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RickMcD last won the day on February 3 2016

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  1. He worked in T.F. Reid and Donaldson in the mid 60's. I knew him kind of. But he was slightly odd then. Really shy.
  2. I agree, it was a great night but it crossed my mind too that the incessant criticism of SMiSA that is going on might have affected the attendance.
  3. Difficult to answer when we're not sure about the format. Surely colt teams per se would be desirable? I'm a bit remote over here but is it seriously being suggested that colt teams are being promoted by the old firm only and therefore would benefit only the old firm? I can't see that. Would provincial clubs not be cutting off their face to spite their nose if they voted against any proposal.
  4. Got a friend in Glasgow who came from Sarfend. That's how he pronounced it. Always said it was the arsehole of nowhere. Many moons ago Mrs.McD and I were staying a night in Gravesend before crossing to France the next day so we thought we would drive down and see what it was like. I was pleasantly surprised. Not the most beautiful town I've seen, not by a long way, but far from the worst either. I've got a friend over who comes from Lahndahn and recently I mentioned Southend had been a pleasant surprise when I saw it. His retort was along the lines of 'Sarfend! Fackin Sarfend? It's a fackin dive You stupid Scotch kant!' He uses the word 'kant' quite a lot. Dunno what it means. Luckily we don't have Buddies who run down our wee town at the drop of a hat.
  5. How do you know Linfield are Ulster bigots? We are all Spartacus.
  6. I seem to recall a few years go that some geezer on here never shut up about how useless our youth set up was and it was a waste of time and money. Who'd have thunk it right enough? Who was that Bud?
  7. Never read the record and if you look at the fifth item down on the right hand column, that's a good example of why I don't. , 'Rangers, Celtic and a few others'. The so called big two and sod the rest.
  8. The Koh-I-Noor was one of my favourites when lived in the old country. Good to hear it's still going strong. I can recommend The Bangla in Main Street, Bangor if you ever visit Co. Down. Won some big national awards at ceremonies in London.
  9. I've sat on quite a few committees where at the end of a topic under discussion the chairman simply asks if there is any dissent and if nobody speaks up, then it's unanimous. Works well normally. Trouble is on any committee there is always at least one disgruntled member who moans like hell afterwards. Quite often the same bugger over and over who hasn't actually sussed why committees are formed.
  10. Not necessarily disagreeing but what makes you think it will implode immediately? The DUP will love it and feel they can gloat and annoy Sinn Fein. The Tories will have to keep them sweet. They might be odd bedfellows but if needs must?
  11. Don't want to get into an argument about citizens cheating the benefits system but I certainly think the frequently trotted out figures of how much tax avoidance it is estimated multi-national companies 'enjoy' is greatly exaggerated. I've heard it suggested that it comes to more than the cost of our welfare system. Anybody believe that? The total cost of our welfare system is variously quoted as anything from £250 billion to over £500 billion. £250 billion is £250,000.000,000. Makes it look bigger, doesn't it? The country cannot keep it going ad infinitum and the longer it takes for a government with balls to really come to terms with it, the worse it will get.
  12. I know that. It's almost untouchable. Successive governments might tinker a little but it's difficult to envisage any major changes. The NHS is a massive problem. Eventually someone has to bite the bullet but in the hypothetical case that a tory government did so, they would be out at the next election and the new government (Labour if they get rid of Corbynesque characters) would start all over again. A vicious circle. Eventually if the total cost of our welfare state can't be somehow reduced we are looking at a clusterf**k of gigantic proportions.
  13. £160 a week is just ridiculous. I thought in your original post you were implying you spent no more than £200 a month come hell or high water. The cost of the welfare state is horrendous and one day a UK government will have to bite the bullet. A left of centre party never will, and we don't really have a centrist party that could form a government. Can't see a solution.
  14. Think you make some fair points and can't disagree with most of your figures. However, you say you feed your entire family on about £200 per month. Really? Even if you have what used to be called a gentleman's family (wife and two weans) you must be pretty frugal. If you only eat spam and chips every day, it would be difficult enough. For some reason I wouldn't be surprised if you're vegetarian and maybe that would make it affordable. A decent takeaway for a family of four, costing say £30, would knock a hole in your budget. Do you allow for treats now and again? I'm not saying you've lied about your expenditure but it points to austerity gone mad. Vegetarians do apparently contribute more to greenhouse gas emissions so maybe I'm wrong about you being vegetarian. You wouldn't want to fart more than we meat eaters. Would you?
  15. It's almost fifty years since some dude in Birmingham made an extremely controversial speech, largely about commonwealth immigration. It knackered his chance of ever becoming prime minister. Looking back, his prophecy has turned out to be eerily accurate. He was a classical scholar, hence the tone of his speech, Contrary to popular belief, he did not use the phrase 'rivers of blood'.