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oh that’s too bad

from the Dublin Airport web site:

“The following items must not be packed in your hand luggage. They must be placed in your hold baggage. If these items are discovered in your hand luggage you will be requested to surrender the items for disposal:

  • Scissors (except where both blades are round-ended or less than three centimetres).
  • Razor blades (razors that have the blade set into a plastic moulding are allowed, but razors that can be opened and the razor blade removed are prohibited).
  • Knives with blades of any length.
  • Household cutlery (spoons are permitted).
  • Hypodermic needles (unless required for medical reasons, for which proof will be required).
  • Tools (including multi-tools and penknives).
  • Catapults.
  • Corkscrews.
  • Walking/hiking poles.
  • Toy/replica guns (metal or plastic).
  • Sporting bats, tennis rackets.
  • Darts.
  • Billiard, snooker or pool cues.”
  • damn. And here I was hoping to bring my catapult on board the plane with me. Looks like I won’t be laying siege to anything during the flight back to Canada 🙁

    now all I have to do is figure out how to cram it into a suitcase…

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    18. Oct, 2006
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    handy reviews

    while searching for some reviews about the 2006 BMW 325xi I managed to find two noteworthy ones –

    this first review I unfortunately am unable to read, as it’s all in German, but it may be the most thorough car review I’ve ever seen. Judging by the pictures they demonstrate all the different ways you can turn on the headlights and also conduct a thorough test of all the doors.

    the second review may have been written by an 8th grader, or maybe even a bot. One paragraph reads: “It has the start-off assistant feature, which is loved by many car users. This feature is able to control and prevent it from rolling back whenever a driver is shifting to the first gear. This allows easier usage and driving for car users. It is very convenient that is why many car users love this feature.”

    As a caveat, I don’t mean to insult the writer of this review, who may truly be an 8th grader who had the gumption to set up his own automotive site, and if so, good on him! If it’s a bot, however – back to IRC with you!

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    14. Oct, 2006
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    Ireland in pictures

    it has been quite a while since I have posted any updates; I promised myself I would take some time tonight to ftp some photos to my web site and post them to my journal so that everyone could see what we’ve been up to lately!

    we are still living in Dublin of course, and have been taking every opportunity to tour the surrounding countryside. During August we took a trip to Northern Ireland; I stayed in Belfast for one night and then met up with the rest of the family in County Antrim (we stayed in Bushmills, where they make Bushmills Whiskey at the oldest licensed Whiskey distillery in the world) for the rest of the long weekend. Some photos from that trip:

    a rainbow over the coast of Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. In the bottom right hand corner of the picture you can see the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

    a path along the cliffs leading to the aforementioned rope bridge.

    in early September my parents came to visit us for two weeks; for the first week of their visit we took a trip to County Galway on the west coast of Ireland. We stayed at a 150 year old farmhouse (in Ireland it is quite popular to rent a vacation house for a week or two) near Headford, close to the border of County Mayo. Some photos from that week:

    Connemara. As you can see, Connemara is a very beautiful part of Ireland. I was fortunate enough to capture three swans in that photo.

    the family on a beach near Roundstone.

    the cliffs of Inis Mór. My father and I took a day trip to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, where we went to Dún Aonghasa, a well-known fort constructed in the Iron Age several thousand years ago. The fort is basically a stone construction right on the edge of the cliff (it forms a half-circle around the cliff face which then drops into the sea). It was quite an amazing thing to experience.

    the chevaux-de-frise surrounding Dún Aonghasa. You can see here jagged stones placed several thousand years ago to slow potential attackers from reaching the fort (these were especially effective against those on horseback).

    finally, here are some photos from life in and around Dublin:

    me, Callum and the guinea pig. Taken at Glenroe Open Farm in County Wicklow.

    swingin’. Similarly taken at the Glenroe Open Farm, which also featured a good sized playground for children (not to mention a nice walking trail with a SECRET GARDEN).

    snails. Okay, if you must know, there are a ton of snails in Dublin; after a rainy day (and in Ireland most days are rainy days) tons of snails come out of the woodwork to crawl around willy nilly. At any rate, one day Callum and his minder walked up and down our street collecting as many snails as they could find; they ended up finding over 30 snails (not to mention a few slugs) which they then deposited in our front yard. 20 minutes later and the snails had all disappeared – strangely enough they all took off (relatively speaking – I suppose it was more of a meandering off than a taking off, these are snails we’re talking about here!) in the same direction. That would of course be the direction away from Callum and his minder.

    that’s all for now!

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