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Monday, October 31, 2005


Happy Halloween or Hallowe'en depending on how you like it!!

As I write this there is loads of kids outside doing what they do best. Going from one house to the other looking in their costumes for sweets! This is accompanied in the background with the lovely sound of people blowing things up with fireworks and the likes! Its great. Not to mention the gangs going around egging buses, cars, houses and passers by. What a night. Its also the one night of the year they the girls can dress like whores and get away with it!! That's when everyone dresses up in fancy dress, and costumes of all sorts, and hits the pubs and clubs in town. FreskScene maybe the most popular of spots for tonight!! Overall there is always a strange feeling that I get each Halloween!

A lot of people I've been talking to think its an American Holiday, so here is the facts to put the record straight! (Thanks Wikipedia)

The term "Halloween" is derived from Hallowe'en, an old contraction, still retained in Ireland, Scotland and some parts of Canada, of "All Hallow's Eve," so called as it is the evening (or eve) before the feast of All Saints (an important day in the Christian calendar), which used to be called "All Hallows" derived from All Hallowed Souls. In Ireland, the name was Hallow Eve and this name is still used by some older people. Halloween was formerly also sometimes called All Saints' Eve. The holiday was a day of religious festivities in various northern European pagan traditions, until it was appropriated by Christian missionaries and given a Christian reinterpretation.

More on Halloween and the History and folklore of Halloween.

I'm not going out tonight myself. At the moment I'm watching Harry Potter agus An Seomra Diamhair or Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Irish!!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

nice meal and an hour

Team Invincible went on a Reunion Dinner tonight. Spur of the moment type thing, great fun. We went to Ruby Jones in Douglas. Cork city'’s newest dining experience! Apparently!! Actually we went there with the lads for Coffee, Cakes and Hot Chocolate twice before at lunch after college, so we know that the place is like. Really nice and Fancy!! We didn't have a reservation tonight, but had a look if they could fit us in! And they had just enough room for us! Score one us!

One of us, who shall remain nameless ordered the steak, very well done, and it was taking its time. We were there for about an hour. Which we didn't really mind. Conversation was alright!! But the manager/waiter fello came up to us and apologized for the delay, looked to see if we were drinking, which we don't really do, so offered us free desert! Score two us!

Its a really nice place, and if your ever there, go in, if only for a look! Were not used to places like that in Cork baye! ;o)

Also the clocks go back this morning!! Score three us!

I wonder when I wrote this post? Was it before or after the clocks went back?

Friday, October 28, 2005

guess what i got

Yup! That's me in Classic Black and White on my new Webcam! Not too bad for €€19.99! Altho I was talking to someone from China today, and she didn't think I was 23 at all, more like 32. Which was a good confidence boost... *ahem*... NOT!! But I'm not going to hold it against the webcam...

Webcam, One more thing this Spell Checker doesn't know!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

bad thoughts

This is from Scott Adams new blog and published directly from Google Reader where I read it!! I know I will have to edit it again, coz the formatting is going to be all messed up!

Bad Thoughts:

I spend way too much time thinking of excellent crimes I could commit if I were a crime committing sort of person. Every time I read about hurricane-related looting, I wonder about the best way to do it.

I think I’d get myself a looting boat, stocked with a bunch of camping stuff, in case I got stuck in the disaster area. And it wouldn’t hurt to have a big jacket that said FEMA on it. I’d wait until a hurricane started to threaten a particular community and then I’d steal a car and start towing my little pirate boat in that direction, monitoring the news as I went. I’d set up camp near a target rich environment, tie the boat to a lamppost, up high, and wait for the storm to empty the city. There’s a good chance I’d be killed by the hurricane before I did any quality looting, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take for free pants that aren’t my size.

I might bring my own decoy puppy, in case anyone saw me climbing through a broken store window. I’d just hold up the puppy and yell “It’s okay! I Got her!”

After I did my looting – or as we white people like to say: “gather my supplies” – I’d motor my little pirate boat down the main street, out to the ocean, and back to my hidden lair that’s stinking of damp merchandise.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

halloween party

So I had Beavers today! Was much fun, especially because I got to dress up! There is a picture of me in my Vampire costume!! It was one of those Adult costumes with a cape, shirt thingy and belt thingy. All I had to do was wear some black pants and get some of those teeth! My Aunt Kathryn came over to do the Face Painting!! They wanted me to gel my hair, but I was having none of that!! Oh and the medal was a scout one I won in 1998 for coming first in the 3 legged race!!
So down at beavers everyone had a ball! We played a load of Halloween Games with them, told scary stories and had a Party with like of party food!! Everyone had a great time. Even Julie turned up, looking as scary as ever!! If only we could get her to take off that mask she ALWAYS has on!!
I don't think I want to go out on Real Halloween. Just don't feel like it I suppose, leave me alone right?!! Town isn't my scene!!

Oh on a totally different topic... Luisa, I can see that your a regular reader of this Blog! Either stop it or tell me the address for your one!! I will only be able read posts in the past when I eventually find the address out!! Its only fair!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

lets kick start a new wave

Ok! As one of my Friends always says,

I don't have time to scratch myself

and its true, these days I don't. I'm getting my head around all the things that I need to make time for. College, Beavers, Scouts, Computer Games, organizing Ski Trips, Updating other peoples websites, Relaxing, TV, Eating, Responding to Emails, organizing my Google Reader etc etc etc and the list goes on!!

So I want to make this back as a Number one, or close to it at the top. I realized, I started going it this blogging thin hell for leather back in March just around when my Exams were on/finishing, and I haven't blogged through college yet!! I think that's what I'm finding so hard. But I'm sure I can get over it when I put my head to it.

Do you ever notice the spell checker on this thing doesn't have the words: blog, blogger, blogging or blogged?! Strange!

Friday, October 21, 2005

blogging skills slipping

This week I turned 23. Now I have to update all my different profiles with the new age.

I have been very busy with College and trying to organize this ski trip, with all these people dropping out like lemmings.

Anyway, I'm off to the Mournes in Co. Down for the Ulster MPC for the weekend 1st thing in the morning!

Have a good one. And next week, 1 post for each day!

Thursday, October 20, 2005


Eric in the Cafeteria in CIT. What a flamer...

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

facial hair

Eric showing off the length of his Beard!
And my nice beard...

Monday, October 17, 2005

no posts here

I'm just way too busy and I gotta settle back into a routine.

Catch you on the Flip Flop.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

5g ipod

Yup, Apple have just announced their new iPod. The 5th Generation or iPod Video...
Its thinner than the old 4G iPod Photo/Colour, comes in 60GB or 30GB and yup, as you gathered from the name above, it plays video as well!!

I have been doing my home work, as I'm interested in getting one, and up until I heard there was a big announcement from Apple today, I was going for the Nano... except for those bloody scratches!! So I was looking on their website, and checking prices... I found it interesting the Big difference in price from one country to the other. I got the prices in their own currency and just converted it to Euro:
If I don't have one by Christmas, I'm going to get one shipped to Kandersteg and pick it up over new years! But can I wait??

Saturday, October 08, 2005

a pure test

This is a test for Google Reader to see how it works.

Check it out its pretty sweet!

Friday, October 07, 2005

20 lives

Over the past few weeks I've been playing Nokias new Game, 20 Lives. Basically you play as someone each day for 20 days and if you successfully pass a life, you get entered into a draw to win prizes. Its pretty easy and all the lives interact. I have failed 1 of the 16 lives I've played so far, with 4 more to play. The problem is this year is that i've gotten bored with it. I have to force myself to log on every day.

I've played the NokiaGame every year and I've won things some times as well. Nokia goodies and phones. Its a pretty sweet deal, and usualy the game is pretty good and gets your hooked for the 2 weeks or so that it runs! It has also got me hooked on Nokia phones.

The final is on the 12th/13th October. Will keep you posted if I win anything!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

ipod nano

My Birthday is coming up... *cough*... and I was wondering what I wanted!! I don't think I want a PSP, as my Laptop and Xbox does everything that does. So I was thinking should I take the plunge and get me an iPod? I was going to wait until my Ski trip to Andorra and see if I could get a good one for a good price there! But can I wait...?

There is also the fact of these reports that the face easily gets scratched. I rang Apple today (nice free phone number) and was speaking to American Nancy!! And she was all helpful... telling me that yes, Apple have admitted that some screens crack and easily scratch. But she also said that they would repair or replace any of them if they do scratch. That's nice to know.
Oh... my battery also might go kerr-put in month 11 of my warranty as well... just a heads up Apple :oP

Anyway, I don't know what to do yet... or what to get for my Birthday... hummm...

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

ohhh the pressure

I was looking at my stats again, and seeing a lot of rte.ie activity. I posted a comment on Ricks Blog last night, but didn't link back here, but Rick tracked me back to this site!! And then mentioned me in a blog entry!!

Much love to Darran at Langer's Blog who keeps saying nice things about the show *nods back in Darran's direction* :-)
Cheers for keeping track Mr. O'Shea.

So anyway, I know that I'm going to get a huge increase of visitors (like the last time he linked to one of my pages) This time to my main page... ahhh... and welcome! :o)

So the Pressure should be on, knowing that there is a load of people looking at my blog, but its not!

Its my blog and I rite as bad as I like about what I lik.

Monday, October 03, 2005

marty in the mornings

Marty Whelan, on the breakfast show... Right...

He started last week, and I didn't hear one show, which is a shame, considering I usually do catch the for of a new show on 2fm, like Rick's today (and another top show *nods Ricks direction*). So it was this morning where I heard the new Breakfast show.

First Impressions: Very poor I thought. Could they come up with anything better? They dragged Shane back to do sports again, and back to the usual time as well. And Marty and Shane aren't getting on at all. The amount of sarcasm thrown around this morning! Its like they forced Shane to come back.

I will give it this week, and next week (1st week back in college) and if not I'm going to have to change my radio from where it has been stuck since I got it back in the early nineties:
and press this button change it to... dare I say it... TodayFM.
Altho for the last 6 months I was forced to listen to Ian on TodayFM any morning I got a lift into work by a neighbour, so I have no problem turning back full time if I have too!

Check out Dec's Blog Entry about it.
Update soon...

Sunday, October 02, 2005

back to normal

ish! Well I just about made it back yesterday. My bus trip from Sligo to Cork was a bit of a ordeal! It was 7 hours straight on a bus, or 3 buses to be exact! In real life, you get 1 bus from Sligo to Galway, and change in Galway and get a Bus to Limerick/Cork. Here is what happened!

My bus was 20 minutes late getting into Galway. I had about 10 minute change over period, but when we arrived, the Limerick/Cork bus should of left 10 minutes before. But this time, it was waiting for my bus to pull into Galway. So I just about managed to squeeze off the Sligo bus and run over to the Limerick/Cork one, only to see him close the doors and begin to pull away. I knocked on the window and waved, but there was no way in hell I was getting on that bus. The Driver just looked and smiled.

So I was looking an hour wait for the next bus, until I heard a special bus to Ennis/Limerick was about to leave. I was thinking if I could catch up with the bus that just left, because they had a 20 minute stop in Limerick, I wouldn't have to wait the hour. This extra special bus was full of old people going to Ennis and only about 12 of us on there in total. (The bus driver also got confused why I was getting on a bus to Limerick when my ticket said Cork!) Anyway, long story short, we caught up with the Limerick/Cork bus in Ennis where I boarded, and the driver just smiled at me, like... ha... well done, you tricked the system.

By the time we got to Limerick, we were running behind time, so I didn't get a chance to get off for toilet break or food. So I was going from Sligo at 11am until Cork at 6:20pm. Lovely!

But going back to the Jerk Driver, who I didn't manager to get a pic of either :o( does he really enjoy his work? The bus was already 10 minutes late, what would 1 more minute count? I managed to get there, maybe by fluke I suppose, but I managed.

I hope he has a good life.