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Amusing headline in context

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Originally uploaded by lff12 Given the context of the NOTW's defeat in court this week, it is amusing to see them advertising what appears to be cut-price spanking. Of course I'm sure they don't tell you about the hidden camera . . .

Max Mosley wins £60,000 in News of the World privacy case

Max Mosley wins £60,000 in News of the World privacy case | Media | guardian.co.uk

Delighted to see Mosley win his case against the self-appointed guardians of the moral order. I am glad Mosley got what was described as the biggest award in recent legal history. However I would have loved to have seen this paper close to the brink of shutdown by the scale of costs, though sadly, I can only imagine that some kind of insurance policy covers them against the cost of litigation. What a joke. People, and not just celebrities, should be protected against such gross violations of privact and clear judgement about their sexual proclivities by the prying eyes of busibodies. If it is in private, then let it stay in private.

Leinster Schools Final 2008

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Originally uploaded by lff12 I couldn't resist a little blog about this peculiarly impossible score at the Leinster schools final earlier this year. Apparently there was a fault with the scoreboard, which made this otherwise impossible score possible. An amusing anomaly.
I can't help but notice how it is assumed that unmarried het couples are going to be allowed to benefit from the new registration for (mainly ) gay couples. These guys already have the option of the priveliged state of marriage open to them, so why ar we offering them something extra in addition to what they already have? If they've rejected marriage then why should we give them another option?

The whole point of civil partnership and marriage for gay couples is to offer a level of support and privelige that at the moment does not exist and is not open to them. If heterosexuals choose to ignore or reject privelige for whatever reason, well that is their problem. I don't see why they should piggyback on the backs of the gay community who have worked very hard over the years to point out the very severe effects of having no options.

I know a lot of straight people don't use the option of marriage because quite frankly, its far easier to disentangle yourself from a brok…

The Demise of Community Groups

One of the most interesting features of the last couple of years in gay circles in Ireland is a massive increase in numbers attending large community based events such as pride. Dublin and Belfast now regularly extend well into the thousands and queues extend outside all the major bars as well as full houses at the extra official events off the main scene.

A curious thing which has happened is a disproportionate fall in demand for regular community support services - once very popular and well attended social groups in community centres are struggling to keep going. When I was involved with one particular group, who a faceless "steering committee" were trying to push aside to facilitate a "drop in" event, we asked how many were actually showing up to their previous events? Not one person, was the answer.

The shocking reality hit us immediately: the "steering committee" was trying to dislodge a group of 17 for an event that didn't have a single attend…

Mediama/thelinkup/Streamload is dead

As a subscriber I've been pretty pissed off with Streamload's service over the last 6 months, but particularly nonplussed to get an email like the one below:

MediaMax / The Linkup is closing

We regret to inform you that we will be closing The Linkup service on Friday, August 8 at 5:00 pm PDT.

Please login to your account and download any files that you wish to keep before Friday, August 8 at 5:00 pm PDT.

The Linkup is no longer accepting any uploads or new accounts, and no further charges will be made to your credit card. After August 8, your account will not be accessible, all your personal information will be deleted (username, billing information, history, etc), and your files will be deleted.

It was not possible to satisfactorily complete the move of files from MediaMax to The Linkup as we had expected, and as a result cannot offer a service that meets your expectations and our business requirements. This is a very disappointing outcome for us, and we know it has been a frustra…

Cork Harbour Pollution

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Originally uploaded by lff12 This may be of interest to some of you. Its an overhead view of the Haubowline site (bottom island) the day before the horrendous rain on 4th July. The photo was taken around 8pm. It might come in useful to some of you.

My main thoughts on this issue is that the pollution appears to go right back to the 1930s when there was little or no legislation to deal with industrial waste. So a large proportion of this waste has been there for as much as 70 years. The danger here is that if this is the case it may undermine arguments compelling the ISPAT purchasers to clean up pollution for which they were not responsible, but also an absence of accurate historical information regarding the impact of the site on the local community may make it difficult.
One thing is clear. This sludge didn't just suddenly appear out of the blue a couple of months ago, so we need to be really careful when judging the impact of it on stakeholders.