Bad driving practices still exist despite penalty points

Despite penalty points being increased and the number of offenses being also added to on a yearly basis, bad driving practices still exist.

In the past week I have observed numerous instances of stupid driving behavior which, if there was a police presence in the area, would have been allocated penalty points.

Speeding

I see this every day, mostly it’s just 10-15 MPH above the limit, nobody seems to bat a eyelid. Even when you are going the correct speed, those behind you seem to think that the 60mph limit does not apply to them and therefore proceed to flash lights to get you to move in. Lack of enforcement is the issue here and although the speed vans are around, this I feel is not as much of a deterrent as the UK model – i.e. hundreds of static speed cameras plus police enforcement.

Only last week I saw a guy pass me doing about 160 kmh on the M9 and luckily for those on the road the Garda car spotted him at Mullinavat and eventually stopped him when he reached the M9 junction at Waterford.

Seat Belts

I can’t believe how often I have seen this during the week, people driving down the road and then deciding to put-on seat belts while the car is moving. If you look out for this you will be alarmed at how often people are doing this.

Mobile Phone Usage while Driving

Again another one which should be enforced better, I see this all the time, commercial vehicles, taxis, and private car owners, driving and using a mobile phone. I even saw a guy at the M9 Knocktopher junction driving at 120 kmh using an iPad on the steering wheel. Should there be an offense for using a tablet (not technically a mobile phone) while driving?

Anyway, this madness continues despite Operation Slow Down which started on Friday – during which I saw no police enforcement during a 100km drive on Friday, maybe they were elsewhere.

Until Irish drivers get some cop-on our detail toll on the roads will continue to be in the news. 

Eastenders Indian Restaurant, Waterford – Restaurant Review

Authentic Indian Restaurant situated on the Quay in Waterford, Ireland

Shane’s Rating : [xrr rating=9.32/10 imageset=shiny_yellow_star]

Eastenders Indian Restaurant situated near the bridge in Waterford (South East of Ireland) is one of my regular eateries and always provides an excellent and authentic Indian cuisine experience.

I have a few criteria whenever I quote that a restaurant is an ‘excellent restaurant’.
I’m looking for comfortable surroundings, good service, interesting menu, food displaying the skills of an excellent chef, good presentation of the food and consistency of enjoyment (i.e. over repeat visits all of the above points are always in place).

The starters here in Eastenders are very good. My favourites are Onion Bhaji, chrum fry (mushrooms) or the aloo pakora (potato). They also have a great selection of main courses (all using secret chef’s recipes). Some recommended mains  are the Chicken Korma which is mild and creamy, the Lamb Tikka Masala and the Chicken Rizalla (which includes a boiled egg in the sauce!).

I have always had good food and good service here at Eastenders, for take away or dine-in. Take Away orders are usually ready in 15-20 mins and it is always piping hot.

Another plus is the Indian Music playing in the background. It really irks me when I go to a Chinese or Indian Restaurant and Boyzone or Mariah are on in the background.

A Buffet Indian Lunch is served on Sundays from about midday.

Prices are very reasonable and mains start from about €9.

Eastenders Indian Restaurant – Location

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  • Service 70%
  • Food 90%
  • Location 77%
  • Value for Money 90%
  • Would Return? 90%

Pa Pa Thai, Waterford : Thai /Asian Restaurant Review

Pa Pa Thai, is an excellent Thai restaurant with authentic Thai decor, a fantastic menu, and great service.

Shane’s Rating : [xrr rating=9.89/10 imageset=shiny_yellow_star]

If you are in Waterford and you are looking for a good Asian or Thai Restaurant, check out Pa Pa Thai, located near the Peoples Park in Waterford.

Pa Pa Thai is one of my regular restaurants in Waterford … The service is also excellent and the food is excellent.
The Lunch is €13.95 for starter, main, sides and tea/coffee or you can simply choose a main with side dish from €8.50.
The Early Bird menu has more to offer with a varied selection of starters, dinner, rice/chips/noodles, dessert and tea/coffee at €19.95.

The A La Carte menu offers a wide choice but my recommendations are…

Starters

Try the Mixed Starter which is a selection of delicious starters & sauces.

Main Courses

  • Pad Neau Nam Manboi (in Oyster Sauce) : (Mild) – Chicken or beef stir fried with oyster sauce, onions, mushrooms & seasonal vegetables
  • Gaeng Khew Wan (Thai Green Curry) : A wonderfully flavored, little spice, made with coconut milk, red curry paste, aromatic herbs & fresh vegetables with your choice of meat
  • Masaman Curry (Potato & Cashew Nut Curry) : This full flavoured but mild curry is bursting with delicious flavors such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, cumin & coconut milk with your choice of meat
  • Yum Neau (Beef Salad) : Slices of tender beef mixed with onion, tomato, cucumber, lemon grass, coriander & mint, together with a zesty dressing & served on a bed of lettuce – I find this option very refreshing!
  • Seau Rawng Hai (Weeping Tiger Steak) : Sirloin steak sliced & served on a sizzling platter with homemade sauce made from soy sauce, palm sugar, coriander & garlic – has to be tried as it is excellent!

It is rare for a restaurant to have so many good options on the menu, in Pa Pa Thai it is often difficult to choose from the great menu choices; Pa Pa is a consistently good restaurant.

Whatever you choose from the menu, you can be guaranteed that it will be good. Enjoy!!

Address: Pa Pa Thai, 2 Canada st, Waterford, Waterford City, Ireland
Phone: 051 877 648

Restaurant Location

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  • Service 100%
  • Food 100%
  • Value for Money 100%
  • Would Return 100%
Imperial Gardens, Chinese Restaurant, Cork Road, Waterford – Restaurant Review

Imperial Gardens, Chinese Restaurant, Cork Road, Waterford – Restaurant Review

The Imperial Gardens Chinese Restaurant is an authentic Chinese Restaurant, with a very well decorated interior, great service and a very varied and tasty menu.

The Imperial Gardens is a restaurant I regularly visit as it offers an unrivaled selection of Chinese food prepared in what is claimed is “the biggest Chinese food kitchen in Waterford”, … and I’d believe it.

Imperial Gardens, Cork Road, Waterford - Restaurant Review

The Early bird special offers excellent value, which is 4 courses for only €18.50. Some of the specialties include traditional Chinese dumplings or Crispy Wan Tan for starters and dishes such as Roast Duck with Ginger and Spring Onion or the Special Seafood Selection with Noodles. These dishes are perfectly cooked and taste great. Also on Sundays there is an all you can eat buffet which is excellent value for money.

Portions are very decent but not so large that if you eat everything you are not overly full. The staff are very friendly and give you plenty of time between courses to relax while still maintaining a good flow to the service. It’s also good to see that they stock some more unusual drinks including an Aloe Vera drink which is very refreshing and if you haven’t tried it, give it a go.

The traditional Chinese decor is very nice and they often play Chinese Pop Music which is always a plus in my book (I believe that if you visit a Chinese or Indian Restaurant, Traditional music really adds to the atmosphere)

The restaurant is not centrally located but parking is available nearby and is validated for you before you leave. (don’t forget to ask!)

Contact Details:

Imperial Gardens Chinese Restaurant,
Unit 1, Manor Village, Cork Road, Waterford.

Phone : 051-583690
Imperial Gardens on Facebook
Web : http://www.imperialgarden.ie/

Restaurant Location

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  • A La Carte 95%
  • Sunday Buffet 99%
  • Service 100%
  • Would Return? 100%
Snow Forecast Ireland – Weather & Snow Keywords Popular this week

Snow Forecast Ireland – Weather & Snow Keywords Popular this week

I noticed a huge jump in website traffic over the past 2 days, with over 2,550 visitors yesterday. I did a bit of checking on Google Analtyics and found people searching for Snow related keywords – the top 4 snow related searches were “Snow Forecast Ireland”, “Will it Snow in Ireland”, “Weekend Snow Ireland” and “Snow Ireland”.
These searchers were picking up on a post which I had uploaded way back in January 2010 – http://shanemcdonald.org/myblog/2010-01-08/snow-coming-ireland-could-grind-to-a-halt-this-weekend/.

Interesting to see how a blog post from 11 months ago can increase website traffic by between 10-15%. Using keywords in your post, Tags, Categories and using an SEO Plugin call help to optimise your Blog Posts in this way.

Snow Forecast Ireland - Weather & Snow Keywords Popular this week

The Worst May be Over

Apparently though the worst of the snow is over (according to met.ie), we will have Snow showers affecting eastern counties will die out for a time early tonight (Thursday 2nd Dec). The severe ground frost setting in after dark is going to lead to ice on untreated surfaces – which will create major problems tomorrow morning for commuters. There is a chance of snow with Rain and sleet arriving in the northwest and west overnight and spreading southeast possibly turning to snow in many places, giving further accumulations before Friday morning.

Friday will have sleet and snow affecting many places Friday morning but clearing east by early afternoon. The weekend is mainly cold with a few showers, some hail sleet and snow.

The South East has been badly affected and when all this snow thaws, watch out for the floods !

M9 Motorway to open on September 9th

M9 Motorway to open on September 9th

The completed M9 motorway linking Danesfort Kilkenny to the Carlow section will officially open on September 9th at 11am. Speaking on KCLR Radio earlier today, Joe Gannon stated that the official opening ceremony of the new M9 motorway would take place at 11am on the 9th of September. (09/09 for the opening of the M9 … coincidence?)

M9 Motorway outside Kilkenny to open on September 9thThe completed M9 motorway will link Waterford to Dublin with non stop motorway and the journey time should be approx 1h 30 mins between the two cities with the previous journey time usually 2 hours 35 minutes. Currently traffic has to exit at Danesfort, continue via Kilkenny (or via Knocktopher / Thomastown route) to the Carlow section and resuming on the M9 just outside Carlow. The announcement of the official M9 motorway comes as a welcome relief to travellers to Dublin from the South East as well as the people of Kilkenny (and Thomastown/Gowran) who have seen increased traffic as a result of the diversions.

Roll on the 9th September … the only thing not on the M9 through are servcie stations or Motorway services, I wonder when these will be added?

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