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Just had a weekend in Belfast....

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Bristol Pete, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. Bristol Pete

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    Just got back from three days in Belfast and all I can say is wow, what an experience :thumbsup:

    A wonderful city full of amazing buildings, history, fine women and of course a fairly recent troubled past.

    As someone who has little to no understanding of the issues surrounding it I have to say that visiting both Shankil Road and Falls Road was an absolute education and a real eye opener. The idea of running battles on council estates frightened me silly. :lesson: I did not know that these issues stem some hundred years and the duplicity of the Government around 1916 made for distressing reading and my time there allowed me to wish the ongoing peace process every success.

    If you can, visit Belfast. A city clearly in renaissance and one that I will visit again :smashin:

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    Glad to hear you had a good time mate - how did you get down to Oz in such quick time though? :confused:

    One day I'd very much like to visit South-Western Ireland (no real reason, it just looks like a nice place) but I may just consider Belfast now too. :)
     
  3. Bristol Pete

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    Well spotted. Not there yet, but I am playing as Oz in the AV Forums World Cup via Pro Evo 4 on x-box live so I figure lets go the whole hog !!!

    Pete.
     
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    Did you go to the Crown Bar & many of the other fine bars in town ? :thumbsup:
     
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    Cos if you didn't you'll just have to go back again and do it properly :thumbsup:

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  6. Bristol Pete

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    Yes, actually walked over the crown in the doorway too. An interesting tale there. Amazing inside too, like going back in time. The cubicles with doors on were mad. Went to Robinsons, Fibbers, Benedicts, Skye and a few others over the three days.

    Here is a pic of the crown, taken from the open top bus -

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    And here we all are, heading to Robinsons at about 10.50am, ready for opening. A pub worth checking out as is a mecca to the Titanic and its history.

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    All told, a serious beer and food session. Outside Robinsons for 11am on Friday and had five pints by 1 o'clock. Felt knackered so went back to Jurys for a snooze then went out again. Ended up in Benedicts, where I have never seen sooooo many sexy women in one place :eek: :devil: Seriously, how sexy are Irish women? Class.

    Pete.
     
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    I was in Belfast just a few weeks ago (mainly business) and I didnt like it :thumbsdow

    I dont know why really but I just thought that it was full of pancake flippers!!!

    A city drenched in history though. I thought the town centre was to crammed together and some of the people we met werent nice at all.

    On of my clients went into a chippy with a member of his staff and he was wearing a Scotland top and the owner refused to serve him :thumbsdow

    But I suppose I could go again and it could be different but I dont think I will if I can help it!!
     
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    What exactly is that?

    Pete.
     
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    I know mate - I married one!!! :smashin:
     
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    *******

    [EDIT by Garrett Please do not use alternate characters to make banned words. :nono: But it means what happend when you turn the pancake over. :D]
     
  11. Bristol Pete

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    You lucky thing. Does she happen to have any sisters available. I am an exceptional young man with a seriously massive........................................................

















    Pioneer AX5Ai amp :rotfl:
     
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    Sorry mate - they're not interested in anything less than a 10!! :eek:
     
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    Both taken from outside my old employers - The Child Support Agency. I lost count of how many tourists I spotted from the 11th floor taking photos of the Crown.
     
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    You missed the pitched battles between Glentoran/Linfield supporters and Rangers/Celtic supporters on Sunday then. What a pity, you would have seen the real Belfast then.
     
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    It's a dirty hole and the number of lunatics in and around the city centre is frightening. At least you didn't get stabbed.
     
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    No - I was there. It was like going back 25 years. Average football at best though Morgan took his goals well. Mental.

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    I think that's a little harsh Michael. I've lived/worked in a few cities in the country as a whole and believe me, dirt and lunatics are widespread phenomena.
     
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    glad you enjoyed Belfast, its my home town and I think that it has improved no end over the last 10 years or so. Some of the best bars you will find anywhere.

    You really should see the Crown bar if you are over there, this is simply the best pub in the world......imho.....

    no idea what you are refering to there mate....!? but if its politics....I don't do politics.....but I think the issues go back a few hundred years before 1916 ;)
     
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    sounds fun
     
  20. Bristol Pete

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    Well, I am no Professor of Irish politics Chard, but from what I read, the Catholics were promised a united Ireland free from British rule if they served the Queen in World War 1, whilst loyalists (Orange men ???!?!) were assured that they would forever be governed and looked after by the crown. I think.....

    Hence my use of the word duplicity which I rather like. :smashin:

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  21. Bristol Pete

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    Another wonderful injection of information from MM with his usual elegant vernacular :suicide: :D

    Ha ha.

    Cap.
     
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    It's the only words I can think of to describe the place. And it really is a hole.
     
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    I think you meant "free from British rule". I've never heard of that before.
     
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    Sorry mate, typo. Now corrected.
     
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    'Ireland' free from irish rule. Now that I like :D
     
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    Captain, not in line with anything I have ever read. Many brave Catholics North and South did indeed fight, however, there was never any suggestion that this was to lead to any specific promise.

    Likewise the protestants from the North who made up the majority of the Ulster Division, did not fight because of some vague promise either.

    The Ulster Division fought with great distinction, particularly on the first day of the Somme, when they were one of the few divisions to accomplish their given tasks. It is said that the result of their success and great cost in lives, was that Churchill believed that a withdrawal from Northern Ireland would be wrong.

    Lets also remember that conscription was never introduced in Northern Ireland in either world war and that the huge numbers of Ulstermen who fought have more than paid for the right to remain British.

    If you are looking for duplicity then look to Eire and De valera who remained neutral, thereby helping the Nazis in WW2....De Valera infamously offered his nations condolences on the death of Hitler, one of only two countries to do so.......

    Eire is a beautiful country to visit , but I would hate to have to rely on them....
     
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    Aha, well the dude on the tour bus needs sacking then. That was his brief summary of events. Egit!!!

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