Archive for December, 2008

Parking getting trickier in Dublin

Parking

Last night on Wexford Street

Two important notices

Two important notices

seen in town

Ahem…

A correction is called for: in August I wrote this post (Maser not loved) with a pic of a comment about a Coors light mural I’d attributed to Maser. It turns out that Maser didn’t actually do that mural, he’d turned it down. And I have to say, I rather like the current “Hard Times” mural, complete with Fallon & Byrne bag.

So Maser, we still love you….

12 Days of Christmas

While the folks over in Paris were all in wintery mood because it was snowing, the weather in Dublin since yesterday has been less than kind as it stays showery, albeit in small doses. Still. I want the clear blue sky back…

Well, I’m sure everyone has by now cleared out all Irish pork products from your fridge/freezer, including sausages, bacon and ham, after the recall last week following detection of high levels of dioxin in them – up to 200 times over the allowed limit! There shouldn’t be unnecessary panic though and I think it’s good that the recall is being done, and the shelves are now being restocked with pork from outside of the republic and if it’s Irish they’re new uncontaminated stock.

Faced with all these gloom and doom, a little cheering up would be nice. Christmas cheer in particular. So why not head over to the IFSC for 12 Days of Christmas?

“The 12 days of Christmas market at the Docklands is full of more Christmas cheer than your Da when the in laws leave!”

That’s the tagline! Cute, lol…

There are lots of food stalls selling bratwurst (contamination-free all the way from Germany), herby roast potatoes, mulled wine, pretzels, chocolates, truffles, crepes, hot nuts… (I’ve got to stop listing since it’s making *me* hungry right now) as well as gift stalls where you can hunt for some Christmas presents including jewelleries, toys, clothings, decorative items, books, woodcraft and more!

At weekends, Santa Grotto will also be open. On top of that, there would also be entertainments in the form of brass band, face painter and balloon modeller. Just the thing to keep kids happy and cheerful.

I’ll definitely be making my way there at least a couple of times in the next 12 days. Hmmm… I’m dreaming of the grilled sausages with roast potatoes and mulled wine as it is…

12 Days of Workshops

Bah humbug to shopping craziness.

Bah humbug to miserable weather.

Bah humbug to all things Christmas.

OK, that last sentence is a bit harsh, but given “Christmas” started so early (early last month) it’s not surprising that some of us are feeling the fatigue already. And there’s still two weeks to Christmas!

Well, the good folks at Science Gallery have came up with some fun stuff for 12 Days of Workshops, running from 5 December to 19 December, where you can make some fun stuff and turn them into geeky cool presents. :D

There are a couple of long workshops that are free (except 18 December’s Minty Boost, at €5) but all are bookings required, namely:

11.12.08 – DrawBots : Combining a small motor a plastic cup and some markers you can make your very own autonomus drawing machine.

12.12.08 – CarPlanePlough : Using model wood and simple motors and pulleys you can build a CarPlanePlough that you can control and move.

18.12.08 – Minty Boost : Build a small but very powerful USB charger for your iPod or MP3 player or any USB charged gadget.

19.12.08 – Mini Zeppelin : Combining helium, mylar, wood and motors, you can make your own flying machine at this facilitated workshop

Cool, don’t you think? Book for your place now!

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