As the number of cases of the corona virus around the world continues to grow, more and more countries are starting to see immense pressure on their health systems. This is no more evident than in Italy and Spain, where the number of deaths are horrifying. It is worth noting here why these two countries … Continue reading A better future in this?
Perhaps the end times are near. I have just heard that the Tories, the fucking Tories, have just announced a raft of socialist policies to deal with the economic and social effects on the pandemic on the UK. This is easily the most unexpected aspect of the whole affair so far. I mean, I was … Continue reading Comrade Boris?
After footage of a packed bar in Dublin full of drunken revelers last Saturday night began to circulate on social media, the Irish government took the belated decision to close all pubs in the country. Some pubs and other businesses had already done so, but others continued unabated, as the naïve call for people to … Continue reading Responsible leadership
While ambling along the streets of Bray a few days ago, I spotted in the distance a magnificent old red-brick and dark wood Tudor-style building, replete with clock tower and all. The high-sloping roof and wooden bay windows suggest it wouldn't have looked out of place in an Alpine village. I had of course passed … Continue reading Imperial Fast Food
Another upshot of this virus hysteria that has come to light is the last few days is revelation that many carriers are flying empty planes in and out of Europe, since people have cancelled travel plans due to paranoia about what should be an easily-contained pathogen. So instead of grounding the planes that have no … Continue reading Carbon-belching Ghosts
Having only had a car for a short time living in Dublin, before getting rid of it because driving in the city is utterly pointless, I never really paid any heed to the many signs (such as the one pictured) on the approaches to the city indicating how many spaces there are in various car … Continue reading It’s got Nothing to do with Vorsprung Durch Technique, you Know
The trail of cookie crumbs my browsing history has been leaving recently has seen some curious advertising stalkers creeping after me. One particularly persistent ad is trying to convince me to attend a 2-day property investment workshop, entitled Jumpstart. This targeted ad is obviously because I have been looking at property online. However, I'm simply … Continue reading Jumpstarting my Road to Damnation
For a number of years, a more youthful version of myself worked as a bookseller. It was a job I thoroughly enjoyed, spending the days surrounded by books, and conversing with learned, intelligent people for the most part. Apart from the swamp-dwellers that would surface during December's consumerist frenzy, bookshop clientele are generally pleasant to … Continue reading Do you know Brendan Meehan?
For a few microseconds earlier this week, I was incredibly excited to hear that one of my all time favourite bands, if not my absolute favourite, were to return Ireland for the first time in ten years. I had only once had the pleasure of seeing Rage Against the Machine, and it ranks as one … Continue reading Rage Against the Sponsors
I've recently been inundated with ads (on free apps that I use) for a company providing a delivery service for their 'healthy' snack food. Food delivery services are not something I am in the habit of availing of. While they are convenient, they are incredibly wasteful; they generate a whole lot of unnecessary packaging to … Continue reading Able I was ere I … didn’t care