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Spy Saturday – The Water Protest and the State

Spy Saturday – The Water Protest and the State On Friday 28th of August, the people of Ireland woke up to a national paper headlines revealing “Garda Team Spying on Water Activities”. It’s been alleged that ordinary people and activists are been closely followed and their daily activities... 

On the Company’s Time

A while back, a fellow regular in the local (who runs his own business) told this correspondent of a cheque he’d received from the tax office, for expenses he’d put in for, from the tax-man. As someone who’d never claimed back expenses, in any jobs worked at, your correspondent was... 

The Impact of Technology on Children

Young children have become very adept with modern technology. Whether it is showing grandma how to send a text or playing with their computer games, they know how to do it. While it is beneficial to be computer savvy and not a technophobe, it can cause some problems. Dr Iain McGilchrist, who is a medical... 

Juice Plus – Fruit in a Pill

Juice Plus – Fruit in a Pill Juice Plus is a multivitamin that contains phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins. This product provides 26 types of fruit and vegetables in capsule form.  The World Health Organisation in Europe suggests that we eat a serving of 5 fruit and vegetables a day.  This can... 

Bad Blood

The other Sunday this correspondent headed to the local café with a hangover & the Sunday Times. Upon arrival your correspondent ordered his usual (breakfast of bacon, egg & chips) and sat down with a cup of tea to read what Rod Liddle & Cormac Lucey had to say in the Sports & Business... 

Supervised Injection Centre’s For Dublin

The idea of providing a space where people can, under supervision, legally inject drugs would have until recently, it would be fair to say, alarmed a great many people. But attitudes may be changing. The Ana Liffy drug project and the Bar Council are right now working on draft legislation that would... 

Pulling Power

Pulling Power Although having no memory of it, this correspondent must have enjoyed his first taste of chocolate, as the sight of them in shops & petrol stations nowadays stimulates an urge to consume them. The same was true, years later for tasting Bulmers, although your correspondent does remember... 

The A Bomb 7th August 2015

  The A Bomb 7th August 2015 A blinding flash blurring people’s eyes A mushroom cloud invades their skies They try to run to evade the heat Their flesh it burns from head to feat No escape from this, a searing fire As bodies pile on an earthly pyre No compassion had for man or beast An inhuman... 

The Summit of Conscience on Climate Change

So how is the weather treating you today? The climate seems volatile, thank you sir. Confused yet? Weather and climate are at times mistaken for the same thing, but there is a difference. The weather is a temporary state of meteorological conditions. Climate is a constant state of conditions recorded... 

At Sepp’s Pleasure

At Sepp’s Pleasure The other week this correspondent was doing his daily scan of the BBC website when the irises in his eye-sockets were drawn to a headline in the sports section. The headline read ‘Sepp Blatter: Anybody who calls me corrupt should go to jail’. Your correspondent clicked... 

Between Generations, St Theresa Gardens

Between Generations, St Theresa Gardens Some years ago (though not too many mind!), I grew up in St Theresa’s Gardens.  A place, that myself and my family still have fond memories of and converse about regularly, though to others the name brings connotations of tough living. For some time now, the... 

Should Drugs Be Decriminalised In Ireland?

Should Drugs Be Decriminalised In Ireland? Last week at Leinster House, the Minister of State for the National Drugs Strategy, Minister Aodhán Ó Riórdain, was speaking to the House about the decriminalisation of drugs and if legal highs should be banned. In an interview last week with the Medical... 

Local Property Tax Survey for Dublin

Local Property Tax Survey for Dublin Dublin City Council is inviting the public and other interested parties to take part in a survey to conclude if the Local Property Tax (LPT) should be varied in Dublin for 2016. On the 1st July 2013 the annual LPT became effective and is collected by the Revenue... 

Unruffle Feathers

This correspondent has encountered a few sufferers of verbals (abuse) from time spent in the local. The poor unfortunates come into the boozer, order a drink, and unburden themselves of the volleys received from their missus/partners through-out the week.They gain some relief for a brief period, but... 

My East-End Girlfriend

My East-End Girlfriend   For those not aware ‘Ocean Pearl’ is cockney rhyme for girl, and stretch & bend is cockney rhyme for friend. My girlfriend is a cockney, and it is to her I’ve dedicated this ode.   Although her happy trigger is very appealin’ with a lemon zest... 

Top Gear’s Final Show Clarkson Tweets Goodbye

Top Gear’s Final Show Clarkson Tweets Goodbye Former Top gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson apologized to fans and expressed his sadness how his time on the motor show came to an end the way it did. The 55 year old Clarkson was fired from the show after a “fracas” with series producer Oisin Tymon... 

Time Will Tell…

Time Will Tell… The country gathered at the nation’s capitol at either Huston or Connolly stations to march in protest against the now infamous water charges. The protest was arranged by the “Right to Water” campaign. The “Right to Water” campaigners argue that water charges is already... 

In Poor Taste

In Poor Taste  As inappropriate celebrations go, this correspondent came across a humdinger recently. It concerned the retirement due for a Mr Bruce Barrett, a school teacher for over thirty-years at Knox Grammar in Sydney Australia. It was reported that back in the early 1980’s, when he retired,... 

Are Irish School Summer Holidays Too Long?

  Are Irish school summer holidays too long? Why are Irish school holidays longer than most other European countries? According to Dr. Josephine Bleach, Director of the Early Initiative at the National College of Ireland, it is because our school holidays were previously planned to facilitate children... 

Fun Friday – Time for a bit of Spike Milligan!

Fun Friday – Time for a bit of Spike Milligan! On Money “Money can’t buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery” “Money can’t buy friends but you can get a better class of enemy” “All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me... 
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