202 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve’s Papers

  1. Cian

    39 in ICU
    454 in hospital (highest since May 14)!!!!

    It’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

    1,718 new cases and another 2,143 up North, WTF?

      1. Chevy chase

        I know the ‘ra and Isis have been taking it handy of late but I think you need to revisit the definition of terrorism.

        1. Fanacht

          terrorism
          /ˈtɛrərɪzəm/

          noun: terrorism

          the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

          Mask mandates are violence, an assault on the living human’s inalienable right to breathe.

          Using the threat of force or imprisonment to suspend the common law and restrict the movement of a healthy population is tyranny.

          Telling lies on the news every night to terrify the population into compliance and surrendering their rights is the very model and practice of terrorism.

          Prove me wrong.

          1. Brother Barnabas

            the funniest part is that you can be sure at least one of SOQ, Giggidy, Micko and F_lawless nodded their head in eager agreement on reading that and thought to himself “that’s true”

          2. Micko

            Wahey!!

            You used capitals for our names. Well done.

            I knew those classes would help.

            I hear finger painting is next week. Stick with it Brother.

            2021 is looking good for you.

          3. GiggidyGoo

            BB – after yesterday’s sad performance aren’t you embarrassed to show your face today?
            Nice to know we are living in your head. Plenty of space for everyone.

          4. GiggidyGoo

            BB – it’s great to see you making a show of yourself. Long may it continue.
            Happy New Year to you, and to any of your friends with the same initials.

          5. Brother Barnabas

            keep checking back for the Meanwhile in Blanchardstown post, Giggz. itching to peck away at the keyboard with your racist bile now, arent you?

            fortunately, bodger has more sense than to open things up to your sort

          6. GiggidyGoo

            BB – you seem to be the one that opens discussions about racism. Closet racist? Another addition to your CV?

    1. Charlie

      You sound like my mother who watches the news every hour and has her entire life destroyed by gobbling up every ounce of negativity she can consume.

        1. Charlie

          You’ll never have the pleasure Tommy but I’m probably the most positive person you’d ever meet. Don’t forget that medical advice I gave you. You’ll thank me eventually x

        2. Tommy Bohan

          Mr Salmons. You have said very nasty things about Ireland, I’m Irish and very proud of it.
          I will ask you again why do you live in Ireland if it is so inferior to your country England?
          If you keep avoiding answering my simple question I will just keep asking it!!!!
          You are the rudest person I have come across in a long time.

          1. millie bobby brownie

            I don’t think that’s any of your business Tom. I mean, don’t get me wrong, we’ve all asked the question, but that doesn’t mean Charger is in any way obliged to answer.

      1. Daisy Chainsaw

        Covid doesn’t just cull the old and sick. People need to cop on and stop treating it as an inconvenience to their social life.

        1. Hank

          No, it culls a tiny, teeny weeny, minuscule percentage of us all. So small that annual death rates for 2020 are actually down on previous years. But you’d never guess that from watching RTE news. George Lee positively orgasmic with the level of fear he was propagating tonight..

          1. paul

            It may kill very few but how many have their health ruined with mid and long term health issues due to the virus?

          2. MacGafraidh

            Well it’s not that black and white now is it.. The main causes of death in Ireland are diseases of the circulatory system and Malignant neoplasms. Both seen a decline in deaths in Q1 2020 versus Q1 2019 (increase in cases, decrease in mortality rates YOY). There could still have been an increase in deaths due to respiratory issues/covid but that’s counter-acted by the decrease in these areas anyway and this decline was in Q1 prior to the Big Covid Kick Off. Covid deaths aren’t huge but they won’t impact our annual mortality rates unless there’s a significant jump.

          3. GiggidyGoo

            Lee is an economist. He’s a FGer – even left RTE to enter the fray. No surprise then that he will do his outmost to push the FG line.
            The RTE reports on Covid can include up to 6+ correspondents in the one item, all repeating the same line.

            Newscaster
            First additional person in studio
            Leinster house (while the first additional person vacates his chair)
            HSE correspondent
            Hospital correspondent
            Northern Irish correspondent
            Europe correspondent
            Second additional person in the chair in studio

            And then (last night) we get a ‘news’ item, about some actor who spent a few months in Dalkey, almost as long as the covid item.

            Yes, we know Covid exists. This type of reporting is way off the scale though.

          4. E'Matty

            @ Paul – “It may kill very few but how many have their health ruined with mid and long term health issues due to the virus?” Tiny numbers, and even if it was everyone who caught it (which it definitely isn’t), it still woudn’t justify the kind of hysterical response we see from people like you. As for how many have their health ruined and mid and long term life prospects destroyed. Oh, that’s into the hundreds of thousands, indeed likely millions. You absolute wet blankets all terrified of a pathetic virus that only kills those already on their deathbed and past the average life expectancy. Scary stuff. Oh no, if I catch this virus when I’m 88 and already have cancer or dementia it might be the knock out blow that kills me a week or two early! Quick everyone, let’s destroy society to protect me from this scary virus. No backbone to you at all Paul..

          5. Nigel

            It’s culled 380,000 in the US. Perhaps the relative effectiveness of pandemic response efforts should be factored in to the calculation.

          6. SOQ

            @Cian. You spent a full three months on here arguing with me that CoVid-19 was not seasonal. It had been identified as such by Ivor Cummins in early May but because it did not fit the fear mongering narrative, you kept going for as long as possible.

            And no doubt you’ll be on here next week spinning for all its worth about exponential growth and the highest numbers since the ark. Except after locking people up for six weeks going into in the most infectious period of the respiratory disease season – what did they think would happen?

            The only headline worth reading or listening to is if there was not a respiratory spike this time of year.

          7. ReproBertie

            “It had been identified as such by Ivor Cummins in early May ”
            Ivor Cummins also said Israel would not see a spike in cases after they removed restrictions back in May or June.

          8. Nigel

            ‘You spent a full three months on here arguing with me that CoVid-19 was not seasonal.’

            Cian has consistently argued against definitive statements about the seasonality of covid since it hasn’t been around long enough to provide the relevant data. if you can’t even understand what Cian has been quite clearly saying, how are we to judge your reading of anything? The answer, also consistent in so many of your comments, is that we can’t.

        2. Formerly known as @ireland.com

          @Daisy – Long Covid, hospitals full, livelihoods destroyed — pretending the virus isn’t there does not work.

          1. Daisy Chainsaw

            Unfortunately, you have people here who will pretend that the virus either isn’t here, or isn’t all that bad because it won’t affect them or their loved ones.

      2. Micko

        We all know this virus kills older and vulnerable people.

        In my age group (35-44) there have been 13,900 confirmed cases and only 14 deaths.

        That’s about 0.1%

        Obviously it’s WAY less when you take into account actual cases that may be undiagnosed.

        We all understand that we’re protecting older folks. But now that the vaccines are in sight and they are top of the list to get them, could they not stay secure and let the rest of us get back to some normality.

        Try to save as many livelihoods as possible.

        Younger people aren’t visiting older relatives anyway, so could we not have some sort of compromise now?

        1. Nigel

          No, we understand that so long as you perceve a low personal risk to yourself, you are unwilling to modify your behaviour for the collective societal good. This suggests a difficulty going forward in dealing with future pandemics, climate change, environmental collapse, all clearly flagged as imminent and requiring collective societal changes and which people like you will resist not out of ideology or logic, but because you perceive there to be low personal risk.

          1. Micko

            So that’s a no to compromise then.. ok. Good to know.

            BTW, it’s not “perceived” low personal risk – it’s a fact. ;)

          2. Micko

            Also, Nigel- are you the one that showers in a bucket or something? Ye know… for the environment.

            I get all you guys mixed up.

          3. Nigel

            It’s always ‘low risk’ until suddenly it isn’t. Your chances of catching it if you encounter someone with it are extremely high. Even if you’re not in a vulnerable group your chances of dying from it are high enough to worry anyone with half a brain. If you keep circulating, your chances of passing it on to someone who is vulnerable are also pretty high. It’s perceived as ‘low risk’ because you narrow your perceptions.

          4. Nigel

            I’m one of those who advocates widespread international co-operation and systemic changes and funding to mitigate and reverse climate change and mitigate and reverse biodiversity collapse.

          5. Micko

            Thanks for your concern Nigey. Apparently I’m reasonably high risk.

            But my GP says that my fupping massive cajones should cancel that out. ;p

            Anyway, are you the bucket shower man?

          6. ReproBertie

            I’m the one who puts a bucket in the shower micko.

            Nice to see the idea made such an impact on you.

          7. Charger Salmons

            Well it had to happen eventually.
            The last day of the year and I finally find myself agreeing with Nigel on something.
            There is no such thing as a low risk of catching Covid-19 in Ireland or the UK unless you’re a hermit living on one of the remote islands.
            And even then, as was shown when the virus arrived at a remote research station in the Antartic last week, nowhere is really safe.
            Not sure about the bucket in the shower though. Ain’t that a pleasant image to have in your mind as the dying embers of 2020 flicker away …

          8. Nigel

            Monomaniacal hyper-individualism and toxic masculine genital fixtaion has worked out so well in the US.

          9. Micko

            “ Monomaniacal hyper-individualism and toxic masculine genital fixtaion”

            Are you just ripping the p)ss now or what?

          10. ReproBertie

            That’s pretty disgusting but, on the bright side, you’re saving water by reducing the need to flush the toilet.

            Baby steps.

          11. Nigel

            I’m sure you’ll be fine once you stop peeing in the shower, and everyone else stops peeing in your cornflakes.

            ‘Are you just ripping the p)ss now or what?’

            *adds urinary obsession as footnote*

          12. Nigel

            Also, with that insight into your personal hygiene, you may be seriously underestimating your risk level.

          13. Micko

            Baby steps indeed Bertie.

            I may just get a wet room put in so I can shower on the pot. 2 birds one stone etc

            As for my personal hygiene Nigel, you should talk to my long suffering wife.

            God love her – she’s a saint that one! ;)

      3. Nigel

        Funny that you and other commenters associate those figures with fear, but attribute the response to Cian, whose WTF was in relation to the disparity between figures north and south.

    2. Ger

      Ans laat year at thia time there were 522 people waiting on a hospital bed. Today there are 800 empty beds.
      Go peddle your scaremongering elsewhere.

          1. GiggidyGoo

            1. https://www.inmo.ie/Home/Index/217/13549 (you’ll find the link to the 522 therein)

            2. ‘And 522 trollies last year’ is what you’ve written. the 522 refers to last year. Those were the last figures for 2019 on 29/11/2019, supplied by the INMO.
            520 on trollies on 9/1/20.

            3. I didn’t write about 800 empty beds.

          2. Cian

            1. link worked – thanks. But it links to November. It was December we were looking for.
            2. Ger mentioned the values 522 and 800; I don’t know why you added superfluous posts giving November 2019 information.

      1. Nigel

        Is it possible, assuming that number is correct, that hospitals might have empty beds because normally they would be filled with people especially vulnerable to dying from a highly contagious respiratory disease? Or perhaps a lot of the hospital staff who would normally be attending the patients in those beds are out sick with a highly contagious respiratory disease? This is not a normal year.

  2. Andy Pipkin

    May I be the first to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

    Thank you all in Broadsheet Tower for helping me get through this shit storm of a year!!!

    Thank you too all contribute to every post, whether it be good or bad, everyone is in entitled to their opinion

    Happy New Year Everybody!!!!

    1. millie bobby brownie

      +1
      Very well said!

      Happy New Year, Andy! Hope 2021 brings you only good things and better music

    2. Lush

      Thank you Andy, you put it perfectly.
      And thankyou for your wonderful musical contributions, you’ve introduced me to a lot of new stuff and helped me get through the last few months.
      All the best for 2021.

      1. Andy Pipkin

        Thanks a million Lush for your kind words, I hope next year brings joy and happiness to you and everyone!!!

    3. Slightly Bemused

      Happy New Year, Andy!

      Sorry I missed your post earlier, but sometimes some do not appear for a while. When they do, they are a pleasant surprise :-)

      1. Andy Pipkin

        Happy New Year Slightly,

        Looking forward to your brilliant posts on a Wednesday and your contribution in win Nicks Voucher!!!

        Happy 2021.

    1. E'Matty

      @ Dav – getting all frightened are we Dav? Oh no, it’s winter and elderly people are dying as they do each year at this time. Oh no, the numbers are rising, as they do at this time each year. Quick, let’s destroy society to impotently try stop an exaggerated threat. It does provide some comfort to me to see your kind so terrifed and weak at this time. It’ll make the next few years easier to digest.

      1. dav

        great to see the likes of e’matty, knowing all and in possession of the TRUTH. keep inhaling them chemtrails your path to enlighten is just around the corner..

        1. E'Matty

          @ Dav – hilarious, even when you think you’re being clever, you’re just regurgitating conditioned responses. Surprised you didn’t mention flat earthers too. If this were the 80’s or 90’s you’d have tried use the auld “ah, so you believe in aliens then?” line, but aliens are lately a mainstream media thing, so you don’t. Of course, a low intellect low information neanderthal like yourself doesn’t realise geoeingeering is very real and yes, they do inject/release sulphates into the atmosphere. Would you like me to provide the links to the Harvard or Stanford studies or perhaps articles on the involvement of NASA or the ever present Mr Gates in geoengineering and SAIs?

          You have the library of the world at your fingertips yet you still get your information from corporate and State controlled media outlets. People like you who lack any curiosity about the world, instead preferring it be fed to you by others, will be the demise of us all. Tell me Dav, are you one of these deluded types who thinks if we all behave and do what we’re told, we’ll be allowed go back to normal?

          1. dav

            “regurgitating conditioned responses” “Geoingeering” “Bill Gates” “corporate and State controlled media”, jebus I’m surprised you didn’t throw soros or gay frogs into the mix.
            stay away from /pol/ for a while, it might do you some good..
            and don’t worry, you are far more hilarious than I

          2. Daisy Chainsaw

            At this rate, you’re about 2 rants away from trashing a Vodafone store because of all the 5 gees Bill Gates is zapping into your brain and/or bloodstream.

    2. Ger

      @dav

      I am 100% pro vaccination but do not trust nphet, 30 civil servants who cant make any decisions.
      As for Tony Holohan, unqualified career politician who tried to hide the cervical screening disgrace

  3. Slightly Bemused

    I would like to wish you all a happy new year, and safe and prosperous 2021! I am likely to hibernate for a few days after midnight.
    My neighbours and I will celebrate the new years turning, each from our own garden, safely distanced from each other, after which I am fairly sure I will sleep like a babe. For a few hours anyway until Little Slightly reaches the time for her new year.
    Take care all, if you are with family enjoy.

    1. ReproBertie

      Happy New Year to you and yours Slightly!

      Looking forward to your posts in January. I’ve a feeling we’ll need the calm introspective distraction they provide.

    2. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

      A big Happy New Year to you Slightly, thanks for the tunes and the chats and the articles
      Happy New Year to everyone else, thanks for the laughs, thanks to BS for this platform to be …well whatever this is ;).
      I’ll be on the couch with my beasties and a glass of 0.0 sparkling and a slice of comté instead of my usual Oban and shortbread, hope you all have a good one, a gentler one than this one, I’ll be brushing the new year in the front and the old out the back, I might boot it up the arse for good measure…

      Should auld acquaintance be forgot
      And never brought to mind?
      Should auld acquaintance be forgot
      And days of auld lang syne?

    3. millie bobby brownie

      Have a safe and restful new year Bemused! Hope you thoroughly enjoy it, and the break. Happy New Year, my dear x

    4. Slightly Bemused

      Thank you all. I do hope you all have a good one yourselves.

      If they decide to post it, the next one will be murder :-)

          1. ReproBertie

            There was one episode of that where (spoiler alert) some lad faked his murder by leaving his wedding ring on the feeder into a mulcher. For some reason that image has stuck with me for decades.

            Is there no Netflix type service for 80’s weekend evening shows? The A-Team, Remington Steele, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Greatest American Hero, etc.

          2. Micko

            The greatest American hero is on Prime I think. Watched the first two episodes earlier in the year.

            Believe it or not, that was the first single I ever got.

            See what I did there…eh eh?

          3. ReproBertie

            Ah nice one. I’ll check that out during lockdown.

            Happy New Year to you and your long suffering wife micko.

          4. GiggidyGoo

            Still Game is a series worth looking at on Netflix… very funny. Set in Glasgow. Post watershed stuff.

          5. Micko

            Still Game is amazeballs. Genuine laugh out loud moments with great characters

            They say the Brits have Only fools and horses
            Irish have Father Ted
            And the Scots have Still Game

            It’s that good – although we had to watch the first season with the subtitles on. Very thick accents.

            Thanks Bertie same to yourself. I shall pass on your condolences to my wife. ;)

            Also, just checked The greatest Amerhero has reverted back to the US only – so if you have a VPN?

          6. Slightly Bemused

            @Micko: regarding Greatest American Hero, that song was one given to me by a friend on a tape that got so worn out it no longer played right. It was appropriated by a certain driver who also took my Bob Marley tape.

            But I loved the series. I am not sure if it was the first or the second one where Ralph told Pam that she had it better than Lois Lane – at least she knew who Superman was .The look on Pam’s face was wonderful!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqF5M7IK7I0

          7. Micko

            Ah good stuff Slightly- that takes me back.

            Just looking at the date on that – 1981 I was only 3 or 4?

            Might have taken a while to get here from the states or maybe I saw re-runs as I remember it was around the same time that I was still hiding behind the couch anytime Bill Bixby turned into the Hulk ;)

            I did get the single on vinyl though?

            Speaking of Bill Bixby – ‘The Magician’. Loved that too.

    5. Lush

      Thanks Slightly, you’ve brought smiles to this part of the world.
      Looking forward to your next column.

  4. Ger

    I can be pro vaccination and also think that this pandemic,while dangerous, is nowhere nearly as bad as rte,ffg and nphet would have you believe.

    Hospitals are empty compared to last year, yet george lee ( who I would love to debate with) peddles his message of armageddon nightly

    1. millie bobby brownie

      It’s more than rte, NPHET and the Irish government who think Covid-19 a valid and very serious concern, if you care to look at the rest of the world too.

          1. SOQ

            I am not arguing for the decimation of all small businesses in the country now am I?

            The answer is one- ONE.

          2. millie bobby brownie

            I’m sorry but you’ll get no straiggt answers out of me sir. I’ve been on a liquid diet since lunch hour an I am beyond sensible discourse until 2021.

          3. Nigel

            SOQ you’re arguing for reopening buinesses during a pandemic of a highly contagious respiratory virus, so there’s no use pretending you’re taking a neutral stance on an epidemiological issue. If you really gave a damn you’d be arguing for government support for small businesses and their employees, but I can’t say I’ve seen you make that case once, nor for improved access to online or telephone mental health services, nor for any number of other things the government could be doing to help people through lockdowns.

          4. Micko

            Yeah SOQ. Nigdey is right there.

            Your virtue signalling is waaaaay below par man.

            Step it up dude.

            Nigel is a good example to follow

  5. Charger Salmons

    I don’t normally make a fuss about New Year’s Eve.
    But I’ll deffo be raising a glass of the Widow Ponsardin at 11pm tonight.
    The whole Brexit process has been a bumpy road but I hope the usual suspects on here can put their bitterness and anger behind them and welcome the new dawn for what it is – a victory for democracy and the common people.
    Hip hip hooray !
    Marvellous.

    1. Tommy Bohan

      OK Mr Salmons I will try again.
      Why do you avoid answering my simple question?
      You have said very nasty things about Ireland, I’m Irish and very proud of it.
      I will ask you again why do you live in Ireland if it is so inferior to your country England?
      If you keep avoiding answering my simple question I will just keep asking it!!!!
      You are the rudest person I have come across in a long time.

      1. ce

        Give it a rest – he is spawned in Irish waters but migrated to somewhere of the coast of Scotland… it’s on page 573 paragraph 3 of the Brexit agreement, he has his own section and as part of the agreement the BS comment section has to put up with him. However, in reciprocation we have get to have a guy called Provo Mac Armalight posting in the comment section of the Daily Express

        1. Tommy Bohan

          I certainly will not give it a rest!!!
          If he stops insulting my country the way he does then I will stop!
          And someone called milly bobby brownie wrote something without a reply option stating that he was under no obligation to reply. I’m afraid but you cannot keep going on writing absolutely terrible remarks about Ireland repeatedly without being asked about your credentials.
          He reminds me of Phil Hogan in a lot of ways!! A lot of words I would use to describe Hogan would be apt for Mr Salmons e.g. rude, arrogant, ignorant

          1. Joe F

            A few points Tommy. I like your analogy to Phil Hogan, if you remember the RTE interview he gave, he was asked questions and completely avoided them, just like a seasoned politician. Charage, the old boy, is the same, when someone asks a question he likes he will answer it, but when is asked something that hits the bone, he runs for cover. He is a big fan of Donald Trump after all so he must be watching him for guidance. Secondly, and I’m no Sigmund Freud or Einstein, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that if someone keeps going on about something in a positive way, ignoring all things negative about it, they are very concerned about it. The old clown has a SERIOUS inferiority complex, so he must keep reassuring himself about the UK, and running down all things Irish is part of that. Lastly, don’t bank on him answering, although I don’t mind you trying, I tried and no such luck.

          2. Rosette of Sirius

            The simply fact that you respond the way you do means he wins because he is in your head. The only way to get in his head is to challenge something that he seemingly holds as important to him and believes as fact, but clearly isn’t.

            Then go to town, and lo and behold he’ll be off air for weeks hiding under his bridge but will return under the pretense that he spend a few weeks in Barbados or something similar.

            In other words he preys on you and those like you. Like an energy vampire.

          3. Cú Chulainn

            Tommy: He’s from and lives in Cork in a step down facility. This is his only interaction with other humans. He gets excited when someone bites. God bless him, but he has been found out so many times… think of it as care in the community. But, if you want to rile him, just mention Holly Willoughby’s under garments.. that’s guaranteed to set him off…

    2. ce

      I do find it funny that Brexit happens at midnight EU time rather than UK time…. sorry couldn’t resist

      But anybody wishing ill on it would be very foolish – especially here – fingers crossed for success for all in 2021, we don’t get out of Brexit or Covid (and maybe many other things), unless we all get out together.

      Good luck to all for the coming year…

      1. Charger Salmons

        Excellent sentiments.
        But just a reminder that Europe runs on Co-Ordinated Universal Time and not EU time.
        Greece for example is two hours ahead while Portugal shares the same time as Blighty.
        It’s a small but important point often lost among a younger generation who’ve only ever grown up believing the clawing grasp of the EU is behind everything on the continent.
        Europe and its traditions and culture predate the EU.

        1. Tommy Bohan

          OK Mr Salmons I will try again.
          Why do you avoid answering my simple question?
          You have said very nasty things about Ireland, I’m Irish and very proud of it.
          I will ask you again why do you live in Ireland if it is so inferior to your country England?
          If you keep avoiding answering my simple question I will just keep asking it!!!!
          You are the rudest person I have come across in a long time.

        2. ce

          touché… I should have specified “Brussels” time

          But there’s a museum in the US that has a display that clearly shows both the UK and EU coexisting with the dinosaurs, they’re on to something

      2. Cú Chulainn

        Yes.. can’t help but notice that. Also, as the agreement was being taken from the EU desk the curtains were pulling back to show Xi Jinping on the screen about to announce a new Sino/EU agreement. No services included in the withdrawal agreement. No way are the EU going to tolerate a perfidious Albion to run amok on its border. We’ve all been here with the English before. The long slow strangulation begins. Like a lobster in the slowly heating pot, the brexiters can proclaim ‘we have our waters’… HNY 2021: this one’s for you and me..

    3. bisted

      …next time you pop over to blighty you’ll be able to buy your drinks duty free…your champers will still cost a lot more than at present but our gin will be a lot cheaper…and…I thought you would be spelling marvelous the US way now…

    4. scottser

      And a spaffy new year to you, tan Salmons. See you back here for more of your lies, hypocrisy and smeg-infested, one dimensional trolling soon.

    5. ( ̄_, ̄ ) AKA Frilly Keane

      have to say it

      sorry folks

      but Charage
      one of the most hypocritical falsehoods you’ve ever come out with is there
      in that post
      a victory for democracy and the common people

      It was absolutely Neither
      As to whether Brexit would have won the referendum without the influence ie. Cambridge Analytica,
      The shallow promises, ie. 350 million per week into the NHS,
      Not forgetting, the bigoted and unchallenged hypocritical campaigning ie controlling immigration
      We will never know

      Never

      And considering the big winners of Brexit are anything but the common people</i.
      you have no business invoking democracy
      at all

      1. Charger Salmons

        The British people voted twice for Brexit.
        Once in a referendum and again even more decisively with a general election.
        The only time Ireland votes twice on something EU-related it’s after being threatened into changing its mind.
        Welcome to democracy.

        1. The Tec Dr

          Charger, are you really that stupid? When we voted no the first time that was because we had some serious concerns. The EU noted our concerns and made amendments., this resulted in a yes vote by the Irish people.

          1. ReproBertie

            He knows but he doesn’t care. He ignores any facts that counter his digs at Ireland, the Irish or any posters here.

        2. Tommy Bohan

          OK Mr Salmons I will try again.
          Why do you avoid answering my simple question?
          You have said very nasty things about Ireland, I’m Irish and very proud of it.
          I will ask you again why do you live in Ireland if it is so inferior to your country England?
          If you keep avoiding answering my simple question I will just keep asking it!!!!
          You are the rudest person I have come across in a long time.

          1. Micko

            Tommy
            He’s
            Not
            Gonna
            Answer

            Also, if you’re so sure Ireland is that great, why are you worried about what some random lad on the internet says about it.

            Maybe you need some of that British stuff upper lip stuff… eh eh?

            .
            .
            .
            Too far? I think I mighta gone too far? ;p

          2. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

            I was gonna tell him to pull his tricolor panties out of his hoop…..
            seriously Tommy you’re not meant to take Salmons seriously

          3. Nigel

            He’s an edgelord, that’s how he gets his dopamine kick. He really, really is not interested in substantive engagement, worth trading a few barbs with every now and then, but after that, meh. While he does in his way symbolise everything wrong with the toxicity and corrosion of the modern right, he’s still just a lapdog. When you’ve seen him lick the backside of whichever human Tory wreckage is currently in favour a few times you’ll have the measure of him.

          4. Brother Barnabas

            in fairness to him, I dont think any have got his panties quite as wet as boris does – definitely his all time fav

  6. ( ̄_, ̄ ) AKA Frilly Keane

    Got the notion for this off a whatapp thingy earlier today

    So how about a little New Years Eve Project here on Broadsheet

    A collaboration like –

    This was the jist of it – so it should give ye an idea what – if you’re inclined to add to

    Wishes for 2021
    That Tiers go back to being on cakes
    That Bubbles go back to being things kids play with, and in stuff grown ups drink
    That Corona becomes a beer again
    That Social Distancing only means you’re a snob
    That washing your hands only means you’re hands are dirty and you are about to eat or prepare grub
    That masks are only used as work safety equipment and for kids parties
    That PPEe becomes short hand for Political Parties Extinction Event
    That NPHET becomes shorthand for New Programme for Homeless Emergency Taskforce
    That Pitch Invasions become the new norm, and so do Handshakes Hugs and the Slow Set
    That Hair Dressers, and Beauticians are firmly categorised as Essential Workers
    That Q become R
    And 10,000 air miles for all

    So lets see what ye’ve got

    1. Otis Blue

      I’ll opt for the return of Bertie Alphege Benkinsop to Broadsheet for 2021.

      A heart as big as Liverpool and a liver as big as Hartlepool, that lad. He’s been missed.

          1. millie bobby brownie

            I’m offended that you would evn suggest such a thing. I have better taste than to choose the human cheesestring as the love of my life.

    2. ce

      Personally this is my favourite – “That Social Distancing only means you’re a snob

      And add Supermarket/food stall to ” That Hair Dressers, and Beauticians are firmly categorised as Essential Workers”

      my own contribution –

      Zooming means moving rather than staying still staring at a screen

    3. Rosette of Sirius

      Speaking of airmiles, I have about 360k Avios, about half that with Emirates miles and and they’re both screaming at me….. if I don’t get off this island next year, I’ll go loopy….

  7. Charger Salmons

    @bisted.
    A litre of Gordon’s gin is currently €25 on Tesco.ie
    It’s £17 on Tesco.com
    Bombay Sapphire (70CL) is €25 in Ireland and £21with Tesco Blighty.
    Not for the first time you’ve been caught out talking cobblers.

    1. Tommy Bohan

      OK Mr Salmons I will try again.
      Why do you avoid answering my simple question?
      You have said very nasty things about Ireland, I’m Irish and very proud of it.
      I will ask you again why do you live in Ireland if it is so inferior to your country England?
      If you keep avoiding answering my simple question I will just keep asking it!!!!
      You are the rudest person I have come across in a long time.

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Tommy – he won’t answer. You’re giving him a morning wood, all day long. He relishes it.
        Better to draw attention to his posts on peoplesrepublicofcork . They’re the measure of him.
        (actually, he’s no. 1 hit if you just google charger salmons)

    2. bisted

      …I live on the border Charger so we are well used to making the best of both worlds…and thanks to brexit, both worlds are about to get considerably better…the fat lady doesn’t sing until 11pm tonight…Bombay Sapphire is currently £20 for 1ltr in Sainsburys Newry…the cheap Gordons is £17 for 1ltr…marvelous…

    3. ce

      Gordon’s and Bombay … keep it classy big spenders!

      Throw in a few Dutch Golds and a Bucky while your at it

    1. Brother Barnabas

      PARIS (Reuters) – The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he was in the process of applying for a French passport to maintain his ties with the European Union after Brexit.
      Stanley Johnson, a former member of the European Parliament who voted Remain in Britain’s 2016 referendum, told RTL radio he wanted to become a French citizen because of strong family links to France.

      “If I understand it correctly, I am French. My mother was born in France, her mother was totally French as was her grandfather. So for me it is about reclaiming what I already have. And that makes me very happy,” said the 80-year-old Johnson, who was speaking in French.

    1. Tommy Bohan

      OK Mr Salmons I will try again.
      Why do you avoid answering my simple question?
      You have said very nasty things about Ireland, I’m Irish and very proud of it.
      I will ask you again why do you live in Ireland if it is so inferior to your country England?
      If you keep avoiding answering my simple question I will just keep asking it!!!!
      You are the rudest person I have come across in a long time.

    2. Joe F

      Hey clown man, how about commenting on the COVID cases and deaths in the UK compared to Ireland? Of course not, you’re very silent on that old boy.

        1. Joe F

          I agree! But I would wager my last cent that if the figures were the other way around, Charage would have them rammed down our throats!

    3. Joe F

      Here are the COVID cases for the UK old boy – 35,744 per 1 million population. Ireland is 18,158. For a person of such limited intelligence as yourself clown man, and before you get your abacus out, I can tell you that Ireland is practically 50% of the UK figures.
      Now onto deaths, as of yesterday, the number of deaths per 1 million for the UK is 1,066 and the figure for Ireland is 448. Again that is roughly half the number of deaths in Ireland compared to the UK.
      Would you like to comment on those figures clown man?
      I await with bated breath.

  8. Charger Salmons

    @bisted.
    Guess what – supermarkets have booze sales all the time.
    Welcome to the wonderful world of retail.
    Fortunately I’m wealthy enough not to have to worry about the price of a bottle of gin.
    Or the need to travel across borders to buy it.
    However tonight will be bubbles, claret and Maker’s Mark Presbyterians.
    Lady Charger has also indicated her preference for the occasional toot so we could be in for a long one.
    Marvellous.
    I do hope everyone enjoys a good celebration at home because wherever your views or sympathies lie on any subject 2020 has been a rotten year for most although hand on heart I’ve quite enjoyed the Blitz spirit this year.

    1. ce

      As I said …Gordon’s and Bombay … keep it classy big spenders!

      Don’t get me started on Bourbon… alchopops for the old at heart

      No local distilleries that could do with a purchase or two from your vast wealth?… and that might actually taste the right side of a bathtub

      1. Charger Salmons

        @ce
        You’re making the mistake of equating the price of drink with how good it is.
        Gordons, Bombay Sapphire and Makers Mark are classic and popular brands that you will find in any good bar in the world.
        There’s a reason for that.
        €45 bottles of craft gin are for impressionable mugs like you.
        And on this matter I’m sure bisted and I are in full agreement.

    2. bisted

      …sadly, Charger, as we say in Ireland, the world is ill divided…alas, I’m not so wealthy that I can ignore prices but I do know the value of things…give me a good vintage Cava to NV Champagne any day…be more of a burgundy man myself – at least I was until the Chinese sent the prices sky high…I suspect your claret of choice is closer to Horace Rumpole than Jancis Robinson and while I did once go on a tour of Jack Daniels I have little memory of the day…US drinks remain a mystery to me but any I have drunk tasted like confections…

  9. Charger Salmons

    In other news Blighty’s preparations for vaccine delivery are well advanced.
    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace today revealed the military are preparing a COVID vaxforce to speed up the coronavirus vaccine roll out.
    “I have 250 teams of combat medics ready to deploy, to administer 750,000 vaccinations a week”.
    I think they’ll probably be working weekends too …

  10. Charger Salmons

    Just tying up a few loose ends …

    The recent Brexit trade deal generated relief in Britain and the European Union, but some issues were left on the negotiating table — including what to do about Gibraltar, the British territory at the southern tip of Spain whose sovereignty has long been disputed by Madrid.
    On Thursday, the Spanish foreign minister, Arancha González Laya, announced a last-minute agreement with negotiators in Britain and Gibraltar that avoids the possibility of travelers and goods being stranded at the border from Friday.
    The draft agreement will allow passport-free travel between Gibraltar and Spain.

    It’s funny how all those insurmountable problems of Project Fear have simply melted away thanks to Boris’ superb handling of the Brexit negotiations.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/31/world/europe/gibraltar-brexit-uk-spain.html

    1. Johnny

      ‘Twas on a dreary New Year’s Eve when the shades of night fell down
      A lorry load of volunteers approached a border town
      There were men from Dublin and from Cork, Fermanagh and Tyrone
      But the leader was a Limerick lad, Sean South of Garryowen.

  11. GiggidyGoo

    According to the Indo, two thirds, 66% of covid deaths this month were due to outbreaks in hospitals or nursing homes Think about that. 66% of the outbreaks of the virus that have resulted in death, have been within the confines of nursing homes and hospitals. Wouldn’t that ring some bells with NPHET? 19th November is still the last record of minutes available.

    Paul Reid tells us today that all nursing home residents will be vaccinated by end February. (there are approx 20,000 such residents).

    And https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/close-contacts-of-positive-covid-19-cases-no-longer-asked-to-be-tested-as-system-faces-being-overwhelmed-39918614.html

    Consent forms haven’t even been distributed to the nursing homes yet. The residents that have to rely on say, power of attorney, will delay the rollout, as in logistical terms (given the temperature the pfizer one must be stored at) all residents in a particular home would need to be vaccinated on the same day.

    I can see this being a clusterflip once again, courtesy of the HSE, NPHET and Donnelly.

  12. Rosette of Sirius

    Righteo. I’m at the stage where one sheet is well and truly aflap. Before the second sheet takes to the sky, all’s left is to wish yis all a very happy new year and a safe, yes safe, and prosperous 2021. Behind all the bluff and bluster there’s well meaning in each of your hearts….

    1. Brother Barnabas

      happy new year, cian – hope it’s a great one for you and yours. and, from me, thanks for your brilliant contribution to just about every thread. and that’s especially the last 6 months or so – along with a few others, you’ve exposed the Tribe of Thick that’s polluted the place. and fair play too for always remaining polite and dignified in the face of silly accusations, bullying and abuse.

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