Tag Archives: California

In La Conchita, California.

A man appears to rescue a rabbit from the wildfires currently raging in southern California.


California Fires Enter the Heart of Los Angeles (New York Times)

Winds whip up wildfires, forcing mass evacuations in California (Reuters)

Via Reuters

Perched on stilts on a cliff overlooking the Pacific near Elk, California, the Shoreline Highway House is a mid-century two-bedroomed ‘holiday home’ decorated in redwood and red brick, connected by an extensive deck to a one bed guest ‘cottage’.

Yours for $1.975 million (€1.68m)

Sure you wouldn’t get a shed in Dalkey for that, etc.



From top: Niccolai Schuster; Eoghan Culligan; Olivia Burke; Eimear Walsh; Ashley Donohoe; and Lorcan Miller

Niccolai Schuster (21), Eoghan Culligan (21), Eimear Walsh (21), Olivia Burke (21), Ashley Donohoe (22) and Lorcan Miller (21) were celebrating a 21st birthday party at a Library Gardens apartment when the balcony collapsed on to the balcony below.

Niccolai Schuster and Eoghan Culligan were former pupils of St Mary’s College in Rathmines, Dublin.

Ashley Donohoe is an Irish-American from Rohnert Park, which is 50 miles north of San Francisco. She and Olivia Burke are cousins.

Seven other people were seriously injured. Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said the survivors’ injuries were “very serious and potentially life-threatening”.

Berkeley deaths: Six Irish students who died when balcony collapsed have been named (irish Times)

Officer Byron White of the Berkeley Police said 13 people were on the fourth-floor balcony when it collapsed about 12:40 a.m., sending debris and bodies plunging to the street. Less than an hour earlier, the police had received a call of a loud party.

Berkeley Balcony Collapse Kills 6, Including Irish Tourists (New York Times)



Before and after.

From top: the balcony at Kettredge Street, Berkeley, California before and after the collapse this morning when five Irish students lost their lives.


Outside the apartment block at 2020 Kittredge Street, Berkeley.

Pics: Stan BungerSFGate Earlier: 920x920balcony5CHnuoVZUEAA5ZQw 2


Authorities say five people are dead and eight others injured in a balcony collapse in Berkeley [California]. Officer Jennifer Coats of the Berkeley Police Department says many of the injured have critical, life-threatening wounds.
She says police received the call about the incident shortly before 1 a.m. PDT Tuesday. Arriving officers found that the balcony on the fourth floor of an apartment building on Kittredge Street had collapsed.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs emergency response number is 01- 418 0200

5 dead, 8 critically hurt in Berkeley balcony collapse (FoxSanDiego)

UPDATE at 1.15pm:

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has confirmed to RTÉ that the five who died were Irish.

Pics via: Amy Hollyfield and ABC 7 Chicago

Customers line up at the first McDonald’s hamburger stand at San Bernardino, California in 1948.

Eh, how far they’ve come.


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An outstanding, mildly informative, appropriately baked chronicle of the evolution of road surfing by Brazilian animator Antonio Vicentini.

Tonny Hawk.




Shane Barry writes:

[Cork late-1990s GAA football top for kids ]. Found in a Thrift store in San Mateo, California…

Damn they’re. good


Anything good in the the Francisco Examiner?


This afternoon.

CF writes:

“Everyone Relax. It’s a DIFFERENT Dublin…”


UCI Downhill champion mountain biker Aaron Gwin careens insanely down the hills of Idyllwild California on his Specialized Demo 8 Carbon bike at terrifying speeds for your queasy delectation.



A 20,000-image timelapse jaunt through Disneyland California Adventure in Anaheim by Matt Givot and Dan Douglas aptly set to the sample-tastic strains of Nick ‘Pogo’ Bertke.