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9.30.2008

Random photos from Cork, Ireland 


A video poker machine (real money) in a tiny little Middle Eastern restaurant.


Fulltiltpoker.com (not Fulltiltpoker.net) advertisement on TV.


Potatoes are serious business here, although I would guess that that bag contains about a kilogram of dirt.


This is what a sportsbook looks like in Ireland (and UK also). Inside you'll find a couple guys taking wagers and a bunch of TV screens, but no cocktails or cocktail waitresses. Lame.








Various photos of my new apartment in Cork (taken shortly after I moved in).


Not only does this shirt get the mascot of Oregon wrong, it also somehow manages to use Oregon State colors. Epic fail.





A few photos of the English Market in Cork city centre.


Stacking 8-high in overseas shipping is good. In Omaha hi-lo, it's so-so. In Hold 'Em, it's terrible.


Anybody still looking for a Wii? Given the exchange rate and shipping costs, it'd cost about $400 USD total.

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9.16.2008

Sponsorship 

English Premier League soccer is very popular over here in Ireland, as one might expect. You can't walk more than a couple blocks without running into someone wearing a Manchester United, Chelsea or Liverpool shirt. (By my count, Arsenal is a distant fourth.)

Of course, given the recent turmoil in the US financial industry, I can't wait to see the current Manchester United shirts (picture below) be replaced with a model that has the words "THIS SPACE FOR LET" across the front.

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9.02.2008

In Ireland 

I arrived in Ireland yesterday.

The people here speak some approximation to English, it appears. I asked a bus driver how much bus fare was. He said "1 Euro, *unintelligible mumble*". I pulled out a 1 Euro coin and asked again how much it was, and he repeated the unintelligible mumble. So I just handed him another 1 Euro coin and counted the change -- 55 cents.

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