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Blue sky

Blue sky

Amidst the spring shower and grey, dark clouds, occassionally bursts of sunshine bring smiles to everyone’s face and there’s nothing like a blue sky with white fluffy clouds to stop you in the track, to take in the fresh air and lift your head up high.

We apologise for the lack of news on Dublin Metblogs recently. I have been away from Dublin in the last couple of months, but due back later in the week. Will be catching up accordingly when I’m in town again.

Recession help?

This card landed in my mailbox and my first thought was, really?

A way to earn more money at time of economic downturn is by contacting someone whose email says freeholidays (presumably as an enticer)?

Please excuse my scepticism.

Flylight : Self-Weighing Luggage


It is a common sight at the airport, people struggling to redistribute items in their bags, between check-in and cabin luggage, or between cabin luggage of two or more people travelling on the same itinerary etc. Why? They’ve inevitably went overweight with one of the bags and trying to find a solution without incurring further charges.

Of course, it takes an entrepreneur (or two) to identify a gap in the market and be innovative. Introducing Flylight, a self-weighing luggage. Yup, luggage with built-in weighing scale so that travellers are not left guessing the total weight before they even get to the airport. Particularly handy when one doesn’t have a weighing scale at home. (Watch the video on their site to see how to use this nifty weighing function.)

Brainchild of Noel Regan and Pat Madigan, Flylight come in sets of twos – one suitable for cabin luggage (even by Ryanair’s measurement) and one larger size for check-in luggage. Retailing at €79.99 per set, it does seem good value although it may be a while before reviews come in to evaluate how sturdy are these weighing scale, particularly for check-in luggage which are liable to be handled roughly by baggage handlers.

If you have any experience using Flylight, let us know how they fare. Are they providing good value for money? Are they durable? Is the scale accurate? Would you recommend this for frequent travellers? Leave us a comment below.

Happy bin

Happy bin

Street spotting: a cheerfully decorated bin. Cute, right?

Auctioning lost-in-post items

Auction gavel

If you ever wonder what An Post does with items that were lost in the postal system, due to either incorrect address, or failure to deliver but can’t be returned to sender, or simply an unnotified change of address, think no more of it. The items are auctioned off, twice a year, with the proceeds going back to An Post.

One such auction is taking place this evening and if you’re interested, head to Herman and Wilkinson Auction House in Rathmines. The auction will begin at 6.30pm.

Some of the stuff on the block today include 6 bottles of champagne, 6 bottles of Canadian whisky, a Rolex watch, Gucci and Burberry handbags, a model train set, 4 large Tom Tom drums, a wetsuit, a signed print of The Titanic, an electric floorwasher and a set of fish hooks.

St Paddy or St Nick?

St Paddy or St Nick?

St Paddy or St Nick?

My (French) friends are adamant that this is St Nicholas since Christmas is coming along soon and all, but I still think this is St Patrick. So whose chocolate sculpture do you think this is?

And whoever this sculpture is has got to eat less sweet stuff – the teeth are falling out! :p

Upper or lower? Top or bottom?

Here’s something a bit random that I wonder from time to time, but never really took the time to clarify with the locals. Afterall, having live here for years, I’m quite sure I’m past the stage where I can ask without being embarassed about it.

Never mind, I’m asking anyway.

Foggy and a tad confused - St Stephen's Green is at the top of Grafton St?

Foggy and a tad confused - St Stephen's Green is at the top of Grafton St?

So there are street names with “Upper” and “Lower” attach to them. “Lower” would means it’s at the stretch closer to the city centre, while “Upper” would be the stretch further away from the city centre. Is this correct?

And talking to people sometimes bring forward something along the line, say, “the top of Grafton Street” or “the bottom of O’Connell Street”. I’m going out on a limb here and deduce “top of” is somewhat equivalent to “Upper”, and therefore is farther away from the city centre. Hence “bottom of” would be similar to “Lower”, and would be closer to city centre?

In terms of parallel streets, e.g. Upper Mount Street and Lower Mount Street, the street closer to the city centre is again indicated as “Lower” and the other as “Upper”.

Am I right? Please someone tell me that I’m right, or else please help educate me in this matter. I would really appreciate it. There’s no place for embarassment in learning. ;)

In case you wonder how I’ve coped so far with people who use these terms, especially the “top of” and “bottom of” designation, I usually double check by means of landmark(s) near it. E.g. top of Grafton St – that’s near St Stephen’s Green, right? Otherwise, if I’m giving a meeting point to people, I usually use landmark(s). Just to keep everything clear and straight forward, you know.

Good day folks.

Using Visa Electron

July came and went, started with some crazy overnight downpour which ended up with flooding in Dublin and quickly deteriorated into puddles of rain throughout the month. The supposed summer heatwave must have ended before we noticed it had actually came round. Oh well.

We apologised though, for the lack of news on Dublin Metblogs. It had been a crazy period of time with work, work-related travel, moving, and all sorts of randomness. We will try to restore some news regularity here the best we could.

A headline that caught our attention last month was re the use of Visa Electron. Or should we say, the lack of. Visa Electron is a debit/credit card system that somehow never quite arrived in Ireland (along with Australia, Canada and USA). Bummer really, because if you’ve been booking for flights online and look around a bit, you would have noticed, if you were paying using Visa Electron, those pesky card handling charges go away!

According to this article in Irish Independent, you can now circumvent this little issue by signing up on Entropay and get yourself a functioning (virtual) Visa Electron. Mind, there is a fee attached to using this service (4.9%) but it is still cheaper than that of charges you otherwise will have to fork out to buy your cheap flights to escape the Irish summer rain.

Giving it a try?

C: The Brian Cowen Story


Directed by Derek O’Connor and Ian Whelan for the Leviathan Political Cabaret.

Seen on

Zefrank n Jonah A’s n O’s


Zefrank (of the Zefrank Show) and Jonah Peretti (co-founder of  Huffington Post) are in Dublin giving talks as part of “GO VIRAL WORKSHOP” in Science Gallery (18/19 April), Trinity College about viral media and how they spread across the web. Tonight they organised, more or less, thru’ twitter and facebook a flash mob sorta event, where one needed to write an A or an O on their hand and meet up at Stag’s Head on dame street and follow more instructions from there on. Once people were there, they needed to write the first letter of their first name on a sheet of paper and then try to make up words or 2/3 words poems or if you being very v. creative, with more letters. Check out the video, it was short but great fun:

Will update when they post the official video.

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