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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

road trip

Just home from our Road Trip. Last week we decided we had nothing to do for the weekend and beyond, so the most logical thing to do is go on a Road Trip!

You can download see the Route with Google Earth with this file: File [right click, save as]

We started here in Cork, went to towards Sligo, The Giant's Causeway next and then back to Kerry and then home! Over the 4 days, according to the GPS which i had on when traveling, we covered 1444km, just under 24hours moving and nearly 8 hours stopped. Max speed was 140km/h and average moving speed of 61.7km/h!!

Here are some of the Photos!

Bunratty Castle!Gayest Pose EVER!!!!

Welcome to Lovely Leitrim!I don't like Conor!!

The Giant's Causeway!

Welcome to Muff!!!!

Bow Chicka Bow Wow!

Friday, May 26, 2006

new images of castlegregory

Following my post last summer of the location of castlegregory i have been looking at google Earth and notice that the satalite imagry of the place where we stayed has been updated! You can now see the whole beach and town. Oh the memories. Who knows what kind of summer is in store!!
See it here on Google Maps!

radio shake up

RTɉ have announced yesterday about the new autumn cabinet re-shuffle. Big changes coming to both Radio One and 2fm (I'm still refusing to call it RTÉ 2fm) I'm not surprised considering the recent news about the drop in listener ship figures.

So what does this mean to 2fm? (I really couldn't care less about Radio One, I'm not that old yet)

Current state of 2fm: Old man Dave Fanning is on for about an hour and a half at 6, followed by NewsBeat for half an hour and then one of those Nikki Hayes for 2 hours and then Rick O'Shea for 2 hours till Mid-Night. Its all very confusing and feels rushed.

Basically they made their evening and night time programmes more simpler.

New line up: What they will be doing from now on is 2 DJ's, Rick from 6to9 and Damien Farrelly 9to12. Rick O'Shea seem happy about this news, altho he is being moved again from his night time play what he likes to a more main stream post drive time slot. Nikki then replaces Damien in the afternoon.

So they got rid of Dave Fanning. I think think they might be onto something here. Altho I still see the fact that Marty Dry Arse Whlean is still on in the morning. I don't like that man. Maybe suited to 2fm in the 80's, but not now. Worst Breakfast Show EVER.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

towel day

Towel Day :: A tribute to Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

Today is Towel Day: A Tribute to Douglas Adams!

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels. A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value—you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you—daft as a brush, but very, very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag [non-hitch hiker] discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have 'lost'. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with."
(The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Chapter Three)

So today, in honour of Douglas Adams, everyone should always have a towel on them! Any kind of towel will do i guess. A beach towel, a bath towel, a hand towel or a tea towel!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Its hard to build up momentum to blog, after such a break and few weeks of study and such & such. Today i didn't know what to do with my self... but I'm sure I'll slip out of this happy phase soon enough!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

start of the rest of my life

Ok, so here I am. I had my last exam this morning and that's it. Finished college. Its the start of the rest of my life. What am I going to do with it, who knows, but I'm sure I'll keep you up to date from now on!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

archery town

A well deserved break from study, and Taidy is home, an excellent excuse to play in archery town! You can see the target in the right. They then wanted to see if they could jump the puddle...

And the Video!

Monday, May 15, 2006


You gotta love how productive you get as an exam gets closer!

And the Video!

Thursday, May 04, 2006


Check out the time!
I couldn't leave it pass without saying something!!

01:02:03 04/05/06

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

taxes and charges

I was looking for flights to Dublin and the two airlines that fly from Cork to Dublin are AerArann and RyanAir. As the good consumer that i am, or maybe it was the poor student inside me, i checked out both websites. The AerArann flights are €10 base price with taxes and charges added on later. The RyanAir flight was €0.01 base price with taxes and charges added on later.

Score one RyanAir.

Then when it came to adding on the taxes and fees, you'd think that because both airlines are flying out of the same airport going to the same airport at about the same time, the taxes and charges would be the same. Altho maybe the RyanAir one would be more to make up for the fact that the actual price is 1cent.

It turns out that they are not the same, AerArann charges €19.99 where as RyanAir is only €9.98 which is €10.01 in the difference! That's the price of another AerArann and another RyanAir flight to Dublin!!

Score one RyanAir.

Going further into the booking process you realise RyanAir charge you to check on a bag, €3.50 which AerArann does not charge for.

Score one AerArann. [null]

Finally there is a handling Fee for booking with a Credit Card and with my MasterCard, AerArann would of charged me €6 and RyanAir Charges €2.50.

Score one RyanAir. [null]

So looking back at the process the only advantage AerArann has over RyanAir is that it doesn't charge you to check in luggage. But the little fee of €3.50 would balance out the handling fee making both companies charge €6. So if you Null those two to even out the playing field, RyanAir still has 2 up on AerArann.

Total cost for a flight from Cork to Dublin booked with MasterCard with 1 Bag checked on:
AerArann: €35.99
RyanAir: €15.99
Difference: €20.00
(which would pay for my flight back with RyanAir!)

All that aside the real question is why are Taxes, Fees and Charges completely different for the two airlines!?

AerArann Taxes and Fees
RyanAir Taxes, Fees & Charges

Monday, May 01, 2006

help win this bet

This guy bet his girlfriend that any old website could get 2million hits. If he wins he gets a threesome with another girl and if he looses, he is just called an idiot. Win Win situation!

Check it out and tell everyone else you know!!


UPDATE: I just noticed that the website has already gotten 28million hits. Ha!