Archive for September, 2006

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In the search for my place, I came across a new development on Parnell Street; I called the agency, Hooke & McDonald, and they told me “the whole building is free (to let)”, so I asked for a viewing and got it, in two weeks, the reason? “the builders are still on site”. Fair enough. The viewing was on Monday from 9am, the slot given to me was 1:00pm. So, that day, I was about to leave work to see the place, when I got a call from agency around 12:30 that “the whole building has already been let”, and the appointment is cancelled. I thought, what the hell?, how come the whole building is gone in 210 minutes… how can they let without verifying references, bank details, etc?

So, I went to Hooke & McDonald office, to log a complaint. (It was not surprising when..) they told me there’s no complaints department. Interesting. I asked, what could they do?. Nothing. Probably, it’s the most unprofessional attitude I’ve come across, so far.

What could I do? Well.. Nothing, the only thing I could do was to bang my head in the wall 210 times.

all these things I have done

Sunday was too gorgeous to spend inside. I don’t know why the city has seen fit to give us three straight gorgeous weekends, but I’m all set to enjoy them, because it’s going to be non-stop rain all too soon, especially as we speed towards October. So Sunday afternoon I set out with my camera, and went around the corner to Dublin Castle, where I took a walk around their lovely, verdent garden before going to the Chester Beatty Library.

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The Library is an impressive, rare collection of East Asian and medieval European artefacts, with a particular focus on religion and religious articles for three major world religions, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity. I only visited the Buddhism section this week, because the library was set to close soon and I still wanted to walk around some more before the light faded. It was fascinating, all the more so when you realize that these objects are, in many cases, the only remaining one of its kind in the entire world. At least, for public viewing. They also have a nice cafe, which is set in the airy, open interior. It’s worth taking a cup of tea there. I’m definitely going back.

From there, I wandered a little ways until I found this charming church tucked into a quiet corner of the city. There was a small, well-tended garden that was obviously a favorite strolling spot for the local folks, as people were ambling leisurely around. There were also some still-budded flowers, which was a nice splash of color amid the green. I sat down and wrote for a little while, enjoying the waning sunshine and watching a toddler kick at a rock on the path.

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When it got too cold to sit in the shade in my short-sleeves (seeing as I forgot to actually bring a jacket), I wandered to the other side of the river. After passing three camping shops (which was actually fortunate, as I need to pick up some hiking boots soonish) I saw the Cineworld on Parnell Street and decided to see if there was anything playing I’d be interested in. Lucky for me, Children of Men was showing in about forty minutes, so I got a cup of coffee from the bar (they make a nice one there!) and warmed up a little. The film was fantastic: gritty, fast-paced, and intriguing, it’s one of those rare ones that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. I definitely reccomend it, and not just because I have an abiding likeness for Clive Owen.

All in all, a pretty decent way to spend a Sunday.

(House)Hunt

From last 3 weeks, I’m on a house hunt, looking for a place to rent. This has become some kinda little adventure, first of all its so damn hard to get a viewing; second, the places near the city centre come in three flavors i.e., Expensive, Crappy and Creepy; there’s even a hidden one that is a mix of all. Anyway, in this adventure, the things I come across, the weird ones, I tend to ignore; but this, what just happened, was too weird not-to-blog about.

The place that I was going to see, the owner(?) instead of giving me the contact/address details, asked me to…

1. Come to a “totally different” location to meet, and then go see the place.
2. Just wait in the parking lot. (and what? use my intuitions??)
3. Due to “Security Reasons” she didn’t want to disclose house location.

Goddamn! Dude, wtf?


Come alone, Mr. Bond!.

Tool

Tool will be playing in Point on 22nd Nov, as part of 10,000 Days tour. Get the tickets from TicketMaster.

I saw them in July in Milano and it was amazing experience. Surreal and Psychedelic.

Ghosts

…so I was coming to work this morning and was thinking of what-could-be my first post, and suddenly it was revealed as the train stopped at the Ghost station. These Ghost Stations usually appears in the middle of nowhere, and especially when you’re in hurry. It seems the ghosts passengers are very slow to board and it takes ages before the train leaves the invisible station. These sluggish ghosts are to blame whenever I get late.

One of these days, I’m gonna find out the logic behind the unusual stops of train in the middle of god-knows where.

stuff going on in dublin today

Friday’s looking to be a busy day for entertainment! The Fringe Fest wraps up this Sunday, so now’s your chance to go check out these great, limited-run performances. I reccomend The Kings of Kilburn High Road, which is at 6:15 at T36; and Teatro Delusio, at the Pavilion Theatre, at 7.

Also worth planning for is the Temple Bar Cultural Night, where the museums and galleries of Temple Bar throw open their doors for free for the public to check out. Locales include the Abbey Theatre, the National Library, and the Dublin City Gallery. Download the pdf at the website and pick a trail; everything will be open until 9PM.

Personally, I’m really excited about Saturday night when, if providence is with me, I’ll get to go see Jurassic 5 perform at Vicar St. I love them. Who needs to ever leave Dublin? All the best bands come here.

getting out of the city is good for you!

If you have a spare afternoon on a lazy weekend, do what I did and head out to the coastal towns of Malahide and Howth, easily accessible from the DART lines at Connolly and Tara Street stations. After a half-hour’s ride, you step out to the peaceful, picturesque villages, so different from Dublin’s constant bustle. It was a relief in a way to go there, a way to relax yourself from the metal buzz you’re constantly veiled in, when you live in a city.

Howth also has a lovely farmer’s market on Sundays, though I don’t know how much longer into the cooler weather it will last. Malahide has a long stretch of park-beach that the whole town seems to congregate it, and you can spend a pleasant few hours watching the clouds pass by and the dogs chase the waves. I highly reccomend this, especially before the weather turns.

a saturday in the park

This weekend in Dublin has been one of those rare sunny, autumn times that doesn’t come nearly often enough. I know that in a few weeks, these blue skies and temperate weather will disappear, and like everyone else I will be clinging to my umbrella and investing in rainboots. But in the meantime, there’s every reason to enjoy the (admittedly crowded) pleasure of St. Stephen’s Green for a leisurely stroll.

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This was after getting crepes and nutella-slathered waffles at Dawson St.’s Lemon Crepe and Coffee Co., which I reccomend despite the throngs of Saturday strollers and small children everywhere. They do a respectable version of Mexican there, so if you’re from the North American continent and missing guacamole (not that I am, not at all) they’ve got you covered.

invader zim invading dublin?

Some enterprising tagger has made Dublin 2 his or her canvas:

Looks a little familiar, no?

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