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(no subject) [Jul. 31st, 2011|10:51 am]
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[Current Mood |blahblah]

I want to go somewhere warm. NOW.
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Hey, ionracas [Jun. 12th, 2011|08:10 pm]
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Your picture was good, but this is better:

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(no subject) [Nov. 7th, 2009|05:20 pm]
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[Current Mood |cynicalcynical]

So, yesterday I was taking the bus through the southside - a posh area I rarely venture into - and was entertained along the way by the conversation the young woman in the seat behind me was having on her mobile phone. She was talking about a friend of hers who is, apparently, currently juggling two suitors.

Bachelor #1 lives in a humongous house in Killiney (where the likes of U2 live), owned by his filthy rich parents in London, who send him a weekly allowance of €250 "for food". (Har. Wonder how much of that actually goes to nose candy.)

Bachelor #2 is in his first year of college, and has just been made CEO of his daddy's newest company.

So I was sitting there thinking jeeeeez, what a pair of insufferable mommy's boys these two must be. Probably incapable of tying their shoes on their own. Would bore you to tears before they'd finished telling you their names. And yet without a trace of irony the woman on the bus said of her friend, "She knows how to pick them!"

Sometimes I think I'm not just in the wrong country, but on the wrong planet.
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And my annoying person of the day is.... [Nov. 3rd, 2009|01:04 pm]
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[Current Mood |annoyedannoyed]

... the anti-choice male who listens to a female colleague's description of the pain she suffered in childbirth and then announces, "I'm glad I'm a man."
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RIP RickQ [Mar. 16th, 2009|10:58 am]
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[Current Mood |sadsad]

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Heart test [Jan. 11th, 2009|07:40 am]
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I thought this was kind of funny:

Your result for The Heart Test ...
Soldier of FortuneCollapse )
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Sign in Tesco [Nov. 22nd, 2008|11:54 am]
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"Free parking when you spend over €20 or more"


Hitting Head Against Wall 2
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My last free weekend [Nov. 1st, 2008|07:56 am]
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That's what this feels like. I start law school on Monday.

It's not proper law school. In the Irish system, that comes later. The first thing I have to do is pass a bunch of exams showing that I already know the law. Yeah, it's a bit weird. You can take these exams without doing any classes for them, but that's widely considered a recipe for failure, so most people do a prep course. That's what I'm starting on Monday.

You have to do exams in eight subjects and pass all of them. Most people do them in at least two groups. At your first attempt, you have to take at least four exams and pass at least three. So you have to be a bit strategic about which subjects you take and when. I decided to do the exams in two groups of four. Starting with the four usually considered the easiest, just to make absolutely sure I make the minimum threshold for my first attempt. That's Property, Equity, Contract and Criminal. Assuming I pass them all (and the failure rate is about 50%, so I'm not taking it for granted!) then in the next session I'll do the remaining four - EU, Constitutional, Tort and Company. It may sound a bit mad to put all the "hard" ones together but I reckon I already have a head start since I did Tort in my paralegal class; I deal with EU and Constitutional in my current job; I dealt with Company in my previous job; and as an undergrad I studied Constitutional - American Constitutional, of course, but the similarities are greater than you might expect. Plus, there would be the opportunity to re-take any exams that I fail before I would be able to begin proper law school anyway.

I'm doing actual lectures for three of the classes. Criminal I have to do distance learning, since they re-scheduled the lectures either for late Friday night (no fucking way) or smack in the middle of Saturday afternoon. I'd arranged all my other classes for weekday evenings so that I could have the weekends entirely free to study and I'm not going to mess that up by taking a Saturday afternoon class. So it's distance learning for that one. I did Criminal in the paralegal course so I think I'll be fine.

It's exciting, but at the same time, I know I'm going to be absolutely miserable for the next few months because I will not have a life. At all.

Exams are in the beginning of April.
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(no subject) [Oct. 12th, 2008|12:45 pm]
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[Current Mood |annoyedannoyed]
[Current Music |Siouxsie and the Banshees]

There are times I really hate living in Ireland.

Such as when you run out of paint and you can't go out to buy more paint because it's a Sunday and all the shops that sell paint are closed even though you live in the centre of the capital and largest city.

Grrrrr.
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Something that occurred to me today [Oct. 10th, 2008|09:34 pm]
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It's a real tragedy that Molly Ivins died before Sarah Palin was nominated. Just think of the pages of hilarity we've missed out on.
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