The run-up to Christmas can be hectic. There’s so much to plan for - presents, cards, visits to family and friends, not to mention getting to that carol service, nativity play and let’s not even talk about work…
Munich - where the past and the future sit comfortably side by side
Mention the word Munich and reaction can be varied - some will think of the world-famous Oktoberfest drinking festival, football fans may well talk about Bayern Munich and others will recall the 1972 Olympics.
Delightful Dublin, the captivating capital of the ‘emerald isle’
Dublin, located at the mouth of the River Liffey, which flows into Dublin Bay and the Irish Sea, is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and a truly enchanting city where the locals enthral visitors with an infectious sense of humour and an exuberant zest for life.
We are all here for a good time not a long time so I am all for people getting their kicks and thrills however they see fit. That said, apart from when it starts to interfere with or upsets others. Some thrill seekers have been causing problems for our friends at the lifeboat station and the equally super coastguards. Last month a group of base jumpers were throwing themselves around at the beauty spot and one found himself at the foot of cliffs at Beachy Head with no way to get back up and about to be cut off by the tide. Cue a phone call from his buddies to the lifeboat and our crews were despatched out to bring him back to safety – all because some numpty hadn’t checked the tide times. All the crew are volunteers so you can imagine how delighted they probably were to be called out not to mention the huge cost to the charity, which relies on public donations. Fast forward a week and another incident involving base jumpers sparked alarm and upset and yet another call to the coastguard and lifeboat. This time a family watched what they thought was a person falling to their death over the cliffs. They didn’t realise it was a thrill seeker and were terribly upset. It might be an idea to have temporary signs – similar to the ones the model gliders use – up at the cliff top warning people such activities are taking place. And leave the lifeboat crews and coastguards to get on with saving lives.