55 thoughts on “Saturday’s Papers

    1. Charger Salmons

      I’d prefer to use the stick to beat someone who ends a sentence with a preposition.

      ( You’ll need to use Google at this point )

      1. Brother Barnabas

        incorrect, old man

        occasionally a style preference, but not a grammatical rule

        why would we apply a rule of latin grammar to english when it’s a germanic language? preposition usage is as flexible as you like

        and we end sentences with prepositions all the time. for example:

        “why dont you shut the fupp up”

        not that we’d say such a thing

        1. Charger Salmons

          I didn’t say it was correct or incorrect old sport.
          Just that it would be my preference to take a stick to those who did it.
          Rather like those losers who think not using punctuation is ” stylish ” .
          You just know that however sophisticated they think they are they still order a pint of milk and two slices of bread and butter in a restaurant.

          1. millie vanilly strikes again

            You really going on about punctuation again Charger? Must we go through this again?

          2. millie vanilly strikes again

            But you’re not hypocrite enough to jibe others over it, V. Charger has been using punctuation as a stick to poke other commenters with, like the nasty little troll he is. His own punctuation skills are equivalent to that of a six year old.

            Stones and glass houses and all that.

          3. Charger Salmons

            It’s ” you’re not hypocritical enough ” not ” you’re not hypocrite enough “.
            Hypocrite is a noun.Hypocritical is an adjective.

          4. millie vanilly strikes again

            Still unable to use a quotation mark. Jog on and come back to me when you know how to put a sentence together that teacher doesn’t have to correct for you, diddums.

            I’ll continue my conversation with the grown ups.

          5. Charger Salmons

            “Grown up” can be the past participle of “grow up,” but it can also be a noun or an adjective; when it is, it needs a hyphen.
            You’re welcome.

      2. TonyS

        One of your own – Winston Churchill – a prose stylist and, to his credit, responsible for introducing a more direct style of writing within the English Civil Service – used to point out the absurdity of such a rule by stating ‘Ending a sentence with a preposition … that is something up with which we will not put’

        1. Caroline. No.

          Churchill was a statesman and hero
          This fellow is not one of them
          He’s the scrapings off a toddler’s diaper

          1. Daisy Chainsaw

            Churchill gave Ireland the Black and Tans and is responsible for the deaths of millions of Bengalis. He was a horrible racist too.

      3. Ringsend Incinerator

        That worked out well for your jaded narrative:

        “Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.” — Winston Churchill

      4. Kingfisher

        Oh puh. That preposition nonsense was Miss Thistlebottom-ing by Latinate idiots in the 18th century. Nothing wrong with it.

    1. Otis Blue


      C’mon, he’s Christopher Hitchens without the wit or panache. An embittered Junior B lad that never made the grade.

    2. bisted

      …anyone who knew Myers back in day knew that he was particularly timid and only left the confines of the Europa Hotel to catch the bus to Dublin from the station next door…nice story though…has a ring of truth in that you can see the Markets and Sandy Row from the Europa…

    3. Rosette of Sirius

      I do miss Myers alright as he almost always had an interesting point of view. Except of course when his ego and ham fisted bravado go in the way and scored too many strikes. Can’t ever see a way back for him. He’s toast. And out.

      1. Cú Chulainn

        A man who loves the sound of his own typing. He’s almost always close but always misses the bigger picture.

      2. Hugh Let-Packard

        Numpty Airfix soldiers hate generator and apologist for convicted Irving, he never left college rag mag level. Ruined his own career.

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    RIP Mallon.
    He witnessed a lot of the bloody war in NI.
    But my mum was born the same year and did a lot more for Irish-British relations than Mallon.

  2. Cú Chulainn

    Well, now that Brexit is done I see the killer/mugger seagulls are back. That’s reassuring.

  3. Charger Salmons

    Fabulous piece in the Daily Mail about the excellent prospects facing Blighty post-Brexit and the mounting problems the EU faces.
    ” The alarmists of Project Fear predicted that this moment would be the cue for economic meltdown, yet just the opposite is happening. Britain seems ready to prosper.

    Only on Thursday, an authoritative study by the Confederation of British Industry reported the biggest surge in confidence on record among manufacturers, with companies planning to ramp- up investment.

    The CBI’s report followed news earlier in the week of yet another fall in unemployment as the British jobs miracle continues.

    The jobless rate in the UK is at its lowest since 1974, while employment, at 33 million, is at its highest-ever level.

    Particularly striking is the dramatic growth in self-employment to more than five million, a sure indicator of an enterprising economy. ”

    And the best thing of all about this excellent journalism ?

    It’s written by a German …

    Heh x drei.


      1. Charger Salmons

        Well, he is editor-at-large for BILD which is Germany’s biggest newspaper so I think he probably has a fair idea of what he’s talking about.

        1. Rosette of Sirius

          There are more breasticles in Bild then the Mail and the Sun combined. Hardly a badge of honour. Bit like holding Piers Morgan up as a paragon of virtue and decency.

          1. Charger Salmons

            When people attack the writer and the publication but say nothing about the content you know it’s touched a raw nerve.
            Typical Irish begrudgery.

          2. Pat Mustard

            The writer claims to be speaking for the common German, which is bs.

            Your trolling has failed. Try harder.

          3. Rosette of Sirius

            I’m fluent in German, worked there for a few years, married one actually and I’m pretty confident when I say that Bild is a rag.

          4. Charger Salmons

            Where exactly does the writer claim to speak for ” the common German ” ?
            The whole piece is based around the mood he found at a champagne reception where Angela Merkel was the guest speaker.
            Hardly common.
            But feel free to point out any errors in his story or where you disagree with his analysis.
            Otherwise we can only conclude your normal reading material is the Beano.

          5. Brother Barnabas

            “your normal reading material is the Beano” says the fellow citing a Daily Mail article

            heh x 3

          6. Charger Salmons

            Ooh, let me think now.
            It’s a toss-up between a newspaper whose online site gets 53 million visits a month.
            Or some silly on an obscure Irish website who doesn’t use punctuation because he thinks it’s ” stylish” .
            There’s only one silly in that toss-up.

          7. ReproBertie

            Spoofer: When people attack the writer and the publication but say nothing about the content you know it’s touched a raw nerve.

            Also Spoofer: The New European ?
            * sniggers *

          1. Charger Salmons

            You want to Google the Daily Mail and Stephen Lawrence when you take a break from fixing your man bun.

          2. millie vanilly strikes again

            Take a break there. I’m sure mammy needs to wipe your chin, you absolute man child

  4. millie vanilly strikes again

    RIP to the three children found last night. My heart is breaking for the family left behind.

    Very hard to read without shedding a tear.

  5. GiggidyGoo

    The NCH scam continues. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/fresh-delays-and-millions-in-extra-costs-for-children-s-hospital-revealed-1.4149497
    “Fresh delays to the national children’s hospital and new concerns around the budget of the project were discussed in private meetings between senior Government and HSE chiefs.”
    – Private meetings. Of course they’re private, as Simon Harris doesn’t attend them. No minutes etc. etc. etc. Scam, scam, scam.

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