1 Jan 2013

200km apart but may be different worlds

Author: will | Filed under: Cork, Cork City, Dublin, photo

Guess which is the Dublin calendar and which is the Cork calendar?

11 Oct 2012

Dublin double rainbow

Author: will | Filed under: Dublin, photo

Sometimes when it rains in Ireland, we need twice the normal cheer up.

4 Sep 2012

Viewing underground

Author: will | Filed under: Dublin, Links, photo

The River Poddle was covered up a long time ago. The fact that the rive runs under the Olympia Theatre and under Dublin Castle gives you an idea of the tunnel's age.

The wide streets of Cork are actually covered over rivers… Are there any photographs of this aspect of Hidden Cork?

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River Poddle underneath the city of Dublin's streets
Pictures of Dublin's River Poddle underground, making its way underneath Temple Bar in culverts built during the medieval period; these exclusive pictures were taken by an insider.

23 Aug 2012

Lollipop Junction

Author: will | Filed under: food, LBC, personal information, photo

The LBC asked “What is your Earliest Memory” a few weeks ago. Well… I have three possible memories.

I can’t accurately date two of them.

One is of a copper framed round mirror that used to hang in the kitchen (and is now in my own house), however that mirror hung there for over a decade (behind some hideous wallpaper). Which means I can’t say if it was my first or not.

Another is of a brown Ford Escort with altered suspension driving across a bumpy road, then a guy with enormous flares getting out to explain this as an example of destructive harmonics. It turns out that this was an episode of the Open University physics course. That such geekery is an early example of my memories should explain a lot about me.
But I can’t date it. I didn’t even remember it as a TV programme until I caught a late night repeat decades later.

The one memory I can date accurately is my fifth birthday party. Or rather the cake for my fifth birthday party.

I had to do a bit of research on this. Mum called the train shaped cake “Lollipop Junction” as she iced lollipops to the board to form “trees”. It turns out, thanks to the lovely people at Odlums that the cake is one of their recipes (I think McDonald is the author), called “The Runaway Train”.
So I decided to recreate it.

I was either going to be a triumph, or a disaster. With cake. So all evidence could be eaten.

You can see the original in the first picture of my starting set. I’ve made a few changes… Firstly instead of pouring chocolate frosting over the entire thing (which would be messy) I went with white fondant icing. Next, since I hate licorice, I swapped the licorice allsorts with jammy dodger biscuits. I also used midget gem jelly sweets for lights and stacks.

The decoration is fairly simple. Use sponge cake as the basis for the engine, engine cab and carriages. Use a swiss roll for the fuselage. The jammy dodgers became the wheels and the jellies became the decorations.
I added a few ducks to the engine as I had a duck shaped cookie cutter, and the duck has become the logo for the TOG.ie hackerspace.

I didn’t use all the supplies I set out to use. The chocolate fingers that were to be tracks simply stayed in their packet as I couldn’t safely lift the train (and will be eaten later), & some frosting never got opened. Also the board I prepared proved to be too small.

The TOG craft night was on at the same time, and I stopped after 2 and a half hours because the craft group were brewing tea and approaching with sharpened knives. And plates.

So it wasn’t a triumph. It was my first attempt at cake decoration after all. I’ve never even tried putting frosting on a cupcake (I might have sliced the top off fairy cakes in the past, but that was a group speed thing). So is a bit of a train cake wreck.

And it tastes lovely with tea.

This is a Loose Bloggers Consortium post on the theme of “Earliest Memory”.
To find out that the others in the consortium think, check out, …
Delirious, Maria/Gaelikaa, Maria SilverFox OCD writer, Padmum, Paul, Ramana, The Old Fossil, Grannymar.

5 Aug 2012

For a dragon runs through it

Author: will | Filed under: Cork, Cork City, creativity, photo

Cork has its own legends, but it turns out that even the creation of the Lee Valley has its own creation myth.

A dragon carved the channel out of limestone as he rushed to the sea.

Limestone when mixed with stomach acid forms a highly flammable, lighter than air gas… Perfect for a flying dragon.

Sam Hamilton, the gentleman in the top hat, works with Cork Community Art Link and created this steam punk dragon on behalf of +Cork Pride. Cork Pride is the owner of the shiny metal beast and expect it to wander around the country for a while yet.

as is tweeting pics to Twitter, Facebook, Plus etc from the Olympic venues.

I really hope someone tries to enforce this either in courts (with arrests) or with cease and desist letters, just to see the entire thing blow up.

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London 2012: The Most Social Games Ever? It’s Inevitable.
Artist – Space Hijackers (UK) // site specific install next to Olympic Village, East London

Reading through the Brand Guidelines for the 2012 Games [pdf], I don’t see much that is as unreasonable as the two recent over-zealous enforcements (the chips issue and the police/plastic bags silliness).
Given IOC’s promise that this would be the most social Olympics ever, it’s even more surprising that the organisers are constantly on the back foot as social media helps these gaffes spread faster th…

27 Jul 2012

Bacon and Maple Ice Cream

Author: will | Filed under: creativity, Dublin, food, photo

Feel like a fry up, or maybe ice cream for breakfast on a hot sunny day? Try Bacon and Maple Ice Cream.

A tasty salty and sweet combination on a bloody hot Dublin day. Furlong & Kehoe in the Liberties.

18 Jul 2012


Author: will | Filed under: CoderDojo, conference, Dublin, photo

Photos from the Leinster House Coder Dojo featuring James Whelton, Minister for Training and Skills Ciarán Cannon, Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Irish Prime Minister) and Norma Casey, Sean O’Sullivan & Gavin Duffy, as well as a host of bright sparks from the Coder Dojos around Ireland.

Fun and busy day.

28 Jun 2012

Poppy fields

Author: will | Filed under: photo

In theory this is a wheat field, and the poppies are weeds.
But they are beautiful weeds, a potential cash crop and a nice photo.
And they should have died back by the time the wheat is ready for harvest.

24 Jun 2012

The black and the red

Author: will | Filed under: LBC, photo

Spotted this moth sticking to the rain soaked concrete yesterday afternoon. Any idea what it is?

Update (thanks Greg), it appears to be a Cinnabar Moth, which makes sense as the caterpillar form eats the poisonous and noxious weed ragworth. Given how it tends to pop up all over the place I suspect we’ll be seeing more of these.

The topic Dark was chosen for the LBC this week by, well, me. This is also the first of two post on this topic, as the one for “the last 3 people I spoke to” might breach a few NDA’s or laws. Don’t ask. See how the other active members handle the the topic:- Anu, Delirious, Grannymar, Maxi Maria/Gaelikaa, Maria SilverFox, OCD writer, Padmum, Paul, Ramana and The Old Fossil.