alt tagSoon, soon, soon (1.2.2006, 09:24 UTC)
WAY too much going on right now. And work busy Busy BUSY- one of the reasons for the quiet around here. But just a few weeks to go till this part-time lark kicks in on 1 March. Can hardly believe it's finally come down to the last lap... Here's hoping it makes a difference to my blogging output!
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alt tagTroubles sometimes come in 10s (30.1.2006, 09:52 UTC)
This CD responsibility business is taking its toll, let me tell you. It's like Sophie's feckin' Choice around here, dammit. Nick Cave's Let Love In and Sin. (And, nope, their latest album ain't budgin' either.) As for the other 5 (The Rising, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Born to Run, Tori Amos's Tales of a Librarian and The Doors) - fuhgeddaboudit! For now, my top 10 bulges guiltily at 12.
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alt tagLife of Pi (24.1.2006, 09:28 UTC)
Finally got round to reading this book. Wonderful, informative, whimsical, fascinating. An enchanting, hilarious (sometimes gruesome!) read, cleverly, lightly and beautifully wrought. None of the many recommendations I had heard did it justice. ...That is, right up to the encounter with the man 3/4 of the way in. I was completely absorbed in the story up to that point. By the end, it had shifted
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alt tagXenophobia (23.1.2006, 11:56 UTC)
So the media eggs on Labour and the trade unions stirring up waves of xenophobia. And then seems surprised at the result: ...70% of the 1,000 sample polled think that there are enough or too many foreign workers here, and their numbers should be stopped or reduced. Sigh. Too bad, people. Free movement between all of the Member States is in this country already, and will be an EU
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alt tagNot so good (17.1.2006, 09:54 UTC)
OK, I could have done without the leak in my bathroom ceiling. ...Sigh.
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alt tagSaturday evening (16.1.2006, 09:27 UTC)
-- A creamy full moon floating low in a deep blue twilight sky. -- Sin Vienna in June. Ahem, yup, that's right, folks. Hold tight. NEW YORK IN MAY!!!!! Men of New York, prepare yourselves! -- And less than 24 hours to the talented (Slovakian) violin addition in the folk group... Sometimes, when the band is in full flight (acoustic and bass guitars, piano, violin, sax and drums), I have to stop
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alt tagNick Cave (9.1.2006, 09:45 UTC)
Thanks, Carrie, for the latest discovery... The bass opening then sudden burst of "Do You Love Me". The rich piano in most of his songs, especially the album No More Shall We Part. And his deep, deep voice. Oooooooooooh, goose bumps! Reminds me a little of Jim Morrison at times. First up the exciting dramatic energy and tight perfection of Let Love In. The unleashed wildness of "Loverman" (sheer
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alt tagToy review (6.1.2006, 09:17 UTC)
Apart from Santa extravagances for 3 small children, such as a Bratz bus, scooter, and CD player (for a 6-year old!! - I was 33 years old before I got my first CD player!), among the most interesting toys over the Christmas was an "elefun". A funnel of air comes up from an elephant face, high up his trunk and blows out "butterflies", which the players (standing around) have to catch in nets. Good
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alt tagChristmas gift on TG4 (5.1.2006, 09:20 UTC)
Well, of course the usual grouse that the TV was worse than ever over the holidays. I seldom watch TV anyway so didn't bother me. But, by some miracle, I did happen to glance through the RTE guide last Thursday evening - to discover a tiny blurb about Bruce Springsteen himself! ...Woh, can't believe the D.4 sophisticates are even acknowledging his existence. And UH-OH, hope I have not missed
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alt tagBack to normal (4.1.2006, 09:40 UTC)
Belated message to Dr Auds... Nanu-nanu! Dear auds, I'm afraid I do not present any weird habits or symptoms. On the planet where I come from (and which I am still seeking), everything I do is perfectly normal. ;-)
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alt tagHappy New Year! (3.1.2006, 09:49 UTC)
Yey, feeling pretty mellow after the break. Had a few media/leftie anti-American thingies annoying me that I made a note of in the week running up to Christmas, but just deleted all I had to say about those. ...Gone down the little crack between the old and the new year, I guess. Happy New Year, one and all. Here's to a successful and peaceful 2006.
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alt tagChristmas time (22.12.2005, 09:45 UTC)
Decided to slip into town again for an hour early one morning last week after getting a taste for it. Walking along the canal was simply sublime with 60 swans gliding and ducking and doing stand-offs in the mild sunshine. c.9.30 is my absolute favourite time on Grafton Street, when all the delivery trucks are still there, with all the hustle and bustle of starting the day. Trucks are way more
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alt tagBlow it up (21.12.2005, 10:22 UTC)
Friday pm, my German colleague, specialist in company restructuring, was trying to think of a word to advise someone to make a graph bigger. "Do you say 'blow it up'?" she quizzed. "We-ll, we do say 'blow it up', but it would be more like at the stage of developing a photograph. Generally, we try not to blow things up in cases of restructuring. It's not really considered best practice." "Not
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alt tagCosmopolitan (21.12.2005, 10:17 UTC)
These happy pills are really working! Switched off my computer Friday evening and thought, well, that was a pretty satisfying day. Worked on various information products from 9 different countries. Spain, UK, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, France and Bulgaria. Not too shabby. Oh, and did I mention I have 7 days off starting the day after tomorrow???
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alt tagBanking tip (20.12.2005, 09:33 UTC)
Btw, as you might imagine or have experienced, trying to open a business account these days is an absolute bitch. In the end, we went with Bank of Scotland. Free banking for a low-ish volume of transactions. Helpful and responsive attitude. User friendly forms. The Internet option is a bit convoluted and restrictive in the set up, but that's probably not a bad thing. Once you're sorted, it's very
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alt tagGood people (20.12.2005, 09:29 UTC)
To chip in something positive about the public service, must say that, over the years, I have invariably found very helpful anyone I get to speak to in the various income tax or VAT sections. WHY there are so many departments for each of those, I have no idea. But they're all nice folks anyway. And I even had a graciously conciliatory closure last week with Dublin City Council after an
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alt tagAndy, you're a star... (19.12.2005, 09:47 UTC)
...in millions of people's eyes, and mine. Andy, you're a star... WELL! After an exciting and gruelling 5 months, the X-Factor final came round at last. Didn't actually get to see it live, can you believe. Parties, parties. Caught up with it on Sunday morning. So, Shayne won thru. He did look the pop star part. Wow, that was some ending to 'Over the Rainbow'. Still so young. The teeny voters' (and my college pal's!) dream. Firstly, I have to reiterate my lament that Maria and Brenda were no...
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alt tagSpy school Christmas party (17.12.2005, 21:02 UTC)
An Taoiseach said the story was as bizarre as it gets. But in further exclusive coverage, our chief news correspondent Charlie Word joins us now from close to the World Trade talks currently taking place in Hong Kong. Charlie, what can you tell us? Well, Anne, these are truly sensational developments. I am standing here at a secret location, under cover - as you can see - disguised as a Christmas
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alt tagSleeping giant (16.12.2005, 11:09 UTC)
Speaking of Europe and of elections (and of sleep!), don't think I saw anybody mention the recent German election results. Thought myself it must be at least a step towards a positive outcome for sorting out that country's economic mess. I suppose this Angela Merkel woman has been diluted now beyond the power to make any real changes. But still, if this "grand coalition" can agree on anything
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alt tagWhere next for the European Union? (16.12.2005, 11:04 UTC)
Chuckle. I remember running a mildly amusing skit way back (well, it amused me anyway) on Tony Blair and George Bush heading into space. Got sent this quote a while ago and had a laugh. The FT article was basically expressing European concerns about Tony Blair and all that CAP garbage. But I thought it was pretty moot for the EU's destiny as a whole (...it's life, Jim, but not as we know it...).
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alt tagIraqi elections (15.12.2005, 12:22 UTC)
...That makes it 2 years since Saddam was uncovered by Col. James Hickey down a hole. Nice scheduling for the elections. Was good to hear some Iraqi thoughts on it all driving home last evening (paying full attention to the road of course!).
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alt tagGetting old (15.12.2005, 12:17 UTC)
It's actually 2 years today since I started the blog. Though a chunk of that doesn't count, I know. Feels like I've been moaning or out of it for much of the past year. Sorry about that. ...Um, yep, you guessed it - NEED a break.
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alt tagNeed a nap (15.12.2005, 12:15 UTC)
Oh, man, I am sooooooooooo tired. 7 days and counting to 7 full days off work. Can. Not. Wait. That's something of an understatement actually. I am counting the seconds to the 23rd. Been a full year (last Christmas in fact) since I had a week off. And Christmas is such a hectic family time, I'm not sure it fully counts. ...This work lark can't continue! Was driving home from work lately, taking
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alt tagLabour relations (14.12.2005, 10:43 UTC)
Well done to the Labour Relations Commission. Always such tremendous patience and determination in finding resolution - where none seems possible. The diplomacy of the Labour Court ruling for An Post also intrigued me a month ago, in subtly separating the national wage agreement pay rises from the productivity changes demanded. But Irish Ferries was surely the mother of all battles. In the
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alt tagParty game (13.12.2005, 09:37 UTC)
Here's a simple fun game to play over a dinner party, or anytime. Think of a famous person, and then everybody else has to guess who it is, by asking only yes/no questions. Whoever guesses correctly takes the next turn. ...All the fun - without any of the mystifying and excruciating horror - of charades.
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alt tag"I can't live, if living is without you..." (12.12.2005, 10:18 UTC)
For heaven's sake. First Maria. Now Brenda gone. I give up! There is no justice. At least Andy had the decency to look as stunned as he rightfully should on hearing that he had gone through to the final. Everybody was gob smacked: judges, audience - and the other three acts, twitching nervously realising that one of them had to leave instead. Who would have guessed it would be the strongest
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alt tagConferring ceremony (7.12.2005, 10:21 UTC)
I actually have a reasonable excuse this time round for yesterday's silence. Juggled my work days and got into town in the morning - did the Christmas shopping (daa-daaah!). City centre looking good. Busy, busy already. Would not like to imagine a Sat pm. Then an eventful afternoon, attending a family conferring - my first I'm certain since my own ones back in the early 90s, which came at the end of a bunch of them. Thought it would be deadly dull, but it was actually rather inspiring. The ...
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alt tagEnd in sight (5.12.2005, 09:54 UTC)
Just in case anybody out there is waiting with bated breath (haha) for latest instalment on The X-Factor, seeing as I've dragged you into it this far, the irrepressible and charming Chico the entertainer finally bowed out on Saturday evening. He was ever gracious and grateful, rejoicing that he had made it so far and laughingly acknowledging that he should never have got past the first audition.
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alt tagXxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (30.11.2005, 09:50 UTC)
Back to matters of far more weighty import... And so The X-Factor grinds on. After much soul searching, Louis changed his mind (surprise, surprise) and returned to the judging panel. His last act Shayne shaping up well for the final. Andy faltering slightly but holding on. Journey South gaining confidence. (Will be interesting to see whether Andy or JS go first; I suspect more JS fans are in the
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alt tagSweeter restructuring (29.11.2005, 10:50 UTC)
I eluded yesterday to cases of more shrewd tactics in handling restructuring. Don't want to get into specifics, as I always avoid talking about work, but examples would include better communication, training measures, offer of internal transfers, and assistance in job hunting / getting placements in other companies. Such efforts would go some way to maintaining company PR and social responsibility
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