Archive for January, 2006

Mary Mary Mary – Mary O’Rourke comment

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Well for some reason I’m the first result in Google for “Mary O Rourke comment” so I better put something here for the two people that visited from Google.

Suzy has covered it here as has Fiona.

Update: Richard Develan gives good coverage and I actually thought it a non-issue until his coverage of the media handling of it by Fianna Fáil and the lack of backbone by the media to call her out on it:

Orla then reads out another text from a listener that makes comparisons to the way Paddies and Micks were treated in the UK and elsewhere. The listener says that she’s black and she’s offended by O’Rourke’s remarks.

Asked for her response, O’Rourke says: “Good for her. She’s got clearly her asylum…or her papers. I wish all asylum seekers could work here.”

Oh my god. In fact this needs more punctuation: Oh. My. God.

Best blog summary, comes as usual, from Twenty.

My neighbourhood getting all tarted up.

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

Found on are these pics of a new development near Pairc Ui Caoimh. Very nice. The NMRC is moving near my place. Great idea.

Development near Pairc Ui Caoimh

Development near Pairc Ui Caoimh


Thursday, January 5th, 2006

I’m off to Dublin and Maynooth in the morning. Am around Dublin on Fri, Sat and Sun. If anyone is around give me a shout if you want to go for a drink or two. I’m going to see Mogwai play on Saturday evening, anyone else going to them?

I won’t be checking mail til at least Fri evening, I should think, so if you need to contact me have your people talk to Sinéad’s people who will ask Sinéad to supply my number.

Anyone know of a place in Dublin that does cocktails after lunch? Yes, I’m starting early.

Irish Blog Awards – Nominate your fav blogs now

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

I’ve opened the Irish Blog Awards Nomination Process.

The categories are:

  • Best Blogger
  • Best Blog Post
  • Most Humorous Post
  • Best Photo Blog
  • Best Fictional Piece in a Blog
  • Best Arts and Culture Blog
  • Best Political Blog
  • Best Group Blog
  • Best Comment/Commenter
  • Best Personal Blog
  • Best Use of the Irish Language in a Blog
  • Best Contribution to the Irish Bloggersphere (Tech wise)

Go to the post on the Awards site to get more details. Now that nominations are open I *have* to get everything else in place PDQ. Have fun!

new Blog Awards Logo

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Thanks to Alan

Irish Blog Awards

EDIT: Thanks to Robin for updating the template for the Blog Awards site too!

Shower notepad

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Via BoingBoing

Blog Awards – Not the Irish ones, the bloggies

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

Nominate your fav Irish and/or British weblogs. BTW, I now have a logo ready for the Irish Blog Awards but I must first move server.

Asked what my New Year’s Resolutions were

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

I said:

why would I need to make resolutions? That would mean I wasn’t doing things right in 2005. I did everything right. Wouldn’t change a thing in 2005.

Oh the arrogance/delusions…

ex City of Culture still clueless

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Seems there’s a multi-lingual sign you see when leaving Cork airport telling you what side of the road to drive on. The French sentence tells you to drive in Ireland on the right hand side. Can anyone get a picture of this sign?

William Gibson’s MA-1 Jacket

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

William Gibson gives some back story on how obsessive the Japanese are while talking about a jacket he invented in his book Pattern Recognition. I love how the Buzz Rickson’s company spent a million dollars on a machine that just makes the zips for the jackets and how the company seems more interested in getting their garments just so, more than marketing them to a larger audience. They seem more like artists than manufacturers.