15 Aug 2008

In his first media event since moving to Holland to coach some team over there, Steve McLaren shows how quickly he's picked up the lingo by speaking better Dutch than the Dutch woman who's interviewing him! It's as if he's never heard of YouTube.

Mildly entertaining for the first minute or so, before Shteefan lapses into his mother tongue...

 

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If the Ballymun Regeneration people spent as much money on saving money as they do on public relations exercises designed to disguise how much money they’ve managed to waste we’d be much better off.

To recap: the regeneration project is a half billion euros over budget (as I understand it, the entire project was originally expected to cost a total of only a quarter of a billion euros). The Comptroller and Auditor General wrote a vaguely critical report about the project which led to the Public Accounts Committee holding some hearings. The PAC's final report is due to be sent to the Minister for Finance next month - the word around towns is that it will be some kind of whitewash.

But, obviously, just to make sure that we are predisposed to not being too harsh on them, the people leading the regeneration project from time to time come up with new and inventive ideas of how to get soft good press. The most recent thing they managed to peddle to The Times was something to do with the amount of rubble from the demolished flats which ends up being used for fill along the M50.  

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2008/0805/1217628546606.html 

Someone in the media who knows how these things work, fill me in here: Does Ballymun Regeneration  pay money for this kind of coverage? Or do they just bring unsuspecting young journalists out on junkets? Or do they negotiate some kind of deal with the newspapers? What actually happens?

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When are we ever going to get inside the Bird’s Nest? This is what I hate about the Olympics – all the first week action you have to endure before anything happens. That, and RTE’s 'Channel 4 Big Brother House' set. I almost enjoyed watching Team GB’s performance in the ‘People On Huge Horses While Wearing Hats’ competition as they did battle with The Vatican for the final place on the podium, but the ‘Two Statues Of David Jumping Into The Water At The Same Time’ event shouldn’t be allowed. If they don’t bring on the Nest real soon, I’m switching off.

Anyway, we all know what happens when the biggest serial objector in the country lodges a planning application – he simply avoids the wrath of those he’s annoyed in the past off by lodging the application in his wife’s name. But what do you do if you happen to be a local authority planner and you want to build a one-off-house in the county in which you happen work, a county which is sort of known for having a funny record on developments of this type? Anyone any ideas or suggestions?     

Wednesday, 20 August 2008 21:47:15 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Garry...don't mock poor Steve - this is how native English-speakers end up speaking on the continent. I'm living in Brussels and if you don't speak like this (slowly, deliberately using simple words and grammar) you're not understood! Granted it's not exactly the best diction for an inspiring speech in the Dressing Rooms at half-time!
Friday, 22 August 2008 18:36:44 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
on the one off house question ...ummmm.... become a troglodyte?
Mairead
Friday, 22 August 2008 21:11:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
David, he sounds like Jaap Stam!
Garry
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