Who is more polite than Mother England? Such thoughtfulness to lose the Rugby to Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. Six Nations Once Again. Irish Passport Holders Rejoice!
Because Friday night is Music Night
It’s crunch time in Dublin tomorrow. The final weekend of the 6 Nations sees Ireland warmly welcome England’s fine rugger chaps. Now some might say it’s a dead rubber, since England clinched the title last weekend. No way. No Test match is meaningless. England are after back-to-back Grand Slams. Ireland need a result to stay in the world’s top 4 ranked teams. The rankings won’t change between this weekend and the World Cup draw. Being in the top 4 is a big advantage. I’m anticipating a belter. Ireland’s Conor Murray, the best SH in Europe is out, and compounding that is the fact that Keet Urls has been passed fit. That’s a twin injury blow in my book.
Ireland vs England is a special fixture for many reasons. This short BBC film explains one of them. International teams were refusing to play in Ireland in 1973, because of the terror threat. But England turned up to play, and really were warmly welcomed for it. In a game of legends, John Pullin’s post-match quip has gone down in rugby lore. Before the match England’s David Duckham told Ireland captain Willie John McBride that he might come into midfield as he “didn’t fancy standing out on the wing in white England shirt”. McBride assured him that he’d be “welcome at the bottom of an Irish ruck any time”. Some of that tomorrow, chaps.
England are confident, have a hugely powerful pack nowadays and are hungry. Ireland are missing a key man and won’t quite have the eye-popping intensity that has turned us over in the past. England by 10.
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Wishing the ATW community a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
The Queen today signed the Brexit Bill into law. The Prime Minister, finally, can notify Brussels that we’ve called a cab. Like most statute laws, it begins thus:
BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows …
This is because Parliament is only an advisory body, and the sovereign power to make law resides in the sovereign monarch. As the embodiment of the sovereignty of the people, the monarch is the source from which the law claims its authority.
Despite the hysteria from some Irish Nationalists and their media whores, the REALITY of what will happen to the border between NI and the Irish Republic becomes clearer by the day.
Brexit Secretary David Davis said the UK would adopt technology to cover the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and the Republic. He gave evidence to his Westminster scrutiny committee about the future of the UK’s only land frontier with an EU state. He said: “It is not going to be easy, it is going to cost us money, a lot of work on technology, to put border controls in but without having border posts – but that is what we intend to do.”
This is how it was ALWAYS going to be. Brexit is about going forward, not back. I want to ensure that relations with the Irish are good and trade is maintained. Naturally the Irish must ensure that their country does not become a Trojan horse for EU illegal immigration into a sovereign United Kingdom.
Ok, enough fishy puns. I’m not codding you..
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is DEMANDING that Scotland be given a 2nd Referendum on whether it should seek Independence. Well she would do, thats the only purpose of her party after all, but more to the point how do Scottish people feel about such a referendum? Here’s the latest poll….
Amusingly, her position on joining the EU in the event of Scotland leaving the UK has changed. She NOW says that Scotland would not seek to join the EU but would instead simply seek to pay it money to gain access to the Single Market. Oh my.
This is hilarious stuff. Scotland annual exports to the EU are around ¢12bn. Scotland exports to the UK are almost ¢50bn. So she speaks separation from her BIGGEST export market and wants to pay to keep access to her smallest market. This is how socialists do economics.
If you were around in the 1970’s you could not have missed the TV cop series Starsky and Hutch. I suppose it was corny and all that but I have find memories of tuning in to watch their adventures. So, I found this story rather touching.
They spent much of the 1970s solving crimes while tearing around the fictional Southern Californian town of Bay City in their tomato red Ford Gran Torino. But nearly 40 years on from their TV heyday, Starsky & Hutch actors Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul appeared looking rather different from their detective alter egos at the weekend. Paul lent his former co-star David a hand by pushing his wheelchair into the Liverpool Comic Con convention centre.
I don’t know what afflicts David Soul but I just thought it was nice to see the bond that still exists between these guys and I wish them both well!
You cannot make it up.
Since the very blessed moment we found out that we Brexiteers had won the EU Referendum, Nicola Sturgeon has played the same tune relentlessly, all day every day. That is, Scotland is being dragged out (oot!) of the EU “against its will”, so they must have another referendum. They must secede from the UK in order to remain in, or rejoin, the EU. Now this:
Nicola Sturgeon’s referendum plans were rapidly unravelling tonight as it emerged she is to abandon the SNP’s policy of rejoining the EU immediately amid record Euroscepticism in Scotland […]
Ms Sturgeon fears that the SNP’s long-standing policy of an independent Scotland joining the EU would put off the 400,000 voters who backed independence in 2014 and also voted Leave in last year’s EU referendum. They represent one quarter of all those who voted for independence.
So she now wants IndyRef2 because Scotland is being dragged out of the EU, but she doesn’t want to be in the EU. Brexit is the trigger for it, but her platform will now not include EU membership.
That makes perfect sense.