Archive for March, 2009

Vote for the Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

After the new 7 wonders of the world, the new7wonders organization is running a campaign to find the New 7 Wonders of Nature. A total of 261 qualified national and multinational nominees from 222 countries are participating and your votes will decide which of these 261 nominees make it to the top 77 by group categories. Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare is in the running under the seascape category and it currently stands at No. 10 in that group.

I have been getting a lot of message for Cliffs of Moher pics on flickr by Moher Man, who is on a mission to get as many vote as possible for the Cliffs. Go Vote for the Cliffs of Moher:

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Seen on a bin near Jurys Hotel. Photograph by Jane Ruffino

Dublin’s Interesting’ness on Flickr

Photo Courtesy (with permission): dElay Flickr Profile

This is one of the most interesting (‘ness flickr measure for being on top) and also one of most favourited shot when you search for the term ‘Dublin’ or ‘Ireland’ on flickr, by Dominik Banasik. Among others, personally, this one particularly strikes me, bit rainy, flip flops, beer included (holding a bottle), not very apparent, n great composition. Rightly titled ‘After Party’ by Dominik, the shot was taken in a Dublin park near temple bar (guessing st. stephen’s green, the bench is pretty cool too).

Belfield FM: The NOC List

[Dublin Metblogs] Belfield FM is the official full time radio station of University College Dublin, managed and run by students of UCD. Until last semester, it was mainly web only, but starting from this week, it has gone On Air, Listen Live on 89.9 FM. I haven’t listened to all shows but the one I like is The NOC List or the ‘non-official-cover list’ by Ross and Shane, which has been on air since Sept. last year, airing every week from 7 PM to 9 PM on Thursdays. According to their facebook page, their aim is broadcast ‘what’s been forgotten and ignored by radio’. First half of the show is covered by Shane and is more indie, rock, folk n alternate sort of music and in the second half, by Ross, get your grooves on, with electronic, new wave, 80’s disco, with some classics thrown every now n then.

You can also follow them on twitter or check out their blog. They are quite interactive with their tweets during the show, give them a shout :)

Grand Slam Champions 2009

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Photo Courtesy: RBS Six Nations

What a game. One of the best I have seen and so nerve wrenching until the last minute. Great game. Congratulations to the Irish team for their brilliant effort throughout the competition. A well deserved win.

On grafton street, Irish Fans celebrating with a french TV presenter. More pics here.

While am on the topic of sports, also Bernard Dunne claimed the WBA World super bantamweight title last night at the O2. Another great effort. Well Done.

A great day for Irish sports.

Six Nations: Big Day for Ireland

irelandpclohessymed-copyIn a few hours, Ireland would be facing Wales for the Grand Slam. It was 1948 when Ireland won their last Grand Slam and its been long time in waiting. There is a lot of excitment and support the team. Go Ireland!! Good Luck!!

Photo Courtsey: RBS6Nations Wallpapers

Only €17

Easter Egg

Seriously. Only €17. Only? For an Easter egg plus a few token chocolate pieces? I know it’s Butler’s and all but how do they justify it with the word “only”?

I really dislike the use of the word “only” in conjunction with prices at the supermarket etc. More often than not, it’s just a psychological ploy to impart a false sense of good value to the shoppers and consumers.

Even more distastefully was, near this very sign, there was another that says if you shop there and using their Value/Club Card, you’d get some percentage back in the next card mailing. If they can afford to do so, how much profits are they making out of anyone who doesn’t have a membership card or had forgotten to bring the card with them? This particular chain no longer allowed crediting of points at a later stage, which was what one used to be able to do as long as he/she presents the receipt within certain number of post-shopping days.

Is this really the representation of good value?

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patricks' Day Parade

St. Patricks' Day Parade

It was a beautiful spring day for this year’s St. Patricks Day parade and thanks to pix.ie (@pixie) for providing the passes for the vetting viewing area and a wonderful photo taking opportunity. Also, thanks to the St. Patricks Festival guys (@stpatricksfest) for their good work. Have a look at some of the great shots over at the St. Patrick’s Group at pix.ie, there are some awesome shots. Also if you have photos from the parade, do share them with the group.

A foggy morning in Dublin

A foggy morning in Dublin

Passing by St Stephen’s Green this morning, I couldn’t resist stopping and taking a few photos, when it was all foggy, quiet and dreamy.

Player of the RBS 6 Nations Championship

How was your Paddy’s Day celebration? Were you taking full advantage of the weekend festival line-ups, as well as yesterday’s parade (which seemed very similar to last year’s but with notable addition of Simpsons and family)? And for those attending the All-Ireland Club final in Croke Park on a beautiful spring day, did you enjoy the action regardless of which club you were supporting?

Now, with all those out of the way, the eyes are now on the upcoming final match of the 6 Nations Championship, between Ireland and Wales. The mention of you-know-what is almost taboo-like (that even I am a little scared of uttering the words) and to be honest, I have been all nerves about it since Sunday. In the last couple of days, I must have read more articles, pundit predictions and comments that I care for, each time with this rush of thumping heartbeat. I am as yet uncertain how I’ll survive until Saturday with this eternal palpitations…

The players in contention (images compiled from RBS 6 Nations website)

The players in contention (images compiled from RBS 6 Nations website)

All talks aside, there’s something else of matter too – the Player of the RBS 6 Nations Championship. It’s time to rally everyone to vote for Dublin’s favourite son – Brian O’Driscoll – and see him regaining this title this year after it was awarded to Wales’ Shane Williams last year. Brian O’Driscoll was the winner for both 2006 and 2007. Let’s help him get it back this year! You can vote for it on the RBS 6 Nations fan’s poll.

The contenders this year, apart from Brian O’Driscoll, are Jamie Heaslip (Ireland), Paul O’Connell (Ireland), Lee Byrne (Wales), Delon Armitage (England) and Sergio Parisse (Italy).

Yup, three Irish players ranked among the top 6 players of the tournament, that’s very impressive. Indeed, all the players above have shown great sportsmanship and skill on the field, and each of them worth of the title, but we want our men to win – so go on, cast your vote! Voting opens now and will close on Monday 23rd March at 5pm.

Ps: the mind games began, with Wales’ coach Gatland arrogantly undermining the ability of the Irish team. Re comment that his players dislike Irish the most, I think it’s very sad for someone in his position to bring comments like this into the game.

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