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Belfast Chat / Re: Fancy a pint?
« Last post by White dee on Today at 08:06:10 PM »
I remember a time the government put a big tax hike on beer.
It went up from 20p to 25p a pint overnight. We cried in our beer, complaining to the barman that we used to get 5 pints for a pound and now we only got 4.
Dry your eyes he said, if it was a pound a pint punters would still buy it.  We thought he was crazy suggesting people would pay a pound for a pint of beer. .little did we know.

Lol very true  :D
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Belfast History and Memories / Re: Excise Street, Grosvenor Road.
« Last post by Dawson on Today at 07:04:11 PM »
           The mural is not at Ardcarn Estate and Ardcan Estate is not on the Kings Road its Upper Newtownards Road facing the Stoney Road along side the golf links , the mural of  Mr Maginnis VC in East Belfast is on a wall on the Kings Road Tullycarnet Estate .
Correct LR. Obviously Silver wouldn't get lost in the wild east.
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Sarah Jane McMullen was my great granny. Hannah Stewart was her daughter,  my granny.
I have sent you an Personal email.
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Exiles / Re: CANADA TO-DAY.
« Last post by SIXTYNINER on Today at 06:34:17 PM »
HI LIZ, I'M GLAD YOU HAVE MADE YOUR DECISION,  YOU KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU.
IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE HAVING A GOOD TIME WITH YOUR FRIENDS, I'M GLAD TO SEE YOU'RE OUT AND ABOUT ENJOYING THE SUMMER :)
I HAD TO TURN THE A/C  ON AGAIN LAST NIGHT, IT GOT VERY HUMID AND IT'S THE SAME THIS MORNING. MIND YOU I WOULD RATHER HAVE THIS THAN THE WHITE STUFF :)

RUBY,  I'M  WITH YOU IN THAT ,  OF COURSE I DON'T HAVE TO SHOVEL  THE STUFF.  HA.  BUT I HAVE TO AMIT I AM ENJOYING JUST BEING OUTSIDE , SOMETIMES JUST BY MYSELF READING  OR MAYBE CHATTING  WITH SOMEONE.   ONE OF MY FRIENDS IS LOOKING FOR A COMPANION DOG, SHE ALWAYS HAD ONE BUT HAD TO PUT HIM DOWN SOME TIME AGO.  SHE HAD TO MOVE INTO AN APT.  WHEN SHE BROKE HER HIP AND WAS IN HOSPITAL, HER SONS SOLD THE HOUSE AND GOT HER  THIS APT.  SHE NOW WANTS A  DOG, NOT TOO BIG AND SOMEONE YESTERDAY SAID I WAS GOOD ON THE COMPUTER  ::)   I GOT THE JOB OF LOOKING  FOR ONE FOR HER, SHE HAD BEEN LOOKING BEFORE AND LAST NIGHT I MEAN AROUND 3AM I WAS ON LOOKING AND IT'S NOT AS EASY AS IT SOUNDS.   SHE HAS PREVERENCES AND  I  GOT ONE BUT  WHEN YOU WANT TO CONTACT  THE POSTER OF THE AD,  YOU HAVE TO DOWNLOAD  A WEBSITE AND ALL THE CRAP THAT COMES WITH IT AND I DID NOT WANT TO DO THAT.  SO  MY OTHER FRIEND THIS MORNING SAYS  SHE SHOULD JUST GO TO THE POUND AND SEE.   SHE KNOWS WHAT KIND OF BREED SHE WANTS BUT SHE M IGHT CHANGE HER MIND IF SHE SAW ANOTHER KIND.  OH WELL.  I  HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD DAY , IT'S NICE AND SUNNY  AND MIGHT BE NICE TO SIT OUT.   I AM STAYING PUT TODAY AS MY KNEES WERE KILLING ME WHEN I GOT HOME, I HAD BEEN SITTING FOR 3HRS, TOO MUCH,  SO TOMORROW I GO FOR ROOT CANAL AND DON'T WANT PAINFUL KNEES AS WELL AS A ROOT CANAL  :D HAVE A GOOD DAY EVERYONE .  LIZ :-*
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Belfast Chat / Re: Fancy a pint?
« Last post by Bigali on Today at 06:34:14 PM »
The people that stay in that hotel and use the bar usually have big fat expense accounts, any drink they order goes down to expenses.

You probably have a point there all right , plus whilst most of us would balk at spending £8 for a pint there are plenty for whom it wouldn't cost a thought and I'm not talking about people with expense accounts , there are people with that sort of money to spend and I'd be fairly sure if you popped your head round the door of the bar on a Friday or Saturday evening there would be no shortage of customers.
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Belfast Chat / Re: Fancy a pint?
« Last post by bjay on Today at 06:30:22 PM »
I remember a time the government put a big tax hike on beer.
It went up from 20p to 25p a pint overnight. We cried in our beer, complaining to the barman that we used to get 5 pints for a pound and now we only got 4.
Dry your eyes he said, if it was a pound a pint punters would still buy it.  We thought he was crazy suggesting people would pay a pound for a pint of beer. .little did we know.
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Belfast Chat / Re: Fancy a pint?
« Last post by Jack The Kipper on Today at 06:28:11 PM »
8 quid for a pint!!!! I suppose there must be a few posers willing to fork out that for what looks like a watery lager.  The reporter didn't have the courage to tell us if it's worth it. 

"Pretentious?  Moi?"


The people that stay in that hotel and use the bar usually have big fat expense accounts, any drink they order goes down to expenses.
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Belfast Genealogy / Re: Maura McMullen
« Last post by TammyC on Today at 06:08:29 PM »
Thank you so much Colette.
That is indeed sad news.
I've heard she was really great as well.
all the best
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Belfast Chat / Re: Fancy a pint?
« Last post by belle on Today at 05:27:07 PM »
It's one of the reasons pubs are shutting down, the cost of the beer.
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Belfast Chat / Re: Belfast Pride
« Last post by ldugan on Today at 05:03:18 PM »
Video documentary trailer,...
https://www.facebook.com/BBCNI/videos/1029769097131467/

'Story of a Lifetime'

"Transgender woman Adrianne Elson from Belfast tells Stephen Nolan about the challenges she has had to overcome in her life."
'Story of a Lifetime'
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"15 NOV 2016"
https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/ian-paisley-gave-confidence-become-12176390

"Ian Paisley gave me the confidence to become a woman"

"Today Adrianne is living as a woman and planning to have a baby with her husband"

"Adrianne Elson's decision to transition from male to female was inspired by Rev Ian Paisley, Belfast Live can reveal."

"Assumed by her parents to be male at birth, she was christened Adrian and played with tanks and trains before growing up to discover beer."

"In fact she was pretty much like any regular bloke, working on the trains, joking with the lads and spending down time in the bar with buddies."

"But for 26 secretive years, life was a torture."

"Today Adrianne is living as a woman, attending ballet classes in tutu and pumps, and planning to have a baby with her husband, a female-to-male pre-op transgender man before they both undergo gender reassignment to their match body and mind."

"To someone unfamiliar with the transgender world and all the challenges encountered within it, it may seem confusing."

"But for Adrianne itís just life and after years of working to be accepted, watching the transformation of Ian Paisley in Stormont was enough to help her forge on to create the truth she always felt."

"Sitting in a cafe in East Belfast , dressed in a smart pinstripe dress and jacket, her long hair hanging over her shoulders Adrianne tucks into Sunday lunch."

"At more than 6ft she is not as dainty as she would like but she spends two hours every day preparing to present herself to the world including hair, make-up, nails and jewellery.

But she still stands out - and Adrianne admits she is different and always will be.

She said:

ďI know Iím not like most other women."

"Iím realistic."

"My female mind and soul were delivered to earth in male body which has made life tough."

ďI was tortured for my entire life, teased and called the Sugar Plum Fairy which I secretly didnít mind."

ďAll my conscious life my identity was an issue and I reasoned as a child that I had been so impatient to be born that God agreed but only had a baby boy to offer in the time frame - so that was it."

"He put me in a boyís body."

"I used to talk to God a lot and ask why my life was such a mess."

"God was the only person I could be honest with."

"In fact God was the only person I could talk to openly because I just didnít feel I had anyone else I could turn to."

"It gave me comfort at the time but I was still left with the same problem; here I was, a girl and I was trapped in a boyís body."

"Everything about it was wrong, inconvenient, exhausting."

"And I acted weird because I was living this awful lie about who I was."

"Itís hard to explain to anyone whoís not experienced this."

"I felt totally female and yet physically I had all the attributes of a male."

"I felt like I was on another planet, walking around the streets, going to school and feeling like an alien but looking just like everyone else."

"I was an emotional wreck most of the time and people used to say, ĎAdrian, what is WRONG with you?í."

"There was nothing really wrong except perception."

"I was a girl but all they saw was a boy."

"Of course I couldnít tell them I was trapped in the wrong body."

"I knew it was true but it sounded completely mad."

"Adrianne, 45, was born in Neston, Liverpool, and says her earliest memories were of feeling incredibly uncomfortable, ill at ease and confused about the world she inhabited."

"For years she believes her parents had assumed she was a gay man and knew nothing about his tortured mind."

"And tomorrow night she reveals to Stephen Nolan on BBC1 NIís Story of a Lifetime, how her world has changed after years of struggle after her secret was finally revealed."

"She said:"

"I come from a very regular, pretty average family."

"My mum Lynda was an office receptionist, my dad Christopher worked as a lecturer in electrical engineering and my brother is in the building trade."

"I was part of the family, part of society, part of a team of workers on the trains which was my passion but I was always on the outside looking in."

"I was never fully part of anything because I didnít feel able to be honest about who I actually was."

"But in 2012 things changed."

"Adrianne saw a TV documentary, My Transexual Summer and she witnessed Northern Ireland political giant Ian Paisley appear to cross a divide to work with his political foes in Sinn Fein and in particular, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness."

"Adrianne had made her decision - it was time to change her world."

"She sent her mother, Lynda, a text saying her greatest wish was to be just like one of the female dancers at her ballet class and hoped she would understand the cryptic clue."

"She said:"

"I sent the text and thought that would explain what was going on in my head but I panicked and turned the phone off."

"My poor mother."

"She hadnít a clue what I was going on about but in the end I had to explain why my life had been such a mess."

"And of course it was like a great clanking penny dropping for Mum and Dad and I wished I had told them years earlier."

"They were shocked and sad that I had been so sad, they were sad to lose their son but they were happy I had finally opened up to them and happy that they would have a daughter."

"It was a lot to ask of them but they have supported me all the way."



Good luck to her. I hope she is happy in her life.
Who are we to judge anyone.
Live and Let Live.
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