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Current state of play on the adhesive backed school of symmetry. Excuse the dodgy camera phone quality.
Have to say that I don’t mind a bit of graffiti on rail line walls at all. It’s not like the walls they cover are picture postcards themselves.
A little OT, but I noticed some really nice shop frontage work for the ‘Diagem’ phone shop at the top of Capel street. It was nothing special before (to say the least), but the building has been given a renovation, and the shop now has a tasteful and well finished steel and black glazed finish, with internal security shuttering. Discreet but effective signage. Was most impressed.
the typeface on the building was Profil if memory serves:
I was just remarking a couple of weeks ago how the ‘old city’ part of temple bar had changed from it’s days as the mobile library yard.
on the basis of ‘step by step’ progress I’d suggest that Moore street become an anchor for the HARP area. It could be transformed into a defacto multi-ethnic epicurian centre for the city. It’s basically a blank (but manky) canvas at present, and would be affordably turned into a serious anchor for the area. No need for a grand scheme; let the Ilac sort itself out. Just provide grant aid for restoring the other side of the street on the basis of them housing only specialist foodstuffs etc.
It’d help enormously in changing attitudes to the north city centre (especially if the Abbey moved into the Carlton/Dr Quirkeys site)
any images of these plans online?
I quite like a lot of STW’s work. The goulding house is my dream home (with no storage space).
the dandylion used to pull a fair crowd of a weekend.
I loved the warren aspect of it. The centre is a horrid building, and I hope it doesn’t last too long into the future.
the bar is called ‘traffic’
and the tapas bar does do tapas from what I’m told.
nice steel and glass entrance to an office/studio up at the gt strand st/capel st intersection too.
I’ve always been in support of the spire. I do begrudge the waste of money on abbotstown, and all the other drains of resources that we love so much (tribunals etc). I would like more money put into healthcare, childcare, and public transport infrastructure. I guess that makes me a bleeding heart, but having seen all these work effectively abroad I hanker after something similar here. I don’t smoke, drink very much, or eat sausages, but am well aware I’ll rely on the health service whem I’m a coffin dodger (if not before), and I’d like a better one.
no nit picking.
I stand over my point. we don’t fund a decent health service, so we get the one we deserve. From first hand experience I can assure you that the french love to make use of their system at the drop of the hat (trivial cause), and their system doesn’t fall over.
Sometimes I despair for you greg.
The health service is underfunded (as compared to other european countries). The problem lies there, not with some rash of hypochondriacs as you suggest. The hospitals asked people to stay away if they had flu symptoms, since they can’t help once you are infected, and all they would do is spread the flu to sick people and hospital staff. Nothing to do with time wasters.
Of course we could have an excellent and affordable health service like the cubans if we just didn’t pay the doctors/nurses/ health board staff a decent wage and clamped down on litigation. The canadians seem to have worked it out mind.
fjp, just looked at your link. just so you’re aware – liberty hall isn’t the tallest building in Ireland. That’s down in cork in the middle of a field.
nothing wrong with taking a swipe at the middle classes. It’s just the lazy selectivity that bugs me.
If we are playing the juxtaposition game, why not compare the outlay on the Spire with the outlay on the Abbotstown project, and compare value for investment? The Bertiebowl plan didn’t have the poloneck angle, but it impresses in every other aspect.
I thought Liberty hall’s windows used that adhesive ‘pretend’ mirror glass? Is that not the case?
the health system is underfunded in this country – no doubt (as are infrastructural projects in general)
If you took state spending on health, and on the arts over the last ten years you’d see the insignificance that the arts play in the the states scheme of things. Arts Council funding this year (post ‘shock realisation’ budget) has effectively meant a 30% cut in funding for many organisations/projects. I doubt that any other sector could be whacked with those sort of cuts without much grumbling from the general populace. The arts just don’t figure in the dept of finances gameplan. Sorry, but this is just boogyman stuff, plan and simple.
I’ve not been much of a chatterer, and don’t own a poloneck (but I’m open to offers).
Oscar Wilde is in Merrion Square, not Stephens Green.
my suggestions: go up to the chester beatty library behind dublin castle. go out to powerscourt estate. check out the casino in marino. get the dart out to dunlaoghaire and walk down to the fortyfoot.
my ode to tabloid style photo reportage.
btw – key humourous note of the ‘capping show – when some poor sod chose this morning’s crowded o’connell street to carry home a length of about 12 foot of 1/4 inch copper piping. his own little spike.
here’s a (slightly dodgy) panorama of it from north earl st. Link to a larger version below.
it (the crane) seems to be a bit higher than it was last week? (from my window anyway)