are what they are.

                                                                                                            A moral calculation that brings you to a boycott of the WC because it's in it Doha would logically lead you to boycotting all soccer and most sports.

                                                                                                            Doha is on a par with UAE and IMhO is more acceptable than most of the Emirates or most of their neighbours
                                                                                                            I do largely boycott soccer these days. Haven't had the stomach for it for about a decade now. Last time I went to a match was 7 or 8 years ago.

                                                                                                            Don't watch golf, mostly given up on F1. Still a sucker for horse racing unfortunately, that's my moral weak spot I suppose. And athletics.

                                                                                                            I'm far from outraged. Too long in the tooth for that but also not naive enough to think the multi-layered moral turpitude of hosting the World Cup there can readily be brushed under the carpet with a few tepid jabs of whataboutery.

                                                                                                            But hey, maybe the Qatari's will turn a blind eye to the tens of thousands of breaches of sharia law every day for the duration of the World Cup and we can all then just label them hypocrites (like the rest of the world) when things return to 'normal' after the eyes of the world have turned away.

                                                                                                            And for what its worth I have physically boycotted the UAE from a travel perspective on many occasions, only once finding myself in the airport there very much against my will or doing. I don't make a song and dance about it.

                                                                                                            It's a personal choice to avoid anywhere I could get beaten, tortured, jailed or even killed by the state or its actors (or even non-secular citizen militias) for the most minor of offences that we would barely bat an eyelid at.

                                                                                                            I'm sure what the eye doesn't see, we won't grieve too much over though. Ain't that always the way. As long as it happens to somebody else.


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                                                                                                              Originally posted by Theresa View Post
                                                                                                              Some craic here in Arizona with the upcoming election. Some real nutjobs in the running.

                                                                                                              Placards, rallys and crazy peeps and I would be in the bluest part of it here in Scottsdale close to ASU.
                                                                                                              I canvassed for 'Wiener' in San Fran gayest area

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                                                                                                                was shouting vote Wiener at the top of my voice and the gay boys looking on mystified at my accent wondering WTF . My childish SOH had a field day.

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                                                                                                                  Boycotting sports for me would be equivalent of boycotting shagging runway models. I will go out of my way to avoid any World Cup games. If I happen to bump into any hot models (even from yesteryear) I'll deal with that situation in the moment.
                                                                                                                  “Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.”

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                                                                                                                    Originally posted by Gimmeabreak View Post

                                                                                                                    We might end up with no dealers either.

                                                                                                                    One shouldn't ever be surprised at how small Ireland is and how much I know of their "relationships" in the latter parts of the 00's.
                                                                                                                    I'd say the casinos would still be wall to wall filled with dealers
                                                                                                                    but they'd have very few players to serve.

                                                                                                                    Vague insinuations about "relationships"
                                                                                                                    two decades into the past would
                                                                                                                    pale into insignificance compared to players
                                                                                                                    documented activities in more recent years.

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                                                                                                                      Great hat trick from Little in the cricket. Shame it came so late in the innings. 5 or 6 overs earlier and they could have really put the pressure on.

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                                                                                                                        Originally posted by limpwhacker View Post
                                                                                                                        Great hat trick from Little in the cricket. Shame it came so late in the innings. 5 or 6 overs earlier and they could have really put the pressure on.
                                                                                                                        Too little too late
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                                                                                                                          Originally posted by Micknail View Post

                                                                                                                          Too little too late
                                                                                                                          Still a really good WC showing. We played to the limits of our abilities and beat two of the global giants in a tournament for the first time ever. When you consider the resource disparity, it's a fantastic WC for us.
                                                                                                                          "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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