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Posted: 1/25/2006 10:55:09 AM EDT
Leaving Northern Ireland tomorrow morning, where I have languished for almost 3 weeks with the in-laws now. The liberal America hating politics here are really starting to get on my nerves here, and if I hear another reference to George Bush or the US being the cause of all the world's problems I'm gonna shit myself.

Here's a perfect example of the politics here - I read on page 3 of The Irish News just today all about how Amnesty International is waging a campaign to rid the free world of unnecessary guns and other weapons. Information is provided on how to support an international ban on firearms and how to support some international body who will supposedly determine who can get guns, etc. Page fucking 3, full page article. POS was written like Amnesty International was the word of God.

The Bogside in Derry City is a socialist cesspool. That's all I'll say on that.

That being said,

The area where my in-laws live is breathtaking in appearance, the schools are outstanding and FREE, the houses are beautiful, the beer and conversation flows freely, the people are decent and hardworking but their politics suck.

I can't wait to get the fuck out of here. Thanks for listening to my wee rant. DOW out.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:58:13 AM EDT
what is the crime like?
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:59:12 AM EDT
Bring me home a lass with red hair and green eyes preferably a Corr sister! PLEASE!
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 11:00:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BeetleBailey:
what is the crime like?



The crime rate is low, but steadily rising. Criminals here are coddled big time. Property crime (burglary, larceny) is usually punished with a fine from what I have read.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 11:01:31 AM EDT
How are things outside of that area? Down south, etc?

Idle curiosity if things are different between the Brit area, and the counties down below..
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 11:04:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Evil_Ed:
How are things outside of that area? Down south, etc?

Idle curiosity if things are different between the Brit area, and the counties down below..



America is not winning any popularity contests here, North or South. America = Guantanamo Bay = torture to many Irish folks, especially the young.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 11:07:24 AM EDT
Last ime i was there I got "Pissed as a fart Rubbered pig" I did!
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:21:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/25/2006 12:21:38 PM EDT by DOW]
Going out to cousin's house for last hurrah now - see ya tomorrow!

ETA - Please pray for my liver. Thanks.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:27:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/25/2006 12:28:43 PM EDT by vito113]
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:28:43 PM EDT
Belfast is the only place anyone ever tried to mug me (I ran away).

GunLvr
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:37:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GUNGUY1911:
Bring me home a lass with red hair and green eyes preferably a Corr sister! PLEASE!



Nothren Ireland is mostly Scottish descent. The Corr sisters are Irish and not from Nothern Ireland.

Shok
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:43:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:46:27 PM EDT
One more country to cross of my list of places to go one day.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:51:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GUNGUY1911: Bring me home a lass with red hair and green eyes preferably a Corr sister! PLEASE!


Mmmm.... Corrsssss......



Link Posted: 1/25/2006 1:30:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By QShok:

Originally Posted By GUNGUY1911:
Bring me home a lass with red hair and green eyes preferably a Corr sister! PLEASE!



Nothren Ireland is mostly Scottish descent. The Corr sisters are Irish and not from Nothern Ireland.

Shok

Well, he's close damnit!
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 1:56:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TomJefferson:
What do you expect from the country (southern) that doesn't allow smoking in the pubs?

Its California East!



In fairness, I appreciated that one. My eyes did too. Far more smoky than any American bar.

NTM
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 2:01:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Manic_Moran:

Originally Posted By TomJefferson:
What do you expect from the country (southern) that doesn't allow smoking in the pubs?

Its California East!



In fairness, I appreciated that one. My eyes did too. Far more smoky than any American bar.

NTM

Any Blarney Stones in Northern Ireland or are they common to just Ireland? I swear in NYC they were the best restaurant-bars I have ever been to.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 1:45:07 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 3:18:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 3:25:12 AM EDT by FatCobra]

Originally Posted By DOW:
Leaving Northern Ireland tomorrow morning, where I have languished for almost 3 weeks with the in-laws now. The liberal America hating politics here are really starting to get on my nerves here, and if I hear another reference to George Bush or the US being the cause of all the world's problems I'm gonna shit myself.

Here's a perfect example of the politics here - I read on page 3 of The Irish News just today all about how Amnesty International is waging a campaign to rid the free world of unnecessary guns and other weapons. Information is provided on how to support an international ban on firearms and how to support some international body who will supposedly determine who can get guns, etc. Page fucking 3, full page article. POS was written like Amnesty International was the word of God.

The Bogside in Derry City is a socialist cesspool. That's all I'll say on that.

That being said,

The area where my in-laws live is breathtaking in appearance, the schools are outstanding and FREE, the houses are beautiful, the beer and conversation flows freely, the people are decent and hardworking but their politics suck.

I can't wait to get the fuck out of here. Thanks for listening to my wee rant. DOW out.




I can relate. I will be going over there in about two months to visit the "in laws" I am pretty much dreading it.

I can imagine what they will say to me when thery find out I am coming directly from a war zone.
"GASP..... YOU are supporting the war effort?"
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 4:18:51 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:45:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:

Originally Posted By TomJefferson:
What do you expect from the country (southern) that doesn't allow smoking in the pubs?

Its California East!



It has FAR better gun laws than California.

ANdy



It does, unfortunately. They loosened them up after I emigrated to California. I wrote on an Irish military board, saying "Nya, nya, look what I have!" (Posted piccies of .40 and 5.56mm), now they're buying things that I can't get in California. The buggers.

NTM
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:55:14 AM EDT
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