Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Do Security Guards have to wear ID ?

From :

"30.—(1) An individual who is a member of a prescribed category of licensees shall, when providing a security service, wear an identity badge. "

What exactly is this prescribed category ? Heuston Station is full of bruisers who look like they were released from a Serbian prison and they are wearing STT Rail Security uniforms but have no ID badges. The majority of bouncers don't seem to have actual ID (though some have "numbers" ?

What are their responsibilities ? What are our rights when confronted by rent-a-cops ?

Our rights seem to be hard to find

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Irish Roads.

I drove up to Limerick today and all the way from Charleville to Croom I
was behind an artic. No safe chance to get in front so I pondered the
state of Irish roads instead.

for a lot of the journey on this MAIN road between No.2 City and No.3
City the truck had barely enough room on its side of the road. It often
drove along the centre-line with less than 1ft clearance between it and
the dashed-margin line. Of course beyond the margin line was pure ditch.
It doesn't leave a whole lot of room for manoeuvre if the truck needs
to take avoiding action.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Oh my Lord - It's back ! Now where's Rolf ?

Originally uploaded by despod
The Stylophone is back !
- Taken at 11:32 AM on November 24, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

Hmm.. that logo looks familiar..

Originally uploaded by despod
- Taken at 11:40 AM on November 24, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

Friday, November 23, 2007

I didn't know we had an Information Commissioners Office in Ireland ..

According to the Examiner we do:

"Social networking 'could affect future employment' 23/11/2007 - 07:31:51

Internet blogs risk leaving a permanent electronic footprint which could be seen by future employers, the privacy watchdog warned today.

Many young people post content on social networking sites and online blogs which could embarrass them at a later date, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)."

Or maybe it's just another case of de Paper just copying and pasting UK press releases without thought...?

It is a valid worry though - the fact that the Bebo generation don't expect privacy or have concepts of privacy.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Monday, November 05, 2007

Thursday, November 01, 2007

More Berlin

Yesterday we visited the Museum fur Verkehr und Technik. It's an
excellent museum and great for children with a wealth of hands on
displays ranging from flight to trains to shipping. If you go there
make sure to visit the outside platform on Level 3 where you can see a
DC3 and get a nice view of Berlin. The adjacent Museum park is very
good too - its the old land of the Anhalter railway station and there
are walks through the tracks with windmills there to view. The
Turntables are also worth a look.

Part of the museum, but in a separate building, is Spectrum which is 4
floors of hands-on science for children. They can make noise, see
music, play with electricity (and see great arcing and sparking),
learn about optics and of course observe Foucault's Pendulum. All in
all a great sport for children.

One thing about both places is that they were damn hot. The German's
seem to have a thing about heating up vast buildings when its cold
outside. The places were warm enough to go around in a t-shirt.

Afterwards we hit KaDeWe and a few other places. Prices in KaDeWe
aren't bad and the boys loved the toy area (I'm partial to the food
floor myself) and I noticed that they do have a lot more handmade toys
than we have at home probably because they have a tradition of
woodcarving down in Bavaria.

After breakfast today it was off to Schonefeld for the plane home.
This has to rate as one of the most cramped airports with everything
seeming to be confined to a long corridor - it makes it feel crowded.
Security is tight - they scan your hold baggage as well as everything
else. For some reason the guy on the security desk seemed to be fazed
by our five boarding passes and the fact that there were five of us.
There wasn't anyone else around but he counted us and the cards twice.
The X-ray stations were staffed by a few bruisers some of whom
insisted on everything being emptied out of pockets even plain paper
and some of whom didn't care. It too is a cramped area with no real
space to gather your belongings. Still it will all change when the new
airport is built and I'm sure the staff can't wait either.

EL AL fly from there and whilst they are on the ground there are a
couple of armoured cars around and armed Polizei guard the plane. When
taxiing the plane is escorted by an armoured car as well.. This sort
of security must cost a fortune.

Flight home was fine - arrived in early, no passport control but
plenty of customs guys prowling around (all the opposite of the

Smallest Irish pub in the world ?

Smallest Irish pub in the world ?
Originally uploaded by despod
irish pub in Berlin Schoenefeld airport

Enjoy the view