So I never moved far from base camp today…I was struggling a little bit as it was also the day after the night before and feeling good came dropping slowly, maybe even grudgingly! We had a special party at the College last night to say farewell to our outgoing President Dr. Paul Mooney. It was a real celebration of his time at NCI and it was well attended by the many friends internal and external that he made during his three year tenure with us. Needless to say the hospitality was great and the glasses never emptied. We all repaired to the Laguna Bar across from the College where a little impromptu music session ensued and let’s just say that we stayed until late! So the plans for today were put on ice as the world interrupted my attempts to sleep. But in truth it is a rare occasion for most of us off late and it was enormous fun and craic. All  great fun actually…

So some other news-I was shortlisted in 3 categories for the Irish Blog Awards-, best newcomer, best personal blog and best specialist blog! All good fun and maybe just the incentive I need to keep blogging.

Today, being a slow day for the reasons intimated above was brightened by the defeat  of Chelsea by the oul enemy City! It makes for an interesting run in for the Premiership title. Mind you looking at the various run-ins I would have to say the the Gunners have it pretty handy so you’d just never know. Speaking of the Gunners I was also watching the Arsenal game and was horrified at the leg break that young Aaron Ramsey sustained. It was Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross who made the tackle but it was in my view just a bad tackle rather than a dirty one. Young Shawcross, who just earned an England call up, is a very committed player and he was in tears as he traipsed off the field on receipt of a red card. It is tough for the players on the field to witness that happening and for some Arsenal players it is the third time they have witnessed such breaks in the last few seasons-Diaby, Eduardo and now poor Ramsey. He is young and without complications he should make a full recovery-let’s hope that he does.

I was also saddened by today’s news of the earthquake in Chile. So hard on the heels of Haiti, it is sad to see the death toll climbing and to note the number of tsunami warnings in place, especially that in place for Hawaii. So whatever the worries any of us have today they are in the halfpenny place when contrasted to what is going on in other parts of the globe.

So it is work tomorrow for me. Last year a team from the College won the Newstalk 106-108 Enterprise Competition and we are hosting the competition this year. It will be a busy few days in and around NCI but I am looking forward to it immensely.

Catch up soon…