Archive for April 26th, 2008

Images of colliding galaxies

So what kind of accident rate coverage do colliding galaxies have?

Pubs dying in rural Ireland

The horror! From The Washington Post:

CONNOLLY, Ireland — For generations, Carney’s, the only pub in this tiny village in western Ireland, had been the place to strike up a romance, celebrate a birth or mourn a death — or just sip a pint of Guinness among friends near a warm fire on a damp day.

So when Carney’s shut down last year after more than a century in business, Teresa Tuttle, 62, took it hard. “Where can we go after a funeral? After work? Where would we all meet?” she recalled thinking, shaking her head in her kitchen, not far from the pub.

The “closed” sign abruptly posted on Carney’s door — and on the doors of 1,000 rural Irish pubs in the past three years — was another sign of the profound lifestyle changes that have accompanied the country’s dizzying rise to affluence.

“It was like a sudden death in the family,” said Anthony Scanlan, 51, a farmer who lives near Carney’s. “Everything has changed in Ireland. It’s as fast as New York around here.”

Ireland’s economic success has come at a terrible price – for public houses, at least.

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