With no presold tickets, the queue did indeed stretch down Leeson Street from an hour before showtime. I was dreading someone I knew happening by and demanding to know what I was lining up to see. If I was spotted, my plan was to pretend I was not queuing but smoking outside Hourican’s pub and […]
Archive for June, 2007
A movie about typeface! Are you fucking serious? Apparently he was. We both have the same job, and some of that requires a working knowledge of different sorts of font. â€˜Okayâ€™, I said, â€˜its one thing selecting the right font for a document thatâ€™ll be read by a maximum of 15 people in order to […]
The other day my four year old daughter surprised us when she pointed out a winged creature in a Scooby Doo screen saver on our PC and said â€˜look, a terradactyl. Sure enough, there was a Scooby Doo style â€˜scary monsterâ€™ much like a terradactyl, although one suffused with green phosphorescence, for some reason.
I have not felt as satisfied or as hungry as when I walked out of Tripod last Friday evening, the showcase offered up by the New Mexico gang of skinny maestros was short but very sweet. The euphoria of drunken devilment washed over my gaping mouth as the harmonies, melodies, voices and instrumentation combined magically […]
The story of housing in Ireland in popular discourse, in particular the history of home ownership, remains one informed not by the facts placed in a historical context, but by that jumble of half-truths, myths, and afternoon expert musings that passes for social analysis in this country. There are scholarly works available, with Joseph Brady, […]
In an excellent article (sub req) on the Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin in the latest edition of the London Review of Books, Terry Eagleton explains why the â€˜once obscure Soviet philologist is now a star of the postmodern Westâ€™ and, in doing so, provides a very handy critique of postmodernism.
Just as Bakhtinâ€™s […]
I have always wondered why I’ve found myself drawn to expressions of English working-class childhoods, especially those of the 1960s and ’70s. For years I thought it was because I grew up in Dublin, and Dublin is such an English city - not really Irish at all when you think about it, at least, not […]
So Jim and I went to the Aliens gig last night and after a late start in the ever so small Crawdaddies, the band appeared looking like theyâ€™d raided the local Oxfam shop. Lead singer Gordon Anderson wore green luminous rimmed dark sunglasses under what looked like a Disco Stu hair piece, while keyboards expert […]
In 1997 I was on the VTOS Back to Education scheme, and was a student on the pre-university course with Pearse College, Crumlin.
My history teacher was Dan Bradley, and my final essay was on the Land League. However, while I was researching for the essay, mainly in the National Library and the Gilbert on […]
The day before Paddy’s Day, Donagh rocked my world on these very pages by casually mentioning that the scrambled brains behind the original Beta Band was now compos mentis and had formed a band with the rump of the sadly-defunct aforementioned Beta Band.
Four days later, he again rocked my world, but this time in a […]