It’s been an interesting year, and I must thank my regular readers for staying with me through it all. I also have to thank the people who stumbled across this site in recent times and who have been good enough to contribute their views and opinions. I’m grateful. Without your support, this site would just be one more compendium of half-arsed dunken babbling, but instead it’s a compendium of half-arsed drunken babbling that some people read now and then.
This year, we had items sublime, ridiculous and infuriating in fair and equal measure. We had scandal, murder, outrage, abuse and a bit of laughing, all of which leaves me with a problem. What to leave out and what to put in?
Some stories pick themselves. Where would we have been without the peerless Leonard Cohen, who uplifted and enriched us? [Leonard Cohen in Dublin — Concert Review].
And of course, nothing could match the PC World story for its longevity and bizarre contributions, including a threat from a PC World employee that went badly wrong and left him looking like a complete fool. Oh, how we laughed! [PC World Sold Me A Piece of Shit].
Being from Limerick, I could hardly leave out my post on Munster winning the Heineken Cup, now could I? Of course not. I knew you’d be happy to see the pictures again. [Heineken Cup 2008 – Pictures]. And while we’re at it, let’s not forget the All Blacks in Thomond Park. [Munster 16 â€” All Blacks 18].
For sheer disgrace, one story this year stood alone. The murder of Andrew Hanlon in Oregon by a bad cop and his accomplices. The disgraceful cover-up that followed was done in the most brazen, indifferent way I have ever seen. An entire public administrative apparatus circled the wagons to make sure the truth about Andrew’s murder was suppressed. [Andrew Hanlon].
I can’t leave Bertie out either, the slithering, lying prick. Bert took up a good chunk of my effort and left me several years older as a result. [Bertie].
I mustn’t forget a disgraceful murder that rocked our town and left all of us feeling numb and saddened. [Shane Geoghegan].
Towards the end of the year, a visit to Auschwitz made a big impression and I got a lot of feedback, both on this site and personally, from people who felt touched by it, so I think it deserves to go up front, here. [Auschwitz].
Of course, no round-up would be complete without mentioning the collapse of the world’s banking system and the ludicrously inadequate response of the Irish government. [Banks, Money, Crooks and Economic Collapse]
People laughed at me for this, but I didn’t mind too much. [The Machines Revolt].
Apart from that, we had a few more bits and pieces that might be worth a look. I’ll add in another couple before I’m done.