Thursday, June 30, 2005

As a tie in with the Make Poverty History Campaign and the Live8 concerts Liffeyside publishes the following....

The three photograps I've posted below are by Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado. Born into a wealthy family Salgado later developed left wing sympathies and this caused him and his wife to flee to France due to a well founded fear of an increasingly totalitarian Brazilian state.

It was in Paris that Salgado, while studying economics, increasingly came under the spell of photography.

His big break was a photo he took in 1981 of the attempted assisination of Ronald Regan the then American President. The photgraph sold around the world and Salgado reputation ws assured.

The second big break was an assignment in the Serra Pelada goldmine in Brazil. Many of the pictures in this assignment have a strangely iconic feel and almost seem from another age.

In 1993 Salgado published a series of work entitled Workers: an archaeology of the industrial age. This was later followed by a second book with the title Migrations.

Salgado's work discloses the usfferings of the dispossessed and those without access to power.

An exhibition of Sebastiao Salgado's work entitled Exodus is currently running till August 5th at the gallery, 21 Lavitt's Quay in Cork City.

Full view of the Serra Pelada gold mine, Brazil, 1986 Posted by Hello

Refugees in the Korem camp, Ethiopia, 1984 Posted by Hello

A community above Chimborazo, Ecuador 1982 Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Mr. Bono. He came. He sang. He conquered. Posted by Hello

Ay what a morning in Dublin. It’s more like winter with the rain pelting down. Am sitting in work soaked to the skin. I’ve just discovered that one of my shoes leek. A lovely start to the day.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

We've decided to do some overdue organisation of the blogs we've linked into. Does it have a more professional look? What do you think? Let's know if we've mistakenly deleted anyone.

Friday, June 24, 2005

We were back in our old stomping ground the other night. Mount Browne, James’s Street, Thomas Street. Lots of changes. Lots of new apartments. Lots of ethnic shops catering for the multinational population which inhabits the area now. Many languages and ten thousand tastes.

Some things though remain eternal. Frawleys is still there and by all accounts doing a roaring trade.

Then it happened, and when it did we were stopped in out tracks. Unmistakeable. There it was, hanging in the air. The unmissable fragrance of Guinness’ brewery wafting its way through the city. Ah it’s nice to see (and smell) that however much progress spreads her mantel over the capital some things will never ever change.

Next Sunday (June 26th) is UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture and with that in mind here's something you might like to check out.

From 10.30 till 4 tomorrow the Dublin Central Group of Amnesty International will be holding their annual letter writing marathon in the Mansion House on Dawson Street. Go on all for a good cause.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

It's all go in Dublin GAA. Last night Dublin's under 21 hurlers beat Offaly in the Leinster semi-final. Their opponents in the Leinster Final are ..... Kilkenny.

And we are delighted to report that Liffeyside has secured a ticket for the senior football final on July 17th when Dublin play Laois. Bring it on!

Monday, June 20, 2005

Liffeyside's delighted to report that we were among the crowd yesterday in Croke Park watching the Dubs narrowly escape defeat against Wexford. A close thing in the end. But for Jayo a shock might have been on the cards. The Dubs just about got there in the end though.

Friday, June 17, 2005

It seems that Ireland’s national theatre “The Abbey” is set to move from its current home in Abbey Street to a new location near Georges Dock. The announcement was made yesterday by the Minister for Arts John O’Donoghue.

In recent years several sites have been examined as a possible alternative home for the Abbey. These included the site of the old Carlton cinema in O’Connell Street, Hawkins House the current location of the Department of Health (and formally home to the Old Theatre Royal), and Colaiste Mhuire on Parnell Square. For a variety of reason’s all the above sites were found to be impractical.

And so after five years and what the Minister described as “An extraordinarily tortuous process” a new home for the Abbey Theatre has been located. The new site as well as being home to the Abbey will also be a centre for the performing arts.

Personally I think it can’t happen soon enough. The current home of the Abbey resembles a non descript shoe box.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

I'm sure Mr. Joyce would approve of this on Bloomsday.

When compared to other major world cities, the Dublin skyline is remarkably small. The largest buildings in the city are The Spire in O’Connell Street and Liberty Hall beside the Liffey. The towers in Ballymun, the largest flat complex in Ireland are currently being deconstructed.

In this context it is perhaps unusual that yesterday, An Bord Pleanala (the Irish planning authority) gave permission for the construction of a 32 storey building. It will be part of an 8.5 acre development beside Heuston Station.

The building, which at its highest point will be 140m, will consist of 28 floors of apartments, 3 floors of restaurants and an observation floor.

In granting permission for the construction of the building An Bord Pleanala made it subject to 32 separate planning conditions.

Dublin’s skyline is set to change forever.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Posted below is a self portrait by the Irish artist Sir William Orpen. Orpen was born in Ireland in 1878 and attended the Metropolitan School of art when aged thirteen.

Known as a painter of society portraits Orpen was also an official war artist for the British government and went to the Western Front in 1916. For his efforts he received a Knighthood in 1918.

The aftermath of the war and the treaty negotiations at Versailles left Orpen bitter and broken and by the 1920’s he was burnt out.

Sir William Orpen died in England in 1931.

An exhibition of Orpen’s work entitled “Politics, Sex and Death” is currently on display in the National Gallery of Ireland. Admission price is €10.

On a personal note: perhaps €10 is a bit dear. But you will get to see “Ready to Start” as well as “A Breezy Day, Howth” with the figure of a woman who reminds me of a lost love, sigh.

"Ready To Start, Self Portrait" 1917 by William Orpen Posted by Hello

Friday, June 10, 2005

I've added a few new sites. One of which is Write, Recite poetry slam in Dublin. Although the site hasn't been updated in a while the last I heard was that the Slam was still up and running. I've been there a few times and done my thing on the stage and I wasn't that bad even if I do say so myself. Go and enjoy.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Seen Sin City the other night. Being a fan of the graphic novel it was one film I was looking forward to for months. To be honest I was just a little disappointed. The special effects were wonderful. The film kept to the veracity of the graphic novel as far as possible, with only little changes here and there. Though for some reason I felt dejected. Perhaps my expectations were too great?

It galls me to say this but Bruce Willis stole the show. And I hate Bruce Willis.

Friday, June 03, 2005

I went into the newly reopened Bewleys on Grafton Street. The era of sitting around all day over a cup of coffee is well and truely over. Perhaps it was teething problems but I wasn't really impressed with the quality of the service. I ordered a coffee and twenty minuets later it still hadn't arrived. Hmmmm. We are not amused.

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