Archive for July, 2003

July 30th, 2003

Apparently my blog is more popular than I ever imagined. Well people seem to miss it!!!

Although politeness would be appreciated and I think that anonymity is a mark of cowardice.

> —–Original Message—–

> From: Mike Sux [mailto:mike_sux@hotmail.com]

> Sent: 30 July 2003 13:57

> To: michael.barry@ul.ie

> Subject: your blog sucks eggs

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> hey like dude, wheres the recent updates to the blog?

> its like totally stupid to just stop with a splurge about

> beer man… you suck eggs, you dufus.

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July 7th, 2003

Talking about beer

The government is upset about how much the Irish drink and how they behave when drunk (like make salsa). They are thinking of ways to tackle the so called drinking culture including measures to prohibit free bars and cheap drink being sold during happy hours.

At the same time, the Minister for Health is bringing in a measure to ban smoking in pubs. It comes into enforce on Jan 1 2004. A government minister has come out against the plan.

The Minister for Agriculture, Mr Walsh, has openly opposed the plan by the Minister for Health, Mr Martin, to ban smoking in pubs and restaurants from January 1st next year.

The Minister for Agriculture voiced his opposition when he opened a new bottling line for Cork-based brewery Beamish & Crawford on Friday. Departing from a prepared script, Mr Walsh said: “I have received strong representations from vintners who have told me that if the ban goes ahead it would have a detrimental effect on their businesses.”

So its ok for a minister to say that we can’t ban smoking because it would have a detrimental effect on the brewing industry. This is a minister who we can assume supports the government position that we must encourage pepole to change their attitudes to drink and to drink less. Presumably that wouldn’t have any effect on the brewing industry at all.

July 7th, 2003

Beer, Beer and more Beer

OK it wasn’t more beer is was Vodka and Peach Snapps. This was the first drunken w/e I’ve had in ages, and I didn’t even try to do anything silly like chop tomatoes while under the influence

It all started with BBQ and Beer on Fri when the fencing club got together to celebrate Ben’s imminent departure to NASA. Saturday was more of the same. But different. Lots of bloggers and such in the Davenport hotel, although we were the only hard core drinkers, finally adjourning at 9pm to pursue food and vodka and hilary and jamie’s place.,

Sunday was spent recovering, travelling back to Limerick and buying books.

July 4th, 2003

Happy Independence Day everyone

July 3rd, 2003

I’ll be at the Irish Bloggers Social this Saturday in the Davenport Hotel.

July 1st, 2003

First post with new blogger. Doesn’t seem to be any different so far. Maybe comments and archives will get better. Or maybe I’ll just hassle jamie into helping me set them up. He doesn’t seem to mind helping out everyone else.

Speaking of everyone else, lillbop , another person I know through Hilary, just came on line. Time will tell if she is deserving of a link in the sidebar :-)

One of the ongoing dilemas in the blogsphere seems to be the conflct between making it big and performing on a world stage, or just maintaing an intimate set of linked blogs for friends and acquaintances. I suppose what will ultimately decide this for us is Hilary and Jamie’s pending trip to Oz. If blogs help us all interact and keep in touch then they will have proved themselves as useful as well as entertaining (for different values of entertaining). Otherwise I can see them falling away as another flash in the pan Internet thing.

Yes I’m putting a lot of responsibility on Jamie and Hilary to make this work. But they can handle it. Anyway if they are going to acquire a large family they need to get used to responsibility.