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Monthly Archives: November 2009

an almost biblical landscape

This was on the Irish Times website today:

I sure it is the same place at around 1 minute into this clip in last nights 9 news. They have the bishop of clonfert, some distressed members of his flock and another flock (of sheep) in a flooded field. Jim Fahy says it is an almost biblical landscape.

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do we not sail on the ship of fools?

Toast is feeling ill and so is Fintan O’Toole. I found this on guardian.co.uk, he is kicking the downed tiger with a new book:

The luck of the Irish has finally run out. Having roared away lustily for a decade or so, the Celtic Tiger has now rolled over on its back, all four paws stiffly in the air. In the late 1990s, Ireland became well-heeled for the first time in its wretched history, and in some respects even outstripped its former colonial proprietors. In this newly affluent nation of software and low taxes, bent bankers and microchip exporters, house prices in Dublin shot up by 519% between 1994 and 2006, probably the biggest such boom on the planet. It was a land of massive tax breaks and of financial regulation so light as to be invisible to the naked eye. As Ireland grew more dependent on foreign investment for its manufacturing than almost anywhere else in the world, the New York Times dubbed the country “the Wild West of European finance”.

Despite the fact that much of the world’s Viagra is manufactured in County Cork, this extraordinary upthrust could not be sustained. Irish GDP is now shrinking faster than in any other advanced economy, and the country’s gross indebtedness is larger than Japan’s. House prices have fallen more rapidly than any others in Europe, and the average Irish family has lost half its financial assets. Unemployment has risen faster than anywhere else in Europe. By 2007, the country was €10bn in the red and a banking system massively complicit in fraud and tax evasion was just about to enter meltdown. In September last year it finally imploded, awash with billions in bad loans to property sharks. In its rise and fall, as Fintan O’Toole remarks in this superb polemic, “Ireland made Icarus look boringly stable.” It had moved from being the poster child of free-market globalisation to one of the great economic basket cases of modern history.

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is ronan o gara fucked ?

Updated photo from RWC 2011.

People are finding this blog every now and again by searching for

“why do people hate ronan o’gara”,
“ronan o’gara drunk”,
“ronan o’gara wife / wedding”,
“ronan o’gara rides your wife”,
“brian o’driscoll ronan o’gara wife”,
“ronan o’gara moustache” (wtf)

Somebody in Australia looked to see if “ronan o’gara is dead”.

It does seem from todays match that he is replacable. I personally think it was a big problem that Eddie O’Sullivan made almost no changes to the side the he inherited from Warren Gatland. This and the fact that there was no suitable replacement for a long time made O’Gara the choice as out half. I have seen O’failing pressure and excelling with a 40 point lead. He is afraid of tackling and of being tackled resulting in the ball never making it far down the line. Nobody except the New Zealand press points out his massive flaws.

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a blog about a blog

http://www.caseypedia.com/wiki/Main_Page is very clever and looks like wikipedia. It chronicles the creators absolute hatred of one man and his failure at everything.

The blog was started by Serin in early September 2006, in what seemed to many people to be an honest attempt to deal with the enormous problem of being in possession of eight properties facing foreclosure. Compounding the problem was the fact that all eight properties were illegally obtained through various mortgage fraud schemes. Since then, the blog has developed into what can only be called a controversial web presence, with individual posts generally attracting hundreds of strongly negative comments. Serin attempted to monetize his blog by using Google Ads. He was soon banned for click fraud, which he blamed on the Haterz™. However, it appears that the click fraud was coming from a botnet specifically designed to click on his ads.

anger is a gift

Anger is a gift according to Rage against the Machine.

There is certainly a noticible defiance this week in some people I have come across but I am not sure if it is a good thing. A lady driving in a Honda saloon of some sort who was reversing into my car when I came out of the shop. It was not so bad so I did’nt say anything as I walked towards my car. She straightened up a bit and then reversed into it hard. I put my arms in the air and shouted “COME ON” and the other lady in the passenger seat waved at me as if I was her long lost son. It left a dent.

Some of the other stuff I saw people are getting up to on the roads this week was just crazy. I saw a taxi driver freak out because someone wouldnt reverse back a few feet to let him break the law and do an illegal u-turn. He then waved to everyone when he eventually got out as if he was the queen. His move across the road in turn caused someone to be stuck in the yellow box and everyone freaked out because their light only changes once every 5 minutes and only leaves 3 cars through.

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shoddy workmanship

It reminded me of the visiting priest in Fr Ted who breaks up his book case while screaming “shoddy workmanship Ted, shoddy, shoddy, shoddy“.

irishtimes.com:

Three blocks of a Dublin apartment complex have been evacuated this morning after roofing was blown off.

The incident occurred at Carrickmines Manor development on the Glenamuck Road, Dublin 18. The roof blew off one block and landed in a nearby field, while it lifted slightly in the other two blocks. There were no reports of injuries.

According to one resident, who alerted the fire brigade at 8.49am, there are 28 apartments in each block, with many young mothers and children living there. “If it the roof had gone the other way [away from field], it would have been a disaster,” he said.

Carrickmines Manor resident Hazel Melbourne said she felt like she was in a scene from the Wizard of Oz when she saw the roof fly past her second floor apartment at 8.30am.

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fumble in a greasy till

September 1913 , WB Yeats.

What need you, being come to sense,
But fumble in a greasy till
And add the halfpence to the pence
And prayer to shivering prayer, until
You have dried the marrow from the bone;
For men were born to pray and save;
Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone,
It’s with O’Leary in the grave.

Poetry Analysis:

Yeats is portraying the new merchant class as greedy and mercenary when he says “fumble in a greasy till”. This shows they are concerned and hold onto money until it is greasy.

I couldn’t even be bothered to drive to norn iron to buy anything – it is depressing and crowded in Newry.

I have had enough with the rip off and I don’t give them any more than is necessary. Others need to boycott this crap and make them learn this rip off has to end. If they don’t then it will continue. Judging by the queues of country registered SUVs that are constantly at the entrance to the Dundrum shopping centre every morning the conspicuous consumption will continue for another while.

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striker, striker, STRIKER

The question has been asked on politics.ie: “Are public servants to blame for Dublin’s traffic?”

Here is how the roads look at lunch time today:


It appears those who dont want to be called scabs or blacklegs have either spent the day lying in bed or have fucked off up the north to spend the money that they apparently don’t have.

A strikebreaker is someone who continues to work during strike action by trade unionists or temporary and permanent replacement workers hired to take the place of those on strike. Strikebreakers are commonly given derogatory terms like scab and blackleg. The act of working during a strike – whether by strikebreakers, management personnel, non-unionized employees or members of other unions not on strike – is known as crossing the picket line, regardless of whether it involves actually physically crossing a line of picketing strikers. Crossing a picket line can result in passive and/or active retaliation against that working person.

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rogues gallery

here are the clowns who are running the worst operations you can think of. Images are clickable.

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denim fail

This guy was off to Kaunas.

Kaunas is located at the confluence of the two largest Lithuanian rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris, and near the Kaunas Reservoir, the largest body of water entirely in Lithuania.

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