Tuesday, November 30, 2004


I don't think the public is ready to see your body on national television. I suspect that the public isn't ready to see your body on National Geographic.

-- Comments on the idea of the Librarian playing the Santa from the Metor adverts.

for instant gratification

for instant gratification
use your hand

to pick a phone
and order a pizza.

what did you think I was going to suggest?

Monday, November 29, 2004

lights in the sky

The main problem with having a whole lot of stuff on your plate is that you leave the little things untouched.

This is a little thing.

But Christmas in Cork has started properly.

The lights on Patrick Street were lit last night.

Whoop-de-do. (remember to say that in a sarcastic tone)

Some of the things work. The "starbursts" on Moderne. The "strips" of coloured lights on the Flannery lamps. The little blue lights on the trees.

Some things don't. The "star" lamps on the east side of the street are, well, they look like they were bought in a pound shop for 50 cent. Which was still a rip-off. (They might have worked if the street was dark, but Patrick Street isn't)

I'm not too sure about the abstract panels strung across the street, but they do look a little like the Cork 2005 logo (the firework one) so I'll leave it.

They are a damm sight better than the "furry" things they used to put over the street.

Next year, get more of the blue lights. They would work really well on the big Christmas trees on the street (which for some reason don't smell like Christmas trees).

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Overheard - not good

"We were talking about outsiurcing, when we say a desk being thrown in a skip."
"It's a bad omen."
"They were all bad omens."
"No, the first Omen movie was good but the forth... What?"

Friday, November 19, 2004

Cold morning

It's frosty out there...
It's muchos frosty
muchos muchos frostie

Which is one hell of a sugar buzz

(yes, the Librarian has finally made it to the quote pile)

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Educational and scary

I like boingboing a little too much, but they (he? she?) have some things worth reading.

Like the New Scientist interview with Michael Koubi, the Israeli security service's chief interrogator for six years. You learn a lot, and need a silly flash animation to feel human, or at least humane, again.

take care,
(and carry a stick),

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Brush up your Shakespeare

It has come to my attention that friends of mine are involved in two separate Shakespeare plays, both of which are being performed this week...

An unseasonably wrong attraction is A Mid-Summer's Night Dream is now on in the Triskel Arts Centre. It's on at 8pm nightly and finishes on Saturday.

And the Scottish Play, Macbeth starts tomorrow in the Cork Arts Theatre (a.k.a. the C.A.T. Club), and it's the same deal, finishing on Saturday too.

So I need to raise cash to see some toil and bottom.

Not much different then.

Take care,

I hope it's not her

It's strange but of all the people to kidnap, Margaret Hassan was probably the wrong one.

The Irish born, British raised, Iraqi citizen was probably the best chance the country had when rebuilding started. To be more accurate, she's responsible for the hospital rebuilding projects which had started.

I just hope the video turns out not to be of her. Or if it is, at least the body is handed over.

there goes the event backlog

Time to get some of the listings I have out there again...

November 19 (Friday)
8pm. The Four of Us play the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh.
Hey, I just happen to like them. So there.

November 19 (Friday)
No starting time. Horace Andy vs. Mad Professor play the Vaults.
Two dub-reggae legends for the price of one. Don't actually like dub or reggae, but you have to respect this pair.

November 22 (Monday) and November 23 (Tuesday)
9pm. Jack L plays the Granary Theatre.
More love, sex and Jacques Brel.

November 24 (Wednesday)
9pm. Leslie Dowdall plays the Lobby Bar
An old-timer, and I mean that in a good way. Should be a great night.

November 26 (Friday)
8pm. Ronán Ó Snodaigh from Kíla (and friends) plays the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh.
I saw him on the panel, and this is the guy who is trying (and it appears, succeeding) to get a "speaker's corner" type thing going in Temple Bar in Dublin. Which means he's an interesting guy, if not entirely all there.

November 26 (Friday)
No starting time. The Waiting Room and Giveamanakick play.
Both are signed to a Road Relish and they are available together on a 'Road Relish split-7"'. That's vinyl boys and girls. Just listen to the crackle.

November 27 (Saturday)
8pm. Mark Geary plays the Half Moon
With special guest Q

December 9 (Thursday)
8pm. Reading from her debut novel Revolutions, join Lory Manrique-Hyland at the Triskel Arts Centre. It's interesting as it's an insight in to the mind of Marysol Castillo, a Cuban-American girl living in Miami.

December 13 (Monday)
8pm. Josh Ritter plays the Cork Opera House
Special guest is Canadian singer songwriter Kathleen Edwards.

December 19 (Sunday)
No start time. Future Kings of Spain play An Cruiscin Lan.
din0saur corrected me on this one. Thanks.

February 13 2005
No starting time. Thin Lizzy play the Everyman Palace.
No comment. Not too sure what their new line-up sounds like.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Don't buy a condom off this man


"You go cycling in a rubber suit?"
"You're thinking of latex, I'm talking about lycra!"
"You mean that they aren't the same thing?"

Friday, November 12, 2004

quotables - fame

"Being able to get attention has no correlation to having staying power."
-- Anonymous

Thursday, November 11, 2004


"Thank God for bananas. What I made on bananas made up for what I lost on telecoms"
-- Conversations about shares can go a little crazy sometimes

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Jelly Legs

This weekend was a quite one for me.

Most of it was spent on the couch going through the unread newspapers and magazines that I refuse to recycle / throw out until after I read them (not all of then were bought for the free CD on Sunday. Honest). And sneezing a lot.

I'm up to October 10. Apparently there is a big election due to happen soon in America:)

But I escaped the couchs clutches to hit a car boot sale near by. That's there I picked up Jelly Legs by Mundy.

I'm mentioning this because it shows that you have more exciting weekends than I do, and because Mundy is due to play Cork this weekend.

Mundy and special guest Ian Whitty play the Everyman Palace Theatre on Sunday 14th November at 8pm. I think there are more tickets left.

take care,

Another sell out...

The Four of Us are coming to Cobh. Thrie gig on Friday November 19 is sold out but the Sirius Arts Centre are putting on an extra date. Their second performance will be on Saturday November 20 at 8pm. Tickets are selling at €16.

The Opera House speaks...

Cork Opera House e-mailed out their line up to and including the panto.

Some interesting things are...

Tommy Tiernan's gigs on November Friday 12 & Saturday 13 at 8pm, these ones are sold out but there's more. Extra dates on November Friday 12 & Saturday 13 at 11.30pm, December Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 at 8pm. Get them while you still can. Tickets: €25

Their Panto this year is The Pied Piper. Script by Alan Shortt (Bull Island) and directed by Bryan Flynn.
Tickets: €16, €19, €22. Previews €14, €17, €20 plus €2 booking fee
It opens on December 1, and I'm not saying anything more about it.

With all the rats around, what about a little Lambchop?
Lambchop in Concert are at 8pm on Thursday December 2nd. Tickets: €25.

And after the meal, how about a little cheese?

ABBA the Show Sunday 5 December at 8pm. Tickets: €23. I don't think much of it, but let's face it. It's fun.

Something far more serious is Rubyhorse.

Yes the Ballincollig boys are back in town. Thursday December 9 (at 8pm) sees Rubyhorse return to their fold. Tickets: €20

A little quieter are Ladysmith Black Mombaza who pop in on Sunday 12 December at 8pm. Tickets: €33.50. (and possibly not worth it. I mean they are stunning live but...)

Personally I'm not that fond of Josh Ritter who shows up on Monday 13 December. I've tried, but sorry, he's just not me.
Finishing on comedy again. Des Bishop sells the place out on Friday December 17. But there are extra dates with tickets (€20) available, namely Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 December at 8pm.

Should keep you busy for a while.

Not just me running late

On November 11, Fred release their new single, 'October', (an ode to Earth's greatest month according to them). So either thay are as swamped as me, or they are 11 months early.

I know which is more likely.

Thay will be doing thair Cork launch in Club One on Wednesday 10th November. Support on the night will be from Niall Connolly and his band, (or His Band), and from Dulin's 'The Marshal Stars' (haven't heard of them either). Tickets are 10 and are available from Plugd Records on Washington Street. The gig is in conjunction with Freakscene, and anyone buying a ticket will be able to stay on in the club after the gig. Regular Freakscene price of occurs from 11pm.

Monday, November 08, 2004


"Well he said he'd talk to his happy little team.."
"Ah there you go, we're nto his "happy" team. He might have some other team that's happy. We're his disgruntled team".

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Only 53 days to Christmas

... "so you'll have to write that letter to the jolly red man soon."
"You mean Wayne Rooney?"
-- Overheard

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

The US Election

... " will go one of two ways by Wednesday. Either one side will concede defeat, or a murder of lawyers will descend and dissect every vote"
-- A correspondent for 2FM radio this morning