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Welu AMA
« on: 11 May 2017, 15:52 »

Inspired by Thrillho, I'm making my own thread.

Some quick details about me to start with and feel free to ask about any of these and more:
Nonbinary. They/them.
Gray-asexual, still kinda figuring that out.
Born and living in Northern Ireland.
Makes short films and let's plays.
Has dog and guinea pig.
Getting married in October 2017.
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Re: Welu AMA
« Reply #1 on: 12 May 2017, 08:18 »

So how far away from Bushmills are you?
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« Reply #2 on: 12 May 2017, 08:22 »

From the drink, about a minute. From the town, about two and a half hours.
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Re: Welu AMA
« Reply #3 on: 12 May 2017, 08:53 »

What's your dog like?
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Re: Welu AMA
« Reply #4 on: 12 May 2017, 09:03 »

A four year old Springer Spaniel named Pixie. She's very affectionate with me but nervous around new people. Getting more confident every day though. She likes being on the bed.



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Re: Welu AMA
« Reply #5 on: 12 May 2017, 09:18 »

Have you traveled much? If so, what was you favorite travel destination?
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« Reply #6 on: 12 May 2017, 09:46 »

A fair bit. I've been to England a few times, Scotland once, Italy once the US three times. Most of these were to go to WWE events, all the US trips were Wrestlemania. Also I guess the Republic of Ireland counts and I used to be back and forth down there a few times a year for family. Not as much now.

In England I've been to London maybe five or six times. Manchester and Bristol once. Bristol is lots of fun.

Didn't really see Italy because it was a Catholic school trip and It was a tour of churches basically. Plus I was motion sick most of it.

I think my favourite was Orlando this year. The wrestling events were all great, a lot was packed in, went to Universal Studios and a whole bunch of other tourist stuff. So much fun and it was the right balance of exciting new experiences and relaxing down time.

That said I got really attached to San Jose while I was there and my Partner and I genuinely have been making plans to move there some day.
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Re: Welu AMA
« Reply #7 on: 12 May 2017, 13:30 »

Do you have a link to any of your films that we can see.
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Re: Welu AMA
« Reply #8 on: 12 May 2017, 16:41 »

http://skintownni.com/shorts.php That's all the shorts in one place. Mix of comedy and horror and one music documentary.
Here's my personal favourite. Warning, it's a little bloody.

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Re: Welu AMA
« Reply #9 on: 10 Jul 2017, 07:10 »

How did you meet your spouse-to-be?
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« Reply #10 on: 10 Jul 2017, 08:36 »

Friend of a friend. We actually totally ignored each other the first time we met. Was invited last minute on a night out and was introduced to another side of a friend circle but we didn't really interact. Then a couple weeks later we were at the same friend's birthday and made a connection that night. He was friendly and genuine and I was so thrown that I had to ask my friend if Partner was flirting or just nice. Answer was: Both.

I was a lot more nervous and anxious back then but Partner was patient and we talked online a bunch before I got more comfortable hanging out in person regularly. Our first meal together I was so nervous I couldn't eat and he understood without making me feel bad. Connected over a love of film (watching and making), RASSLIN and similar sense of humours.
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Re: Welu AMA
« Reply #11 on: 11 Jul 2017, 13:00 »

I know you've come over to mainland Britain at least a few times. I've heard truly horrible things about what a lot of the Republic is like, although I know it's improving in leaps and bounds right now.

What is Northern Ireland like? Is it a part of the UK, but with its own defined culture, like Scotland and Wales, or is it An Other Place like the south of the Emerald Isle?

Would you like to see Ireland united?
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« Reply #12 on: 11 Jul 2017, 14:33 »

This got long. Pardon me. I had more stuff to air out than I thought.

It depends on where you are and who you surround yourself with how much the place is Irish or British aligned. Essentially that identity marker is what a lot of tension comes down to from my experience. Although it's usually coded as Catholic or Irish. It's a lot better but there's still a heavy Catholic (Irish)/Protestant (British) divide. The town I live in feels to me more like the Republic because I'm near the border.

You can cause a lot of offence if you call someone Irish or British or even Northern Irish and that's not what they call themselves. Bonus tidbit: If someone asks your last name in Northern Ireland, they're really asking are you Catholic or Protestant.

Full disclosure: I don't consider myself British. Honestly, it gets my heckles up a bit when I've been called it and I don't really know why. It's deep and instinctual and while I'm not patriotic at all, being Irish is a big part of me. Factually I'll accept I'm "technically" British but that's as far as it goes. I'd call myself Northern Irish or European before British. Given the choice I went for an Irish passport and when talking to some people (like when visiting the states), say I'm from Ireland because fuck explaining Northern Ireland's existence.

I'm aware my background informs my feelings a lot. Both my parents were born and raised down south. Da, Catholic, from County Monaghan and Mum, Protestant, from County Cavan. They moved up north after having my older brother. My siblings and I were all raised Catholic and went to Catholic schools. My mum actually wanted my other brother to be Protestant but that would mean he would have had to go to a different school because you need a baptismal certificate to go to a Catholic school. A lot of my extended family live down south and especially when I was pre-teen we were back and forth visiting a lot.

Even considering I said things are better, just over ten years ago I would walk through parts of my town in fear while wearing my school uniform because it informed others of my religious identity. I'd get sworn at, I'd be threatened, I'd get stuff thrown at me. And people on the other side got this too. Having parents who in a mixed marriage, I was so confused about why this would happen. I didn't get the link between Catholic/Protestant and Irish/British identity and other politics that came with that for a long time. Honestly I think a lot of the people (generally teenagers my age and slightly older) also didn't really get why they were doing it either. Plus I was realising I was an atheist then so that added to identity confusion.

To actually answer your first question bearing in mind how my experience informs it:
Northern Ireland is basically part of the UK... With a lot of the Republic's baggage. We are both part of the UK and Ireland and part of neither. We are the leftovers of what England could cling on to for a foreseeable future and what Ireland decided were worth sacrificing for getting back most of what they already had in the first place. Both doing so in order to get some amount of temporary peace. We've not got out of either place's shadow enough to fully establish our own culture but I think we've made something pretty interesting any way.

For the second question:
Before Brexit I would have said a flat no. Sentimentally it would be nice but the Republic doesn't have the NHS and... That's about it now that Brexit is in the picture.
Northern Ireland's main deal is agriculture and most of the money to sustain that came from the EU... After London sent it to them. We get no help from London directly. We're simultaneously left to do our own thing but get none of the resources to better ourselves. We simply chug along.

I believe being part of the EU would be more beneficial to us than being part of non-EU UK.

It's still scary to say yes though. The transition would be messy. I've been fortunate in the sense that I was born after the worst of the Troubles and was too young to process what was left after. I was seven when the Good Friday agreement was signed. (Fun fact: The DUP was the only major party that opposed it.) It would be scary and feel like a big unknown but I'm starting to think it'd be worth going for.

The Republic is even working on a form of national healthcare. It's slow and a mess but it's trying. The Pound is struggling enough we'll probably do grand on the Euro. I think it's more Northern Ireland that wants to go back than the Republic wanting us back. We have more to gain from it than they do in a pragmatic sense. It'd do wonders for our sense of being wronged by the English though. Be worth sharing a pint.
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Re: Welu AMA
« Reply #13 on: 12 Jul 2017, 03:51 »

Thanks for your answer! It was fascinating, in-depth and informative.

I'm always pretty reactionary about religious rivalry because it undermines the fundamentals of those religions, namely, love and acceptance of everyone. The hellfire and brimstone shit isn't in the Bible, and it's baffling to me that Catholics and Protestants - which are both branches of Christianity - can hold onto so much hatred when their faith is meant to be about love.

But I'm not going to spin an AMA off into political and religious comparative discussion.

As for me and Brexit, at this point, I'm like 'anyone who can get out, you should. We did this to ourselves.'

To return to the thread topic: what got you into wrestling?

What's your top five favourite wrestling matches ever? Needn't be definitive, just what comes to you right now.

What's your favourite wrestling show of all time?
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« Reply #14 on: 12 Jul 2017, 05:29 »

Thanks for asking and listening. I had more thoughts to get out than I realised.

My oldest brother watched it and I'm the youngest sibling so had to watch whatever they put on. It was fun fast. One of my earliest clear memories was Stone Cold rescuing Stephanie McMahon from the Taker. I was watching before that but it sticks in my brain as the first OH SHIT moment. I lost interest in the early/mid 2000s because my brother moved out and it wasn't as fun to watch alone. Still watched the odd show and checked in but missed a lot of that time. Got really back into it in 2011 because Partner was watching.

These are off of the top of my head and more about my personal excitement and attachment:
Daniel Bryan Vs Triple H at 30
Shield Vs Taker and Hell No at Smackdown (Mainly because I was there and OMG I'M SEEING TAKER LIVE ON A MAINSHOW)
Charlotte vs Sasha Falls Count Anywhere
Rock Vs Mankind I Quit 1999
And of course Taker Vs Mankind Hell In A Cell 1998

Show as in like individual PPV or RAW or Smackdown? Fuck. Probably 30 because I was there and it was such an exciting ending.
If you mean like Ride Along or other show about or related to RASSLIN then I'm not sure.
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« Reply #15 on: 12 Jul 2017, 06:13 »

Who is the guy in your avatar? (I was guessing Monty Python's Graham Chapman or Eric Idle, but they don't seem to quite fit)
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« Reply #16 on: 12 Jul 2017, 07:01 »

It is Rik Mayall playing Lord Flashheart in Blackadder II. One of my favourite comedic actors.
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