Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

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The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

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In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not …

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Germany agrees to send Leopard 2 Tanks to Ukraine…

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has bowed to considerable pressure and agreed to send Leopard Tanks to Ukraine. He has also agreed not to block other countries from sending their Leopard Tanks to Ukraine. The U.S. plans to Send M1 Abrams Tanks to Ukraine. It can be hard to independently verify data but Ukraine claims to have destroyed an insane amount of Russian equipment and soldiers. I am no Eisenhower, so I don’t fully understand the focus on tanks. It seems …

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Mid week moan – go on, get it off your chest…

So the new forum does not seem to have caught on. I think people just prefer to keep the discussion on the main site, and that’s ok with us. So what we will try to do is have a few more open threads. So today, I introduce mid-week moan. As the name suggests, it is a chance to get it off your chest and have a good aul rant. You can discuss what you like. If it is popular, we …

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UK government proposes to raise state pension age to 68…

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From The Sun: Millions born in the 1970s and later are likely to be told they must work for longer as early as the March Budget. The state pension age is already due to rise from 66 to 67 by 2028. The next increase — to 68 — was not due to happen until 2046, but an upcoming review is set to say it should be brought forward. 🚨 | BREAKING: The Government has PRIVATELY agreed to raise the state …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

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The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. News events we have missed, or maybe you just want a good rant. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not …

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Rock legend David Crosby dies aged 81…

Crosby co-founded the Byrds and then went on to even greater fame with Crosby, Stills & Nash. For more, see his Obituary in the Guardian. The book Hotel California is an excellent read for fans of this era in music. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any …

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Latest deadline for restoring devolution passes…

Blah blah blah blah blah… Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily politics, preferring to write about big ideas in society. When not stuck in front of a screen, I …

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Conservative MP Simon Clarke says that nurses using food banks were just not budgeting properly…

Could the nurses not just dip into their trust funds?? Tory MP Simon Clarke, who earns £84,000 a year, says skint nurses using food banks need to budget better. He's got some front as he's claimed £200,700 expenses in just ONE year.He even claimed £7.65 to send a document to a constituent by recorded post 🤔https://t.co/b6FjiYpBt3 — Lorraine King (@lorrainemking) January 19, 2023 Simon Clarke had a silver spoon in his mouth since birth. Yarm School. Oxford. Slaughter & May. …

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What’s the story with all the new student accomodation in Belfast?

Are we not reaching the saturation point for student accommodation? A decision will be made tonight as to whether an almost 800-room student scheme gets the go ahead. Planners have recommended the development gets the green light in and around Library Street pic.twitter.com/l96x2WDrLg — John Mulgrew (@newsmulg) January 19, 2023 Quick posts are a new feature I am testing out. As the name suggests, they are short posts, normally just a link, tweet or video. I know we miss some …

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Introducing the Slugger Forum….

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The Sunday Open posts have been popular, so I know there is demand for a more open space to chat. I also note that sometimes we don’t cover an issue, and posts can easily go off-topic. I have created a forum for Slugger at https://forum.sluggerotoole.com It is a different system than Hyvor, so you will need to register a new account on the forum, but it just needs your email and password, so it is pretty simple to sign up. …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

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The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. News events we have missed, or maybe you just want a good rant. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

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In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not …

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All talk no action…

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I was dropping some donations off at The People’s Kitchen foodbank on the Antrim Road yesterday. At lunchtime, there was a queue of about 20 people waiting. Now we can discuss the merits of foodbank another time, but it brought it home to me that some people are getting it tough at the moment with the whole cost of living crisis. To be frank, I have nothing but anger and contempt for our shower of useless politicians and their endless …

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The Jung Ones…

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Many of you may know this fact, but it is a classic that always deserves attention. 110 years ago this January Josef Stalin moved briefly to Vienna. He lived there alongside Hitler, Trotsky, Tito, Freud, Jung, and Wittgenstein. Not as housemates though. — Dan Snow (@thehistoryguy) January 10, 2023 The BBC magazine has a good article on it. From the article: Vienna in 1913 was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which consisted of 15 nations and well over 50 …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. News events we have missed, or maybe you just want a good rant. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for …

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The dreaded lurgy sweeps across the country…

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think I am a character in some kind of Sims game, and we all live in a collective illusion. Occasionally you see glitches in the Matrix, like when you pull up at the lights, and there are three other red Golfs next to you. Whatever God or Monster currently controlling us has decided to shake things up. When the health service is particularly on its knees, it unleashes a wave of lurgy …

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New Year’s Day Open Thread…

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As usual, you can discuss what you like, but I thought it would be good to give your predictions for the year ahead.   Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in …

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