Irish EagleC.S. Lewis and the Culture War Chronicles (9.12.2005, 19:29 UTC)
Someday you will be old enough to read fairy tales again --preface to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe There's evidently a lot of agitation out there over this week's release of the movie version of the C.S. Lewis children's classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. What could be the problem with a movie about four children who discover a magical world by traveling through a wardrobe?
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Irish EagleSeabiscuit (9.12.2005, 16:13 UTC)
Great book. Read it. I have pretty much zero interest in horse racing, but I could hardly put this one down. And, as the old saying goes, if you saw the movie don't let that put you off. UPDATE - 11:40pm: Link to book fixed, thanks to comment from the helpful "joesoap".
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Irish EagleC.S. Lewis and the Culture War Chronicles (9.12.2005, 16:12 UTC)
Someday you will be old enough to read fairy tales again--preface to The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThere's evidently a lot of agitation out there over the upcoming release of the movie version of the C.S. Lewis children's classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. What could be the problem with a movie about four children who discover a magical world by traveling through a wardrobe? As the Washington Post noted in its Style section yesterday, the controvery centers on the contention t...
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Irish Eagle"Parting is such sweet sorrow" (9.12.2005, 12:52 UTC)
If Shakespeare was alive today, he might very have Juliet saying those words to an aging bus rather than a young man such is the reaction to today's final run for the Routemaster in London.
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Irish EagleImmaculate Conception (8.12.2005, 14:25 UTC)
Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (not to be confused with the Immaculate Reception). I'm not sure why, but the church was nearly full today for Mass when it was probably no more than a quarter full the last Holy Day, All Saints Day. I couldn't come up with any possible explanation for why so many more people were at Mass today compared with November 1.
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Irish EagleWomen don't emit enough gas (7.12.2005, 08:58 UTC)
That's greenhouse gas I'm talking about. Apparently, men are responsible for global warming. Ulrike Rohr, director of Genanet-Focal point gender, Environment, Sustainability is demanding "climate gender justice". And, how does Ulrike know that men contribute more to global warming? "To give you an example from Germany, it is mostly men who are going by car. Women are going by public transport
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Irish EagleUnions and child care (6.12.2005, 14:34 UTC)
It's disingenuous to close schools (sub reqd) this Friday so that you can take part in a labor protest that really doesn't affect you and, at the same time, try to claim to be concerned about working parents. Nothing makes working parents angrier than unnecessary, unplanned school closings.
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Irish EagleListening on-line (6.12.2005, 14:02 UTC)
One thing that makes listening to the radio on-line fun is getting to hear the local ads. Occasionally, I listen to KRLA from Los Angeles. One ad I heard last week gave me insight in what it's like to live in that part of the world (I've never even visited the area). The ad is for Housebath and begins, "Now that the fires are over . . .". I can't imagine living in a place that has a fire season.
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Irish EagleBurned on eBay - UPDATE (6.12.2005, 12:22 UTC)
Well, I wasn't burned after all. The item I bought arrived today despite the fact that it really looked like it was a lost cause. The package came from Hong Kong, not the UK as I had been led to believe. The seller was guilty of deceiving the eBay buyers by claiming to be in the UK, but at least he wasn't just a crook.
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Irish EagleReading (5.12.2005, 12:33 UTC)
I finally finished reading A Few Bloody Noses by Robert Harvey. It's a history of the American Revolution written by a British historian. It was the first time I read anything about that era from a British perspective. I had to fight myself to concede that some of what he had to say about America's founders was true, but just as true is the fact that he omitted much of what made them great. Almost
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Irish EagleIrish Ferries, the NUJ, the Irish Independent (5.12.2005, 12:01 UTC)
Read Alan Ruddock's article in today's Guardian. The article is about the Irish media and the Irish Ferries dispute, but the problems he identifies are about more than just the Irish Ferries or even business issues.The Irish media operate in a bubble that shields them from an evolving Irish society. Journalists are rarely sacked and can expect a job for life once they have union membership and a
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Irish EagleBest funeral (3.12.2005, 06:07 UTC)
Oh my Lord, what's going on? I can understand worshipping your sporting heroes, etc., but isn't this going just a tad too far? People are camping out so that they can be among the 30,000 people who will be admitted to the grounds of Stormont for George Best's funeral. The other hundreds of thousands of expected mourners will have to make do with lining the funeral route. And, if you can't make it
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Irish EagleFor rent – one ski lodge (1.12.2005, 17:38 UTC)
Okay, not yet, but soon. According to this article in today's (London) Times, Ireland will soon be having much colder weather. That means my house, nestled snugly in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, will soon be next door to ski trails etc. Okay, I admit, mediocre ski trails - the "Mountains" are not all that big. More like hills. Still, maybe skiers from London can be enticed over to
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Irish EagleBush Doctrine (1.12.2005, 11:25 UTC)
I couldn't find this item in the Irish Times, Irish Independent or Irish Examiner this morning, but yesterday two Saudi women became the first women to ever win gain elected office in their country. They were elected to seats on Jeddah's Chamber of Commerce. This is a result of the pressure being exerted by the Bush Administration for change in Saudi Arabia. Same with the elections in Egypt. The
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Irish EagleAny entrepreneurs out there? (1.12.2005, 10:59 UTC)
A would-be entrepreneur can wait a lifetime for an idea like this one. This is a sure-fire, can't-miss idea for the Irish market. Mobile strip clubs. A Tampa-based businessmen unveiled the idea at last week's Buccaneers' game. They used a 40 foot long bus, in which they served alcohol and provided two classes of lap dances the $20 dance and the $40 dance. If you consider the fact that at
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Irish EaglePaypal (1.12.2005, 10:43 UTC)
Loads of people rave about eBay and, despite losing my few bucks, I can understand why. Almost anything you could imagine wanting is available there. Yet, it's Paypal that really amazes me. Anyone can now transfer money electronically to anyone else, regardless of where they live. Paypal even allows for different currencies. It allows you to link up with your bank so that you can transfer money
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Irish EagleBurned on eBay (1.12.2005, 10:28 UTC)
I don't buy much on eBay and this is why. A week or so ago I bought something from a seller about whom I knew nothing other than the 99+% positive ratings he (she?) had on eBay. I paid immediately, as I always do, and now I see that a week later this seller has racked up dozens of negative ratings since my purchase. And, he's quit eBay. Looks like my $20 is down the drain.
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Irish EagleFinkelstein (30.11.2005, 16:47 UTC)
I never heard of Norman Finkelstein before this past weekend. Finkelstein is an American Jew who is, from what I heard, implacably opposed to most of current Israeli policies and practices with regards to its dealings with the Palestinians. I don't really care about Finkelstein or his views. What annoys me is the treatment he received on Newstalk 106 this weekend on the Wide Angle. First of all,
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Irish EagleLieberman (29.11.2005, 15:18 UTC)
Why is nobody in the Bush Administration able to make such a clear statement about America's aims and progress in the war as Joe Lieberman?
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Irish EagleIrish Ferries (29.11.2005, 11:16 UTC)
In a comment below, Miranda wants to know what I think about the Irish Ferries dispute. I have to admit I haven't paid a whole lot of attention to the ins and outs of this one, but I guess I wouldn't be going too far out on a limb to say that the company could have handled this better. My free market instincts and my sympathies for the eastern Europeans who are getting the new low paid jobs have
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Irish Eagle'Hey, we're overcharging you and you're still shopping here' (29.11.2005, 10:35 UTC)
Shopping. Have I mentioned before how much I can't stand it? I thought I had. So it doesn't take much to distract or amuse me during my annual outing into an endless number of stores that I would otherwise happily avoid from now until Kingdom come. On Sunday I was in a store called Wallis (I think that was it) when the price tags caught my eye. They had prices in both pounds and euros. At first I
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Irish EagleDown, but not out. (28.11.2005, 21:48 UTC)
I'm a bit under the weather at the moment, which sort of explains the quiet around here.
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Irish EagleDissin the Boss (25.11.2005, 10:30 UTC)
It is 30 years since Born to Run was released. Last week two US Senators from New Jersey sponsored a resolution to congratulate Bruce Springsteen on the thirtieth anniversary. {No, I have no idea why this kind of thing goes on, but it's pretty common.) Anyway, the Republicans in the Senate killed the resolution. It seems the reason for this was Springsteen's support for John Kerry last year.
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Irish EagleJoining the Irish Brigade (25.11.2005, 09:22 UTC)
The Columbia Rifles is a Civil War reenactors organization the members of which are seriously devoted to authenticity. "The reenactor who is dedicated to authenticity will divide his efforts between three facets of equal importance: man, methods, and material culture". They should look, act and think like the men in uniform at the time. Yesterday's Irish Independent provides some details from
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Irish EagleShopping in the US (24.11.2005, 10:03 UTC)
Today's Boston Herald features an article (now part of an annual ritual) about shoppers from Ireland descending on the big stores and shopping malls looking for Christmas presents. Another part of the ritual is the warning from the Irish authorities that such shoppers could be prosecuted if they exceed the 175 limit on purchases. The other day I heard someone on the radio - not sure who it was -
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Irish EagleIrish dancing (24.11.2005, 09:48 UTC)
When I was in college there was an annual c on the campus organized by a local Irish organization. Almost no students went, but a couple of my friends and I used to turn up, partially (okay, mostly) because for $10 the bar was unlimited for the night. That was a bargain even then (mid 80s). Still, we used to have fun. These middle-aged Irish women would insist on dragging us out onto the dance
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Irish EagleHappy Thanksgiving (24.11.2005, 09:23 UTC)
Lunch out with a friend today and a big family meal on Saturday. And, despite the fact that it's still not a holiday here - must ... try ... harder - I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. You know, with all the talk about American cultural imperialism, I'm not sure why something as good as Thanksgiving hasn't taken off here. I think that the faster pace of life in Ireland today and the
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Irish EagleAthens "fiasco" (23.11.2005, 11:42 UTC)
I have to admit I can think of no good reason why the Irish government should spend a single penny to boost the Irish Olympic team. Are people really that desperate to hear the national anthem at the Olympic Games? Apparently Athens was a "fiasco" and required that the government pay these are furthering the incentive for athletes to cheat. It is better for the state not to be involved so that
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Irish EagleHow's that Kyoto thing going? (22.11.2005, 10:22 UTC)
Ireland's not unique among EU states in failing to meet its Kyoto commitments. Eleven of the fifteen old member states have reported emissions going up instead of down since 1990, with huge increases seen in Spain (41.7%), Portugal (36.7%), Greece (25.8%), Ireland (25.6%), Finland (21.5%) and Austria (16.5%).The US exceeded its Kyoto targets by 13.3%. The UK turned in the best performance in
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Irish EagleCycling with Bush (22.11.2005, 06:15 UTC)
A rarity from The Guardian today - an article about President Bush that is light and almost totally lacking in cynicism. Cycling correspondent Matt Seaton is impressed with Bush's cycling equipment and it's not just all show.Last year, a journalist from Associated Press joined the president on a lap of his Crawford ranch. Bush's heart rate, Scott Lindlaw reported, peaked at 168 beats per minute
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