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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:05 pm 
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Thouhgt I'd create a thread to display his wise words as he is producing a lot of stuff relevant to this site at the moment.There have been a few posts of his writings but all under different threads,hopefully this should keep them all together in future?

Mods:I've looked for a specific DMW thread and couldn't find one,if you think this new one isn't warranted or already exists delete it.

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Schadenfreude is not an option

Some of the oddest things about Germany are the soundtracks you hear in its hotels. Not for the first time in the past two days, Enola Gay by OMD, Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears, and Guns N’ Roses covering Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door have wafted out of the elevator.

These are songs I have not heard since the 1980s but, then again, there is a very 1980s - or, at least,1990s - feel to Germany. This feeling is most pronounced in Berlin - the capital not only of Germany, but also of the new Europe.

The place seems to have 1990s prices, for a start. We in Ireland should take note of these prices because Germany is, somewhat unexpectedly, the only country to have gone through a period of deflation stemming from its membership of the eurozone. This is unexpected because, 20 years ago, had you suggested that Germany would suffer economically from reunification and membership of a monetary union, many people would have thought you mad. Yet that is exactly what happened.
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http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie/2009/06/01/schadenfreude-is-not-an-option

Incidentally a Big Mac here in England costs £2.20 = E2.54 so costs 50% more in Ireland,that' is some gap to fill.

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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:11 pm 
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PROFESSORI wrote:
Incidentally a Big Mac here in England costs £2.20 = E2.54 so costs 50% more in Ireland,that' is some gap to fill.


That can easily be explained by the Irish people's inherrent need to own their own big macs.


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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
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johnnyskeleton wrote:
PROFESSORI wrote:
Incidentally a Big Mac here in England costs £2.20 = E2.54 so costs 50% more in Ireland,that' is some gap to fill.


That can easily be explained by the Irish people's inherrent need to own their own big macs.

No, no, no, there is a limited supply of beef in the country, and you can't just grow some more you know...

Our valiant Green Party are trying to address the situation by re-zoning all the land in the country as cow-belt. As cows emit methane, a prominent greenhouse gas, the GP will tax them very heavily, so eh, their policy will fail... but nevermind... it'll keep them occupied for a few years...

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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
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PROFESSORI wrote:
There have been a few posts of his writings but all under different threads,hopefully this should keep them all together in future?


DMcW already has his own blog with enthusiastic commentary at http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie

As long as people quote relevant bits of his articles with attribution and provide their own comments then fire away. No wholesale reposting of entire articles please.


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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
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johnnyskeleton wrote:
PROFESSORI wrote:
Incidentally a Big Mac here in England costs £2.20 = E2.54 so costs 50% more in Ireland,that' is some gap to fill.


That can easily be explained by the Irish people's inherrent need to own their own big macs.


:lol: superb!

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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
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yoganmahew wrote:
johnnyskeleton wrote:
PROFESSORI wrote:
Incidentally a Big Mac here in England costs £2.20 = E2.54 so costs 50% more in Ireland,that' is some gap to fill.


That can easily be explained by the Irish people's inherrent need to own their own big macs.

No, no, no, there is a limited supply of beef in the country, and you can't just grow some more you know...

Our valiant Green Party are trying to address the situation by re-zoning all the land in the country as cow-belt. As cows emit methane, a prominent greenhouse gas, the GP will tax them very heavily, so eh, their policy will fail... but nevermind... it'll keep them occupied for a few years...


Sorry, I'm missing something here. This is MickyDs we're talking about.

What has beef got to do with the price of a burger ? :|

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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
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Daniel Plainview wrote:
johnnyskeleton wrote:
PROFESSORI wrote:
Incidentally a Big Mac here in England costs £2.20 = E2.54 so costs 50% more in Ireland,that' is some gap to fill.


That can easily be explained by the Irish people's inherrent need to own their own big macs.


:lol: superb!

+1 excellent :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
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Rabo are running a "Fancy a word in David McWilliam's ear?" blog this week to gather questions to put to him. I'd imagine some pinsters have a few interesting ones for him!

http://www.rabodirect.ie/blog/David-McWilliams-blog/default.aspx


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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
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alittlebird wrote:
Rabo are running a "Fancy a word in David McWilliam's ear?" blog this week to gather questions to put to him. I'd imagine some pinsters have a few interesting ones for him!

http://www.rabodirect.ie/blog/David-McWilliams-blog/default.aspx


Questions and answers here http://www.rabodirect.ie/blog/David-McW ... fault.aspx


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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
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This http://www.askaboutmoney.com/showthread.php?t=116658 probably won't last long.


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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
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Yup,

Saw about 4 posts around 7:00
Now it's just an invalid link.

Must be a technical problem.

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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
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Enlighten me please. What was that AAM thread about? Has David McWilliams called the bottom and started buying up apartment blocks in Leitrim. Was he one of the Anglo 10? Did he give Bertie a digout?

Say it aint so.

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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
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It pointed to Mr. McWilliams' prediction of another 30% at least to go. Elicited some further comments along those lines (80% peak to trough).

edit: Oh, and he and Morgan Kelly are one and the same. The wig is a disguise. He's bipolar with David being the cheery one. That's why you never see them in the same room together...

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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
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By Fergus Finlay

Tuesday, August 25, 2009



I WAS listening to David McWilliams on Ryan Tubridy’s radio show the other day.



Fine fellow, that David McWilliams. Always full of interesting ideas and good catchphrases.

Anyway, as far as I could tell, he was promoting a conference due to be held in Dublin Castle next month. It’s his idea, apparently, and it’s going to bring together a lot of Irish people who have made it abroad.

Their energy and their creativity are going to help us to get off our own backsides and start tackling the problems we have. It wasn’t all that clear who’s coming to the conference – Chad Hurley, the founder of YouTube and definitely someone with an Irish surname, was mentioned — but they’re all going to bring fresh thinking.

Our interaction with them is going to create a real buzz. And who knows — apart from new ideas and new ways of looking at the world, they may decide to invest something in the ould sod.

Now, I have to say this seems to me like a pretty good idea, and David McWilliams is getting a lot of support and help from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, and his department.

In fact, McWilliams has been enormously impressed, he told us, with the professionalism of the Department of Foreign Affairs. It may not have been their idea, but that didn’t stop them getting involved with real gusto and enthusiasm.

...

But what struck me as a little odd about the interview was that in the middle of it, Tubridy asked McWilliams "what about the naysayers? What are you going to do about them?"

"Ah sure," he replied (I’m paraphrasing now because I didn’t write down his exact words), there are always naysayers and begrudgers in Ireland. If you listened to them you’d never get anywhere. Just ignore the naysayers would be my advice, and get on with the job."

Tubridy actually felt a little more strongly than McWilliams on the matter. Anyone who didn’t agree with McWilliams’s "fantastic" idea was only a begudger, and Tubridy knew what needed to be said to begrudgers. Unfortunately, he said it involved phraseology that couldn’t be used on early morning radio.

What a strange and mysterious exchange that was. First of all, nothing in the interview had suggested that anyone was actually opposed to the conference.

As far as one could tell, everyone who had been asked to get behind the idea had done so immediately, with a heart and half. The Taoiseach was sending out letters of invitation, the entire State apparatus was being mobilised to ensure everything went smoothly, and the whole thing was, in McWilliams’s words, a joy to be involved in.

So who are the naysayers? And secondly, isn’t David McWilliams the very same fellow who spent years warning us that the Celtic Tiger (a phrase he invented himself) could only end in tears?

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 Post subject: Re: The David McWilliams thread
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:09 am 
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I listened to that interview. Ironically, I got the sense from it that McWilliams was primarily referring to the people who had rubbished his views for many years.


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