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Fun in the sun in Cork

We had good fun at the Street Performance World Championship last year and are hoping to head into Cork en famille to enjoy it again this year. Breakdancers, clowns, jugglers, comedians, dancers, magicans, contortionists, games, face painting. a playground and much much more. There is also an extensive range and variety of food stalls so [...]

Twebt the fourth

And this time its a white wine. Taking place this Sunday, April 25th at 9pm, Twebt (the twitter wine blind tasting), with mystery bottle provided by O’Briens wines . If you’re in Cork city, you may want to meet with others in the Sextant on Albert Quay. Check out Brian’s blog for pointers to how [...]

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?

Porcelain Painting Present

Sibéal received this 8 piece painting set from Auntie Orla for Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed completing it. It is a simple kit that contains 3 bowls, 2 candle sticks and 3 vases, all unpainted. 12 mini pots of paint and 2 paint brushes are also included and are then used to apply whatever designs you [...]

Love it, love it, love it

via @conoro: Lego Mindstorms NXT, Nokia N95 mobile phone and a 4x4x4 Rubik’s cube to solve. Brilliant. How cool a project would something similar to this have been in school or college?

Sidewalk Artists?

I spotted this box of chalk a few weeks before Christmas whilst toy shopping in Smyths. My children love it. They’ve gotten hours of fun out of drawing on the driveway and footpaths outside the house. From huge monstrous pictures to pictures of each other and treasure maps. Top value at €4.99 for the box [...]

Jigsaws just got a whole lot more complicated

This is what infuriated, challenged and entertained Oscar on Christmas day, a 240 piece 3D jigsaw. He loved completing it, though it took him longer than he anticipated and it now is displayed proudly in his bedroom. Great fun. He’s looking forward to trying more complex and intricate puzzleballs. Would definitely recommend as an alternative [...]

Bubble Brothers announce new Wine club

photo credit: lostash Starting on the 28th of January in Blackrock Castle, the wine club shall meet on the last Thursday of every month (excluding July and December) from 7.30pm till 9.30pm. The  inaugural meeting will be hosted by Champagne’s own Mlle Valérie Ravillon in a champagne masterclass. Six champagnes shall be tasted and she’ll [...]

Fantastic Fish

Sibéal received this fabulous Sticky Mosaics kit from Auntie Emer this Christmas and she thoroughly enjoyed completing it. Previously I had purchased smaller one picture versions but this kit contains 5 different, more complex designs to complete. As before you start with the design laid out on cardboard with each rectangle numbers and then sheets [...]

Personalised Santa message from Portable North Pole

via @famron: My kids are loving this: Portable North Pole – PNP. Take a few minutes to upload some information and a photo of them and watch Santa tell the story and their reactions. Class!

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