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The first ever people to paddle from the source of the Blue Nile to the Mediterranean Sea

Paddling the Nile

The first ever paddle down the Blue Nile from source to sea. 5,000km through wild rapids, war zones, crocodile and hippo infested waters, disease, terrorists, guns, arrests; the works...


Living the dream in China

Chinese Adventures

Newly married amongst the neon glow and dumpling vendors as we bumble our way trying to figure out the world's most populous nation at this exciting time in it's history...


Solo winter bicycle trek across Canada

The Great Canadian Bike Trek

23 years old and naive, I set off in the middle of Canada's barbaric winter perched on a woolskin seat-cover peddling solo from one side of Canada to the other...






The Beginnings

Thursday, July 9


This account is dedicated to the plight of shannon street seven as they endeavour to catch the mouse that has been tormenting them.

The story began 3 weeks ago when, during the night, inexplainable gnawings began appearing in fruit and assorted foodstuffs left on kitchen worktops. It soon became obvious that the night time gnoshings were the work of a furry little invader helping himself to whatever he could find. In subsequent days the happy-go-lucky residents began noticing the disturbing appearance of mouse dropping littering their living space; contaminating the sacred zone they call home.

At first the problem was laughed of as an insignificant obstacle that could be dealt with using the most basic form of trap and the panacea of mouse food, cheese. However, much to the dismay of the troubled flat-mates, the cunning critter evaded all traps and continued feasting on any available delicacies. With the gravity of the situation sinking in, poison was acquired and strategically placed....again to no avail.

So here we are, stuck in conflict with vermin that evades traps, turns his nose up at cheese, is too clever for poison and continues to probe further into dwellings of our home. It's war!!!

From now on no holds will be barred as elaborate traps are created and night-time cameras are set up in the battle for 8 Shannon st. Running with this blog will be daily footage of marauding mice, traps and narratives of the flat-mates involved in the conflict.


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