Ilex plans: some alternatives

February 5, 2008

Regular readers to this publication will be aware that I’m not a great fan of poorly thought-out, costly, pointless urban development who sole reason for being done is GREED not NEED. You’ll be already familiar with my stance on teh usage proposed for the old Fort George site on the banks of the River Foyle. (Read this: Dallas Descends on Downtown Derry! if you need to be reminded! )

Now we’re lucky that some other people have begun to see how poorly thought out this development is and to demonstrate some alternatives. I’ll highlight a few here from some St Columb’s College sixth-formers. Please feel free to add some more!

One says:

Below is a link to my multimedia video of my idea for the current fort george site… I no it may not be the best idea for the site but it is way better than a concrete and steel jungle that Ilex proposed.

And here’s his idea:

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Another says:

Honestly, I believe ILEX have aimed a bit too high with this proposal, and along with the rest of Derry, think it is a bit unrealistic. What are the chances of this actually happening?

And here’s his idea:-

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Anybody got some other interesting ideas? Feel free to be as creative as these guys!!

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Yip…. thick as champ!

November 13, 2007

Sometimes, it’s worth getting out of bed on a morning and just surfing the net ’cause you get to smile at stories like this from the BBC!

Man hurt using gun to change tyre ….. yes… you don’t need to read the story to figure out where it happened, do you? Yes.. you are right… the good old USA. I just have to quote the BBC story in full… I can’t type really ‘cos it hurts when I laugh and type! So here you go…..

A US man has injured himself in both legs after attempting to loosen a stiff wheel-nut by blasting it with his gun.tyre.gif

The 66-year-old man from Washington state was repairing his car outside his home when the accident took place.

Shooting at the wheel from arm’s length with his 12-gauge shotgun, he was peppered with buckshot and debris.

The man – whom police say was on his own and not intoxicated – was taken to hospital with severe, but not life-threatening, injuries.

The man, from South Kitsap, 10 miles (16km) southwest of Seattle, had been repairing his Lincoln Continental for two weeks, according to the police, and had removed all but one of the nuts on the right rear wheel.

Frustrated by the one remaining nut which refused to budge, he resorted to fire power in an effort to shift it.

“He’s bound and determined to get that lug nut off,” said Deputy Scott Wilson, a spokesman from the sheriff’s office.

He sustained injuries from his feet to the middle of his abdomen, with some pellets reaching as high as his chin, police said.”

Now.. we all know that wee bit of frustration with cars and, I have to admit to being one of the less talented car mechanics around , but only in America, the land of the free, the home of the brave could we find someone who’s solution to car troubles is to shoot the thing with a twelve gauge!

Mind you, on second thought, perhaps I oughtn’t to be so surprised. The American way is to blast everything – Afghanistan, Iraq, San Salvador, Vietnam, Korea and coming our way soon – Iran. There is a saying in Ireland: The apple never falls far from the tree. I suppose a society that produces car-rage – do they have a special vehicular murder squad, by the way, that will be a big future hit on Five US! – it’s easy to accept global domination by the force of arms as the way to behave. Instead of firing a 12 gauge at a small problem…. just unload a couple of billion dollars worth of cruise missiles and a few tons of uranium depleted shells. Problem solved… eh? The American psyche in microcosm.

I suppose I should brace myself here for a spate of comments….

– he was tyred

– was he wheely wheely angry…

– he’ll have difficulty treading the light fandango with those injuries

– was it a blow out

– etc.. etc…

Go for it! 🙂