A rather topical FCC this week! Use the comment link below to add your captions etc…
Archive for September, 2007
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DÃ© Sathairn 29Ãº MeÃ¡n Fomhair 2007 / Saturday 29th September 2007
LÃ¡ spraoi do theaghlaigh saor in aisce / Family fun day
1.00pm – 4.00pm
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HALLA COIS CLADAIGH (Waterfront Hall)
Hey hey…its Friday. I know i used this picture in the crap post below about the Kerry animals, but i couldn’t let it through my hands without banging it up on the FCC.
You can leave your comments and captions by clicking on the comments link below. Have a great weekend.
Every September, hundreds (sometimes thousands but this is rare) of Kerry Animals form a mega-herd and make their way northwards to the metropolis of Dublin. Each year when the mega herd arrives on the outskirts and in the centre of Dublin city, visitors and locals alike look on in astonishment at the their backward ways and struggle to understand their thick unintelligible accents. Scientists have long studied the migratory habits of the Kerry Animal but the details of this remarkable transeprovincial migration are only now emerging from a study using electronic tracking tags to follow individual Kerry Animals.
The migration period can last up to 2 days but many make the migratory round trip in one day (the shortest know cycle for any migratory mammal). The reasons behind this are varied but fear of built up areas, a dislike for spending money and a distinct fear of modern appliances are the main reasons behind the Ryanair-esque turnaround time.
Of course the journey is not without its dangers. One scientist recounts the scene last year as part of the mega-herd traverses the Blackwater River. “..this morning, we witnessed up to 5000 Kerry Animals of all shapes and sizes at the same crossing, however, six of them became breakfast for the hungry crocodiles and another 15 drowned in the chaotic crossing. The majority of the herds are now on the eastern side of the Blackwater River, but there are several herds that are still enjoying the lush green grasses on the western side of the river and will need to soon make the fearsome crossing as well.” Out of an estimated 20,000 strong herd, last year only 15,000 actually made it to the intended destination of Dublin.
Dublin authorities have set-up a new unit especially trained in Animal control techniques to deal with this almost yearly invasion. Each unit member has been issued with bear mace and trained in special negotiation tactics as well as the latest crowd/herd control techniques.
A Dublin Garda struggles to control a Kerry native (2005)
The herd leaves just as quickly as it arrived, leaving a trail of tinfoil and tae bags in their wake. But be warned, approach these animals with caution. They have been know to bite, buck and spit when they get confused or feel threatened.
A Kerry Animal Viciously Bites Cork Footballing Great Brendan Jer O Sullivan’s Finger
O’Donoghues of Suffolk Street, yes folks the pub formerly known as Thing Moate is now charging â‚¬1.60 for a dash of blackcurrant! Not a glass or a bottle of blackcurrant but a dash of blackcurrant. You know a dash, a dash ladies might get with their pint to take the edge off! I mean i saw him put the dash in the pint and that’s what it was, a dash, a drop, no more!! But i still get charged â‚¬1.60 for the privilege!!! I mean a litre bottle of the stuff cant cost much more than â‚¬1.60, if even!!!! So what’s the mark-up on a bottle of blackcurrant cordial in this place??
I was aggrieved to such an extent by this heinous assault on my pocket that i felt compelled to write to the proprietors. Click more to see the letter…
Update 12.09.07: The person i originally contacted in relation to this, no longer works for or has any connection with the establishment in question. Contact details for the present management may not be easy to find so in the mean time I’ve registered my complaint with the National Consumer Agency. (consumerconnect.ie)
Update 20.09.07: The NCA got back to me today, pretty fast in getting back to me it has to be said, but it doesnt make for pleasant reading.
Dear Mr ******
Thank you for contacting the National Consumer Agency (NCA) with your query and please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to you.
According to your email you feel that a particular bar charges an excessive amount for dashes of cordial.
For a considerable number of years now it has been settled policy that maximum prices are not set for either goods or services. This effectively means that there is no price control in Ireland and apart from certain limited areas where price display orders are in force. Government policy in relation to prices is one of encouragement of competition; price transparency; and the promotion of greater price awareness among consumers.
Under the Retail Price (Beverages in Licensed Premises) Display Order, to assist customers in comparing drink prices, licensed premises are required to display the price of 16 beverages at the entrance to bars and lounges. In addition they are required to have a comprehensive list of drink prices on display. If a licensed premises’ policy is to increase prices after a certain time (e.g. after 11pm) then the price on display should be amended to reflect the price that is being charged. Our Commercial Practices Division investigates breaches of the legislation.
We hope you have found this information useful and if you have any further consumer related queries you can contact us on 1890 432 432.
National Consumer Agency
Original letter after the more…
I have to apologise for the lack of activity on AGH of late. I’ve been very busy; i wont bore you with what. Things should be a little less hectic next week but in the mean time here is an old ROT favourite to keep you going. Full ROT can be found here.
To: Aonghus McAnally, Subject: Anything Goes
Any truth to the rumour that ‘Anything Goes’ is set to make a return to our screens in RTEs summer schedule.
I know it would be a big ask for yourself to come out of retirement but do you really want to deprive another generation of such a top class show.
Martina Mary O’Connor
Reply > From: Aonghus McAnally
I am not aware of any such plans.
Thanks for the email,
RE: Reply >> To: Aonghus McAnally
Thank you for your speedy reply.
It seems that I got the wrong end of the stick as far as ‘Anything Goes’ making a come back to our screens is concerned. Its a shame really as I think the standard of Saturday morning kids shows on RTE has taken a real down turn of late.
Thanks again for your reply
Martina Mary O’Connor
I think my husband is having an affair!