Archive for November, 2007

Prank Dog-Bowl Letters 12 – To the Taoiseach

Dogbowl Design 2

This is the last of the prank dog-bowl letters from the good old days when pet-food magnate Albert Reynolds was Taoiseach, and when the hint of a Taoiseach’s support for a crazy project would result in Government agencies falling over each other to help. I published the letters in the book Dear John, which I co-wrote with Sam Smyth in 1993, so that meant we had to finalise the correspondence before the book came out. Here’s the last letter: >>> (more…)

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November 30, 2007 at 2:00 pm 2 comments

Morph-Baby No 2 – The Chuckle Brothers

Can you recognise who this are? It’s a half-way image of a morph between two very serious Irish statesmen having a bit of an old laugh. I really like this one.

MorphBaby02

Here’s the answer, and an animated version of the morph. >>> (more…)

November 29, 2007 at 12:17 am 1 comment

Digout Des and the Maze of Confusion

I’ve just spent most of the rest of my life reading yesterday’s Tribunal transcript, in which Digout Des tries to explain exactly how he got the money that he thought was a personal friendly digout from Padraic O’Connor to Bertie Ahern, on foot of Ahern’s personal poverty, but which Padraig O’Connor thought was a corporate political contribution from NCB to Ahern’s constituency, on foot of a false invoice from Euro Workforce Limited for a health and safety survey that was never done.

All clear so far? Good. Because I think we can all agree that the evidence to the Tribunal so far has been, how would you put it, a tad hard to follow at times.

But I defy you to read yesterday’s transcript. Here it is.

Seriously, try it. And see how far you can get before you go mad.

November 28, 2007 at 1:50 am 4 comments

Happy Half-Birthday to That’s Ireland

Today is exactly six months since the first post on That’s Ireland, which was this video about Ireland’s 2007 Eurovision entry, They Can’t Stop the Spring by John Waters. By coincidence, it had nearly the same title and chorus as a twenty-year-old song, Can’t Stop the Spring by the Flaming Lips.

So thank you very much for reading or commenting on or linking to That’s Ireland between May and today, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops over the next six months.

November 27, 2007 at 12:01 am 4 comments

Bohemian FC History Calendar 2008

I recently designed a 2008 calendar for Bohemian FC. It’s a pictorial record of the history of the club, spanning twelve decades from the 1890s to the 2000s.

Bohs Calendar
When Bohs was founded in 1890, Frank Whitaker, who later became Brother Francis de Sales Whitaker of the Order of Saint John of Gods, proposed the name Bohemians. The vote was tied and the chairman, Dudley Hussey, who later became a senior civil servant, used his casting vote – the club would be called Bohemians instead of Rovers. Here’s the earliest report that I have found of a Bohs match, from the Irish Times on November 4, 1890: >>> (more…)

November 26, 2007 at 10:26 pm Leave a comment

Monday Quiz 23 – Fair City, Bad Taste Whiskey

On this week last year (November 26 to December 2, 2006):

  • Fair City aired its 2,000th episode. When was the first episode shown, and who were the five cast members who had been in the show from the start?
  • Fine Gael complained that a marketing campaign for Irish whiskey was in bad taste. What was the brand?
  • What Irish connection did the final of the Australian Idol talent show have?
  • It was revealed that how many voters had been wrongly deleted from the Electoral Register?
  • The Government introduced a bill to fund the running of the Oireachtas for the next three years. Would this cost (a) €50 million; (b) €150 million; (c) €190 million; or (d) all three added together?

Click here for answers: >>> (more…)

November 26, 2007 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

‘Digout Des’ Digs Himself in Deeper

It now seems that up to one third of the £22,500 ‘digout’ money that Bertie Ahern got in December 1993 may have come indirectly from a Fianna Fail cheque that Ahern signed for his friend ‘Digout Des’ Richardson. On Friday I described how £2,500 came through this route. But between £2,000 and £5,000 more may also have come indirectly from the same Fianna Fail cheque.

Bizarrely, this seems intended to cover yet another cheque for £6,050, that was held somewhere for four months and was then presented to the bank in such a tattered condition that the bank rejected it. Here are the details, based on last Friday’s evidence to the Tribunal by Digout Des. It’s a fascinating insight into the world of business and politics in 1993 Ireland. >>> (more…)

November 25, 2007 at 9:27 pm 2 comments

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