Wednesday, December 17, 2008

In God's Country

To be honest I was expecting Barack Obama's 'Best President Evah!' accolades to have been revoked by at least one major media figure by now. He's not in power yet, but a minor detail like that doesn't normally stop them.

So who'll be the first to break ranks? It's a fine line between being premature and being prescient - the hacks are undoubtedly all waiting to be first out of the blocks without actually jumping the gun...

You'll Never Walk Alone


Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis reacting to four Napoli players being linked with moves to England. 'If these players piss me off then, OK, they can piss off to England. But they need to understand this: the English live badly, eat badly and their women do not wash their genitalia. To them, a bidet is a mystery.'

What's My Name

I'm dropping the 'Too much time on my hands?' name because I think I prefer the 'Crashing into bandwagons' tag.

Overpowered By Funk

I was saying before that there's been shag all music worth listening to in the last few months, apart from TV on the Radio. Well now I can add Eagles of Death Metal to the list:

Friday, December 12, 2008

Complete Control

Isn't this awful?

11/12/08 - Teacher sacked for telling class 'Santa does not exist'

"He’s only seven years old and it’s part of the magic of Christmas to him."

Now haven't I heard an almost identical story before?...

11/12/06 - Teacher sacked for telling kids that Santa isn't real

"I am upset because it has taken away a magical part of Christmas."

I'm sure both stories are entirely genuine and that lightning has indeed struck twice in the English Primary School system

Egg-Chasing Time

'THE cream of top European and English soccer clubs could be playing on the hallowed turf of Limerick’s revamped Thomond Park next year. Management at the stadium confirmed they are in negotiations to host exhibition games featuring the “best of the best” from the Barclays Premier League and the First Division of the La Liga Spanish League.'

So far, so good...
'Top brass at the home of Munster Rugby hope to wrap up the deals before Christmas as they aim to make Thomond Park one of the most famous stadiums in the world.'

I'll be nice and suppose that ambition is a good thing...
'If given the go-ahead, the soccer fixtures will be played when the rugby season is over, to keep the pitch at Thomond Park in perfect condition for Munster rugby. "The pitch here is sacrosanct for Munster rugby".'

Dear God, my bullshitometer has just exploded...

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Christmas Time

'Christmas Shopping Sales Up On Last Year'

Er, hang on?...

Anyway I noticed this bit:

'Tom Coffey, DCBA chief executive, said that while people were slow to part with their money, the city was performing reasonably well.

'While the holy day yesterday gave parents a chance to shop with their children, increasing the volumes of people shopping, the traditional shopping day of December 8th has disappeared, he said...

'Aebhric McGibney, a policy director with Dublin Chamber of Commerce said while December 8th was traditionally a big shopping day with people coming up from the country and a holy day for schools, the tradition no longer existed.'

Here's a link to some RTE Archive footage describing how 8th December is no longer the shopping day it once was... in 1982.

Somebody Got Murdered

I must admit I knew this would happen. The murder in Dublin is every bit as bad as what happened in Limerick a few weeks ago. In fact, when you comprehend what appears to have happened - a 50 year old man, who had only ever been sound to the local kids, has been lured out of his house and down an alleyway by those same kids so that they could shoot him - it is possibly worse.

In fact the seriousness of what is implied by this murder - that a subculture of teenage boys are drifting into crime with no fear of consequence - has been noted by those who report on and study crime. Crap-ass parenting has to be addressed. Expecting the police and the State to prevent all juvenile crime is a nonsense.

Yet the story isn't even the main headline in the news and the widespread palpable outrage and 'bring back internment' nonsense that followed the Limerick murder are notable only by their absence.

How many minute's silences is Aidan O'Kane going to get? After all, how many people remember those two Polish lads?...

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Well Royston went. Pity he jumped ship so quickly - it will let his apologists indulge the Myth of Royston the Great even more. Keane isn't an abject failure at all. Oh no, this is all football's fault.

He should get a job at Celtic. The old firm is a perfect home for mediocre managers winning things by having pots more cash to waste on mediocre players than the opposition.

Silver And Gold

You'd like to think that the idea of politicians being 'out of touch' is just a hoary old cliché and then you hear this nonsense:

'Mr Lenihan has previously urged shoppers to do their “patriotic duty” and resist the urge to avail of bargains in the North.

The Minister said today the situation whereby consumers are pouring into Northern Ireland to take advantage of currency differences and the recent lowering of VAT rates in the UK was having a detrimental effect on the Irish economy.

“When you shop in the State, you do help the taxpayer,” he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme today.

“If you shop at home this Christmas, and shop a little bit more this Christmas and if you recognise that money is going to help educate your children and care for people in hospitals and pay for our medical expenses, which the State has to pay for, I think you’ll realise that it is important to shop at home.”

He accepted the currency differential between the euro and sterling was a “big factor”, but said that as Ireland is locked into the euro system, the Government was powerless to act.

Mr Lenihan called on consumers to “pull together” at this difficult time for the Irish economy.

“We have to face up to the fact that we are in difficult times and if we make those sacrifices now, it will be better for all of us and our children in the future.”'

Christ, I mean the ONE thing absolutely guaranteed to get punters from the length and breadth of the country to endure hours of traffic jams, full car parks, frayed tempers and half empty shelves with all the best stuff sold out, i.e. a shopping trip up North, is to tell them that they shouldn't do it. That's the Irish way.

Why not just shrug your shoulders and say you'd prefer to shop in comfort and that the savings just aren't worth all that time, stress and petrol but, y'know, if that's what others want to do...

I mean the whole shopping up the North thing is just the latest lemming-fad that is a variation on the "nothing so undermines your financial wisdom as the sight of your neighbour getting rich" theme.

Who needs that much booze in their gaff at any one time? A hundred mile plus round trip for groceries is a false economy. Electrical goods, DVDs and the rest are still cheaper on the internet and you can't transport anything too large. The women going up on buses and trains seems completely daft to me.

When I'm home I typically buy some groceries in Sainsbury's - but it only takes me 15 minutes to drive there... or at least it did 'til the word got out. I'll be home next week too, but there's no way I'd even dream of getting caught in that snarl up. I also bought bathroom and bedroom furniture in Newry after I bought my house, but I had to hire a van to transport it and, in hindsight, it's debatable whether it was really worth it or not.

Anyway things have been like this for as long as I've lived. For a couple of years sterling is very weak and southerners have legged it over the border to shop, then sterling gets strong and northerners leg it down south. Why it's such a massive news story this time around is beyond me, recession or not.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Police On My Back

Er, Minister?...


Two books that will really open your eyes and your mind to the absolute guff that is the vast majority of the media and that you should get in your Christmas stocking:

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

English Civil War

Goddamnit I can't find the picture online!

There's a sign up in Moneygall (the people there aren't embarrassing themselves with all this, oh no) that says 'DC Electrical Welcome's You to Moneygall - ancestral home of Barack Obama'

It's not as funny without the picture admittedly.

You'll Never Walk Alone

It's December and Liverpool are top of the League, but yet you just can't feel happy. 0-0 home draws against West Ham, Fulham and Stoke are a worrying trend. It doesn't bloody help, of course, that Rafa insists on setting his teams up to not lose matches, even against teams who have no intention of coming out to play. Starting the world's worst Brazilian - Lucas - and a clearly tired Javier Mascherano against Fulham... Fulham!... was only ridiculous. The line-up was slightly better against West Ham but Robbie Keane just isn't a lone striker and, really, it should have been Babel that started instead of Benayoun. And as for the full backs, well Jesus wept...

I've kept the jets cool on Sunderland so far, and I might keep them cold for a little longer. West Brom and Hull are due up; six points there and it will be all 'Crisis? What crisis?' from the Keane apologists. Another couple of defeats, though, and it could be goodbye to Chequebook Royston - a manager who collects footballers the way I collect beermats - and a slash and burn of the squad during the January transfer window. The amount of empty seats in the Stadium of Light are becoming more noticeable too. Irish football fans not as loyal as hoped?...
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