So my dear friend Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (pictured left, trying to dig his way out of trouble) and his cronies have decided to put the country on full lockdown, with almost total restriction on movement for the next two weeks. Their motives are, superficially at least, to contain the further spread of the corona virus. … Continue reading Covering their tracks
This post contains spoilers for a book which came out over 30 years ago, and its (hugely divisive but I liked it) film adaptation released over a decade ago. If you have not read Watchmen, why on Earth not? It's a masterpiece Get to it. You most likely have time on your hands now. Unless … Continue reading A Viral Message?
At time of writing, the counts are underway in Ireland's General Election. Voting closed last night at 2200, and the exit polls suggested that the two establishment parties, Fianna Fáil (FF) and Fine Gael (FG), were neck and neck with a third party, Sinn Féin (SF); with all three taking 22% of the first preference … Continue reading Furious D’s live election coverage
My saga with my property agency (parasites) continued this week. Apparently they are claiming I have lived at my current address for just over a year, whereas in actuality it is approaching a depressing five and a half years of lining investor's pockets at my expense. It was the Residential Tenancies Board that informed of … Continue reading The Dead Kennedys were Right about Landlords.
As some of you readers who are acquainted with me personally know, I have just spent a few days travelling in North Korea. You would be correct in imagining that I have a lot to say about such a fascinating experience, and this will be the first of several posts on the topic. This post … Continue reading The Poster Child of North Korea
Clean water is something that we mostly take for granted in the modern Western World. This assumption is superficial of course, and even parts of supposedly developed nations can have water that is undrinkable. Ireland is no stranger to this, as demonstrated in the Dáil (The lower house of the bicamaral Irish parliament) by independent … Continue reading Running Water Parasites
There's a case currently being referred to the Court of Appeal here in Ireland concerning a man who was awarded a sum of €105,000. That's a tidy sum of money. It surely must be a serious case? Was he unlawfully dismissed from his job? Was his half his home accidentally demolished? Did he lose a … Continue reading When a broken ankle is worth 13 people
"...the review of the hotel complained about the dive-bar close to the bedrooms, from which noise eminated all through the night, and that it was impossible to get any sleep. That's the kind of hotel that I WANT to stay in." I'm paraphrasing part of Doug Stanhope's routine about online reviews that I had the … Continue reading How was your Horrible Experience Today?
So a few days ago, Ticketmaster emailed me asking me to review their service. I normally ignore these requests for ratings/feedback, but this being Ticketbastard themselves, I felt I had to let them know what I thought about their business model. So with glee, I gave them a one-star review, and when I was prompted … Continue reading Well Ticketbastard, you did ask for it…
I'm sure many of you know the Procter-and-Gamble-owned Lynx brand (know as Axe in some countries). For those of you that don't, they manufacture products aimed at masking the stink from those who don't wash regularly, and shower gels for those who do. Their target market is young males, from the pubescent to the not-caring-anymore … Continue reading Allow me to Break the Ice