Tuesday 29 March 2011

The red car and the blue car had a race... to be politically correct?!

Remember this snappy jingle from way back, TV ad for Milkyway?  "The red car and the blue car had a race... All Red wants to do is stuff his face..." Remember it, right?  
You need to remember it or the rest of this post will be meaningless. So, in the interest of everyone's sanity, here is the original add from 1989:

Pretty harmless really, right?  Well, that's what I thought until I saw this add back on the TV last November.  I was surprised that I still remembered the jingle tough... Or at least, I thought I remembered it!  Here are the lyrics if you want another refresher:

the red car and the blue car had a race
all red wants to do is stuff his face
he eats everything he sees
from trucks to prickly trees
but smart old blue he took the milky way

he's looking for a chocolate treat
fluffy and light
cos he knows it won't spoil his app-e-tite

mm mm MMMM!

oh no! the bridge has gone, old red just can't carry on
but smart old blue, he took the milky way

That's just how I remembered them too.... However...

Monday 28 March 2011

Set your piggies free... When Ricky met Elmo

This is still one of my favourite videos on YouTube. The banter between Ricky and Elmo is excellent.... The laughter is infectious!

How old is too old to take up a sport again?

Just wondering how old is too old to take up a sport again?  
Yesterday, I finally managed to locate a Softball team and start playing again. Wasn't the actual team I was looking for but these guys seemed to have a more replaxed approach to the game compared to the original team I was looking for. So, I ended up staying with the relaxed guys! Anyway, we did some training and played a game.  It would appear that after nearly 8 years catching and throwing the ball isn't a problem.  However, running between bases was a bit of an issue... Sort of like a cross between an immovable object and an unstoppable force! But... I did slide into second, doing the splits and ripping my trousers.... At my age, having never done the splits before, this is a problem! As is trying to find another pair of trousers that fits!

Friday 25 March 2011

EasiSingles - Not for dating but great for burgers!

Fair play to EasiSingles.... No, they are not a speed dating or online couples thingy, but....they still make the greatest processed cheese ever! Used to love this stuff when I was a kid. I know kids still love them today too! Recently brought 20euros worth of EasiSingles over to a friend in Sri Lanka for his son. EasiSingles are well travelled!

Friday 18 March 2011

Tom Cruise: 30 Years, 36 Movies, more to come...

Doesn't matter what you think about the man's ideals, you cannot deny that he has been part of some great movies over the last 30 years.  He's always been good to his fans too and at every premier, he has kept all the big wigs waiting while he goes around talking to his fans outside... Even talking to their families on their phones! Here is a great movie short, show casing his various roles over the past 30 years... Worth a look if your are a fan.... worth a look if you are not!

Thursday 17 March 2011

FlashMob, with an Irish twist...

A little something for the day that's in it.... Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday 16 March 2011

Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup.... Nice!

This is a very simple recipe for a very tasty soup.... Can be a bit sweet for some tastes, but not me... I like it. I like it a lot!
It's thick and creamy, full of flavour. Add salt/pepper to suit your taste.... But most of all, goes great with fresh baked bread, like Nigel's Lazy Loaf.

Gluten Free Vegetarian


  • 1 pint of water (568ml), mixed with 400ml can of coconut milk.
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 500g sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Piece of ginger, about 3cm peeled and finely chopped
  • ¼ of a red chilli, finely chopped (adjust this to your taste)

Tuesday 15 March 2011

Kimberly Mikado and Coconut Creams....

You all remember the old jingle for Kimberly Mikado and Coconut Cream, right? "...Someone you love would love some, mum!".

Monday 14 March 2011

Closed for Lunch.... Eh, Hello?

In this day and age, I find nothing more annoying than taking time out from your lunch to go and get some errands done.... For most people this is the only time during the week when you'd be able to get certain stuff done, like collect/drop off clothes at the Dry Cleaners, go to the bank, get something in the hardware store, go to the shop... what ever.... But, why is it that some places still close for lunch??? Don't they realise that this is the time most other working people have to be able to visit their premises? If you are closed for lunch, you aren't making money! Isn't that the point of being in business?!

Saturday 12 March 2011

Card Skimmer on NEW AIB ATMs


This is worth passing on as it could help prevent your card from being skimmed! You'd hardly notice the skimming mechanism on the machine unless you know what to look for.... So, now you know!
Although, I am wondering where the camera is to read your PIN or do they position someone nearby to watch over your shoulder?

ALWAYS cover the number pad with your free hand when entering your PIN... You should pretend to hit a bunch of other numbers too! If you do see something dodgy, report it to the nearest Garda.

Courtesy of: http://www.jameslarkin.ie/2011/02/04/aib-skimmer-banklink-atm-machines/

Thursday 10 March 2011

Eddie's Sliders....


They might be small (tiny in fact) but these sliders are full of taste! But you don't just get one, they come in baskets of 2, 4, 6 or 8.... and with a proportionate amount of fries too! Tasty!
It's gotta be M. T. Pockets all the way!

[UPDATE: Only 2 sliders are available now. :-(]

Eddie Rocket's full menu available here.

Left you keep must...

Yoda recording for TomTom GPS - behind the scenes.
Can't post the Darth Vader TomTom video without post Yoda's one! :-)
In fairness, if you have a TomTom, these are the voices you want guiding you.. One will take you to the Dark Side though, so if that isn't where you wanna go/be, then best to steer clear and use the force and go with Yoda.... Degobah you must go! :-)

Take the 3rd exit off the Round-a-bound....

Darth Vader recording for TomTom GPS - behind the scenes.
This is hilarious! "You should have seen his face...", cracks me up every time!
Dum Dum Dum Dum de Dum Dum de Dum! 

Try a little Endaness...

Enda Kenny and his Commitments.... 
This is pure genius, as always, from Mario Rosenstock's #GiftGrub on TodayFM's Breakfast Show. Joan Burton's belting them out.... One of Mario's funniest sketches.
Now preserved on my blog for posterity!

Gift Enda Tenderness

Nigel's Lazy Loaf

So, here it is my first blog post. No better way to start it off than with a great little recipe for a simple, quick and easy "lazy loaf", courtesy of Nigel Slater.  This bread is so easy to make, in fact it would be very hard to get it wrong! (no, not offering a prize to those that do manage to get it wrong... Mah!).  Very tasty fresh from the oven with some butter and cheddar cheese on it..... Yum, yum!   Go on, why not give it a go!?


Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 8. Put a large casserole dish and its lid into the oven.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flours, sea salt, sugar and bicarbonate of soda together with your fingers. Pour in the buttermilk, bringing the mixture together as a soft dough. Working quickly (the bicarbonate of soda will start working immediately), shape the dough into a shallow round loaf about 4cm/1½in thick.
  3. Remove the hot casserole dish from the oven, dust the inside lightly with flour then lower in the dough. Cover with the lid and return to the oven.
  4. The bread should be ready after 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave in place for 5 minutes before turning out and leaving to cool slightly before eating. (Soda bread is best eaten warm.)