TEMPLE BAR -- You can mark the end of February 2004 in Dublin by some memorable features.
- Several Temple Bar restaurants now offer set lunch menus for under €9.50. That price point is less expensive than many venues in Kilkenny.
- The Clarence Hotel sells bratwurst but they unflinchingly call it a hot dog. It costs €10.50.
- The mobile phone menace has expanded to include phones with loudspeakers. The irritating louts on speaker are as stupid as they are loud.
- Yellow paint lines, arrows and numbers mark the sidewalks where five people died under a Dublin bus last week. It's directly outside the back room of the Library in The Clarence Hotel.
- Shoppers heading from the Central Bank to Grafton Street pass by two travel agencies advertising "shopping trip flights to New York" for less than €440.
- One of the large ground floor plate glass windows in Arthouse is broken and replaced with brown plywood.
- You can find free Wi-Fi in the Chester Beatty Library and The Front Lounge, among other places.
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