Monthly Archives: December 2015

Looking at 2016…

So as we pick at the remnants of Christmas and the year, what of 2016, now slouching into view. What, economically, will be the issues?  Politically the key thing for Enda is that he and Michael D be taking the bows for 2016. That will allow them to remind everyone that the parties they represent were the ones that launched the state. Magnanimity and the electoral numbers may require a walk on role by Foreign Minister, Tainiste Michael Martin.  Sinn Fein will sit in the back brooding that they would have gotten away with it but for those damned kids voters.

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Eircode- Failure of the Year? 

It cost millions, but Eircode’s trumpeted benefits for business have not happened

Neil McDonnell, general manager of the Freight Transport Association of Ireland, whose members include the global delivery firms DHL and FedEx, says that as far as he knows, none of the association’s members is using the code. “The nature of a postcode as a random code is the significant problem. It is essentially a social security number for a property,” says McDonnell. “The code itself is a meaningless construct.”

Describing it as “worthless”, Irish Road Haulage Association’s presidentVerona Murphy says it was designed “as a system that only An Post could use” and it is “useless” for anyone else. “There was no input from those whom it’s supposed to service.”


nobody is using the wretched thing

We haven’t seen people using it,” says a member of the counter staff, who estimates that “about 2 per cent” of postage carried the code.

Source: Six months on, people still confounded by Eircode system


Its not like there hasnt been a massive and comprehensive scorching of this worthless heap of crap. But will this cabinet back down? Noo… Mere uselesness isnt a barrier to adoption it seems.

My Fiction Books of the year 2015

Ok, so as I noted, I read mainly fiction, with a heavy emphasis on Science Fiction, usually the pulpier the better.  I also really like historical fiction. I probably read a book a week so this is by no means the complete set, instead representing books that struck me.  Continue reading

Financial Illiteracy – A Problem we are ignoring.

Ten years on and we still don’t know what a tracker mortgage is, despite all the financial water under the bridge, the collapse of the banking system, and the taking into receivership of the state. We are financially illiterate in large part. And nobody seems to be doing much about it.

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Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb… Agrabah? While U.S. airstrikes in Syria continue to dominate foreign-policy headlines, the Republican electorate won’t so easily forget about another Middle Eastern menace. According to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, 30 percent of Republican voters nationally support bombing Agrabah. Just 13 percent are opposed, while the rest remain unsure. Agrabah, for the record, is not actually a real country. It’s the name of the magical kingdom where the Disney movie Aladdin takes place. 

Source: 6 Fictional Lands We Should Bomb Once We’re Done With Agrabah – Hit & Run :


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My Non Fiction Books of 2015

So another year is drawing to a close, a year of books again. I thought I might share my reading experiences with the blogosphere, given that the book industry relies heavily on this period for sales. So first, non fiction. Fiction to follow.  Continue reading

The Tatooine Cycle.

This folks, this is brilliant stuff. A New Hope (Star Wars) as an ancient Irish epic.

The Head of Donn Bó

This retelling of Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope as a medieval Irish epic began as a series of tweets, made on a whim in the middle of November. They can be found with the hashtag #TatooineCycle. I hope that now I have gathered them all together the story still makes sense.

The numbers refer to my discussion of the sources used for this parody, which can be found here.

What was the reason for the Tragic Death of Cenn Obi and the Destruction of Da Thféider’s Hostel? (1) Not difficult that.

tatooine cycle

There was once a great queen of Alt Da Rann and Leia was her name. War had sprung up between her people and those of Da Thféider. She sent messengers to ask for aid from the wildman, Cenn Obi. He lived in the wilderness far to the west. These were the messengers she sent: Síd Tríphe…

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20 Questions – Expert Group On University Funding Version

The Cassells report on future university funding, widely leaked (remember when government decisions were taken and then announced and when leaks were newsworthy not news?) has good and bad points in plenty. Continue reading

Sinn Fein – The Mask Slips

Every now an then a moment happens which crystallises a situation. Sinn Fein have done Trojan work in rebranding themselves as a democratic, left wing party fit for office. Mind you, the Trojans lost… They are like us all looking forward to Christmas, but then the ghost of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe comes clanking in, a modern Jacob Marley, to puncture the illusion.

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Four (or more…) problems with student loans

There has been a disturbance in the force? Do you feel it? The opening words of the trailer for the much awaited new Star wars movie might as well describe how the ground seems to be shifting on higher education funding. We seem to be moving towards a student loan model, although there is zero chance of anything remotely as contentious as that being announced this side of an imminent general election.
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