5 alternative Christmas songs for festive academic writing

Posted in Research on December 17th, 2018 by steve

“Five days to go. The end is near. It’s the last week of semester 1 and I cannot wait for Friday. Yes, yes, I know I’m on sabbatical but contrary to popular belief I’m still working you know! I’m trying (unsuccessfully at the moment) to get a head start on some non-PhD writing projects. I have a long list …” (more)

[A Law Unto Herself, 17 December]


Houses sold over Cork students’ behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Families have been forced to sell their homes in Cork’s university quarter because of a surge in anti-social student behaviour, the leader of the Seanad has claimed. However, it has emerged that UCC student leaders have decided to cancel future ‘Christmas Day’ events after a flood of complaints from residents about student drunkeness after this year’s event last month …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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Christmas is cancelled at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Next year’s UCC ‘Christmas Day’ college celebrations have been cancelled following a flood of complaints from residents near the college. A meeting of the city’s Joint Policing Committee heard that the student event caused havoc in the residential area around University College Cork on November 23 and as a result, the UCC Students’ Union have promised the event will not return next year …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 19 December]

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A Boolean Christmas in Cork, 1850

Posted in Life on December 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“George Boole did not always manage to spend Christmas with family during his time in Cork. Often the College holidays did not allow enough time for the long journey back to Lincoln …” (more)

[Crónán Ó Doibhlin, The River-side, 22 December]

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A working Christmas

Posted in Research on December 31st, 2013 by steve

“The real truth is that it has been a bit of a working Christmas for me, apart from the day itself. I still haven’t finished the copy-editor’s corrections for my laughter book …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A Don’s Life, 30 December]


Legal Requirements of Christmas Cheer

Posted in Legal issues on December 25th, 2010 by steve

“… Article 1 Christmas Cheer shall be deemed to be appropriate on those days defined as set aside for the purpose of frivolity. Decorations may be displayed or indeed worn for a period extending to but not beyond Twelfth Night, being that day eleven (11) days following 25 December …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 25 December]


Twas the night before Christmas …

Posted in Governance and administration on December 25th, 2010 by steve

“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the state,
New debts were incurring; wallets feeling the weight,
Of austerity measures, cutbacks and tax rises,
And a new year that promised more nasty surprises …” (more)

[Politics.ie, 24 December]

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Seasonal message

Posted in Life on December 24th, 2010 by steve

“People of Ireland:1)Clear snow from car roofs 2)Turn on headlights 3)Slow the eff down 4)Let someone out of junctions! It’s Xmas! Pls RT!” (tweet)

[Jane Travers, Twitter, 23 December]

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Do they (i.e. economists) know it’s Christmas?

Posted in Life on December 19th, 2010 by steve

“… When you buy something for yourself, say a €20 book, it must be worth at least that much to you. But if you buy a €20 book for someone else there is no guarantee they value it that highly (after all, why else have they not bought it already). Hence Christmas presents generate a deadweight loss …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 19 December]

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No Christmas Day at WIT

Posted in Life on October 29th, 2010 by steve

“There will be no Christmas Day celebrations at Waterford Institute of Technology this year. That’s the stark warning being sent out to students by WIT Students’ Union President Conor Doyle …” (more)

[Kieran Foley, Munster Express, 29 October]

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Record arrests prompts cancellation of Christmas Day at WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2010 by steve

“WIT Students’ Union says it wants to cancel Christmas Day celebrations at the college permanently due to the record 32 arrests made last year …” (more)

[Conor Culkin, Waterford News and Star, 26 October]

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