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Posted by Jason O on May 10, 2011 in Just stuff |

Am I the only person under 40 who doesn’t get Jedward? It’s a career, they’re making money, fair enough. I just don’t get why adults give them so much attention. The front of the Irish Times? Really? Is that supposed to make us regard the Irish Times as being irreverent? Still, what do I know? I watched “One Foot in the Grave” and always regarded Victor as being a perfectly balanced individual.

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Well done Fingal County Council on nominating Senator Norris. Fine Gael’s plan to stop the people choosing the president could be thwarted yet.

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Here’s a mad one to look at. Political holidays for politics junkies. www.politicaltours.com

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Delighted to see that Raven Books in Blackrock has moved to larger premises on Blackrock Main Street. Great staff (who actually read books, which is a novelty), and that eclectic mix of books that only an independent operator can provide. Hope they prosper, although as with all small bookshops these days, it’s a question of use it or lose it. Check out their website here.

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And finally, Europe Day is just plain silly. I’m a pro-European, and I find it embarassing, trying to create a fake sense of patriotism about the EU. It occurred to me, as I sat in the bath at the weekend reading my backlog of Economists (The magazine, not the academic professionals. I’m not a Thomas Harris character) that if there was a well-funded rival to the EU advocating a different form of European integration, I suspect I’d support it.     

2 Comments

Criostoir
May 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm

There is. The Council of Europe. Pan European. Operates on the cheap. You only accede to the conventions you actually agree with. Inventor and owner of the European Flag and the European Anthem.


 
Jason O
May 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Except it gets even less done than the EU, and is even more waffley!


 

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