Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Dirty Money

I was watching a program last night on TV3 called 'Dirty Money'. It was about the crime scene in Ireland and more importantly, the history of The Criminal Assets Bureau. The unfortunate thing was that it appeared to be made and starred Paul Williams, the so called crime reporter for the Sunday World. That pretty much ruined it for me.

I cant stand Paul Williams!! Twenty Major says it better than I ever could:

"To me Paul Williams glamourises what he claims to hate. His stuff in the Sunday World is really terrible. It’s salacious, gossipy tripe, most of which is fed to him by Gardai and really does nothing to stop crime, only boost the profiles of the criminals who wallow in the infamy, and the author who, of course, has books to sell. One of the best things I ever heard in my life was that guy from jail calling him a ‘cunt’ on the Joe Duffy show. Criminal he might have been but that deserves some serious kudos."

The second part is next Monday night which should be the same waffle. In fairness it does document some of the biggest crimes over the past few years quite well. But I just cant take it seriously with Paul quoting from his books and pretending to look tough. Its a shame because it could be a really great documentary, if only it didn't have his smarmy face on it every few minutes.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Hang on....

Now mightn't be the time to buy the Bourne box set. Matt Damon has reportedly signed up to do another Bourne movie.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing????

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Leavin' on a jet plane....

I cant believe i'm here already. I'm sitting in Schoenefeld airport waiting for the plane to arrive and take me home. It only seems like last week that I arrived and now 5 months have flown by and i'm packed and ready to leave. I didn't think i'd miss it but I already am. There's bits of it i'll miss a lot, like the fact that its Berlin, my new friends and other small bits like food etc. There's bits I definitely wont miss, like where we live, the language barrier and the unfriendly nature of some of the people. But all in all, I will miss Berlin. Its been quite an experience and not something I will forget anytime soon!!

Auf Wiedersehen!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Blue Man Group

This evening some friends and I went to see the Blue Man Group. Its kinda hard to explain but the Blue Man Group consists of three guys dressed in black with blue hands and faces. The show is a mix of music and comedy but the greatest part is that they never speak or change their facial expressions, yet the show was hilarious!!! Its all in the eyes!! Here's a clip of what's involved:

The show lasted around an hour and a half and we got to meet the band and the blue men after the show which was cool. Well worth the 40 euro!!! I've been meaning to go to the show since I got here but kept putting it off. But now that I have only 4 days left in Berlin, I thought it was time!!!!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Bauhaus & The Victory Column

Not long after my visit to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, I went on a trip to the Bauhaus Archive. Bauhaus is, or was, a architectural and product design style established in Germany in the early 20th century. This museum/archive has a great collection of original Bauhaus pieces and in one section, a complete replica of a exhibit from French Society of Interior Architects trade show in 1930. Unfortunately they wouldn't let me use my camera inside so here are someone elses!!!

The Bauhaus Archive in the typical Bauhaus style.

The museum interior.

After that then I walked for a few minutes and found myself at:

The Victory Column.

This is one of my favourite features of Berlin. Built in the 1870s to commemorate a number of victories by the Prussian Army, its been a favourite of Berliners ever since. It was originally placed in front of the Reichstag but was luckily moved by the Nazis in the 30's, otherwise it would've been destroyed in the war. It stands around 67 meters high and you can walk to the very top. Its A LOT of stairs but its worth it!!

The Chick on a Stick

A view from the top!!!

Since then i've had my five exams. I just finished today so I can finally relax!! There's a leaving party on tonight for everyone who's leaving in the next few weeks. Should be fun!!! I have only six days left in Berlin which is a bit scary to be honest. Where did the last 5 months go!?!?!

Well, i'm going to make the most of my last six days and see and do everything I still have yet to do. I better get to it so!!!!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Need i say more!!!

This picture was featured on Graham Linehan's Blog Why Thats Delightful. This is why people use a Mac!!!!

Microsoft release a new operating system, and people revert back to the old one because the new one is pants!!!

For those of you having problems with Microsoft Vista, there is, however a simple solution to your problem!!!

It's that easy!!!