Saturday, August 29, 2009


Quote of the Week

Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
US author & satirist (1842 - 1914)

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Are You Impatient?

You Are Patient Enough

In most cases, you are patient enough to keep it together.

You may feel impatient on the inside, but you don't usually let it show.

However, if you're made to wait for too long, you will usually crack.

You're only human, after all. You don't like for your patience to be tested.

Are You Impatient?

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Skelligs Chocolate

I was in Kerry recently for a week and I was staying near Ballinskellig. A number of times during the week while I was driving around I saw signs for Skelligs Chocolate but it was only on the last day before heading home that I made it to the Skelligs Chocolate factory/shop. It was a drizzly day in Kerry and the small factory/shop was packed with people. I bought a selection of different chocolate bars with flavours ranging from ‘Rose & Pistachio’ to ‘Gin & Tonic’ and some mint brittle. The quality of the chocolate is excellent. I think my favourite was the Dark Chocolate (53% cocoa) with Sea Salt. I love dipping pretzels into nutella because there is something about the combination of chocolate (from nutella) and salty crunchiness (from the pretzels) which is truly yummy. Eating the Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt bar was sort of like eating a fast food version of pretzels dipped into nutella! Don’t worry if you don’t think you are going to be in Ballinskellig anytime soon, just check out the list of stockists on their website or alternatively you can order online directly from their website .

Friday, August 21, 2009


Quote of the Week

Prefer loss to the wealth of dishonest gain; the former vexes you for a time; the latter will bring you lasting remorse.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Dictionary Corner # 49

Pernicious – adjective

Having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way: the pernicious influences of the mass media.

- DERIVATIVES perniciously adverb, perniciousness noun
- ORIGIN Latin perniciosus ‘destructive’.

Friday, August 14, 2009


Quote of the Week

I was reading an article of John Kay’s when I came across the following quote from Keynes and it stuck in my head.

‘It is better to be conventionally wrong than unconventionally right’.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

I went to see the sixth Harry Potter film a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I think part of the reason that I enjoyed it was that I hadn’t read the book in ages so I was able to enjoy the film without comparing it to the book. There is some great humour in the film mainly provided by Ron. He is brilliant in the run up to the quidditch match and afterwards when he is enjoying being the hero of the hour. Hermione also has some funny lines in response to Ron’s romance with Lavender Brown and Lavender herself gets to utter hilarious lines such as ‘Where’s my won won?’. Harry even manages to get in one or two funny lines himself. Aside from the humour there are plenty of creepy moments such as anytime the young Tom Riddle is on the screen. He is played by two different actors, one at aged 11 and the other at aged 16. He is pretty creepy at both ages but maybe more creepy when he is sixteen. But overall I don’t think that the film is as creepy as the book.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Dictionary Corner #48

Calendar – noun
1. A chart or series of pages showing the days, weeks, and months of a particular year.
2. A system by which the beginning, length, and subdivisions of the year are fixed.
3. A list of special days, events, or activities.

- DERIVATIVES calendrical adjective
- ORIGIN from Latin kalendae

Not to be confused with ...

Calender – noun

A machine in which cloth or paper is pressed by rollers to glaze or smooth it.

- ORIGIN French calendre

Friday, August 07, 2009


Quote of the Week

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

Friedrich Nietzsche, The Dawn, Sec. 297
German philosopher (1844 - 1900)

Tuesday, August 04, 2009


How Happy Are You?

You Are 68% Happy

You are a very happy person. Generally, you feel content and that all is right with the world.

Occasionally, you have a down day - but you have the ability to pick yourself right back up.

How Happy Are You?