things that are weirdly different in Ireland from England

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  • gammonbanter 18 Mar 2008 00:42:58 1,486 posts
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    They have Opels insted of Vauxhalls.
    They have weird european brands everywhere like Statoil and Spar.
    Chip portions are really small (honestly like 6 chips).

    We tried drinking a beer from every world cup nation http://worldcup2014beers.wordpress.com/

  • Razz 18 Mar 2008 00:43:44 60,742 posts
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    LEPERCORNS!

    Sorry... :)

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  • TiiJii 18 Mar 2008 00:45:35 21 posts
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    :o How very dare you. /smacks Razzle with hurley
  • Merlinho 18 Mar 2008 00:46:13 5,909 posts
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    The off-licence system is weird to me, shops tacked on the side of pubs? Seems like a flashback to the past.
  • Razz 18 Mar 2008 00:47:40 60,742 posts
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    They get a day off for St Patricks day

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  • gammonbanter 18 Mar 2008 00:49:40 1,486 posts
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    also Bungalows, everyone lives in newish Bungalows...........

    We tried drinking a beer from every world cup nation http://worldcup2014beers.wordpress.com/

  • Fatfish 18 Mar 2008 00:50:03 3,377 posts
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    People......?!

    /leaves

    Sorry.

    Just wanted to say, Spar isn't that uncommon over here. There are hundreds of them all across the SouthWest - and I'm sure I've seen plenty around the rest of England too.

  • Jetset_UK 18 Mar 2008 00:51:24 3,560 posts
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    Spar still exists? No way?!
  • TiiJii 18 Mar 2008 00:52:17 21 posts
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    Merlinho wrote: The off-license system is weird to me, shops tacked on the side of pubs? Seems like a flashback to the past.
    Or the future. Eh? ...think about it!
  • Merlinho 18 Mar 2008 00:53:24 5,909 posts
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    Actually, I don't know why I'm posting here, I don't live in England :p There's lots of Spars in Wales though, including two or three slapbang in the middle of Cardiff.
  • Merlinho 18 Mar 2008 00:54:13 5,909 posts
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    TiiJii wrote:
    Merlinho wrote: The off-license system is weird to me, shops tacked on the side of pubs? Seems like a flashback to the past.
    Or the future. Eh? ...think about it!

    Don't, you'll confuse me as much as a US episode of Lost.
  • StringBeanJean 18 Mar 2008 01:15:51 1,777 posts
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    Horses running through council estates... Gap toothed simpletons... People with eybrows on their cheeks...

    Partridge ftw
  • Shinji 18 Mar 2008 01:18:06 5,903 posts
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    HybridR wrote:
    Jetset_UK wrote:
    Spar still exists? No way?!

    World's largest food retailer.

    Bigger than Tesco and Wal-Mart?

    /raises eyebrows

    Source plz.
  • Shinji 18 Mar 2008 01:19:37 5,903 posts
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    StringBeanJean wrote:
    Horses running through council estates... Gap toothed simpletons... People with eybrows on their cheeks...

    Partridge ftw

    Sadly I have absolutely no problem thinking of multiple examples of each and every one of those things from when I lived in Ireland.

    Partridge ftw, but a bit close to the bone ;)
  • AHiFi 18 Mar 2008 01:21:22 1,665 posts
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    Shinji wrote:
    HybridR wrote:
    Jetset_UK wrote:
    Spar still exists? No way?!

    World's largest food retailer.

    Bigger than Tesco and Wal-Mart?

    /raises eyebrows

    Source plz.

    Here.
  • Shinji 18 Mar 2008 01:24:16 5,903 posts
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    Hmm, interesting. Done some background reading on it and it's a bit of a spurious claim - for a start it seems to be based on the number of stores they own, not the volume of food they sell, and it also counts entire chains of stores that aren't actually owned by the same people at all, but have licensed the name from abroad.

    They're definitely a really big brand, but describing them as a "retailer" is a bit of a stretch - they're not a single company, as such, and they don't have the sort of centralised management, marketing and buying power that the likes of Wal-Mart have.

    This is entirely beside the point, of course - the point being that horses do run through council estates in parts of Ireland.
  • StringBeanJean 18 Mar 2008 01:29:01 1,777 posts
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    'Spar' said in a Cardiff accent is one of life's great pleasures. But that's also besides the point. Tell me about the horses running through council estates.
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    I thought he left.
  • RichGL 18 Mar 2008 07:46:10 793 posts
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    Shinji wrote:
    StringBeanJean wrote:
    Horses running through council estates... Gap toothed simpletons... People with eybrows on their cheeks...

    Partridge ftw

    Sadly I have absolutely no problem thinking of multiple examples of each and every one of those things from when I lived in Ireland.

    Partridge ftw, but a bit close to the bone ;)

    I grew up in an area between Wolverhampton and Dudley and to be honest horses running through the streets was a daily occurrence due to the sheer volume of horses tethered on common or council land (this was back in the days when councils weren't entirely staffed by jobsworths).

  • TakeTheVeil 18 Mar 2008 07:52:02 5,058 posts
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    I opened the blinds early one morning to find a horse staring right at me.. scared the living shit out of me. I was about 10...

    /lives in a Dublin estate btw
  • Angel_Treats 18 Mar 2008 07:52:54 11,072 posts
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    Irish crisps are better, and beer over here is just disgusting. Especially draft beer.
  • Merlinho 18 Mar 2008 07:55:21 5,909 posts
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    Angel_Treats wrote:
    Irish crisps are better, and beer over here is just disgusting. Especially draft beer.

    In what way are they better, are we talking kettle chips?

    /loves his crisps
  • RichGL 18 Mar 2008 07:56:21 793 posts
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    I like the way no one has said Guinness yet. Are the students still in bed?

    /checks watch.

    Oh of course! How silly of me :)
  • Angel_Treats 18 Mar 2008 08:12:47 11,072 posts
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    Merlinho wrote:
    Angel_Treats wrote:
    Irish crisps are better, and beer over here is just disgusting. Especially draft beer.

    In what way are they better, are we talking kettle chips?

    /loves his crisps

    Tayto. You can get kettle chips here I think.

    And I've never seen Golden Wonder in England, they're my favourite. Walkers are shit in comparison.
  • ghearoid 18 Mar 2008 08:31:22 2,295 posts
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    yes, tayto crisps are wonderful. at dublin zoo they have a tayto crisp dispenser machine, like one of those soft drinks or chocolate dispensers.

    i also love chocolate kimberley biscuits. actually, eating chocolate kimberley and tayto simultaneously is rather fabulous. i discovered this by accident when stuffing my face with both one time.

    ;o)
  • DaM 18 Mar 2008 08:38:53 12,884 posts
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    Angel_Treats wrote:
    Merlinho wrote:
    Angel_Treats wrote:
    Irish crisps are better, and beer over here is just disgusting. Especially draft beer.

    In what way are they better, are we talking kettle chips?

    /loves his crisps

    Tayto. You can get kettle chips here I think.

    And I've never seen Golden Wonder in England, they're my favourite. Walkers are shit in comparison.

    Did GW not go bust? Or Walkers bought them?
  • Dougs 18 Mar 2008 08:46:28 66,589 posts
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    Thought Tayto's were over-rated. Nice, but not all that im epxpert opinion! :)

    One thing I noticed on hols in Ireland - ice with all bottled drinks, not just Magners etc. I assume it is something to do with not having the fridge capacity, but could be a taste thing. Oh, and Smirnoff Ice etc on tap. Served in pints. No wonder it can get fighty!
  • FWB 18 Mar 2008 08:47:54 43,795 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Oh, and Smirnoff Ice etc on tap. Served in pints. No wonder it can get fighty!

    You can put it on tap as much as you like, but you're still a girl for drinking it.
  • Dougs 18 Mar 2008 08:50:28 66,589 posts
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    Agreed. Think I can count the number of alco-pops I've had on one hand. Apart from when Two-Dogs and Hooch came out when I was at Uni, everyone went mentl for them for about a month. Then went back to the lager after countless sleepless nights.
  • Immaterial 18 Mar 2008 10:52:51 1,320 posts
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    SuperMacs (MacDonalds? Neverheardofem)

    The Dead Hand of Rome (well, out in the country, anyway)

    Not many old buildings (either due to rampaging English or poor building materials, dunno)

    No speed cameras, fantastic windy country roads and not too much traffic during the day = high death toll at chucking out time- admittedly the Garda have been having a craic-down. Da-dum TISH.

    the GAA- if you thought Rugby was tough, try any of the sports that only the Irish play.

    Horses parked in carparks in Donegal.

    edit: Oh, and motorways that would just about qualify as a dual-carriageway in England.

    Think I'll just switch everything off.

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