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A Festive Snap
By Frank Cawley
21, Dec 2009 - 19:04

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Today is the shortest day of 2009, bad news for people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) excellent news for people who prefer to conduct their business during the hours of darkness.  So it's a great day for draculas. 

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Finally after 9 odd years I got the sun set on the shortest day of the year in Drombeg. Nearly broke my feoil in two halves when I slipped down the side of the embankment taking this picture but the only thing that was damaged was my integrity, and that's something that's danced on most days of the week.

I've posted pictures of the Drombeg Solstice before. A great way of learning about the world around you. No sign of the global warming this year though it was -1 at sunset in Drombeg on 21st of December 2009.

Cork's Grand Parade outside Bishop Lucey Park aka the Peace Park. It's been redecorated by Franc of Weddings by Franc fame into a winter wonderland. It attracted biblical droves of curious onlookers waiting to see how Franc upgraded a stoners' chill-out garden into a magical Christmas piece of living art. I reckon the UDC should bang some creative heads together and create a winter can garden in Marsh house next year.

The astute Cork property developers decided to replace half of Pana with a new multi million euro shopping complex. This nite shot of TopMan. Rumours are that Rocky will be opening a super tavern there in 2010.

I like this winter tree (Can't call it a Christmas tree in case I insult any atheists) This one is taken outside another new property development where only one of the 30 or so units are occupied, by none other than TK Max. I wonder where the hell did TK get a surname like Max. I've heard tell of TK lemonade but not TK max.

Opera Lane, the new street in Cork both sides lined with UK chains. The straid itself faces down onto the Crawford Gallery and the Opera House. I heard some kid asking the echo man "I wonder why they called it the opera lane, boy" "surea must be a good spot for singin in kid"

New Boots superstore The only chemist in the world I've seen selling sandwiches. Handy enough I suppose if you get a dose of the trots you can always pick up a bag of canya hardeners on site.

Wide angle of the red lemonade shop.

Ben Dunne's father's shop, rebuilt on its original site on Cork's Patrick street aka Pana.

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