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What you want to say – 21st September 2022 September 21, 2022

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As always, following on Dr. X’s suggestion, it’s all yours, “announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose”, feel free.

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1. sonofstan - September 21, 2022

I realise the whinging of the occasionally returning emigrant can be annoying, but….I’m back in Dublin for the second time in a week unexpectedly for a family funeral, but I want to rant about traffic and transport. Took a 41 in from the airport, planning to take a DART to Sandymount, where the funeral mass was. An hour after getting on the bus we’re still in Drumcondra, so I get off and walk along the canal, over the new pedestrian/ cycle bridge at North Strand (and lovely it is), across Beckett bridge and on to R’end, Irishtown. I passed the bus corridor on N. Strand road, the Maynooth railway line to Docklands, the Luas and saw the Dart in the distance. Dublin actually has quite a lot of public transport options, and the infrastructure is developing, with bus corridors and bike lanes, but as long as you can count 30 cars with single occupants along a stretch of Spencer Dock, nothing can change. Heading back N’side afterwards, and Doyles corner is a mess, and again, lost count of the number of single occupant cars. Congestion charge now, sez I.

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WorldbyStorm - September 21, 2022

+1 Traffic is an absolute mess. North Strand is out of action, the rest of the city is snarled up. My sympathies for anyone who lives any distance out or is in a position where due to age, children ore whatever they have to make long difficult journeys.

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2. Tomboktu - September 22, 2022

I can’t view this site when I’m using the wifi connection on the latest Dublin Bus buses. I assume is wordpress that is blocked rather than CLR specifically.

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WorldbyStorm - September 22, 2022

Though you never know!

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3. tomasoflatharta - September 23, 2022
4. sonofstan - September 23, 2022

Just watching the Al Jazeera report on The Labour Files. It’s bad enough that the Tories fear and despise ordinary working class people: but it seems as if the Labour party do too.

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yourcousin - September 23, 2022

I hate to say it, but I don’t think this is a real surprise (ditto the Democrats).

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5. Tomboktu - September 24, 2022

Waiting at the bus stop in Belfast this afternoon, I did a back of the envelope calculation: 1.4% of the population of the North is a student at Queens.

That’s some reach for one institution.

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6. Tomboktu - September 24, 2022

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7. Mick 2 - September 25, 2022

Apropos of nothing in particular, here’s something that has given me immeasurable joy over the past few days. Some of you may have seen it. An animation of a Gerry Anderson phone-in that went a bit awry…

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WorldbyStorm - September 25, 2022

That’s hilarious. They’re right, the animation adds a further layer but…

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mal - September 25, 2022

I’ve seen that, it’s delightful. Various other episodes of the TV programme (it was one of those 5 minute things that gets inserted between shows) are on YouTube – the programme was called On The Air – Gerry Anderson.

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8. sonofstan - September 26, 2022

I’m no financial wiz, obv. but UK bond yields now are where Irish government bonds were in 2009.

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WorldbyStorm - September 26, 2022

Me neither, but this is deeply serious for GB. What’s stunning is the sense they (the govt) don’t care – though unless they’re insane they have to be shook by the pound crashing like this. I was wondering is this the right wing equivalent of capital flight in the event radical left govts take over?

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sonofstan - September 26, 2022

It’s like deja vu all over again…

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sonofstan - September 26, 2022

I doubt if those letters are going in yet, but worth remembering, Truss is in a similar position vis a vis her parliamentary party as Corbyn was with his – most of them didn’t vote for her.

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WorldbyStorm - September 26, 2022

One would almost imagine the antipathy is greater – given the Tories are in government and she very deliberately cut out those who did not support her from almost all office. Corbyn most certainly didn’t do the same (didn’t much help him unfortunately). But just on that, there was an excellent Guardian podcast this weekend on how Corbyn must feel vindicated now that Truss appears to have found the so-called ‘magic money tree’. So much for government debt.

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9. sonofstan - September 26, 2022

Several building societies here now suspending mortgage lending. Property market crash approaching.

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WorldbyStorm - September 26, 2022

No doubt we’ll all be treated to long thought pieces on creative destruction and disruption from the Tories apologists

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