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Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Want to visit Tiberius - it'll cost ya!
At the foot of Tiberius' villa in Capri (still remarkably in tact) is this ledge and about 150m below is the ocean.
After climbing countless steps in 35 degree heat we reached the top.
The paranoid Emperor would invite anyone whom he suspected was planning his assasination up to 'visit and marvel at my marvellous villa' and would show them the view (pictured) and push them off the edge.
Politics at its best - maybe George B should try this with Osama!
The Best Pizza in the World
Pizzeria de Michele - Proper Italian pizza - not Americanised, Pizza Hut double extra cheesy crust with everything under the sun etc, no just the most fluffiest, lightest, tastiest base with a beautiful tomato sauce, mozzerella and basil - the perfect Margarita or you can have a Marinara just tomato garlic and oregano (that is all there is on the menu).
This holy grail is in Napoli, a five minute walk from ugly, dirty Piazza Garibaldi and the main train station on via Ceasar Sersale. And yes they are locals lining up on a Monday afternoon out the front with pink tickets in hand waiting for their number to be called so they can gain a seat inside (yes we had to too)... 40 minutes later we were inside and within minutes two bottles of Peroni, and two Pizza's all for €10 absolutely amazing. Hats off to the masters of Pizza - why did it ever have to change from this
If you have one reason to go to Napoli this is it.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Kenners and Louise
Kenners made it to Dublin recently - pictured here with Louise - in an Italian wine bar in Dublin, the place is great it feels just like you are in some place in Italy - nice wine, warm atmosphere, brushcetta, proscuitto and cheeses, quite addictive actually. We had a wicked couple of days with Kenners and Kenners and I managed to go to an outdoor Kaiser Chiefs concert in Dublin Castle fantastic!
Lake Como, Italia
I haven't written on this blog for a long while... about four months - what's been happening? Well a lot, I have had Mum over to stay and her, Louise and myself shot off to Italia to Mum's Dad's village - Villa di Tirano and we met up with Yerbs and Alex. Also went to LA for Easter and going to Capri and The Amalfi coast in two weeks with Louise. Work has just been too crazy to write anything but I will start to add a bit more in my spare time.
Summer has finally arrived in Dublin although at times it feels like winter - but at least there are days where you can go outside without a jacket, such a relief.
Monday, April 03, 2006
Xavier Rudd at the Village
I saw Xavier Rudd, for the third time, last night at The Village in Dublin and he did not disappoint, the crowd a cocktail of Aussies and Irish "ring-ins" were in awe of him, except for the female Irish college student next to us who wouldn't stop talking - Louise had to tell her to shut up, it was quite funny.
It was not as good as when I saw him at Jive in Adelaide or at WomAdelaide with my cousin Mark but nonetheless, I momentarily felt as if I was home and that felt great.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
4 things the Irish don't shut up about
1. The Weather - don't ask me why there is no point it is never going to be good!
They also change vowels to common swear words to make them socially acceptable
- Fu#k - they change the u with an e to make it Feck
- Sh#t - they add an e on the end to make it Shite
Dublin is a great place to be, you know all those jokes about Irish people being stupid, well I don't think that is the case, however I think that the jokes have derived from a number of organisations, governments etc. abilities or lack thereof. In a number of cases foresight seems to be something the Irish don't posess. I will give a few examples
1. In the centre of O'Connell St, opposite the GPO (which mind you doesn't sell stationary), infamous for the 1916 Easter Rising, some bloody idiot in Dublin decided to build a Spire, a large metal spike about 150 metres in the sky, as the centrepiece to the city. Sounds fine however it is called the Millenium Spire but it wasn't built until 2002.
2. The Luas, or tram system. The trams were finished a month before mine and Vandy's arrival in Dublin in 2004. There are two lines, but they don't intersect meaning if you want to go from West to South you have to get off on the Northside of the city - walk through traffic, pedestrians for about 250metres to the Southside to catch the other line...
3. The Port Tunnel, designed to lighten traffic, especially trucks, in the Dublin city centre from the Port, the tunnel goes under the city through to the other side - however a number of trucks will be unable to fit through it as they made it too small
4. My favourite - I used to catch the 123 bus to work from our old place intow town. Most buses in Dublin are double deckers however this one is not it is just a single story - at least 4 times a month I would get on the 123 and notice a sign telling me that if there were no seats downstairs to have a look upstairs - what tha....
God Bless 'em
Our apartment could be gone in 94 years. Louise and I bought an apartment about 4 months ago. It is a nice place and it makes life more enjoyable in rainy, wet, windy, damp Dublin. It is centrally located about a 20 minute walk from town, it would be like living in Kent Town or Norwood in Adelaide. However as a recent report indicates that a certain amount of Dublin, near the port will be underwater by 2100 including our place. Greenhouse gas emissions, Kyoto agreeements and a lack of key countries signing on, melting ice caps etc are contribing to this.
It is scarry to think about, although if I make it to 2100, I'll be doing bloody well - mind you I hope I won't be in Dublin at that stage. I think it might be a good idea to sell it before then.