Tuesday, September 30, 2008


The world of banking has been capturing the headlines recently. The whole sorry mess is tumbling down like the house of cards, built on sand that it is.

The government have kindly guaranteed all the savings in Irish Banks. It doesn't really mean much as there is no issue with liquidity in Irish Banking. The astonishing move is to guarantee all the money borrowed by Irish banks. That is a much riskier move and it gives banks a get out of jail free card.

It would be pretty nice to make oodles of money creating bad debt and then having it all cancelled out by the man. Imagine it in any other industry?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Knee Update - MRI Results

I got the results of my MRI and it was strange. Good and bad news. The good news is there is no problem or injury showing up for my knee at all. According to the images I have a perfectly fine knee, no cysts, no tears.

Great news eh? Well not really. I have a pain in my knee and I want to know what is causing it. I think I am going to do my best to stretch a lot and built up my upper leg to support my knee better. So the cycling is helping, I will try a short run tomorrow to see how that goes.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

RTE.ie becomes dating agency for it's stars.

I just read this article on RTE.ie. So Ryan Tubridy doesn't have a book lined back drop. Come to think of it, I saw him in town once and there were no books in site.

It's good of RTE, to try and help him find a lady. It must be hard for high earning, high profile to get themselves out there.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

iPhone? Google Phone?

Can't I have both? I think the iPhone looks way cooler to be honest, but the Google one ain't bad. Hopefully it will have a good SDK and some free killer apps, ones that don't download your DNA and send them to the googleplex

Saturday, September 20, 2008

New Bike

I finally got my new bike. It's a La Pierre RCR100, I got it in the cycle superstore in Tallaght. I've cycled home from Tallaght and then to and from work yesterday and it is amazing the difference a road bike makes to the journey.

I've done both trips on my mountain bike and it is quite hard work but on the new bike it just flew and I've done both journey's in record time.

If only there was a cycle lane all the way to the city centre like there is to Tallaght!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bluetooth Headphones

I took my new SBH170's out for a run last night. After about a kilometre they came off so i think I will have to wear a hat or get a headband.

The sound is very good but it kept dropping the signal so it made the music jumpy. I hope it's down to the carge in the headphones. I will charge them properly and take them out again.

So far they are pretty good!

The Knee - Update

I went to a consultant about my knee, which hasn't been a problem, to have a firm diagnosis. I got a pretty firm diagnosis. My knees are in pretty good condition, my patella tendons seem fine but I do have either (or both) a meniscal tear or a meniscal cyst.

I'm going for an MRI later this week to get it confirmed and come up with a course of action.

I'm going to lay off the running while I await the results but I'll be in the gym and on the bike over the next few weeks. I want to keep my condition up, so I don't have to face the horror of getting fit from being completely out of shape.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The New Week

I've started the week like I mean it. I was in the gym at lunchtime. It's been ages since I've been in the gym and the first time in my new gym in the city centre.

I have to say it has great facilities.

I ran 3k on the treadmill overlooking the liffey, which was pretty sweet. Although if I can find a good city centre route I will run outdoors and shower in the gym.

I got my bluetooth headphone and the sound is good but I'm not sure they will be very stable on my ears, but I will try them out and hopefully they will be fine.

Now back to work for me.

Friday, September 12, 2008

It's Friday already

This week has flown by in a bit of a haze. It was my first week back at work after 2 weeks off so that is always strange, that and of course the new addition, so everything is very different.

I'm looking forward to a nice weekend, maybe a run, maybe watch the Man United game tomorrow.

I've been suffering from blogger's block lately. Imagine how bad it must be if I can't come up with anything to put in the blog!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Back Running

I'm making a concerted effort to get back running in the last week or so. I hope to do a few races in the new year, I'll do the rest of the year to get in shape.

I've done 3 runs in the last week, two 3k runs and one 5k run. Each run was pretty slow around 16 minutes for the 3k and 30 minutes for the 5k. I'll bring that down substantially over the next month or so.

I was out last night, in the dark, in the wind, in the rain and the conditions were tough but they were tougher than the run. I've been using my phone as a music player and it took some getting used to and it meant taping the earphones in my ears which was uncomfortable to remove.

I've ordered a pair of wireless bluetooth headphones, I'll review them when they arrive.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Why Lord Why?

RTE have reached a new low. You can chat to the Gorilla from the Cadbury's Ad.

Why Lord why?

Monday, September 8, 2008

I'm back

It's been ages. 17 whole days without blogging, I think I spent a month in Vietnam and blogged more.

So what have I been up to? Well, I've become a father!!!

My beautiful son was born 2 weeks ago, thanks to my amazing wife (thanks!). He's called Oliver and he is thriving.

Now I'll be blogging more over the next few days and weeks about all the usual stuff!

Now back to fatherhood.