Archive for October, 2006

Weird links for halloween

October 31, 2006

Fun and weird storys for halloween.

The little girl who wont grow up

Ghost picture

Mermaid picture

Duckula mp3 downloadDuckula video

Spider video


Oíche Samhain

October 31, 2006


Happy Halloween!

My japanese class is tonight, so I wont get to celebrate till after that. Enjoy the nuts, apples and the barn brac.


October 27, 2006

Penguin japanese classes taught me these two phrases. These I remember, can pronouce and write in kana. Yatta!

いい です ii desu. i like

すき です suki desu. i like (love)

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Pera Pera Penguin

October 26, 2006

5 minutes japanese lessons by Hitomi Hirayama. Very fun to look at and read. I’m going to use them as references along with easier classes.

Pera Pera Penguin

Great fun in lesson three.

October 25, 2006

Another great japanese class from yuki-san. I’m really enjoying the class.

We have homework for next week. Practising writing the katakana, and practising writing our names in katakana.

We were learning how to ask what something is, and say that is a X yesterday. Today I came across this sentence which adds nicely

Kore kudasai. I’ll take it. 


October 24, 2006

Koders is a search engine for code. Rather like the new google product only better. I used to use standard google for this, but koders is much much better. Anyway try it out.

Tomorrows my third lesson

October 23, 2006

I havent been so good this week with practising my japanese. My third lesson is tomorrow. Its mostly because I had some days off and left my weekly routine.


Hajimemashite. はじめまして. 

Watashi wa gilmartin, mary desu. 私は gilmartin, mary で.す

Watashi wa Ireland kara desu.  私は Ireland からで.す

Douzo yoroshiku. どうぞよろしく

A new greeting in japanese!

October 16, 2006

さむくなってきましたね。Samuku natte kimashita ne. It means “It is getting cold, isn’t it?”

All the words here are new. I will have to add it to my brown notebook. O Mahonys in Limerick is selling great ones by the way. They tempted me to lovely new purple notebook last saturday for about 17 euros.

Also has a learning japanese section which is quite good. They show how to write japanese in the handwriting style. I write more in the typing style, but its still useful.


Write a Novel in a Month, Month

October 16, 2006

Are you thinking about trying? Here is the NNWM website for more information.

I won’t be this year, with other responsibilities and trying to have basic conversational japanese in 20 weeks. Last week was greetings and the numbers 1-10. Tomorrow is my next class. Hope I’m pronoucing everything right.

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Socialist MEPS put pressure on europe to act

October 13, 2006

Europe seems to be saying its alright as long as men start taking paterity leave and governments start inforcing their right to have it. Yes lets do that, but lets also get rid of this law.

This is very very very wrong. You shouldn’t be penalised for these sort of times off work. You cant avoid these things. Especially if you are a women. So you shouldnt be punished financial for it.

All this ‘choosing’ to have children. Why do the european governments encourage children with laws giving bonuses for parents to have kids in one hand, and make this law on the other.

If this causes people not to have children, europe will have some very big problems down the road. Ask germany where falling birth rates are causing social and economic problems.

I know how businesses will take advantage of every sort of bad law and make vunerable people suffer for it. No. This is too far and this should be stopped.

Lets not have another ‘training period’* law! Let speak out against this now.

[A law in ireland which says you dont have to get minimum wage if you are being trained in. So every fast food chain has a 6 month offical training period. ] 

Socialist MEPs have called on EU social affairs commissioner Vladimir Spidla to examine EU equal pay rules in light of a controversial European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling, but the commission is not keen to act for now.

In a letter seen by EUobserver, Hungarian and Danish socialist MEPs Zita Gurmai and Paul Nyrup Rasmussen “urge” social affairs commissioner Vladimir Spidla to take “immediate action to assess and remedy a potentially major problem” in Europe.

“We are alarmed that taking maternity leave may be a cause of unequal pay,” they add, after the EU’s top court last week stated that employers can pay women less than men because they take more maternity leave and have diminished ‘seniority.’

“It [the judgement] undermines important European policy objectives aimed at increasing Europe’s demographic challenges,” the MEPs’ letter says, pointing out that the ruling could also discourage men from taking paternity leave.

Euobserver article

Blogs talking about it: F word

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