In my endless pursuit of different ways to enjoy LEGO products, I found the following free mobile apps in the Android app store (a.k.a. Google Play).
- LEGO Creationary - Excellent series of build and guess games, created by the LEGO Group themselves. A bit heavyweight in terms of performance though.
- myBrickset: LEGO Set Guide - Allows you to search for LEGO sets by number and create a catalog of the ones you own (or want to own).
- LEGO Instructions - Lots of simple LEGO sets for younger children, complete with interactive step-by-step instructions.
- LEGO Scans - Quickly peruse through over 4,000 LEGO sets by name or theme (but no instructions included though).
- LEGO Minifig Collector - Search and browse through the full series of Minifigure collections. You can also tell the app which ones you have and it’ll then tell you which ones you’re missing (a potentially expensive feature).
- Lego Mini Figure Identifier – Very clever app for helping you identify which minifigure in inside the package before you buys it. However, LEGO have made it a lot harder to use this app since Minifigure Series 5 onwards so bring a microscope with you if you intend to use this app.
There are loads more, some of which are just mobile games inspired by the LEGO brand and others are for much younger children or for specific LEGO sets.
If you’re around the Waterford area on Wednesday, 14 December 2011, why not come along to the annual Food & Wine Tasting Evening at the Grand Hotel and sample a wide variety of beers, wine and local food – all for just €8.
This is a fundraiser in aid of two local schools (Gaelscoil Philib Barún and Holy Cross National School) and is sponsored by Hickson’s Centra, Tramore.
Remember: Grand Hotel, Tramore – Wednesday, 14 December 2011 – 7:30pm – 10pm – €8 per person
Hope to see you there.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my favourite toy, LEGO, so I thought I’d correct that with a crazy LEGO fact that stuck in my mind this weekend while watching National Geographic’s special MegaFactories: LEGO. So here it is:
The number of unique ways you can combine 6 classic (2×4 stud) LEGO bricks of the same colour is an incredible 915,103,765
That’s over 915 million different ways! So, if like me, you had to find out how they came up with this number, there’s a great story behind it here, along with some great numbers regarding combining of larger numbers of bricks.
Other great facts from this same programme were:
- Over 50% of LEGO’s entire annual sales take place in the 2 months before Christmas each year
- The LEGO factory in Billund, Denmark is technically the largest manufacturer of tyres in the world (great table quiz question!)
- Worldwide, 7 LEGO products are sold every second
The Central Bank of Ireland has launched a limited edition â‚¬10 coin to celebrate St. Brendan the Navigator. Whilst it looks to be quite an attractive piece of work, and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, it is all rather too ironic to read that in the middle of a recession a â‚¬10 coin will cost you â‚¬38 to buy!
Source: RTÃ‰ News
Some friends of mine are part of a group that are organising a formal celebration of the history and origin of Ireland’s national flag – more commonly known as the Tricolor – in the city where it was first unveiled – Waterford.
Jonathan Brazil has also written an excellent piece that introduces the planned celebrations far more eloquently than I ever could, so feel free to read his post too.
For more information check out http://www.1848tricolour.com and join in the festivities.
I’m often quizzed about a “Lily Mernin” who apparently worked as a spy for Michael Collins back in the early 1900′s. The Irish Times has printed another article about her recently, which isÂ actually a repeat of a similar article from around the time that Neil Jordan’s movie of the same name was released some years ago. In any case, we believe she was indeed related (to my Grandfather’s generation).
This lady (and her efforts) is often referenced when the nationalism of my family name comes into question (Mernin isn’t a very Irish name is it?), as it sometimes does, but mostly in jest I should add.
Source: Irish Times
Today, Thursday 9th September 2010 marks a very significant day for anyone living in the Waterford (or South Kilkenny area) of Ireland. Finally, after more years than I care to remember, we can celebrate the reality of a fully uninterrupted motorway from Waterford to Dublin.
It may seem trivial (and even archaic) to some readers, but take it from me, this is a really big deal in this part of the country and so very long overdue. At long last, the Sunny South East will be a perfectly manageable (and comfortable) distance from our capital city, and should make day-trips, holidays and visiting friends and family and much less stressful experience.
Source: RTÃ‰ News
I have always been an admirer of the Crosaire Crossword in The Irish Times but very rarely deciphered more than a handful of the clues, and mostly opted for the Simplex version instead. I was saddened to learn of the recent death of the man behind the Crosaire, Derek Crozier, who had been compiling it since 1943. He died on Saturday last (3 April 2010) at his some in Zimbabwe, at an impressive age of 92. May he rest in peace.
Source: RTÃ‰ News
I have often wondered where people get their figures from when quoting average mileage on cars. Personally, I’ve had a figure of 10,000 miles per year floating around in my head for as long as I can remember, and think I originally got this figure from my father.
However, whilst perusing through the second hand car market recently, the issue of average mileage came up again but this time in relation to Petrol versus Diesel cars. To be honest, I’d never really given much thought to the fact that the average figure might different depending on the fuel type. However, according a Private Motoring Energy Usage report by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland in 2005, there is indeed a difference (of around 50%) between the two:
- Average annual mileage of all cars: 16,894 kilometres (10,498 miles)
- Average annual mileage of Petrol cars: 15,969 kilometres (9,923 miles)
- Average annual mileage of Diesel cars: 23,817 kilometres (14,799 miles)
Whilst the report is now 5 years old, I can’t image the relative figures for 2010 are that different. It also looks like my father was not too far off the mark either!
Mount Sion Silver Band is the name of a brass-instrument band that I was fortunate enough to be a member of for a sizeable portion of my schooling life (11 years in total). The band was part of Mount Sion C.B.S. in Waterford City and was formed in 1967 by a number of retired Christian Brothers, with the support of the school Past Pupils Union.
During its lifetime, the band won several regional and national titles, made a number of television appearances (most notably, the Late Late Toy Show in 1986) and represented Ireland at the World Youth Band Championships in 1985. A number of former members have also gone on to become professional musicians, playing with the likes of Van Morrison, Neil Sedaka, Pavarotti and U2 to name but a few.
Sadly, the is sadly no longer in existence today but myself and a few other former members are organising a reunion and would like to invite all former members, family and friend of the band to attend. A dedicated website for the band has also been created at http://www.mountsionsilverband.org where full details of the reunion are available, along with lots of other information about the life and times of the band.
2009 Reunion in short
|Inaugural reunion to include book and website launch, photography exhibition, mass, social events and performances by past members.
|To celebrate the life and times of the band, among friends
|23-25 October 2009
|Waterford City, Ireland
|All past members and friends of Mount Sion Silver Band
Click here to find out moreâ€¦