Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson is Dead

Michael Jackson has died from a heart attack. That's actually sad. The poor man might have been very weird and a little crazy but he didn't deserve to die at 50. I'm sure his death will be the subject of conspiracy theories in years to come, somewhere Elvis and Jackson will be comparing record sales.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Street Performers 2009

Another set on flickr, this time it's the Street Performance World Championships which returned to Merrion Square for another summer weekend. As is traditional now the weather was a little overcast and damp at times but that didn't stop people from having a good time. Unfortunately I missed seeing the winners and even the second place, but I did see Bendy Em who came third and lets just say, she had at least third place wrapped up and in the box if not in the bag.

(Also posted to the Dublin Community Blog)

Taste Of Dublin

Taste Of Dublin 2009

Another set of photos on flickr, this time from the Taste Of Dublin Festival. This was my first time attending the festival and I have to admit that while the food was very nice I did think there was very little value for money. The celebrity chefs attracted crowds and the food stands did a great trade but I have to wonder if next year prices will drop and how many of those restaurants will still be around. Was this the last day out for the Celtic Tiger?

(Also posted to the Dublin Community Blog)

Docklands Festival

Dublin Docklands 2009

It's been a busy June in Dublin, I've decided to catch up on some photos on flickr that I've taken and intended to post to the Dublin Community Blog.

First we had the Dublin Docklands Festival. A great sunny weekend packed with food, music and tall ships. Click on the image to see more photos from Flickr.

(Also posted to the Dublin Community Blog)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ronaldo Leaves ManU

The BBC is reporting that Manchester United have accepted an £80 million bid from Real Madrid for Christiano Ronaldo. Crazy money for one player. No matter how good a player is they are only one crunching tackle away from a ruptured knee ligament that puts them out for a season. I wonder how many replica shirts Real will have to sell to make their money back?

Monday, June 08, 2009

Apple Store in Dublin?

Just spotted a piece on ENN from the Sunday Tribune, Apple are looking into opening a store in Dublin. As a recent Mac convert I think that would be great, the MacBook Pro is a wonderful laptop and I'd like to have a proper Apple Store to browse and a Genius Bar to bring any problems to. The resellers in Ireland get screwed by Apple when it comes to stock of new tech. The 17" unibody MacBook Pro was a prime example. I didn't want to buy one without seeing it in the flesh, so to speak, but it was months before any were available in stores in Dublin.

The former Habitat Store and the Dunnes store on Grafton St are both mentioned as possible locations. I think Grafton St is more likely since it would have more footfall and the Habitat Store would probably be too large for the Irish market, unless Apple can get the store lease cheap and don't care about filling all the space. It would be the nicer profile building and Apple like their fancy store frontage.

Now of course all that should be taken with a grain of salt. The Irish market small enough to start with is now in recession/depression so Apple could still decide there is no long term future here. Interestingly the Sunday Tribune article also mentions Abercrombie & Fitch who were looking into setting up an Irish store but decided against it because Grafton St is "run-down". They might have a point, the gloss is leaving Grafton St, too many phone shops, burger joints and closed stores.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Setanta Sports in trouble?

It sounds like Setanta Sports is in trouble having apparently missed a payment of £3 million to the SPL for match rights. They are in talks with "a range of sporting bodies in an effort to change their payments following a strategic review".
Crap! I hope we dont return to a situation where Sky Sports hold the rights to every sporting event on TV, I like having the option to watch some Saturday soccer or late night American sports as part of my cable package.

2009 Flora Womens Mini Marathon

Congratulations to Rosemary Ryan winner of the 27th Flora Women's Mini Marathon. Congratulations also to the over 40,000 entrants who took part on a blisteringly hot Dublin bank holiday weekend. I was glad I got to stand and sit in the shade in St Stephens Green instead of going running around the city.

Rosemary Ryan, the 2009 winner.

Some more photos can be found in my flickr stream,