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The state of our nation July 26, 2010

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Not only should Fianna Fáil be put out of government, if there’s a shred of dignity left about the Irish people, they should be decimated as a party. The damage they have done to Ireland is incalculable. To the people, our infrastructure, our society, our public services, everything. The worst, sadly, is yet to come. People need to stop thinking about political parties the way they do about their favourite football team. You cannot be a lifelong FF supporter and blindly vote for them because that’s just what you’ve always done …

Twenty Major

That’s exactly what I’m thinking too … but alas, I think the Irish electorate gives not a shite of the flying kind …

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Flight of Earls … June 29, 2010

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Funny the way history repeats itself through song.  First as tragedy and then as absolute farce !

Callely ‘happy’ to return expenses June 25, 2010

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UNREAL !! via today’s Irish Times.

These people chancers live on their own planet and are blatant about it and we don’t care one iota !

Mr Boyle said documents showed the Senator submitted claims for 45 nights in Dublin during 2009. “So you’re actually claiming money for a residence that you normally live in, whether you see it as a permanent residence or not?” he asked.

“That’s correct, yes,” Mr Callely said. He said this situation was “probably applicable” to other members of the House who have an apartment or house in Dublin and live in the country.

And while I’m at it, the article above misses the point !  The legislation exists for these people (and written by these people) to do this legally.  All you need is a neck … and Fianna Failed have that in spades.

You can do ANYTHING in this country because the politicians know the  electorate don’t care !!

The link in Irish minds and in our social culture, between the political corruption and our own inaction simply does not exist !

Phrase of the Day #218 June 17, 2010

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” Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest ! ” – Denis Diderot, 1763

FIFA craziness (as usual) June 16, 2010

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I had to laugh at this typical FIFA related story – it seems the powers that be will stop at nothing when it comes to protecting perceived sponsorship violations !

I speak of course, of this crazy story, where several dozen orange clad Dutch supporters beauties (see below) were questioned by FIFA in a case of apparent ambush marketing from beer company Bavaria.  The terrible display of national pride – because the Netherlands play in  … wait for it … orange – happened during this week’s World Cup game between the Netherlands and Denmark (2-0).

So even though there were no logos, no slogans or flags or anything – just orange clad women – FIFA took umbrage upon hearing that Bavaria had sponsored the women to go and cheer at the match and promptly started an investigation !

These idiots are ruining football – between that and meddling with the bloody footballs … so far this World Cup has been pretty much crap.

PS : Drink BAVARIA BEER –  for that cool refreshing taste – while watching the World Cup !

Visualize the Gulf Oil disaster June 10, 2010

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I just found this frightening website that allows people to visualize the scale of the terrible Gulf of Mexico BP oil disaster that’s going on right now.  You can put the extent of a spill over a map of where you are right now just to get an idea …

I don’t think we’ve fully grasped what’s at stake.

This is crazy – those responsible should definitely be made to pay …

Hat Tip : Francis

Callely must explain expenses June 2, 2010

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So Brian Cowen has told Ivor Callely he must explain his extravagent expenses in writing to a Seanad committee.  So, despite living in Dublin and being a Seanad representative for North Dublin, being from Dublin born and bred, he claimed €80,000 mileage expenses as if he was living permanently in Cork.

Via The Irish Times – Wed, Jun 02, 2010

Eh, am I the only one that thinks he should make these explanations from jail ?  Goes to show there is ZERO accountability in Irish politics.  Nobody was watching him, nobody was questioning him … laughable if it wasn’t so fucking serious !

Ivor Callely – “working for you !”   ME HOLE !!

Phrase of the Day #216 May 28, 2010

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I saw this one today while perusing some of the news feeds … it can be applied in many situations, not the very least of which is to the clowns governing the country without a mandate …

“I found many readers who do not receive on those wave lengths.”

Phrase of the Day #215 May 22, 2010

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“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Phrase of the Day #214 May 19, 2010

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“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”

– J.K. Rowling (and others I’m sure)

Let’s all text the Pope May 14, 2010

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Text-the-pope service launched in Italy

I can only imagine why the powers-that-be in the Vatican thought this ‘service’ would be a good idea … sure, the dwindling faithful will text messages of support etc. but I think that the service will simply become unusable very quickly with the amount of abuse and profanity that it will receive.

Of course, the aides in the Vatican are then going to filter the bad ones out and only pass on genuine messages to the man in the funny hat but still, they might spend more time than they think weeding out a significant tirade against the man.

And while I’m on the subject of the Pope (is he still infallible on all things by the way?), he has come out (oops) yesterday in Portugal and said that gay marriage is “an insidious threat to society” … full stop.  What ?  So some men or women choose to sleep with other men or women and you feel threatened ?  And you think the whole world is under threat from this ?  Come on for f*ck sake !!

What business is it of his who a person chooses to sleep with ?  Does he think the entire world might suddenly turn gay and there’d be no children bred forevermore ? … read, no more Catholic children to go to Mass and keep eejits like him in a job !

I mean in this day and age, he should really just shut up about things he knows nothing about !

Abuse protest at Easter mass April 6, 2010

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I am wondering what people think about this incident and whether similar protests will eventually escalate into something altogether more unsavoury?

Basically, on Easter Sunday last, during mass at Dublin’s Pro Cathedral, several people approached the altar and left children’s shoes in front of it, symbolically representing the victims of child abuse.  One of the protesters shouted “Shame!” at the bishop …

So, it seems that the widespread anger that exists on a huge scale is threatening to bubble over.  I am, however, questioning whether walking into a mass and shouting is the correct way to do it.  There will always be thousands upon thousands of church-goers in Ireland who don’t appreciate the furore that is being made about the whole child abuse issue … privately they might disagree with the incidents of abuse (I mean, who couldn’t?), but publicly, they will defend their church.  I suppose you could call it the dying remnants of the 50s and 60s non-questioning, all-powerful Church who dictated to the public on all aspects of life.

The protest outside the church, fair enough.  I just don’t think it’s effective to burst in, walk up the aisle and draw anger from the congregation before making a symbolic gesture at the celebrants.  I really feel that these priests and bishops will get their comeuppance but not right away – the Church in Ireland – at least as it stands now – is a dying entity which has destroyed itself.  It’s hard to see, in a generations’ time, things being the same as they are even now, never mind the way they were say 25 years ago.  At some point in the future, they will have nothing to do and nowhere to go and that will serve as their religious fate.

And on that point of modernity (or lack of), I went to mass on Holy Saturday, prepared to give the whole concept of mass another chance (because I find it insufferably static and one directional) when what does the priest stand up and preach about ?  Ah the time Moses parted the Red Sea, saved all the Israelites and how about 20,000 Egyptians were drowned when they tried to follow them.  The people at the time were singing God’s praise for killing all these Egyptians ! God it seems, has quite a temper on Him when it comes to drowning Egyptians … quite the opposite of the God I believe in myself now, but maybe not the one the Church wants me to believe in ?

I also found myself mumbling the words which were worn into my brain since childhood – telling me everything I needed to know – the mass hasn’t changed one bit really and soon I was more concerned with the cold in the building that with what I was supposed to be getting from the celebration !

Speaking of cold – this fella must’ve been freeeeeezing ! I wonder why the idiot did what he did ?  Another protest ?

People power restores 24-hour helicopter rescue April 1, 2010

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It was with great delight that I read the government are to retract their ludicrous decision to cut the 24-hour coverage of the South East’s R117 helicopter rescue service. What sort of eejits are they to think that, effectively, you are only entitled to be rescued if you go missing or get into difficulties during daylight hours ?

On the day of the U-turn decision – read about it here, here and here – a kayaker was rescued off Hook Head in County Wexford, having ventured out in appalling weather.  It just goes to show that this service is both needed all day and is very effective – ” hats off ” to the crew of the R117 who rescued this man.  Thank you for the risks you take and the service you provide !

I am also impressed by the ground-swell of public anger against the government’s decision to do something like this.   We need to stand up to these unadulterated idiots more often – I call them that because they do not have the first clue of the mindset of their constituents … it is all about money – always about money.  No thought is realistically given to the impact on service when you are trying to cut money !

The Facebook group that was formed certainly helped fuel the fire of anger and awareness of this decision.  Particularly poignant, though, is the comment on the Facebook page from (presumably) a relative of the recently rescued man …

More power to Web 2.0 and tools like Facebook for facilitating such a means of protest … Continue to stand up for yourself Ireland !

How much more will we take ? March 8, 2010

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I’m angry !

Really fucking angry – steam coming out of my ears, start a revolution kind of angry !  What am I going to do about it ?  Ah, nothin’ really … I’m Irish you see !

Without wanting to get into a full-scale political debate, I want to ask “How much more will Ireland take?”  Not how much can we take, but how much more will we take ?

Suffices to say that if Mother Ireland was a camel, that her back is now well and truly broken by the straws that keep hitting her.  This country has been revealed to be the cesspool of corruption and so-what?-ness (sic) that many feared.

The latest in a long line of stories that would make other democracies (or republics) shit themselves in disbelief broke this morning … the board members from the Dublin Docklands Development Authority have covered themselves in publicity with their caviar, champagne and thousand euro a night hotel rooms.

But I digress lightly from the title of this post – the fact is, that at the end of the day, when push comes to shove, going forward etc. etc. we just don’t give a shit.  We don’t give enough of a shit to change the country.  Bottom line !

The following is all I ever hear in my peers’ political debate : “Ah isn’t such and such an awful chancer” or “Did you see what yer man was doing!” “Terrible isn’t it and the country in the state that it is!” …

Followed quickly by “Sure aren’t they all the same!” or “There’s nobody else to vote for sure!” or “Sure what can we do about it? Aren’t they all as bad as each other!” (or even worse “Wouldn’t you do it if you could get away with it ?”)

Eh, people !!?  YOU’RE MISSING THE FUCKING POINT !

“They” might all be as politically inept or financially inexperienced as eachother but that still doesn’t mean you allow the same said inept fools to continue to damage you … if you don’t change Fianna Fáil and the Greens for someone else, they’ll stay where they are and continue to hurt you.  You’ll continue to grumble about it and feel apathetic about it and continue to vote for them because the divil-you-know is better than the divil-you-don’t !  Well electorate of Ireland, you don’t know the fucking half of it with the Divil-you-know that is Fianna Fáil.

Can we wise up ?  Will we wise up ?  Do we honestly give a shit about Ireland and the future of our children ?  Stop blaming it on there being nobody else to vote for !  Stop blaming it on Enda Kenny if you see him as the only alternative !  Blame it on yourselves – on ourselves – for not undertaking our democratic responsibilities enough and figuring out just what we the people want.

Let’s get this show back on the road !! November 4, 2009

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Ah bloggery ! You’ve gotta love it … so it’s about time the show got back on the road so to speak and I started writing a little bit again.

I’m working on something at the moment which hopefully will kick off the blog again and provide me with a platform of self encouragment … that’s right … like thousands before me, I am going on a lifestyle changing diet and will document my progress here.

Suffices to say that having tried lots of diets and regimes and other barmy stuff that just didn’t work, I now feel equipped to go it alone … who knows ? I may even have fun along the way …

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On strange sayings June 16, 2009

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“Can I get a pint of Carlsberg offya !” says one of the lads recently at the pub.

I thought it a strange way to ask for something … I mean, isn’t it obvious that you are requesting something from the vendor without having to add the offya to the end of the order ?

Shop assistant : “Next please !”
Blaa native : “Can I get 3 sausage rolls offya please ?”

It causes no end of consternation amongst the plethora of non-nationals* who staff our catering services …. a silly turn of phrase, I’m sure you’ll agree …

* non national – meaning you’re not a national of Ireland, has got to be the stupidest and most ignorant phrase doing the rounds these days.  A non national !

You are a person with NON put in front of your name … I mean who comes up with this drivel ? Just thinking outside the box, going forward and picking the low hanging fruit while I’m at it, would someone please give me a heads up and an indicative time-frame on the end of the analysis paralysis going on in Ireland at present !  It’s akin to trying to boil the ocean !

On “being a disaster” June 15, 2009

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I shared my plane home yesterday with a bunch of lovely girls from the area – they were coming back from a shopping trip in Manchester and all seemed to have had a great weekend. There wasn’t an eff this or eff that uttered among them …. refreshing !

But there’s always one … let’s call her Shirley – Shirley was part of this group and come boarding time, was nowhere to be seen. I mean, plane about to leave, throw your bags out on the tarmac, phone off, nowhere to be seen … and so ensued a little bit of panic and a lot of talk about how Shirley was a walking disaster, how she’d lose her head if it wasn’t screwed on and how some of the girls were lucky they had only been on holiday with her the once etc.etc.

So my question is this – what makes someone “a disaster” in that sense ?  We all know the type – due to meet your girlfriend at 8pm but at 8.10 you decide its time to go, only to view yourself in the mirror and decide you’ve still time for a shower !

Shirley lost her passport, her bag and God knows what else – all in the space from the security checks to the gate … and had to rely on the kindness of the airline to get it back for her … Aer Arann are certainly not Ryanair and if they expanded their destination schedule a little, they’d get lots more customers.

So why is it that some people cannot consciously handle a process like checking in, walking through security and walking to a gate within a given time period ?  If you have time to arse about then arse about – if not, don’t !  Or is it that they get so befuddled and messed up about how “they’ll never manage it” that that very thing stands in the way of them not managing it !

Wrecks my head … but at the same time, watching her was funny !  It was all in good humor which coupled with the quick hop home (15 mins from the airport !) made for a fine weekend …

PS : Although he could be, Colm Diver is not Shirley !

Phrase of the Day #208 March 11, 2008

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“He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes. But he who never asks a question remains a fool forever.”
-Tom J. Connelly

Phrase of the Day #207 March 2, 2008

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“I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.”
-Charles Maurice shares an interesting thought on modern warfare

Phrase of the Day #205 February 18, 2008

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” I’m beginning to think there may be something in this climate change after all. Four months ago it was very cold and now it’s quite warm !! ”

– Alan Heath’s novel view on the climate crisis

Phrase of the Day #204 February 14, 2008

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” I just saw a van drive by with the company name “Seafood Solutions”. I must admit, I didn’t know seafood was a problem ! ”

– Martin Kristos

Phrase of the Day #203 February 9, 2008

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“… the greatest love – the love above all loves, Even greater than that of a mother – Is the tender, passionate, undying love, Of one beer drunken slob for another”

– Anon.

Phrase of the Day #202 January 31, 2008

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“She had a face on her that’d turn a funeral down a side street !”

Ah the insulting ones are the best, aren’t they ?

Phrase of the Day #201 January 29, 2008

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“Live as long as you can and die if you can’t help it !”

– Anon

Phrase of the Day #200 January 24, 2008

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Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat ?

Not so much a phrase, but a witticism I’ve always wanted to know the answer to …