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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Toss » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:12 pm

Strum wrote:Is think the key word in that article is "competition" Toss. Privatisation?


That article is from 2010 as far as I can see, either way I doubt if there would be a lot of interest given the constant advances in technology these days.
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Micheál » Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:17 pm

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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Toss » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:05 am

Some time ago, I highlighted on here that the Irish Helicopter rescue service had been handed over in 2012 to Canadian firn CHC for 10 years in a €500 million deal. Sadly one of their helicopters is no longer and four brave people have tragically lost their lives ..... I hope this is not as a result of some mechanical service costcutting by CHC as lets face it, they are a for profit company and more than amply paid. The AAIU chief aeronautical officer is Dun Laoghaire man Jurgen Whyte and no better man to get to the truth.

May the families all get closure asap in these dark times and may the dead rest in peace.
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Denis Cromie » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:58 pm

Such a loss of 4 very brave and essential people. May they rest in peace.
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Rocker » Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:06 am

Denis Cromie wrote:Such a loss of 4 very brave and essential people. May they rest in peace.



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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Sinead » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:38 pm

What a sad end to a rescue mission. May their families find peace and may the
victims Rest in Peace.

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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Rocker » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:28 am

Sinead wrote:What a sad end to a rescue mission. May their families find peace and may the
victims Rest in Peace.

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So sad may they rest in peace.
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Rocker » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:54 pm

Well horray for Dunlaoghairecounty here I am at an airport in China wending my way home after a wonderful month long trip of a lifetime to New Zealand and the only site that is not blocked on the laptop is this. Imagine having your computer blocked!!! doesn't bear thinking about.
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Toss » Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:59 am

Rocker wrote:Well horray for Dunlaoghairecounty here I am at an airport in China wending my way home after a wonderful month long trip of a lifetime to New Zealand and the only site that is not blocked on the laptop is this. Imagine having your computer blocked!!! doesn't bear thinking about.


wuu wuu wuu wuu wuu fair play to you Rocker, great to hear that you have been living it up down under and I hope you have your travel tales all ready to share with us :lol:
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Rocker » Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:55 am

Great to be back in the Boro. Have been thinking of going to NZ for most of my life so we decided to go now while we can still walk!!We did it the easy way with an escorted coach tour from a crowd called AATKings who were originally an Australian company but now are part of Trafalgar and Insight and kontiki. It was hectic and we got to see all the main towns and cities of both islands in a whistle stop up and out at eight A.M deal!!

A few things surprised me. The Islands are really more beautiful than I expected.
Not too many insects or creepy crawleys just sandflies on the South Island and they sting!! covered in spots!!
N.Z is expensive!
Lots of youth unemployment!! some very basic wages! but, no despondant youths lying around moaning. Everyone was up and at it.
Saw little or no litter and no graffiti. Everyone from the schoolchild to the O.A.P is aware of the environment and their part in keeping it!!
Loved the Kiwi pride in their country and people especially rugby team.
Everyone had plenty of time for the tourist...God made time and plenty of it.
Oh and we had a little earthquake in Christchurch, nothing to write home about but my first experience!
Was blown away by the amount of quake devestation in Christchurch and the spirit of the people to put it back together again!! amazing. If you get a chance google container city where the business people set up shops in shipping containers to keep some money flowing in the city.
I'm saving to go back.
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Toss » Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:52 pm

Rocker wrote:Great to be back in the Boro. Have been thinking of going to NZ for most of my life so we decided to go now while we can still walk!!We did it the easy way with an escorted coach tour from a crowd called AATKings who were originally an Australian company but now are part of Trafalgar and Insight and kontiki. It was hectic and we got to see all the main towns and cities of both islands in a whistle stop up and out at eight A.M deal!!

A few things surprised me. The Islands are really more beautiful than I expected.
Not too many insects or creepy crawleys just sandflies on the South Island and they sting!! covered in spots!!
N.Z is expensive!
Lots of youth unemployment!! some very basic wages! but, no despondant youths lying around moaning. Everyone was up and at it.
Saw little or no litter and no graffiti. Everyone from the schoolchild to the O.A.P is aware of the environment and their part in keeping it!!
Loved the Kiwi pride in their country and people especially rugby team.
Everyone had plenty of time for the tourist...God made time and plenty of it.
Oh and we had a little earthquake in Christchurch, nothing to write home about but my first experience!
Was blown away by the amount of quake devestation in Christchurch and the spirit of the people to put it back together again!! amazing. If you get a chance google container city where the business people set up shops in shipping containers to keep some money flowing in the city.
I'm saving to go back.


Sounds great Rocker, Im delighted it all went well and you are already eyeing a return ..... you go for it.
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Denis Cromie » Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:58 pm

Good on ya Rocker,as I said before you're a regular Marco Polo. Another New Zealander, Edmund Hillary climbed Everest,maybe that's your next step. wuu wuu wuu
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Strum » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:41 pm

Sounds great Rocker, nice review. :D thumbright
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Sinead » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:54 pm

Great that the trip lived up to and outstripped your expectations Rocker.
Have never been to NZ but your description is giving me itchy feet!

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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Strum » Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:01 pm

The definition of a 'television set' is to be changed in law in order to allow the TV licence fee to be applied to computers, laptops and large tablets, the Irish Independent can reveal.

In a move that could generate an extra €5m a year for cash-strapped RTÉ, Communications Minister Denis Naughten is devising plans to broaden the reach of the licence fee.



Ah here, cash strapped RTE???

http://www.independent.ie/business/now- ... 67457.html


Licence fee is just bankrolling RTE's bloated workforce.


http://www.independent.ie/entertainment ... 67866.html
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Toss » Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:31 pm

Strum wrote:The definition of a 'television set' is to be changed in law in order to allow the TV licence fee to be applied to computers, laptops and large tablets, the Irish Independent can reveal.

In a move that could generate an extra €5m a year for cash-strapped RTÉ, Communications Minister Denis Naughten is devising plans to broaden the reach of the licence fee.


Ah here, cash strapped RTE???

http://www.independent.ie/business/now- ... 67457.html


and why not ? lets be honest, what politician is going to upset the state broadcaster by challenging their expenditure when they know how valuable RTE is in a general election... what seat would you like Minister ? what questions are acceptable Minister ? oh yes Minister ... three bags full :lol:

Just pay up and smile, because where else is an ageing radio DJ going to get half a million euro a year for 5 x 45 mins weekday shows which contain 12 x 3 min songs and adverts to the point where his actual talk time is under an hour per week :roll: .... working an hour a week and 5+ weeks holidays and the chancer has a team around him to help him out.
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby gingertom » Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:19 am

Toss wrote:
Strum wrote:The definition of a 'television set' is to be changed in law in order to allow the TV licence fee to be applied to computers, laptops and large tablets, the Irish Independent can reveal.

In a move that could generate an extra €5m a year for cash-strapped RTÉ, Communications Minister Denis Naughten is devising plans to broaden the reach of the licence fee.


Ah here, cash strapped RTE???

http://www.independent.ie/business/now- ... 67457.html


and why not ? lets be honest, what politician is going to upset the state broadcaster by challenging their expenditure when they know how valuable RTE is in a general election... what seat would you like Minister ? what questions are acceptable Minister ? oh yes Minister ... three bags full :lol:

Just pay up and smile, because where else is an ageing radio DJ going to get half a million euro a year for 5 x 45 mins weekday shows which contain 12 x 3 min songs and adverts to the point where his actual talk time is under an hour per week :roll: .... working an hour a week and 5+ weeks holidays and the chancer has a team around him to help him out.


http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2009 ... ed/en/html

This is a current definition of what constitutes receiving apparatus covered by the fee requirement. It notes that;

“ television set ” means any electronic apparatus capable of receiving and exhibiting television broadcasting services broadcast for general reception (whether or not its use for that purpose is dependent on the use of anything else in conjunction with it) and any software or assembly comprising such apparatus and other apparatus;"

The key point is "any electronic apparatus." Which probably covers laptops and tablets pc's anyway, as things stand currently.
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby MickR » Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:34 am

If someone says " jasus you're some Tulip " following a story where you might have had some form of positive result. Can someone give me their best explanation of what that saying means. I have an answer but am interested to hear yours.
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Sinead » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:15 am

I have no idea what it means or where it comes from but I have found that it is
usually said by someone who hasn't a clue about the topic.

Has anyone noticed the very large number of viewers who seem to be on the site
on a regular basis? Anything between 6 and 15 at any given time.


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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Strum » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:10 pm

Sinead wrote: Has anyone noticed the very large number of viewers who seem to be on the site on a regular basis? Anything between 6 and 15 at any given time.

Sinéad



Your friend I was chatting with Sinead told me she has been following the site for years but has never registered, she just loves reading the posts, so yes we have many followers.
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Rocker » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:47 pm

MickR wrote:If someone says " jasus you're some Tulip " following a story where you might have had some form of positive result. Can someone give me their best explanation of what that saying means. I have an answer but am interested to hear yours.


Someone I worked with years ago always used that expression. He meant "you are a gobsh!t" I always took it as a put down but, then I didn't like him :lol: :lol:
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Denis Cromie » Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:14 pm

Not sure where the term came from, but it was commonly use "like you're some Beaut" In my experience it was used by people who knew each other and was said in a friendly/mocking fashion rather than insulting.
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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Strum » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:40 am

Army bomb squad deactivates historic hand grenade in Monkstown.


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Re: Somewhere to Chat.

Postby Micheál » Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:24 am

Strum wrote:Army bomb squad deactivates historic hand grenade in Monkstown.


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