Seasons Greetings

Christmas Holly

I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in 2010.

2009 has been a momentous year for the World, Ireland and me personally. For me in contrast this has been a wonderful year and I am looking forward to 2010 with optimism and hope. Its my heartfelt wish that for everyone else we will see a positive upturn in fortunes.

Enjoy your Christmas and don’t party too hard!!!

Paul.

The 50 “men” of Listowel

It makes me wonder what kind of person will queue up to shake the hands of a man that has just been convicted of sexual assault in this day and age?

It makes me wonder who agrees with the intimidation of the victim of the crime because she reported and had the strength to testify against someone accused of sexual assault?

It really makes me wonder when a priest gives a character reference for the convicted without being in court to actually hear the evidence? What difference does it make that this man attended mass with his Granny every Sunday? If anything this man convicted of sexual assault has turned his back on the church that this priest supposidly represents. At least the priest has finally stood down from the parish.

So people of Listowel what do want your town remembered as? Somewhere where those convicted of sexual assault are held in higher regard than victims of their crimes or somewhere that upholds the rule of law and shuns those who support criminals. Think of this scenario, every time a foreign traveller searches the name of Listowel over the internet the first details that they will be presented with is the support this man received from so called pillars of the community. Do you think that will make your location an attractive place to visit? How about if the victim of this crime was your daughter or sister, how would you feel now about your local town.

Yes the 50 “men” of Listowel you have made your home infamous for all the wrong reasons.

Someback background to the case is here

There is a facebook group showing support for the victim in this case setup here.

Boxed wine – Bacchus for the masses or swill for the asses?

As we cruise into the season of overindulgence and gorging a little debate has sprung up within my sphere of friends.

Is boxed wine really wine or just an alcoholic cheap grape juice? Now the wife and I just have to have our vino in bottles with real corks but others just want the easily stack-ability of the boxed product.

So what do you think? Do you want a good bottle of Old World wine wizardry or does the outback spirit of a boxful of joy jerk your chain.

Oh and on the subject of our upside down friends. Australian wine is like listening to a Bluegrass AC/DC cover band. You recognise the songs but they just don’t sound right!

So come on let’s ditch the politics and ferment an answer to the important questions for us all. Is boxed wine really wine? Would Bacchus approve of his wine out of a container for the commoners?