Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Fool's Gold

If you like Matthew McConaughey’s chest then this is the film for you. The film is basically a treasure hunt story with a few funny moments. Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey play an estranged couple that rekindle their romance while searching for lost treasure of historical value. Ewen Bremner gives a good performance as Alfonz, a Ukranian treasure hunter. While Ray Winstone isn’t bad as Moe, another treasure hunter that taught Matthew McConaughey’s character everything he knows about treasure hunting. But hands down the real star of the show is Matthew’s chest. I think he spends about 95% of the film without a shirt on. :-)

Monday, April 28, 2008


Dictionary Corner #20

Vanguard – noun

1. A group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas.

2. The leading part of an advancing army or naval force

ORIGIN – Old French avant-garde

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Quote of the Week

A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.

Gian Vincenzo Gravina
(1664 - 1718)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Earth Day

Earth Day, celebrated on the 22nd of April was founded by US politician Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in the late 1960s. The first Earth Day was held in the spring of 1970 and it is considered to be the birth of the modern environmental movement of the 1970’s. Over 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day and it is now observed each year on April 22 by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries. Some cities have extended Earth Day into Earth Week which typically runs from April 16th to April 22nd. Earth Day is an opportunity for millions of people around the world to focus their attention on global warming and ask their government to undertake significant actions in respect of climate change.

Monday, April 21, 2008


2FM 2Morro Tour April’08

The 2fm 2morro tour was on in Cork at the weekend. The bands played on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon (all ages gig) in Cyprus Avenue. There were four bands in total, Neon Flea Circus, Juno Falls, Boss Volenti and the Coronas. When I got to Cyprus Avenue Neon Flea Circus had started their set. They were pretty good and seemed to be really enjoying themselves on stage. The next band up was Juno Falls. I’ve seen them play a couple of times over the years and they have some good songs. In the middle of their set the lead singer announced that the guitar player was single and generally offered him up to the ladies in the audience. I think the guitar player was slightly morto by the announcement but here’s hoping that the mortification wasn’t in vain and that he did meet someone after the gig. :-) The third band on were Boss Volenti (pictured left), a band I had heard about but never seen live before. The lead singer played bass and was flanked by a guy and a girl on guitars. Before they came on stage the volume level had been about medium but it seemed to go up a few notches when Boss Volenti strutted out on stage. They are due to play at Electric Picnic this year. I left before the Corona’s made it to the stage but there was a group of young fans at the front of the stage eagerly awaiting their arrival and I’m sure they got a great welcome.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Things You’d Love To Say Out Loud At Work

A colleague sent this to me recently and some of them made me laugh out loud. Imagine if everyone at work went around saying what they actually thought instead of hiding behind management speak. It would definitely make for a very interesting if somewhat explosive workplace!!!

1 I can see your point, but I still think you're full of sh*t.

2 I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.

3 How about never? Is never good for you?

4 I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

5 I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.

6 Who lit the fuse on your tampon?

7 I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.

8 I don't work here. I'm a consultant.

9 It sounds like English, but I can't understand a word you're saying.

10 Ahhhh. I see the f*ck-up fairy has visited us again.

11 I like you. You remind me of myself when I was young and stupid.

12 You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.

13 I have plenty of talent and vision; I just don't give a sh*t.

14 I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

15 I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.

16 Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.

17 The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.

18 Any resemblance between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.

19 What am I? Flypaper for freaks?!

20 I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.

21 It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.

22 Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.

23 And your cry-baby whiny-arsed opinion would be?

24 Do I look like a f ***ing people person to you?

25 This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.

26 I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.

27 Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.

28 If I throw a stick, will you leave?

29 Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.

30 Whatever kind of look you were aiming for, you missed.

31 Oh I get it. Like humour, but different.........

32 An office is just a mental institute without the padded walls.

33 Can I swap this job for what's behind door .........1?

34 Too many freaks, not enough circuses.

35 Nice perfume (or aftershave). Must you marinate in it?

36 Chaos, panic, and disorder. My work here is done.

37 How do I set a laser printer to stun?

38 I thought I wanted a career; it turns out I just needed the money.

39 I'll try being nicer if you'll try being more intelligent.

40 Wait a minute - I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.

41 Aren't you a black hole of need?

42 I'd like to help you out, which way did you come in?

43 Did you eat an extra bowl of stupid this morning?

44 Why don't you slip into something more comfortable? Like a coma.

45 If you have something to say raise your hand.........then place it over your mouth.

46 I'm too busy, can I ignore you some other time?

47 Don't let your mind wander, it’s too small to be let out on its own.

48 Have a nice day .......somewhere else.

49 You're not yourself today, I noticed the improvement straight away.

50 You are as pretty as a picture, I'd really like to hang you.

51 Don't believe everything you think.

52 Do you hear that? That's the sound of no-one caring.

53 The voices in my head don't like you.

54 I like you, I will kill you last.


Dictionary Corner #19

Hallmark – noun

An official mark stamped on articles made of gold, silver or platinum as a guarantee of their purity.

A distinctive feature of something; tiny bubbles are the hallmark of fine champagne.

Verb – stamp an object with a hallmark.

ORIGIN – from Goldsmith’s Hall in London where articles were tested and stamped.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Quote of the Week

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.

Og Mandino
(1923 - 1996)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


The Roundy Room Sessions

Upcoming Gigs:

Thu, 17th April 08 Ian Whitty 9:00pm €10/8
Thu, 24th April 08 Luke Cosgrave 9:00pm €8/6
Thu, 1st May 08 Colin McClean Latino Band 9:00pm €8/6

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Mixed Weather at Garrettstown Beach

I went for a walk with my cousin last Sunday at Garrettstown beach. The weather was beautiful when we arrived and for most of the walk but at the end it started pelting rain and we had to leg it back to the car for shelter. It’s amazing how quickly the weather changes from good to bad!


How Does Your Interpersonal Intelligence Rate?

I wouldn't agree with all of the results of this quiz!

Your Interpersonal Intelligence Score: 73%

Your Interpersonal Intelligence is High

You are definitely a "people person." You enjoy spending time with others.

You instinctively understand people, and you are both a good counsellor and mediator.

However, there are definitely times when you've had enough. And that's when you cherish being alone.

How Does Your Interpersonal Intelligence Rate?

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Quote of the Week

The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out of it.

Doris Day
US movie actress & singer (1924 - )

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


Dictionary Corner #18

Placebo – noun

1. A medicine given to a patient to make them feel better psychologically rather than for any physical effect.

2. A substance that has no medicinal effect, used as a control in testing new drugs.

ORIGIN – Latin, ‘I shall be acceptable or pleasing’.

Monday, April 07, 2008


27 Dresses

I went to see 27 Dresses last Thursday night and really enjoyed it. It’s one of those films where you know what is going to happen but enjoy it because of that fact rather than in spite of it. The two main characters in the film are Katherine Heigl, who plays Jane Nichols and James Marsden, who plays Kevin Doyle. Jane is a girl who loves weddings and has been a bridesmaid 27 times while Kevin is a journalist that writes about weddings. Things get complicated, or least about as complicated as this plot gets, when Jane’s sister comes to stay and gets together with George (Jane’s boss and the guy she is in love with). The story ambles along nicely with some funny scenes, my favourite being the one in the bar when Jane and Kevin get drunk and sing along to ‘Benny and the Jets’. In the end you get a happy ending and you go home without being traumatised by a night in the cinema.

Friday, April 04, 2008


Quote of the Week

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.

Lily Tomlin (1939 - )

Thursday, April 03, 2008


Live at the Marquee '08

Live at the Marquee Acts 2008 include:

Shayne Ward - 19th June (€44.60 GA)

Eric Clapton – 20th June (€76.25 GA, €81.25 Seated)

Dolly Patron – 21st June (€81.25 GA, €91.25 Seated)

Lou Reed – 23rd June (€65.70, €58.50, €54.80 Fully Seated)

Jay Z – 25th June (€65.70, €70)

Christy Moore – 28th June (€45, €40, €35 Fully Seated)

Meatloaf – 29th June (€59.80 Standing, €65.70 Seated)

Neil Young – 30th June (€81.25 Standing, €86.25 Seated)

Massive Attack – 1st July (Tickets on Sale on the 10th April)

Tommy Tiernan – 2nd July, 4th July (€35 Seated)

Paul Simon – 3rd July (€70, €75) Tickets on Sale 4th April

Paul Weller – 6th July (€52.80 GA & Seated)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008


Great Job


Job Reference Number 10012942 Client ID: RI/TAO0001
Posted On: Apr 2 2008
Last Updated: Apr 2 2008
Job Type: Contract/Permanent
Salary: €310,000 PER ANNUM

Start date: 7th May

Job Type: Permanent - subject to 5-year reviews*

• Pension
• Company car & Driver
• Holidays: minimum 90 days
• Subsidised canteen/bar/tea trolley
• Bonus/Charity/Residential scheme**
• Make-up allowance

Leader/Chief required for successful nation.

No experience required, though good sporting knowledge an advantage particularly an understanding of the Offside Rule.

Good communication skills and infacta command of the English language useful.

Experience in multicultural and healthcare issues is essential.
You will be a highly motivated individual looking for a new Challenge.
You will report to the Nation on a daily basis.†
The ideal candidate will have a head for figures, the energy to motivate his/her team, undermine the opposition and be able to work well under pressure.
Leadership skills and ability to manage diverse partnerships a plus.
A passing interest in green issues of value.
A good memory is essential.

*Subject to motions of no confidence.
**At employee’s discretion.
†Daily report in emergency situations only during Dáil breaks.


Dictionary Corner #17

Second (Third Meaning for ‘Second’ in the compact Oxford English Dictionary) – verb (Brit)

Temporarily transfer an employee to another position or role.

DERIVATIVES – secondee noun secondment noun

ORIGIN – from French en second ‘in the second rank (of officers)’.