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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 !

A watched watch … November 6, 2007

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A watched watch never ticks !

A word to the wise folks. Never, ever buy a seemingly perfect, pristine condition, still in its box, fancy looking watch from a street hawker in Spain. Or anywhere for that matter. I mean, I knew the thing was fake of course, but I wanted one anyway because I might get a few months out of it.

Having got him down from €50 to €10 (and yes, the alarm bells did ring at that point), the bloody thing stopped working after about ten minutes. Just long enough for the hawker to close his suitcase and feck off around the corner to hassle some other gobshite tourist.

It appears I bought one of those watches that works fine while the seller shows you how great it is and what all the buttons do, and then – hey presto – you buy it and walk around the corner and check the time ! And it’s banjaxed … dead as a whorehouse rat !

You’d think it’d be more expensive for these guys to buy or make watches that didn’t work that to get ones that did ? So be careful … everyone can see past a broken, shady looking Rolex knock off bought for a tenner …. everyone except me, it seems !