Crossrail breaks through

Crossrail, a new underground line across London, is Europe’s biggest infrastructure project at the moment and they’ve just connected up both ends. The tunnel boring machines have been running 24 hours a day for 3 years and Transport for London sent down a bunch of drones and timelapse cameras to give a better feel for what’s been happening. Quite brilliantly, they’re also using the excavated earth to build a new nature reserve at Wallasea Island in Essex. The completed line will open to passengers in 2018.

On Marriage Equality

First off, I’m going to vote ‘Yes’ in the marriage equality referendum. Fundamentally because I believe that no group of citizens should enjoy privileges that are unavailable to another. I see and hear from the younger generations (my cousins in particular) who are open and accepting of those who are different, whether that difference be sexuality, race or class. I applaud them for it but I worry about the significant amount who are not registered to vote. A RedC/NYCI poll last autumn found that up to 30% of 18-25 year olds were not on the electoral register. Universities and various campaigns have been doing sterling work to ensure more are registered since but the deadline is NEXT TUESDAY 5th May.

If you believe in equality and are not registered to vote, find the time next Tuesday and get sorted. Opinion polls may suggest that ‘Yes’ will will comfortably but this will be closer than expected, and to be honest, this is a big opportunity for young people in Ireland to stand up and redefine the national identity. On May 22nd, get to the polling station in the morning or postpone that Friday pint for an hour. I read two excellent pieces this week and I’d encourage you to read them too:

Please Vote YES to Marriage Equality in Ireland – An excellent post by Donncha Ó Caoimh.

Noel Whelan: What’s the difference between civil partnership and marriage? – One of the best pieces I’ve read on the entire topic.

Please see if you want to help further in any way. I’m hoping that May 23rd will be a brighter day in Ireland for all.

Childish Gambino


I’m a big fan of Community, Dan Harmon’s ridiculous community college set show, which is about to debut for a sixth season. One of my favourite characters was Troy (who has since left the show), played by Donald Glover, and I was completely unaware until late last year that he’s a really talented rapper who goes by the stage name Childish Gambino. I’ve been listening to anything I can get my hands on but the 2013 album ‘because the internet’ is far and away some of the best music I’ve heard in years. The track ‘shadows’ is a particular stand out. If you’ve got Spotify, which frankly if you listen to music is a necessity, then you can browse his artist’s page here. Otherwise, watch the video below for Sober.



I’m pretty rubbish when it comes to cooking. I’ve got a couple of staple dishes that I’d cook up during the week but I wanted to branch out. One of my mates mentioned a service called DropChef and it piqued my interest. You sign up to the service and they’ll deliver ingredients and instructions for 3 meals to you every week. Delivery is included, all of the ingredients are fresh and you can skip weeks and cancel at any time.

I signed up early last month and have been eating much better since, along with sharpening the culinary skills of course. You can have a look at a couple of the dishes below. For me, a service like this is about top notch customer service and the quality of the ingredients. In the case of DropChef, they’ve both been exemplary. I really like their Cook One-Feed One link up with Valid Nutrition too. If you’re cooking for one, plans start from €29.85 and there’s ones for couples and families too.