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English Language Premier League Commentary on Ziggo Sport

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By Nick Nugent

If you like me have a Ziggo box and have the package which gives you Ziggo sport then you will know that they often show the Premier League matches which Sky is also showing.  I was recently in one of the Irish Bars watching my team Everton take on Liverpool and was surprised to see there was an option to switch to English Commentary.

If you did not know this was an option before below I will demonstrate a 2 step guide to watching the football with English commentary.

Step 1 – On the Ziggo Sport channel select “i” on your remote and you should get the following screen:

Step 2 – On the soundtrack you see it is set to Nederlands and is highlighted.  Using the left/right button you can toggle to “ina”

Once “ina” is selected you should start to hear the English Commentary.

I have had a couple of issues close to the end of games were it reverts to Nederlands again, but you can follow the same procedure.  If you have a flick during the Half Time you will have to do the same thing again.

I thought it would be useful to impart my new found knowledge to you all, Enjoy!


The dumb, sad, lonely life of a hacker

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By John Richardson

Some of you may have noticed that the Britsoc site has been hacked on a daily basis and closed down frequently since Britain voted to pull out of the EU.

We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

I think the timing is coincidental as I have no real hard evidence to prove a conspiracy. Also, I’m not a conspiracist. I fail to see far distant and out of focus images as hard evidence that a greater intelligence has taken over the planet. Or that we are not alone because some people can see the legs of Elvis on a rock on Mars.

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What I do know is that the hackers live in South Korea, China, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Germany, and the United States. And while they possess some scarily sophisticated hacking tools at their disposal, I have concluded after much research that hackers are a sad, lonely, dumb version of the human race. Like UFOs, they are also out of focus and can only  be seen from a great distance. Some conspiracists, however, give hackers greater credibility than they deserve. The reality is that their only purpose in life is to high-five each other when a site goes down. This is a game to them. Or ‘gamification’ in their sad, depressing language.

Nevertheless, their gaming tools are breathtakingly futuristic
Which is frightening because it’s exacly like giving a monkey a button that will render our species permanently extinct. It’s only a matter of time before they shut down the world. Annihilating their lizard brain carcases in the process.

So we have hired the best there is to hide and protect our site behind an equally sophisticated firewall. From here we can see who is attacking us.

Here are some of the comments from behind the wall:

Hackers just tried to secretly plant malicious nasty (viruses, malware, control tools, etc.) on to your website. We have blocked them and kept your website and its visitors safe.

An attempt by hackers to exploits any insufficient security validation in your website. A real nasty and sneaky one from them! Don’t worry we stopped them in their tracks.

Final word from a little old lady

My final word for you hackers is from a little old lady who sits across the street on her porch—I told her all about your dumb asses—and she had this to say to you.


On a personal note this is time that I can never get back. Time that you have stolen from my life.  So put your underpants and trousers back on, flush those tissues down the toilet, and walk outside and talk to somebody. Get a life and stop trying to ruin ours. Of course, many of you are beyond help. But maybe there is hope for at least one of you.

Airport Schiphol Big Wave Goodbye App

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Wave goodbye across the globe

Schiphol launches English version of its Big Wave Goodbye app

Following the successful Dutch version of the ‘Big Wave Goodbye’ app, Schiphol recently launched an English version of the app. The ‘Big Wave Goodbye’ app can be used to wave goodbye to friends and loved ones using the webcam of a desktop or laptop computer.

How does the app work?
Simply go to, upload your video and select the person to whom you wish to wave goodbye. Next, fill in his or her date of departure and invite other friends to join you in waving goodbye. Upon departure from Schiphol, not only will the passenger be able to watch your video on their smartphone, but it will also be broadcast on the big screens at Schiphol Plaza plus the screens at the departure gates!

Since its launch in October 2012 over 10,000 people have used the Big Wave Goodbye app to wave goodbye to passengers digitally.