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  1. 6 Nations - Who’s going?

    $750 on Scotland @ 10/1 $234 on Ireland @ 3/1 $20 on Wales @ 15/1 $5 on France @ 15/1 $1 on Italy @ 500/1 Who is missing ? Betting Slip sent to my English Mate who thinks England already have their name engraved on the trophy hahahaha. ABE. $1000 bucks, with chance of Ireland stealing it and getting my money back (almost) but think Scotland have a decent chance this year. Worth a flutter. If Scotland can take Wales away in the first game - then game on. Toughest game for us will be Ireland in my view. 2 tough opponents at Home, and Ireland away. I know I am delusional btw. Albu Gu Brath.
  2. Strachan's gone

    Gareth Bale plays for Wales. I don't know who the manager is or anyone else in the team. I just know Wales suddenly became a team from nowhere and shot up the world rankings. Iceland intrigues me. I sometimes think just like Georgia a good few years ago, it's all about belief, youthful exuberance and less over thinking/strategy. A decent striker, a team that can work together/read the play and defend, a decent goalie, then its game on. How exhausting/pissed of to we get when playing a defensive game ? Regardless of the team, we all just want to see a team ready to give it laldie. Probably the closest we have ever been, just lacked winner/killer attitude.
  3. Heinz Salad Cream is being discontinued.
  4. 2017 movie thread

    I want my life back, and so does the wife. Absolute garbage.
  5. 3 weeks in Australia

    Great Ocean Road as far as Warrnambool - that's whole day slow driving just 1 way just so you know, but can be split stopping off halfway, never met anyone yet blown away with this but each to their own. It's a novelty on the way out but tiresome on the way back. Yarra Ranges/Dandenongs to the east of Mel is a great drive with lots of quaint little villages/townships in the Bush (very scenic, high altitude and an hour from CBD). Melbourne has it all really, Funky Fitzroy at night, St. Kilda and the Mornington Peninsula, Roof Top Bars, CBD buzz, Chinatown, Greek Quarter, Italian Area on Lygon Street, Shows, gigs, and check the Crown Casino for variety caberet acts (always good fun,seated with tables and bar), Botanical Gardens and museums - all very compact and accessible on the inner tram network. The rest sounds like a busy plan but what any tourist would want to see in Oz. Sydney for Opera House, Bridge, The Rocks, maybe Coogee and Bondi (but thats all in Sydney for me I'm afraid). Cheap flights via Skyscanners is the easy option for Jetstar, Tiger etc. Book early for best deals. Accomodation/Hotels will be the big pocket burner, but try Trivago.com or Bookng.com - I know Melbourne well so happy to help
  6. 2017 Gig Thread

    ^ This. I vowed never to go back to a open air Stadium Gig again - this was over 20 years ago. The sound is crap, too many pissed up louts (women were always worse), squeezed in like cattle with some BIG tall ####er in front of you. Guys pissing where they stand, and the worst ever, the pints of warm piss being chucked forwards. The worst I saw, and this was just the straw that broke the camels back, was some chick squatting at the front of the Main Stage at T in the Park, about of a third of the way back, but in front of the mixing desk in full view of everyone, for what everyone thought was a cheeky piss, but dropped a big massive brown curler. I'd seen it near the men's cubicles a couple of years previously - but this had to be the absolute worse. She even got up, pulled up her kecks, looked around to see what she had left behind, grimaced, shrugged and then staggered into the crowd to get away from what she had left behind her. Reckon she was in her late 30's early 40's, arse like a plumbers toolbag, I like getting tanked up a little before a gig, it's part of the deal as long as you can hold your drink and not be upsetting others and being happy and friendly to others.
  7. Guns 'n' Roses

    Oh Dear, the kids from School of Rock have grown up and Jack Black in on lead - love all the mobile phones in the air - selfish FUNTS. Dad Rock, and wanky guitar...cannae beat it Ach well, each to their own.
  8. I think this is part of it, but not the whole story. btw - My Dad controls the weather in Scotland.
  9. I did to try and help you on this one ;-)
  10. Good post. It is not as clear cut as the MSM, Ruth, Dogdale and the "blinkered" would have us believe. My 73 y.o Dad voted NO in referendum, but SNP last election. He really liked Wee Nick. He wants to remain in Europe. He said he couldn't vote for her again as she keeps bringing up Independence. I had to tell him that's what he voted for in the last election, it was in their manifesto for any material change. He didn't seem to get that this is the ultimate agenda of the SNP. I told him she is fighting for you, as you voted to stay in Europe but you didn't get to. You voted Labour all your life but England & Wales has once again decided what you are getting - a Tory Govt and out of Europe. He voted SLAB this time around. Could not argue with this - he's in Dundee so wasted vote anyway. But he is now Anti Sturgeon and SNP because he reads the tabloid press mainly and was sort of gloating - "that's her finished now". After explaining SNP has "Won" the Scottish Election, still the major party in Scotland, and 3rd biggest in the UK, and that 35 seats were about the right level given the referendum 45/55, he was still vehement she was finished "You can throw all your numbers at me and Statistics - naebody wants this". So I had to say "So well you must be happy with all your voting then because you got everything you wanted? - a Tory Gov and now a NI DUP party, and you are out of Europe - can you not see why we need to be Independent?" I think pensioners in particular just don't realise WTF is going on. The 36.9% share make sense as hard core Indie Voters. This GE vote was skewed in my view buy 5 things 1. Hardened Brexit Voters - the 38% who do not want to be in Europe, but really want Indie (without Europe). So perhaps that is where Wee Nicky/SNP/us got it wrong by assuming that the 62% of Remain voters, wanted Independence but still to be in Europe. Personally, I think this is where the greatest impact was. 2. Yoons - the 55% - any party but SNP. 3. The late Corbyn effect. 4. Tactical voting Libs/Dogdale supporting this. 5. The missing Youth vote. It's coming, it will not go away. I am hoping Article 30 just sits their stagnant for the moment - and we come all guns blazing as time unfolds - saw FMQT on youtube from last Thursday - Davidson is becoming an over confident puppet. Dogdale was a joke.
  11. Tower block on fire in London

  12. Tower block on fire in London

    The Fire Strategy for Multi Storey Blocks has always been to remain in the property as the building has been compartmentalised - reducing the spread of fire - this is the Fire Services recommended strategy. This is an old strategy from the 60's and I do not think anyone has considered the changes from altering the construction with a cladded facade. Panels used in Scottish Schools (pre PPP/PFI) for refurbishment always specified "encapsulated panels", which effectively sealed the insulation within the panel, as opposed to a "sandwich" in which the "filling"or insulation is exposed. I got caught out on this on a job I estimated in the early 90's for a school refurb in Stirling - we allowed for 20/m2 panels - specification was for 85/m2 encapsulated panels which the council insisted on for obvious reasons - someone had done their homework. We lost a fortune on that job - but the kids were safe. It has suddenly dawned on me that with the Schools PPP/PFI scandal - we should be checking the specification of the panels - as the schools were "value engineered" by the Builder Amey/Miller JV.
  13. Tower block on fire in London

    This is extremely bewildering to me. Almost beyond comprehension. I have over 20+ years post qualification experience as a construction professional and this just shouldn't happen - I also have over 12 years in facade and curtain walling systems, and specialise in Insurance fire here in Australia. Without speculating (and I do have a theory based on the photographs, suffice to say that someone is going to Jail), but this just doesn't make sense to me. I wouldn't consider myself to be a specialist, you know... a little knowledge and all that but ... All the lessons are text book for any construction undergraduate after Ronan Point in 1968. Something has been seriously compromised here in the design/construction materials. Every UK designer would be aware of this, and if not all, at least someone within the design team/specialist sub contractor would be. Otherwise, you would think it was an act of Arson/Terrorism. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronan_Point I also worked on the Glasgow/Edinburgh PPP/PFI Schools - these were rushed for political and commercial reasons - never experienced anything like it before or since - the bottom end of the chain ie. Project managers and Sub Contractors were bullied by Snr Managers/Councillors and put under far too much pressure Cost and Time wise. Obviously Quality was compromised (It was actually so apparent, it was embarrassing). It was hailed as a success story at the time - those of us behind the scenes knew it was an abomination. The Council took all the credit at the time, and I had to laugh when I read their responses recently - its wisnae me, a big boy did it and ran away. I feel so angry and sad for these people, it looks like 9/11 from the news videos - I can't help feeling that cost has been the main driver in the refurbishment, but more so - professional incompetence and compromising the safety of people. Something really strange has gone on here.
  14. I'm waiting for my 73 year old dad to Skype me tomorrow night around 9am (6pm Melbourne time) to say, "well that's it, you're SNP are on the down slide, they lost 6 seats, that's them finished, it can only go down from here" - He believes everything he hears on the the TV and whats in the Scottish Rags. "We are all sick and tired of her talking about Independence - You dinnae ken what its like over here - she never stops - Eh think she'll no be lang in getting the boot" Really Dad? So you think Wee Nicky has been ranting and raving about an Independent Scotland ? "Are ye kiddin' we hivnae heard anything else" But Dad, It's only Scottish Labour and Scottish Tory that have made you think that's what you are voting for .... they are the ones who keep bringing it up. Do you think everyone in England and Wales think this is a vote for Pro or Anti Independence Scotland ? "Eh?, is this no aboot a new referendum?" I've already told you that Article 30 has been triggered and it's only a matter of time now anyways, we are relaxed about it, and there is no need for us Pro Indie or Wee Nicky to talk about it ? It's a general election Dad - it's between English Labour and Tories - and Scottish Tories assisting, so you're gonna get a Tory Govt. If you think its been bad under Wee Nicky - you better buy yourself a big big bag of popcorn, sit back and see how this shite unfolds under the most dumb, arrogant, and downright obnoxious woman. "Well, eh jist wan't the best for Scotland, wanna be in Europe, and dinnae want Independence, cos eh might lose meh pension and Asda and B&Q said they would move oot o Scotland" Crivens, Jings, Help ma Boab.