Vote for Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol is facing a tough battle for the Best British Single Award tonight at the Brit Awards. Chasing Cars off the brilliant Eyes Open album has been nominated. Text SNOW to 80889. Texts cost 50p and no limit on the number of votes.

  • Kes

    snow patrol are rubbish..al their songs are soooo flat, boring and depressing!

  • Jeremy

    Go Snow Patrol. Saw them a few weeks back. great band to see live.

  • marty (not ingram)

    Vote for Snow Patrol? Pfft.

    Bland, middle of the road rubbish should not be encouraged.

  • Donnacha

    Vote for Snow Patrol?
    Eh no. I’d sooner vote for Bob Mccartney.

  • Queens Unionist

    I tend to disagree with couple of the posters here.
    I saw them at the odyssey and thought they were superb.
    Real fan of their stuff, all 3 albums.
    Top song, Run.
    Their latest album was the best of the 3 IMO.
    But when it comes to textin things im fussy if its more than my usual fee of 0p then i shy away from it.
    But all the best snow patrol.
    never thought I’d be practicing voter apathy!

  • Queens Unionist

    “Vote for Snow Patrol?
    Eh no. I’d sooner vote for Bob Mccartney”

    Surely not THAT bad.

  • Rub_it_up_ye

    Can we get a thread on how the rep have overtaken the north in the fifa rankings again. Didn’t think so.

  • vin

    rub it up

    The n.i boys are to busy complaining about the irish anthem being played at the rugby last week.

    The irony !!

  • Slugger O’Toole Admin

    RIUP:

    You’re clearly not a regular, or you have a very short memory… I’m sure George, or Fair Deal, or Chris will oblige, when they have time!!!

  • Henry94

    Both teams are the Snow Patrols of international football, dull, over-rated yet with a devoted following.

  • James

    in a word, no.

    maybe 3 years ago before they started peddling awful, middle of the road pop-rock.

    Queens Unionist:
    for someone who claims to be a fan, you’d think you’d be aware that they actually have 4 albums, not 3. then again, most of the johnny-come-lately fans don’t know anything beyond what the radio tells them is there.
    go check out the first 2 albums, you’ll be embarrassed that you openly like the mindless cliched rip-off rubbish they put out these days….

  • Blasphemy!!

    Snow Patrol are fantastic, I remember being at the Valintine’s gig in QUBSU last year when they revealed their new album and it was a great night.

    Great band, vote early and vote often!

  • Donnacha

    Queens Unionist:

    Sorry, but yes they are that bad. In a gun-to-the-head-either-or situation I’d rather listen to Big Tom and the Imbeciles.

  • Yer Woman

    How dare you slag Big Tom! Manys a family day-trip to Donegal was soundtracked by himself and the mainliners!

    Now, Hugo Duncan on the other hand….

  • Donnacha

    I’m only slagging him because my rifle doesn’t have the range to hit him from here.

  • Plum Duff

    ‘… and no limit on the number of votes’.

    Surely, FD, you’re not recommending the oul’ ‘vote early, vote often’, wheeze?

    And you a good God-fearing Unionist too!! :o)

  • darren

    Snow patrol are rubbish.

    Bland,boring rip-off music that sits well alongside Take That & Will young.

  • fair_deal

    Plum Duff

    It was once a common tradition 😉

    RIUY

    Requests and suggestions put civilly get a better response.

  • BP1078

    Oh, give RIUY what he wants.
    We can afford to be magnanimous.
    And they did beat San Marino after all.
    2-1.
    With a goal in the 94th minute.

    Snow Patrol?
    I’d close the curtains,if they were playing in my back garden.

  • To those who wanted Snow Patrol, Take That !

    Take That won with Patience

  • Donnacha

    Wasn’t Patience a Guns & Roses number?

  • Come to think of it, this award fits NI.

    The DUP asked for patience and the Brit govt said
    “Take That”

  • Comrade Stalin

    How dare you slag Big Tom! Manys a family day-trip to Donegal was soundtracked by himself and the mainliners!

    Ah yes, and that Philomena Begley ..

    Snow Patrol are boring 90s overproduced sterile bluesy crap. It’s cool that they’re from NI, but listen to that ? No feckin way.

  • Donnacha

    Reform Ruefrex now.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Vote for Snow Patrol?
    Eh no. I’d sooner vote for Bob Mccartney.

    At least Snow Patrol were only entered in three categories.

    Speaking of Bob, he’s in for a surprise about what happens to any of his extra seats…

  • Queens Unionist

    “for someone who claims to be a fan, you’d think you’d be aware that they actually have 4 albums, not 3. then again, most of the johnny-come-lately fans don’t know anything beyond what the radio tells them is there”

    Ah missed that one. Forgot about the early one. Sure they sang star fighter pilot at there belfast gig and others too i think.
    I dont have the songs for polar bears album just a few songs outa it in the MP3 collection.

    Im no johnny come late just more of a forgetful one.

  • glen

    Pretty much sums up snow patrol , beaten by Take That in a fight for the reproduced crap award.

  • a believer in equality

    Surely yet another unionist band like Ash and Therapy before them? All prods and no wonder theyve done ok. The bias against nationalist bands from the north is a disgrace! When was the last time a band from a nationalist part of the north got signed??!!!
    shameful

  • heck

    fair deal

    not the right spot but you can answer it elsewhere

    you are the moderator who follows international affairs.

    How did Nor Iron MEP’s vote on the European parliament resolution on the CIA rendition flights?

    Knowing NI as I do I would assume unionists supported kidnapping and torture because they were in favour of the rule of law and SF was against rendition because they were against violence.

    I would also guess that British MEP’s said “but we are British we could ‘nt be involved in anything like that”

    Tell me I’m wrong.

  • Sean

    I guess as usual i will take the dissenting opinion on slugger

    I like Snow Patrol only have the one album only want the one album as i am no archivist

    but to those who like Snow Patrol try the Canadian group The Tragically Hip especially the early years like

    Road Apples
    Fully Completely
    Live Between Us
    Day For Night
    Up To Here

    I am particularily fond of the songs

    locked in the trunk of a car
    little bones
    blow at high dough
    100th meridian
    springtime in viena (live between us version)
    tiger the lion
    new orleans is sinking

    well almost their whole catalogue, but then i am biased i am Canadian :-))

  • Donnacha

    That’s okay Sean, we don’t mock the afflicted here.

  • SuperSoupy

    Heck,

    The Fava report on rendition:

    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?objRefId=136166&language=EN

    The amendments:

    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sce/server/internet/amend_motions_texts/sce_amend_motions_texts_main_02.jsp?ref=A6-0020/2007

    The results of roll call votes (those taken electronically and recorded rather than on a show of hands)

    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sce/data/votes_results/doc//AN.20070214.pdf

    It’s a complicated series of amendments but the main vote on the final amended report is on page 64.

    Allister (DUP) and Nicholson (UUP) voted against the report.

    McDonald (SF) for the report.

    de Brún has no vote recorded, I believe she was in Ireland working on the elections after the Waste report she worked on was voted on yesterday but am open to correction.

  • SuperSoupy

    Heck,

    The others voted-

    British:

    Liberals for the report.

    Tories against.

    Labour a few voted for the majority didn’t vote.

    Irish:

    FF all apart from Coveney against the report (Coveney didn’t vote but added an intention to vote for the report to the record)

    Everyone else voted for the report.

  • SuperSoupy

    Correction – Coveney is of course FG.

  • heck

    SuperSoupy

    thanks–all praise to those who run slugger. I could’nt find this information anywhere.

    The only surprise is FF –shame on them. That is probably because the FF government has been turning a blind eye to flights through Shannon. How dare these people(?) lecture Nor Iron republicans and loyalists about violence. I hope the FF position is publicized is all the border counties. Man -I hate hypocrisy in elected officials –

    now I’ve put FF in the same place as new labout

  • SuperSoupy

    Heck,

    Here’s the section on Ireland. Dermot Ahern disputes it hence the FF vote:

    Ireland

    121. Welcomes the testimony given to the Temporary Committee by the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Irish Government as well as his unequivocal criticism of the process of extraordinary rendition; notes the fact, however, that he failed to answer all the questions in relation to the concerns that Irish airports may have been used by CIA aircraft travelling to or from extraordinary rendition missions (as in the case of Abu Omar);

    122. Thanks the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) for its testimony to the Temporary Committee and endorses its view which considers that acceptance by the Irish government of diplomatic assurances do not fulfil Ireland’s human rights obligations, which oblige the government actively to seek to prevent any actions that could in any way facilitate torture or ill-treatment in Ireland or abroad; regrets the decision of the Irish Government not to follow the IHRC’s advice on this matter to date; notes that there is continuing dialogue between the IHRC and the Irish Government;

    123. Expresses serious concern about the 147 stopovers made by CIA-operated aircraft at Irish airports that on many occasions came from or were bound for countries linked with extraordinary rendition circuits and the transfer of detainees; deplores the stopovers in Ireland of aircraft which have been shown to have been used by the CIA, on other occasions, for the extraordinary rendition of Bisher Al-Rawi, Jamil El-Banna, Abou Elkassim Britel, Khaled El-Masri, Binyam Mohammed, Abu Omar and Maher Arar and for the expulsion of Ahmed Agiza and Mohammed El Zari;

    124. Notes the absence of Irish parliamentary scrutiny of either Irish or foreign intelligence services and the potential that this creates for abuse;

    125. Considers, that, in the absence of a system of random searches, a ban should be imposed on all CIA-operated aircraft landing in Ireland;

    126. Urges the Irish Government, in view of the findings of the Temporary Committee, to agree to launch a parliamentary inquiry into the use of Irish territory as part of the CIA rendition circuit;

  • SuperSoupy

    The United Kingdom

    67. Deplores the manner in which the UK Government, as represented by its Minister for Europe, cooperated with the Temporary Committee; is extremely surprised at the letter of the Minister sent to Parliament’s President,

    68. Thanks the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Renditions (APPG), comprising members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, for its work and for providing the Temporary Committee delegation to London with a number of highly valuable documents;

    69. Condemns the extraordinary rendition of Bisher Al-Rawi, an Iraqi citizen and resident of the United Kingdom, and Jamil El-Banna, a Jordanian citizen and resident of the United Kingdom, who were arrested by Gambian authorities in Gambia in November 2002, turned over to US agents, and flown to Afghanistan and then to Guantánamo, where they remain detained without trial or any form of judicial assistance;

    70. Points out that the telegrams from the UK security service MI5 to an unspecified foreign government which were released to the Chairman of the APPG, Andrew Tyrie, suggest that the abduction of Bisher Al-Rawi and Jamil El-Banna was facilitated by partly erroneous information supplied by the UK security service;

    71. Criticises the unwillingness of the UK Government to provide consular assistance to Bisher Al-Rawi and Jamil El-Banna on the grounds that they are not UK citizens;

    72. Condemns the multiple extraordinary rendition of Binyam Mohammed, Ethiopian citizen and resident of the United Kingdom; points out that Binyam Mohammed has been held in at least two secret detention facilities, in addition to military prisons;

    73. Is deeply disturbed by the testimony of Binyam Mohammed’s lawyer, who gave an account of the most horrific torture endured by his client to the official delegation of the Temporary Committee to the United Kingdom;

    74. Emphasises that the former UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Jack Straw, conceded in December 2005 that UK intelligence officials met Binyam Mohammed when he was arrested in Pakistan; points out in this respect that some of the questions put by the Moroccan officials to Binyam Mohammed appear to have been inspired by information supplied by the UK;

    75. Condemns the extraordinary rendition of UK citizen Martin Mubanga, who met the official delegation of the Temporary Committee to the United Kingdom, and who was arrested in Zambia in March 2002 and subsequently flown to Guantánamo; regrets the fact that Martin Mubanga was interrogated by British officials at Guantánamo, where he was detained and tortured for four years without trial or any form of judicial assistance and then released without charge;

    76. Thanks Craig Murray, former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan, for his very valuable testimony to the Temporary Committee on the exchange of intelligence obtained under torture and for providing a copy of the legal opinion of Michael Wood, former legal advisor to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office;

    77. Is outraged by Michael Wood’s legal opinion, according to which ‘receiving or possessing’ information extracted under torture, in so far as there is no direct participation in the torture, is not per se prohibited by the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; expresses its outrage at any attempt to obtain information by means of torture, regardless of who is involved;

    78. Expresses serious concern about the 170 stopovers made by CIA-operated aircraft at UK airports, which on many occasions came from or were bound for countries linked with extraordinary rendition circuits and the transfer of detainees; deplores the stopovers at UK airports of aircraft which have been shown to have been used by the CIA, on other occasions, for the extraordinary rendition of Bisher Al-Rawi, Jamil El-Banna, Abou Elkassim Britel, Khaled El-Masri, Binyam Mohammed, Abu Omar and Maher Arar and for the expulsion of Ahmed Agiza and Mohammed El Zari;

  • Talk about getting off topic! But then again if you’re forced to listen to Bore Patrol guess that an extraordinary rendition would seem a better option. Want to hear some real music, on Sunday a major gig is on at the Spring & Airbrake to raise funds for Fibrmyalgia – 12 bands in 10 hours; prize raffle and the Jagermeister promotional team…oh btw they’re all heavy metal bands so Bore Patrol fans need not apply 🙂

  • moochin photoman

    and if you want something a bit mellower with a strong back catelogue going back 40 odd years……. Trojan Sound System play at the Black Box 3rd March

  • darth rumsfeld

    surely popular music stopped the day Hugh Cornwell left the Stranglers?

  • heck

    This is important stuff

    One government responsible for torture by omission
    one government responsible for torture by commission

    and the divide in Nor Iron is over which one runs the place!!