Friday, September 29, 2006

Songs to keep and learn - No.1

After talking up the songs earlier, maybe its best that I post some so that you can all learn then as well. I will post one each week so that you can get an idea of what is being sung on world famous Kop.

Firstly, the Liverpool anthem made famous by Gerry and the Pacemakers in the 1960's and also covered by Elvis, Judi Garland and Nina Simone. This was originally from the Carousel musical by Rogers and Hammerstein.

You'll never walk alone.

When you walk, through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark.

At the end of the storm,
There's a golden sky
And the sweet, silver song of the lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain,
Tho' your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, Walk on, With hope in your hearts,
And You'll Never Walk..Alone
You'll never Walk Alone

Walk on, Walk on, With hope in your hearts,
And You'll Never Walk..Alone
You'll never Walk Alone

Things I learned..

Just back from a Liverpool trip (to my first Champions League match and my first time on the Kop). Anywho, just some things that I learned on my trip:

1. Liverpool are weak on the left side when Garcia plays ahead of an attack-minded full back.
2. Liverpool girls are lovely. They love to wear low cut jeans and vest tops...which is nice.
3. The Kop is even better than I imagined
4. Even when you leave Ireland for a period of time, the politicians and still not doing their job when you return and instead are still just talking shite about each other rather than trying to make Ireland a better place to live.
5. Toilets in Liverpool airport are rank and smell.
6. In Ireland we are being screwed for food and drink (pubs in Liverpool offering 2 meals for £7)
7. Some edjits know nothing about football. Some are so negative its embarrassing to be even remotely associated with them and you have to wonder how they get tickets.
8. I don't know enough Liverpool songs (well, the longer ones anyway)
9. Every city has "how'yas" and they all love: City Centres, smoking, babies and gobbing off to bus/train people and threatening to have them beaten up by their brothers/fathers
10. In Athens we will win it 6 times...

Monday, September 18, 2006

Thunderbolt Kid

"The life and times of the Thunderbolt Kid" by Bill Bryson. One of the best and funniest books I have read in a long time. I'm a big fan of our Bill and for anyone that has read his "Down Under" book or "A Walk in the woods", this book is along the same lines. Its one of those that books that you need to be careful where you are as you will laugh out loud at parts. Its essentially Bill telling about what he got up to in his early life and teens and also what was happening in the US at the same time.

On relation to my rant on public toilets, I am very pleased to announce that the toilets in the new terminal in Cork Airport are excellent. I was in them on Sunday morning and they are very clean and don't at all smell of wee like most Irish toilets. Well done Cork airport and keep up the good work !

Have you ever sat beside someone on a plane and think that they are dead? It happened me at the weekend there. On the flight back from Dubai this lady sits beside me. She never moved for the whole 7 hour flight - except for her arms. At once stage, after I'd been asleep for a few hours I awoke to see her in the exact same position as when I went to sleep. I had to watch her for a minute as I though she may have been dead but there was breath (I said breath) there. That cant be good for ya.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Dubai anyone?

Well I'm over here for the week (actually today, Thursday, is their Friday, and so I'm finished work) for work and have to say - not sure if I could live here. Don't get me wrong its a nice city, on a lovely beach with warm water in the sea but there are few things not quite right.

Firstly, the humidity. You cant go outside. In September. During the day. Without sun factor Irish on you. And at night its boiling. A 10 minute stroll has you in more sweat than Gary when he realizes that the company own the trolley and its not his to sell on e-Bay (check out the pimped trolley here. And make sure and look at the questions.)

About 20 litres of water a day suffices. Still, it is nice to have that and experience it but it takes some getting used to.

To be honest, there's not a lot to Dubai. If you are not into shopping then you are a bit fecked. The place is riddled with shopping centers. Hundreds of them and most of them are the size of Cork City. Huge things altogether. Prices are fairly equivalent to Ireland so no point in doing much shopping.

Finally, there is the traffic. Oh my sweet Jesus. I have never seen anything like it. Indicators do not exist. Its a survival of the largest vehicle (which is most of them - all jeeps and top range motors here) and a free for all. They don't seem to know what lanes are!

Still, its impressive what they have done here. Worlds largest indoor ski slope and the malls - again I repeat...HUGE THINGS !! The structures are impressive and the people, for the most part, friendly and will defo come back to have a decent look....but probably in Winter.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Hell hath no fury.. Twink scorned (allegedly). For those that don't know an apparent recording of Twink giving loads to her ex is doing the rounds. Quite amusing it has to be said and has spawned many new phrases, t-shirts and ringtones.

Not much else to report since my last post ages ago. Will be heading to Dubai for work this coming weekend..which is nice. And for Damien ( this is my first time there and no I haven't been there before so stop telling people I have.

Been busy out over the last few weeks. My wife is opening a new coffee shop in Cobh, Co. Cork and so been double jobbing helping out getting it ready. Should be good. For anyone interested there will be a website soon - - but I just haven't had time to get it up and running.