82 thoughts on “Friday’s Papers

  1. Liam Deliverance

    Without wanting to appear biased, those black eyes don’t look real. Would you not expect more colour for bruising, purples and yellows, never just black?

    1. Steph Pinker

      It’s the lack of swelling which is more evident – any impact to the face and the sensitive area around the eyes will immediately swell and change colour whether it’s as a result of an insect bite to the face or a ‘collision’. She’s no innocent either by all accounts. Obviously they liked each other a lot and were attracted to each other, but they’re clearly not good for each other; leaving the drugs and drink abuse aside, apparently they used to secretly tape each other, take photos and then carry on as normal.

      Whatever it is, it isn’t love and there’s a pair of them in it.

    2. Denny

      Amazing thing make up and light
      It even made john hurt look like john Merrick

      Mind you lots of money at stake that is Johnny Depp’s fortune

  2. Politico

    Re Barry Cowen … The Irish Daily Mail and available Online on extra.ie byline Craig Hughes 04/07/2020: “The incident happened four years ago and it was certainly at the lower end of the scale,” said a Government source, “nobody is seeking to minimize it but it is fairly obvious that the Garda have decided to put the information out now to damage the Government.” Has the mail apologised to the Guards? Will the Irish Daily Mail follow up with its source?

  3. Shayna

    It’s news in The North (of Ireland) – widely reported about The 12th July (Celebrations/Parades/Marches… etc) being cancelled in the same way that March 17th was cancelled (World-wide). Despite the pandemic, social distancing guidelines – loyalist flags have been erected atop street lamp-posts, which are generally @ 3.5M- 4M high – a two/three person job – completely illegal. The building of bonfires/pyres in Loyalist areas – completely illegal. I live in South Belfast – Lisburn Road – I had a joiner booked to fit my new composite front door, which I’ve been waiting for 6 months. He even turned up yesterday – Thursday to check that the whole thing would fit – I said, see you amarach. A couple of hours later, he phoned me to say – sorry, he’d been pulled off my job, all joiners for his company were instructed to report to Loyalist areas to board up windows to protect them from pyres? I suggested to him, he said – don’t even get me started.
    I’ve been so looking forward to my new front door. Maybe next week?

    1. Shayna

      Sorry about the witter – I just noticed that my tv sensed my witterings and went to stand-by. The drink-driving thing – so what? It’s the nastiest snake that grasses toward the tree. (Jeep safari in Cyprus knowledge).

    2. Rob_G

      While the building of bonfires is even more regrettable this year than in other years, presumably they saw that “the other side” were allowed to have thousands of people making a show of force at a funeral and decided “they aren’t being made abide by any restrictions, why should we?”

      1. scottser

        rob, whether bobby storey’s funeral went ahead or not, you can be guaranteed that the 12th celebrations were going to happen. why do you think stormont quietly buried the rule on gatherings without debate? in a weird way i’m glad they agree on something, even if the outcome puts everyone at risk of a covid spike.

      2. Shayna

        “Thousands”? – perhaps, 100ish at that particular funeral. My point was that construction resources have been deployed to protect homes from entirely illegal bonfires. Belfast City council workers refuse to attend and deal with this, through fear for their personal safety – it’s left to contractors (the majority being from “my side”, as you put it). Setting fire to unsafe 100 Ft bonfires, with Irish tri-colours atop, endangering people and properties, and having emergency services on stand-by – to commemorate a date that most people have no idea about – it’s a tad ridiculous. Also, Shayna’s new front door won’t be fitted today.

        1. Rob_G

          “thousands” according to several media reports. With some travelling from as far away as Dublin and Tipperary.

          Re: bonfires – I completely agree with you, and would like nothign more than for your front door to be fitted today. But when the bonfires brain trust see “them ‘uns” getting away with mass gatherings, including with senior NI politicians in attendance, why would they not decide to have illegal mass gatherings of their own?

          1. SOQ

            A friend of mine in Belfast reckons they were gathering wood long before that funeral- and he’s a prod so no axe to grind.

  4. Slightly Bemused

    I just woke up and realised it is Friday. Darn it, what happened to the week? It was fine when I left it alone on Monday, but Jeez!

  5. Birdie

    That’s worrying news about the Covid numbers for under 25s. A second lockdown would be so tough but it feels like we’re heading that way.

    Sorry to be all doom and gloom on a Friday! In more positive news my courgette plant and pea plants are coming on nicely

    1. SOQ

      Why is worrying news? In the main, under 25’s have mild if any symptoms so as long as they are careful around vulnerables, building their immunity is a good thing surely?

      1. george

        No, the spreading of the virus is not good. They got it because they aren’t careful and you can’t tell who is vulnerable by looking at them. 78% of 16-30 years old live with their parents. How are they going to be careful when sharing the same living space?

        Also it does kill people under 25. At least two have died in Ireland and for plenty of people it is not mild.

    2. Rob_G

      Thanks for that – I was not sure what I was going to make for my lunch; courgette and eggs linguine it is, then.

    1. Denny

      Yes starmer the Savil road made to measure suit Of politicians Even with covid 19 Being maximised by his party to pave his way to Downing Street is not really Making inroads

      Maybe they need to give him a face lift to make him more marketable

      Maybe a stint on love island or even the chaser How about supermarket challenge

      Maybe a appearance on casualty or Cory Or even east enders

      The fact is after Tony Blair there is feck all they can do

      1. bisted

        …hello Denny…another Brit and a Blairite at that…not even the most depressing part of your comment…that was when I realised I knew all the TV references you made despite never having watched any of them…

    2. I'll be Bach

      Thanks Charger. Now that you’ve confirmed “something something polls Tory” I can go about my day safe in the knowledge that something something polls Tory.

        1. scottser

          the most risible aspect of charger’s posts is his aversion to ‘sneering metropolitans’, yet he purports to be a gin-quaffing gadabout and raconteur who does nothing but enjoy the smell of his own flatulence. he is nothing if not consistent in his hypocrisy – it’s quite a feat, if i’m honest.

      1. Charger Salmons

        You’re welcome I’ll be Bach.
        Think of me as your own personal ray of sunshine spreading happiness and jollification on another grey,miserable day.
        It’s important to help people keep their pecker up at times like this,
        But now I must away, I have some gadding about and raconteuring to do like a gin-swilling boulevardier.

          1. Charger Salmons

            How could I possibly add sneering ?
            It’s a glorious sunny day and the gorgeous sound of the Australian soprano Joan Sutherland singing Mozart’s Don Giovanni is wafting through Charger Towers.
            A weekend of fun and tomfoolery kicks off in a few hours time.
            How could anyone possibly sneer at life when surrounded by such wonderment ?
            Take a chill pill dude …

          2. scottser

            good for you – you’re so much more tolerable without the sneering. enjoy your metropolitan hijinks charger, and try not to think about how sh1t your beloved spurs have become.

          3. Charger Salmons

            Look, if you really want to send a dagger through my heart you should be mocking me about England currently struggling against the Windies at Southampton.
            Just saying Spurs are a bit crap is like water off a duck’s back by now.
            And a mark of desperation on your part.
            Not sure I’d call Galway metropolitan either. But you keep at it old sport as the law of averages says something will stick eventually.

          4. scottser

            true for you about spurs – you get used to their mediocrity quickly enough.
            metropolitan is more a state of mind than geographical location and you are gooched on both counts i’m afraid.

    3. Joe F

      Hey old boy, this is an Irish website if you haven’t noticed. People post some Irish related matter and you bleat on about Boris or some Tory. This is the same Bojo who said disgusting things about carer homes, can’t get a grip of crime, law and order in it’s capital city. Why is that old boy?

    4. Formerly known as @ireland.com

      What are the polls showing for Scottish independence, a border poll, a Welsh exit?

      1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

        My Jack Russell has to be let out around 3am each night for a widdle.

        We had an online coaching session yesterday in work that told us we should get more sleep.

        I told my dog about this before I went to bed last night but she paid no heed to the advice and woke me regardless.

          1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

            I don’t think they’d fit me!

            Ah she’s a sensitive soul, I wouldn’t subject her to that indignity.

    1. Vanessanelle

      No sympathy Scotty

      Imagine a 40kg Bassett who lies horizontal
      To face the door
      Leaving their
      Rear end
      On your side

      Then try getting them to move over

      Then around 3am, they do a clockwise rotation to come in under the duvet
      Tis like a ferry turning – whole room shakes

      And tis every night

      Unless I’m away
      Then the teenager has to take my place to sleep with the sow

      Tonight put eight bags of the Lidl spuds across the other halfs pillows
      And tell us how you got on

      Away ou’ that you with yer sad Dad craic
      At least you’ve an excuse to eat Coco Pops

  6. Charger Salmons

    Today marks the 80th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain – a pivotal moment in the history of the 2nd World War.
    There were 10 Irish pilots flying in the RAF at the time including Wing Commander Brendan Finucane, known as Paddy Finucane to his mates, who flew a Spitfire bearing a shamrock motif.
    Paddy was highly decorated, winning a DSO and DFC, and shot down 32 enemy aircraft.
    He was killed in July 1942 while ditching his Spitfire in the English Channel after being hit by German anti-aircraft fire.
    He was 21. Twenty ruddy one !
    Of course there were many other nationalities among The Few including 145 Polish pilots whose sacrifices were marked today with a tweet from the Polish Ambassador to the UK.
    Sadly no mention by the Irish Ambassador.

      1. Johnny

        My grandfather would take me for walks around Herbert Park and whisper thats the solders cottages, pointing to some terraces and explain the returning often injured Irish/British soldiers were given them after the war(first I think),cant speak for others but it was kinda understood they often volunteered to get away form horrid situations at home, but not really by my grandfather and his mates….he didn’t have lot time for guys from his era joining the British Army.

        1. Charger Salmons

          I’d say your grandfather was probably familiar with the early steam-driven prototype of the WINKY-WOOometer.

          1. Johnny

            …he was just a teenager but he claims to have been familiar with the GPO,but then again he also said he used hear U2 at the Dandelion Market:)

    1. Formerly known as @ireland.com

      I look forward to commemorating our contributions when there is a 32 county state doing the commemorating.

      1. Charger Salmons

        Me too.
        Most Tans on the mainland would be delighted if we offloaded the North onto you but the trouble is the Irish are not that keen on having the place either it seems.
        Even if they could afford the 10 billion a year it costs to run the place.
        I’d keep the beret and spud gun under wraps for a while yet.

        1. Toby

          You can keep it. We’ll take it back when we want to. Just like we took the Republic back. Let the Tan scum keep paying for it until then.

          1. Charger Salmons

            Make your mind up old chum.
            Either the 30 year terrorist campaign for a united Ireland was a total failure or you’re biding your time for another century until the Republic changes its mind.
            You’ve gone and tied yourself up in a right old mess there.
            A definite 10/10 on the WINKY-WOOometer as well and I don’t hand the full marks out like Smarties you know …

        2. Joe F

          All right old boy, at least we can keep law and order, not like your pal Bozo. And not make disgusting remarks about carer homes. Yeah he really has the “human touch” as you said, old boy.

          1. bisted

            …you’re right again Charger…it’s payback time for the North…brexit will be the impetus needed…your nice Mr Patten should be able to provide a nice HongKong type solution…money should pour in from blighty and the South, from EU and USA…

    2. Rob_G

      “… known as Paddy Finucane to his mates”

      – even the Irishmen that defended them from the Nazis were on the receiving end of prejudice from the ungrateful Britons…

  7. Johnny

    Todays New York paper, no one is paying anyone here,we have had 3 projects put on pause over funding issues.The NY economy and region is experiencing the post economic fallout,it ain’t pretty, big increase in poverty and crime, streets are dangerous again in parts Brooklyn/Bronx.
    NYPD is fighting with city and state slow walking investigations,mayor is pulling stunts outside Trump Tower….

    “The coronavirus pandemic has squeezed New York City renters so badly that a quarter of them have gone four months without paying rent, a new report says.

    A new state law bars landlords from evicting tenants who face financial hardship while the state’s COVID-19 restrictions are in place. But landlords can still get money judgments for tenants’ overdue rent, which could add to their piles of debt”


    Ny’s mayor…

  8. Johnny

    …this is why we cant have nice things oh like funding for public schools,thanks Mike Pence..
    “NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.”

      1. Johnny

        ….“This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit.

        “It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn’t what I would call distractingly attractive.”…

        Rudy below-hope weather stays good V,have a lovely weekend.

  9. Charger Salmons

    Such was the overwhelming joy and bonhomie exhibited on here after the last poll I posted I thought I’d just slide this one by as a little something for the weekend.
    The Tories back up to a double digit lead over Labour.
    Boris bounces back.
    Mehole and Leo would fight to the death for ratings like this.
    Heh x 10%


    1. Joe F

      Hey old boy. This is the guy, Bozo, who has no handle on crime in his capital city, said scandalous things about carer homes. He’s a fine man your pal, old boy.


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