Wednesday, November 23, 2005

You Know You're A Nurse If....

You know you're a nurse if....
· You would like to meet the inventor of the call light in a dark alley one night.
· You believe not all patients are annoying…some are unconscious.
· Your sense of humour seems to get more warped each year.
· You know the phone numbers of every late night food delivery place in town by heart.
· You can only tell time with a 24 hour clock.
· Almost everything can seem humorous... eventually.
· When asked, "What colour is the patient's diarrhea?" You show them your shoes.
· Every time you walk, you make a rattling noise because of all the scissors and clamps in your pockets.
· You can tell the pharmacist more about the medicines he is dispensing than he can.
· You carry spare meds in your pocket rather than wait for pharmacy to deliver.
· You refuse to watch ER because it's too much like the real thing and triggers flashbacks.
· You check the caller ID when the phone rings on your day off to see if someone from work is trying to call to ask you to work.
· You've been telling stories in a restaurant and had someone at another table throw up.
· You notice that you use more four-letter words now than before you became a nurse.
· Every time someone asks you for a pen, you can find at least three on you.
· You can intubate your friends at parties.
· You don't get excited about blood loss... unless it's your own.
· You live by the motto, "To be right is only half the battle, to convince the physician is more difficult."
· Eating microwave popcorn out of a clean bedpan is perfectly natural.
· When checking the level of orientation of a patient... you aren't sure of the answer.
· You find yourself checking out other customer's arm veins in grocery waiting lines.
· You can sleep soundly at the hospital cafeteria table during dinner, break, and sitting up and not be embarrassed when you wake up.
· You avoid unhealthy looking shoppers in the mall for fear that they'll drop near you and you'll have to do CPR on your day off.

And for a list specific to "ER" nurses look at:

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Cork City Win League Title

Congratulation to the Cork City lads. They beat Derry City 2-0 in the deciding match of the Eircom League, at Turner's Cross last night.

This is the second time that City have won the league, but they hadn't won it since 1993.

The teams were:

Cork City: Devine; Horgan, Bennett, Murray, Murphy; O’Donovan, Gamble, O’Callaghan, Kearney; Fenn, O’Flynn. Behan for Fenn 10; O’Brien for O’Donovan 84; Coughlan for O’Flynn 85.

Derry City: Forde; McCallion, Hutton, Delaney, Hargan; Deery, Martyn, McGlynn, Brennan; Beckett, Farren. Subs: McCourt for Hargan 60; Murphy for Deery 67; O’Flynn for Martin 84.

City play in the FAI Cup final on 4th December in Lansdowne Road and will play in the Cahmpions' League next year.

Photos from the night are at:


And I have set up a Cork City Flickr group at:


Friday, November 18, 2005

Keane Leaves Old Trafford Allowing Appointment as Ireland Manager

Roy Keane made a shock exit from Old Trafford today after 12-and-a-half years service with the club.

The club's official statement:

Manchester United has today reached agreement with Roy Keane for Roy to leave the Club with immediate effect.

The agreement allows Roy to sign a long term deal with another club to enable him to secure his playing career beyond what would have been the end of his contract at United in the summer.

The Club has offered Roy a testimonial in recognition of his 12 ½ years at Old Trafford.

The Club thanks Roy for his major contribution to the Club during his years of service.


However, RTÉ are reporting things slightly differently:

RTÉ sports editor Tony O'Donoghue claimed that the decision was far from mutual, and that Keane was forced out in what ammounted to a sacking.

According to O'Donoghue, Keane turned up for a Manchester United reserve game last night only to be told that his services were not needed. When he enquired further he was told to take up the issue with Alex Ferguson, and following talks today, his exit was announced. (

RTÉ have a nice summary of his career at:


New Zealand For World Cup 2011

New Zealand won the rights to host the 2011 World Cup after beating the favourites Japan in the voting. South Africa had been eliminated in the first round of voting.

I think the East Terrace website summarised it well:

Risk of global spread of rugby union successfully prevented

The leading rugby unions of the world have successfully staved off a dramatic attempt to spread rugby union around the globe by stopping Japan from hosting the 2011 World Cup.
In a tense stand off at the International Rugby Board headquarters in Dublin, the founding members of the IRB managed to repel the Japanese delegation that were striving to claim the chance to host rugby’s most prestigious event.
The rugby world had been rocked over the past few months as Japan, a country not renowned for its rugby, threatened to host the 2011 World Cup and risk spreading the rugby union gospel to the Asian world. There were even rumours that the Japanese insurgents had managed to recruit support for the Japanese coup from various famous ex-players from the major unions and a sizeable group of rugby supporters throughout the planet.
However, the IRB councillors managed to hold firm and successfully handed over the legal rights to the New Zealand rugby union. The Kiwi delegation then escaped the premises moments after by helicopter.

And for those who are interested, tickets are currently available for the 2007 World Cup in France at

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Wanted: Irish Madman

What was he thinking?

This man is badly in need of some Media Relations Officers.

From the Irish Independent (

Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea holds an automatic pistol during an exercise at the Curragh Camp, Co Kildare.


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

RTÉ Begin Podcasting

RTÉ have started podcasting. RTÉ (Radio Telefís Éireann) is Ireland's Public Service Broadcaster.

The show Quantum Leap is broadcast on Thursday evenings on RTÉ Radio 1 and it is now available as a podcast. (

From the website ( :
"This new series looks at the latest work done by Irish scientists and reports on science stories from around the world. Over the course of the next three months, listeners will get an understanding of the science that underpins our lives, as well as an insight into what Irish scientists (at home and abroad) are working on. The series will be travelling throughout Ireland to report on scientific work, as well as recommending places to visit, events to attend and interesting new books, films and plays that have a scientific link."