Monthly Archives: March 2007


TT the ninth (yeah, it said 8th, I was wrong)

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So it turns out that today is Thursday. Who’d have guessed that shocker following yesterday being Wednesday? Course yesterday was the start of my working week so part of me is busy thinking today is Tuesday. Gonna get a pleasant surprise when I wake up thinking “thursday, nother two days of work” only for it to turn out to be

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Letters from Iwo Jima dir. by

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based on the book Picture Letters from Commander in Chief by Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Tsuyoko YoshidoI’m not sure what I was really expecting from this film; but I know I didn’t get it. The companion film to Eastwood’s Flag’s of our Fathers, this tells the story of the battle for Iwo Jima from the Japanese perspective. The story begins with the

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Just hush!

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So, instead of rugby this blog will know turn its attention to… cricket! Nah, not really, though I have watched some of our winning ways. Who knew that failed[1] furrin[2] crickteers could play so well? Or, if I’m being honest, who really cared. Still, now that they are out there winning, and fans are singing olé olé olé[3] the rest

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Yeah, so I’m a day early, but I won’t be here tomorrow. So instead we are going to pretend that tomorrow is today. Which of course means only one thing. Rugby! Oh and some parades and stuff. There are construction workers all over the shop, hard at work putting up the fun fair. And the luminarium. And probably a lot

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TT#8

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Thirteen Things. And seeing as today is the Ides of March I thought I may as well use that as my inspiration for this week’s T13 The Ides of March falls on the 15th. In the Ancient Roman calendar the ides of the month fell on the 15th of March, May, July, or October, or on the 13th of any

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Judging you, judging me

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Yesterday at work Bhí cúpla caíllíní ag suigh in front of the desk. Psychology students. And as they were studying they were chatting[1] and got on to discussing suicide.[2] Now I’ve always felt that suicide is something of a selfish act, because lets face it, it is the people left behind who have to deal with the aftermath. But at

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Political Compass

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Edit: What is a questionnaire without a graph? embiggen it So, where do you stand on the political compass? I’m Economic Left/Right: -5.88 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.28 or somewhat similar to Gandhi

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The Black Jewels Trilogy by

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I am Tersa the Weaver, Tersa the Liar, Tersa the Fool.
When the Blood-Jeweled Lords and Ldies hold a banquet, I’m the entertainment that comes after the musicians have played and the lithesome girls and boys have danced and the Lords have drunk too much wine and demand to have their fortunes told.

I’m very much in two minds about this trilogy. One the one hand I read it all in the space of two days, and it is quite long at over 1200 pages. But on the other hand it read like fanfiction to me. And not very good fanfiction. Come to think about it, that may be the reason I read it so fast. The more I read, the more I saw Jaenelle as a Mary-Sue device and less as an actual character.

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Swing low

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Yes, putting those two words in the title does feel like sacrilege, but I just don’t care. I’m a heathen, right? But the reporting that the match is getting in the English papers is ridiculous. Fair play[1] to the team in white, but they played like the slow lumbering pack that they are. Catt had how many crappy passes and

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How do you spell controversy?

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Well now, what to say about Saturday’s rugby? Do I use the old “a win is a win” cliché? Or the fact that Ireland won despite not really playing well is a sign of a good team? Or do I moan that they didn’t prepare and never looked like the team that played against England? Or do I skip all

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Thank Crunchie

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It’s Friday. Pic nicked from here I think a long lie-in will be had tomorrow. Although not too long, obviously, as the match starts at half one, so I’ll have to be up for that. Scotland- you going down! fingers crossed, touch wood, etc etc. Denis Hickie has been having back spasms[1] and so Geordan Murphy has been called in.

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TT#7

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Thirteen Irish Phrases on account of it being Seachtain na Gaeilge ___ is ainm dom – kinda important to get that across. Unless you want to do the old beating your chest Tarzan style. Whichever, it is all good. All the time. an bhfuil cead agam dul go dtí an leithreas – one of the first phrases you learn at

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