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Mowl

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Another feather on our national cap:


I'd imagine it can be rather confusing for the Irish, but yes - we have SEVEN different waste types in our garbage halls here in Finland. I recently disposed of a leather sofa from my storage room, a three seater that I didn't want and wouldn't sell. I took it to the garbage room and brought a hammer and a jigsaw.

First I ripped off the leather and dumped that into the general waste. Then used the jigsaw to cut the wooden frame apart and then used the hammer to separate the various structural elements. The stuffing was straw, so that went into the bio waste. The wood went into the woods bin, and the nails and screws into the metal bun. After that the metal frame was screwed apart and each joint dumped into the metals bin.

The alternative was to hire a van and take it to the recycling center, but I decided to try doing it myself and managed to get rid of an entire sofa in thirty minutes making sure every reusable/recycable part was correctly binned and recycled. It saved me lots of time and money and the neighbours were impressed with my methods and are now doing the same as we were given a large dumpster in the courtyard for general household waste (not your kitchen and cooking stuff, but rather items you no longer need or want) and we can also re-use items the neighbours dump.

I got myself (another) wonderful sound system by Samsung from one neighbour who didn't want it: brand spanking new: plays DVDs, CDs, has an MP3 input and sounds amazing. She was too confused by the operation of the unit but I figured it out in moments and took it home.

Now I have maybe seven different sound systems, all high quality and good for resale of the ones I don't want.

It pays to recycle, it also pays to give residents an annual dumpster to deposit their old items into. We all put something in and some of us take something out. The advantages are excellent. The attached article also shows you how we deal with recycling and optimum waste management.

In Ireland they'll refuse to take your bins if you don't position them exactly correctly on the pavement outside your house, and if the lid won't close, they'll refuse that too. And you have to pay them for the hassle on top of that. Our waste management is covered by our general taxes (along with our no-bills hot water, central heating, and garbage disposal.

I don't know how you Irish resident s cope with the bullshit set-up they sold you - at top dollar too.
 

Mowl

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Excellent deals on Eckerö Line this week with slow cruises to Tallin, Estonia and Stockholm, Sweden at just €15.00 per person for shared cabin, with unlimited smorgasbord and sauna access for the two nights and lots of time for sightseeing in both cities during the daytimes. Think I might book in for next weekend when the work is finished and treat myself to some good times with my lady-friend.

Can't beat those prices, and the shopping in Tallin is for nothing.

I'd highly recommend the RyanAir flights to any of you interested in seeing some former Eastern European culture and architecture. Not to mention the ladies.



 

Mowl

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Poor Paddy - he'll never learn. The main reason most Irish bloggers want Finland to fail is the Mowl. That's also a clear indicator of the level of intellect we're dealing with here. But sorry to disappoint; we're going to cruise our way through the energy crisis by comparison to poor Paddy who has massive energy cost increases and an even more massive ego in Eamon Ryan.

That hippy is going to drag Ireland into even further penury than you already are: in fact, it's gotten to the point that the national debt is now seen as a marker for how lazy your ministers actually are about guiding Ireland through the current storms. Adding to the national debt willy-nilly is now open season. After all, when a country/republic of less than five million people finds itself a quarter of a trillion in debt, what difference does another few billion make? Each minister passing through the brief can simply pass the increasing debt along to the next suckers in line for a game of pass the parcel type politics.

Ireland has no clear vision of where she's going and how things will be for her five years from now, ten years from now, and fifty years from now. You send specialists up here to see how Finland does it, but instead of bringing new ideas and methods home, they instead go looking for the cracks and loopholes and how best to scam in the proposed new system of doing things properly.

Ireland is not a mature country, not a serious country: it's a farm, run by a drunken madman high on slurry fumes after giving away his gas fields for tuppence, his peat and turf for a spliff, and ocean driven energy possibilities washed down with a shot of Jameson.

I'm so fucking glad not to be in Ireland just now: you're banjaxed by it.

Ireland will become one of the most expensive places on earth to live and work and raise a family. Except unlike Switzerland - nothing will work, there'll be basic services offered at top market prices. Homes will still be of the same slapped-together standard but they'll cost even more than they do right now, and they're already massively overpriced.

Expect incoming pains in the neck all day every day for the foreseeable future.

If you need some snowballs to cool the inner fires, let me know: I'll sell them to you cheap.
 

Mowl

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Load of bollocks - he's looking for a reason to start a fight with us over NATO.

Putin's gone fucking nuts - must be all the cheap vodka and expensive hookers.

The siege of Leningrad is small fry compared to the numbers dead during the Winter War two years earlier when they sent four and a half million Russian soldiers to take out Helsinki from the south east, then got their arses handed back to them by four hundred and fifty thousand Finnish troops, who were outnumbered ten to one.

They still kicked arse though.

I've a strong feeling Putin's going to get it in the neck from some of his own people: he's gone loo-lah.

The sooner they take him out, the better it'll be for everyone.

He won't be missed either, the egoist fucker he is.
 

DS86DS

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Does the Finnish army still train ski troops?



Those lads must be Finland's equivalent to the Marines. Being able to ski at high speed while aiming at targets would be no easy feat by any stretch of the imagination.
 

DS86DS

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Imagine Val trying to ski while firing a gun. He'd probably end up stumbling after a few seconds, accidently shooting half a dozen of his own comrades.
 

Mowl

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Does the Finnish army still train ski troops?

Always: during your one year of obligatory training, part will be during winter, at the depths of it too. The juniors are usually sent off a few miles away with their complete kit on their backs and they'll have to fend for themselves: build a camp, find food, cook it on a fire, leave no traces afterwards.

Deal with minus forty for a few nights and you'll grow some bigger balls as well as thicker skin.

The whole reason we won the Winter War was down to winter training and skiing abilities, which are mostly natural for Finns. We don't have too many mountain ranges so cross-country is de riguer. Speed and a sharp eye are basic requirements. Shooting on the move is another. Being able to hide in the snow helps too: if they're being pursued (war games scenario) they have to be able to get far enough ahead of their follower to hunker down and bury themselves in the snow while sniping for an angle at their pursuer.

It's extremely hard going, but the Finns are naturals. So long as they have one substantial warm meal a day, they can ski for weeks on end, confounding their Russian counterparts, who carry cheap kit compared to the Finns. Finding food and burying it is another technique: coded markers are left beside the buried foodstuffs for the next troops to find and cook.

The Russians kit is notoriously cheap and shoddy by comparison.

Those lads must be Finland's equivalent to the Marines. Being able to ski at high speed while aiming at targets would be no easy feat by any stretch of the imagination.

The frontline guys see the worst of the action, but they're also the most celebrated when they return home. Just like the marines. They're not cannon fodder, they're the front line of attack working in harmony with the following ranks and troops.

Ain't war hell?



Imagine Val trying to ski while firing a gun. He'd probably end up stumbling after a few seconds, accidently shooting half a dozen of his own comrades.

Val wouldn't last five minutes on skis.

He wouldn't last five minutes on his legs either, mind you.

The fat old toothless twonk.


 

Mowl

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Aye, though I personally prefer the madness of Apocalypse Now for the sheer horror of war's reality.

Still a great movie though with some outstanding acting by the core group.
 

DS86DS

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The sniper scene was particularly memorable. To think the Viet Cong really did send out children to fight against American soldiers.





 

DS86DS

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Another good Kubrick war film is Paths of Glory where Kirk Douglas is an officer leading the French army against the German army through no man's land during World War 1.



 

Mowl

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Some lovely aerial footage of Arabia, my neighbourhood here in Helsinki.

This one features the entire area and even includes a couple of shots of my apartment. The courtyards are as free and easy as the video suggests and the early morning/ late evening sunrise and sunsets are simply beautiful.

This is how apartment life ought to be: shopping and services within easy reach, a local bar on my block, beaches and rivers and the estuary all easily accessible for the kids, and loads of playing areas and playground items scattered everywhere but still within view for the concerned Mammies looking out for their kids.

Everything you see here is built on reclaimed marshland: twenty-five years ago this was all under water. Now it's the single-most desirable area in all of Helsinki for young families looking to raise their kids in a community that offers so much, and all of it for free. As it should be.

Ireland has a lot to learn about creating communities rather than housing estates.

You fuckers are years behind us: get the fucking finger out and start treating regular Irish people to a proper quality of life instead of the run-down and knacker-filled estates she calls modern urban living.

Give all of this up for a second shot at getting happy in Dublin?

Fuck that - I'll stay where I am, thanks.

 

Mowl

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Like a wire fence makes any difference?

Fuck that - many areas along the border aren't even defined: no fences, no watchtowers, nothing at all.

This is Finland trolling Putin in the same manner he trolls us about NATO.

You have to learn to laugh at it all though, it's fucking child's play.

But still: odd the way the idiots around here hopped all over the Sanna Marin party-gate affair? Now it's old news and we're still on top of the world. Irish bloggers are such tiny-minded cretins really. Sanna joined a telly show where a female writer (Sofi Oksanen) spent a day and a night with her at her home doing the standard things she does when not running the country: cooking, walking, being with er baby, being with her husband, writing, studying, watching some telly, taking sauna.

Hard to believe for the Irish twats but Sanna is one very lovely human being.



The TV show hasn't been uploaded anywhere it can be shared, but it will be later.

Meanwhile - have fun listening to Mick Martin bullshit you about Leo Varadkar's upcoming return to the prime ministerial role you didn't vote him into. You stupid fucking cunts.


 

Mowl

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She'll be glad to return to anonymity when her term is up, and I wish nothing but good things in her future life. She deserves it after the bollicking she's gotten from the world press.
 

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