AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganomy first preference? understanding! (8.12.2005, 11:34 UTC)
Campaign poster promoting STV in Scotland Ah, budget, smudget. I’ve already blogged once recently about it, and I ain’t doing it again. Let’s face it – everyone from every sector is going to claim that they should have gotten more. For me, it’s a bit like moaning when your Lotto numbers didn’t come good – just what exactly did you expect??? Many claim that Brian “Mad” Cowen’s speech yesterday could be the first shot fire...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganothe meeja on monday (6.12.2005, 10:31 UTC)
In a weekly post formerly known as “Q&A – My Two Euro Cents” and “Monday Night Telly”, I give my take on how the media kicked off a new week by covering the topics of the day.Dunphy at BrekkieIn the morning I was disgusted to hear the two Eamonns, Dunphy and McCann, conduct their cosy little chat on the George Best funeral. They were shockingly condescending in their suggestion that it was naïve to think the occassion would solve all the North’s problems....
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganojl's sports shorts (4.12.2005, 14:11 UTC)
Being a day of rest and all, I choose to lay off the social/politcal rants on Sundays and ponder matters sporting. SPURS – Listening to your favourite team play on the radio can be one of the most frustrating experiences for any sports fan. It sure was for me Saturday afternoon as I endured Spurs’ fortuitous 3-2 win over Mick McCarthy’s bottom club Sunderland. The pic there is of the vastly under-rated Michael Carrick celebrating his late winner. Still, a win is ...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganothe best of days (3.12.2005, 11:07 UTC)
For one day, none of it matters. For one day, all that constantly plagues the headlines in the six counties can be cast aside. No flags, no arms, no bigotry, no accusations, no bitterness, no hatred. Of course there is sorrow, but even this will be outdone by the celebration of a sporting talent that will never be forgotten. Of all the countless quotes over the last week, only one rings true with me, and that was from his longtime close friend and agent Phil Hughes outside the hospital mo...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganogo raibh míle maith agat (2.12.2005, 08:03 UTC)
Since he does not offer either a name or the facility to leave a comment, I must use a post here to thank the author of this blog for his kind plug yesterday.
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganoroads to nowhere (1.12.2005, 11:43 UTC)
As part of my latest losing weight buzz I was out walking early last Sunday morning. In case you think I don’t have a life, my kids were with me over the weekend, and I was taking the opportunity to get some exercise in before they woke up and all hell broke loose in the house. Anyway, as I strode down Mount Merrion Avenue a car pulled up beside me which was heading towards Blackrock and a lady with an English accent asked me for directions. She said they were travelling south to ...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganomonday night telly (29.11.2005, 10:00 UTC)
The Panel:• Dick Roche, Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government• Brendan Howlin, Labour spokesman on Enterprise, Trade & Employment• Patricia King, SIPTU Regional Secretary for Dublin• Eamon Delaney, Editor, Magill magazine• Dan McLaughlin, Chief Economist, Bank of IrelandIs there any justification for the Irish Ferries outsourcing policy?The correct answer to this question depends on where you are coming from when looking at the problem, and l...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganojl's sports shorts (27.11.2005, 08:10 UTC)
Being a day of rest and all, I choose to lay off the social/politcal rants on Sundays and ponder matters sporting. BEST – I cannot think of a better tribute to George and his millions of fans than to play a match at Old Trafford between Manchester United and a United Ireland team captained by Roy Keane. I hope it will happen. How about this as well – do you think the GAA would consider opening Croke Park as a gesture so fans could could use the impressive facility to both pay their r...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganoblack guy in the jacks (26.11.2005, 13:04 UTC)
Whatever the Licensed Vintners say in their radio ads, I'll be the judge of what I consider to be "good craic" in Dublin pubs, thanks all the sameI had a really nice evening out with herself last night.We went to the Rathmines Inn and basically just sat there having a few jars and a laugh. After agreeing that it was a good spot for a Friday evening, we went on to discuss what exactly makes or breaks a good pub.Eddie Hobbs would have you believe it’s all down to price. This from a guy who n...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganobest left unsaid for now (24.11.2005, 07:29 UTC)
Which fight is more intense – George’s for life or the media’s for our attention? This is not a rant about George Best, football, or anything alcohol related. I want to question the 24-hour media culture, and in turn I suppose, you and me, the media consuming public who justify what they do. Why, oh, why, oh why do the headlines have to perpetually feature this man’s rollercoaster health status? Of course I have every sympathy for those close to him. He is ...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganomonday night telly (22.11.2005, 08:40 UTC)
"Questions & Answers" and "The Panel" are the only two RTE-made shows that have me purposely staying home to watch them. Leave it to boys at Montrose to air them at the same time! Still, at least I can feel I'm getting something for my license fee...The Q&A Panel:• Senator Jim Higgins, Fine Gael, MEP• Dr Ursula Kilkelly, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University College Cork• Noel Dempsey, TD, Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources• Martin Collins, A...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganojl's sports shorts (20.11.2005, 13:22 UTC)
In keeping with my new “less is more” blogging policy, I have decided to terminate my sports-only site and confine my opinions to brief Sunday posts over here. ROY – Of all the millions of words printed by the media over the weekend on the subject of the whys and the wherefores of Keane’s sensational departure from Manchester United on Friday, only two are needed for me, and they were coined by Niall Quinn when he described the Corkman as a “difficult g...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganothe budget and how to fudge it (19.11.2005, 10:19 UTC)
“To those of you still awake, here’s what I may or may not do with public money next year…” The Irish Budget process is little more than an elaborate political hoodwink by which the Government of the day tells the public one thing when six months down the line it may very well do something completely different. A good friend of mine always makes an apologetic “yawn” noise whenever he introduces himself as an accountant. I, of course, being the ...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganoní thosaímid an tine (17.11.2005, 10:48 UTC)
[sing to the tune of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire”] Druid Law, high kings, Cúchulainn, bronze thingsNewgrange, Celts invade, Romans stay away O’Neill dynasty, St Patrick, snakes fleeMonasteries, Book of Kells, Vikings from Norway Waterford settlements, Dubh Linn battlements,Clontarf, Brian Boru, everywhere another war Many kingdoms come and go, tuatha rule, StrongbowKing Henry, Papal Bull, English army come ashore Ní thosaímid an ...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganoq & a - my two euro cents (15.11.2005, 07:36 UTC)
The Panel:Eamon McCann, Journalist and writerDr Liam Twomey TD, Fine Gael spokesperson on HealthRonán Mullen, Lecturer in CommunicationsCatherine Ghent, SolicitorBrian Lenihan TD, Minister of State with responsibility for children Is the battle against crime being lost? Although it takes him half an hour to make a simple point, Eamonn McCann was right that the question is redundant. Maybe he’s also right that legalizing some drugs will help. The battle against ...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganothe blogs they are a-changin (11.11.2005, 18:38 UTC)
mo blog eile I started blogging back in September ’04 without a clue of what the hell I was doing. And you could tell. It took until the following February for me to start to find my feet. I started getting comments mostly from the USA, the reason most likely being that I was born there so I was attracting curiosity as to how an ex-pat was getting on. After a honeymoon period of sorts, I realised that although I was also interested in giving opinions on local Irish issues, t...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganotellin it like it liz (10.11.2005, 07:52 UTC)
It wasn't easy to find a pic that does her justice - I know she's a PD and all, but she really is a fine thing in my bookI know I run the risk of sounding sexist, but before I applaud Liz O'Donnell's fine speech in the Dail yesterday, I have to point out that I'm a bit biased. Don't worry - my partner is fully aware I have a thing for Lizzy, probably because I make no secret of it.Adolescent-esque crushes aside, and my general dislike for the PDs even further aside, what a speech that was.Witho...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganomaroon 13 (9.11.2005, 11:07 UTC)
When I first heard of the incident I thought the newsreader said it was off the coast of Kerry – turns out it was much closer to homePeriwinkle and cockle pickers. Periwinkle and cockle pickers. Periwinkle and cockle pickers. I just thought I’d write those words down a few times to get over my puerile sniggering before I went on to comment on the weekend’s events.From what I can make out in the Indy report, what happened off the coast of Skerries is symptomatic of our rising im...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganoq & a - my two euro cents (8.11.2005, 09:41 UTC)
[Maximum 100 words per answer]The Panel:• Michael McDowell, Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform • Olivia Mitchell, Fine Gael Spokesperson on Transport • Dan O'Brien, Senior European Editor, The Economist Intelligence Unit • Marie Keenan, psychotherapist and lecturer, School of Applied Social Science, UCD • Fergus Finlay, Chief Executive of Barnardos Given that priests are no more likely to be abusers of children than other male adults, does the panel think t...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganoa.n.p.o.s.t. = after negotiations, putting off striking today (7.11.2005, 10:30 UTC)
the unions have repeated themselves so many times now it’s all becoming a blur Pumpkins come out of windows, fools with more money than sense start kitting out their house fronts with extravagant lighting, An Post workers threaten to go on strike. Christmas must be around the corner! As much as I want to sympathise with the unions on this issue, the more I hear from the two sides, the less I can do so. OK – they are owed their price increase, I both understand and appr...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganothe sunday snap (6.11.2005, 11:32 UTC)
This week's Sunday Snap is of an advertizing campaign I think does the exact opposite of what it tries to do. It's on a bus stop at the corner of Baggot St and Waterloo Road. I have deliberately blurred the photo because not everyone takes in every aspect of a poster ad. If you want to make maximum impact, you have to get your message across to the majority of people who will only glance at the space for a few seconds. This ad is a clearly well-intentioned attempt to be ironic about t...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganothe saturday soap (5.11.2005, 08:57 UTC)
episode 4 : "YER MAN WITH THE BEAMER" part 3[Liffey Street store. Orlaigh is behind the counter, Sandy is guarding the door, Jimmy, Paula and Lorraine are standing around the footwear section; he is looking on while they write out price tags.]Orlaigh : Jimmy I’m goin on my lunch is that ok?Jimmy : Aye, you go on there, love, see ya later.Orlaigh : Now ya have my…Jimmy : …mobile number, yes,yes, now off with ye will ya!!!! Aeonghus will be waitin for ye!Orlaigh : Och, no, sure h...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganothe first friday retro-rant (4.11.2005, 09:30 UTC)
My favourite rant from August came right on the last day. Sadly, what I was complaining about still happened this week. Tuesday morning, 7:30 am - bins left as requested on the kerb at nice neat little right angles Tuesday morning, 7:45am - bins left right in front of my car, and no doubt strewn everywhere from my front door to the front of my estate as usual bin there, done f**k all A very simple, straightforward rant today folks, and I don’t know wh...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganoburley, surely (3.11.2005, 09:45 UTC)
The loyal Irish fans deserve a manager who has experience of success at the highest level Before I justify my choice for the Irish job which I have given away by my title and picture, I must first attempt to take the hats already in the ring and chuck them back out again. Since the FAI claimed they failed to renew Kerr’s contract having “ looked at the results over the past two and a half years and noted the slippage in the team's FIFA and European championship ranking...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganoare we being taken for a ride? (2.11.2005, 10:31 UTC)
The Cullen Guide to Gaining Trust With Public Money: Step 1 = blow fifty million, Step 2 = insert own head into sand Before I rant about yesterday’s announcement of the “Transport 21” plan, I first want to make it clear that I am fully behind the concept of the project. It has to be said that our infrastructure needed a major shot in the arm and Comrade Bertski and his boys have seemingly come up with a way to provide it. It’s just that whenever I look at ...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganoliam's legacy (1.11.2005, 08:57 UTC)
Do parental ability, sense of humour or even death absolve people in public life from all criticism? Being a blogger sure has its advantages. I can put forward my opinions here in pretty much the same manner as I would to a man standing over my shoulder cutting my hair. Although the Lawlor family were seemingly hurt by the inaccurate reports from the media, they still took the surprising decision to allow them full access to the funeral. I have to assume, therefore, that they have...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganothe bank holiday gobshite (31.10.2005, 08:00 UTC)
No prizes for guessing whether this asshole would get a trick or a treat from me As it is both Hallowe’en and a bank holiday, not only do I get to pick a gobshite, I can also suggest some ghoulish things happen to him or her. Perfect. I want yer man Barry Scott off of those Cillit Bang ads to first pour a bottle on his head to get the grease out of his hair. So what if it burns his skin. THEN I want him to drink a bottle. That will help dissolve the slime and the shite that ...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganothe sunday snap (30.10.2005, 15:35 UTC)
This week's Sunday Snap will hopefully underline what I was saying a couple of days ago about fireworks . This was taken today in a wooded area just a two-minute walk from my front door. The blue thing to the bottom right is an empty banger casing. As you can see it is thrown on the ground in said highly flammable area among scattered leaves, rubbish, and to make matters worse, crushed beer cans. I don't think you need to involve Interpol to work out that kids are getting locked ...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganothe saturday soap (29.10.2005, 12:26 UTC)
episode 4 : "YER MAN WITH THE BEAMER" part 2[Grafton St store, the back office. Sam is at her desk with papers scattered everywhere, and she is on her mobile, as one of the workmen patiently waits for her.]Sam : [to phone] yes, Pat, I know, but I haven’t been out of this office for over a week to be able to see how the new managers are doing! I’ll try to get over there today! [pause] Listen, Pat, there’s a chap been standing here for five minutes waiting to ask me a question, a...
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AH SURE YA KNOW YERSELF by JL Paganobang out of order (28.10.2005, 08:57 UTC)
Does someone have to end up with a blind eye before we all stop turning one?And so we come towards the end of yet another firework season. This year, I heard the first ones as early as the beginning of August.Oh, wait a minute – they’re illegal, aren’t they? So since there are laws against selling them, all the explosions I hear every night must be in my head?Let’s put the legal thing to bed right now. There has been much written about economics and many a debate has gone...
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