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Crystal Swing appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show – Video

Below is a link to Crystal Swing appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Crystal Swing seem to have made it in the USA with great PR from appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. They chatted live on the Ellen show about Ireland, their hometown and how they got their start. They even presented Ellen with a bottle of 12 year old Jameson Whiskey with Ellens name on it, before performing the classic Crystal Swing tune “He Drinks Tequila.” and the crappic … sorry, classic show-band tune “the Huccklebuck”. There was of course a great plug for Midleton there also and Failte Ireland must be delighted!

Link to Crystal Swing appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show;
http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2010/04/crystal_swing_finally_makes_it_vod-0412.php
The video is a little jumpy in places…

Below is the original video from the St. Patricks Day, Ellen DeGeneres Show vowed to get them on the Ellen Show. I’m not sure about the stats near the end of the video where Ireland is quoted to have 6m people.

Lorry Shunt Video. Police Probe Lorry Shunt in UK

This is amazing Lorry Shunt Video footage of a lorry shunting a car down the A1 Motorway in the UK. The car joined the motorway but clipped the truck which flipped the car sideways in front of the truck. The driver of the truck did not see or feel anything but continued driving at over 100kph down the motorway. The Lorry Shunt Video footage was filmed by a passenger in car traveling down the motorway. So far this video has been seen by over 600,000 people on YouTube. Have a look, its amazing and I’m sure was frightening for the driver of the Clio.

The Renault Clio became trapped in front of the trucks bumper on the A1 near Wetherby, West Yorkshire in the UK. There were sparks flying off the car yet the driver of the truck continued down the busy motorway for over a mile. Thankfully the driver was uninjured.

M9 Motorway Opened… About Time Too

The M9 Motorway opened today from Danesfort to Waterford and on my journey from Thomastown to Waterford City I saved 12 minutes on the journey which will save me 2 hours a week going to work.

The road was a longer route than the normal N9 via Mullinvat but doing 120kph and also not having to put up with trucks, tractors and 60kph Sunday Drivers was a blessing.

RTE Covered the opening today : http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0322/m9.html

The next section from Danesfort to Co. Carlow will open later in the year to complete the motorway, bypassing Thomastown, Gowran, Dungarvan, Paulstown and Leighlinbridge.

M9 Waterford to Danesfort Motorway to Open with a Protest

The M9 Waterford to Danesfort motorway will open at 11am tomorrow morning (Monday 21st March) but will be overshadowed by protests against the limiting of the service of the search and rescue helicopter based in Waterford to operating in daylight hours. It is hoped that traffic will be flowing by 2pm, and the M9 will bypass Mullinavat, Ballyhale, Stoneyford and Knocktopher – taking up to 25 minutes off the average journey from Kilkenny.

The protests mentioned above relate to the helicopter which is based at Waterford Airport and provides search & rescue cover to the Irish Sea and Atlantic Coasts around Waterford, Wexford and beyond. If somebody is in difficulty at 9:30pm just off Tramore Bay, they will have to wait 40 minutes for a helicopter to come from Shannon instead of waiting 2 minutes for one from Waterford Airport.

A Facebook Group called “Save 24hr Search & Rescue Helicopter Cover in South-East” is now available to Join – Click here to Join the Facebook Group

It will be interesting to see what Noel Dempsey has to say on the visit the South East – the area where the essential helicopter service is based. Some text from the facebook groups page says that the Irish Government saved a measly €1m euro by not having a 24 hour service – so lives lost are basically ok as long as we can have savings and two days after making this decision they spent the equivalent money traveling around the world in the Government Jet for St.Patricks Day and filling their stomachs.

There is an on-line petition which you can sign to Save the South-Easts 24hr Search & Rescue Helicopter Cover : http://www.petitiononline.com/sar01/

It is good to see our motorway link coming to the south-east at last but it is the government giving with one hand and taking away with the other. There are plenty of other things they could save money on … but a life saving service should not be one of them.

Goal-line technology ruled out just as Birmingham Need it

The IFAB and FIFA, Football’s rule-makers, have voted against goal line technology being used in soccer and effectively ended any chances of goal-line video replays coming into the game of soccer. This comes only hours before the Portsmouth v Birmingham FA Cup game, where Birmingham scored a perfectly valid headed goal from a corner. The ball was over the line but David James’s hand scooped it out of the net before the linesman saw it. Goal Line Technology would have proved that this was a goal but the decision from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Zurich voted against continuing any further experiments with goal-line technology although the English FA and Scottish FA both voted in favour of the technology being used. FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said, “‘The door is closed. The decision was not to go ahead with technology at all.” The IFAB will decide in May whether to pursue the system of having an extra two officials behind each goal-line. It seems FIFA are extremely backward – just as the game needs to move with the times, any efforts to do so are rejected by an organisation who seem not to care about fairness, i.e. a ball that crosses the line is a goal, but only if the officials see it … and … a ball the touches the hand of a player is a free kick and possibly a card, but only if the officials see it (and if the player is not French as FIFA is mainly made up of French personnel). If you think Goal Line Technology is just for “is the ball over the line” type arguements, have a look at the video below, where the ball actually goes into the goal and the ref still did not see it!! The video is of Clive Allen hitting the stachion back in 1980, and Freddie Sears’ non-goal against Bristol City thirty years later.

Crystal Swing, He Drinks Tequila (Video)

This is something I heard about on Newstalk’s Breakfast Programme for the past few mornings. Its an Irish band called Crystal Swing and a song called “He Drinks Tequila”. The video of He Drinks Tequila is below if you want to watch it, it is also a huge hit on You Tube with a well organised Crystal Swing You Tube Channel getting huge hits this week. They have become an Internet Sensation overnight, especially after ‘American Idol’ judge Ellen DeGeneres, posted a link on Twitter to the YouTube clip of Crystal Swing, made up of Mary Murray-Burke, her son Derek and daughter Dervla from Co. Cork. I have yet to watch the video the whole way through, as the song itself just reminds me of 11:30 at an Irish Wedding. I’m not overly sure what the fuss is all about but certainly they seem to have some sort of hit on their hands with all the publicity and You Tube hits.