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Author: carrie Created: 09 July 2008
From Dublin Ireland, a blog on Life, the Universe, and Everything ... perhaps a little short of 42 !

By carrie on 14 November 2008

I've decided it's the pleasure I get when a simple thing I do makes such a difference to another person's life. A lady phoned me this morning to say that she was so upset last night when she realised she'd walked away from the ATM machine without taking the cash. She only realised she had no money when paying for her purchases she realised she had no cash and had to put the lot on her credit card.

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By carrie on 13 November 2008

Today, I had the opportunity to perform two goods deeds.

The first good deed was really simple and took hardly any time, so I'm not sure if it actually qualifies as a good deed. I was in Superquinn Shopping Centre having my glasses adjusted and when I came out of the Opticians office a gentleman, with a lovely Cork accent, approached me and asked if there was a taxi rank in the centre. I told him he hadn't a chance in hell of getting a taxi and that the nearest rank was about 20 minutes walk away in the village. He told me he had been in a meeting in the centre and didn't think to organise a taxi.

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By carrie on 27 September 2008

I love taking photo's, mostly at gigs. I always want to capture the vibe. All my photography efforts are gut instinct or trial and error. This is quite frustrating because I can see the image in my head but can't always get it on the camera. I suppose I could just read the camera manual. Never. I decided as it's a long time since I went on a course that didn't have anything to do with work I thought that I'd try one of the photography courses at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar.

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By carrie on 03 September 2008

When David Byrne announced via his email newsletter on August 4th that he had just completed a new record with Brian Eno then I sit up, take notice and want to listen to the songs as soon as possible. Why?

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By carrie on 09 August 2008

The M50 is a Motorway (yeah right) and partial ring road around Dublin. It feels like shortly after we finished building the dreaded thing, it became a construction site again and that we will never see the end of the upgrades. That alone causes chaos on an average working day, now add rain, not ordinary rain but relentless Irish rain.

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By carrie on 02 August 2008

Tom Waits live @ The Ratcellar, The Phoenix Park, Dublin Wednesday 30th, Thursday 31st and Friday 1st August. ok, ok, I went to all three concerts. I know I was in Paris too, but it was preordained, a higher authority than me decreed that I would go. I'm not going to make any excuses, I love his music and I'm obsessed ... what more can I say. The first album I ever bought with my hard earned cash (picking up bottles and generally cleaning out the local cinema as a child) was "Closing Time". I still have the album, on vinyl, a little scratchy, but a treasured possession nonetheless.

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By carrie on 26 July 2008

 I've finally arrived in Paris from Lille. I'm visiting my brother who lives and works in France. I was supposed to be in France visiting during the May Irish Bank Holiday, but I cancelled that trip because Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds were performing live at Dublin Castle. I reorganised the dates, booked the trip months ago and got zero cent Ryanair flights into Beauvais. All good then.

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By carrie on 09 July 2008

It's been a very long time since I used public transport for my travel arrangements, apart from the plane of course. So, today I had a business meeting in Cork city which is approximately 250 kilometres, and on a good day three and a half hours, from Dublin .... on a bad day, four to five hours. So I thought, "why not use the train"? Two hours and forty minutes from Dublin Hueston to Cork City by rail, an opportunity to sit back and get work done instead of being stuck in traffic for hours. Another important consideration, using the train is an opportunity to reduce my carbon footprint.

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By carrie on 24 June 2008

This morning dawned bright and sunny, unfortunately the good cheer was not destined to last and my morning descended sharply into depression along with the rest of the country.

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