Overheard in Belfast…

YER man says he was heading through Toome a wee while ago, when he spotted one of those reverential roadside commemorations to the Hunger Strike. Slightly further down the road is the Elk bar, and on the opposite side was an advertising hoarding which read: “All you can eat for £10.” Oops…

  • traveller

    That’s truly ironic Gonzo.
    But why was he going through Toome when there is now such a nice bypass? I think you meant he was on the Derry road. I’ve had an occasional pint in the mentioned bar.

  • Setanta

    Was that really worth posting?

    And it’s quite a bit down the road, not the greatest of coincidences, never mind the most comedic.

  • willis

    He did it coz he could!

  • Sinner not a Saint

    Quite childish Gonzo,

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  • Cahal

    Will the punchline be provided at some point in the future?

    I’m surprised this kind of drivel hasn’t made the front page of the Telegraph.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Why would it? It’s a mere anecdote, which mildly amused me and which I thought I’d share.

  • tit

    Did it amuse you because the anecdote was ‘amusing’ or because you knew it would insult a large proportion of the people that read this board?

  • austin

    what a closet sectarian bigot you are, gonzo

  • Setanta

    Gonzo

    If Slugger was full of lame, low brow and casually offensive ‘humour’ like that it would not be a place that too many people would come back to.

  • Yokel

    I only came to this thread to read the reactions because I just couldn’t wait to see reactions written during the collective tightening of jaws…

    I’m disappointed by the lack of fury.

    I’m off to find a forum to taunt some right wingers in America….I’ll get some proper anger then. All I have to say is ‘Donald Rumsfeld is crap’, the reaction is Pavlovian.

  • Elvis Parker

    Mind you it is time those memorials came down – imagine of Orange arches were left up that long!

  • In poor taste Gonzo

  • Reader

    chris gaskin: In poor taste Gonzo
    Yeah. Whatever happened to tasteful, respectful, sensitive humour, like in the good old days?

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Well write a letter to the Elk, if you feel so bad about it.

  • paul

    you are a complete wank*r, Gonzo

  • In poor taste Gonzo

    I assume then that you think these terrorist memorials are in ‘good taste’ Chris?

    Ahh just another example of the classic pot, kettle…

  • peter

    Is it ok for me to tell my joke about the 18 brits at Warrenpoint?

    Or i’ve a great one about Harold Gracey and his caravan at Drumcree hill

  • Donagh

    Slugger commenting policy:

    “We reserve the right to edit or even delete comments for reasons of legal compliance, taste, decency, good management…”

    So Mick, should we take it that this policy applies only to the great unwashed who aren’t allowed the privilege of starting a thread?

  • Carson’s Cat

    I actually much prefer the Oirish-American republicans who decided to do their bit to commemorate those ‘brave’ slim-fasters from 25 years ago.

    What did they produce, yes that’s correct, a commemorative plate. Dishwasher safe and perfect to eat your commemorative hungerstrike dinner from.

    And yes, I’ll be first in the queue to eat at whatever restaurant sets up at the new Maze/national stadium complex. 😉 Can taste the chicken supper now 😀

  • William Joyce

    Leaving aside the pathetic sense of humour, as these jokes were around since the death of Bobby Sands and probably before, it just shows the sectarian, hate filled mindset of the Protestants of NE Ulster. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It depends whether you value truth and honesty over political correctness. I prefer truth and hoensty so keep the stupid jokes coming.

    On a historical footnote: After the end of the Civil war, Peadar O’Donnell and others who stayed true to the Republic found thesmelves on hunger strike. But they eventually gave it up. When O’Donnell enquired, he was told he had been on hunger strike for 41 days.
    41 days?
    Yes.
    Great. So we bet Jesus by a day.

    O’Donnell, unlike Jesus or Muhammad, had no great visions. He just saw his favourite foods running around the room. I am not sure if the Protestant favourite of chicken supper was one of them
    It is strange that Bobby Sands won at the end of the day, slag him all you will. It is also good to know that Paisley will slither in his grave, seeing Catholics marching ever onward and ever upward. He who laughts last:)

  • Chris Donnelly

    Would have expected better from you, Gonzo.

  • fartrick1916

    funny that…i was passing la mon house and i seen a sign for hot-dogs

  • pete

    I don’t think that finding this amusing reflects any sort of sectarianism. It does show a lack of respect for a bunch of murderers, but then they don’t deserve any respect anyway, do they? May they forever go hungry.

  • joeCanuck

    not funny Fartrick

  • páid

    well let’s remember a few more….

    What’s Bobby Sands going to use for a coffin when Alex Higgins wants his snooker cue case back?

    What’s Bobby Sands phone number? Nuneaton Eight Nothing Eight Nothing.

    Don’t be vague, Starve a Taig.

    Great thread Gonzo.

  • Fartrick,

    Tis sort of shameful that you get your laughs at the death of 12 innocent civilians

    Mock billy wright all you want but at least show some decency you prat.

  • No pictures gonzo? 🙂

  • Cynic

    William

    “It is strange that Bobby Sands won at the end of the day, slag him all you will.”

    Won what? Became a Republican icon, yes. Re-energised PIRAs flagging terrorist campain – yes but briefly. But what did he (or any of it all) actually ‘win’? An agreement that guarantees the Union and puts Sinn Fein into places in a government in the British State of Northern Ireland? Have I missed something here? Pity we can’t ask him if he thinks it was worth it and his comrades’ deaths – as well as those of the other 3000 odd souls!

    You also criticise the Prod sectarian mentality but then go on:

    “It is also good to know that Paisley will slither in his grave, seeing Catholics marching ever onward and ever upward. He who laughts last”

    Ever onward and upward towards what? Some sort of Catholic Third Reich?

    You chose the right name I think!

  • Mick Fealty

    I have to say that I don’t find these ‘jokes’ (or any of the follow ups) in the least amusing, but as others have pointed out there were similar jokes which arose at major tragedies throughout the troubles (I first heard the eight nothing one at the time of Frank Stagg). I recall several nasty ones about the killing of Lord Mountbatten that did the rounds at the time.

    FYU,

    The gentleman in question is an abusive troll who is not welcome in these here parts.

  • fer fecks sake

    “Mock billy wright all you want but at least show some decency you prat. ”

    Why doesn’t everybody just stop mocking the dead instead??? Hmmmmm?

    The hatred of some slugger posters really comes out sometimes. Makes you consider why you bother visiting this website. You should be ashamed.

  • Mick Fealty

    Re the question of public decency, I completely understand why people have problems with it. But these things do get said. And I do think there are issues here worth exploring.

    It was a period of deep trauma, and no one who has adult memories of the hungerstrike period can claim it was not traumatic. It was meant to be, that was its purpose. People reacted in diffent ways: in extreme sorrow, and extreme derision.

    Gonzo’s quotation (though I except it was not contemporaneous with the events concerned) truthfully captures one kind of response that was extremely common at the time. Nor were the Hunger Strikers the only ‘victims’ of such humour. The killing of British soldiers were treated as football scores at the time.

  • austin

    Mick, disappointed to note your pathetic justification of Gonzo’s ‘humour’ whilst quite rightly supportng FYU in his condemnation of ther La Mon ‘joke’.

    I don’t buy the weak justification proffered by you and others. Where do we draw the line?

    If you are looking something more contemporary, can I tell my Celebrity Love Island Ian Paisley Junior joke?

  • austin

    austin: I don’t buy the weak justification proffered by you and others. Where do we draw the line?
    Between victims and terrorists? That works for me.
    After all, Bobby Sands chose to kill himself for reasons that seemed good enough to him at the time. (Others may think differently, so a lot of the jokes are just an outlet for countering the martyrdom meme, which is disgusting.) The people in all of the other cases didn’t choose to die.

  • Padraig Óg

    Shame to see Slugger spiralling into juvenile forum territory

    Mick you must be proud!

    When’s Slugger up for the next award by the way?

  • Mick Fealty

    austin,

    “Where do we draw the line?”

    I understand the frustration, but it is for individuals to decide for themselves where that lines is.

    I’ve never cut (to my knowledge) cut or censured anyone because their views were politically unacceptable. I realise this is treading on some sensitive areas for people.

    But the bottom line is it is playing a political ball, however uncomfortable that is for all of us (myself included).

  • tony

    Mick

    As the udr were a political football and had a large paramilitary prescence, is it ok for me to tell the funny story about the 2 udr men killed on the site of Castle Court.

    I think the story captures nationalist feelings towards the udr, during a time of increased sectarian murder.

    Is that ok Mick ?

  • POL

    Ever onward and upward towards what? Some sort of Catholic Third Reich?

    And theres me thinking it was loyalists who had Nazi links.

  • tony, if you think it is pertainent to the thread, and it’s not libellous – yes. You could have guessed as much from my leaving the La Mon comment intact!

  • POL

    Fact is both sides are equally guilty of making mockery of the other sides tragedy.I remember not so funny jokes about Enniskillen or the Shankill.

    However i think the problem within unionism/loyalism is that they dont have any such individuals to look up to(unless you count the butchers)

    I barely remember the Doaks who went on hungerstrike(mars bar and toast variety)never really had many updates whilst it was ongoing cos not even the local media took it serious.

    One thing loyalism doesnt like to highlight however is that they also reaped the pow concessions won by the Hunger Strike,but they never had the balls to actually take on the establishment themselves.They were quite content to be labelled criminal but considering quite a few of them were in for offences like house breaking,thieving and sexual assaults,its hardly surprising they were quick to don the criminal uniform.

  • nmc

    These “jokes” have ceased to be particularly offensive for two reasons, the first being that they are trotted out by the subnormal every time the Hunger Strikers are mentioned. The second being that they’re not that funny in the first place. The only real purpouse they serve is to show the joke-teller up as sectarian, and to a certain degree as a retard – listen to what you’re saying…

    Hunger Strikers and … food. HAHAHAHAHA. It’s like, I farted in school the other day. HAHAHAHAHA.

  • Thrasymachus

    “The second being that they’re not that funny in the first place. The only real purpouse they serve is to show the joke-teller up as sectarian”

    While Bobby worship is a religious death cult in Republican circles I think you’ll find that laughing at scum killing themselves isn’t bigoted. What is sectarian is arguing the likes of Bik McFarlane (Bobby’s best buddy in jail) weren’t criminals when they gunned down women doing their shopping and blew up pubs with Protestants in them.

    Now for all those who think Bobby et al won, what does Bernadette McKevitt nee Sands think when she looks at her What Would Bobby Do bracelet? Die for cross-border bodies 😀

  • Steaky

    I seriously doubt what this post has to offer and find the only amusing aspect Mick’s justification for keeping it.

    Next week on slugger Bernard Manning tells us what he really thinks of Indians.

  • lib2016

    Like Churchill’s remarks about a certain ‘naked fakir’ this thread reveals a great deal more than the posters themselves realise. Keep right on digging, folks!

  • Padraig Óg

    “Next week on slugger Bernard Manning tells us what he really thinks of Indians.”

    Good shout Steaky!

    My guess is that the ‘humour’ will now switch to a new thread about Brendan Hughes who is in ill health and no doubt the inevitable schoolyard puns will plague that thread and no doubt a new thread will appear re:the hunger strkers and no doubt the inevitable schoolyard puns will plague that thread and no doubt a new thread will appear re:the hunger strkers and no doubt the inevitable schoolyard puns will plague that thread and no doubt a new thread will appear re:the hunger strkers and no doubtthe inevitable schoolyard puns will plague that thread and no doubt a new thread will appear re:the hunger strkers and no doubt….repeat ad naseum

  • Bob

    “Like Churchill’s remarks about a certain ‘naked fakir’ this thread reveals a great deal more than the posters themselves realise. Keep right on digging, folks!”

    You mean that the majority of people in NI think the hunger strikers were criminals and realise that they were no great loss to society?

  • Cahal

    “You mean that the majority of people in NI think the hunger strikers were criminals and realise that they were no great loss to society? ”

    I can’t even remember voting on that issue. When was that?

  • m

    I don’t find it offensive just pointless and pathetic while at the same time clearly intended to offend.

    The post on La Mon was a perfect come back. If you enjoyed the attempts at gratuitous offence then having the boot placed on the other foot and then squarely up your hole is an entirely fair response.

    It seems that gratuitously offending some is acceptable but unacceptable in other cases. All the football analogies on here and at last we see the ref may be rooting for one team.

  • lib2016

    “..the majority of people in NI…”

    The majority of people in NI respect each other’s beliefs, favour powersharing and are openminded enough to be able to honor even those with whom they disagree.

    The loudmouthed cliques running the various unionist parties sometimes forget that the referendum was passed by 70% of the voters. Some people may think that their tactics of shouting loudest mean that they are the majority. It ain’t necessarily so.

  • Mick Fealty

    m,

    The only offensive remarks I’ve clipped on this thread have been anti Republican ones.

  • fer fecks sake

    “The loudmouthed cliques running the various unionist parties sometimes forget that the referendum was passed by 70% of the voters. Some people may think that their tactics of shouting loudest mean that they are the majority. It ain’t necessarily so. ”

    Well said!

  • POL

    Still waiting!!! What did loyalists ever do to win political status.What ti Feck did loyalism ever do to achieve anything but run down protestant areas with their extortion,pimping and drug dealing.Not to mention how many have been charged and found guilty of neighbourhood rape(calderwood et al).Pretty much sums loyalism up !!! Go and burn a few immigrants out, sure its for God And Ulster lol.

  • Reader

    Cahal: I can’t even remember voting on that issue. When was that?
    – Every election where SF appears on the ballot. Until the ceasefire, perhaps, when SF became a bit ambivalent about the merits of armed struggle, including (e.g.) burning down stores in Newry.

  • Reader

    POL: Still waiting!!! What did loyalists ever do to win political status.
    Watched and waited and laughed. I regard the Loyalists as being just as bad as the IRA were, and legendary in their stupidity and malevolence. Still – they got their hunger-strike tactics just right. It must have been an accident…

  • Sean

    Oh no boys and girls you can get this type of crap on many a proddy website. Pish poor Gonzo and fartrick.
    Theres a difference between humour (even black) and slagging.

  • Cahal

    Reader, just so we are clear, are you agrreing with the statement that
    “the majority of people in NI think the hunger strikers were criminals and realise that they were no great loss to society? “

  • Gonzo

    Can I ask a question: What joke? I haven’t made a ‘joke’. There’s no need to follow the post up with attempts to provide a sectarian ‘humour’ ‘balance’, since there was no ‘joke’ in the first place.

    It’s blatantly obvious that it wasn’t meant to be laugh-out-loud ‘funny’. Even the most sectarian bigot should only find it worth a half-hearted titter before catching himself on.

    The observation about the ironic juxtaposition of an ‘all you can eat’ advert in a strongly nationalist area with the Hunger Strike commemoration was intended to highlight how times had changed. A literal sign of the times, if you will, since there’s no way such mockery (deliberate or not) in an advert would have been allowed to have been placed there a few years ago.

    It seems Toome has moved on to the extent that that a sense of reverence about the Hunger Strike isn’t foremost in the minds of hungry money-makers when placing road-side ads.

    Not so on Slugger, where the only ‘funny’ ‘joke’ has been the tedious predictability of certain overly-touchy commenters to be offended by a mere (and apparently true) observation.

    I certainly didn’t get this reaction to my comments about the murals of King Billy crossing the Boyne on a Shetland pony because loyalists had no sense of perspective.

    My God, if people don’t think the word ‘Oops’ at the end of a post doesn’t mean ‘That was a bit of a stupid thing for an advertiser to do’, they need to get themselves a sense of perspective.

    Right, I’m in Dublin, so I’ll meet yous for a fight in Temple Bar when the pubs shut. To the rest; see you at the Digital Hub in the morning!

  • austin

    Gonzo, you remain a w*nker of the highest order

  • Ghost of PDN Past

    Careful now, Gonzo. I’ll hover in Temple Bar this evening and watch over you. A dangerous thing, irony. Whether intended or not.

  • Gonzo

    austin

    Persuasive argument. Thanks for that valuable contribution. It makes everything worthwhile.

    Ghost

    The hotel, free wine and company are proving irresistible for now. Still trying to move. God I love Dublin.

  • Ghost of PDN Past

    Dublin, yes! That’s the spirit, so to speak.

  • Reader

    Cahal: Reader, just so we are clear, are you agrreing with the statement that
    “the majority of people in NI think the hunger strikers were criminals and realise that they were no great loss to society? “

    As for the first part – certainly. Do you doubt that most people in NI think the hunger strikers were criminals? That’s how they got into prison – and they are celebrated as members of the IRA and INLA. Certainly all unionists and many nationalists regard the IRA and INLA armed struggle as criminal.
    As for the second part – the word ‘realise’ is loaded. I don’t personally agree with the death penalty, or celebrate anyone’s death. But, if people are going to die, I can’t think of anyone more deserving than terrorists who choose to kill themselves. They, along with those who blew themselves up, are the only dead who aren’t victims. However, people who do agree with the death penalty *and* regard the armed struggle as murderous criminality, will ‘realise’ the second part of the claim. That may well be a majority too.

  • páid

    Gonzo,

    I hope you enjoy yourself in Dublin.

    One day someone will do a great PhD on troubles jokes to wide acclaim.

    How humour bridged the gap between daily, tensioned, ordinary life and extraordinary political times, may form a theme.

    I look forward to it; it’s a bit early for it now though, IMO.

  • car park

    Is it true that Airie Neave will feature in the new series of Top Gear.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Y’see that’s the problem car park. Your ‘joke’ is a pretty feeble attempt at humour, whereas I merely recounted someone’s observation. Others put the spin on it…

  • POL

    Still – they got their hunger-strike tactics just right. It must have been an accident…

    The mars bar and toast variety lol.Not surprised though you cant make a silk purse out of a sows arse.

  • austin

    ‘Y’see that’s the problem car park. Your ‘joke’ is a pretty feeble attempt at humour, whereas I merely recounted someone’s observation. Others put the spin on it’

    Oh dear Gonzo,

    Looks like you can dish it out but can’t take it back.

    The only enlightening aspect of your appalling thread is the confirmation of your true sectarian colours.

    Thanks for that.

  • circles

    Hmmm – can’t see the reason for all the excitement here.
    I mean the original “observation” wasn’t even observant. Its like pointing out that Bobby Sands is buried basically next door to a supermarket where the actually sell – wait for it – FOOD – oh wow, the ultimate irony.
    Republicans continue to eat even when commemorating the hunger strikers!!!
    What next – republicans in christmas dinner scandal? Gerry Adams seen with half-eaten sandwich?

    So what!!

    If its a couple of titters yer after Gonzo, you have to try harder than this.

  • Cahal

    Reader
    “Do you doubt that most people in NI think the hunger strikers were criminals?”

    How would I (or you for that matter) possibly know this without a referendum involving every single person in the north. Anything else is merely speculation. I doubt if most people have an opinion.

    “That’s how they got into prison”

    Not because a majority of people in NI decided they were criminals. Weren’t they imprisoned by Diplock courts?

    “Certainly all unionists and many nationalists regard the IRA and INLA armed struggle as criminal.”

    Again, as only about 60% of the electorate vote, and the electorate is about 60% of the population, the group of people you talk of are way less than 50% of NI.

    My point is that people should not make broad sweeping statements about what everbody in NI thinks without offerning even the flimsiest of evidence. Perhaps most peolple in NI do think the hungerstrikers were criminals. Show me the evidence or don’t state it as fact.

  • Reader

    Cahal: How would I (or you for that matter) possibly know this without a referendum involving every single person in the north.
    Well, you could try talking to people.
    Cahal: Again, as only about 60% of the electorate vote, and the electorate is about 60% of the population, the group of people you talk of are way less than 50% of NI.
    But a damned good statistical sample. By the way, checking on the ark site, it looks like 47% of the *population* voted in the forum election, for instance – rather more than your 36% estimate. And do you think that the non-voters are almost all supporters of the armed struggle? Then why did SF’s vote start to climb when the IRA called a ceasefire?

  • rory

    gonzo..
    its funny..dont mind those winging fucks…little thing in life like that are funny

  • circles

    aye curleys is beside milltown and guess what….
    The dead don’t even shop!!!

    LAFF – I nearly did….

  • moochin photoman

    Cant see what all the fuss is about. If I’m passing by this i will definately try to get an image for sure.
    Its just one of lifes’ little ironies that are thrown up in our paths.
    That it has got to 70 odd comments is surprising(well perhaps not).
    Anyways, nothing to see here, move on…..

  • Has anyone mentioned the “chip supper” song yet ?

  • URQUHART

    I’ve sorry I missed this thread when all the shouting was being done. OK, it wasn’t award winning humour but it was pretty amusing.

    Provos may try to bully those who laugh at their sacred cows, but sorry guys – you lose that right when you throw your memorials up around the country without any thought for the feelings of the families your chums murdered.

    Mick, you said: “I have to say that I don’t find these ‘jokes’ (or any of the follow ups) in the least amusing”.

    I have to say I don’t believe you.

  • circles

    I was driving past a fold (for the old) last week, and almost directly opposite I noticed the leisure centre.
    Oh how I laughed!!!!
    Imagine – crumbly oldies AND a leisure centre!!!
    How my sides ached and the tears streamed down my face. Oh the sweet ironies of life…..

  • POL

    Seen this wee joke painted on the Springfield Rd a few years ago.

    Frenchie thought he was safe but someone put a few holes in him.LOL

  • sorted

    Some people are getting so worked up about this whole thread that next thing you know they’ll have started smearing sh*te on the walls!

  • Davy McFaul

    For me the most indicative point made in these points is the Unionist / Loyalist preoccupation with junk food, i.e. the chicken/ sausage / pastie* supper and Bobby Sands.

    If that’s their opinion of a well balanced nutritious meal then is it any wonder that if they continuously insist on shovelling this shíte into their gullets by the bucketload and diet being directly connected to childrens behaviour then areas such as the lwr Shankill, Ballybeen, Kilcomaine, Rathcoole etc are dilapidated drugs ravaged fiefdoms of illegal shebeens where casual sex and violence are the norm

    * Delete as appropriate

  • nmc

    The formula used by loyalist (wannabe) comedians:

    Hunger Striker + Reference to food = funny

    In the same way that for a ten year old, or mentally subnormal adult you could say:

    reference to fart or shit = funny

    Thing is either way it’s pretty basic humour. Where you find people, you find food. Food is one of those things that’s pretty much everywhere. So to find a memorial in the vicinity of a billboard offering meals, crisps or sweets isn’t unusual or particularly funny, unless you have a low IQ.

    So for those of you seeking amusement try and get a copy of the Andytown news from about a month ago. You’ll find Hunger Strike articles, and if you look hard enough you’ll find plenty of reference to food. Why there’s probably about ten or fifteen jokes. If you’re sides can take it, why not head to milltown and have a look at Curley’s supermarket, that should keep you chuckling for a while longer.

    One question for Gonzo, how far is slightly further down the road? I ask because I would like to know how far (in miles) a memorial has to be from a restaurant or billboard to prevent a rash of simpletons crashing as they double over with laughter while trying to drive a car.

  • POL

    Gonzo doesn`t actually know nmc,because he said “he heard”.

    Remember the Duper who died from Mad cows disease a few years back, no sooner was he dead and another duper was giving his wife the beef.

    Now theres an opportunity for a few jokes Gonzo.

  • POL

    oops!!!

  • Professor JM Keynes

    As it is fully apparent from this threat that Shinners have no shortage of sick jokes about ‘the other side’, why are they so freaked out by a sick joke from ‘the other side’?

    Pure inadequacy is my guess. Sad.

  • Professor JM Keynes

    ‘threat’ = ‘thread’.

  • eranu

    look at the state of all the IRA supporters pretending to be outraged at hunger striker jokes! ignore their howls gonzo. i bet everyone laughs, but if you’re an IRA supporter you have to do it when no one is looking 🙂

  • fer fecks sake

    Eranu,

    I am not an IRA supporter nor a Sinn Fein voter yet I agree with Circles, it just isn’t funny, in any sense.

    So you just lost your “bet”..

  • nmc

    look at the state of all the IRA supporters pretending to be outraged at hunger striker jokes

    I would also like to add that I am not outraged by this, and from what I have read I don’t really see much outrage from other Nationalists. If it were original it would be more offensive. As I’ve said, it’s a fart joke. Not invoking outrage, more of a disappointed sigh of fulfilled expectation.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    What joke? I never made a joke, as explained before.

  • eranu

    seemed to me that quite a few people were getting on like mother teresa had just been insulted in the most horrendous way.

    as far as funny goes, i suppose its personal taste. but if i was driving along and saw a hunger strike board and then a board offering ‘all you can eat’ id find it atleast amusing.

    the hunger strike / 1916 board near the border past newry is amusing on its own. it features a square jawed american looking soldier in WW1 uniform with fixed bayonet. the words on the board are ‘they fought for truth, they fought for freedom’ or words to that effect. totally ridiculous !

  • circles

    Now posts 2, 3 and 5 on this page had me laughing – and 5 could have been a Shinner for all I care.

    Gonzo – is that a plea not to shoot the messenger? 😉

  • Conor

    Crap thread that was merely an attempt to bait the less intelligent Republicans out there into a half-baked overtly sectarian response. But fair play, you did get some takers. No-one is saying black humour (even if they are observations and not jokes, not the best of defences Gonzo) is off-limits but it should at least make an attempt to be funny. Newton Emerson gets it right (on occasion) but you have quite a way to go, BG…

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Believe me, I’m delighted with the way this thread has gone.

    The only thing that really surprises me is that people are still commenting on it.

  • Conor

    “Believe me, I’m delighted with the way this thread has gone.

    The only thing that really surprises me is that people are still commenting on it.”

    That’s the kind of satisfaction only a troll gets, pal.

  • DCB

    I resent the notion that laughing or mocking the hungar strikers is somehow sectarian.

    As mentioned, whats more sick, a death cult or a junvinal joke.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Conor

    I suppose sarcasm is a bit hard to spot in text.

  • truth teller

    Look, the really funny thing is that the vermin died in agony on hunger strike. Will keep me laughing for ever. Thanks, boys!

  • Don’t be bullied by the bastards Gonzo.

    As I said before, provisionals don’t get to be offended by jibes at the Hungerstrikers when they throw monuments up every two miles without a word to anyone.

    Conor: “That’s the kind of satisfaction only a troll gets, pal.”

    Catch a grip of yourself, pal.

  • Conor

    Troll: As a verb, to post controversial or provocative messages in a deliberate attempt to provoke flames.

    If this post was not a conscience attempt to do exactly what is written above, on a message board frequented by a fair share over-sensitive Republicans and triumphialistic Unionists, I would challenge anyone to give me an actual reason for it. Oh yeah, almost forgot… second-hand observational humour…

  • fair_deal

    FYI

    Yer man was wrong. I was on that particular road twice yesterday. There is no such sign. The sign reads “Good food served all day” both at the lk and the smaller bar just past it.

    Also the food signs are older than the hunger strike signs. So any juxtaposition was created by the people who put up the Hunger strike signs not the businesses there.