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Nolte

Observations

a thread for my observations and anyone elses

some i've collected recently

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I noticed at work someone had their dry cleaning just back from a dry cleaner. On the bag, it was written "Experty dry cleaned by professional" well if you go to a professional and they don't do their job like an expert, it's kind of a rip-off

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in a book shop, i noticed on a book it was written "now a major film". you never really see a book with written on it "now a minor film that really no one has watched and anyone who has were bitterly dissapointed" it's not as catchy is it


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I rang at work a company that deals with a client of ours. the company's accounts recievable section is available all working day. their accounts payable section is only available from 2pm. they know where their priorities lie.
last km

Why do you never see "baby" pigeons

Why are the cars with no lights on when its dusk nearly always the black ones?
Nolte

their is a cynicism against people who, like me, like to read for fun. i apoligse but that's my idea of good time.

what's also odd is people who protest a bit too much about reading books for fun. a person i work out, in trying to justify him reading a book said "it's not likes it a leisure read"

if you are reading it in your leisure time, it's a leisure read. it's not for school, it';s not for professional developements, it's a leisure read
Nolte

last km wrote:
Why do you never see "baby" pigeons

Why are the cars with no lights on when its dusk nearly always the black ones?


well people never notice when the luminous yellow cars don't have their lights on
Bartali

Whatever happened to white dog poo?
maffy

why don't bridlepaths with special bins for dogpoop also require equinefolk to clear up after themselves?

in flanders, cars and trucks slow down and give way to cyclists. for some uk riders in lycra, hiviz and possibly magic hats, this motorized behaviour is much trickier to process than having to ride on the other side of the road. it therefore takes longer for brainsofbritons to acclimatize, and leads to situations whereby car drivers have to smile and flash the second half of a group of be-lyclad britons across a junction, or chaps and chapesses on townbikes in wearing sensible clothes and dr who scarves overtaking hesitantly pootling groups of britons in larger flandrian towns.

some belgian chaingangs contain mountainbikes at this time of year, and have warning whistles.

fietsnet bike mapping is imho superior to new improved sustrans mapping.

at this point on ncn72 in the north of england, there's a year round puddle that is currently deeper than hubs, feet, panniers and bottom brackets. we may just possibly eventually be able to develop a high tech solution.
Jackov

Bartali wrote:
Whatever happened to white dog poo?


I read about this: years ago there was very high bone-meal content dog food and led to the phenomena above.

My observations:

Why doesn't Bluto eat the spinach then he can get rid of Pope-eye once and for all and give Olive Oyle what she really wants?
cardinal guzman

My observation: Katie Price is a waste of carbon.

- and silicone.
The Lemondheads

In my Tesco's there is a sign which says:
Quote:
We will happily accept coupons if you have bought the product. We are unable to accept coupons if you have not bought the product concerned.


Is this just saying the painfully obvious, ie you can't just cut a coupon off a box that's on the shelf of the shop and try to use it to get money off, or is there some alternative more useful meaning that's escaping me?
kathy

The Lemondheads wrote:
In my Tesco's there is a sign which says:
Quote:
We will happily accept coupons if you have bought the product. We are unable to accept coupons if you have not bought the product concerned.


Is this just saying the painfully obvious, ie you can't just cut a coupon off a box that's on the shelf of the shop and try to use it to get money off, or is there some alternative more useful meaning that's escaping me?


people do try and use the coupons for products other than the ones they're buying.  eg they would buy Persil, but try to use an Aeriel money-off coupon.
last km

why do posties leave those red elastic bands all over the pavements
The Lemondheads

last km wrote:
why do posties leave those red elastic bands all over the pavements


The red ones are biodegradable. Not that that excuses them leaving them around everywhere of course.
last km

Do you know there is no such thing anymore as

A manhole

A draughtsman

A bin man

PC gone mad... Rolling Eyes
Slapshot 3

last km wrote:
Do you know there is no such thing anymore as

A manhole

A draughtsman

A bin man

PC gone mad... Rolling Eyes


So we now have a

Ferrous Alloy Sewer Protection Device
Wink  Wink
An Asexual Designer

A Waste Recycling and Disposal Technician
Nolte

Slapshot 3 wrote:
last km wrote:
Do you know there is no such thing anymore as

A manhole

A draughtsman

A bin man

PC gone mad... Rolling Eyes


Wink  Wink
An Asexual Designer


asexuals are godlike

to quote the Armando Iannucci Show (that was on channel 4) "we use to threw food stuffs and rubbish at disabled but now that's considered wrong. it's political correctness gone mad"
last km

to make things super silly you can no longer discriminate on age grounds...and I am one old sad bastard  Wink Victor Meldrew move over
maffy

it's bloody windy.
Biosphere

What happened to Slapshot's weird numbers?
Slapshot 3

Biosphere wrote:
What happened to Slapshot's weird numbers?


If you're all really nice i'll post again tomorrow..... it was an Observation!!
Slapshot 3

252100 03066 25214 03066 41688 42424 10074 20035 39720 49726 52029 70181 82230 92050 333 55300 20000 82835 83364 91034 90710 91137=

...there you go....the numbers!!
Biosphere

Slapshot 3 wrote:
... it was an Observation!!


Of the weather?
Slapshot 3

Biosphere wrote:
Slapshot 3 wrote:
... it was an Observation!!


Of the weather?


Yeah coded observation same globally so we all allegedly know what we're all talking about!!
Slapshot 3

As the world becomes a softer, more cuddly place where are all these tough, capable people going to come from when we need them.

Another tough old bird passes:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/o...tuaries/6664072/Olga-Kevelos.html

(A little personal, I met Olga when I was a youngster at the Scottish Six Days Trial, my dad knew her pretty well. I couldn't be arrogant enough to call her a friend but she was one of these characters you could help but respect, remember her telling the East Germany story in a bar many yeasrs ago. Sad to see her go)
MAILLOT JAUNE

I'm loving this thread, especially the white dog poo - I remember them when I was younger..... Wink

Why is it that, no matter how much you chew sweet corn, it still "leaves" you intact?
Jackov

MAILLOT JAUNE wrote:
I'm loving this thread, especially the white dog poo - I remember them when I was younger..... Wink

Why is it that, no matter how much you chew sweet corn, it still "leaves" you intact?


Swallow that corn whole and THEN you will realize that chewing is making a BIG difference.
Nolte

i noticed in my house, a brother of mine's brand of deodrant was old spice endurance athlete. this is for people who are very athletic doing endurance events but don't want the odour that goes with it

advertising this product could be a great opportun ity for a cycling (mark cavendish for the UK?)

it could go something like this:

Mark Cavendish "previously after winning a sprint, the podium girls couldn't stand the smell of me after 6 hours on the road but now with thanks to old spice endurance athlete deodrant, that's no longer a problem"

and then we start the ad with a picture of not happy looking podium girls and then we cut to a picture of mark cavendish giving his personal testimony for the product and the final scene of the 30 second ad, we see mark cavendish celebrating another win on the podium but this time, the same girls are looking happy when he raising his arms on the podium.

somehow i think i should be e-mailing this advertisement idea to old spice and not posting it here but for extenuating (no red line under extenuating. how come?) circumstances (they've blocked my e-mail address) , i can't
Nolte

you are watching too much football if you consider a match worth watching to involve Watford.
Nolte

i was reading an article in yesterday's Irish Times and it advertised that the crisis pregnancy agency have a test on their website about a fictional couple who meet in a nightclub

anyway, i decided to check this out on the website and i find this funny, when coming to the website, a thing comes up telling you, you have to be over 18 to play [out of interest to see what was on the quiz. i'm too young for stuff like that. although i am over 18]

does this mean that the crisis pregnancy agency don't think under 18's have sex?
Nolte

"i'm sorry to hear that" is not a great line, in my opinion, to offer sympathy to someone. it could be percieved as "i'm sorry you told me that". the sad thing is it's the first thing that comes to my mind when offering sympathy.

thankfully most people know better then to come to me for sympathy
Slapshot 3

Nolte wrote:
"i'm sorry to hear that" is not a great line, in my opinion, to offer sympathy to someone. it could be percieved as "i'm sorry you told me that". the sad thing is it's the first thing that comes to my mind when offering sympathy.

thankfully most people know better then to come to me for sympathy


Sympathy - it's between shit and syphillis in the dictionary.......
Nolte

Very Happy lol
kathy

Today's observation - The 2010 Dakar rally is taking place in Chile and Argentina - it's a changing world Laughing
Nolte

i think it's the second year of that.

they stopped it due to threats of robbery i think in the sahara
kathy

I think it was cancelled last year at the last minute, wasn't it, because of some sort of threat?  But why continue calling it the Dakar.  It used to be Paris-Dakar, but they dropped the 'Paris' after it began starting in Spain or Portugal.
Slapshot 3

Dakar has been adopted as the generic term for all these Rally raid long distance type events.

Dakar is owned by, yup you guessed it ASO. It was cancelled at short notice due to the terrorist threats made by a group in Mali. i believe Argentina and the other South American nations paid a rather large sum to take the rally to the southern continent.
last km

Due to the snowy weather in Brinscall (google it if not familiar with the metropolis of t'north lad)

why do brits adopt a siege like mentality ? shelves stripped bare in the local mini mart of bread,milk etc...are we Brits unique in this asinine behaviour ???
Jackov

last km wrote:
Due to the snowy weather in Brinscall (google it if not familiar with the metropolis of t'north lad)

why do brits adopt a siege like mentality ? shelves stripped bare in the local mini mart of bread,milk etc...are we Brits unique in this asinine behaviour ???


No!  It doesn't happen in the parts of the US where they get snow all the time, like Buffalo or Cleveland, but it does where I live in the mid atlantic where snow is variable and nobody knows how to drive in it so you better stock up.
last km

where snow is variable and nobody knows how to drive in it so you better stock up.

sounds like Lancashire in the Uk...two extremes ..drive in snow at 8mph or 50mph on same stretch of road (usually in a BMW)  Rolling Eyes either case..why dont they just stay at home ...give us guys a chance ?
Nolte

some observations about advertisements

most of us have probably seen an ad a bout getting tested for chlymdia. I just think when they say "and if you don't treat it, you might not be able to have children in the future"  am i the only person who thinks that person not having kids in the future is not a big loss to the gene pool?

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another ad on irish tv channel RTE is for a comedy sketch show called "your bad self". at the end of the show the continutiy announcer says "it's good to be bad". yes, it's could to be bad because RTE will still make your show no matter how bad it is and "your bad self" is an example of this

it's so bad, they can't even get funny bits in their ads
Nolte

This is a post i made on  another board

Quote:
TeZcaTLiPoCa - it's the secularists trying to eliminate religion from the feast of Saint Valentine

First they succeed with the help of the liberal media  in eleiminating the word Saint from the title of St. Valentines day (see here ) and now those liberal secularist communists eliminate the first name of the saint involved with the day

it's political correctness gone wrong

anyway at least they've not yet put the tile down to just the innitials of it. that'd be VD?

other liberal secularists getting rid of the religious aspects of valentines day

source 1
Source 2
source 3
source 4

we need to stand up to these political correct secularistic communists and take back Saint Valentines Day

who's with me

[by the way, i do not reccomend clicking on the links in this post. I'm off to clear my cookies from the computer]
CapeRoadie

Nolte wrote:
...does this mean that the crisis pregnancy agency don't think under 18's have sex?


Brilliant!
Nolte

i wonder if alot of the interviews with movie people that we see on tv actually take place.

I don't know about the UK but with the irish stations, we only ever see one person in the shot at any one time

my thinking is that, it's set questions and the tv company have to splice the footage of their questioneer asking them into footage provided by the distributer.

i'm probably being too cynical
MAILLOT JAUNE

I've always wondered that myself. I can't imagine a movie star would sit through countless interviews with different TV stations answering the same questions. Although in some interviews I have noticed the interviewer and star in the same shot.
Nolte

i think today someone thought i was going to rob their car

this is why: i was out walking the dog in my locality and returning from reaching the point and there is a parked car on the side of the road (with the engine on. actually therefore it's not parked) and a bit about there is a guy talking to a nother guy in a vehicle.

when they see me heading up the road and approaching his parked (or should that be abandoned car), you see the guy (in his 40's or 50's) running towards his car

i pass the car with the dog, because of the pleasantry of myself, i will always say "hiya" to anyone i meet on the road and as usual. i did consider a quip about "no need to worry, i';ve never drove a car in my life and the very idea of it, scares the **** out of me but felt it might be innapropriate

the guy after returning to his car to turn it off, returns to the other guy in the other vehicle

please people, if you think someone is going to rob your car, don't make it obvious that you think that

or probably i've read too much into it because of seeing an episode of curb your enthusiasm once (well i've seen every episode of curb your enthusiasm more then once though. currently rewatching season 5. the episode i refer to is "the surrogate" on season 4 i think where as larry sets off the lock on his car, a friend of his wife's accuses him of being racist) as their was a black guy in the opposite direction. maybe i could have accused the guy of being ageist)

or maybe the guy saw it "there's a young person in a tracksuit, he's up to no good". sure i'm not going to walk the dog in a three piece suit. it's wet outside and even jeans in that wetness, that dirt is just impossible to get out

anyway this annoyed me
kathy

Perhaps he thought you were a plain-clothes cop, Nolte, about to do him for leaving the engine running in an unattended car Laughing
Nolte

kathy wrote:
Perhaps he thought you were a plain-clothes cop, Nolte, about to do him for leaving the engine running in an unattended car Laughing


maybe Smile

in other news, the irish insurance company (who i have my health insurance with ) are going through financial problems at the minute (yada yada owner made investment in a bank that is now under state ownership as most of their loans were worth considerably less than their paper value) but judging by this photo in the irish times, they'll have more problems



when the child labour people see it
Nolte

something happened to me today that never happened me before

i passed out people on bicycles that were over the age of 12. This is a historice first. (the reason i believe i've not bee passed by more cyclists in the past is that i rarely meet cyclists going the same direction as me). it was 2 males in their 30's or 40's (and there i thought people hit their peak at 38 when it came to cycling;) )

they nearly passed me out again when going up a bump, my shoe fall off Very Happy

though what was worse was when my show fell off going uphill causing me to do a rabobankesque crash
Nolte

goodnews, went for a cycle today and my shoes stayed on
maffy

Very Happy
Nolte

this is one observation that never occur to me

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2010/0422/1224268870109.html

Quote:
BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT Evo Morales has blamed “deviations” such as homosexuality and widespread baldness in Europe on modern diet.

“The chicken that we eat is full of female hormones. Because of this the men who eat this chicken have deviations in their being as men,” he said at the opening of a conference on climate change in Bolivia on Tuesday.


so according to Morales, eating chicken makes men gay!!!!!

and according to some, corn flakes make people asexual (funny, i was always more of a wheetabix eater when i was young. my brother Seán prefered cornflakes.)
Nolte


Link


Mr. Mitchell ma

kes a very good issue here

now i'm not particular about when people owe me money (my brother Colin owes me €400 for a few years now. he paid me 50 the first week and then a year afterward i met him when he was leaving the bank and got another 50 but nothing since). my other brother Sean borowed 20 euro from me one night and i was scared to ask for it back. he eventually paid it back in 20 cent coins. the fun of it and i waved the last 60 cent off
another time, me and friends were out for a friends going away and we had a meal and at the end when it came to paying up we were €10 short (there were gamblers there that i don't get on with so i suspect them) so i just throw 10 extra in it so that it was enough. no one was going to own up that they were trying to slight the rest. I had probably paid over the amount innitially also.

but now when it comes to me owing people, not even owning people but there is a situation where a gratuity is owed.
say i am out in a bar and people offer to buy me a drink. it is a slight on them to refuse the offer if you have less than a quarter of the drink of your own left.
but then when it comes to me repaying the favour, and i offer to buy them a drink, they always refuse and it saddens me as i' start to worry that maybe people will start to think that i'm trying to rip them off and that''s not something i want them to think

when i said this to a friend of mine, he waved my concerns off as "you're only ******* getting orange juice"
kathy

As I remember, Nolte, soft drinks were more expensive in bars in the UK than beer and wine when we left.  Isn't that the case in Ireland.

Thinking about it, there is a funny situation here in Spain as well.  There is a bar in town where a small bottle of water costs 1€, but a small bottle of beer is only 50cents.  I did wonder why that particular bar always seemed to be full of young people - must be the price of the beer!
thunderthighs

has anyone noticed that wind is coming from all sides.. tree line is skrinking becuz of it...my theory anyway...ciao
Nolte

kathy wrote:
As I remember, Nolte, soft drinks were more expensive in bars in the UK than beer and wine when we left.  Isn't that the case in Ireland.

Thinking about it, there is a funny situation here in Spain as well.  There is a bar in town where a small bottle of water costs 1€, but a small bottle of beer is only 50cents.  I did wonder why that particular bar always seemed to be full of young people - must be the price of the beer!


a glass of a mineral is about €2.50
a pint of alcohol is around €4.

however there is about 250milliters in the orange juice while the alcohol is 568ml so per milliter, you are right orange juice is more expensive. this never occured to me until your post

i can also tell you that the mark up the mark up applied by a pub or a bar on a soft drink is about 400% while alcohol is alot less
kathy

Now you get some idea why I live in Spain Laughing   We went on a day trip from Holyhead to Dublin once.  It was a hot day so we went into a pub and asked for 2 pints of lager (cost about 3GBP in UK at the time).  It was the pre-Euro era, and my husband handed over five punts (about the same as GBP then).  He was told it was six punts!  So Dublin was about twice as dear as North Wales then.

One observation I would make.  Although the pub here with really cheap beer has a good clientele of young people, you don't see them drunk and rolling about the streets.  I think this bod in the UK who thinks that putting a minimum price on a unit of alcohol has lost the plot.  It's education about sensible consumption of alcohol that's needed, and I think we're about two generations too late now.
Slapshot 3

I think a big part of the problem is we've been living in a nanny state for so long we now expect to be told what to do.
paperman

Slapshot 3 wrote:
I think a big part of the problem is we've been living in a nanny state for so long we now expect to be told what to do.


In the case of Ireland people moan and groan when told what to do but generally just roll over and accept whatever our completely out of touch and incompetent government tell us to do.

Minimum unit per unit of alcohol eh?? I wonder how are the pubs doing?? and how powerful are the vintners association of that country I know the same is being considered here and imho it will play right into the publicans hands.
kathy

Paperman, I think what they are really talking about is the big supermarkets who sell cheap alcohol as loss-leaders.  I think the government is going to compromise - they will not enforce a minimum price, but they will stop shops selling alcohol for less than wholesale price.
paperman

Stopping the sale of alcohol below cost is one thing, but all I have to go on is the anti drink brigade talking about a min price of a euro per unit. I accept this is unlikely, but certainly not beyond the government. Should they go down that road it will push the price of a 500ml can of beer to well over 2 euro and for some brands possibly over 3 euro. A 4 to 4.40 euro pint in your local will become much more attractive. Why should an occasional drinker pay the price for a bunch of idiots who do not know when to stop? As you point out it is about education, not pricing it up to stop consumption.
Nolte

i was watching life on FX on friday night (not to be confused with david attenbourough's programme of the same name. it stars Damien Lewis who played the [insert his constantly changing army rank due to promotions] Winters in Band of Brothers - you know the main characther essentially if you could say it had a main characther. RTE here actually show both on the same night although attenbouroughs life is at 8pm and damian lewis's life is at 1:40 am which clashes with The big bang theory. neither of which i've seen on RTE due to it being on when i'm asleep. i watch big bang theory on E4 and life as i said on FX but anyway procrastinanting aside). during the ad break there was an ad for windows 7. this is an ad i had seen many times previously but i realised something

it's the one where the guy is saying about in-private browing so you can shop online for a gift for your wife without her knowing what you were shopping for

No sir, i don't believe that's the primary reason a person would be using inprivate browsing. it's to look at other stuff, your wife won't approve of. the only reason you'd by a gift is if you got caught looking at the primary reason in order to make up for doing so

i do dissapoint myself, i've seen the ad many times and just realised that
Nolte

i wonder if last km watches life?
his point about baby pigeons (second post) was on the episode i saw last week
Nolte

a thought from a thread on another forum about civil partnerships

that's a bit cruel on gods part. first god makes them gay and/or transgendered and then he doesn't let them in heaven
Nolte

yesterday, being a day after a gig i went out for lunch

the cafe, where i eat lunch in on the very rare day i decide to go for lunch, had a ticket seller outisde it

the ticket seller was selling scratchcards to help addiction Wink

write your own punchline
cardinal guzman

Nolte wrote:
a thought from a thread on another forum about civil partnerships

that's a bit cruel on gods part. first god makes them gay and/or transgendered and then he doesn't let them in heaven


God's like that - he hates puffs.
kathy

Was reading the paper in a local bar today.  Apparently, the Obamas are holidaying near Marbella.  They are staying in a hotel where rooms cost 5000(yes, five thousand!) euros a night.  Their entourage has booked 60 rooms at this hotel (I don't know what's so special about it - it has 3 golf courses, the rooms are decorated like old Tuscan farmhouses, theere are the usual gym, jacuzzis etc)

I think it's obscene!

Last night, I was reading my online Murcia newsletter.  Apparently, the US state department has issued a warning to African Americans to think twice before holidaying in Spain, and accusing the Spanish police of racism.  This comes after two black US tourists were detained by the police, who are attempting to identify illegal immigrants.  One of the tourists suffered 'injuries' whilst in police custody.

I hope the Obamas don't get spotted by these cops while they're here Wink
cadence

kathy wrote:
Was reading the paper in a local bar today.  Apparently, the Obamas are holidaying near Marbella.  They are staying in a hotel where rooms cost 5000(yes, five thousand!) euros a night.  Their entourage has booked 60 rooms at this hotel (I don't know what's so special about it - it has 3 golf courses, the rooms are decorated like old Tuscan farmhouses, theere are the usual gym, jacuzzis etc)

I think it's obscene!

Last night, I was reading my online Murcia newsletter.  Apparently, the US state department has issued a warning to African Americans to think twice before holidaying in Spain, and accusing the Spanish police of racism.  This comes after two black US tourists were detained by the police, who are attempting to identify illegal immigrants.  One of the tourists suffered 'injuries' whilst in police custody.

I hope the Obamas don't get spotted by these cops while they're here Wink


So much for being down home folks...whats that saying about power corrupting...
Nolte

the french author michael houellebecq has been accused of copying off wikipedia for description

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2010/0909/1224278513426.html

my one question is "how do we know that monsieur houellebecq didn't write the wikipedia descriptions?"
mr shifter

cardinal guzman wrote:
God's like that - he hates puffs.
isn't there one in Glasgow at the moment. Rolling Eyes
No I won't leave the room, sorry.
Nolte

yesterday when reading the saturday magazine that comes with the irish times, there was an advertisement for an nonalcholic beer. it caught my eye as in the ad, there was a person in cycling regalia

but anyway the thought that came into my head when i saw it:

is it illegal for a person under 18 to buy nonalcholic beer

and another thought that popped into my head, have we ever used the word regalia here before?
kathy

Why is it that when you have planted yourself in a supermarket queue just behind a person with a trolley full of shopping, another girl opens the next check-out - and the person behind you who has just joined the queue with a trolley full of shopping jumps in first. Evil or Very Mad
Nolte

kathy wrote:
Why is it that when you have planted yourself in a supermarket queue just behind a person with a trolley full of shopping, another girl opens the next check-out - and the person behind you who has just joined the queue with a trolley full of shopping jumps in first. Evil or Very Mad


that annoys me. especially when i only am buying a newspaper and have the exact change ready
ventoux

The ones that piss me off are the (usually older women...  Embarassed  ) in smaller shops, who buy all their shopping, pay for it, get their change, and then say... "Oh, and I'd like some scratchcards"  Shocked  Shocked  Why can't they buy scratchcards in with their feckin' shopping???
Nolte

an observation - based on faceboo, i have very little common likes with other friends of mine. my aunt mary was the person i had most common like with at 6.
Nolte

this was from an irish times story yesterday

Quote:
Others with a similar stance include British prime minister David Cameron, Dutch leader Mark Rutte, Spanish premier Jose Luís Zapatero and Silvio Berlusconi, chief of the Italian government.


obviously the journalist writing this was trying to get different words to discribe each head o stage for country's Smile (chancellor, president and taoiseach were also used in the article)
gerry12ie

Nolte wrote:
this was from an irish times story yesterday

Quote:
Others with a similar stance include British prime minister David Cameron, Dutch leader Mark Rutte, Spanish premier Jose Luís Zapatero and Silvio Berlusconi, chief of the Italian government.


obviously the journalist writing this was trying to get different words to discribe each head o stage for country's Smile (chancellor, president and taoiseach were also used in the article)


The following may be of help to those unfamiliar with the intricacies of the Irish language:

Though the Taoiseach is described in the Constitution of Ireland as "the head of the Government or Prime Minister" a more literal interpretation is 'self-serving parasite concerned only with lining his own pocket while maintaining a grubby political dynasty reminiscent of fifteenth-century Florence were the Medici backward fucking pig-farmers and publicans instead of patrician bankers.  Errant members of this mafioso caste may stray from politics into the governance of sports such as cycling."  A not too unnatural leap considering Haughey, Aherne and Cowen cared as much about honour and civic duty as McQuaid does for cycling.  At least I think thats what Wikipedia said...
Biosphere

gerry12ie wrote:
Nolte wrote:
this was from an irish times story yesterday

Quote:
Others with a similar stance include British prime minister David Cameron, Dutch leader Mark Rutte, Spanish premier Jose Luís Zapatero and Silvio Berlusconi, chief of the Italian government.


obviously the journalist writing this was trying to get different words to discribe each head o stage for country's Smile (chancellor, president and taoiseach were also used in the article)


The following may be of help to those unfamiliar with the intricacies of the Irish language:

Though the Taoiseach is described in the Constitution of Ireland as "the head of the Government or Prime Minister" a more literal interpretation is 'self-serving parasite concerned only with lining his own pocket while maintaining a grubby political dynasty reminiscent of fifteenth-century Florence were the Medici backward fucking pig-farmers and publicans instead of patrician bankers.  Errant members of this mafioso caste may stray from politics into the governance of sports such as cycling."  A not too unnatural leap considering Haughey, Aherne and Cowen cared as much about honour and civic duty as McQuaid does for cycling.  At least I think thats what Wikipedia said...


Laughing

I would be tempted to edit Wiki on your behalf so that you wouldn't need to think that's what it said, but that would be a breach of your copyright  Wink
gerry12ie

It also forgot to mention that 4 million of us now owe 90 billion!
paperman

And that the ''grubby political dynasty'' you mention , the same bunch of clowns who got us into this mess are now telling us they will lead us back out. We've turned so many corners now we're just going round in circles.

And drivers of Ireland please note. When the light turns green you should check that the way is clear and that traffic which was crossing your path has actually stopped, this little procedure should take a second or two. Having completed said procedure please drive off, you don't need to do a Formula one style start just let the clutch out gently and move away form the lights. To the drivers behind the first driver PLEASE NOTE:- There is absolutely no need to stay stopped until the car in front has travelled 20 or 30 meters. Just follow the car in front. Again.....no need for a Formula one style draft all the way to the next corner but we do want to get more than 2 or 3 cars throught the intersection.
Nolte

gerry12ie wrote:
Nolte wrote:
this was from an irish times story yesterday

Quote:
Others with a similar stance include British prime minister David Cameron, Dutch leader Mark Rutte, Spanish premier Jose Luís Zapatero and Silvio Berlusconi, chief of the Italian government.


obviously the journalist writing this was trying to get different words to discribe each head o stage for country's Smile (chancellor, president and taoiseach were also used in the article)


The following may be of help to those unfamiliar with the intricacies of the Irish language:

Though the Taoiseach is described in the Constitution of Ireland as "the head of the Government or Prime Minister" a more literal interpretation is 'self-serving parasite concerned only with lining his own pocket while maintaining a grubby political dynasty reminiscent of fifteenth-century Florence were the Medici backward fucking pig-farmers and publicans instead of patrician bankers.  Errant members of this mafioso caste may stray from politics into the governance of sports such as cycling."  A not too unnatural leap considering Haughey, Aherne and Cowen cared as much about honour and civic duty as McQuaid does for cycling.  At least I think thats what Wikipedia said...


just on the note about Haughey, i've never seen my father as heartbroken as he was when haughey died.

i don't understand it
SAP

paperman wrote:
And drivers of Ireland please note. When the light turns green you should check that the way is clear and that traffic which was crossing your path has actually stopped, this little procedure should take a second or two. Having completed said procedure please drive off, you don't need to do a Formula one style start just let the clutch out gently and move away form the lights. To the drivers behind the first driver PLEASE NOTE:- There is absolutely no need to stay stopped until the car in front has travelled 20 or 30 meters. Just follow the car in front. Again.....no need for a Formula one style draft all the way to the next corner but we do want to get more than 2 or 3 cars throught the intersection.


Paperman, when did you visit my area of Virginia?  This is exactly what happens here and drives me nuts, although we don't get many F1 starts. Slow, slower and slowest.  Also, they take FOREVER to make a simple (right in my case) turn off the road; must come to a complete stop first.  That and drivers NOT stopping for people in crosswalks or the supermarket parking lot.  If only they all drove as perfectly as I do.  Oh, and consistently driving 5-10 miles BELOW the speed limit. No hurry here in middle Virginia, yessir!
kathy

Two grouses today.

Why do certain waiters ignore me because I'm a single woman?  I was out shopping, it was lunchtime so decided to stop for a bite to eat.  I sat at a table outside a bar (yes, it is still warm enough) and waited.  The waiter studiously ignored me, served two lots of people who arrived after I did.  When the waiter finally deigned to notice me, he asked 'Are you waiting for someone?'.  I replied, 'Yes, I was waiting for you to serve me, but you're too late now,' and got up and went elsewhere, where I know I get good service.  (The first place had mussels on the menu, which I fancied for lunch, but I went and had pizza instead).

Why do shop assistants assume that, because I'm obviously not Spanish, that I am a moron?  I went into a newsagent's to make some purchases, took them to the till, and the girl totted them up.  Instead of telling me how much it was, she pointed to the read-out on the till.  My response to that now is 'My eyesight's bad, can you tell me please!'

Grrr!  Other than that I had a nice day!
Nolte

i get the moron treatment in places due to my speech difficulties i think
paperman

kathy wrote:
Two grouses today.

Why do shop assistants assume that, because I'm obviously not Spanish, that I am a moron?  I went into a newsagent's to make some purchases, took them to the till, and the girl totted them up.  Instead of telling me how much it was, she pointed to the read-out on the till.  My response to that now is 'My eyesight's bad, can you tell me please!'

Grrr!  Other than that I had a nice day!


I hope you enjoyed your pizza! Funny you should mention the assumption people make about you because you are obviously not Spanish. My wife finds the same here sometimes, you can tell she is not Irish and at times people speak slowly and loudly at her as opposed to speaking to her. I'm not sure why as there are so many Polish national here and most have excellent english, in fairness its not a hard language its quite simple. Usually I get more annoyed than she does.
Nolte

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we have a slightly different one over here, that one is for the british market but our one is slightly shorter and ends with them going swimming

this is what i don't, they go swimming or go to the cafe, after they did their shopping

so in the hour or so, that they are swimming/having weiners, what will happen to the ice cream, meat, milk etc etc that they got?
it will go off

i was explain ing this when another ad came up with those furry creatures during big bang theory. i told him that another variant came up during Neighbours, he could not get over that the ad was on during neighbours

it turns out, he didn't know bbc no longer showed neighbours Very Happy
kathy

Link doesn't work, Nolte
Nolte

interesting it's working for me

maybe it's a spanish copyright issue?

i get copyright issues for some videos here when i try to view them on youtube
kathy

It's come up properly now - it was just a broken link last night - strange!
Nolte

last km wrote:

Why are the cars with no lights on when its dusk nearly always the black ones?


a similar thought occured to me while i was out cycling today as most of the cars with no lights on when it was foggy were nearly always grey or white cars

maybe there's just a lot of grey cars in my area

i should note i had a flourescent jacket on as my part of safety.
Nolte

you know you are asexual if



you saw this page and thought "excellent, chilly gonzales is playing a gig in dublin"

please note, the full page wouldn't fit in my scanner
Nolte

my world has fallen apart Sad

by that i mean half of my map of the world poster on my wall fall from it Very Happy
Nolte

one of my finest observations:

work colleague: what day would we be back from christmas holiday
me: well new years day is the first which is a saturday. wait did i say that new years day was the first.

anyway it might seem obvious that 1st of January is new years day but even here in ireland and the uk, it wasn't that way.

until about 1752, new years day was March 25th also knoiwn as Lady Day
Nolte

a question i dislike:

"will your mother be back"

do you mean ever or in a specific time frame.
Slapshot 3

Nolte wrote:
you know you are asexual if



you saw this page and thought "excellent, chilly gonzales is playing a gig in dublin"

please note, the full page wouldn't fit in my scanner


Must speak to the wife about these pictures........ Wink
Nolte

the irish film and television award nominations have been announced.

categories include:

# Actor Lead Film
# Actress Lead Film/TV

does that mean thye didn't have enough irish lead female actresses in films for the actress award

in the actress in supporting role category, they did have enough for the 4 nominations for films. however, they don't have a photo on their website for one of them

in the children's/youth category, Seacht is nominated. Seacht is shown at 10pm. The Rising Star award is "Coming Soon"

it's easy to make fun of this.

it's also fun too.
kathy

A complete ban on smoking in bars and restaurants in Spain came into effect in the New Year.  Since then, many bars have started putting their summer tables and chairs out!  Mind you, it has been very mild, and it's quite warm enough to sit out in the sun with a coffee if there's no wind!
Nolte

Nolte's new word that he learnt today

"wiki walking"

this is when you go to check wikipedia for one thing and then 5 hours later, you are looking at the page of Hurly Baronet of 1691 (for your information that is "Sir William Hurly" who was the 3rd and sadly last, Hurly Baronet)
Nolte

again with another one today

Quote:
By law, once the President issues a proclamation dissolving the Dáil, a general election must be held within 17 to 28 days, excluding Sundays.

this is from the irish times - http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0129/breaking4.html

it reminds me of another thing. for a long time i believed that lent lasted 40 days . contrary to popular belief, lent does not last 40 days. the 40 day period of lent does not include sundays
Nolte

today being the 11/02/2011 is a palindrome, at least for us who use the correct way of dates Very Happy jk

there are only possibility of 366 palindrone dates, the previous being 01/02/2010.

this millenium will have 60 palindrome dates. the previous millenium had 61 pallindrome dates. Other milleniums will have 30 and 31 palindrome dates. This is the 4th according to my calculation in this millenium

prior to this millenium, the previous date being 03/11/1130

and the last one? 03/09/9030

of course my calculations could be very wrong
Nolte

the most read pages from one of my two local newspapers website

Quote:
Most Read

  1. Drogheda Independent.ie - Contact Us
  2. Terrible side effects from salts - claim
  3. Worker (39) went on gambling spree with stolen cash
  4. Coca-Cola confirm move to new base
  5. Serious assault

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Guiness

Do legal dramas portray the legal profession accurately? Do you watch them?

The BBC promised that its new legal drama series "Silk" would present a true-to-life portrait of a female barrister applying for QC. Ms G and I watched it last night. "Silk" is basically "South Square". Anyone watched that? Same set-up, same characters. Chambers are still run by a wily hardnut of a clerk and  there’s an ambitious, overworked female barrister called Martha - fighting hard for preferment in a system which favours chaps. It was a perfectly OK hour of telly. I wonder whether it is real.... Question

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