Rubberbandits blame the curse of St Munchin

first_imgPrint Advertisement WHILE “corruption and cronyism” are two words that have been bandied about a lot in recent days, Limerick hip-hop comedy duo Rubberbandits have their own unique take on the City of Culture row.Rapper Blindboy Boatclub told the Limerick Post that he believes that the maelstrom that ensued this week was not down to “a sense of corrupt entitlement among the elite”, but in fact, all caused by the curse of St Munchin.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “According to the Bard of Thomond, Munchin put a curse on the people of Limerick because nobody would help him build his church. His curse states that no Limerick person will ever be successful in their own town. We knew from the beginning of the City of Culture festival that it was Munchin’s curse at work, rather than shoddy organisation by unqualified people,” Blindboy explained.The ‘Horse Outside‘ star also revealed that following a heated public meeting in Clarion Hotel last Friday, the duo then hatched a plan to save City of Culture. According to Blindboy, the first part of their mission was to locate the true site of St Munchin’s original church.“It is not opposite King John’s Castle as many believe, but further downriver near Barringtons Pier. It’s a long abandoned tiny tenth century stone church named Kilrush Church, located just beside Villiers in a housing estate,” the Rubberbandit declared.“At approximately 9pm on the night of January 3, we entered the abandoned stone church for a highly secret meeting with the spirit of St Munchin. We encountered the spirit as he sat on a plastic stool where once the altar stood. He was short and white, about the size of a sheep, he wore a Man United Jersey and his hands were sticky from centuries of Cleaves Toffee.“After a tense chat which mirrored the gathering in the Clarion, we reached an agreement. St Munchin promised us that he would lift his curse on Limerick for 365 days and nights. In exchange, we agreed to upload him onto the internet so that he may look at pictures of girls wearing their going out clothes on facebook,” the Limerick rapper announced.The Rubberbandits are now confident that Limerick City of Culture 2014 can proceed to “do the great things it is capable of doing, free from the curse of St Munchin”.And that, as they say, is Limerick Cittaaay! #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday No vaccines in Limerick yet Email Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April center_img Previous articleLimerick show for 65daysofstaticNext articleFurther arrests over robbery of casino winner Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin TAGSBlindboy BoatclubfeaturedHorse OutsideLimerick National City of Culture 2014Music LimerickRubberbanditsSt Munchin Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsRubberbandits blame the curse of St MunchinBy Alan Jacques – January 9, 2014 1803 Twitter #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boylast_img read more

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Demand for Gold Coast apartments at an all-time high

first_img MORE NEWS: Buyers fighting for fewer housing options There has been a spike in apartment sales over the summer. Pic: Jerad WilliamsNew Gold Coast apartments are hot property with a huge spike in sales over summer.Among the big deals was an off-the-plan two-level penthouse in Trenert’s White Main Beach development that was snapped up for $6 million. According to Urbis, 323 sales were recorded in the last quarter of 2019, an increase of 62 per cent from the previous quarter. Ray White Projects’ Caitlin Rosenboom said interest was strong across a range of projects with the summer holiday period one of the best in years for the Gold Coast property market.“We took more written expressions of interest and issued more contracts for new projects in December and January than in the preceding 12 months,” she said.“It’s an incredible result that has been supported by strong interest from local buyers and interstate downsizers, with a distinct focus on owner occupier-style apartments among both groups.” MORE NEWS: Inside Liz Cantor’s dream build The penthouse at White Main Beach was one of the big deals that was penned.“Some buyers were determined to combine a holiday with looking for a property, with many of them planning to relocate to the Coast over the next year or two.”Ms Rosenboom said the strength of the market was reflected in the number of sales recorded for premium apartments. “We secured four contracts of between $2 million and $6 million at Main Beach and Surfers Paradise during the holiday period,” she said. “Properties that are garnering the strongest interest are those that are nearing completion and currently under construction, and those with total construction timetables under 24 months.”Director of residential at Colliers International David Higgins managed the sales and marketing for Village Palm Beach, which recorded 75 sales during the final quarter of 2019. “Over 70 per cent of the buyers in Village are the Gold Coast locals and from Brisbane, with strong interest also from New South Wales looking to relocate,” Mr Higgins said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoHe said 5000 new dwellings were needed per year to keep up with the growing population on the Coast. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47 “Many people who are relocating here from other parts of Queensland as well as interstate are chasing value for money proposition, and are interested in two and three-bedroom apartments in boutique projects that are in beachside locations,” he said.Marketing Projects South East Queensland managing director Kyia Anderson shared a similar view. “Over the summer period, we finalised selling at Bellevue The Glades, Robina and experienced a significant uplift in inquiries and sales compared to the previous quarter,” she said. “We then entered the prerelease phase for Salt Palm Beach prior to Christmas, which has received hundreds of inquiries. “In fact, the most I have ever received in such a short period on any project with the majority coming from local downsizers.”last_img read more

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How to go from ‘just friends’ to something more

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleRelationships How to go from ‘just friends’ to something more by: – November 22, 2011 78 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Pretty much everyone has had a close friend who’s fantastic, funny, always there when you need a sympathetic ear… and who also makes our heart do little flips and wonder “What if…?” True, anyone who’s watched a Hollywood rom-com knows that getting passionate with a pal is a tricky endeavor. But if it works, it’s also totally romantic. So if your buddy’s been on your mind all too often of late and you want to see if you can be more than just friends, read on for some step-by-step advice from relationship experts and real people on how to proceed without losing your dignity — or the friendship.Step 1: Look before you leapThe most important thing you should do before you act is this: think! You absolutely might be on the verge of something wonderful, but then again, it could be a fleeting moment of loneliness or lust that leads you astray. “I have had a few friendships that could have been something more at one time, but I always try to let that first impulse pass,” says Jennifer of Brooklyn, NY. “If it is meant to be, that feeling will happen again. If it was a passing fancy, then there will be no awkward conversation over what happened ‘that night.’”While waiting for repeated waves of more-than-friendly feelings is a wise idea, you should also ask yourself this: Why haven’t you dated this person before? “Sometimes it’s simply because you met when one of you was involved in a relationship or something else equally distracting, like writing a doctoral dissertation, caring for an older parent or whatever life puts on your plate,” says Joni Mantell, a psychotherapist and relationship coach in New York City. If that was the case and the hurdle has since disappeared, then it might be the right time to redefine your relationship. If, on the other hand, you two have had windows of opportunity to get closer in the past and passed them up, then maybe it was for good reason. The bottom line is, figuring out what’s triggered your change of heart is crucial. “It might be because your friend comes through for you in a crisis like no one in your life ever has, and this makes you realize how special this person is to you,” says Mantell. If that’s the case, does that necessarily mean a romantic relationship is in the cards? Another possibility is that you have given some thought to your patterns in relationships (in therapy, or by yourself), and you realize you would rather date a “nice” man or woman instead of the more exciting, dangerous prospects you were pursuing before. “In other words, you are growing up and letting go of old baggage,” says Mantell. That’s a good reason to seriously consider giving this a shot.Step 2: Test the watersSo you’ve decided that your emotions are the real deal… but what about your friend’s feelings? Are you two on the same page, or is the object of your affection blissfully unaware that you two could click romantically? To determine the answer, ask yourself these questions: Are you the first person he or she shares good (or bad) news with, and vice versa? Is this person jealous or critical of your dates and previous partners? Is your friend possessive about spending time with you alone rather than while along with others? Does he or she compliment you as a date would (i.e., “You look beautiful in that dress” or “Man, you’re looking handsome today”)? Is the amount of time you spend together increasing? A “yes” response to several of these questions could mean the attraction is indeed mutual.You can also try dropping hints, which can not only help you gauge the person’s reaction — it also plants a mental seed in case he or she hasn’t yet entertained the thought of coupledom with you for a partner. Laurie Puhn, J.D., author of Instant Persuasion: How To Change Your Words And Change Your Life, suggests trying something like: “You know, I date… but none of the people I go out with really compare to you,” or “I was talking to Jane the other night and when she bumped into us she thought we were on a date. Isn’t that funny?” “If the other person says something like ‘Yeah, I was thinking that, too. It does seem like we’re dating,’ or if he or she smiles, it’s a good reaction,” says Puhn. If the person looks uncomfortable or changes the topic, that’s not a good sign — but since your comment was so innocuous, it should easily blow over quickly.Step 3: Make your moveYou’re pretty sure the sparks are there on both sides… now what? Should you lunge in for a lip-lock the next time you’re together and pray your pal doesn’t recoil in horror? Understandably, that prospect can be terrifying — so consider a more subtle move, like taking his or her arm or reaching for a hand during a movie or while walking around together. It’s so innocent that the person won’t likely pull away, and it’ll help your pal get more comfortable with getting closer. “You may have been thinking about this for a year, but your friend may have only been trying to process the idea for 30 minutes,” says Puhn. “Remember that everything in this transition can’t happen in one evening!”Bashful types might also consider this stealthy move: “Say, ‘I wonder what it would be like if we were dating,’” suggests Mantell. “This style of musing and imagining is good for a safe but playful start, which could lead to a kiss or a conversation about you two dating at the very least.” If he or she does say “Let’s just be friends,” Mantell suggests that you be ready to provide reassurance that it’s OK with you. But recognize that there is always the possibility things may be weird after that. If you decide you can still hang out together, you can alleviate your buddy’s discomfort (and your own) by talking about other people you’re interested in, whether that’s some new coworker or a cutie you saw online.Step 4: Steam things upIt happened; you two are kissing! While it might be nice to think that you’ll click instantly since you know each other so well, familiarity also can work against you. “The first contact might be awkward,” says Mantell. “Our society is more accustomed to romances built on pure fantasy, and that is harder to do with a friend.” Mantell urges that transitioning couples shouldn’t give up right away if the chemistry is off. “Acknowledge the uneasiness, make a joke by saying something like, ‘Well, we know each other too well to be relaxed.’” Another option is to promise each other you’ll go really slowly until you get used to this new way of interacting.One major caveat: while sharing a kiss doesn’t have to mean you two are officially an item, the fact that you’re already so close as friends can raise your romantic expectations. So whether you’re interested in pursuing a serious relationship with this person or just out to satisfy your curiosity and keep things casual, it’s crucial that you communicate your expectations and hopes — and have a handle on the other person’s — before getting too hot and heavy. Just say, “I’m really attracted to you, but want to make sure we’re on the same page so nobody’s feelings get hurt…” and explain your stance from there. You two may forge ahead even if you don’t see eye-to-eye, but at least it’s on the table. Everyone you start dating deserves that much, but friends especially do, don’t you think?Step 5: Announce your new statusIf you two do seem to be hitting it off, you may wonder whether to make your budding relationship public — after all, you may be excited, worried, or otherwise dying to talk about it with someone other than the pal you have feelings for! But breaking the news also requires some caution. The rule of thumb here is to find out how your new amour feels about it and always defer to the wishes of the more private party. Keep in mind that as soon as you involve other friends and family, there will be more pressure on your evolving relationship — so it’s OK to give yourselves time to adjust.Also keep in mind that there’s a difference between keeping your relationship private and keeping it a secret. In other words, you may want to let certain people in on the news — especially those who feel close to you both. Those are the people who might feel deceived or left out if they learn your coupled-up status later on. In those instances, one of you (both people doing the talking may feel like you’re ganging up on the person) should take that individual aside and say, “You know how John/Jane and I hang out all the time? We kind of both realized that we liked each other, and now we’re dating.” Answer hsi or her questions, but keep in mind that you shouldn’t spill all the details; when in doubt, ask yourself: “Would I talk about that if my new partner were in this room?” If the answer is no, keep your lip zipped.Also recognize that while you may try to be discreet, people will probably start getting an inkling that something has shifted — and it can be damaging to deny it, says Joyce Catlett, coauthor of Fear of Intimacy. “Don’t try to hide the status of your new relationship by holding back physical expressions of your tenderness and affection when other people are around,” says Catlett. “Protecting yourself this way can have negative consequences and can make you feel more self-conscious or awkward, even during those times when the two of you are alone.” The bottom line is, you and your pal-turned-partner should be ecstatic that you’ve found a soul mate so close to home. Who cares if you’re fodder for the gossip mill for awhile?By Kimberly Dawn NeumannYAHOO Dating Tips and Advicelast_img read more

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Five area school systems win RCCF grants

first_imgPictured are School Commission President Mike Fritsch, IT Director Jessica Imel, and Father Stan Pondo.Batesville, In. — The Ripley County Community Foundation recently presented $1,500 grants to five area school systems for technology integration.The educators were trained through a partnership with Northern Kentucky University and now the school systems have an in-house computer science technology program.The school systems awarded were: Milan Community Schools, Batesville Community Schools, the Oldenburg Academy, South Ripley Schools and Jac-Cen-Del.last_img

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Senior contracts for Leinster Academy players

first_imgRoss Byrne, Nick McCarthy, Rory O’Loughlin, Andrew Porter, James Ryan and Peadar Timmins also receive new dealsMeanwhile Northampton are set to bid for Ireland back Ian Madigan.Reports in France suggest the Bordeaux player has been subject of interest from the Saints. Last week ex Leinster player Madigan said he would not rule out a return to Ireland.According to a report in France Northampton will offer around half a million pounds a year to Madigan.last_img

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Ice Dogs’ eyes set on Kelly Cup

first_img But that might not matter much, because the Ice Dogs think they have an even better team this year. Cameron won’t say just how much better, although his face sparkles whenever the topic is brought up. “We won’t know anything till we drop the puck,” Cameron said. “It’s hard to say if we can reach 95 points again. I have no idea if we can get 105 points, 85 points. I really don’t know.” However, the proof is in the roster he has assembled. Of the 28 on the training camp roster, 14 of them spent time in NHL and/or AHL camps. And last year’s ECHL Rookie of the Year runner-up Marco Rosa and newcomer Mac Faulkner won’t be in camp right away because they are still with AHL teams after going through NHL camps. Returning players include the foursome of Dan Watson, Mike Vellinga, Steeve Villeneuve and David Walker on defense which was among the best in the ECHL a year ago, and Chris Kenady, Christian Larrivee and Rosa up front. Ice Dogs coach Malcolm Cameron is not one to rest on his laurels. After guiding a 180-degree turnaround last season the Ice Dogs won almost as many games as they did the two seasons prior and got into the playoffs for the first time in three years Cameron believes his work is still unfinished as training camp is set to open today/Saturday. “We didn’t win the championship, so we haven’t accomplished anything yet,” he said. “It was a good building block for what we are trying to do.” The Ice Dogs finished Cameron’s first season in charge at 43-20-9, the third-best record in the ECHL, and won a first-round playoff series before being ousted by Alaska. In all honesty, the Ice Dogs were a real unknown heading into 2004-05, coming off back-to-back losing seasons (23-44-5 in 2003-04 and 22-46-4 in 2002-03). They had the ability to sneak up on opponents, but that certainly won’t be the case this season. center_img Add to that another group of solid defensemen, like Luke Fritshaw and Derick Martin, a corps of big, quick and gritty forwards, including Max Birbraer, Jason Sessa and the trio of Jeff Drummond, Jonathon Foster and Kevin Ulanski from perennial NCAA power Denver, and the strong possibility of a few players trickling in from the Montreal Canadiens system, Cameron has stocked more talent in training camp than he can really use. “I’m going to have some sleepless nights,” Cameron said. “We have some many good players (at camp), there are going to be tough decisions.” This year’s club will be more playoff-ready than last year’s. Cameron has emphasized grit over pure talent during his recruiting this time after seeing the 2004-05 team drop out of the playoffs early because of a lack of physical play. “I think we have more grit this year. We are more physical,” Cameron said. “I don’t think we had enough of that last year. We tried to skill teams to death, and at the end of the season, when the checking gets tighter and games are on the line, we needed a grittier mentality.” If it all works out, the Ice Dogs will again be a viable contender for the Kelly Cup. “We have a very solid team on paper, with the building blocks in place,” Cameron said. “My job is now to put it all together. I feel like we are very prepared. I have high expectations.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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