My thoughts on how to reduce road accidents in Ireland.

We really need a properly structured driving school setup with trained instructors, competent and consistent testers possibly with video review of the test, and having to spend enough time and money to actually go through the testing process that those that make it through realise that driving is not a right but something earned with a lot of responsibility. Recertification should be a requirement each decade to get a license renewal. The more time and money it costs to get driving, the more people will see it as something that carries a great deal of responsibility and should drive with …

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Endeavour, and ISS

There’s something awe-inspiring about seeing the fruits of mankind’s endeavours, there are some times when it’s all brought home just how far we as a species have come. To see tonight, the space shuttle Endeavour and it’s just-jettisonned fuel tank pass high to the south, about mag -6 and -5 in brightness, and really moving quickly across the sky – it’s almost religious. Florida to Ireland in 19 minutes – that’s a good time. I wonder if the lads in Shannon ATC had flights on hold in case the shuttle needed to abort?

The Rules of Beer

* Beware of little bald wizened smiling old men * Beer is food * Premium isn’t * It is ALWAYS beer time * It is always a good plan * Beer is a credit card for pain * Tomorrow is far away * It’s not taste that counts, but side effects * There is no such thing as “One” * Beer will fix it (temporarily!) (all credits go to Daren and Mel for their brilliance)

Holiday planning?

Upcoming fun and holidays – depending on the availability of holidays at work. Verdon gorge for a weekend and a day or 2. Wales for a bit of MTB with Mullins and gang. Then there’s Istanbul with Sarah.

What happened to our summer?

I miss the warm dry weather for the past few weeks! We have rain, but not enough to be useful. This rain just dampens everything, spirits, moods, appetites, and the ground that we can cycle on. And the humidity! You move and a sheen of sweat appears! And without the heat that would dry it all out… Well what can we expect really. At least most of the farmers got a bit of hay and silage in, and the ground is still hard enough to harvest a few early crops. It’s great blight weather though!

Summertime, and updates.

It’s offically the summertime, just past the solstice. Long days, hay being cut, sunny weather, and t-shirts. Girls with skimpy clothing. Light outside at 10pm. Nontilucent clouds once it gets past civil twilight, and a fantastic recent display of them.

Edinburgh

I was on a short break in Edinburgh recently, taking advantage of the fact that Sarah was over there for a conference in Heriot-Watt. I stayed in the King James Thistle hotel on Leigh St.  Great architecture in the town, great summer atmosphere, and strange locals – especially the oilrig electrician that liked to eat anything..

Audi wiper motor :/

Unfortunately my Audi’s wiper motor is having issues and the wipers have a habit of freezing in mid-wipe. Probably due to the water building up in the battery compartment – I’m an idiot for not keeping an eye on this. Time to clean out the drain holes and replace a dodgy motor..

MR2

We bought the MR2 from George a month ago, and it’s a lovely car. Red, targa-roofed, and 2.0 of 4 cylinders giving about 160 bhp in a 1 tonne body – gives lots of fun! Also a real looker – you have to like poppy-uppy lights ;) I’ve started ‘sorting’ it, with a few little fixes and tweaks here and there: improving the speakers and the stereo, making the foglight work again (though I have to re-aim it down a little bit), waxing the car a bit to stop the lightening of the paintwork, adding an induction kit for a …

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