Have You Paid the 100 Euro Household Charge?

Have You Paid the 100 Euro Household Charge?

With the household charge deadline set as 31st march, NO campaigners asking the government to back down on the contreversial €100 household charge, under 700,000 households have actually paid.

The Household Charge, which they say is going to improve  services in Ireland … many are still unconvinced, saying why should we pay another tax? Have your say on the €100 household charge here…

Are you going to pay the €100 Household charge?

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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%

Hotel Prices in Ireland cheapest in Western Europe in 2010

Hotel Prices in Ireland have often been a lot higher than other countries. However, a recent report on Hotel prices has found that Ireland now has the cheapest hotel rooms in all of western Europe. The Hotel Price Index, compiled by hotel booking website Hotels.com, found that while worldwide hotel prices have now stabilised in the first 6 months of 2010. Hotel Prices in Ireland are dropping as room rates have continue to fall.

The average Irish room rate is €79 a night, down 4% from hotel room rates of 2009. The Irish room rate of €79 is the cheapest in western Europe and the 4th cheapest in the EuroZone – ahead of only the Czech Republic, Poland & Hungary. Switzerland is now Europe’s most expensive destination for hotels with an average of €138. Iceland recorded the biggest fall of 20%. It will be interesting to see if Hotel Prices in Ireland increase when the recession is over.

Some of the best value to be seen on hotel rooms is in offers such as 3 nights for the price of 2. For example some great offers can be had from Mount Juliet Estate Hotel Kilkenny.

The Irish Language – What a Waste of Time!

In Ireland we waste so much time in school learning a language we never use!

It would be so much better if Irish children could be taught something like French that they would actually use, after-all, French is the official language of the EU. If you look at the people who come over to Ireland from Poland or Czech Republic, their English is actually very good. I’m sure they can converse in English better than most Irish people could converse in French. WHY? Because in Ireland from the age of 4 to 12, Irish is drilled into kids, instead of a language they would actually use. It is at this age that children find it easier to learn a language – so why expect them to start learning French at the age of 13 when they start secondary school? Its too late for them to be actually fluent – start them learning from a young age.

Irish – What a Terrible Language

Lets look at some of the crap you learn as a child.

EnglishIrish
CarCarrJust add an R
So is “Computer”= An Computerr in Irish?
TaxiTacsaíJust spell it phonetically
A Cop out!
DrugsDruggaíFollow a similar rule for Tacsaí
Does this mean that take for example Guns in Irish are Gunnaí and Matches are Matchaí?
I just looked up guns – and it IS Gunnaí … F**k sake!
Coloured ManFear GormLiteral Meaning “Blue Man” – Gorm is Blue and Fear is Man.
What happened? Was Ireland overrun by Smurfs at some point?
The DevilFear DubhLiteral Meaning “Black Man” – Dubh is Black and Fear is Man
A Bit insulting!

I left school with an Irish Vocabulary of about 10 words which included such classics as;

Fear on Phoist

Gortaithe

Ar Nos na Gaoithe

Múinteoir

Timpiste

Scoil

Smeara Dubha

Otharcarr

Also, Whats the story with this?
Take for example the phrase “Comhartha ar an mbus” – MBUS … is this some sort of Hanson song. MBus???
What sort of crappy language puts an M before a B ??

Irish, a Dead Language

I think they should get rid of the language and get the children of Ireland speaking a European language rather than a dead language. Nobody speaks it – unless you want to get rid of the kids and shove them off to an island for 3 months during the summer.

I wish we had a language we could be proud of but we don’t – so stop hooking it up to a life support machine and leave it die so that the children in Irish schools leave with something they can use.

How can we trust a government who do this….

How can the Irish government ask us to take cuts and pay more taxes when

(a) they are being paid huge salaries

(b) they can charge a few hundred Euro for a limo ride between airport terminals

(c) the Taoiseach is being paid more than President Obama

What Next?

The government need to all take salary cuts, stop making stupid expense charges and abusing the system …. oh yeah, they need to step down and make way for a new government.
Bring on a general election! Give us all an early Christmas present!

Lisbon

If you vote NO, we will be asked again in Lisbon 3

If you vote YES, the current government are delighted

So vote YES & NO, no to the Government and YES to Lisbon and No to any dodgy bits of  Lisbon and YES to a General Election.

Easy!!