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Dutch Culture 1: Driving in NL

Right so, I haven't uploaded a blog before, so I hereby got blog-deflowered or (b)logged, so to say :)

I decided to use this (irregular or infrequent) blog to explain some features of Dutch culture to the world.

I just received a text message from my girl friend that she's finally passed the driving exams, and so she can go pick up her license and drive out and about the country. I can almost hear the people on LI who know me thinking: But isn't he about 22 years old, so his… Continue

Added by Martin (NL) on May 26, 2008 at 10:47 — 6 Comments

New Squidoo Lens for Planxty

If I'd set out to do the Celtic Music lenses in any kind of order, the lens for Planxty might've been among the first. The four original members, Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Liam O'Flynn will be familiar to anyone with much interest in Irish music They helped popularize the bouzouki, a Greek instrument introduced to Irish music by Johnny Moynihan. Moynihan was a member of the group Sweeney's Men when he introduced it, and… Continue

Added by MobyD on May 20, 2008 at 3:11 — No Comments

New Squidoo Lens for Loreena McKennitt

I'm glad I continued work on the lens for Loreena McKennitt, one of the six lenses I'd done basic work on several days ago, early in the day. While it was very warm yesterday, today was downright hot, with temperatures in the mid-90s, well above the average high even in mid-summer. Considering most of our days have had below-average temperatures since last September, it was… Continue

Added by MobyD on May 17, 2008 at 6:44 — No Comments

New Lenses for Enya & Silly Wizard

I was only going to do one lens today, the one for Enya. But as I was looking up information for her, I realized she hasn't released as many albums as I thought, and somehow I found myself looking at what Amazon offers for Silly Wizard.

I got Enya's lens done in plenty of time to get to work on Silly Wizard's. Amazon is offering five of their albums directly from them,… Continue

Added by MobyD on May 15, 2008 at 6:54 — 1 Comment

Guess who lost the "go" in "go for it."

It's only 2:41PM and I feel like I've been getting my arse kicked for the last 12 hours. I'm hitting the wall, folks. Energy is flagging, at best. Out of coffee. No hot water for tea. I had one apple left, but it was rotten on the inside. Pretty much this day is sucking like a major.

Guess who lost the "go" in "go for it."

Added by Ronnie on May 14, 2008 at 22:58 — No Comments

Celtic Music - Two New Lenses

Yesterday I decided to get basic work done on six Squidoo lenses I knew I'd eventually want to get published. So I began setting up each lens, adding YouTube videos and photos or album covers, deleting stuff Squidoo puts in the basic setup and adding what I felt I'd need. Other than selecting YouTube videos, which goes fairly quickly since I just look for a good quality one that's long enough and if possible one I know I'll like, it's fairly… Continue

Added by MobyD on May 14, 2008 at 3:48 — No Comments

Disasters in the nature/ Desastres naturales

There are hundreds of victims in China after the earthquake happened these days and in Nyanmar for the cyclones, in Chile there are many affected for the Chaitén volcano as well, so the chilean authorities have decided to evacuate the dangerous zone.

The nature has made feel its strenght in different places of the world.... will it be recovering its territory? The mankind in their longing of growing haven´t thought in their own support and have destroyed thousands of hectares of native… Continue

Added by Miguel on May 14, 2008 at 2:00 — No Comments


...that I wasn't really communicating lately. A lot of other things to do with higher priorities...

I will fly to Spain tomorrow morning - very early. My stepfather is there and I will take him home with his car, because he's afraid to drive the long way back on his own.

So - take care and behave ;)…


Added by Rike on May 13, 2008 at 20:49 — No Comments

Hangover: noun (singular) illness caused by a previous bout of heavy drinking

Ok, so I wouldn't call what I'm experiencing a hangover, by definition, I mean, it was only a glass of wine and a martini, but I had a cigar, too, and that's probably why I'm feeling a wee bit out of shape. Oh, and I was enjoying my cigar while pulling out potato vines that have managed to overwhelm our patio. Maybe "potato vine" is what they're calling kudzu these days. In the end, I saved the rose bushes that were being engrossed and reclaimed about a third of our patio. Yay,… Continue

Added by Ronnie on May 9, 2008 at 17:07 — No Comments


sur·ly [sur-lee] –adjective, -li·er, -li·est.

1. churlishly rude or bad-tempered: a surly waiter.

2. unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable: a surly old lion.

3. dark or dismal; menacing; threatening: a surly sky.

For SOME reason, this word seems to really stick to me today. I think I'm in a pisser of a mood. Not enough coffee, perhaps. Or maybe it's because the huge presentation I'd planned to give yesterday never happened. The folks I was supposed to… Continue

Added by Ronnie on May 8, 2008 at 15:54 — No Comments

My newest song

It IS the rough draft, I could sit here for an hour listing things that are wrong with it. I always say that first impressions can hang you if you are not careful. Well whatever, enjoy. Feedback is welcome, and encouraged.

Added by Shawn McCoy on May 7, 2008 at 14:51 — No Comments


Audio in Portuguese - Felicidade.wav

Happiness is a sensation that overflows from inside to outside. A feeling of connection with your thrue I, who leave you feel up high.

In state of grace.

The happiness can be unchained by something so simple has much to look at a… Continue

Added by Sónia on May 6, 2008 at 20:00 — No Comments

Celtic Music - Lenses for Scottish Bands

Thanks to the influence of, I've tended to focus on Irish music for the Celtic music lenses I created first, although I did get the lens for Scotsman Alasdair Fraser in there. Over the past few days, I've created three lenses for the Scottish groups The Tannahill Weavers, Capercaillie, and The Battlefield Band. The page for Celtic Music: Lenses was updated as well of course.

Normally, I'd been creating one lens and seeing it through to publishing before starting on… Continue

Added by MobyD on May 6, 2008 at 6:19 — No Comments

Moday. Damn it, it's still only Monday.

Really, it feels like Wednesday already. This day is absolutely crawling along. Remember the clocks in school? you'd stare at it and swear the second hand was going backwards sometimes. I've got all these things to do today and I'm just not making progress. Hmph. I think my head is still up in Lake Tahoe.

Added by Ronnie on May 5, 2008 at 22:07 — No Comments

Celtic Music: Solas

My Squidoo lens for today is about the Irish/American band Solas. It's yet another one inspired by music heard on The band can play straight Irish traditional music with the best of them, but specializes in giving it their own twist on it. From the start, they've garnered a lot of praise from mainstream media and Irish/American publications. Based in the United States, they give American audiences a chance to hear… Continue

Added by MobyD on May 2, 2008 at 23:11 — No Comments


If tomorrow is a manifestation of all that has been obtained, learned and accumulated as of yesterday, and again as of today, why do we seek it--

Is there a greater truth unveiled only when we get to the tomorrow, as it is the conclusion of our yesterday?

Are we cynical today and pray for happiness tomorrow?

When is it okay to live right now in the moment?

When we photograph the scene, are we evolved or far removed from that moment, from which we hope to capture the essense… Continue

Added by Felicia on May 2, 2008 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Aw, man, what a day!

It's Friday at last! I'm here at work, listening to Toots and the Maytals, drinking coffee, got my favorite pair of sneakers on, and... the boss ain't here! In fact, it seems like half the office is deserted today. Doesn't bother me one bit. Aside from Cindy the Mouth and Natalie the Bigger Mouth, it's quite peaceful. They can't blab for too long on account of they seem to expend a huge amount of energy during their blabbing frenzies, so I'm sure it'll be dead-silent in here in short time. Oh!… Continue

Added by Ronnie on May 2, 2008 at 16:44 — No Comments

It Happened At That Moment

It Happened At That Moment

I stood in the periphery,

Yet savored the enormity of sun

cast my way from

just beyond the garden



I stood, too enthralled to speak

too enamored to move

Then It touched my soul

the lush sweet smell of Spring

I reached out and ran my fingers

gently ‘cross the rose petals velvety embrace

My friend enveloped me with trust

Bade me see beyond the weeds castigation

See the… Continue

Added by Felicia on May 2, 2008 at 16:30 — No Comments


hell all
in particular my 12 ex pat,s , why are we only 13 what can we do to build our team up ? lets go , also if you have any comment on american politics /irish post them on the blog ITS GREAT TO BE A EX PAT,S

Added by tony paxton on May 2, 2008 at 15:22 — No Comments

Celtic Music: Lúnasa and Celtic Music Lenses

My latest Squidoo lens in the Celtic Music series is for the Irish traditional band Lúnasa, another group I discovered by listening to They released their first self-titled album in 1999 and it became an immediate best seller in Ireland, and was named one of the top ten albums of the year by the Irish Echo in the US. With the release of a "best of" album this year, they now have seven to their credit. The band tours… Continue

Added by MobyD on May 2, 2008 at 4:00 — No Comments

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