“Gravity is a cruel and unpredictable mistress, so…” “No it isn’t, it’s a constant all over the world.”

8 May 2006

So many topics, so little inclination. Nevertheless[1] I shall write something, about something. I could bring up the high speed bus chase through Dublin[2] yesterday, which resulted in one fatality and many injuries, and some people asking why the gardaí­ didn’t shoot the driver, but other people are already discussing it.[3]

Then there is the possible sabotaging of poor old Tottenham. Did an Arsenal supporter spike their lasagne with Clostridium perfringens[4] or whatever was the cause of their food poisoning that hit at least 7 or their players. But the premiership is over and done with, so despite Scotland Yard[5] having been called in, it won’t make much difference. Spurs did not finish fourth and so have to make do with a UEFA place.

I could mention that Badminton was won by Andrew Hoy on Moonfleet[6] A horse owned by Susan Magnier. Yes, the horse-racing Magniers whose horse George Washington won at the weekend. Though they didn’t have it all their own way as Rumplestiltskin lost the 1,000 guineas. But Horse-racing is a little boring really isn’t it[7]

There is also the fact that Mayo are the All-Ireland U-21 champions, beating Cork 1-13 to 1-11 yesterday[8] but to talk about that would be to make this post pretty full of sports stories wouldn’t it?

I could mention the fact that last night’s Top Gear was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. But the fact that it seems to be turning into more and more of a Jeremy Clarkson acts like an overgrown irresponsible teenage boy with his anti-environmentalist jokes is a bit off-putting. Who’s he going to love when the petrol finally does get far too expensive to run his cars? Hmmm, yup. Environmentalists who are working on alternate fuels. Still, seeing The Stig crash that ultra-expensive koenigshklhafkljablerker[9] car was worth it. And watching Jeremy huddling in the back of their home-converted-convertible-people-carrier while monkeys danced around on top was fantastic. Plus the whole teams escape from the above mentioned excuse for a vehicle as they tested it in a car wash, and succeeded in setting the car wash on fire… genius. In a mad, crazy, foolish way.

Hmm, I seem to have run out of subjects…


  1. our campaign begins here Anne
  2. RTE News
  3. yes, yes, this has never stopped me before, but whatever.
  4. US FDA
  5. Scotsman
  6. The Guardian
  7. – unless you’ve invested millions of euros on a horse. Or have a fiver bet on
  8. Hogan Stand
  9. my spelling may be slightly incorrect

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12 Responses

  1. anne says:

    That bus chase seems like a pretty scary story.
    Nevertheless, I'm very glad that you joined the Save Nevertheless campaign. Strength in numbers and all that…

  2. Fence says:

    Strength through unity!

  3. NineMoons says:

    Unity through strength.

    What is this Save Nevertheless campaign?

    Law-heads use it all the time. And nonetheless. And whomsoever. And albeit. But we leave unbeknownst to George Lucas…

    I'm glad the Gardai didn't shoot that mentler.

  4. anne says:

    Basically, NineMoons, we're claiming nevertheless back from the law-heads. Very basically.

  5. Fence says:

    Indeed anne, because everyone knows that lawyer-speak isn't real-people speak.

    It isn't quite so bad as managerial speechifying, mind.

  6. NineMoons says:

    Ah. Claim away! ;-) But be aware we will be suing…

    As long as you think outside the box and are proactive about it, management-speak should not present an obstacle for today's forward-planning think-tank member.

  7. Alan says:

    I have to say, as a lifelong Spurs fan, that it was a pretty crushing way to be denied the Champions League, especially with poor Michael Carrick spending half the match running around with his legs crossed quite visibly needing a poo in the worst possible way. But that said, if you had offered me fifth place at the start of the season, you wouldn't have had to ask twice, so I can't really complain too much.

  8. Fence says:

    Yeah, expectations at the start differed ever so slightly from those towards the end of the season I suppose.

    Course now they are saying that they don't even know if it was food poisoning. Could have been a virus. Or maybe… footballers flu!

  9. Paige says:

    I thought that the law-heads had 'insofars' and 'notwithstanding', they can't have all the good words. That's just not fair.

  10. NineMoons says:

    Inequitable, even.

  11. Fence says:

    NM, I'm forced by circumstances beyond the control of any one individual to actually write these words, because, in as much as anyone can say with any certainty in this period, or perhaps age of dynamic alterations, one must state, quite clearly and on the record, that the example provided by yourself, was in fact not what the majority of the shareholders would like to think of as, and I quote "management speak". Indeed, the very clarity of the sentences transcribed by the before mentioned individual clearly highlights this pertinant fact. If I may be excused in my use of air quotes, "management-speak" is of course, without a doubt, far more complex than the evidence presented to us. It should be obvious to all that without an exponential increase in the production of words, vowels, consonants and other gramatical aids this example falls well short of the bench-mark.

  12. NineMoons says:

    Applause. Really.

    Please tell me that your time in the (place that was not at the time reached by a Luas-line) did not infect you that much?