Archive for July, 2007

Ireland’s most expensive…petrol station?

Thursday, July 26th, 2007
Petrol

Not sure if this is still the most expensive petrol station in Ireland. Genuine picture taken at the Usher’s Island/Quay Statoil rip-off station.
Can anyone top €1.64? Oh and don’t forget the .9, I love the .9

Update: 30/07/07
Seems this daylight robbery has not gone unnoticed. The Business Post have all d’info in this article.

Garda and fuel card discount confirmed:
“Customers, including Garda vehicles and ambulances, who use their cards at the station, are charged at the average price of about €1.18 a litre.”

“Topaz, the company behind the Statoil and Shell brands, will consider not renewing its contract with the most expensive petrol station in the country…could not force the station to reduce its price, but could decide not to renew its contract when it expired, forcing the station to buy its fuel from another company.

“The station is located along one of the busiest routes in the country and is the first petrol station for many motorists coming off the ferry at Dublin Port. It is one of the only petrol stations in Dublin city centre.”

“Dublin businessman Hugh Farrington, who has property interests and lives in Dalkey, owns the Usher’s Quay station through his company QEC… According to Topaz, Farrington charges so much for fuel because he claims to have higher overheads because of where his station is located.”

– Thanks to Gareth for the heads up on this article

GAA Manager 2008

Friday, July 20th, 2007
Head Quarters - Croke Park

There’s been a lot of hoo-haa about this new Hurling manager game recently released by Tailteann Games called Bainisteoir – Hurling©. Ill hold off on my own judgement for now as i have only just received a copy of the game, but the existence of the game at all goes to show the growing popularity of Hurling and the GAA in particular. In light of this and I’m sure all you GAA fans out there will be delighted to hear that i can exclusively reveal that a well known PC games manufacturer with years of experience in producing high quality, realistic sports manager games, is in the advance stages of producing what is provisionally being named ‘GAA Manager 2008′. I can also reveal that for the last 5 months that i have been employed by the games manufacturer as an advisor and Beta tester on GAA Manager 2008. I cannot reveal too much here and now, for obvious reasons, but imagine football and hurling versions of Football Manager or Championship Manager!

There are two modes to the the game, Career mode and Championship mode. In championship mode you can go straight in and manage one of the top (or not) teams in either the Football or Hurling championships. Career mode, and this is what makes the game stand out IMHO, allows you to start off you managerial career with a club and work you way up through the ranks until you finally (hopefully) get offered the job of managing your county, or God forbid another county comes in trying to lure you away with promises of a free holiday and a generous expenses package!

The detail and accuracy in Career mode is quite astonishing. While in the club phase of your career, you can manage anything from the girls U14 Camogie team to the lads Junior B or even Junior C team! Player, public, press and club interaction has a uniquely Irish/GAA slant as these exclusive screen shots reveal.

Night of Shame
Patrickswell GAA
Them Bally Boys

These are all the details and screen shots i can reveal for now but i hope this much has got you as excited as i am about this ground breaking game. Ill publish more details and screen shots as the games development progresses.

The Tooth Will Set You Free!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
Ben Czislowski

This really bate all. An Australian Rugby player, Ben Czislowski, failed to notice that he had an opposition players tooth lodged in his head for over 3 months!! Yikes! Must…. resist…..temptation….to rattle off tooth related…puns…..

Link

“I’ve got the tooth at home, sitting on the bedside table,” he said. “If he (Austin) wants it back he can have it. I’m keeping it at the moment as proof that it actually happened.”

In other news: Lindsay Gilbee is STILL a girls name.

Saoire / Holiday

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Betty

Taim mo laethanta saoire an seachtain seo agus an seachtain seo cughainn.

Im on off on my holidays this week and next……….