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– Barbara, I think I have some water over my wellies…
– Cassandra, you silly goose, didn’t I tell you to wear your waders? I’m not turning back. It’s such a lovely day. Let’s press ahead.
– Yes, let’s (squelch – squelch)

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Wet toes

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It’s crap.
Nana couldn’t help herself and bagged two pounds of the tasty little buggers for Luca and Uncle Nic.

Down to the beach to try and clear the head of the excesses of the communion yesterday.
This is His blood. And we drank it in memory of Him. Several gallons actually.

It was strange to go down to the beach with just the one spaniel.

The vet took Muscade in her house over the weekend. She’ll get more results from the blood tests on Monday.
Poor little thing. In her own daft hyperactive spaniel sort of way, she is very attaching (if you like daft hyperactive dogs).

Fingers crossed.

Finn tried to provide some comfort to Jojo. But he knows that something is not right.

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The anti winkle cream

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The communion

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She’s not a cat that works. No, she’s a cat.
But she’s the cat at my work.
Actually, I think she thinks that she owns the Mistake Factory.

Silly cat.

She doesn’t.

No the whole three floors.

But she definitely owns Bronagh from Accounts.

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Emily the work cat

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When Caroline realised that she needed some cash, she immediately reached for her ATM card.

And her AIB-blue skirt.

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Banking on coordination

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Explosive topic (contains nudity)

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If only.

No, the topic wasn’t quite explosive enough.

This evening I went to see a documentary in the Dun Laoghaire Maritime Museum that I have been waiting to see for a long time: ‘Atlantic’ – the race for the resources of the North Atlantic

Unfortunately it contains no Eurovision gossip or other televised karaoke contests, street brawls recorded on mobile phones or voyeuristic sex.

It’s about the plundering of non or not-easily renewable resources in the Atlantic:  crude oil and gas exploitation and the happy plowing into fish stocks by mega trawlers.

It’s about planning. Accountability. Fast profit and long term consequences.

In other words it’s excellent, critically acclaimed… and will be seen by relatively few. It doesn’t quite have the pulling power of Stampy Cat.

I’d be surprised if even 80% of the people who usually read this blog arrived to this point, upon discovery of what the topic is about.

Being responsible is boring, any self-respecting surfer, creche supervisor or motorcyclist will tell you that much.

But please, for just a second, get off your surf board, stop organizing toddlers’ cage fighting matches at the back of the creche or go easy on the throttle. Switch off the telly and disconnect from YouTube.

You could do a lot worse than go and check one the community screenings of the ‘Atlantic’. Full list here.

This would involve leaving the comfort of your home for an evening. And spend it in the company of real people. I know, it’s an effort.

But try. Please.

Next screenings in Dublin area:

Bray, County Wicklow (?!) – and there was I thinking that Bray had been annexed by the “greater” Dooblin Area…) Common Ground – Sunday 22 May 8 PM

Howth, 26 May, venue to be confirmed (my guess is not on a French or Dutch supertrawler…), 8 PM

Dublin 8, the Fumbally Stables, Thursday 9 June

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The what? The nudity? The “contains nudity” warning? 

How else was I going to grab your attention? 

Sue me, Susan :)  

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you reckon that the young blue-haired muppet sitting opposite you looks too young to be tattooed.

But fair enough, he is entitled to do as he wish with derma, and epiderma. What really got up my nose was when he extended his underused spindly legs and put his feet on the seat. Next to me?!

Bollix to that, I said to myself. And I took his photograph. And I didn’t ask for his permission oh no. Anyway, he was so absorbed in the contemplation of pandas doing funny things on YouTube that he didn’t notice.

He did notice however when I extended my legs and put my own feet on the seat next to him. And rolled up my sleeves. And gave him the look.

His feet were reunited with the floor pretty fast.

Not a word was exchanged.

We darted on.

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