These are human rights…

“I want to be very clear in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protesters. The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. And the United States will stand up for them everywhere.” —Barack Obama

Healthcare for $1…


This brings home what universal healthcare actually means. To think that someone had to rob a bank just to be seen by a doctor is fairly sickening. Only in America!

French Riot Police on Strike…

Last month I wrote about the French Riot Police (CRS) threatening to strike because they were no longer allowed to drink on duty, today I read that 44 members of the CRS  in Massy are on strike, well sick leave as striking is illegal, due to one of their colleagues being disciplined. Normally I might offer moral support, but in this case I can’t quite believe that the CRS officer in question said what he did.


The alleged racist b*stard stopped a black TF1 reporter from accessing a press conference saying ” Since when have they had blacks working at TF1?” What’s next for them….

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?

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!!!!


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.

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.


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

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!!

The truth about your supermarket loaf

The truth about your supermarket loaf – Telegraph.co.uk

When reading this article I realised that I had never even considered whether the flour  used in supermarket bread was fresh. I was well aware that most supermarket bread is prepared off-site and then baked off in the “instore bakery”. What I never considered was that the flour they used to make this bread was also previously frozen. No wonder the “fresh” supermarket bread is so tasteless and bland. I wonder what they will be made to add to the label? Whatever it is I bet they find a way around that too.

One of the things I miss the most about living in Paris are the boulangeries (OK i’ll  admit it, the patisseries too!). They are on almost every street corner and you will struggle to find one that serves bad bread – especially if you are comparing it to Tesco bread. Obviously the price difference is huge too.

When I read the article above and was delighted to hear about the Real Bread Campaign, but upon further investigation annoyed that it is only in Britain. When will people in Dublin start to appreciate real bread?

No Phone

So I have had my new phone for around a month and a bit now, and it is broken. Again!

This morning I woke up to find that my phone had run out of battery, so I put it on to charge. When I came back, it was happily charging away, but just won’t switch on!!

Nothing that has been suggested on-line has worked so it looks like I will have to send it back. I’m not having much luck with this phone, I had to return the original after just 1 day because it wouldn’t switch on, now it has happened again.