Monthly Archives: August 2013

Licence to bill

In the latest of a series of moves to squeeze the final drops of life blood out of Irish taxpayers, the government has announced the introduction of a broadcast charge which will replace the existing TV licence fee. Currently anyone … Continue reading

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Curious Cuba

Some snaps from last year’s trip to Havana …

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Without risk, there is no freedom

These lines from Matthew Mather’s book CyberStorm struck me as particularly relevant to our time. The drive to take risks, to expose ourselves to danger, to defy authority, to fight for a cause we believe in, is a powerful imperative … Continue reading

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Road sign, Kingscourt, Co.Cavan

  Nuff said!

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Bed of Roses

The annual Rose of Tralee pageant is in imminent danger of becoming a complete self-parody. It is skirting very close to farce and is more akin to Father Ted’s Lovely Girls Competition. The spectacle of the lovely girls being paraded … Continue reading

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The Great Escape

There was consternation in Big Mac HQ yesterday evening. When we left for work in the morning there were two dogs in the back garden. But when I returned there was one. Now this wasn’t the first time this had … Continue reading

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Perfect Perigord

This gallery contains 36 photos.

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Gone fishing

Bags are almost packed, boarding cards printed and dogs dispatched to rehab/kennels. Looking forward to two weeks of lazing, wine quaffing and book reading. I doubt we’ll have WiFi in our little gite, so catch you all when we’re back.

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Birth control

This week’s Big Mac award for utter stupidity goes to a Kilkenny woman named Aja Teehan. She’s taking a high court action to be allowed to give birth naturally at home. The HSE refuse to allow a midwife to attend … Continue reading

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