Monthly Archives: March 2008

Search quirks

Some of the more popular search terms used to find this blog over the last couple of months:

Martin Newland

Martin Newland Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Jesus smoking


WTF is up with that last one?

A pint too far

A single pint will see you over Ireland’s drink-driving limit, and I’m happy about that. I don’t know how much it will reduce the death toll on the roads — although according to the Irish Independent it’s a factor in 40% of road deaths — but stricter enforcement can only be a good thing. It would have been nice, but nonetheless too much to expect, for the Indo to include a source for this information though:

Drivers currently driving just below the legally permitted maximum level are estimated to be two to three times as likely to be involved in an accident as drivers with a zero blood alcohol limit known as BAC.

I live in a country where there is zero, let me repeat ZERO, tolerance for drink-driving. Although the standard of driving here is absolutely shocking.

I have no sympathy

I almost wet myself laughing at this one:

Things went terribly wrong for a Limerick man who rushed into a bar armed with a sawn-off shotgun seeking out a particular customer but ended up in hospital after customers disarmed him and gave him a “bit of a trimming”.

The gunman was said to be in a stable condition at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital last night after being treated for serious injuries when he was beaten up by customers.

Now, I’m not advocating vigilante justice or anything of the sort, but if you walk into a pub with a shotgun and get the living tar whacked out of you, I’m going to laugh.


You may have noticed my account hasn’t been updated to include my Abu Dhabi photos. The site is one of many blocked in the UAE — d’oh.