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Archive for February, 2008

Give the Lady a Break

In our modern, Western, enlightened and post-feminist world referring to entities such as cars, warships, aeroplanes or countries as female is, if not frowned up, at least is considered no longer the done thing.
I’m sure we all remember those old World War 2 films in which it was perfectly acceptable for a fighter pilot […]

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This is well overdue but still, better late….
Bob Byrne of clamnuts fame has just launched his comic book Mister Amperduke - actually it was back on Valentine’s Day, but as I said better late…
It’s about how a mini-city of small lego people survive when their benign creator, a tic-tac dispensing granddad with tiny rabbit ears, […]

 
icon for podpress  Yank Sizzler No. 30: Play Now | Play in Popup

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Thanks to Simon of Irish Election for this one.
The Irish Green party has finally bit the bullet and has taken its first major stand on corruption since coming to power in June. It has decided to give its full support to anti-corruption activists - not in Ireland, mind, but in Columbia.
In a statement released on […]

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It may be due to having recently lost my highly influential position as very minor management in the French prune industry but I’m often led to muse on prunes in musical history these days. On the famed ‘Nuggets’ compilation, we were treated to the garage abrasiveness of the Electric Prunes, you’ll all recall. Frank Zappa […]

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About a year ago, a number of Irish left-wing bloggers met up in Cusack´s pub on the North Strand Road in order to talk about creating a new online left-wing journal. Today, the journal finally went online. It´s name is the Irish Left Review, and it can be found here.
The idea for the journal is […]

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AND THE WINNER IS…

Bloody hell! Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova win an Oscar!
Glena Hansard walks up and goes “TANKS!”, and Marketa Irglova says “fair play to those who dare to dream.” Colin Farrell says, “I´m chuffed!”
Man, three Dub accents at the Oscars. Fantastic stuff. The song´s not too bad either.
Well done.
This is from their acceptance speeches.

Glen Hansard:
Thanks! […]

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Okay, so this morning didn’t go so well. First of all I was a little late getting my daughter to school and although we just made it in time it meant that I had to really leg it for the Dart. When I got there I had to push slow moving commuters out of the […]

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Yesterday at the Mahon tribunal, Bertie Ahern changed his story regarding certain lodgements to his account in the 1990s, and said that now he remembered that one had come from his mother (deceased), another from the estate of his father (deceased), and another probably came from a businessman (deceased).
Hiding behind a coffin. No excuse […]

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For what use is anything
If I don’t have the wisdom and warmth
Of my past generations
If I need strength
To take bad on,
I just look back to
where I came from. (My national pride)
Formed in 1978 by Kevin Rowland, Al Archer and Pete Williams, Dexy´s Midnight Runner´s first hit was “Burn it down”, a song that looked at […]

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The tenth name was Hibernia; and it is the sons of Míleadh gave that name to it. However, it is said that it is from a river that is in Spain which is called Iberus. (Geoffery Keating, The History of Ireland, written 1634 AD)
It is raining outside, a rarity for these parts. Inside I´m watching […]

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