I don’t know how all that blue light is being created, but I like it.
*Especially for Calvin.
Gee, thanks! 😉
I think the blue effect is probably due to sensor overload but it does make for an interesting photo. And Dylan’s pose is one all dog owners recognize.
Off now on my photographic walk to capture the day-to-day minutiae of Riverside. After three days among the glitz and glamour of Miami Beach, it is back to mundane reality.
“Give yourself up Dylan the police are already here!” 😛
Lovely photo the blue light is fab 🙂
Thanks for a great day yesterday xxx
nb: great except for the cheating ref and the result. x
‘I aint goin with no Sweeny.’
Lol 🙂 x
Great photo! Shame about Sunday.
Hi Geraldine! How are you?
Thanks for asking! Happily, our family, including the dogs, are all doing ok. I wish the same could be said for the rest of the country. Ireland completely lost the run of itself for the last few years and boy, are we paying for it now. A lesson hard learned. I hope all is well in Norwich and Stoke.
Is it affecting you directly?
Yes, it’s affecting our business very badly but we are fortunately not in the really terrible situations that some people are in. Hard to tell what will happen; of course, the people who caused it won’t be the ones who pay. They never are.
I’m sorry to hear that. It’s amazing how they always get away with it, isn’t it. Is it because governments are always looking towards the day when ‘situation normal’ returns and are afraid to upset those responsible in anticipation of that?
What sort of business is it, if you don’t mind me asking?
No, I don’t mind you asking! Our business is in civil engineering, (I won’t be more specific here), which we started thirty years ago, using a bedroom in our home as an office. Our two sons were toddlers at the time; I looked after the office and my husband did the fieldwork and over the years we built up a well respected business which covered the whole country. We even managed to get a proper office! We employ a considerable number of people, many of whom have been with us for years. Our eldest son decided some years ago that he would join his father in the business and he took to it very well, working really hard and giving it his all, looking forward to a long number of years bringing it all on. My husband was looking forward to retiring in a few years, or at least doing a little bit less…
Now, thanks to a toxic combination of bankers and politicians and, it must be said, wholesale greed, nobody’s jobs or businesses are safe any more and there may be nothing to retire from. All of our current workforce cannot be maintained because there is simply no work for them to do, or very little, there are no civil engineering works happening here any more. Thank heavens we never had anything to do with house-building or property development or we really would be in deep doodoo. Having said all that, ours is just an average story of misfortune: there are many, many people who are far worse off than us, who have lost everything, their jobs, their homes, their families – either because marriages have come apart under the strain of it all or because the younger people are emigrating again in great numbers.
And do you know what? The bankers who caused all this and the politicians who aided and abetted them are nearly all still in situ. In what other job than banking could one make such huge, unthinkable losses and still be paid a bonus? A huge bonus? And get a gold-plated, ring-fenced pension as well? It’s simply unbelievable.
As for the “government” – swanning around in their expensive, chauffeur-driven cars (on-duty policemen, available around the clock) while their constituents have lost their jobs and homes through very little fault of their own, except perhaps for a misguided trust in the banks’ mortgage departments and a niaive belief that a 110% mortgage will be “no problem with two of us working” or if they still have their homes they are so deeply in debt that they often do not have the money to feed their families properly – and that shower won’t even car pool, or get the bus to Leinster House. There must be a wall somewhere we could line them up against … with the bankers as well, of course.
Sorry! That was all a bit self-indulgent, I didn’t mean to start such a diatribe but if you were here and could just see what has been done to this lovely country and its people, destroyed by pure greed, it’s enough to make anyone cry.
That’s such an insight from ‘the ground’ so to speak I’d like to bring it up as a post. I’m sure it would provoke a conversation. Would it be alright?
Oh heavens, I should never answer your questions late at night when tiredness and anger have set in! If you would like to use it then yes, please do. I could say a lot more but I don’t want to be too specific about our business. I thought as you had moved on to the great and under-used Tuncay that not many people would have gone back a page!
Exactly; I imagine Tuncay will get a run for his money so we’ll change the subject tomorrow. I’d say you’ve done a nicely controlled rant, that’s what I like about it.
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