Thursday, 15 November 2012

On Raglan Road - How it should be done.

The Late, Great Luke Kelly 

On Raglan Road


On Raglan Road

On Raglan Road on an autumn day I met her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare that I might one day rue;
I saw the danger, yet I walked along the enchanted way,
And I said, let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day.

On Grafton Street in November we tripped lightly along the ledge
Of the deep ravine where can be seen the worth of passion's pledge,
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts and I not making hay -
O I loved too much and by such and such is happiness thrown away.

I gave her gifts of the mind I gave her the secret sign that's known
To the artists who have known the true gods of sound and stone
And word and tint. I did not stint for I gave her poems to say.
With her own name there and her own dark hair like clouds over fields of May

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet I see her walking now
Away from me so hurriedly my reason must allow
That I had wooed not as I should a creature made of clay -
When the angel woos the clay he'd lose his wings at the dawn of day.


Friday, 14 September 2012

Joke of the Day - 14.09.2012

The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.

Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, 'Kemo Sabe, look towards sky, what you see? '

'The Lone Ranger replies, 'I see millions of stars.'

'What that tell you?' asked Tonto.

The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says, 'Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning.. Theologically, the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.

What does it tell you, Tonto?'

'You dumber than buffalo shit, Kemo Sabe. It means someone stole tent'

I know it's old, I received it again by email today & laughed again, don't know where it originated from so cannot credit the author.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012


It's beginning to look like the proposed takeover at my beloved Nottingham Forest is going to go ahead. It is being widely reported that "Mega Rich" Fawaz Al-Hasawi is reported to be about to close the deal to take control of the club, let us hope for 2 things;

1) That the stories are true and the takeover is imminent as a new owner with funds to invest is vital to the clubs survival.

2) That Fawaz Al-Hasawi is as is claimed in some quarters of the press "Mega Rich" & is not another Venky (Blackburn) or a Nathan / Peter Willett (Notts County 2009).

This will not be a quick fix and shouldn't be, this needs to be a medium term project which would see Forest consolidate our position in the coming season & then push for promotion to the premier league in 2013/14.

We all want the Glory days back, I started as a supporter in 1977, before the glory days, I was 7 years old & it was a great time to be a Forest fan, a League Title, 2 European Cups & 2 League cups (When the competition still meant something) followed in quick succession, we were a solid 1st division side, at worst mid table but always able to compete.

Then came SKY, The Premier League & Money, problem was we had none & it soon became our undoing, clubs were no longer competing on a level playing field, even powerhouses like Liverpool, Everton, Spurs & Leeds couldn't compete, it became a rich mans game / passtime.

Jack Walker had Blackburn & they were the first to just buy the League title.
Roman Abramovich did the same at Chelsea twice, albeit with a very good manager.
Man Utd were the richest club in the world with a great academy & huge support around the world.
But the carry on at Manchester City has left all the others in the shade, it's hard to begrudge the success to their long suffering fans (even longer than us) but this is not sport, or maybe it is but just not as us older fans know it.
Arsenal were the only notable exception to the above rule but have failed miserably in recent seasons to repeat these successes.

Would I like us to win a league title the same way City did this season & probably will next? NO I genuinely would not, but I would love to see us back in the top half of the Premier League, challenging for a Champions League place, maybe even an FA Cup win for Cloughie, now that would be something, see I'm not that greedy.

SO COME ON YOUUUUUU REDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, 9 June 2012

She was RIGHT then

The transcript of this speech made by Margaret Thatcher in the House of Commons on 30th Oct 1990.

Margaret Thatcher: "Yes, the Commission does want to increase its powers. Yes, it is a non-elected body and I do not want the Commission to increase its powers at the expense of the House, so of course we are differing. Of course…
The President of the Commission, Mr. Delors, said at a press conference the other day that he wanted the European Parliament to be the democratic body of the Community, he wanted the Commission to be the Executive and he wanted the Council of Ministers to be the Senate. No. No. No.
Or…. or…..or…..
Perhaps the Labour party would give all those things up easily. Perhaps it would agree to a single currency, to total abolition of the pound sterling. Perhaps, being totally incompetent with monetary matters, they’d be only too delighted to hand over full responsibility as they did to the IMF, to a central bank. The fact is they have no competence on money and no competence on the economy—so, yes, the right hon. Gentleman would be glad to hand it all over. What is the point in trying to get elected to Parliament only to hand over your sterling and the powers of this House to Europe?"

If you substitute, Fianna Fail for Labour party, Punt for pound sterling you pretty much have what happened over here. ,

It is ironic that this speech was the beginning of the end for poor Maggie, considering how right she was. Everything she was saying No to was adopted here with relish & glee & has as she predicted back in 1990 led to our end as a sovereign state.

Friday, 8 June 2012

The Old ones are the Best?

I know it's an old joke but I got a laugh from it & who knows the way things are going it may not be too far off the truth.

The European Commission has announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU, rather than German, which was the other contender. Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had room for improvement and has therefore accepted a five-year phasing in of "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make sivil servants jump for joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of the "k", Which should klear up some konfusion and allow one key less on keyboards.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f", making words like "fotograf" 20% shorter.

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e" is disgrasful.

By the fourth yer, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl vritin styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and everivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer.


Herr Schmidt

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Pay up Stupid

Thank you for voting Yes, their stability has been assured, ours I'm afraid is a different matter.

Even in Australia

We are all aware or at least all of us with our eyes and ears open are aware that there is a movement underway to eradicate free speech & thought in the EU, but it appears that there is also a danger of a similar fate befalling our Australian cousins.

There is no freedom without the freedom of speech & thought, if what I say offends you, don't listen, if I am not inciting hatred or advocating genocide then what I say should be considered my opinion & I should have the right to express it without fear of prosecution or violence.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Nigel Farage - Greatest Hits

Some of the best speeches by Nigel Farage UKIP leader.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Rise up people against those that would enslave you

Never before have Shelley's words been more apt.

"Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few."

Taken from the Mask of Anarchy by Percey Bysshe Shelley, this poem is also home to another one of Shelley's (IMHO) great verses;

"I met Murder on the way -
He had a mask like Castlereagh -
Very smooth he looked, yet grim;
Seven blood-hounds followed him:"

Anyone with an interest in Irish History will know who Lord Castlereagh was, a bollox to say the least, however those with an interest in English History will no doubt find he is depicted in a more favourable light.

Those interested in reading the full & lenghty poem see

Tuesday, 3 April 2012


I found this picture on the web recently, not sure of it's origins but if it's yours many thanks. As they say a picture paints a thousand words, this paints many more & all are unfortunately true, very apt in the current climate I feel.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Pay The Household Charge - My Hole

If you're wondering what your €100 will be wasted on, see this sketch from the Savage Eye, now I know it's just a comedy sketch & McSavage is a uniquely unfunny & annoying prick but this made me laugh.

Fiscal Treaty Referendum

If you are thinking of voting Yes in the upcoming Enslavement Referendum, or Fiscal Treaty Referendum as our fuckwit, EU patsy Government like to call it, then take a look at this first. It may be based on the UK, but there is very little difference between there and here when it comes to local government & EU interference.

Thursday, 23 February 2012


This year during lent forget Trocaire & the worlds needy, Reckless & Feckless Bankers, International Money Gamblers & Un-elected Corrupt & Egotistical Bureaucrats need your support, so pay up & shut up.


Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Sing along for 2012

Excellant stuff from Frank Turner, thanks to for the link, anyone with a bit of free time could do worse than check out CR's blog.