Saturday, August 27, 2011

From Championship To Premiership...

It's quite amazing the amount of media attention a football club gets in The Premiership compared to the Championship.

I've been made acutely aware of this since QPR got promoted in May.

Whilst they lingered in the lower leagues I had to search for any stories or info about the club. (They were virtually non-existent in the Irish 'papers). Now, I get kept up to date just by flicking open the sports pages or by just watching the news on the telly.

Also, there are no more midnight hour late nights to see the goals as they can be seen at more civilised times on RTE & BBC on Saturday or Sunday evenings.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The #VinB Twitter Phenonemon...

The Tonight With Vincent Browne tv show (& it's sister show on Friday night) is a perfect vehicle for the social media site twitter.com (search #VinB)

The twitter chat about the show reached it's zenith last Friday night with the Jedward appearance on the show. The show was itself was highly entertaining Friday night crack which was raised another notch by the twitter chat during it.

It's very hard describing the appeal of twitter to people who don't use it. It's a bit like trying to describe the taste of water.

But try this: The next time you watch a popular favourite tv show, go onto twitter.com and search for live comments about the show. It should give you the flavour.

Stress Tested In Ireland...

So, we're are putting another €24 Billion into the banks. This brings the total since September 2008 to €71Billion (click HERE).

Comprehending this figure is impossible but what's more incredible is how it was allowed to happen.

We're now going to go back to just 2 commercial banks in the country. Therefore a duopoly will probably occur. No foreign banks will be coming here for a long time. Competition is effectively gone.

Competition in the marketplace is always reeled out as the answer to everything.

What's the answer now?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Extravagant But Nice...

I recently ordered this holder for all my Bob Dylan cd's. It certainly wasn't necessary but I justified it as restoring LP sized album artwork to my collection (I gave away any Dylan albums I had on vinyl when cd's came in years ago).

It being my birthday in the coming weeks was a further justification. Also, it looks rather lovely:

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cowen & The Bankers.....

As we watch the last days of these Fianna Fáil led governments it really is worth dwelling on the day of golfing that Cowen had with Seanie Fitz of Anglo Irish Bank.

This highlighted the type of people Cowen, Bertie, Harney, McCreevy et al go to for "chats" about the economy. That is gamblers & people who move money around. Not people who actually generate wealth.

But apart from all that, this behaviour displayed to all regulators & Central Bank officials who they shouldn't hassle with, ehhhh, regulation. I mean, can you imagine an official trying to rein in Seanie knowing he socialises with the Prime Minister?

It's all tawdry and incestuous. I've always reckoned it's been down to just a few people that the whole country is in the desperate state it's in. Hearing about Cowen, Seanie & 2 other Anglo related men hanging out on a "day off" I don't need to alter that position.


Of course, the call now is "we're all in this together". Yeah, cheers lads. Hole in one.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

One Day by David Nicholls...


Finally got around to reading this acclaimed book. And it was every bit as good as everyone said.

A great story very well written with characters you can believe in. I started it on Saturday and finished it on Wednesday which is some kind of a record for a slow reader like me.

Unsurprisingly, there's talk of it being made into a film. They'll be doing well to recreate it on the screen.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

9 Dart Finish...

... in the WORLD FINAL!

I always enjoy the darts after Christmas. As I don't have Sky Sports I'm left with the inferior BBC version. But here's a hell of a leg from the S/Sports one (thanks to Richard for the link):


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blog & Twitter...

I've been spending a lot of time on twitter.com so I've added a twitter feed gadget thingy to the right hand side of this page to keep non-twitter people up to date. It will keep this blog fresher during any periods of absence.

There may be links of interest to you appearing there from time to time (and other banter) so, do have a quick read..

I like twitter. The trick is to follow people of interest to you and to stop following people that annoy you. Its purely your own choice. Another, really strong, advantage is the speed of breaking news, eeerr, breaking. But again choose your news source wisely. Anyway, that's the end of my twitter advert (and they were doing okay without me anyway!)

Happy New Year, and thanks for reading.

Dylan Debate...

Michael Gray v David Quantick on BBC Radio4 (for the next 6 days only)

Click HERE.