Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogIvor Falls On His Sword (Eventually) (9.12.2005, 22:58 UTC)
I'd love to have heard the phone conversations between Bertie and Ivor Calelly yesterday. The Taoiseach must have had smoke coming out his ears on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Biffo had just presented a give-away Budget with goodies for all those lovely middle-class voters (and he kept away from the Dutch Gold and the oily rags to keep the proles happy too), so what could go
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogM50 Bomb Alert (9.12.2005, 22:29 UTC)
When I heard about the Gardai intercepting a bomb at the toll bridge on the M50, the first thing thing that came into my head was this. Gardai have released a sketch of a bearded elderly gentleman they would like to question, and who they believe may be able to help them in their enquiries...
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogDial-a-Pooch (8.12.2005, 22:51 UTC)
Sorry but, Pedigree Christmas Stockings are sooooo last year. This year's must-have for the fashion conscious dog-about-town is one of these. Sad or what?
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogFutile Protest (8.12.2005, 21:45 UTC)
I'd love to know what is the point of tomorrow's day of protest. It is being organised by ICTU, and is supposed to be in solidarity with the workers at the centre of the Irish Ferries dispute. But what good will it do? Irish Ferries management will not change their position one minute of one degree as a result of it. The unions want to protest against the 'devaluation' of Irish jobs and 'the race
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogBarrel of Laughs (7.12.2005, 23:44 UTC)
Years ago, when I was working in London, I did a number of wine trade training courses, up to and including the Wines & Spirits Education Trust Diploma. The Diploma course was a theory and practice course. The theory consisted of a lot of dry facts about regions, grape varieties, climate and weather patterns, and soil types. The practice consisted of a lot of dry (and sometimes sweet) wines to
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogKnow Your Europe (7.12.2005, 23:17 UTC)
via Caoimhe: Test your knowledge of European geography with this drag and drop challenge. Can you accurately place Latvia, Romania, Leichtenstein, or even Belgium on a blank map of Europe? I managed 41/45, and the errors I put down to my finger slipping off the mouse button. Honest. There's no other way I could have misplaced Belgium by 122 miles. La honte!
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogA Bit Of A Tidy Up (7.12.2005, 23:09 UTC)
My sidebar has been getting a bit cluttered of late, so I decided to give it a bit of a tidy up. I'm getting bored of the overall look of this blog and will probably do a major refurb after Christmas. I'm tempted to move away from Blogger altogether and do something completely different with Wordpress or Rapidweave. But it will have to wait.
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogSky News RSS Shenanigans (7.12.2005, 22:49 UTC)
This is an odd little thingy I noticed recently. Whenever I view all the RSS feeds from my News RSS folder in Safari, all the Sky News feeds are at the top of the list. Allow me to demonstrate: This is the summary of available feeds in the folder at around 10 pm this evening. The (12) beside BBC Northern Ireland indicates that there are 12 unread reports collected from BBC NI. In theory, these
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogMan Yoo Crash Out Of Europe (7.12.2005, 21:44 UTC)
Blimey! Not only do Man Yoo miss out on a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League in the wake of their defeat at the hands of Benfica this evening, but they also miss out on the UEFA Cup. Realistically, the only chance of silverware at Old Trafford this season lies in the FA Cup or the League Cup. How the mighty have fallen, eh?
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogKnowing Me, Knowing You (2.12.2005, 22:42 UTC)
The start of the Late Late Toy Show this evening saw Pat Kenny make his entrance as Darth Vader. When he took off his helmet, I honestly thought he was going to go "Aaaaaahaaaaaaaaa......"
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogIt Could Be You... (2.12.2005, 21:38 UTC)
The Apple iTunes Music Store will shortly sell its 100 millionth song in Europe. Whoever is the person to click the magic "Download" button and download that song will win the following: A 17-in iMac G5A 30GB iPodA voucher for 10,000 songs for the Apple iTMSTwo tickets to see Robbie Williams on his 2006 tour.OK, three out of four isn't bad, I suppose...
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogWine, Women And Thongs (29.11.2005, 21:30 UTC)
The expression 'celebrity winemaker' can be interpreted two ways. Firstly, it could refer to a wine producer who has achieved fame in their chosen field. Most wine enthusiasts would be familiar with the name Robert Mondavi for example, or Michel Rolland or Angelo Gaja. A 'celebrity winemaker' could also refer to someone famous who becomes involved in the making or marketing of wine, whether
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogBrowser Review No 3 - Shiira (27.11.2005, 23:23 UTC)
I came across Shiira from a review in MacUser magazine. Overall it was positive, so I went and downloaded it. And then forgot about it. Maca was talking about browsers a while back and this reminded me that I had Shiira on board. So I dug it out and started to use it a bit. Shiira was developed in Japan for Mac OS X. Whoever designed it is clearly a Mac fan, as it has a lot of design elements
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogChoose Whatever (23.11.2005, 21:59 UTC)
You know that monologue that Ewan McGregor does in "Trainspotting" - "Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, etc, etc"? An Post are using a version of it in a radio ad for their gift voucher service. With a complete irony bypass. Jesus wept.
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogBrowser Review No.2 - Camino (22.11.2005, 22:52 UTC)
Camino is a browser from the Mozilla stable, the same home as the trail-blazing Firefox. Unlike Firefox, which is available in three flavours (Windows, Mac and Linux), Camino is Mac-only. At first sight, Camino looks like something Apple would design themselves. It has the trendy new plastic skin that Apple are using for iTunes and Mail. The buttons, scroll-bars and drop-downs are very Apple-like. Like Safari and Firefox, it features tabbed browsing, a Google search bar, pop-up blocking ...
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Gerry O'Sullivan's Blog395 Posts Later... (22.11.2005, 00:05 UTC)
...this blog has made it to its first birthday. One thing I've learnt is that blogging is an addiction. It's worse than the feckin' smokes, and they were a hoor to give up. But at least it's a creative addiction. And I still have a lot more to say about rugby, Macs, music, politics, roads, food & drink, etc.
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogIdentity Crisis (21.11.2005, 23:50 UTC)
Senator Derek McDowell of Labour wrote a thought-provoking piece* for the Irish Times today, in which he considered one of the big challenges nationalist Ireland would have to face in the process of establishing a united Ireland. He describes the time during the mid 1990s, when he was serving on the all-party Forum for Peace and Reconciliation: "The committee dealt in turn with issues such
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogEddie Must Step Aside (19.11.2005, 23:30 UTC)
The Irish rugby team are bereft of ideas, motivation and passion. They lost badly today to a very ordinary Australian side. This is only the latest in a series of bad losses, first to France, then to Wales (Lord help us!), New Zealand and today to Australia. I'm sorry to say this but someone has to take responsibility for this dreadfully poor run of results. And that can only be one man: the national coach, Eddie O'Sullivan. Read the full post at Hands In The Ruck
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogKeano Leaves Man Yoo!!! (18.11.2005, 12:37 UTC)
Biggest football shock of the year - Roy Keane has parted company with Manchester United by mutual consent, with immediate effect. Already, the locks have been changed at Old Trafford. When asked to comment about the departure, players and staff are replying "Roy who?"
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogTrimble To Give His All To The Irish Cause (18.11.2005, 11:23 UTC)
It's hard to get enthusiastic about Saturday's match, after the comprehensive hosing Ireland got last week at the hands of the All-Blacks. The Aussies are in town this weekend, and while we have a better record against them (stats not to hand), I think we're headed for more disappointment. Read the full post at Hands In The Ruck
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogPhotoshop Practice (17.11.2005, 22:37 UTC)
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogTop 10 (-ish) Internet Freebies (16.11.2005, 11:32 UTC)
I seem to be in a listy sort of frame of mind these days, what with the live albums post and the rip-off ones last week. The convention for lists on blogs seems to be "Top Ten", yet when I start compiling, I usually get stuck around No .7. (Hats off to United Irelander, who religiously comes up with a Top Ten every Tuesday.) Annawiz, this list is of some of the best (imo) freebies available on the internet. 1. Skype Go to www.skype.com. Download a small file there and install it in your comp...
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Gerry O'Sullivan's Blog"And Now, Will You Please Welcome..." (15.11.2005, 23:36 UTC)
Back in the 1970s, it was commonplace for the big bands of the day to release a live album. That doesn't happen much these days of course, because boybands and girlbands sound no different live than in studio. So after their first five singles or so a "Greatest Hits" album comes out. But back in the good old days, live albums (or better still double live albums) were a treat for the fans. Most of
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogBrowser Review No.1 - Safari (15.11.2005, 22:27 UTC)
Safari is Apple's native browser that ships with OS X. It has the sleek brushed metal skin that is common to many Mac Apps, and the layout of the address bar is neat and uncluttered. When I switched first, it took me a while, but soon I got used to using it. One of the features that I quickly fell in love with was tabbed browsing. All the other browsers that I have loaded on my Macs at home and
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogBrowser Reviews (15.11.2005, 22:16 UTC)
Over the next couple of weeks or so, I'm going to post reviews of some of the browsers I use. Looking at the visitor browser share stats from Sitemeter over the last while, I have seen a noticeable drop in the share Internet Explorer enjoys among visitors to this blog. But with 55% or so of all visitors using it, it's still top dog. Firefox's gain has matched IE's decline almost perfectly. So the
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogNo Posts Tonight... (14.11.2005, 23:56 UTC)
...too busy listening to this:
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogAll-Blacks - Try, Try And Try Again (And Again And Again) (13.11.2005, 21:22 UTC)
Depressing. That's how I can only describe it. Ireland were humiliated by the All-Blacks yesterday. They were played off the park. If these guys were the second-string A-Bs, then it's just as well we didn't face the first-string. Read the entire post on Hands In The Ruck
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogKia-Ora Kiwis (11.11.2005, 21:59 UTC)
Tomorrow's match between Ireland and New Zealand brings with it a large contingent of New Zealand supporters to Dublin. There are a fair few Kiwis living and working in Ireland, and of course several thousand in the UK. They will make up a large part of the visiting supporters, along with those who have travelled specially to Europe from New Zealand for the All-Blacks tour. I'm very fond of
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogMore Rip-Offs (9.11.2005, 23:03 UTC)
It was late last night when I was venting my spleen about the rip-offs we don't hear much about, so there were some glaring omissions from my original top ten. So here's a couple more to round the list off. 11. Banks It's virtually impossible to lead a normal life without a bank account. Your salary is paid into it, your 'mwergidje' or rent comes out of it by standing order and most likely the
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Gerry O'Sullivan's BlogThe Team To Face The All-Blacks (9.11.2005, 00:51 UTC)
Eddie O'Sullivan has named his Ireland team to face New Zealand next Saturday in Lansdowne Road. Read the full post at Hands In The Ruck
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