auspicious dates

The number eight is a very auspicious for many in the world.

Double happiness looks like this – see the resemblance? So imagine how auspicious triple eight could be.

double-happiness

The eighth of August 2008 was the eighth day of the eighth month of the eighth year of the millennium. The Beijing Olympics commenced at 8pm on this day, to make sure good fortune followed.

So this is what my radio alarm clock looked like at eight minutes past eight on the eighth day of the eighth month of the eighth year of the millennium. How lucky am I?

08-08-08

If that wasn’t good enough, check this out.

My sister Mena celebrates her birthday on the 20th of this month – which this year is 20-08 2008.

Mena

To add to this, she turns 54 this year and was born in 1954.

Finally, and coincidentally, a few weeks after her birthday she celebrates 27 years in Australia – and she was 27 years old when she arrived. If you add both of these together you get 54…

Ii guess it’s time to buy a lottery ticket!

forty amazing things

My sister Annette wrote on her birthday card to me that I should do forty amazing things this year.

I have taken her advice, and this year, before I turn 41, I plan to fulfill that dream.

I have gotten off to a great start too. In the three weeks since my birthday I have managed to experience four amazing things, so I am well on the way to success.

Follow this link for the chronicles of my adventures.

40 amazing things

My sister Annette wrote on her birthday card to me that I should do forty amazing things this year. 

I have taken her advice, and this year, before I turn 41, I plan to fulfill that dream.

I have gotten off to a great start too. In the three weeks since my birthday I have managed to experience four amazing things, so I am well on the way to success. These pages will chronicle my adventures.

your favourite lies

Aren’t you a scurrilous bunch? Again, some of you insisted that you never lie, but here are the highlights of the untruths you routinely trot out.

 

Pat Scullion: It’s your round again Poppy

Katharine Haines: A big boy did it and ran away

Nick Lawrance: pouring water on cats make them multiply

Annette Doyle: I didn’t hear the phone ringing

Bernard Doyle: I’m not looking forward to turning the big 4-0 next year

Ashling Doyle: One second…

Connor Doyle: It wasn’t me

Paul Curran: pretending I know what I am talking about

Joe Dalton: You’ve lost weight

Mena Doyle: I’ll still love you in the morning

Carmel Bennett: Paul, I really didn’t spend that much!

Sam Evans: Yeah, well thanks (every morning at work to those who ask)

Orlando Gibson: I never lie

naughtiest things you’ve ever done

Well don’t I know a freaky bunch of people (and I seem to be related to quite a few too). Many of you were too chicken to reveal the maughtiest thing you’ve ever done, and one or two insisted you had never done anything remotely naughty. Here is what the honest people said.

 

Aly Sharpe: breaking into the public swimming pool at 2am in tremendous heat to try and cool down

Nick Lawrance: errr, came home from school and drew all over the walls. My girlfriend was livid I’d only been teaching there a couple of weeks

Annette Doyle: obviously not going to tell you – but how about making custard on the cooker when Mammy was out…

Suzanne Parsons: now that would be telling. Mairead will know – she was there.

Bernard Doyle: ………… nude in the Phoenix Park

Ashling Doyle: punched my classmate Mary in the face

Connor Doyle: peeing outside in the front garden!

Fiona Jordan: shoplifting as a teenager

Kelvin Kershaw: thrown pair of shoes over a power line

Paul Curran: given a disgracefully ill-considered talk during a debate for Eng. Day which initially amused but ultimately offended and/or shocked all attending

Kris Ward: danced on a bar with a male stripper

Mena Doyle: run away from home with Eddie Grey

Carmel Bennett: went out with my first cousin for four years

Sam Evans: Master of my Domain (answers on a postcard please)

one thing I wish I’d done yesterday

My, there were some weird answers to this question:

Katharine Haines: not eaten so many Minstrels in the car

Nick Lawrance: put less cornflour in the gravy

Eileen Kershaw: checked the size of the green shiny Bollywood bangles before I bought them – they’re too small

Fiona Jordan: been less grumpy (hangover from hell and not enough sleep)

Paul Curran: proved the  45 degree conjecture

Orlando Gibson: I achieved all my goals yesterday (New Year’s Eve 2006)

winning entry

Nick Lawrance wins the prize for Best Answer to Any Question in Mairead’s Birthday Book with this:

My Happiest Memory

Sunday, Big Chill 2005 – 4 hours after friends and I had listened to England beat Aus by two runs, 3 hours after listening to Norman Jay play a two hour set in blazing sunshine, 1 hour after deciding that yes, a sixth jug of rum cocktail would be a splendid idea thanks very much and about 2 seconds after the first chords of “Mr Blue Sky” blasted the Herefordshire countryside. And about 4½ mins before it all started to fall apart.

Dream Come True

Runner-up for the most creative and imaginative answer to the dream you’d most like to have come true was Mena Doyle, for wishing that Ireland could swap places with Tasmania.