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I, Me, Myself

The readers of this blog are self-selecting and would be very unlikely to mispronounce “crisps”, as in; “A packet of cheese and onion crips, please”.

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An Inspector calls

Having been cavalier about its “regulatory�? function, it was forced to cede that responsibility to the Legal Services Board. The Board is one of those independent bodies to which there is always appended the word “independent�? when it is mentioned by its spokespersons and mentors.

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Clean up your act!

In Wicklow County Council v. Fenton & Ors [2002] IEHC 102 (31 July 2002) the High Court likened the owner of an illegal dump to a receiver of stolen property. Without a receiver there can be no profit in theft; without an illegal dump there can be no illegal dumping. The court accepted the principle advanced by the applicant Council that it did not have to prove negligence; that the state of mind of the Respondents was not required to […]

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Latifundia

According to the Return of the Owners of Land of 1872, nobody in Ireland of my surname was the owner of one acre of land or more.

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Sgt. Eros

While not being Sgt. Eros, he is a 25 year old genetics student.

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At Swim Two Coves

I have just learned of Fuzzy Logic, bringing me to read the Wikipedia article on Bart Kosko and am struck by the familiarity of it all. Surely Bart Kosko is a character created by Flann O’Brien? Evidence? Here it is: He is a leading researcher of fuzzy logic, neural networks, and noise, and author of several trade books and textbooks on these and related subjects..â€? Kosko has a distinctive minimalist prose style, not even using commas in his last several […]

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Liars

The world should be alerted to something styled The Global Deception Research Team; hence this post. After all, global deception is a serious matter. It would be nice to think that we could uncover it all in one place or by one action. For me, the alert came from reading the UK newspaper “The Guardianâ€? of 12th June 2007. Readers can access the Research HERE, for a day, for US$35.00, or they can read on. Lawyers, as a body, tend […]

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Alphabets

Readers may note a link to this site, and some comments on posts, entered in cyrillic typeface. I have, currently no control over that link and intend to sever the link when I can. Edward McGarr

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French Big Brother awards

This posting is a blatant act of plagiarism. It is also a paean to the French Big Brother awards 2006 and French politicians, whose mission seems to include bringing laughter to the world, or the francophone section of it in any event, surely with the best of intentions. The awards, as the title suggests, goes to the persons promoting acts or policies generally familiar to the readers of Orwell’s “1984â€?. Nicholas Sarkozy was disqualified from admission to the awards this […]

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Refute this!

This is a very risky posting. It’s about words, and how we use them. The subject word is “refuteâ€?. This is a word which politicians and lawyers (or policemen; Sir Ronnie Flanagan being the latest) have use for, but it is its misuse that is the focus of attention. It is sometimes used as a substitute or synonym for “denyâ€? or “contradictâ€?. I contend that this misuse is not accidental. It is chosen because at some level of consciousness the […]

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