4 months old

4 07 2013

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So at 4 months old our little girl has decided that she sits up now ūüôā





Ugliest cigar in the World!

25 06 2013

Check out this contender for most unappealing cigar in the history of smoking over at Tales from the humidor.





RIP James Gandolfini

20 06 2013

I switched on the television in work this morning to hear the sad news that James Gandolfini of Tony Soprano fame had passed away at only 51 years of age whilst on holiday in Italy.

Whilst the official cause of death hasn’t been announced yet it is being suggested that the Soprano’s star suffered a heart attack.

Whilst Gandolfini will be best remembered for his iconic performances in the Sopranos, his film credits included Zero Dark Thirty and Killing Them Softly, and he appeared in the Broadway production God Of Carnage.

The three time Emmy award winning actor was in Italy for the 59th Taormina film festival.

A great actor, a great man and a great loss.

 





NEW BLOG!!!

10 05 2013

After years of smoking and reviewing cigars I have finally decided to bite the bullet and start a blog dedicated to these tubes of dried, fermented leaves and the pleasure they provide.

If you would be interested in reading about my experiences as cigar smoker than you can find my new blog “Tales from the humidor” here.

Happy Smoking!

 





Vroom Vroom

16 04 2013

Well it wouldn’t be Spring time without there being some form of automotive drama in my life.

This year it was the turn of my BMW 325 to throw a hissy fit.

First both of the window regulators went within a day of each other, yay no electric windows!

Next I managed to wreck both front tyres in the space of 2 days.

Then the final stage resistor blew for the climate control, kinda important here in Ireland. The same day as the blower packed up 2 bulbs also burnt out.

Finally to top it all off some little W*nker booted the drivers side wing mirror off breaking the glass and the ridiculously expensive plastic cover.

Now I realise that it is coincidental that all of the above decided to implode within the space of 10 days but the part of me that is superstitious regarding cars decided that it was time to cut my losses.

As such my lovely blue work horse went the way of it’s big brother and was listed as is on Ebay.

Well she is now gone to a very happy new owner who plans on shipping her over to Poland?!?!?

This of course left me without a car to call my owner. Those of you who know me will know the knock on result of this…not good to say the least!

Still every cloud has a silver lining…In this case it came in the form of a classified ad which I found on Donedeal.ie.

After much coaxing of C and the kids, I believe the word McDonalds might have been mentioned, we set off on a six and a half hour round trip up the country.

This might sound excessive for the simple, everyday, purchase of a second hand car but this wasn’t just any car. Oh no. This one of the important cars which make up my list of cars to own before I die.

Without any further ado I present to you my new Mitsubishi FTO GPX





Excited!!!

30 07 2012

In case you didn’t guess from the title of this post I am excited.

Not only have we finally decided on the date for the “Big Day” next year but we have also settled on a venue.

This would be exciting in and of itself but the venue we have decided upon has an added nerd factor which has just tipped me over the edge.

Not for us some faceless registry office or lack-lustre hotel function room, nope we are getting married at a mother fricking observatory!!!

Yeah you heard it an observatory, say something.

Now before you think I have just steamrollered C into this I will point out that this particular observatory happens to be built into a beautiful 16th century castle so there is still something for the ladies;)

 

The facility in question is the Blackrock Castle Observatory here in Cork and will manage to offer a quaint fairytale element to the wedding whilst still letting me drool over that 16″ Meade reflector

 

 





Sign of the times

25 07 2012

 

I snapped this in Manhattan about 6 years ago.

Nothing special about the pic, I just really liked the way the Fallout Shelter sign seems to glow as if irradiated. Kind of ironic really.





Fast food nightmares

20 07 2012

Long time readers will know that food is one of my favourite subjects to write about, in particular I have a sick fascination with crappy fast food.

If it has more fat than a pig, enough calories to stop 1,000 hearts and will clog not just your arteries but your toilet as well then I want to know about it. Not eat it, just marvel in it’s awfulness.

Recently I have stumbled across enough crimes against gastronomy that I decided it was time for another round up:

Chili’s Awesome Blossom

How the hell do you manage to turn a harmless little onion into such a festering piece of crap?

Well somehow the good folks at Chili’s managed it. Kudos guys, kudos.

I have actually eaten an Awesome Blossom and let me tell you the only thing awesome about it was the mess that a visit to Chili’s made in the bathroom when we got home.

We shared this monstrosity between 5 of us and not a single person enjoyed it.
Crunchy deep fried crap over some slimey, gooey onion all dipped in a tub of bright pink, tepid goo…what’s not to love?

KFC Mashed Potato Bowl

Correct me if I’m wrong but this looks suspisciously like someone vomited in a bowler hat and then took a dump atop the whole vile mess.

According to KFC this is not an item of milinery filled with vomit and turds but is actually¬†a tub filled with mashed potatoes, layered with sweet corn, and ‚Äúloaded‚ÄĚ with pieces of fried chicken. To really tip this over the edge they then top it off with gravy and cheese.

Mmmmm, doesn’t tht sound good. You are right it doesn’t.

I will admit to being surprised at KFC, I didn’t think they could dream up anything worse than the Double Down. But somehow they pulled it off, this looks like you could place it directly in the toilet and just cut out the tedious business of eating this crap.

Chocolate Thunder from Down Under

That’s right someone actually called a food substance “Chocolate Thunder from Down Under”, if that doesn’t set warning bells rining in your ears I don’t know what would!

The name brings to mind an immediate, urgent need to evacuate ones bowels. Possibly in a rather messy fashion.

Luckily for punters at Outback their version is just a desert

“An extra generous pecan brownie is topped with rich vanilla ice cream, drizzled with our warm chocolate sauce and finished with chocolate shavings and whipped cream.”

Now I know what you are thinking, that doesn’t sound too bad, what is he on about?

Well for starters there is that name, I just don’t trust it. Secondly this thing is pretty much death on a plate:

Nutrition Facts

Amount per Serving
Calories 1,220
Calories from Fat 702.0
 
That is half¬† of a full grown man’s calorific intake and over 120% of the recommended daily intake of fat. From desert, that’s food you eat after you have had your food.
 
Thirdly I just don’t dig the Aussie theme. When I think of the great cuisines of the World Australia just never crosses my mind, after all this is the country that gave us the meat pie floater.
 
Aussie Cheese Fries
 
Just to get you headed in the right direction for your Chocolate Thunder from Down Under what better side dish to tuck into than a big, dirty plate of Aussie Cheese fries….
 
 
¬†Mmmm doesn’t that just look like a treat?
¬†Well actually it doesn’t, it just looks like a mess. How the hell can¬†a “restaurant” serve this crap?
 
Topping the scales at a whopping 2,900 calories the Aussie fries are liberally smoothered in bacon and a radioactive looking orange gloop laughably referred to as cheese.
 
I wouldn’t serve this shit¬†to a mortal enemy, let alone charge money for it.
 
On the Border Grande Taco Salad with Taco Beef
 
Hmm a salad, sounds good hey? Wrong!
 
This “Taco Beef” salad some served in an edible bowl made of deef tried tortilas…mmmh¬†well that is guaranteed to help you drop that dress size




Don’t steal life

19 07 2012

Don't steal life





Glandore at night

18 07 2012

Quick snap I took at Glandore last time I was driving back from the pub. Sober I might add, I was playing taxi.¬†ūüėČ








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