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Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 20 September, 2021, 10:20:48 AM »
Is this an example of "Men Beehiving Badly"?  :D

Off Topic / Re: Friday chat - what's happening with you?
« on: 03 September, 2021, 08:38:49 PM »
Sniff. It's what he would have wanted.

In fairness, we tried to warn him that Pirates of the Caribbean Cos-play method acting would be his undoing. But he was quite beyond all reason.  :'(

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 30 August, 2021, 01:51:27 PM »

If you can get behind the idea of a high-flying defence lawyer - played by Antonio Banderas - learning how to become a fully-fledged and super-effective MMA fighter in the space of a year, then this is still so-so.

Banderas goes on the war-path and a quest for revenge after a terrible family tragedy, using his newly acquired martial arts skills - and super-powered hearing, as well! - to deadly effect. I'm not a cop, and even I was screaming the obvious answers at him as he stared at photos, evidence etc looking for...well...answers...

The fight scenes are well choreographed and Banderas does seem to be enjoying himself as he chews up the scenery (and anyone who gets in his way). It is all rather silly for what it is but Karl Urban also shows up. Which is an obvious plus!

In any event, this movie is still a breath of fresh air compared to the depressing and horrible Rambo: Last Blood, about which, the less said the better.

And saving the best for last: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE

A dark, twisted and comic masterpiece, with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as the feuding sisters - and former film stars - forced by guilt and economic circumstances to live with one another. Inevitably, one of them is bound to snap and when she does? Oh, my giddy aunt!

Davis gives a superb performance (and at times even manages to elicit a certain amount of pity, for her otherwise monstrous character) and Crawford is her equal in every way.

A creepy, disturbing and thought provoking study of mental breakdown.

Off Topic / Re: Life's so drokking fantastic because (the rebirth)
« on: 20 August, 2021, 04:31:55 PM »
Hey, good for you, Sharky! Glad to hear Fortuna is on the Upturn for you.

General / Re: Nikolai Dante has let himself go
« on: 20 August, 2021, 12:15:39 PM »
If this is Rebellion's promo for their upcoming Nikolai Dante movie, then I am not impressed.  :)

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 17 August, 2021, 09:59:51 PM »
Ah, thanks, Von Boom. It means a lot. And while I'm here, a quick shout-out to Funt Solo and Sharky as well for their previous support and helpful comments. For obvious reasons, my head is a bit all-over the place and I neglected to include my gratitude towards them in my previous posts.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 17 August, 2021, 04:35:40 PM »
One of the advantages of the banking Apps I have on my phone is that I can use them to freeze my card instantly in the case it gets nicked.

And on the subject of banking, I was told by one member of the customer service staff - as they tapped away on an ipad - that they had put in a refund request (or wording to that effect), and that the money which the thief had stolen when they tapped out my card, would be accessible to me again on Monday.

The cashier I  spoke to just after this, thought that it might be Tuesday and she gave me a number to ring.

Which I duly did today.

Three times.

And each time, the line just disconnected after a few ringtones.

So, equipped with the appropriate ID, I went back into town and to a closer branch to me today to see what the story was. The lady behind the counter checked my account but  no refund had gone through. And so once more, I'm put onto another phone in the bank, spoke to a bloke there who informed me that, lo and behold, it would take at least two weeks for their fraud section to investigate what happened, and only then would it be decided if I was due a refund. And that basically the staff in the original branch should not have told me that I would get the money back as swiftly as they suggested. All I can do now is wait and see.

I sincerely hope, that the worthless, thieving, evil scumbag who has put me in this horrible mess, gets the worse fucking cancer going and that they die screaming of it. And if that sounds terrible, well consider this: Multiply the misery, inconvenience and serious hardship that I have been put through these last few days, by the suffering of all the other innocent victims of this feral, piece of gutter-trash filth, and I figure a horrible, lingering and painful demise is a fair bloody exchange.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 16 August, 2021, 05:52:59 PM »
On those terrible "Cops Have Cams" shows, they always recognize the local footpads, so you never know. Say it in a Sweeney voice: "he's got form".

Oooh, now you have me wondering which John Thaw police incarnation I would like to see nabbing the thief: the world-weary, lonely Inspector Morse, or the tough, macho Jack Regan, who might accidentally drop the miscreant down the steps of the police station?

That's a tough one... ;)

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 16 August, 2021, 05:31:01 PM »

Was there cctv on the tram?

Well, their website says something about having CCTV "On Tram" - which I presume is the same thing? - and at Luas stops. I gave the cops the details of what happened. Doubt if anything will ever come of it but I suppose you never know.

What I find strange is that, back in my youth - when I still had my full health and could afford to travel - I ventured around a fair few cities in Europe, India, Central and North America and never had a thing happen to me. (And I've wandered naively and inadvertently into some really rough areas and places in my time.)

It is a shame that I cannot feel as safe and secure in my own town.

Off Topic / Re: challenge yourself!
« on: 15 August, 2021, 04:25:25 PM »
hey Jim this thread may just inspire me to get off my butt and get rid of some excess baggage.
Any tips from your journey appreciated!

As someone who is on the opposite side of the weight spectrum, I would happily take yer excess baggage if there was a way to graft it onto my stick-thin bod. Instead, alas, I shall have to content myself by waiting, until something like Russel's Inflatable Muscles becomes available on the Medical Card, lol.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 15 August, 2021, 04:12:13 PM »
Aye, was wondering about that myself. If you're reading this, Tordel's, I hope all is good with you. Take care and cheers - Paddy

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 14 August, 2021, 04:34:16 PM »
Cheers, VB and much appreciated. Thanks! - Paddy

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 14 August, 2021, 03:59:11 PM »
Thanks, Milstar.

Yeah, I got the bank card stuff sorted yesterday. Of course by that time, the wretch who nicked it had already tapped out the card. The bank will refund me but it'll be Tuesday at the earliest. No sleep last night from the stress, so I'm leaving the cops 'till tomorrow.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 14 August, 2021, 12:22:01 PM »
So today, still depressed by the theft, I'm checking up on yesterdays messages to my Google inbox when I came across one from Curry's PC World.

The heading for it read as follows: "Your Wallet will thank you! Take advantage of brilliant deals now!"

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 13 August, 2021, 06:32:23 PM »
That's awful, PK. Hope your weekend turns around for you.

Thanks, Von Boom. At this point it probably couldn't get much worse, but I aint taking no chances and am staying indoors for the duration.  :)

The main concern I have is the possibility of Identity theft using my other cards that were in the wallet - Medical card, Leckie card etc. I know from the short course I did years ago in Criminal and Forensic Psychology, just how easy it is - or at least used to be then (things could have changed in the meantime) - to use such cards as stepping stones towards creating false identities. And the consequences for the hapless victim - at least back then - can be quite problematic.

But on the plus side, I've just spoken to the proprietor of the off-licence - the bank gave me their name as one of the places the card was used in - and he was so empathetic, understanding and helpful. He agreed to check out the CCTV coverage of today and hang onto it in case the cops decide to call upon him ( I decided that it probably would be wise to report the theft to the police, based on my concern as outlined above). He also offered to put aside a bevvy for me whenever I called by the premises, which I thought was so lovely on his part.

I have a feeling that I will be taking him up on his kind offer.

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