82 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Papers

  1. Janet, I ate my avatar

    20 percent of workers off sick, let’s hope it’s the same 20 percent who, have no idea what a tissue is, or a private phone conversation…no indulge the whole bus, the same who put feet on seats, walk around with massive handbag/ bag on back smashing into people, eat stinking food, don’t wash, open every window even though it’s Baltic …lads the commute is made so much worse by Ill mannered feckers in …suits

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      rant over .. seriously though you’d have the head ate off you in any other country for this crap.. I have noticed on the train a huge improvement..people still seem to think it’s a public bin..not perfect but better

      1. Ringsend Incinerator

        Add in the numpties with the Artic-style puffer jackets, their massive fat headphones, and their effin backbacks on the rush-hour DART. Then there’s the tools with the Brompton foldies – ride it you feckers…

      2. Slightly Bemused

        As a backpack wearer, is there a protocol for them in such places? I try to take mine off and drop it onto my feet in crowded places, but I cannot honestly say I do it every time, depending on how busy the bus/DART seems to be.

        And to those I have inconvenienced when I forget to do this, I do apologise

        1. dav

          I think the reference is for those who wear the backpack at all times, I always take mine off before I enter a bus or train regardless of crowds. Being hit by one in the face while sitting down on said train or bus teaches you to be a bit more considerate.

        2. Clampers Outside

          Fair dues, when I do have one and things look busy, I sometimes wear it on the front or hold it.

          I think Janet refers to the guys who have a backpack that should require a licence for the foot+ they stick out the back, and who turn without looking. Sticking it on the front avoids hitting people you can’t see, I believe :)

    2. Harry M

      “walk around with massive handbag/ bag on back smashing into people”

      The greatest sin of all on public transport, drives me nuts! I’ll make room for anyone but you will get zero room for that bag on your back and i will push it out of the way if it is blacking/hitting me or anyone else

      1. Matt Pilates

        Dear Sir,

        Could the young people wearing backpacks on rush hour DARTs consider renting space in their choice of baggage and optimize the number of people who can travel?

        They could call it Just Seat.

        Yours, etc.,

        Paul Delaney
        Co. Dublin

    3. SB

      I always try to open the window on the bus, and always have. I prefer to breathe fresh air instead of other people’s Covid-19 breath. Basically, if the windows are getting steamed up, then you’re re-breathing what everyone else has already breathed. The new bus windows don’t blast air into your face either, it’s directed upwards. If it reduces the temperature a bit – well, you’re wearing a coat, aren’t you? The air was probably only warm before because – as I’ve said – it was inside other people’s lungs.

      1. dav

        that’s nice but have some consideration for those at the back of the top deck, with the way the nice fresh breeze beside you has become a freezing gale for those at the back

        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          this, even in my ski coat, I run very cold, I blame the damp, it somehow feels colder here

          1. some old queen

            Serious question- have you ever had you blood pressure checked over a 24 hour period?

          2. Janet, I ate my avatar

            only when I was sick, pretty slow resting heart beat, but sure that’s the running

        2. millie vanilly strikes again

          Agree. I don’t disagree that fresh air is nice etc. on the bus, but sitting in a freezing gale in December on a bus is one of my public transport peeves, particularly when travelling with the kid. If you’re too warm, take off your bloody coat like the rest of us.

    4. Rob_G

      You sound like you need to get a bike, Janet – perfect mode of transport for the more neurotic commuter.

      No touching handrails or buttons touched by thousands of others, no breathing the same air, no awkward eye contact – it’s great.

      1. Janet, I ate my avatar

        I like the awkward eye contact, I miss the fact that people don’t really look at each other here, tbh if there was a shower in work I’d consider it, I’m quite dressed for work these days, heels etc ( although I don’t fancy my chances on the m50 )
        I did public transport for years in Paris, people just have a bit more etiquette, if they don’t they’d get told off

    1. Shayna

      I was going to comment similarly, Ringsend Incinerator – they’re a tiny bit older than me, but they take a good pic. I’ve never met (Sir) Bob formally, but in ’94, I was the bottom end of carrying a road-case down the spirally bit of the Comedy Theatre stair in Leicester Square – Bob and Paula (carrying Peaches) were walking upstairs and tried to make small as we tried to make by. There was a thing where I had to ask Bob and Paula to stand back – Bob didn’t reply. I think it was a polite growl, actually he was lovely. The guy at the top end of the road-case was a director of the Theatre and was so over-awed to meet Bob Geldolf – he told me to do the talking. I cleverly summoned my intellect – all my years of delving into poetry, my certain appreciation of Bauhaus art, and don’t get me started on Lautrec, I said, “Hey Bob, would yourself and Paula and your child take a step back”.

  2. scottser

    Priti Patel is an absolute wagon. The last home secretary who was just as bad was made PM.
    Them Tans have masochistic streak a mile wide. They quite literally ‘love it up ’em’.

      1. :-Joe

        Robert Mercer’s regional manager for britain.

        -Racism/classism against your own is particularly obscene..


      2. Praetorian.

        Unfortunately she’s just a tad bit more Palestinian in hue to be accepted as a zionist.

  3. V

    Loving the way the Duchess Katie is holding her pint there
    Two hands
    Is that the royal Household etiquette training d’ ye think
    Like how they swing their legs when they get out of the car – knees together

  4. :-Joe

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    I can think of ten different levels, how many can you? Tell ’em what they can win John..

    John – ” Well :-Joe the Winner get’s a drum-roll and a shiny new kitchen appliance guaranteed..

    Plus a once in a life-time chance to take a shot at the secret grand prize.”

    Audience – “OOOoooohh!?!?!..”

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  5. some old queen

    The statements by Ursula von der Leyen after visiting Greece is a milestone in the European migration debate.

    “Our first priority is making sure that order is maintained at Greece’s external border, which is also Europe’s border.”

    “I am fully committed to mobilising all the necessary operational support to the Greek authorities.”

    “We need a decisive intervention of European border guards, covering both land and sea borders. Europe’s border has to be secured.”

    Frontex to deploy a rapid intervention team including an additional 100 guards backed by coastal patrol vessels, helicopters and vehicles. This poo is about to get real.

        1. italia'90

          You should apply for a job with these guys,
          they could do with a powerful inquiring and
          wondering mind like yours, I’ve no doubt!


          Just don’t answer any questions in the interview about
          your NATO or geopolitical knowledge and you’ll be grand

          1. GiggidyGoo

            Just heard that you’ve already got a job there, so I won’t be applying. I might open the link later.

  6. GiggidyGoo

    So there we have it. Repro and the Bean Savage placing their trust in the HSE and criticism for people calling out the lack of professionalism in the HSE.
    As per Repro yesterday…. “The HSE gave out all the information needed to keep people safe while trying to avoid a panic. Sadly there are enough doom merchants like yourself out there that the panic spread anyway. You must be proud.”
    A quick look at the Daily Mail above says it all. The HSE. They gave out information that wouldn’t have kept people safe. They’ve now created a panic.

    Some professionals eh? Some panic merchants eh?
    Repro must be very proud eh?

    1. Rosette of Sirius

      I get it. The Blueshirt HSE is in the pocket of Big Toilet Paper. They want the panic buying and the chaos so they can flog surgical face masks on Adverts.ie for a tenner apiece. It’s all part of a global conspiracy to make white people hate Asians too. I hope you’ve stocked up on Andrex….

    2. ReproBertie

      “A quick look at the Daily Mail”


      I take it you’re in isolation to protect yourself since you think it’s all so very serious. Better safe than sorry, right?

      “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Not only the Mail. It’s reported in the Indo and elsewhere.

        “And the response of for today’s psalm is – Oh Lordship Repro Bertie, we place all our trust in the HSE and Whatsapp”

        – Up to yesterday, 397 people had been tested and the results have been negative. The exceptions are the two confirmed cases.
        – Response! Oh Lordship Repro Bertie, we place all our trust in the HSE and Whatsapp”

        – There is danger if you had contact with the first person who has been diagnosed.
        – Response! Oh Lordship Repro Bertie, we place all our trust in the HSE and Whatsapp”

        – There is no danger if you have been in contact with the first person who has been diagnosed
        – Response! Oh Lordship Repro Bertie, we place all our trust in the HSE and Whatsapp”

        – Sorry – there is danger if you had contact with the first person who has been diagnosed.
        – Response! “ Oh Lordship Repro Bertie, we place all our trust in the HSE and Whatsapp”

        – Ok you’ve been tested, we are waiting for the results but you’re OK to mix and mingle with large groups of people in an enclosed area for up to two hours until the results come through.
        -Response! “Oh Lordship Repro Bertie, we place all our trust in the HSE and Whatsapp”

        Isn’t it about time you admitted that your trust in the HSE is misplaced Repro?

        1. ReproBertie

          The second case is a woman who picked it up in Italy. She didn’t get infected by contact with the first patient. Damn facts ruining your scaremongering.

          So, are you in isolation then Chicken Licken?

          1. GiggidyGoo

            Nothing you’ve posted above addresses your blind trust in the HSE. Me – well I will avoid infected locations that eventually become public knowledge. I use those alcohol-based handwashes. Not much apart from that, If I get it, I get it. If i’m in contact with it i’ll certainly go into isolation. But it’s a lack of proper HSE information that will bring that about.

            Oh Lordship Repro Bertie, we place all our trust in the HSE and Whatsapp”

          2. ReproBertie

            So, aside from groundlessly cowering in fear from areas where a patient is identified, you’ll be following the HSE’s advice.

            Looks like, for all your bluster, you’re taking it just as seriously as they are with just a hint of baseless paranoia added. Clearly even Chicken Licken trusts in the HSE.

          3. GiggidyGoo

            No i use common sense. Unlike yourself who believes everything the HSE says.

            I note you still shy away from admitting that the HSE can’t be trusted on the information they’re disseminate.

            E.g. “We have tested 397 people and the results have been negative”
            only to add on at the end that actually the results weren’t negative as there were exceptions.

            The first person was tested, allowed to go home and mingle in an enclosed area with a band. Even though at that stage he was a suspected case.
            With regard to that first case, after allowing him home as above, the HSE then say it’s dangerous if you had a contact with him.
            Then they say it’s not dangerous.
            Then they say, again, it is dangerous.

            And those are the people you place your trust in? Explains a lot alright.

          4. ReproBertie

            HSE guidelines – common sense (with a hint of tinfoil hat paranoia)
            Potayto – (baked) potahto

            The HSE guidelines have laid out the risk from close contact with a confirmed case from day one. I don’t know where you got the idea that they said close contact wasn’t dangerous but then I don’t know where you get your ideas about most of the stuff you post. One too many acorns to the head?

          5. GiggidyGoo

            Do you consider what they’ve said as outlined as guidelines?

            “With regard to that first case, after allowing him home as above, the HSE then say it’s dangerous if you had a contact with him.
            Then they say it’s not dangerous.
            Then they say, again, it is dangerous.”

            More like creating the panic you refer to.

          6. ReproBertie

            Back to playing semantics again? Guidelines, advice, call it Granny’s Peach Tea if you like but it’s the information the HSE gives out about how to protect yourself from the virus and what to do if you show symptoms. You know, the advice you are following despite trying to ridicule it at every turn. Wash your hands, use a tissue, cough into your elbow, if you show symptoms isolate and contact the health services.

            I doubt the HSE said “dangerous” but when did they say it was “not dangerous” to have contact with the first patient?

          7. GiggidyGoo

            When they tested the patient and allowed him away with no advice as to whether to self – isolate or not. They don’t have to say the actual words.

          8. ReproBertie

            Oh, the HSE are issuing telepathic instructions now?

            What time was he tested and when were the public telepathically informed that it was fine to approach him?

          9. GiggidyGoo

            If someone is tested, it’s for a reason. If the test results are only available at a later stage, then the clever medical advice would be to self-isolate. Don’t be such a gobpoo.

          10. GiggidyGoo

            Repro – you’re scraping the gobpoo level at the end of the barrel. Face it – you’ve run out of road on this one.

          11. ReproBertie

            Hardly. Your entire argument against the HSE today has been that the HSE telepathically told the public it was safe to approach the patient. Unless you can prove otherwise this claim is based entirely on your notion of him being tested and then released into the wild while they waited for his results. So back up your claim by telling us what time he was tested and then we can follow up with your knowledge of his movements between the test and him being taken to hospital.

            Off you go.

          12. GiggidyGoo

            Who said anything about the HSE saying it was safe to approach?
            Here are the simple facts
            a) HSE advised Underage Band by letter to Isolate after contact with cornavirus patient.
            b) HSE posts message on Twitter that the letter was fake (Note to Repro – do try and keep up)
            c) HSE deletes post from Twitter and says that the letter was received by the Underage Band.

            Grow up. You’ve run out of road.

          13. ReproBertie

            You might want to read Giggidygoo’s posts above. He repeatedly says that the HSE said it wasn’t dangerous to approach the patient. He also says that the patient was tested and then sent on his way and that the HSE told us there was no danger in having contact with him.

            We’re just waiting for him to back that up.

          14. GiggidyGoo

            Repro – you’re making quite a fool of yourself. A bit of Walter Mitty about your posts.
            Grow up. You’ve run out of road.

          15. ReproBertie

            Painted yourself into a corner didn’t you? Claim after claim after claim with nothing to back it up. Now you’re reduced to pathetic insults to try and get me to move on and ignore the mess you’ve made.

            Dream on.

            What time was the patient tested? Simple question. Can’t you answer it?

  7. Clampers Outside

    Just throwing this out there, for anyone willing to offer an opinion…

    I won a tidy sum in the lotto last month. We booked a family holiday in the middle of May heading to Portugal for a week, and the win covered the cost.

    Have I wasted the money? I know insurance doesn’t cover “pandemics” if it comes to that.

    I’ll be gutted if it does come to not being able to go. I’m not too keen on bringing an infant on a plane, nor through airports….

    Anyway, am I over reacting?

    1. Cian

      Firstly – congrats!

      It really depends on what happens over the next few months. If you choose not to travel because of the coronavirus then you can’t claim on insurance.

      If you decide now not to go you might be able to cancel the holiday – depends on how you booked it – with no or a small fee (T&Cs apply but the sooner you cancel the cheaper if is).

    2. Lobster

      Airlines might be fairly ruthless on costs, I think accommodation would be likely to allow for a postponement rather than cancellation? I’d ask anyway, if you end up losing airfare, and having autumn instead of spring break that might be worth it. And Portugal in oct bank holiday would be paradise!

      1. Lobster

        Oh, and try not worry too much, nobody understands why but kids under 10 don’t seem to be getting the virus too badly, if they get it at all. Not saying you’re wrong to play safe, but it is something to bear in mind.

    3. Rob_G


      Insurance may cover pandemics, if the place you are flying to is on the list of places where the DFA has issued travel advisory for (though Portugal isn’t on the list, so it may be academic in this case).

      1. Rob_G


        Insurance may cover pandemics, if the place you are flying to is on the list of places where the DFA has issued travel advisory for (though Portugal isn’t on the list, so it may be academic in this case).

        Anyway, the quarantine is already being eased in China, so things might have calmed down by mid-May anyhow.

  8. V

    Haven’t done the sums on the full set of Super Tuesday’s results yet
    But Bernie’s 415 delegates from California must be worth something when it comes to convention

    Jaysus I’d love it
    A brokered convention toxic to the brim with splits slander and conspiracies
    And balloons

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