Archive for April, 2011

Lily the building inspector…

We spent the bank holiday building a new and improved storage area at home, and yes before anyone says it I know bank holidays are meant to be for partying and recovering from partying, but no one says you can’t drink whilst doing DIY!!!

Lily spent the day complaining that she wasn’t allowed to play with the power-tools, so when we were finished she couldn’t wait to climb up and inspect our handywork.

Compassion and what it says about us…

I would like to hear everyone’s opinion on a situation that happened to someone I know this week. I won’t name the company or individuals involved, but would like to know if I am the only person who finds the following a little distasteful:

A young  guy, just out of uni applied for a job with a well known multi-national here in Dublin and was invited to interview at the end of the week. His girlfriend’s father died a few days later, he contacted this well known company immediately to ask to postpone the interview for compassionate reasons, he didn’t want to leave his girlfriend alone.

To his, and my, surprise the answer was if you cannot find 60 minutes to interview this week, then there is no longer an interview slot available to you.

This company didn’t have a very tight deadline, in fact they have interviews scheduled for the following week for the same position, and there is no reason why they couldn’t reschedule the interview.

The only reason I can think of to explain this heavy handed response is a true lack of compassion, because otherwise why wouldn’t anyone make allowances for a family bereavement. Even if they thought the bereavement was falsified, would they not have acted with compassion.  I would have, so why didn’t they?

French riot police threaten to strike over alcohol ban

French riot police threaten to strike over alcohol ban – Telegraph

These guys are crazy enough without alcohol, but it is just not civilised to stop a Frenchman having a glass of wine with his baguette.

What is the world coming to?



Copa del Rey

Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey in Valencia last night and celebrated their victory with a star-lit open top bus ride around Madrid when this happened:


And for the close up:

iPhone users location tracked by Big Brother

I can’t think of a reason why I would want to track the movements of people at work, but it looks like Apple have made it very easy to do if I wanted to.

I bet the internet will be full of fanboys from both Apple and Android all day long  now!

Phone Update – Final!!

So i finally have my phone back. The screen had to be replaced.

Only 5 hours of reinstalling apps etc!

Dear TV…

Lily watches her favourite program, she is really into it…15 min of peace :)

Phone Update 5

Was told yesterday that my phone was fixed and ready to collect. Excellent news, no?

Of course O2 conspired to ruin the excitement. I arrived at the O2 store to pick up my shiny new phone, because I tell myself it is shiny and new and not just botched together and renovated, anyway to cut a long story short, they hadn’t yet received the phone back from the menders after all. Could I maybe pop back in on Monday? We should hopefully have it back by then!!!!


Phone Update 4

I have been without my pocket friend for 17 days now and the website where it reports the status of the repair has been stuck on inspection for over a week. I thought it was time enough to drop the English reserve and get on to my supplier with a wee rocket.

Good news! My phone is fixed and should be back with me later in the week!!

Les essentiels du chat selon Lily

Lily says the 2 most important things a cat needs are a luas pass and a toothpaste, you just ned to check the pass is valid for the right person…

France to enforce a ban on wearing the veil


As of today a new law is to be enforced in France, the law against face coverings used by Muslim women will be applicable on clothes such as Hijab, Niqab, Burka. If anyone is found wearing any of these items in public, the police will ask them to remove it, if they refuse they will be taken to a police station and fined €150 or community service.  They may also be forced to attend citizenship classes!

If the woman is being forced to wear the veil, for example by their husband or father, then the man could receive 1 year imprisonment and/or a €30,000 fine.  If someone forces a minor to wear the veil, then the jail term rises to 2 years and/or a €60,000 fine. Whilst this seems excessive, I do agree with this part of the new law but not the prescription on what you may not wear.

I don’t believe the burka, hijab or niqab are part of Islam, and given my views on religion, would rather see them disappear altogether. Yet I just don’t agree with the need to legislate against them. I have read a lot about it being a matter of security in France, which is just utter horse-shit.

If  I was still in Paris, I would have been be sorely tempted to wear one on my commute to work today. Anyway, I guess it is time to say goodbye to liberté, égalité, fraternité.

Sarkozy’s portrait removed from wedding ceremonies

Sarkozy’s portrait removed from wedding ceremonies at town hall | World news | The Guardian.

I think this is really funny. I woudn’t want him in my wedding photos either!!

What is acceptable?

In what sport is it acceptable to have a 5% fatality rate? Yesterday was the Grand National and out of 40 starters, 2 horses died on the course, yet the race carried on and there is no outcry for it not to be run again, or for changes to be put in place to avoid this happening again. I posted earlier about the Malaysian Grand Prix, do you think it would be run again next year without significant course changes if Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button were killed today?

I am not normally against horse racing, but I hate to see two animals die, just so we can have a good day out at the races.

Formula 1

The Malaysian Grand Prix just started on TV….is it just me or does anyone else only watch the first few minutes hoping fo a crash?


There is nothing better than a bit of fresh air if you are not well…

Lazy Saturday morning

Feeling a bit unwell and tired; stay in bed in front of the TV!

BBC News – Pensioner in Georgia cuts Armenia off from internet

BBC News – Pensioner in Georgia cuts Armenia off from internet

This is brilliant. I wonder how much she managed to dig up.


It’s April and I still need the heating on !!

Monkey Joke

A monkey is sitting in a tree, smoking a joint, when a lizard walks
The lizard looks up and says to the monkey “Hey! What are you doing?”
The monkey says “Smoking a joint, come up and join me, my cold-blooded

So the lizard climbs up and sits next to the monkey and they have
another joint.
After a while the lizard says his mouth is ‘dry’, and that he’s going to
get a drink from the river.

At the riverbank, the lizard is so stoned that he leans too far over and
falls in.

A crocodile sees this and swims over to the stoned lizard, helping him
to the side.

He then asks the lizard, “What’s the matter with you?!”

The lizard explains to the crocodile that he was sitting in the tree,
smoking a joint with his new monkey friend. He then explained how his
mouth got dry, and that he was so wasted that, when he went to get a
drink from the river, he fell in!

The inquisitive crocodile says he has to check this out.

He walks into the jungle and finds the tree where the monkey is sitting,
finishing a joint.

He looks up and says “Hey, MONKEY!”

The monkey looks down and says “FUUUUUCK, DUDE……. how much water did
you drink?”

Phone Update – 3

My phone has now been in for repair for the last 7 days. I was told when I reported the problem that it would need to go back to the manufacturer, but this morning I got a text message to tell me that after being checked by a service engineer, it was determined that it would need to be returned to the manufacturer. What have they been doing for the past 7 days!!

Fairies Also Cry…

Lily’s album has been updated here:

Best April Fools Jokes 2011

So yesterday was April Fools Day and there were some great pranks and jokes this year. I heard my favourite on Newstalk radio on the way to work. They announced that in order to commemorate the upcoming visit of Queen Elizabeth, An Post were going to create a special 55c stamp with the Queen’s Head on it. I am sure you can imagine the republican reaction!

Here are some of the best of the rest:

Ikea Hundstol

Gmail Motion

WestJet Helium 737

The Aurors – Harry Potter Spin-Off

Twin Baby Talk


I thought this was very funny. I wonder what they are actually talking about? Where is his missing sock, maybe it’s in the freezer!