2009

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What a year! 2009 is approaching its end and its been and up and down year for me.

Blogging

What a year for me and blogging! It started off great being selected for the first Th!nk about it competition and then that led to other cool projects, again involving European Journalism Centre and the Anna Lindh Foundation. I of course moved the blog .com and its bein great doing that. I have gotten involved with bloggingportal, irishelection and sluggerotoole at various points through out the year. I have met and been contacted by lots of cool people through all this.

Work/College

Its been an up and down year with work. Loosing my job, like so many others, was a bit of a wake up call, and thankfully I landed on my feet. I know am back in college and have a part-time job. Things really did turn out for the better.

Politics

What a year to be involved in Politcs. The Local and European elections were great fun, as was the preceding the Ard Fheis. I learned a lot during the campiagns and look forward to putting that to good use in the coming General Election, whenever that will be. The second Lisbon Referendum was also a great opportunity. Getting involved with Generation Yes, Ireland For Europe and Bloggers for Europe, let to more learning and of course meeting lots of people. It was a great experience. It also got me published in local newspapers!

Personal Life

While 2009 was a great year, it saw a number of deaths for me too. This year I lost a favourite teacher from school, Paddy Mulcahy, and a good friend of mine, Brian Finn. Its right to remember them at this time of year. This year, brought lots of opportunities in my personal life, and I am glad I took them!

2010

So what will next year bring? Who knows, but im looking forward to it!

All thats left to do now, is to wish you all a Happy New Year and best of luck for 2010!

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Would you cross a picket?

As some of you are aware I am now (re)employed by Boots. Now union employees have voted for strike action and there could be possible pickets on stores. So I face a dilemma, to cross the picket or not. What would you do?

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Decmeber 8th – Twas Ok

Well today was the busiest Monday in a long time at work. A lot of city schools were closed today so there was a large number of school kids getting presents around. Not a large farming contingent today I didn’t think. You could spot farmers (well before anyway) long before they opened their mouths!

Was very happy anyway as I wasn’t snowed under at work and we were busy enough to make the day fly! Now to look forword to tomorrow a day off, which is also my birthday!!!

Decmeber 8th – A busy day ahead

Tomorrow is December 8th. This is a day I hate working in town. I did it last year and have to do it again this year. Do you want to know why?

Well in Cork the 8th of December is known as farmers day out. This is because December 8th is The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary which is a holy day of obligation and it used to mean a day off school (but not anymore). This was the opportunity for the countryfolk to come to down and do their Christmas shopping. It is a manic day in Cork! I wonder how the “recession” will affect tomorrow?

Skimmers, Skype and other S’s I think of!

Well on the 6th of October I twitted about this incident, but i think it deserves a blog post also, mixed in with a few other things.

I was on delivery at work (Boots Patrick St, Shameless plug I know) but I noticed 3 people at the ATMs at BOI on Patrick St, not taking much notice as we had a huge delivery.

But on my breakfast break (I started work at 6:45am!) I was hungry and didnt have money on me, so had to go to the ATM, now I am not a BOI customer (I’m Permanent TSB but they are at the other end of Patrick St), but I use that one out of conveninece, but I noticed something strange where the cards went it. It was slightly the wrong colour and there were prongs were tehre normally wasn’t so I didn’t use it. (Went to centra got brekkie using ATM in the shop) SO i said it to the girls inside in work describing it and they agreed it didn’t look right. so I rang the Gardaí, as you do, first time ever. So i waited with one of the other girls for them to arrive.

She decided she should warn people (I’m shy, really I am…) so she was and the Gardaí arrived who told us two foreign nationals (I had identified the people at the ATM as being from Eastern Europe) where watching us from Argos, we were freaked!

Afterwards while I ws at work a Garda came in and told me what was in the device, a card reader, a camera and a TV Screen. Thankfully there was no transmitter so if anyone used said ATMs, its okay. Waiting on the Gardaí now to contact me about goving a statement and that.

But be careful when using ATMs!

Now I downloaded Skype last night (about time I know), but I must say it is fantastic soft ware, why I didn’t download it before I do not know. All I know is that it will make calling Kerry cheaper 😀

Im really hard to think of other S’s but someone has sent me a very interesting link which I must now blog about!!

So this post has been brought to you by the letter S

That so reminds me of Sesame Street!!!!