Saturday, June 26, 2010


Well I woke up sore bit like an athelete or racehorse that pulls up sore only I'd been sleeping not racing, my elbow ached my achilies tendons ached and I pulled a muscle in my lower back bending down to pick up the dogs bowl so it ached and a mozzie had bitten me on the forehead twice and on my pinkie. Basically I needed someone to whinge to but noone was there so I debated kicking the dog but my achiles tendons hurts so that was out, kidding I wouldnt kick the dog, but you get my drift.

Anyway I went out shopping, stopping off to pick up a real coffee and do the lotto on the way, the lotto hadnt paid out but I thought to myself , hey at least you can afford to enter it and buy a nice coffee there are plenty people in the world that couldnt, then i went to the supermarket and there was one poor soul there with no legs and another obviously mentally handicapped child and I got to thinking, Rob your ankles hurt a wee bit think yourself lucky you have ankles, if you had been born 40 yrs ago the defibrulator hadnt been invented so youd have died and replacement elbow is also a newish medical item so probably even if you had lived your arm would have been useless instead of a wee bit sore. So when I feel sore I shall take a virtual step back and think of the poor sould out there heaps worse off.

And hey the lotto may come in :)

I've been a bit bored after selling SHIRE PC AID and selling the house I havent had much to keep me amused. I have however done three websites in the last three weeks  and are online and a wedding car rental site is nearly finished. When I get to Ireland I think website design should be high on my list of prospective income. With the economy in such a mess in Ireland and the EU its hard to know whats best to do. The Australian dollar is really high against the Euro so its a good time to change money, I got a good price for the house here and the Irish housing market is really low, I'm not sure if it will go lower still but if it does I think there shant be much more to drop. The Irish government bailed out the banks there to such an extent that they cant afford to pay back the funds, the EU will eventually bail the country out but Ireland will owe so much there will be no alternative but to raise Tax and cut benifits, as soon as company tax goes up more companies will go offshore leading to more unemployment, not a good outlook ehh. However things go in cycles and I'm sure Ireland will pull together and ride out the hard times.

Its less than 4 weeks now till I leave Australia.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


I was googling irish gps roadmaps for the satnav in the Subaru and remembered a wee joke.Have you heard of the Irish satnav? As soon as you enter your destination, it tells you in a lilting voice, "Ah, shure, I wouldn't start from here ..." I know silly ehh. You think that is bad well how about the preist who is driving along the road and gets stopped for speeding. The policeman smells alcohol on the priest’s breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.

He says, ‘Sir, have you been drinking?’
‘Just water,’ says the priest.
The trooper says, ‘Then why do I smell wine?’
The priest looks at the bottle and says, ‘Good Lord! He’s done it again!’

If I buy a house needing work done in Eire I'm kinda woried about the local builders Paddy and Mick they were nailing up the side of a wooden house.

Mick noticed that Paddy was examining the nails and throwing away every second and third.
'What's wrong with the nails?' he asked.
'Sure the heads are at the wrong end.'
'You are stupid you idiot, can't you see they are for the other side of the house!. It gets worse and wores ehh blinkin heck I'm typing Irish and not there yet.

The deposit got paid on the house yesterday so its officially sold :) we got $632,000 which is above average for the village so I'm chuffed and it should mean being morgage free in Eire :)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Theres more to life than sun, sea and public holidays

Theres more to life than sun, sea and public holidays, or is there? We have 13 public holidays in NSW this year and it will probably be sunny on most of them, celebrating the Queens birthday with a day off is brilliant considering the amount of the population that are all for a Republic. Labour day is also a public holiday here and 10 sickies a year is par for the course, so lets call it 23 paid sunny days off a year, not bad ehh. Unless your an employer that is. Four out of five Aussies live within 50 km of the coast, lots of them have boats and in some suburbs 71% of young adults keep liveing with their parents for longer and longer, which is hardly supprising considering the average house price in Sydney  is almost $A600,000. So if your fine having Mom do your washing, borrowing your Dads BMW and his boat, having 23 days off a year in the sun Australia is the go and what more could you ask for?.
Personaly I couldnt wait to flee the nest, there were girls out there needed the gift of my gab, the rain didnt get me that down to be honest and I get sunburnt in 20 mins here.

Why am I mulling over sun, sea and public holidays anyway? well I'm off to Ireland in 5 weeks and not for a holiday but to live there, they have 9 public holidays and it may well be raining during them. I'll be self employed anyway so it shant worry me. Hopefully my Mom and Dad will come visit and do my washing and  borrow my car and boat.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

To blog or not to blog

To Blog or not to Blog that is the question, whether it is nobler, in the mind to keep, these ramblings of outrageous fortune or to put them in a blog. The blog has won thanks to Gail, my sister in law, who put it on me at the weekend to start writing again.

So whats new Rob? well Angie is off to Ireland 5 weeks ahead of me and 5 months ahead of Jessy who has to wait till December because of some stupid bureaucracy, she had to have a Rabies shot then a month later a blood check to see if it had worked then she has to wait 6 months? yes I'm not sure why either, considering Australia doesn't have rabies. I had a couple set up to look after Jessy for the 5 months but they have  backed out unfortunately so she may have to go to a kennel. I checked out a couple at the weekend, one called HanRob was blinking awful, I wouldn't even let a dog stay there. They have 15 mins a day "Playtime" when the dog is let out of its cage unless you pay more, more you pay more they play.  To sleep, perchance to dream. Ay, there's the rub.

How good is google? its brilliant, I just found this gem, Japan's space agency has applied for a Guinness World Records listing after its Hayabusa space probe returned from a seven-year journey to an ancient asteroid, Hayabusa, "falcon" in Japanese, left Earth in 2003 and returned late Sunday, completing a five-billion-kilometre (three-billion-mile) round trip to the potato-shaped Itokawa asteroid. "We are seeking its recognition as the first-ever spacecraft that landed on and returned from a celestial body other than the moon, and also for completing the longest ever (space) journey," the official said.

The World Cup may be just five days old but its unofficial soundtrack – the relentless drone of the vuvuzela – is already driving football fans across the globe to distraction, But now a sound engineer claims to have devised a hi-tech antidote to the deafening plastic trumpets, which have attracted complaints from viewers and players alike. For just £2.45, armchair fans can download a 45-minute audio clip which purports to cancel out the ear-splitting din of the traditional South African stadium horns during televised matches, sounds great but the game goes for 90 mins?