Why pay for bottled water?

Posted on 24th January 2011 in going green, thoughts

You all very likely buy or at least use bottled water on a day to day basis or at least once a week and although I used to buy those small cheap Lidl bottled water each week and re-use the bottles it still bothered me spending money for something that’s free from a tap.

So here’s the thing, everybody bitches that petrol is nearing 1.50c a litre here in Ireland yet people will openly pay the same amount of money for a one litre bottle of water in their local supermarket or from a vending machine in work. The canteen in my workplace currently has 750ml riverrock bottles on offer for 1euro, this is considered a bargin?.

So why are we paying 2000 times the money for bottled water when tap water costs a fraction of the cost to be cleaned and its perfectly fine?

Its insane when you think about it so after watching the US documentary Tapped it got me thinking and I think it finally gave me a kick…why don’t I just buy a decent re-usable bottle instead of trying to re-use existing bottles of water, why am I needlessly giving the bottled water companys money?

By doing the above it means I won’t have to buy any bottles of water, so a quick search on the net found me http://www.reusablebottle.co.uk which has a pretty good selection.

After a quick look through the site I choose this bottle  made by Nalgene, its 1lite and is very easy wash, so from here on in I’m just going to keep re-using this bottle and I’m not going to waste any more money on bottled water.

I urge anyone who reads this to do the same,

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Inspiration to run!

Posted on 11th January 2011 in running, thoughts

whoaa its been ages since I’ve updated the blog!

Anyway for those that know me I took up running in February 2010, I started being barely able to run 1km non-stop but after a few weeks I managed my first 5km in around 45min, by March my pace was around 9:00/km by May I had cut this to around 6:20/km and by September all the way down to around 5:40/km and doing a 5km in around 26min.

On the 18th September 2010 I took part in my first ever event which was the Dublin Half Marathon, my goal was to finish somewhere between 2hours & 2hours 15min. My final result was 1hour 56min 48sec, this all started from being barely able to run more then 30 sec non-stop so I was thrilled.

To date the furthest I’ve ran has been 15miles in a time of 2hours 25min, sure it was hard going but its all worth it and I’m going to keep going with the aim of completing two marathons during 2011 :)

Although I started running to just keep my weight in check my weight and keep myself healthy, none the less I came across Ben Does Life today and I have to say its inspiring stuff. Ben started running in December 2008 at which time he weighed 25 stone, since then he has lost 8 stone and has completed marathons and even a Iron-man.

He’s put together this inspiring video which is up on youtube.com

I’d urge anyone that has thought about running to finally give it a shot, starting off on something like the couch to 5km plan is completely do-able as if you have a mp3 player it’ll tell you when to start/stop and how fast you should be running (if you can’t talk while running then your running too fast!), this is the plan I started on

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My New Photoblog

Posted on 28th June 2009 in blog, news, photoblog, project, thoughts, website


For those who aren’t aware back in March I restarted barrysomers.com as a photoblog website, please visit it in all its glory and feel free to leave comments :)

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Switching to a Safety Razor: Pt. 3

Posted on 31st January 2009 in thoughts


After using my new safety razor for awhile I’ve found that the original badger brush I bought is pretty poor and also I could do with better shaving cream so I’ve bought a few items which include pre-shave gel, shaving cream, blades and a much better quality brush.

After two days of usage I have to say the brush was well worth it, it holds water much better then the previous cheap brush I bought as such it creates and hydrates the lather much quicker and better too.

For anyone currently looking at buying a shaving brush I can’t stress enough that it is well worth investing in a good quality brush don’t opt for a cheap budget brush.

I’d imagine this selection which I bought from shaving-shack.com should last me a long long time :)

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I got a new Trek 7.1 FX

Posted on 31st January 2009 in consumer, home, thoughts

For those who know me you’ll know that I used to cycle to work everyday before I moved house, in fact I used to average about 12-16knm a day which I sadly miss now that I have to drive to work. :(

Anyway back at the beginning of December I brought my Trek 7.1 FX in from the yard to give it a clean and service as I thought it was time I got back in the saddle, I started by taking off the wheels and when I attempted to remove the back wheel the frame came away with it.

At this stage I’m pretty pissed off as the frame is broken but I’m not too worried as the frame as a lifetime warranty so I get on to the bike shop where I bought it back in October 2006 and they agree to send it back to Trek, of course its December so I’m not worried about it be sorted out fast due to the Christmas rush.

Anyway earlier this week I gave the bike shop a call and much to my surprise and delight it turns out Trek decided they’d replace my old bike with a new one and better still the bike shop wouldn’t charge me for building it.

Here it is in all its glory!!

All in all I’m very happy with both Trek and Altitude Bike shop in Waterford who did a brilliant job at customer service. :)

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Switching to a Safety Razor: Pt. 2

Posted on 23rd January 2009 in boards.ie, thoughts

So I posted awhile back about switching from a Gillette Fusion to a Safety Razor namely a Merkur 570 Chrome “Progress”, so after a week of use and some initial problems I have to say I’m very impressed with it.

At first I started off using the shaving soap I bought with the razor but this dried out my skin like crazy and didn’t lather very well so I ended up cutting myself about 5-6 times which was fun, I’ve since switched back to my normal King Of Shaves shaving gel and all is well. Although I’m going to try some different brands as suggested on some websites.

The shave is far closer then my old Fusion (even when compared with the first shave with a new fusion blade), also it takes about the same amount of time to shave.

Overall I’m happy with the switch over :)

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Its Tuesday 20th January 2009 in America!

Posted on 20th January 2009 in news, thoughts


I think this sums things up nicely!

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Switching to a Safety Razor

Posted on 11th January 2009 in thoughts


So for years I’ve been using the standard Gillette razors such as Mach3 and more recently the Gillette Fusion, their fine and all but I still suffer from razor burn and skin irritation due to the way that Mach3′s and Fusions work.

Basically these cassettes loaded razors use whats referred to as hysterisis, basically the razor pulls the hair out and hacks it off. This is fine and all but it also irritates the skin a fair bit. In addition if you lather up your skin properly your razor should not need to pull out your hair.

So yesterday I took the plunge and bought myself my first Safety Razor a Merkur 570 Chrome “Progress” from theshaving-shack.cm, initially its kinda expensive but when you compare that a single blade for a Gillette Fusion costs about 3.50e and a single blade for a Safety Razor costs 50e and does a better job its worth it.

There is however an important thing to remember, using a Safety Razor is more of “art” then using a normal bog standard razer it is worth watching videos by the Shave Tutor on youtube to get an idea of whats involved.

However if the media were to be believed you’d think that I’m stepping back in time to using a device that is inferior just because it doesn’t come with a “shaving system” or some sort and cost a fortune to use. More and more people are getting pissed off with these “systems” and there is a growing numbers of people on the internet switching to safety razors due to the reasons outlined above.

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Going Green: food digesture – Part 3

Posted on 16th November 2008 in energy, enviroment, going green, news, thoughts

The third update on my plan to reduce our household waste costs and to improve on the amount of material we recycle, so far the layout is as follows:
- Plastic covered box for cans & glass
- Two 80ltr bins for recyclable material (paper, plastic etc)
- One 90ltr bin to stockpile about 4-5 weeks of non-recycle material
- One greencone for food stuffs

So how it works is about once a month I need to do a run to empty the two 80ltr bins and about once every 4-5 weeks I need to empty the 90ltr non-recyle bin which doesn’t tend to smell because all foodstuff that cause the smells goes into my greencone :)

Overall this costs me €6 to dispose of all my rubbish which is a good saving over the €25 monthly fee I’d have to pay to a waste pickup company.

So far so good and I’m impressed with how the system works so far, the initial outset for implementing my green waste plan were kinda high though:
- €145.00 for greencone
- €20 for 80ltr bin
- €20 for 90ltr bin
- €20 for plastic box
Total: €205

When compared to what I’d have to pay for a monthly pickup for the same material (12 x €25) €300, so after the first 12 months I’ll really feel the savings :)

I hope I’ve helped to inspire others to try this as well.

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Trail Kilkenny and Kilmacoiliver hill

Posted on 12th November 2008 in photography, thoughts, walking

IMG_4808pan, originally uploaded by TheCabaal.

I recently went on a walk on one of the Trail Kilkenny walks which goes up and around Kilmacoiliver Hill, Tullahought.

Took me about 70min or so and was pretty enjoyable with very nice views and even included a lovely 5,000 year old stone circle.

I’d have to recommend it to all, I was thinking some light painting shots on the stone circle could be interesting in future…although wouldn’t be fun getting to it in the dark :)

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