Tuesday 18 December 2007

I've always wondered...


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Only a few days left....

....to join Adam's campaign to make Tom Waits' ‘Christmas card from a Hooker in Minneapolis’ the Christmas number 1 and to break the monopoly that the winner of X-Factor (regardless of who it is) has over the seasonal top spot.

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Friday 14 December 2007

Anything you can do...

So, as Sinead has discussed, Lily Allen is on the Orange Prize panel of judges because she reads books.

Well that's nothing - not to be outdone is Kate "Lily Mk II" Nash who is preparing her literary debut..

'Kate Nash has revealed that she is currently writing a series of short stories, and plans to release a book in the future...Nash explained that she is working on a story for children based around a seven-foot transvestite named Roy, and that author Roald Dahl is an influence on her work. "I'd like to release a collection of short stories," she explained. "I'm writing one a bout a 12 year-old boy called George, who meets a seven-foot cross-dresser called Roy. It's a concept about imagination and being whatever your dream is. There's a lot of things I want to achieve creatively," Nash went on to say. "I just like chucking things out and thinking, 'Whatever'"
I, like many of you, await the first book from the lady that wrote "You said I must eat so many lemons, because I am so bitter" with much anticipation.

Tuesday 11 December 2007

The Battle of Evermore Gig Prices

The Zeppelin reunion has gone down well, and a 2008 tour has been suggested. Happy times. However, as Jim and his excellent coverage of gigonomics will tell you, gigs aren't cheap these days.

When Radiohead charge €70 for a ticket (yeah I caved and got one...an early Christmas present to myself?) how much are Page and co. going to ask? Especially when there are many many middle aged people who don't normally go to gigs but will want to go to this?

There's a promoter who knows all that glitters is gold...

Monday 10 December 2007

Catholic Heaven Vs. Protestant Heaven

It's well known that the quality of The Simpsons has been in decline for years, but one of the most inspired gags they've ever had is in the recent (well, last year or two anyway) episode where Bart and Homer convert to Catholicism

via videosift.com

Brilliant. If only they kept that standard...

Monday 3 December 2007

Charlie Brooker on "heat" magazine.

Excellent article in The Guardian on the celebrity magazine phenomenon.

Though how do "superior" yet like minded tripe like Hello or even our own VIP get away with similar criticism? They may not be as tacky as to give away stickers, but Hello is still a vapid waste of paper that has been dining out on the royal family for years. Maybe that's the secret to staying "classy" - focus on the upper class rather than a "chav's" 15 minutes.

Wednesday 28 November 2007

Ok, I'm getting excited about this now...

Empire has the latest on "The Dark Knight", the next Batman film from Christopher Nolan including bits on Heath Ledger as The Joker.

Friday 23 November 2007

So I went ice-skating yesterday

At Cork On Ice, Little Island. A lot of fun though I brought someone who had never been, and she subsequently injured her ankle.

Still....could have been worse

Sunday 18 November 2007

For your increased license fee today...

Over the course of the weekend RTE have subjected viewers to Jade Goodey on the Late Late and Bill and the boys managing to continue their bitter, stubborn crusade against Manchester United's Christiano Ronaldo- before an international fixture between Ireland and Wales.

The most unforgivable has to be the continuation of "RTE Physics" - a rare phenomenon in which sound, in particular George Hamilton's commentary, travels faster than light, being the actual picture on our screens.

Marvel as George tells us the Welsh goalie has spilled a cross before the ball is even kicked!
Gasp as George predicts a goal before the player even strikes the ball!

In this day and age a lag between picture and sound on a live broadcast is barely acceptable from a feed coming from the Middle East - how the hell did RTE mess up a game being broadcast from Wales, the closest country to the island of Ireland?

Thursday 15 November 2007

Killer Or Victim? Man or Woman?

The story about the death of a family in a fire in Omagh has shocked and saddened many. The suspicions that it was the father of the family that may have started the family has only added to the sense of tragedy.

However, as many reports, especially in the tabloids, refer to the father, Arthur McElhill, as 'demented' amongst other sensationalist demonising phrases the question must be asked: would similar language be used if it were suspected that the mother of the family had started the fire?

As seen in the case in Wexford last year, the media jumped to demonise the father, however when it was revealed that his wife visited an undertaker with him the week before, the tone softened considerably.

In the last year we have seen the suicides of Nollaig Owen and the mother and son who died on the Cliffs of Moher, yet never is the phrase murder-suicide used.

Terminology when describing these events tend to be much more sympathetic towards the women in question, with reasoning such as Post-Natal depression given to explain these tragedies.

There is a regular push to quash the social stigma of male mental health yet men with mental issues are not given the same benefits in the media as women are. That is not to suggest that women are deserving of the same treatment subjected to men in the media, but to suggest that men who are responsible for these tragedies are subject to the same criteria when judged by the media.

Ultimately it is a reminder that in our society mental illness is a 'weakness': permissible in 'the fairer sex' but unforgivable in men, who are supposed to be the strong, dominant gender, who are 'demented' as opposed to 'tragic'.

Tuesday 13 November 2007

Goodbye workday.

For those of you who appreciate a classic videogame and fancy an unproductive day may I heartily recommend Virtual NES.

A wealth of games from the classic NES, all uploaded and playable online.

Hope the boss isn't expecting too much of me this week...

Saturday 10 November 2007

Players go GAA-GAA

95% of inter-county players have voted to go on strike following the GAA's decision not to distribute 5 million euros worth of expenses awarded by the government to the players.

The GAA believe that doing so would go against the Association's ethos of the games remaining amateur.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but if the government want the players to have this money why don't they distribute it? Why thrust responsibility onto an organisation that wants nothing to do with it?

Surely the all powerful GPA, who represent inter-county players, can facilitate the distribution? If there is, as is believed, thousands being awarded to the players can they each not pay the GPA a nominal administration fee to hire a staff who can organise the distribution of the money?

There are thousands of GAA players who play for their local club, don't get paid expenses and would love the opportunity to play for their county. The GAA should show some balls, let the players strike and watch as people who want nothing more than to represent their county get their go.

Thursday 8 November 2007

Editorial license...

Dear editor,

If you must add an introduction to a piece I submit at least tell me before hand. This way I can explain how what you are adding actually negates the first 500 words or so of my article.

That is all,


Monday 5 November 2007

Finger on the Pulse

The Minister for Defence, Willie O'Dea, has acknowledged public unease about the scale of pay increases awarded to the Taoiseach and Cabinet ministers.

The 'No Shit Sherlock' Award goes to...

While Bertie has reportedly said that any U-turn on the pay rise (making him the best paid democratically elected head of state by far) would be 'tokenism'. Which is fair enough. I mean, Charlie had his own island for God's sake - Bertie has trouble with a modest house.

The budget should be fun.

Friday 2 November 2007

For Your Tax Money Today

The Equality Authority have criticised Pat Kenny's presentation of last year's Late Late Toy Show. According to today's Indo

During last year's 'Late Late Toy Show' on RTE "the main presenter persistently reinforced stereotypes of gender", according to the study. In the case of one toy, a human skull shown to ooze slime, the comment was uttered "made for boys, I think".

The study carried out by the Centre for Gender and Women's studies in Trinity College Dublin found blue and pink is often used to communicate gender appropriateness of toys, while boys are mainly depicted playing outdoors and girls indoors.

Under the Equal Status Acts, the code of standards states advertisements and promotions should avoid sex stereotyping, Mr Crowley said.

He said they would be working with the Advertising Standards Authority to ensure the standards are applied.

Now I'm all for criticism of Pat the Plank but the Equality Authority have put me in an uncomfortable, unprecedented position.

I'm on his side. This is absolutely ridiculous, the Toy Show was on nearly a year ago, it has taken 11 months of deliberation (by people paid from taxes) to made this crazy announcement.

Surely the Equality Authority can distinguish between being equal and being the same?

If anybody wants me I'll be hiding in the women's changing rooms in Dunne's Stores screaming "FACIST!!!" at anyone who tells me I'm not allowed to be there.

Monday 29 October 2007

L Plate blues

So my week off work has been fun so far - Arcade Fire in Phoenix Park, Redneck Manifesto in the Liquid Lounge in Cork. Might go to see Fight Like Apes tomorrow.

What has fucked me up is trying to figure out the latest stance on the whole provisional drivers fiasco. Dempsey says the Gardai will be lenient. Gardai say otherwise. Then there's a three month 'probation' period.

It has been a typically ham fisted approach from an inept department of transport, taking advice from a quango of an organisation (RSA) that appoints a former chat show host (who, incidentally, admitted that he has never sat a driving test) as their organisation head.

Of course, much like Hearney and the HSE the government can shift accountability by pointing to the RSA as the instigators of this mess.

Working for a regional newspaper in County Cork my car is essential. I also applied for my test last March. I got confirmation last week that I have my test at the end of November. Everyone knows that a reform of Irish driving rules is needed. But the government needs to step up in other places - such as the cutting of waiting lists for the test and a better provision of public transport.

I was in Dublin when I heard the news. With the Luas and Dublin bus I had no hassle getting around to my friends' apartment into the city centre, to pubs and gig venues and back to Heuston Station. It was the longest I have gone without driving since I started work.

Driving home from the train station in Mallow I thought to myself: 'I wonder how often a bus travels this route?'

Friday 26 October 2007

This is ridiculous.

I have full sympathy for anyone who has lost a child, but seriously?

Six months later you release a non descript pic of the person who has taken your kid?

Hey - it looks like Jack White, must be him!
Hey - looks like Real Madrid favourite Raul - must be him!

or, as South Park fans may tell you, it was some Puerto Rican guy!

Friday 19 October 2007

Toy market plays God REDUX

Yup. It was a hoax. Wiki explains all

Genpets are a mixed media installation art piece by artist Adam Brandejs.[1] It is considered a hoax of exposure. The project has been shown in multiple galleries in Canada and Europe and has garnered some attention in the mass media.

Certainly got a reaction out of me. Then again I'm slow and it's late on a Friday afternoon. I'm not a big modern art aficionado, (possibly why I haven't heard about this before) but I must say I 'm impressed with this. While I was skeptical of it, I did ponder the implications of such technology. Which was the point.

Toy market plays God.

Got sent this today - it must be a wind up.....right?


Genetically engineered living creature pets, designed to live for a set cycle and are drugged up to the point that you can choose the 'personality' of the pet.

This is some kind of hoax...isn't it?

Cathy Davey @ Cypress Avenue

A fantastic show last night by Ms. Davey whose album, I'm ashamed to say, I haven't gotten my hands on yet (can't find it in any of the big towns nearby and refuse to use iTunes).

Based on the strength of her new material I greatly look forward to it though, the intimate venue suited her well but her galloping rhythm of songs like Sing For Your Supper and infectious choruses will translate to a bigger venue well.

Songs like current single Reuben and The Collector will hopefully see her go stellar in '08.

Thursday 18 October 2007

Peas in a Pod

Anyone notice who was seated next to John "The FAI will appoint a world class management team" Delaney at last night's horror show in Croke Park?

Yup, Mr Ahern himself. I presume the topics of discussion included the pairs appreciation of how great it is not to be held accountable for their actions or deceit.

I'm angry today.

Wednesday 10 October 2007

A long day.

So I slept in. Had to rush to work

No Radiohead download for me. Stuck in the office with an Apple Mac (and not a clue how to work WinRAR for macs) so it'll be 6ish before I hear it.

Thoughts? Based on what I've read there's the predictable range of 'Meh' to 'OHMIGOD', with no real consensus (apart from 'videotape' which everyone seems to rate.)

Tuesday 9 October 2007

Top 5 Radio Ads That Are Doing My Head In

5) Galvin for Women.

You know the one. Woman complains that she has nothing to wear; yer man from Bachelor's Walk suggests going off to Galvin for Women in Tullamore.

It doesn't so much annoy me as disturb me. That little noise he makes as she reveals she might get something sexy for his party is a bit...unsettling. It's like that old man noise when he spots "a fine young girl" in a pub. It's not quite a quiet orgasmic groan, not quite an "ooohhh" but it's a strange place in between. It disturbs me.

4) The new financial regulator ad.

Getting a late night bus has been destroyed by the "I don't know what a tracker mortgage is" man. Many the drunken village idiot thinks he's the hilarious original satirist by doing this on the bus, and now the demons responsible have continued the cult of personality surrounding the guy by giving him a follow up ad.

Do they not realise that this will only encourage more people to mimic this on the nightlink? The knock on effect being more people will risk driving home drunk rather than endure more of this unbearable 'hilarity'. It's Borat all over again I swear...

3) Eircom phone watch.

So most burglaries occur while the occupant is IN THE HOME? Doing everyday chores or watching TV?
Hook myself up with a wire free alarm? Ok. Question.

Who sets the alarm while they're in the house doing the dishes? Does anybody go 'Shit, I'll be absorbed by Prison Break - better set the alarm lest I be robbed?

2) I dont even know what the ad is for.

I switch off. I presume it's for some eye-rejuvenating product. Basically a woman sees a guy in her office with his head in his hands.

'Alright John?'

'Ugh. Late night.'


So. Fucking. Annoying. At that point I switch off. At least I remember what the other ones are for - this ad is both annoying AND fails to inform me of the product.


'Wakey Wakeeeeeeeeeey! This is your little inner voice.'

No it's not. My little inner voice is much deeper and sinister in tone. It tells me to find all responsible for this audio abomination and cut them with rusty blades.

Like number 2 it doesn't sell well; only by making a concerted effort did I find out that this was for a mortgage. Top spot is secured by the repetition of the 'precocious' little shit at the end of the ad.

'wakey wakeeeeey!'

Saturday 6 October 2007

A 'Gift' From Arcade Fire

After the hype and speculation (fuelled by Pitchfork saying it was going to be 'cool') it turns out the gift from Arcade Fire is an interactive video.

Which is fun it itself, but announcing a 'gift' like that the week Radiohead have pretty much given away their new album is akin to an uncle promising a present, which turns out to be a once off trip to the local leisure centre, when Daddy's just bought you a pool.

A bit of an anti-climax in other words.

This one has backfired methinks Mr. Butler...unless I'm missing something?

'Sad Books Are Bad Books'

Stumbled across a real, legitimate group on line, called The Happy Endings Foundation. (THEF)
Their goal is to eradicate any literature which may have a sad or depressing ending. They outline their aims as follows

  • To eradicate sad thoughts from all literature
  • To make people smile a little more often
  • To encourage authors to write more uplifting books for children
  • To highlight the dangers of reading sad books
  • To unite parents of a similar thinking and create a force with which to be reckoned
  • To protect the next generation of readers.
  • And, above all, to ensure the longevity of HAPPY ENDINGS (that means "to make sure happy endings are around for a long time")

The group is the brainchild of UK woman Adrienne Small. Small, a former tax inspector (no wonder she needed cheering up), noted her daughter wasn't happy with the ending of Lemony Snicket, a condition which she claims was exacerbated by her daughter's subsequent reading of the dozen or so books in the series (The first one scared you? Sure try the other 12, it might pick up! Solid parenting there).

The thing that freaks me about this whole thing is the image Ms Small puts out. The language she uses as if on some sort of happy crusade, in which her opponents MUST be miserable killjoys, right?

Any group that advocates undermining a person's free will (check the section where they suggest hiding a disagreeable DVD on someone should they not agree on the THEF stance) and has an annual "Bad Book Bonfire and Fun Fireworks Party need to be exposed for what they really are - emotion censoring Nazi's. Swap all the smilie faces on their site to swastikas, and change the benefits of this approach from personal to national well being. It's like a time warp.

It'd be funny if it weren't concerning - check how many 'Chapters' have sprung up across the UK

Monday 1 October 2007

New Radiohead Album Out October 10th

It'll be available for download according to their website.

Thursday 27 September 2007

Spot The Difference

Today, Thursday September 27 2006. From RTE.ie

Ahern says he has People's Trust
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has accused Fine Gael deputies of using 'gutter comments' against him in the Dáil yesterday.

Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships, the Taoiseach rejected suggestions made by Labour Party Leader Eamon Gilmore that he was treating people like gullible fools.

Last night the Government won a vote of confidence in the Taoiseach by 81 to 76.

Mr Ahern insisted the still has the trust of the people of the country.

He added that nobody in the crowd at the Ploughing Championships this morning had mentioned any of the recent controversies.

Following last night's vote it is understood the Government Chief Whip, Tom Kitt, is to write to Fianna Fáil TD Ned O'Keeffe about his absence.

Mr Kitt is expected to seek a meeting with Mr O'Keeffe to discuss the matter next week.

The Cork East TD was one of eight Government supporters who did not cast a vote yesterday, but the only one whose absence was not approved.

Five Ministers were abroad on Government business and were not able to return in time for the vote, while another two were excused due to illness.

It has not been possible to contact Mr O'Keeffe today for comment.

From Breakingnews.ie

Ahern facing fourth day of questions at Mahon Tribunal
24/09/2007 - 07:55:32

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is due back in the witness box at the Mahon Tribunal today for a fourth day of questions about his personal finances.

The tribunal is investigating large sums of money that Mr Ahern received from wealthy businessmen and friends in the 1990s.

It is focusing in particular on a number of foreign exchange transactions linked to the money.

Yesterday, an opinion poll found that less than one-third of voters believe the Taoiseach's explanations over the past couple of weeks, while 60% say he should resign if he is found to have lied to the tribunal.

And sure while we're at it...also from breakingnews.ie

Ranking shows corruption in Ireland rising
26/09/2007 - 10:03:45

Ireland's reputation is falling down the world rankings because of corruption, according to the campaign group Transparency International.

Ireland is 17th out of 180 countries in the organisation's latest corruption perceptions index, down from 11th in 1995.

Transparency International is blaming weak safeguards against corruption and the Government's reversal of important political reforms for the perceived downturn in public standards.

It says Irish businesses are losing out because of this reputation, which can hamper a country's ability to attract foreign investment.

Wednesday 26 September 2007

Upcoming Cork Gigs

Going to cover Cork gigs, because while there are some great music blogs out there (Nialler9 and Jim Carroll for example), they're Dublin based and as such there's little (that I've come across yet) that covers Cork. Some decent gigs ahead, and some quite frankly bizarre (in a good way) prices; Cathy Davey, Fight Like Apes and Warlords of Pez for less than €20 combined?

65 Days Of Static - Cyprus Avenue - Nov 4th - €17.50
Alabama 3 - Savoy - Oct 10th - €24
Cathy Davey
- Cyprus Avenue - Oct 11th, 18th, 25th - €7
David Kitt - Cyprus Avenue - Oct 2 - €20
Delorentos - Cyprus Avenue - Sep 27 - €12
Duke Special - Cyprus Avenue - Oct 17 - €18.50
Fight Like Apes - Cyprus Avenue - Oct 30 - €9
Fionn Regan - Cyprus Avenue - Nov 10 - sold out
Hooray For Humans - Cyprus Avenue - Nov 2 - €12
Jape - Cyprus Avenue - Dec 5 - €12
New Young Pony Club - Cyprus Avenue - Oct 6 - €22.50
Rest - Cyprus Avenue - Sept 28th - €10
Super Furry Animals - Savoy - Oct 15 - €30
Warlords Of Pez - Cyprus Avenue - Oct 29 - €2 (?!?)

Tuesday 25 September 2007

What a pro!

Fair play to her for carrying on!

Friday 21 September 2007

The Apple iPhone

You know you want it.

A Sporting Gesture

Considering all the bad media soccer gets (overpaid prima donnas etc etc) it's only fitting that a gesture like this gets attention.

A few weeks back Leicester were playing Nottingham Forest in the English League Cup. Forrest were a goal up at half time but during the interval Clive Clark, Leicester player, collapsed and had a heart attack. The match was subsequently abandoned, with Forrest's consent.

The reply was the other night, and to say thank you for the gesture Leicester allowed Forrest to score from the kick off, to restore their lead.

On a slightly controversial note, the offer was not made public, and so many fans were a bit peeved that they'd lost money on their First Goalscorer bet...

Thursday 20 September 2007

Mentally Ill Teen To Get Own TV Show

Remember Chris Crocker? The YouTube kid who lost it when the insults were flying Britney's way following her VMA "performance"?

No? Here's a reminder.

He's gotten his own TV Show according to a story in Variety.

Should the Irish Rugby Team lose to France tomorrow expect a Doss Spot tirade, as hosted by YouTube.

"How f**king dare anyone out there make fun of ROG after all he's been through?!! He's been ridiculed by the French media, someone sent round that picture of him in Coppers. He's made us aware of Tesco, Samsung, AIB, Foreign Villas and you people still want him to win some rugby games? HE'S A HUMAN!!!" etc etc


New York Family Vow To Live Without Toilet Paper

Amongst other personal hygiene products.

Wednesday 19 September 2007

Anybody out there?


This being the first post I suppose it'd be best to give an overall sense of the place....



Does the title not explain it? Just some where to pass some time with junk on-line.

P.S. Don't say the title of the Blog quickly in front of your Mammy.