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20 Years in the Making May 25, 2005

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Liverpool have just won the champions league in a bizarre match that saw them return from 3-0 down. Go on the pool!

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Eurovision – Wrong Contest? May 23, 2005

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This weekend saw the passing of yet another European curiosity. Yes, one cannot but applaud the manifestation of sheer enthusiasm, national pride, and musical annihilation that is the accidental entertainment value of the Eurovision song contest. Thankfully our Irish duo did not make it to the final this year; removing any last-minute, outside chance that we would have had to host it next year. The order of the day was drums, drums and more drums intertwined with cheesy dance routines and video snippets from the local tourist board. Now, from the Irish side, we are hearing that we need seasoned professionals to sing the songs for our nation. Im beginning to think that, not even Terry Wogan can save it now

Store Wars May 17, 2005

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A very humourous piece of video editing in the form of Star Wars but with an organic twist. Thanks to Miguel for the link. source: StoreWars.com

Blog Stalkers May 17, 2005

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For all those out there who maintain a personal website or weblog: be warned that you may become the victim of a deluded stalker. Thanks to fmk for the link to a darkly entertaining story. source: Sigla Magazine

Last Minute Purchase May 12, 2005

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LastMinute.com are set to complete their sale to Sabre Holdings today for a reported Eur 844M. Looks like the dotCom days are here again. Must register finalsecond.com – the only place for really cheap deals! source: Irish Times

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ISs Visible May 11, 2005

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Looks as though the international space station will be visible all over Ireland this week. Keep watching the skies… source: Irish Times

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Testing Times May 10, 2005

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This morning it was announced by the Minister for Transportation that there would be a move to partly privatise the driving test. In an attempt to decrease the backlog of driving test applicants on waiting lists around the country – this is the best plan that they could come up with. Let me see, it’s well known that private companies make money by keeping and increasing customer bases. To aim to reduce a customer base would mean going against the logic of doing business. Hence I can only assume that private companies carrying out driving test examinations would be an incredibly controversial move by the government. Then again that has never stopped them before…

Savings Online May 4, 2005

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Heard this story on the Last Word on Today FM while driving home last evening. The banking sector in Ireland is set up for a bit of competition by the introduction of an internet only bank. Rabo Direct are a Netherlands-based financial institution and appeal to anyone who can offer one Euro to open an account. They also boast a wonderful 3% interest on deposit accounts. The only criticism that came from the Last Word program was that it took Rabo 3 years after they purchased ACC to do anything for the Irish market. Personally, I say well done Rabo; this is very welcome and let’s see a shake up started in the Irish banking sector. If everything checks out then you’d be mad to have any other bank account at those interest rates for deposit. source: The Register

Crystal Clear May 4, 2005

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Overheard on the radio this morning and read in the paper: It looks like Waterford Crystal are to shut up shop in Dungarvan after 30 years of working in the town. Further bad news for the company and moreso for the many workers. Waterford Crystal has been a main stay of the county for decades but in recent times it has faced tough-going. Some say that 9/11 had its toll on the demand for crystal others would say that the company had been looking to cut costs from as early as 1990 and has been moving out into Europe (particularly Austria) in search of cheaper labour and materials costs since long before that tragic day also. If the factory goes then so should the name, it should no longer be allowed to trade on what the directors left behind. source: Irish Times

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