Archive for September, 2009

ICTU-three-four, ICTU-three-four…

Posted in Favourite Publications, Grave News on September 28, 2009 by Johnnie


Oxymoron alert – there are astonishing signs of progress in the trade union movement, according to this week’s thrilling edition of Industrial Relations News (a.k.a. Workshy Whingers’ & Malingerers’ Time-Wasting Pamphlet)

In a story about a brainstorming session ahead of the next ICTU-led wave of protest campaigns, under the headline ‘Away day’ session as Congress unions plan next move, IRN reports that “some union leaders take the view that marches are a thing of the past’.  Unfortunately, this appears to be more down to inertia or a lost sense of direction rather than a glut of new ideas: Continue reading

Cartoon Cobblers

Posted in Favourite Publications, Star "Style" on September 24, 2009 by Johnnie

Cartoon Shoe

I’ve often wondered what sort of person, in 2009, goes into Dublin city centre to buy a pair of shoes based on a drawing they’ve seen on the back page of The Irish TimesYou all know the shop, I’m sure.  It’s an impossibly quaint method of advertising, from a time way before such mod cons as pocket calculators, fondue sets and Soda Streams.

So, do you know anyone who has ever gone into that shop, ripped back page corner of The Times in hand, looking for that particular shoe?  If so, did the illustration and the reality actually bear any resemblance to each other?  Continue reading

Lor’ luv a duck! Chas & Dave are Hovis, mate…

Posted in Grave News, Music on September 23, 2009 by Johnnie

Chas, Dave & Patrick

The news that celebrated ‘rockney’ duo Chas & Dave have split up will come as a massive shock to the millions of people who had absolutely no idea they were still together.  I have to admit, I was in that category myself, but not entirely due to ignorance. Continue reading

For Whom The Annabell Tolls

Posted in Advice, Grave News on September 14, 2009 by Johnnie


Like many parents, I’m often concerned about the effect TV advertising has on my children.  Now, this isn’t simply me being tightfisted and worrying about the ‘pester factor’ when trying to do a supermarket shop (“Daddy, can we have a Barbie?  Can we have a water cannon?  Can we have a Black & Decker chainsaw?”), but just what messages the advertisers are subliminally putting into their suggestible little heads? Continue reading

Pret A Mangy

Posted in Food & Drink on September 14, 2009 by Johnnie


Like my friend Rebekah, I do enjoy happening across English errors, whether inadvertent or straightforwardly remedial.  I’ll reserve judgment about which category the above (which stopped me in my tracks in Dun Laoghaire) falls into, purely because it’s not clear whether: Continue reading

090909, 09:09am…

Posted in Grave News on September 9, 2009 by Johnnie


…good a time as any to come back, BACK, BAACK to the blog… apologies for my extended holiday, it’s nice to return.