#First7Jobs

1. Drawing and selling comics – loved it

In 3rd class – around 8 or 9 years old.  I was probably selling comics for 5p but photocopying them in my parents office to the cost of around 35p per comic – I’ve improved my grasp on economics since!Read More

Stunt Drive Ireland Experience

For my birthday, I got a voucher to go to the Stunt Drive Ireland experience where we learned the best techniques for slalom driving (both driving forward and in reverse) as well as handbrake turning and parking.

It was a great day, where we broke down the different parts of the course separately and then put them all together for a time trial.

Afterwards we all got taken around in different drifting cars and a cat and mouse chase by some of the qualified stunt drivers / instructors – just to terrify us a little!

Final thoughts on the marriage referendum

This afternoon – just two days before the #MarriageRef here in Ireland – I was sitting having a coffee while I waited for my eldest daughter to finish up her evening social activity.  On the way there we had been discussing the posters around the streets and I was trying to put what the referendum means into a context she would understand.

While I was alone with my thoughts and my coffee I started thinking again about why I would be voting Yes on Friday and I wanted to get a few thoughts down for anyone who might be still on the fence.  These are some of my thoughts and opinions, for what they are worth…

 

Why I’m voting YES in the Marriage Referendum

Primarily because it’s the right thing to do…

It really bothers me that in today’s world there are still people who believe that people who are different should be denied the same rights.

It’s not “gay rights” or “women’s rights” or whatever… it’s simply human rights.  We are all on this planet together, regardless of race, religion, beliefs, sex or orientation.Read More

Hawk Walk

For Christmas, my lovely lady wife got myself and my father a voucher for a Falconry of Ireland session, which we were finally able to redeem this morning.

The day starts with a coffee as you walk around and have a look at some of the fascinating birds in the aviaries.  You then get a general introduction to falconry as a sport and they explain the differences between hawks, falcons and buzzards.  This is important as we will be walking with hawks and watching a falcon demonstration later and their techniques are indeed, very different.Read More

Formal Friday

formalfridayCasual Fridays are a bit cliché at this stage so we wanted to do something a little different…

The whole team got involved in #FormalFriday to raise money for charity.

We all got some funny looks arriving into work this morning, obviously some passers by thought there were a lot of “walks of shame” in town from last night…

Be so good they can’t ignore you…

Be so good they can’t ignore you! If I practised ANYTHING as much as this guy has obviously spent honing his craft, I would be a far better entrepreneur!

Liverpool – Premier League Winners?

liverpoolI’ve been mulling over this exciting time in Liverpool’s history – I am after all, apparently a supporter

My understanding (as rudimentary as it is on football) is that Liverpool was written off for years but performed a Herculean task to almost win the league this year and everyone was aghast because a once great club fell on hard times and should never be allowed to do well again?

Is this not the very essence of sport, sportsmanship, perseverance and determination – all the things supposed to be important to sports fans?

So, in the spirit of sport and competition, even though Manchester City actually won the title, did Liverpool actually win the competition?

No? ok…