Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Its a lovely morning - frost and clear skies. I'm up at the airport waiting for my flight to Gatwick. After Gatwick I'm on a train to Portsmouth and getting a ferry to Caen.
This evening is the last full return sailing of the Val de Loire with Brittany Ferries. Cork people may remember the Val when it did the cork - Roscoff route in the years prior to the arrival of the Pont Aven in 2004.
So I'm having dinner on board which is a first as we usually eat in the self-service. It will be a quick turnaround in Caen and back to Portsmouth where I will have a lot of time befor heading back to gatwick . Ill either visit the submarine museum or head to the Isle of Wight depending on the weather which is forecasted to be wet.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Friday, February 10, 2006
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Just back from "Munich" in Mahon Point. Its a long film and deals as everyone knows with the aftermath of the hostage crisis at the 72 Olympics.
Avner is the man chosen to lead a team of 5 whose job is to seek out the Palestinian masterminds behind the atrocities. For most of the film is was your basic smart Israelis kill stupid bad guys but overlaid with a sort of "this is for the right reason" veneer. Whenever there was a firefight it seemed Avners guys couldn't loose.
Up to here its a case of terror being reprised with terror and you wonder will it ever end. Then Avner begins to think the same way especially when his guys start to get assasinated. And it ends up with him going back to Israel , getting sweet all thanks and then he legs it to the good ole USA where the missus and his daughter - who he has never seen - are waiting.
The psychological effects on him are shown to be hard and whe he questions the sense of it all with the dead bring replaced, his control says "I cut my fingernails and they grow back".
It ends up with a pan of the New York skyline and this being 1973 the world trade center is visible and the onscreen text says that "nine of the eleven Palestinians.." and it may be my imagination but those two numbers seemed to stand out.
I had high hopes for the film but in truth I got bored in parts as it seemed to be formulaic and I wonder if some of the races reviews were influenced by the subject matter rather than the film itself.
I was watching a massive attack video last night and it showed a young woman drinking herself into oblivion and the thought struck me that if an animal was involved there would have to be a notice that "no animals were harmed during the making" but this doesn't seem to apply to humans.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
I notice that I haven't posted in a bit. Nothing much happening at the moment. We hit Currabinny again on Sunday and the boys (including Joe) really enjoyed running around like mad men. One thing that struck me was that people still like to chuck their empty bottle or wrappers on the ground rather than bring them home with them. In fact last week I was walking with Kevin to the school and rounded a corner to see a binman (hello "Country Clean Recycling") finishing his fag and throwing it on the ground. I don't know which of us was most surprised when I yelled at him to pick it up and put it in the bin. He wasn't a fluent english speaker so he didn't catch my drift initially. Walking on Kevin said to me "I know why you told him to put it in the bin - it's to keep Ireland tidy, keep Ireland clean" - this was a song Diarmuid had learned in Juniors so he obviously taught it to his younger brother... Coming home from Currabinny we drove via Monkstown and caught up with some local Passage girls team celebrating something or other (loads of detail here..). I was thinking that all they needed was to meet some odd Guard because they were hanging out of sunroofs and windows for the whole drive !