first_imgTwitter Advertisement by Simon [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The car was the same as all the others; dark in colour, of German origin; but this one was flanked by four motorbikes. And, for those who doubted the occupant’s importance, a pair of squad cars bringing up the rear, just in case.It drew to a halt and out he came, emerging from the back-seat to dazzling white light and the sound of camera shutters clicking ten to the dozen. “Over here, over here,” they shouted, phones hovering above their heads, determined to capture the moment and relive it for eternity.He waved deferentially and made his way to the media scrum. Microphones were shoved in his direction, the lights became more intense. The star attraction was finally here. “Do you not feel the cold?” one reporter asked, in reference to his attire; shirt and tie, suit jacket cast lazily over his shoulder as if out for a stroll on a mid-summer’s eve. “Not at all,” he replied, impervious to such trifling things as the weather.And with that he was gone, sauntering inside to greet more fans, to press more flesh, to leave more admirers in awe.If Monday night’s leaders’ debate was judged on entrances alone then An Taoiseach would have won at a canter. The man who entered the Concert Hall at the University of Limerick was far removed from the downcast figure we have become accustomed to in recent months.Momentarily imbued with the spirit of Cary Grant, of James Dean, or any matinee idol from Hollywood’s golden age, our leader had suddenly, at this late stage in the game, acquired some sex appeal. I know, crazy isn’t it? But this was a new Enda, an Enda that women wanted to be with and men just wanted to be. A bad boy. The only thing that would have made his arrival badder were if he’d climbed down from one of the motorbikes himself, dressed in leather, a cigarette dangling from his mouth.Was this flippant attitude a sign of things to come, a precursor for a night of foul-mouthed missives and lecherous jibes?Well, no, not really.Instead, at least in Enda’s case, we got exactly what we expected: Tiresome mantras, pomposity and the latest round of bickering with partner-in-crime, Michéal Martin.An Taoiseach ended this chilliest of nights wearing even fewer clothes than he’d arrived in, having proved himself to be all mouth and very little trousers. Ably abetted by faithful lapdog, Joan Burton, he took the art of talking without actually saying anything to new heights, his rehearsed rhetoric now so familiar that those at home could join in, reciting the lines word for word in joyless unison.And yet, despite this lukewarm performance, and those which preceded it, Enda Kenny will, in all likelihood, remain at the helm of Irish government come the end of the month. The public will have spoken and will have gotten what they wanted.It brings to mind an ordinary looking bloke, with an ordinary job, and an ordinary car who just happens to have an incredibly attractive girlfriend. We see him there, the country’s fate in his hands, and we ask ourselves: “How did he manage that? How did this bland, thoroughly unremarkable man fool a nation not once, but twice?”For those of you still in search of an answer, hang round the entrance at his next public appearance. It’s a sight to behold. NewsEnda’s cool entrance for a lukewarm performanceBy Staff Reporter – February 18, 2016 658 Previous articlePrisoner tells judge he tried to take his own life while custodyNext articleJenny Greene’s Electric Disco Staff Reporter WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Linkedin Email Printlast_img read more

first_imgTewkesbury-based Drapers Bakery has been ordered to pay £5,500 in costs and damages following persistent misuse of Bakers Basco bread baskets.An injunction hearing at Bristol County Court heard the bakery had been caught on a number of occasions in the past using another company’s equipment without permission, and had made historical payments to Bakers Basco totalling more than £3,000 in damages.Drapers director Stephen Jenkins agreed to enter into a court order – a formal undertaking not to repeat the offence – for an indefinite term and pay costs and damages.Judge Barry Cotter QC explained to Jenkins that failing to keep his promise would constitute contempt of court and would trigger sanctions that could include being fined, having assets seized or even a prison sentence.Steve Millward, general manager of Bakers Basco, which manages and licenses bread baskets and wheeled trollies for the use of bakers, said the company was “sick and tired of a small minority who think it’s acceptable to use other people’s equipment without their permission”.“Taking our bread baskets and dollies without permission means other people have to foot the bill because it means extra costs for the baker which have to be passed on to the retailer and, ultimately, the consumer,” he added.Draper’s Jenkins told British Baker: “I think bakeries, especially small ones, need to be extremely careful. We certainly won’t be doing it again. I could have ended up in prison. For £5,500 you can buy a lot of trays.”British Baker exclusively spoke with Steve Millward in April 2017 following a number of bread basket misuse incidents over the past year.last_img read more

first_imgThe home at 17 The Concourse, Underwood is going under the hammer.A DOUBLE-STOREY home with views and plenty of space for a growing family is for sale in Underwood. James Jin has lived at 17 The Concourse with his wife and three children for eight years. Mr Jin said the high ceilings and parquetry floors grabbed his attention when he first saw the home and he liked that the property had plenty of room for his young family. The property is in the Domain Estate and has an elevated position with views of the surrounding area. Inside the home there are five living spaces, five good-sized bedrooms, and three bathrooms, including an ensuite to the master bedroom. The upstairs balcony has views over the surrounding area.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The classic kitchen has plenty of bench and cupboard space, along with stainless-steel appliances and tiled floors. The dining room and family room both open to the covered patio and there is a balcony off the upstairs rumpus room. Mr Jin said his family spent most of their time in the media room and the family room. “At night the balcony at the top is beautiful too — it’s a good place to sit,” he said. The home also has solar power and two oversized garages with plenty of storage space. Parquetry floors feature throughout the home.Mr Jin said the home was low-maintenance, especially the tiled and timber floors and the well-kept backyard. “It’s a shame to sell but we are moving for the children’s school,” he said. The home is close to quality schools, shops and the M1, which leads to the Gold Coast, Brisbane or the airport. Harcourts M1 marketing agent Sam Ayass said the home was one that would perfectly suit the needs of a family. The home will be auctioned on April 5 at 5.30pm.last_img read more