Bernie Goldbach in Cashel | Photo by Xperia
WE EXPECT TO PAY 1000 euro of additional taxes to live in Ireland and part of that taxation comes in the form of water charges discussed in Irish newspapers.
Several Sunday newspapers cover the confusion surrounding this issue (i.e., amount of charge, type of meter, installation cost) and when I extend the conversation from the paper and move it into the local shop, other factors emerge. For example, not all homes will be easily fitted with water meters. In our case, the brass stopcock for our water is frozen solid. This means we had no way of shutting off water until we paid a construction worker to turn off the water for 88 other homes while he fitted a makeshift spigot on ours. We live in a seven-year-old home and believe others uphill from us might have the same challenge when installing their meters.
I flicked through some other issues in the Sunday papers, reducing my reading to a six-minute audio clip and a companion video on YouTube below the break.
I used my Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to create the video for YouTube. The audio on the Audioboo clip avoids most of the wind noise that blew into the phone.
Bernie Goldbach curates links to news items.
Last week: Sunday Footnotes, April 15, 2012.
Five years ago, "Real Work" with a hat tip to Euan Semple, April 18, 2007.