Goodreads book challenge

2 07 2013

So I finally decided that I might liek Goodreads a little bit more if I ever actually used it.

I know hey, rocket science!

So after adding a few books I have read recently I came across a link whereby you can create a challenge for yourself to read a certain number of books during the calendar year.

Of course I had to give it a go and have settled on the very achievable target of 100 books throughout 2013.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Tom has
read 26 books toward a goal of 100 books.
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Give it a go, the site of a little line increasing in length might encourage you to read more than you ever though possible.

Or not.

 

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Discworld reading order

11 06 2013

I was having a discussion with a colleague at work this morning about Terry Pratchett’s wonderful Discworld series.

He has only just stumbled upon Discworld and was wondering what order to read the books in.

I was busy drawing up a little flow chart when I realised that someone, somewhere on the internet had probably beaten me to it.

Lo and behold the good people at lspace.org have indeed created such a chart which is really very good.

the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20

Suffice to say I am very, very impressed!

 





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!

 





Waiting

13 07 2012

They tell me you’re small,
Like a Lego man.

I don’t believe them.

You’re the elephant in the room,
As big as a house, at least in my head you are.

I’ve never met you or seen you from a far,
We’ve never chatted on the phone.
Ten weeks ago you didn’t even exist!

Who made you so important?

I’ve realised that I’m waiting for you,
Everything else is frozen on hold.
We are ALL waiting.

We don’t talk about much else now,
Overnight you’ve become the VIP, the main man, the guest of honour.

All the time it’s just questions, questions, questions
What will he look like?
What colour is her hair?

I haven’t got any answers,
Hell, we don’t even know your name!

But you are important
And I’m waiting
For you.





Pete Hoekstra racist advert

10 07 2012

I know I am behind the times but I have only just seen this incredibly racist Super Bowl advert from Pete “Spend it not” Hoekstra having a pop at political rival Debbie  “Spend it now”

Wow, just wow. ” Your economy get very weak…Our’s get very good…We take your jobs”  All of this delivered by a pretty Asian American woman cycling through what appears to be a rice paddy.

Maybe Mr. Hoekstra could have delivered an even harder hitting message by having her wear a Coolie hat or a novelty Fu Manchu mustache

Seriously now, surely he has PR people and media relations guys to advise him? Did they all take the day off when this advert was commissioned or were they just rounded up from the local branch of the KKK.

This shit is nearly as bad as this racist gem from KFC





Talking about my generation….

9 07 2012

  3 DEAD

  9 STABBED

1 MISSING

There are plenty of events I can think of that might give rise to such headlines, war, rioting, civil disobedience etc etc

But never,even in my wildest dreams would it have occurred to me that I might have cause to be writing this about a concert.  Not I hasten to add a 7 day biker festival someplace in the middle of nowhere but a one-off concert in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Saturday night saw Snoop Dogg, Tinie Tempah,Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia take to the stage in what for around 50,000 fans should have been a fantastic night.

Instead 3 men in their teens and early twenties are now dead as a result of drug overdose. One of the men in his early 20s became ill and sought medical assistance inside the concert arena as early as 7pm.

There were 9 separate incidents of stabbing including one incident where a 28 year-old concert goer from the Isle of Mann was stabbed 5 times causing severe injuries to his head and chest including damage to his liver. His assault was unprovoked.

These attention grabbing incidents are to say nothing of the dozens of eye witness reports of people being bottled and beaten throughout the evening with fights, scuffles and in one case an 8 man brawl breaking out both in and outside of the venue.

Meanwhile Gardai are seeking information regarding 19 year-old Aoife Finan from Cobh who has been missing since the 11pm on the night of the concert.

Drug use was rampant and blatant, often taking place in full view of event staff, security and Garda alike. On the radio this evening one concert goer reported that as bouncers were handing out free glasses of water to crowds at the crush barrier they were openly being used to knock back pills.
Much like at any Irish event massive amounts of alcohol were consumed to excess and underage drinking was rife. This of course lead to people vomiting, urinating and even defecating in full public view without care or consequence.

According to a report in the The Evening Herald and numerous other first hand accounts the number of people openly engaged in sex acts was staggering, there are even several reports of people having full blown intercourse as a sort of sideshow to the main event.

What the fuck is wrong with people?!?!?!?

The majority of the crowd were aged from late teens to late twenties, this is the same demographic I fall into, I grew up and went to school with them. I am one of them.

Except I’m not.

I just can’t fathom it out, I really can’t. I go to concerts, I go down the pub with friends or to a nightclub, I drink, hell sometimes I get drunk .)

I’m not claiming to be an angel, I’m not. I am sure there are several people who crossed paths with me in my younger day when I was working as a bouncer who can well remember ending up on the wrong end of a well aimed right hook if they were acting the maggot.

There have always been lads who drank too much and got a bit out of hand or the two fellas who just can’t stand each other and go at it after a night out. There always will be.

But the sort of scenes witnessed at Phoenix Park the other night are just not right. In fact they are very, very wrong.
It makes a terrible statement about ‘my generation’, reinforces all sorts of negative stereotypes and raises an awful lot of questions:

What possesses people to act like this? Where were the police and what were they doing? Why the hell weren’t security searching people as they went in? – Somehow I feel that answers will be, as ever, sadly lacking.

I would love to say this is an isolated event, that things like this rarely happen. That would be a lie though wouldn’t it. You only have to look at the riots in the UK last year to see the sort of common criminality which on the face of things is endemic amongst young people today.

Maybe they are disenfranchised, maybe they are the product of poor schooling, bad parenting or are symptomatic of a culture which seems to revel in sex, violence and excess.

Whichever it is I can tell you one thing for free. I want nothing to do with any of it.

Bring on the Zombie apocalypse, at least we will know where we stand then.





Red and White Securities letter to the Arsenal board…Jabba the Hutt strikes back

6 07 2012

Below is the full text of the open letter which Alisher Usmanov and Red and White Securities sent to the Arsenal board yesterday in the wake of Robin Van Persie’s announcement regarding his future at the club.

I will leave you all to make your own minds up on the contents.

However I will say this, if Mr. Usmanov honestly loves the club as he states and wants nothing but the best for Arsenal Football Club on and off the field then maybe he can make some moves to remove some of the mystery and secrecy cloaking his own past dealings and stop issuing solicitors letters and gagging orders as if they were penny sweets.

Maybe then he would be in a better position to question others and would have more support amongst the fans.








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