Ravings From The Bog


NPR Hearing Voices Life-Affirming & Inspirational
January 27, 2009, 9:35 pm
Filed under: America, Apple Mac, Family, Life, Podcasts, Taboos, Technology, Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Hearing VoicesI was lucky enough to catch a great podcast from NPR’s Hearing Voices series (available on iTunes) yesterday morning on my to work. Three separate stories, each of them inspirational in its own way, which gave me an insight into different aspects of strangers’ lives. Horrific and fascinating in equal measure, Steve Fugate’s story especially, drove home one man’s challenge to change things and help others following two particularly tragic events in his life. Really worth a listen! It’s called Happy Families.

Love life!

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Apple on Apples – Surreal…
December 7, 2008, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Apple Mac, Fun, Life, Technology, Thoughts, Weird & Wonderful | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

apple-applesCan’t remember where I found this photo but thought it clever enough to save a copy. The fruit-grower used little cut-out shapes of plastic and applied them before the sun ripened the apples. Neat trick! I know a few Apple Mac fans who would like to try this next summer on their arms or legs…



Just discovered Twinkle for my iPhone…
December 6, 2008, 10:45 pm
Filed under: Apple Mac, Blogging, Entertainment, Technology, Thoughts | Tags: , , ,

twinkle-logoI’ve just discovered Twinkle today when I noticed it on Stephen Fry’s Twitter feed. It’s a dinky little application for my iPhone which allows me to read Twitters or Twinkles from Twitterers from 1 mile away up to worldwide, which gives me a sense, for the first time, of how widespread Twitter usage is locally here in Northern Ireland. It links, clearly, to the GPS on the iPhone. Ingenious, free and fun too!



Apple Touches Down In Belfast
September 21, 2008, 5:40 pm
Filed under: Apple Mac, Belfast, Culture, Economy, Life, News, Thoughts, UK, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

In the words of Etta James – At Last, My Love Has Arrived…

The Apple store opened in Belfast on Saturday and I have rearranged my day off this week to make my first visit tomorrow. It looks quite small on the BBC news report compared to those I’ve been to in New York, London and even Amsterdam, but I’ll hold off on making judgements until tomorrow. I might as well treat myself with lunch at Nandos while I’m at Victoria Square – no-one else will! Awww, poor me…



Apple Ripens, While Traffic Taliban Reap Their Harvest!

Not long now…

The long-awaited Belfast Apple store will be opening in Victoria Square at the end of this month.

That’s only two decent reasons (Apple & Nandos) to visit VS and one very good reason not to – the obscene cost of parking in Belfast city centre.

Anyone else noticed the conflict of interest in giving National Car Parks the contract to run the Traffic Taliban service? Between the vested interests in local government and NCP, after a few years, there will be no free parking for anyone without a disabled card in any town in Northern Ireland – that’s when NCP will really clean up and raise their prices, and our local scamsters, sorry, politicians, get seats on the board.

It’s almost enough to drive someone onto a Translink train or bus if it wasn’t for the fact that the Translink monopoly has been taking the piss for years with prices – but that’s another post..