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Things to do in Dublin when you’re dead

Monday, February 21, 2005

Well, not exactly dead. More like reborn.

Buendia and I are going on holiday to Dublin. This is a weird notion for someone who lived there for a dozen years, but we’ll see what happens.

At the end of my time there, I was coming to the conclusion that it was better to be a visitor there than a resident – the reverse of the situation when I first arrived in 1993.

Then, the craic was mighty, the Celtic Tiger was yet to be born, and no-one had much money.

People looked at me strangely when I told them I planned to stay after doing my Masters. Economically, things weren’t at their worst, but a lot of folks were still leaving to find work.

No big-name acts came to play, and we didn’t know about lattes or pannini.

By the time I left last year, it was all changed, and not entirely for the better.

But we’re not coming back for an analysis of the state of the country. More like to have a week of Sundays. We’re planning to do all the things we liked to do on weekends – some obvious (take the DART to Killiney and walk along the Vico Rd), some more unique to ourselves. I don’t imagine many visitors to Dublin would be going out of their way to pop into the Java Bay cafe on Manor St.

A lot of time will be spent catching up with old friends and old haunts. We’re staying in a hotel – another first for us in Dublin – and should have access to some kind of internet connection (especially if we can find a signal from those phone boxes Eircom have set up with free wireless access), so I’ll try sending a report from the front.

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The Coffee Cage

Thursday, February 03, 2005

I made an excellent discovery on my way to the new office this morning. A small coffee (with the cardboard sleeve so you can carry it) fits perfectly into the bottle cage on a bike.

This means I can call in at the Meridian cafe on the way to work (and get my 20% discount for arriving there by bike), and not have to walk the bike round to the office because I have to hold my coffee.

A small thing I know, but very pleasing. And no spills.

Here’s the coffee cage in action:


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Downtown life

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

We’re now pretty much moved in to the downtown offices, and it’s great to be here for several reasons including:

1) Having a place to go to work has already improved my productivity, and created a good division between working time and time off

2) We’re surrounded by friends we know also working near here, so plenty of drop-in opportunities

3) There’s a community of small businesses in the building, which can only help with networking and the like

4) We’re in a pleasant space with nice light and views.

Here’s a picture of the new digs – or at least, my little office.


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