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Mastermind – more exciting than you think

Posted in Food & Drink, Rude Things, TV on January 12, 2011 by Johnnie

Good to read the great John Humphrys happily acknowledging just how sexy his presentation style is on BBC’s Mastermind.  In an interview for The Guardian about celebrity breakfasts, Humphrys says he has two breakfasts per day.  His first (“a large bowl of fruit, muesli and yoghurt, and a banana”) before Radio 4’s Today programme and then another one later on.

“When I get home,” he says, “I have toast with Marmite or blackcurrant and apple jam made by a nice lady who comes when I do Mastermind.”  Continue reading

Why is a taxi driver’s time more precious than anyone else’s?

Posted in Rude Things, Shopping, Travel, WhingeRantMoan on October 18, 2010 by Johnnie

First, a disclaimer:  I know that not all Dublin taxi drivers have over-bitten, vinegar-soaked fingernails, nor do they all wear chafing hessian underpants – in other words, they’re not universally irritable, intolerant, impatient, racist, shoulder-chipped prole chauffeurs.  I also understand that, as self-employed people, time generally equals money in their line of business.  And I have had more than my fair share of thoroughly pleasant, courteous, considerate cabbies in my time too.

However, a little good will goes a long way and it’s distinctly lacking in some quarters.  Three times recently I’ve got into a pre-booked taxi to find the meter already running.   Continue reading

Hot stuff..?

Posted in Favourite Publications, Rude Things on September 11, 2010 by Johnnie

This is how they sell fires and stoves to Corkonians.  Clearly, they believe that sex sells, and there’s no expiry date.  I bet you when Giovanni Trapattoni took over coaching the Irish football squad, he never thought his Italian charms would be exploited in quite this way.  What a role model – Berlusconi, take note. Continue reading

“Unsavoury” Lay-by Closed in Co Tipperary

Posted in Favourite Publications, Grave News, Rude Things on May 1, 2009 by Johnnie


The Midland Tribune feels compelled to report (on page 2 of its April 22nd issue) that a lay-by on the N7 at Toomevara in Co. Tipperary has been temporarily closed by North Tipperary County Council due to reports of “homosexual activity”. There’s no deliberation over terms such as ‘lovers’ lane’ or any such thing, these are “homosexual” (and there’s not one use of the word ‘gay’ in the entire piece either) people, after all, and the tone is very much one of exasperated disapproval. Fortunately, the article is so littered with couldn’t-make-it-up comedy and innuendo, there’s little point in getting as steamed up as a windscreen in a lay-by. It’s hard to know where to begin, really, so here are some nice quotes from the article itself: Continue reading