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2004

April

  • Just another bike journey

    Today I nearly died three times on the way to work. And that’s only slightly more than normal when you ride a bike around Dublin.

    Today I nearly died three times on the way to work. And that’s only slightly more than normal when you ride a bike around Dublin.

    First was along the quays when a Transit van was passing me in the bus lane (where he shouldn’t have been anyway). The lane narrowed, but he kept his position and his speed, squeezing me against the kerb.

    I banged on the side of the van, and fortunately the bus ahead of him stopped, so he had to stop, and I could extricate myself, with him yelling at me for daring to touch his van.

  • Article in the Indo - ‘From dotcommer to Columbanus pilgrim’

    ‘I understand why you want to leave but you know that if you go, you’ll never be rich’

    The Irish Independent asked me to write an article about the book, looking at the motivation behind the trip. I did - it’s hard to write and 800 word version of an 80,000 word book - and it was published yesterday. It begins,

    ‘I understand why you want to leave,’ said my boss, ‘but you know that if you go, you’ll never be rich.’

    We were in his corner office in a building in the Silicon Valley. I had told him I wanted to leave my high-paying job and return to Dublin, and he was making sure I understood the ramifications. I did, and couldn’t wait to leave. I wanted my life back. 

    And you can read it in full here (free registration required).

  • Monday morning in an industrial park near Tallaght

    sitting next to Johnny Cash’s brother while we were both waiting to go on

    I was just on Ireland AM - TV3’s breakfast television show. This meant a cab at 7.30am, make-up, nerves and sitting next to Tommy Cash (Johnny Cash’s brother) while we were both waiting to go on. Bizarre.

    The interview on the sofa went well I think, but it’s hard to judge, and it seemed to be over very quickly, after the obligatory lots of sitting around. I’ve learnt my lesson with these interviews - bring a book (not your own), as everything takes longer than you expect.

    Still, with the early start, I made it to the day job around the same time I would have done if I’d tumbled out of bed at a more usual hour.

  • Belay that last order - on the radio Monday

    I feel like I’ve just been in a long-running theatrical production

    Well, I was in Newstalk (just next to the peppercanister church, if you’re interested) at five today, but it was to record an interview for broadcast next Monday afternoon on the Dublin Life show (listen online if you’re not beside a radio in Dublin - www.newstalk.ie. Apologies if you were waiting by the radio this evening.

    The interview went well - Eoin Sweeney liked the book, and asked some slightly different questions from the regular lot.

    Done with all the webby training now. We’ve all talked ourselves hoarse, and have inboxes piled high with stuff we haven’t had a chance to get to. The whole thing was a resounding success, but I feel like I’ve just been in a long-running theatrical production.

  • Slammed and Newstalk

    Billy was great, and I was in Manchester over the weekend visiting friends, but since then I’ve been slammed in the day job - training people on all manner of web content stuff.

    More to do tomorrow, but at around 5pm, I’m going to be interviewed on Newstalk 106FM, so if you’re in the Dublin area, you can catch me there if you’re interested. And I’ll be talking about Columbanus not intranet strategy or how to create email newsletters.