Heard on Today FM a few minutes ago, and here for reference purposes.. Ray was asked about composting waste food so he got an expert on the line. My father has a composter which has worked wonders to cut down the amount of waste we throw out. Mel and others have told me about wormeries a few times. These are basically the same, but they have worms in them, and according to the “expert” they’ll consume waste material 10 times faster! With the introduction of weight based billing for rubbish collection at the end of the year I can only imagine that sales of these devices is going to rocket over the next few months!


House things

So I spent the day doing house things – washing machine, beds and wardrobe were delivered. I got a buzz out of setting up the washing machine and connecting the vacuum cleaner. Yes, yes, yes.. cheap thrills, but they’re my washing machine and vacuum! 😛
Had a frozen pizza for dinner, must get a proper oven-lighter thingy, lighting it with a match almost took the hand off me with the roar of flame from it! All going well, I shall probably be living there on Friday night or perhaps Saturday.
House warming parties to be held sometime next month. Ring the doorbell with your elbow and I’ll take the presents from your hands. lol.


Buying a House in Ireland – It's mine!

And I’d be moving in except that the vendors want to varnish the floors in their new house first. My solicitor told me to go over there, get the keys, and change the locks.
I’m more conciliatory and I’ll give them 24 hours. After all the stress of the boundaries and everything.. *grr*
Later… My solicitor got in touch and put on the pressure. They moved out tonight and I’m in! I helped Ger and his father-in-law move stuff out and we finished around 8pm. His wife Liz doesn’t like me I think, but then she made my life hell over 3 broom sticks and a bit of twine.. Here starts another phase in my life!


Buying and Moving House in Ireland – Utilities

Part ??? of ??? – almost there!
I get the keys of the house on Friday so I’m quite excited at the prospect! There’s still a lot to be arranged, and transferring utilities is one of those jobs. I rang The ESB, Bord Gais, and Eircom earlier to find out how.

  • Using the 2003 02 area phone book I saw that the ESB had a number of phone numbers. Unfortunately the first sales number I tried went through to their emergency/fault line! Ring 1850 372 372 if you want to talk to a sales guy. I was kept on hold for less than a minute and told to get a meter reading on Friday, get a forwarding address, ring them again and the account will be transferred.
  • I rang Bord Gais then. The phone was answered immediately. A meter reading has to be done by the current owners, they should ring Bord Gais on Thursday or Friday with their new address, my payment details and the meter reading. Their phone number is 1850 426200.
  • Finally, I rang Eircom. I was kept on hold for a good 3 minutes. Different recorded voices came on from time to time saying there were delays, and sorry for holding, etc. I thought it was strange to have different people recording those messages but it’s probably cheaper than hiring more staff to man the phones. Anyway, story is much the same. They ring Eircom, give my name and payment details. Transfer of a phone account costs €12, and if I want a new number it’ll cost €24.59. Isn’t it strange how the ESB and Bord Gais can transfer an account for free? (or at least they never mentioned a cost, in which case, my apologies to Eircom!) Ring Eircom at 1901 and press 1 for a sales person.

Much Later … It’s much easier than that. The previous owners took meter readings, and rang the various utilities to transfer the bills over to their new address. Bord Gais and the ESB were informed of my moving in to their house, and I rang Eircom and got the phone line connected a few days later.


Haunted Houses, Ghosts and Poltergeists

I need a spooky category.. Gerry Ryan has had a few calls from women saying their houses are haunted. I’ve an open mind about this and wouldn’t dismiss it out of hand at all.
The first caller said that she saw a silver haired woman lying on the bed next to her one morning, she turned away and back again and the woman was gone. She heard her child mumbling one night and went into her room later and the child said that she had been trying to call out and she was held down by something. Last Monday she took 3 photos of her children and apprently there’s an hump-backed old woman with a cane in the picture. A psychic told her that the woman in the house doesn’t want them living there! *gulp*
There’s more, and it’ll probably be repeated on Saturday morning so have a listen then!


Independent consumer guide to mortgages

I switched on the radio this morning to hear Gerry Ryan mention the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority. He gave a phone number and the above URL saying they had published a guide to mortgages. Obviously I had just missed a conversation on mortgages but at least I found the guide available as a 122kb pdf document at the above URL. It looks like a good read for anyone buying a house in Ireland (and perhaps in other countries too).


Buying a house in Ireland

Well, it would appear that Jeremy is buying a house as is John (hope the signing went well!), but they’re in the USA. What about Ireland?
I’m buying too, and hoping to have everything sorted within a month. I did mean to blog what was happening but as it’s a business fraught with uncertainties I didn’t want to say much until things had progressed along a bit.
I expect the engineer will inspect the property sometime this week so once that’s out of the way I’ll post some links to oasis, info on costs, and how maddening the whole process can get!
‘Course, I’m going to be completely broke for the forseeable future so I’ll have plenty of time to compose this article. 🙂


Geopathic Stress Anyone?

While out tonight taking photos I was approached by a curious hotel worker. It’s not every day one sees a guy standing around with a camera and a tripod, especially on a cold night!

We started talking, and as usual, the topic of housing came up. When I mentioned I was in the process of buying a house he asked me to do something: “Look up geopathic stress on the Internet before you buy the house.” So, I did that!

Most of the sites I found were commercial, but one site I discovered managed to avoid commercial offerings for one whole page! The next page on the site lists their products, but the above page is a good explanation of what this is.

This is a call out to the visitors of this site – ever had your house tested for these strange energies? I’d be more than a little skeptical about this stuff, but there’s no harm in finding out more!

Update – the site I linked to above changed their layout. No doubt they saw the extra traffic and decided to list their commercial interests. Here’s a page that does have a longer description of Geopathic stress and how to stop it.

How can I tell whether I am affected by Geopathic Stress?

There are a number of pointers which may suggest the presence of Geopathic Stress by its effect on both people and buildings.

The following clues may suggest that a person is affected by Geopathic Stress:-

1. They have a serious illness such as cancer, M.E., or multiple sclerosis.
2. They have any illness which does not clear up despite good treatment.
3. They have tried a number of different therapies without success.
4. They feel better when away from home. For instance, a condition may clear up or improve when away on holiday only to come back again when they get back home.

The following quote is laughable however:

Note for health professionals and therapists – as a general rule of thumb, if a patient is not getting better on appropriate treatment, it is wise to assume that they are geopathically stressed, whether you can detect it or not.

Basically, if someone is sick near you, if there’s mould in your house, if there’s a spring close by, if you don’t sleep too well, then your house and neighbourhood is probably suffering from geopathic stress. They even got oil wells and volcanoes in there for good measure. I won’t be moving to Iraq or Pompeii in a hurry.

Here’s what Wikipedia says about geopathic stress.

Photos When-in-Ireland

Blackpool Factories In Ruin

I went up to Blackpool on Saturday afternoon to photograph the textile factory and Sunbeam. Even 24 hours later smoke still rose from the fire-gutted buildings and rubble. The Evening Echo had a stark picture of the blazing building on it’s Friday edition. It’s lucky nobody was injured in the blaze. A creche on the site narrowly escaped damage but thankfully half the 160 kids who are usually in the creche were in care that morning.

This is all that stands where a large textile factory burned down on Friday morning. According to the news, the rest of the building was demolished at noon on Saturday.

Rubble and Debris. Over 130 jobs are gone as the textile factory isn’t opening again.

Detail of the destruction of the out-buildings behind the main factory.

All that remains today of an old Cork landmark.


PRSA anyone?

Has your company offered you a PRSA yet? There’s not long to go to the September 15th deadline.
There’s more details here as well as on Google and some commercial suppliers of the pension plan.