Irish Rambles

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Battle of Clontarf Festival 2014

Simply epic … long hair, blood-curdling battle cries, swords drawn and ready to strike, the sheer blood-lust in their eyes … and that was just the women! The Battle of Clontarf Festival this weekend...

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Lunar Shot

So it wasn’t quite the impressive “Blood Moon” everybody got worked up about, but still … Not a bad shot, considering it was handheld with tele-lens at maximum and all. Quite happy with that....

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They Only Come Out At Night

Street art (not only in Dublin) can be conventional (as in official, sanctioned – witness countless statues and monuments) or “guerilla” (as in done without asking for permission). And occasionally it is well hidden...

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Really Rural Taxi

Okay, I have to admit … sometimes even I do a double take at some of the sights in Ireland. Like this taxi spotted in Oldcastle (County Meath). Obviously they do all sorts of...

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Irish Maths

There has been a long history of problems regarding Irish schools and maths … and it shows. Like I recently discovered in Heatons. Where a bargain did not seem to be that good after...

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Still a Thrill

Ripping open that parcel that came in by courier … and discovering an unexpected, but pleasant arrival … hot off the press, so to say … Second, slightly polished and totally updated version of...

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Old Favorit(e)

Captured in the wild – eleven year old Fendt Favorit in County Cavan, quite a rarity. Apart from the obvious need for some tyre loving care it looks quite good. What made the photoshoot...

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Seasonal Offerings

Actually, today is a good day … bitterly cold, admitted, but we have brilliant sunshine, no wind and the birds are going full tilt boogie with their spring thing. Tweeting, posturing, begging for food....

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Shepherd’s Warning Indeed

The sky this morning … and what was that old saying again? “Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning!” True, it bucketed down later in the day, intermixed with sunshine. Which makes for nice...

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Whole Lotta Money Problems

So, the Budget … it is coming and we are already seeing some sweeties being distributed (free GPs for kiddies, no matter how much the parents earn, ain’t that nice), the “interested parties” engaging...