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In Whelan’s last weekend, I noticed there was writing everywhere in the cubicles. I felt like I was back in college reading the walls! I guess that Whelan’s have decided to leave the graffiti there as a point of interest rather than go to the trouble of scrubbing it off. This one in particular caught my eye.

writing on the wall

writing on the wall

If you can’t read it, the text is:

Goodnight lover…
I took you home. The flash burn of want clouded my judgement & I played the shy music. Did you believe the lies. The lies of want. Your rough words replused (sic.) me. I took you home. I took off your trousers. I kissed you back. I never spoke. Never cried out for you to stop.
I took you home.

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It’s all about meme

Thanks to Daily Daydreamer and Mr. H. Master, I have been tagged with this here meme thingymajig.

Here is how it works.

1) Put the link of the person who tagged you on your blog.
2) Write the rules (I donโ€™t what they are, they must be these five points)
3) Mention 6 things or habits of no real importance about you.
4) Tag 6 persons adding their links directly.
5) Alert the persons that you tagged them.

Six things or habits of no real importance about me…

  1. I like to wear funky kinda socks. In fact I don’t think I own any plain black ones. Or plain any colour for that matter.

    Stripey socks

    Stripey socks

  2. Dancing round the kitchen with or without music and with or without a partner is a regular occurrence in my kitchen.

    Dancing partner

    Dancing partner

  3. I used to have a recurring dream as a child where my dad would take me to this big old Georgian-style house at night and there would be a party in the back garden. Always full of superhereos from tv like Super Ted, Super Gran, Superman…(I sense a recurring theme here).

    Super Ted

    Super Ted

  4. I can’t leave the house without my driver’s licence. It’s a (small) fear that something will happen to me and nobody will be able to identify me, or my body.

    Drivers licence

    Driver's licence

  5. When I’m really hungry, I get cranky ๐Ÿ™‚

    hungry

    hungry

  6. I am sometimes a complete moron – like now when I realise that this is not the meme Daily Daydreamer tagged me with at all-DOH! Another meme post coming soon…</blush>

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A few pics from my travels in the South Island of New Zealand and a quick stop in Auckland in the North…there are too many to describe them all or even to fit them here but these are a few of my personal favourites ๐Ÿ™‚

NZ Alps

NZ Alps

Inside the glacier at Franz Josef

Inside the glacier at Franz Josef

Outside a diner in middle of nowhere, NZ

Outside a diner in middle of nowhere, NZ

Bungee toilets :)

Bungee toilets ๐Ÿ™‚

Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Whale off coast of Auckland

Whale off coast of Auckland

Dolphins off coast of Auckland

Dolphins off coast of Auckland

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Infectious

We were very kindly invited to come along to the Infectious exhibition at the Science Gallery on Wednesday morning to see what was going on before the official launch last night. Due to the bad weather (I assume!) we were the only bloggers there and so we got a very personalised guided tour from the lovely Emma.

Here are a few photos from the exhibits to give you a flavour of what it’s like.

The exhibition is running until 17th July 2009.

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Things have been pretty hectic for me over the past few weeks, hence the drop in posts ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

It’s been a very good kind of busy for the most part but I feel like I have abandoned ship here-I haven’t!! I’m just posting a little less than normal that’s all and a little more on Culch.ie…

I came across this pic a few minutes ago on the National Geographic website and thought ‘Oh what I wouldn’t do to be so comfy and worry-free right now!’ Lucky little fella.

Baby gorrilla asleep on his mammys back

Baby gorilla asleep on his mammys back

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I’ve just got an interesting flyer in the door for a new scheme called EasiSteps being launched this weekend. It’s being touted as ‘Ireland’s First “Phased Deposit Purchase Plan”‘ and apparently EasiSteps will ‘Let you live in your new home rent-free* while saving it’

*Rent-free is marked as Terms & Conditions apply, which according to the website means that you pay a monthly ‘deposit’ for the time you live there until you get a mortgage, up to a maximum completion period of 2 years. No mention of what happens if you still have no mortgage approval after two years though ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Easi Steps logo

Easi Steps logo

I reckon it’s a great step in the right direction myself, it is sad to see so many empty houses out there and on the other hand so many people who’d love to own their own homes.

With the Easi Steps Purchase Plan, homes already contructed and ready for occupation can be purchased from the developer over an agreed period, offering buyers the chance to move in straight away and complete at a mutually agreeable time in the future.

We’ll probably be seeing a lot more of these schemes in the future. I did read recently that the Government were heralding some new scheme called ‘Home Choice Loans’ .

Home Choice Loan logo

Home Choice Loan logo

According to the recent issue of Community Voice newspaper for Dublin 15:

…part of the pre-requisites being that you must have been knocked back twice by the commercial banks

before you can even think about applying to the Government for the scheme. The initiative has been in place since the start of the year, but in Dublin 15 at least there have been zero applications to date. (Community Voice)

Presumably with builders or property developers having a vested interest in getting people paying them money as soon as possible, their schemes such as this new EasiSteps are likely to have a lot less red tape surrounding them and will be much easier to access for first time buyers ๐Ÿ™‚

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