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Storm Lorenzo: October 3/4 2019 **Technical Discussion Only**

So does that show it taking a "hard right" turn east at Mayo? Practically a 90 degree turn inland? Is that normal or / driven by jetatream? Seems weird trajectory

1 month, 2 weeks in Weather by Victor Meldrew 1,295 Replies 549,095 Views

Unconfident driver

We all make mistakes. And driving is a skill that needs hours of experience. You get that by being aware and not distracted. Otherwise you miss stuff. I nearly missed a set of lights this week. I have over 25 years behind the wheel. Also consider the impact of conditions. Lots of daytime driv

7 months in Motors by Victor Meldrew 15 Replies 1,447 Views 2 Thanks

Is 50/50 democratic in real terms?

Problem is this. There will always be those who don't bother to vote and those who can't make it to the polling station. As for Brexit, it was an advisory referendum on an undefined outcome mired with phenomenal lies. So that is another problem. We shaved a yes to divorce. But the electorate u

9 months in Politics by Victor Meldrew 23 Replies 353 Views

What does true equality of opportunity look like?

We got a memo in from Neighbourhood Watch stating that there were two middle aged women breaking into cars in our estate. And a few weeks back there was another auld dear casing houses. Gender equality and age equality is not always welcome

11 months, 2 weeks in After Hours by Victor Meldrew 105 Replies 3,338 Views 1 Thank

Government plans to replace nursing homes with retirement villages

Neither of your posts address where these would be located and whether there would be an appetite amongst people to move into these early on enough fo them to forge a sense of community. There is something here, but you can't ignore culture and inheritance pressures.. And yes, a lift fixes the a

12 months in Politics Cafe 2.0 (Archive) by Victor Meldrew 11 Replies 158 Views

Government plans to replace nursing homes with retirement villages

Ok. So the plan is to build a load of sheltered housing with 1 bed units. They'll need to be ground floor as old people don't do stairs. So where are they going to move them out to? And what about the 4 bed gaff they leave behind ? Will there be an obligation to rent this or sell it ? Fair deal

12 months in Politics Cafe 2.0 (Archive) by Victor Meldrew 11 Replies 27 Views

Peter Casey believes Travellers should not be recognised as an ethnic minority

It would have been great to also see the numbers of second and third preferences he may have got too. Pity the tallymen were not about... If MDH had got sub 50% we would have been into transfers

1 year in After Hours by Victor Meldrew 9,994 Replies 440,787 Views 4 Thanks

Why does Sinn Fein hate people who work hard?

Phased withdrawal of private school subsidy would be dynamite. If it precipitated a mass exodus into state schools which are all full, then that would be a mess. More likely, loads of private schools would go "free" . Which would be a 14k subsidy to current parents with two kids in the school. G

1 year, 1 month in Politics Cafe 2.0 (Archive) by Victor Meldrew 28 Replies 1,695 Views

Family of seven sleep in Garda station Mod note post one

Would love for some TD to come out and say you have to pay your way in life, and if you emerge from school illiterate and antisocial, then, that is on YOUR parents. Where were Margaret's parents when she decided to get "married" while still a child. Remember, this happened when she was around 1

1 year, 1 month in After Hours by Victor Meldrew 9,028 Replies 577,860 Views 9 Thanks

Family of seven sleep in Garda station Mod note post one

Without getting into eugenics territory, IQ has a strong genetic element. As does dyslexia and other learning difficulties. And if the parents are badly educated and borderline illiterate, then the kids are not going to develop well in those areas. Rinse and repeat over short generations, with po

1 year, 1 month in After Hours by Victor Meldrew 9,028 Replies 574,267 Views 11 Thanks

Lessons from 'The Beast': What will you be stocking up on this winter?

Have made sure I'm not the only person in the gaff with hiking boots/wellies. Being the only one who could venture out to attend to the kids got old quick

1 year, 1 month in Weather by Victor Meldrew 88 Replies 12,702 Views 7 Thanks

Family of seven sleep in Garda station Mod note post one

Facebook is not anonymous. There is no way in hell I'd state my views (moderate with respect to the tone on this thread) publicly. I kinda value being employed

1 year, 1 month in After Hours by Victor Meldrew 9,028 Replies 520,317 Views

Storm Ali : Weds 19 Sept 2018

In the bits of South Dublin I saw today? Yep. Way more trees down or big boughs broken. And were it not for cars being "At work" there would have been a lot more crushed in suburban roads. Our road was blocked by several boughs. Movable if you were a big chap.. Council were out chipping the lot

1 year, 1 month in Weather by Victor Meldrew 1,174 Replies 176,742 Views

Family of seven sleep in Garda station Mod note post one

Most of us 'are where we are because of what our parents did in making us work at school , or, by dint of inheritance. The unemployable have their parents to blame. Sometimes there is tragedy that derails a kid, but mostly, it is parenting.... As a parent, I've another 15 to 20 years before my

1 year, 2 months in After Hours by Victor Meldrew 9,028 Replies 520,317 Views 8 Thanks

Family of seven sleep in Garda station Mod note post one

What I want to know is who is accountable for ensuring all kids who are not mentally handicapped leave school literate, enumerate and skilled enough to be further educated or trained into being employable adults. The state failed in and around 2006 to keep Margaret in school, and to protect her fro

1 year, 2 months in After Hours by Victor Meldrew 9,028 Replies 520,317 Views 8 Thanks