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In the spotlight - Henry Chinaski

Why such name? Are you Chinese or Polish?

Feeling elite belonging to my chat thread?

Manny's the's best in his category. y/n

Which country you'd like to visit?

Do you visit countries to see something in them or just score easy women and drink cheap beer?

How did you start to gamble?

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Do you dislike me or like me and why?
Do you gamble a lot?
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[QUOTE=Nathaliia;7889189]Why such name? Are you Chinese or Polish?

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I'm neither. Henry Chinaski is American poet Charles Bukowski's alter-ego. Bukowski ia my favourite author.
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Feeling elite belonging to my chat thread?

To be honest I don't remeber half the shit I posted there but I didn't think anyone ever took anyone notice until you mentioned my name in your own spotlight thread. I was quite flattered then to be honest. I guess the little things in life make a difference.

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Manny's the's best in his category. y/n


no clue what this even means. sorry.
Which country you'd like to visit?

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Too many to mention to be honest. I'm on an Eastern European buzz though after my trip to Budapest and I'd love to go to the Krakow football derby. That shit looks extreme. From what I've heard St. Petersburg sounds amazing too


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Do you visit countries to see something in them or just score easy women and drink cheap beer?

I actually really enjoy sight-sighing. In Budapest I got up early every morning and strolled around looking at the sights despite my insane hangovers. I loved the place. I've given a false impression of myself with my drunken posts here I think.
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that's a great question. I think it started when I went to some horse racing (Galway Races 2003) with my Grandad. I lucked out that day and won some money. Me and my Grandad just bonded over it and I've never felt such an intense connection with another human being since I felt since that day. (And I feel it to this day.)The first tennis bet that made me think I could make money on that sport was Ferrer v Roddick, Miami 2006. Awesome match.
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Do you dislike me or like me and why?
Do you gamble a lot?
1. I really like you. You seem very naive in a very endearing way. I can't be more specific than that right now, sorry.

2. Whether I gamble a lot is obviously relative but I would say no. I'm pretty selective with my bets and I can happily go a whole week without betting at all. I ONLY bet on tennis. Check out any thread in Gambler's Lounge and I'm the type that has 5-10 bets per week rather than multiple bets per day.
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wow I suck at multi-quote but I think the last post made sense if you read it carefully.
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- What are your favourite sports?

- What's your most embarrassing moment?

- What are your pet hates?

- What are the qualities the most you admire/dislike in people?

- What is it about U2 that really fucks you off?

- When you are betting, how easy it for you to use logic and not just back your favourites?

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- What are your favourite sports?
football was the leader for 15 years but right now tennis is so far ahead it's unreal. Undisputed number 1. I also like gaelic games, athletics and snooker.

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- What's your most embarrassing moment?
I honestly don't embarrass easily. But anyway. When I was in 2nd year at college I lived on campus and had to take a shortcut across a football pitch to get home quickly. Anyway, I went shopping in Tesco one evening and I'm walking home with a big heavy motherfucker of a bag on my shoulder (bottled water, beer, HEAVY). I should also mention the fact that the pitch is damp and I'm wearing an old wear pair of shoes with ZERO grip. Anyway, I'm cutting across the corner of the pitch, some dudes are playing football and the ball just rolls towards me. The sensible thing to do would be to gently kick it back to them but me being an arrogant prick, I decided I was going to impress these random assholes and whip in a cross a la Beckham. So I lined myself for the big whipped cross, exaggerated technique and all. I swung with my right, my left was having none of it and slid from under me. I went literally arse-first 6 feet in the air, probably did a sommersault and landed on my head. The ball moved less than 6 inches and I'm just sitting there in a pool of mud. As you'd expect they were laughing their asses off but all I could think to do was salute them and take a bow..[/quote]


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- What is it about U2 that really fucks you off?
The difference between Bono and Geldof sums it up for me. I'm no cynical asshole who despises any fucker who tries too hard to "make a difference". Gelfof finds himself in the role of a UN ambassador but he is fully allware of the absurdity of a mediocre 80's pop star assuming the role of world saviour. He regularly laughs at himself and the role he finds himself in. Bono on the other hand is totally devoid of any sense of irony and seems to consider his save-the-world role as the most natural thing in the world. I also think their music is embarrassingly bad. Type "Bill Bailey U2" into youtube for an amusing exposè of their music.

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- When you are betting, how easy it for you to use logic and not just back your favourites?
Pretty easy for me really. I'm a dog backer by and large. Also I'm a natural pessimist who expects my own favourites to lose all the time so I have no problem opposing them.

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- Should I play this game?
if you've got time to kill online then fuck it, go for it man

I'll take down the rest of the questions later. I really need sleep right now. My formatting probably sucks again so apologies for that.
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1) Your seem pretty chilled on here - I don't think I've ever seen you wound up or offended at anything. Is that how you are in real life?
2) Which type of drunk person would annoy you the most?
3) What would be your ideal job at the moment?
4) What % of the posts that you make in Nathii's thread do you remember writing?
5) Which football clubs do you genuinely dislike/hate?
6) Do you think FedAce is genuine?
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that's a great question. I think it started when I went to some horse racing (Galway Races 2003) with my Grandad. I lucked out that day and won some money. Me and my Grandad just bonded over it and I've never felt such an intense connection with another human being since I felt since that day. (And I feel it to this day.)The first tennis bet that made me think I could make money on that sport was Ferrer v Roddick, Miami 2006. Awesome match.
the galway races 2003... is what first took me to Ireland, after not knowing what to do after travelling through Europe, sitting in Islington, London... read a piece on the Galway Races, and went to Victoria Station and bought a bus ticket to Galway ... in late May (!) of that year, 2003... had heard a bit about it the Races before that anyways... i ended up spending 10 months in Connemara being the first barman to serve consistantly till late night at Renvyle House Hotel since who knows f*** when... and, yeah... The Races... what a show... Slovakia, England, Australia... i came back to live in Ireland though mate...

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how do feel now that the government reduced late licences to 2:30am... and not 4am...?
would Ireland benefit from continental style bar policies, drinking till 7am if the people wish...?
what change do you feel could be made to lift the profile of tennis in Ireland (ie: back to mainstream news)...?

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- What are your pet hates?
cucumber, broken remote controls, other people's opinions on politics and football, sky sports' english premier league hype machine, wet weather, fashion trends, reliance on mobile phones. Among others

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- What are the qualities the most you admire/dislike in people?
Admire: ambition that isn't financially motivated, honesty.
Dislike: Arrogance combined with stupidity. Neither is a contemptible trait on it's own but they are a lethal combination.
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1) Your seem pretty chilled on here - I don't think I've ever seen you wound up or offended at anything. Is that how you are in real life?
pretty much. I know what sort of discussions and situations will annoy me and tend to avoid them. Also if I am genuinely pissed off I stew on the inside and act nonchalant rather than let some prick know he has gotten to me.


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2) Which type of drunk person would annoy you the most?
violent drunks in general. or anyone who vomits in public.


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3) What would be your ideal job at the moment?
writing about tennis or teaching english somewhere with a nice climate

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4) What % of the posts that you make in Nathii's thread do you remember writing?
most of them I think. I have a pretty solid drunk memory but. but then if I don't remember them there's a good chance there could be some there that I don't know about.

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5) Which football clubs do you genuinely dislike/hate?
Manchester United. I dislike a few more but none come close to them.

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6) Do you think FedAce is genuine?
No chance
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the galway races 2003... is what first took me to Ireland, after not knowing what to do after travelling through Europe, sitting in Islington, London... read a piece on the Galway Races, and went to Victoria Station and bought a bus ticket to Galway ... in late May (!) of that year, 2003... had heard a bit about it the Races before that anyways... i ended up spending 10 months in Connemara being the first barman to serve consistantly till late night at Renvyle House Hotel since who knows f*** when... and, yeah... The Races... what a show... Slovakia, England, Australia... i came back to live in Ireland though mate...
cool. It's a great spot that week. Didn't go last year because Gramps is too ill for it these days. pretty sure I got the year wrong in that post. My first year at Galway gambling was probably more like 2000

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how do feel now that the government reduced late licences to 2:30am... and not 4am...?
everywhere here is 2.30 - 3 anyway so it doesn't impact me personally. Then 10pm off-license rule is the dumbest shit I've ever heard though.

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would Ireland benefit from continental style bar policies, drinking till 7am if the people wish...?
long term I think it would be beneficial alright. Initially though I think it would be a disaster. People would still go out at the same time and drink at the same pace. One big mess. The cultural change would be very gradual.

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what change do you feel could be made to lift the profile of tennis in Ireland (ie: back to mainstream news)...?
I don't think anything short of an Irish player cracking the top 50 could make a difference right now. Failing that, the press needs to study Murray's family tree for an Irish connection and adopt him as our own. We have the same problem as Britain where tennis is considered a summer hobby not a year round sport. People just have to do their bit for their local club and get as many kids playing all year round as possible. Hopefully then the bigger picture will look after itself in the long term.
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What do you look for in a girl?
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What do you look for in a girl?
a pulse.


if I was looking more long term then a cute face, intelligence and a sense of humour. I'm not really bothered about tits, ass etc but nice legs would be a good bonus.
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The difference between Bono and Geldof sums it up for me. I'm no cynical asshole who despises any fucker who tries too hard to "make a difference". Gelfof finds himself in the role of a UN ambassador but he is fully allware of the absurdity of a mediocre 80's pop star assuming the role of world saviour. He regularly laughs at himself and the role he finds himself in. Bono on the other hand is totally devoid of any sense of irony and seems to consider his save-the-world role as the most natural thing in the world.
1) Whom would you consider to be "The Bono of Tennis"? (Which one, if any, most closely fits what you've described in the above quote in terms of personality, image, on-court/off-court demeanor, etc. Both retired and current pros are eligible for this.)

2) What is your opinion of the following band, song, and performance?

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