60 thoughts on “De Thursday Papers

  1. Mr Henry Woods

    She reminds me of the woman who used to dance beside the old Anna Livia statue on O’Connell street.
    Or was I the only person who could see her?
    Help me Broadsheet.

      1. Bertie "the inexplicable pleasure" Blenkinsop

        I hate to be THAT guy but a bird’s bones are thin and hollow, they wouldn’t break your arm.

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          Swans are intimidating. When they begin to threaten (cracking knuckles, the usual) I find a well placed kick does wonders.

          Also, find a dog who, unlike mine, is not scared of swans.

          1. Bertie "the inexplicable pleasure" Blenkinsop

            I’ve a little jacker who is afraid of absolutely nothing, it’s a blessing and a curse :)

          2. mildred st. meadowlark

            Whereas my dog likes to cower under the sofa on a windy day.

            Honestly, the cat is better equipped to deal with the bitter realities of life.

          3. Janet, I ate my avatar

            me too !
            my Jack is the boss of the German Shepard she likes to use as her cushion/ door opening henchman

          4. Nigel

            I had a swan for a pet for a while. We were best mates, and I walked him every day and took him for a swim and we’d go around intimidating people and breaking their arms, and we were happy. Then the Queen of England turned up one day and ate him. True story.

          5. mildred st. meadowlark

            I am going to presume his name was Reginald, or something equally ponderous.

          6. mildred st. meadowlark

            Gad, she’s an awful wagon. And still not dead.

            We lost Bowie and Prince last year, but her, the savage swan stealer, she stays. Typique!

          7. mildred st. meadowlark

            They were called into a complete hubbub because of an ‘unusual staff meeting’ at Buckingham palace, and everyone thought whatshismush was dead.

            It’s an odd little place, England.

          8. Bertie "the inexplicable pleasure" Blenkinsop

            I think I’ll watch The Crown again on foot of this news :)

            Any excuse!

          9. Harry Molloy

            I haven’t been watching it but walked in when it was on the last day when a younger Prince Philip says something like “now you kneel before me instead” with a cheeky grin in reference to getting a blowie and now I’ve resolved to watch the whole thing

          10. Harry Molloy

            and that was to the queen in case I wasn’t clear.

            how cool would that be, sending the queen to her knees before you.

            the power!

          11. Spaghetti Hoop

            The Greek guy? I’m a bad person for wanting another TV funeral on perhaps a rainy Sunday afternoon. With wine. Hopefully The Crown II will be out by then Bert.

          12. bertie "The Inexplicable Pleasure" blenkinsop

            Can’t come soon enough.
            Series 2 that is, not the state funeral.

    1. martco

      I’m wondering if this latest noise all just deliberately manufactured to create some artificial Battle of Britain spirit (even though the Polish pilots won that for them almost singlehandedly)
      maybe there’s some desperation in all of this

      1. DubLoony

        UK: We want out! Brexit!
        EU: OK. Let’s talk about settling accounts.
        UK: Bullies!

      2. Spaghetti Hoop

        Ah here, that’s not true. There were 595 non-British pilots in the RAF during the Battle of Britain out of a total of 2,936. A ‘team effort’ one would say.

        1. martco

          not the full picture tho…
          the Polish pilots were older, far more experienced mature skilled however than their native RAF colleagues and
          stats show that difference in that their “kill ratio” was 10.5 versus 4.9 for the rest

          1. Spaghetti Hoop

            True. The Poles were a huge asset to the Air Force, but you can’t credit them with winning the entire battle while there were teams of operators, navigators, engineers and munition factories on the ground playing an incredible part in the operation.

          2. martco

            ah yeah of course Spaghetti…I was just being jesty about the sometimes ott Britannia rules the waves and indomitable spirit bs which is kinda my point I suppose

          1. Spaghetti Hoop

            Nice one thanks. I’ll read it. Are you Polish yerself? Or related to one of the Polish fighters?

          2. martco

            nah I’m a local but I had a few work stints out there in the past and made it my business to intermingle and socialise
            & have extended family now too :)

            In general we’re VERY well liked by them

            I like a bit of WW2 history, the expedience of the Polish situation always interested me, lots to learn from these situations I think.

            Brexit bothers me. I have loads of English mates, none of them understand wtf is really going on and they’re well worried.

      3. LW

        @martco it definitely would seem designed to play to the anti EU demographic. Dunno about the battle of Britain, or desperation. Look at the Express cover, and the star, she’ll be feted for this

  2. Frilly Keane

    Teresa May & M LaPen

    Scary stuff
    LaPen was like a bare knuckle fighter with dementia last night

    1. Lush

      Watched the whole thing.
      Car crash TV; strangely compelling.
      She did herself no favours.

      1. By Popular Demand, Frilly Keane

        polls were 60:40 yer man : laPen

        any idea what they are now?
        I’d say 75:25 after last night

        but you’d have to respect LaPen’s fighter mentality; unlike Joan Burton in the last Leaders debate in GE2016; She was like a dying Gladiator standing up for herself, whereas Joan was like a wan that wanted a cup of tay and a foot rub.

        remember now lads I said Respect
        not like or support
        or agree with

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          Amusing that you compare LePen to Burton…..why is that Frillsers?
          I have never regarded the latter as leader material like LePen but she is also centre left. In fact I can’t think of another Irish politician that mirrors her views. Whereas Britain is full of closeted and non-closeted right-wingers.

          1. By Popular Demand, Frilly Keane

            I was comparing their Debate Behaviours and Efforts
            not where they were on the Political Spectrum

            Christ

      2. Janet, I ate my avatar

        I had to turn it off
        You got your French Nationalité papers sorted Lush ?

        1. Lush

          Have looked into it, but it’s just too much money: notarized copies of your parents birth and marriage certs, and then the translations of same. So you’d have not much change out of a grand and what with my French agri-sector salary, there’s not a hope.
          So, I will continue to watch both the Irish and French elections from the sidelines, both frustrated and, in some ways relieved, that I don’t have a vote.

          How about you?

          1. Janet, I ate my avatar

            yep was looking at it too
            it would be cheaper to get married ( again)
            hopefully it won’t come to such desperate measures

    2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Thank God we’ve Angela going over and giving Putin a good talking to. Although obviously not perfect, she’s a woman of principle which is sadly lacking these days.

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        Yup. I like her. She has screwed up here and there but her steely resolve is inspiring.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          I lost touch with reality
          Now my personality
          Is an unwanted commodity

          That popped into my head. Had to look it up: De La Soul and Teenage Fanclub. Judgement Night soundtrack, 1993.
          I’m so goddamn old.

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