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Quick sign-up questions about gender, sexual orientation, and whether you're dominant or submissive come first, but the actual questionnaire is pretty lengthy for a site that's only fostering quick connections. However, those with very specific predilections will appreciate this attention to detail. What's so nice about ALT is that it gives you the chance to find a quick hookup or just meet new people who are into the same stuff you are — without having to worry that you'll be judged.
With the ability to interact in private chat networks or create your own blog aside from the expected live video broadcasts and fetish videos , you're guaranteed to at least come away with some advice or a list of new handcuffs to try. It's true that most people care more about the hookups they get out of a site than the site's aesthetic itself — but it turns into a problem when the site's design is so messy that it becomes difficult to navigate.
ALT is a landfill of profiles, blogs, videos, and the occasional animated porn ad. It really is an impressive wealth of content, but the user-friendliness could be a turnoff for some. Best for gay men tired of swiping. Gay Friend Finder You won't find a hookup within the hour, but this is a mature alternative for those who feel Grindr is too impersonal.
Grindr's massive user base and focus on finding local hookups make it almost untouchable, but the lack of profile details and impersonal conversations get old fast.
Just because you're looking for a hookup does not mean that you want to be greeted with a dick pic. Gay Friend Finder is a slightly outdated but much slower-paced alternative for gay men who want to hook up, but still like to see a profile with some personality. Unlike Grindr, which has at least five matches for you at any given time of the day, Gay Friend Finder's user base is a bit of a desert.
With an active user base of under 50, men, don't get your hopes up about an immediate hookup. However, the small circle of men who do have profiles are mature the majority are 30 or older , and may be more likely to want an ongoing friends-with-benefits thing than a mindless booty call.
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Instead, Zoosk monitors your on-site activity and attempts to give you better matches based on what you already like. Zoosk offers ease and practicality and is pretty far from the Tinders of the world. Specifying the age range and gender that you're looking for in a partner does squat to narrow down your options.
That might be fine for a strict hookup, but finding something past friends with benefits will require a little more help. Considering Zoosk sees a user base of about 40 million members, getting through all profiles that match your requirements could take ages. By monitoring your swiping behavior, Zoosk can tap into your subconscious okay, not really, but sorta and give you what you want deep down, even if you don't even know why you're saying yes or no to those profiles.
There is one downside we need to mention, though: The amount of fake or dead profiles makes this place seem like the dating site version of The Walking Dead. Of course, all dating sites have their fair share of duds, but Zoosk is just feeling that plague a bit more intensely we've heard it's mostly female profiles.
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In due course came the much more formidable stone buildings, such as Carrickfergus Castle, which entrenched their power in Ulster beyond any possibility of eviction. And from these power-bases, something utterly new was created in Ireland: feudalism. Within two or three generations, northern and eastern Ireland had been totally transformed, from a country living off herding and horses, and ruled by clans, to a place of manors.
The land taken - and taken is the word - by the Anglo-Normans, was divided up in the usual way and given to their knights, as reward for military service. But somehow - and does this sound familiar everyone?
Almost from the beginning they knew this, since one of the Anglo-Normans, Maurice fitzGerald, rather pathetically complained that no one would help his kind: 'for just as we are English as far as the Irish are concerned, likewise to the English we are Irish and the inhabitants of this island and of the other assail us with an equal degree of hatred'. But the native Irish kings and much of their way of life had managed to hold on in the centre and west of the country - taking advantage of the chaos of English politics in the middle of the 12th century.
So there was reason for the Bruces to hope that their clarion call to revolt would be heard loud and clear, and that oppressed Ireland would rush to their banner to evict the imperial conquerors, much as they had done in Scotland. Together the Gaelic brothers would rid Caledonia and Hibernia of the English scourge. This is not what happened. And perhaps it served them right. For all their ringing national rhetoric, some of it undoubtedly sincere, Robert and Edward Bruce were transparently using Ireland to force the English to divert resources away from Scotland to this second front, and to make them accept their claim to the crown in Scotland.
That, in the end, they didn't give two hoots about Ireland was obvious when, in return for the English government now in the hands of Queen Isabella and the Lord Mortimer recognising the independence of Scotland, King Robert promised that he would never aid any rebellion against the English in Ireland. So much for the Gaelic brotherhood of nations!
And perhaps you could have forecast this from what actually happened once Edward Bruce's campaign got under way. For it proceeded with the usual indiscriminate slaughters and burnings - without making any nice distinctions between Gaelic friends and English foes. Perhaps things might have been different had not the years of the Scottish campaigns also been those of the worst famine in medieval history; so that there was nothing for the Scots soldiers to eat unless they took from the Irish.
Which they did. And even then they were reduced to such desperate straits, that it was said by one chronicler that the Scots soldiers dug up freshly made graves to eat the corpses. It was the usual story: a victory over the Ulster English; then a march down towards Dublin. There the inhabitants tore down churches to use the stones to reinforce their walls.
So they evidently were far from seeing the Scots as liberators. The city was never taken. Then at an immense and bloody battle between opposed Irish camps in the west, where 10, men were said to have lost their lives, the pro-Scots side came off worst. In Edward Bruce was himself was killed in battle at Fochart, and by the end of the year the Scots were gone.
The Anglo-Norman colony stopped expanding out from Ulster and Leinster. And just as in Scotland, the idea of the unstoppable English Empire of the Plantagenets had had the shine knocked off its myth of invincibility.
And, not least, the Bruces had given Irish leaders such as Domnal O'Neill, Edward's main ally, their voice of resistance. They wrote a 'Remonstrance of the Irish Princes' to the Pope, justifying the bestowing on Edward of the crown of Ireland. To, 'shake off the harsh and insupportable yoke of servitude and to recover our native freedom Picture: Tourism Ireland. Join our community for the latest news: Subscribe. One moment please Latest News.
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