Irish generosity

July 18, 2016 at 5:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As good as this bar is,” said the Scotsman, “I still prefer the pubs back home. In Glasgow, there’s a wee place called McTavish’s….The landlord goes out of his way for the locals. When you buy four drinks, he’ll buy the fifth drink.”

“Well, Angus,” said the Englishman, “At my local in London, the Red Lion, the barman will buy you your third drink after you buy the first two.”

“Ahhh, dat’s nothin’,” said Paddy Sheehan, the Irishman. “Back home in me favourite pub in Galway, the moment you set foot in the place, they’ll buy you a drink, then another, all the drinks you like, actually. Then, when you’ve had enough drinks, they’ll take you upstairs and see dat you get laid, all on the house!”

The Englishman and Scotsman were suspicious of the claims. “Did this actually happen to you?”

“Not meself, personally, no,” admitted the Irishman, “but it did happen to me sister quite a few times.”

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

BBC staff refuse to travel to cover Rio Olympics because they are frightened of catching Zika virus: “BBC staff are refusing to cover the Rio Olympics from Brazil because they are frightened of catching Zika virus. A dozen employees are threatening to follow sports journalist Richard Conway who is said to have told bosses he is bowing out. The BBC is the UK’s only free-to-air broadcaster of the event and fears are growing that its coverage could be affected. ‘Obviously they can’t force anyone to go, and they absolutely wouldn’t because it’s such a sensitive topic, but it is a real headache. ‘Losing someone of Richard’s calibre is a big blow, and it could get worse if more follow his lead.’ A BBC spokesman said: ‘All deployments to Rio will be on a voluntary basis and, as with any major staff deployment, there will be people who are unable to travel for a variety of reasons. ‘We have plans in place to ensure that we provide our audiences with the best possible coverage of the Olympic Games in Rio. We will not discuss individual staff members.’

Schools are told to call transgender children ‘zie’ rather than ‘he’ or ‘she’ in case they cause offence : “Teachers are being told to call transgender children ‘zie’ rather than ‘he’ or ‘she’ to avoid giving offence under new official guidelines. The Boarding Schools Association has told teachers to learn a ‘new language’ as part of official guidance which is aimed at ‘queering the education system’. The advice aims to help teachers navigate the ‘minefield’ of gender identity and deal with children and young adults who do not want to be referred to by male or female pronouns. As part of it teachers have been told to address children by their ‘pronoun of choice’, including they or ‘zie’. Alex Thompson, deputy chief executive of the Boarding Schools’ Association, said the guidelines hope to help school staff who may be ‘in the dark’. Last month teachers at Britain’s leading girls’ schools were told to stop calling pupils ‘girls’ or ‘young women’ in case it offends those questioning their gender identity”

Provocative video shows bikini-clad women on sun loungers in a bizarre bid to entice young Russian men to study in their home town: “A video of women in bikinis and skimpy dresses has been released in a bid to entice young Russian men to study in their home town. Education officials launched the clip to encourage school leavers to favour universities in Tyumen in south-central Russia over more glamorous establishments in Moscow and St Petersburg. But instead of focusing on facilities, staff and educational courses, the crude footage showed female students sunbathing in bikinis and horse riding in tight clothes. The video was intended to show off the benefits of studying locally in the Tyumen Oblast region. The video does also show a male medical student – riding a skateboard in his white medical uniform. And at one point, a sexy female student can be seen on horseback wearing a white T-shirt with the logo: ‘Study in Tyumen'”

Bungling robbers fail to raid shop after their bag of stolen cigarettes proved too HEAVY: “A pair of bungling armed robbers were thwarted in a shop raid after they stuffed so many cigarettes into a bag it proved too heavy to lift. Hilarious CCTV footage of the foiled attempt in a West Midlands Asda store has now been released by the police after the three criminals were jailed last week. Crook Lee Anslow, 28, raided the shop wielding a wrench with accomplices Paul Ferguson, 35, and 21-year-old Reece Jones. Anslow jumped on the counter and threatened a security guard, while Ferguson and Jones started filling a large builder’s bag with £9,000 worth of cigarettes. But a quick-thinking member of staff triggered an alarm and police arrested them at the scene after the gang were unable to lift the bag over the counter of the cigarette kiosk”

Stupid theater management destroyed their own business: “A cinema has been forced to close its doors after recieving social media threats for turning away a three-year-old cancer-stricken girl because she was wearing a backpack filled with medication. Addison Wilson-Mitchell, from Batemans Bay on the NSW south coast, was in isolation for 43 days following a bone-marrow transplant as part of her intensive cancer treatment. When she was allowed to venture to the movies to see Ice Age on Friday, the young cancer sufferer was refused entry into the Bay City Cinemas because her backpack was against house policy. Her bag contains her medication, a change of clothes and vomit bags in case Addison suffers a side effect from her treatments. The family tried to enter the theatre room after purchasing their movie tickets but were told by staff they couldn’t take the bag in because the cinema has a strict ‘no backpack policy’. The cinema has pinned a handwritten sign on the gate, claiming the decision to close since the weekend was: ‘Due to threats against our business and staff members. ‘We can no longer guarantee the safety of our patrons or staff. So sadly, we will be closed until further notice.’

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