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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely Kizza - there was always an element of simple thuggery (and criminal money gathering) tied into the strong feelings of national identity and religious schism behind the Troubles. We have seen elsewhere how the latter can fester under the surface for decades; NI is no different.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its almost the weekend, and by saturday afternoon we will have a house full of family.
So there will be no PS4 games, or long afternoon naps or books read in isolation.... I will be in the garden, "gardening" and only coming in for the odd cup of tea and to change the music.

Good and Evil Last night after I was looking to provoke a discussion about Jerusalem my wife asked me ... "When you talk about Trump don't you feel like you are bullying the village idiot?", and so the conversation turned to what we would be having for lunch this Christmas...

Have a good weekend and be safe.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not observed any trouble. What is the nature of the problem?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry. Must have been a momentary WiFi issue at my end. Just got a 404 message. All good now.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahh..... Christmas Dinner! Starting to give it serious consideration; have got a goose crown in the freezer and will probably op for a good tag of beef to go with it! Then pud and the works! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Southern hemisphere Xmas lunch at mine we have at least agreed on the standard retro prawn cocktail for starters. Once a year prawn cocktail... Love it.
The mains will be seafood on the bbq...... = shellfish with a couple of salads.
The desert will be either some pud or fruit with the lot. usually a pavlova? Grandma thinks hot pud is required.... an old country thing. It will see us all off for an afternoon snooze. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter you're amazing!

Im in oz but do the turkey and trimmings, trifle, pay, bite treats: truffles etc every year since moving here.. you can take the girl out of Brit but you can't take the brit out of the girl .. or old lady now as the case is

yeah but this year four of our family are now vegetarian and the remaining six are carnivores ..

Kinda taken the wind out of my xmas sails this year .. kinda ho hum about it .. Ill have to get thinking though as xmas approaches at a relentless speed
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KIzza yeah .. Jerusalem .. thats been interesting .. and Trump .. well yeah but he isn't incapable of standing up for himself .. so not quite a bullying victim .. but yeah .. weird times
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Theresa May has apparently done the impossible and squared the circle of the Irish boarder question allowing the Brexit talks to progress to the next - trade orientated - stage of the negotiations. It was a fudge, no escaping it, but it was so essential to get to the trade talks that it had to be achieved no matter what the cost. The cost is that essentially she has promised a soft Brexit in all but name for the whole of the UK - the important point for the DUP on whom she is dependent - and ensured the Republic of Ireland get the frictionless boarder that they demanded in order not to veto any future deal on trade being struck. Hard Brexiteer's amongst her own government, party and general public who voted for Brexit will not be happy. Staying closely aligned to the single market and customs union demands both a degree of free movement of labour and continued payments to Europe, anathema to hard Brexiteer's and totally against the spirit of what those who voted for Brexit (mainly on the single issue of immigration) voted for. Watch this space: I repeat, they will not.....be...... happy Exclamation
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Skyweir, Yes Trump can clearly fend for himself, but his behaviours would have most of us judging him on untenable ground... I see three women have aired sexual misconduct allegations against him overnight, (Well, Clinton did have the Lewinski scenario.....) and also he seems more determined to be the chief of World Police when I would rather he concentrated on world peace.

I agree Peter has the whole XMas goose and trimmings on song! I am looking forward to ours, pulling apart crackers and insisting on wearing paper hats for photos ha!

On the Irish border and Brexits "human rights", import/export et al implications, we now have the Unionists and Nationalists rubbing each others noses in it (Brexit) so there has been a fresh maze layered over that quagmire.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife has developed a cocktail to spring on the family when they arrive on Christmas morning. Nothing too strong, she has christened it the Cornish Sunset and it goes as follows; a Martini (triangular cocktail) glass frozen for 10 mins in the freezer so it ices up on removal; two thirds fill with prosecco, add a double(ish) shot of Archers and a maraschino cherry (which will fall to the bottom of the glass). Drizzle in creme de cassis down the side of the glass so that it sinks to bottom and sits to about a third way up the glass. The effect will be the sun (cherry) setting in a pink sky on the horizon - and it has a sweet peachy flavour that works really well. I'm proud of it (on her behalf of course). Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't do Archers...even the smell of a peach-flavoured alcohol makes me feel ill...long story... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not in truth my favourite tipple either Av, but in fairness E. seems to have raised it above itself in this one. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice - we're making a suite of cocktails xmas day - cos why not?

In fact if I can't come up with a menu - we might just have a "feast of cocktails" LOL
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