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August 2005

Shop Local

Over the weekend I noticed that my beloved running shoes of 4 years had acquired a puncture and required replacing. As it happens I was down in Cork with Siân on Saturday looking around when the thought dawned on me; whatever happened to those shop local adverts that used to be around when I was… Read More »Shop Local

Luas-ening the Purse Strings

It would appear that only a relatively short time after the Luas has been in operation it is already set for major redevelopments of various stops along the line. Seemingly it is planned that the Stephen’s Green stop will get a new platform, shiny new telescreens and ticket machines. The phrases “money pit”, “hole in… Read More »Luas-ening the Purse Strings

Less of a Leaving

Article from today’s paper regarding the increase in students’ grades in the leaving certificate exams and the fear that exam correcting may be more lenient than in the past. The article makes contact with a would be expert in the area (never ceases to amaze me exactly how many experts we have in every area… Read More »Less of a Leaving

iPod your Baby

Just when you think you have the ultimate iPod accessory you see a guy walking down the street with his new born son on pause… Supposedly you can now buy a selection of baby clothes with the iPod clickwheel printed on the front. How far is too far? source: | CNET News

Greed is no longer Good

Looks like a shift has taken place in Silicon Valley; no longer are the dot com chastened investors looking for the quick buck. Instead they are turning towards investments that aim to do some good for the world rather than just make money. Now if only we could get the folk in Ireland to think… Read More »Greed is no longer Good

Waterford Occupants Compared to “Hitler and his henchmen”

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Thanks to Rob for pointing me in the direction of these articles – somteimes I must walk around with my eyes closed. It would appear that a quick-to-comment Kilkenny councillor has taken such offence to the proposed extension of Waterford’s boundary that she has resorted in painting the entire county with the line “Hitler and… Read More »Waterford Occupants Compared to “Hitler and his henchmen”

Taking its Toll

A new survey just released indicates that the state bodies involved in the control of the M50 are to secure Eur 936M over the next 15 years from the West-link bridge tolls. Personally I think that this is an obscene amount of money for a project that has already drained the tax payer’s pocket. source:… Read More »Taking its Toll

Financial Mis-services Ireland

Ah, it’s been a while since I had a rant about insurance… A recent equality survey with respect to financial institutions (insurance and banking) publised by the CSO was rejected yesterday by the so-called Financial Services Ireland body (part of IBEC). It was said that the figure should not be used to present a “wholly… Read More »Financial Mis-services Ireland

Opensource Beer Anyone?

Students in a Danish university have released a free recipe for making beer. It goes under the name of “Vores Oel” and the idea behind it is much like the opensource software world. People are free to make changes and update the recipe as long as they release the updated recipe again for free. Novel… Read More »Opensource Beer Anyone?

Time Flies

It’s two years to the day that I proposed to Siân and only a few months away from our first anniversary. Isn’t it funny how time flies? It’s just a pity that the pace of life tries to constantly beat time – there’s no rehearsals folks, take things easy!