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Mini marathon update

Well, tis all done and dusted now. Last Monday myself and my sister Claire, ably supported by the brothers Phili and Brían, headed into the Harcourt hotel. There we met up with  a gang of our cousins as part of the 1 in 1000 Flora Women’s Mini Marathon team. The aim was to raise money [...]

Boom Boom Pow

Last Saturday, Oscar and I headed to the O2 in Dublin to see The Black Eyed Peas supported by Cheryl Cole. It was Oscar’s first concert and he was really looking forward to it. It was a truly brilliant night which far exceeded our expectations. He was dumbstruck by the whole experience. Here’s Cheryl’s first [...]

I Gotta Feeling

This Saturday sees myself and Oscar hitting the road to Dublin. For his fast approaching birthday we’re heading to his first evah concert in the O2. The Black Eyed Peas supported by Cheryl Cole. He can’t wait. It is bringing back memories of the 80s and my first concerts. A crowd of us would take [...]

Oh what a night

Just getting back on track after a brilliant Saturday night in Galway. Early morning we left the brood in the well experienced and capable hands of Granny and high tailed it to the city of the tribes in hot pursuit of the #geekmobile. First up was the Ladies Tea Party in the Linda Evangelista suite [...]

LEGO iPhone dock

Spotted in Make, I want one of these. Created by Chris Harrison and titled “The Empire experiments with a new iPhone powered AT walker”. What’s not to like?

Shocked and stunned

Yesterday, I dropped my battered, old Zafira into the garage to have the brake pads and coolant system checked as had been getting the ominous scrapping sound on braking and a flashing warning coolant light on the dashboard. photo credit: cosmic_spanner When I collected the car a few hours later to pony up the dosh [...]

Happy Birthday

Today is my mam’s birthday. I love this photo of her. Taken 35 odd years ago, when I guess I was nearly 6 and she was almost 28. I am the eldest of 7 kids and there’s only 10 years between myself and my youngest brother. Needless to say, it was always loud and busy [...]

One for the Girl Geeks

via Make Magazine: This jewellery made me smile this afternoon. Nicholas and Felice design and produce these interesting geeky and nerdy pieces using sterling silver, dies, a 20 ton hydraulic press and a CNC mill. It brought me back to 20 odd years ago. To doing a project on CNC machining on a Kitamura in [...]

Brilliant Boostapak

I love great design that solves a problem. This Boostapak, made by the same people who brought us Trunki, seems to tick both these boxes. As a parent of 5 kids that has travelled by air abroad on holidays, I have had to deal with the expense and hassle on arrival of hiring extra booster [...]

Keep on running

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from my cousin Sinéad wondering whether I would be interested in running the Flora women’s mini marathon with her and a group of cousins and pals as part of the 1 in 1000 campaign for cystic fibrosis. Its a great cause and just the incentive I [...]

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