Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Thanks to Sinead in Siglamag for this one well here goes.........

Seven things I plan to do before I die

Walk on the moon
Write a novel
Buy a house
Learn to appreciate jazz
Manage a football team
Become a daddy to a little Seoman
Direct a movie

Seven things I can do

Work as a navvy
Take a half decent photograph
Lend a listening ear
Act as a literary agent
Hitch hike around Kerry
Play the Augusto/Hobo clown
Be a football pundit

Seven things I can not do

Play the guitar
Pass a bookshop without popping in
Stop eating crisps
Speak a second language
Buy one CD at a time
Sit all the way through a film I’ve rented on DVD without hitting the pause button.
Ride a motorbike

Seven things I found attractive about the opposite sex

Dress Sense
Good Conversation
Sense of humour

Seven things I say the most

“There ya are”
“Not a dickybird”
“Lovely Stuff”
“Up the Dubs”
“Whats happenin”
“It’s your round”
“Not Coronation Street again”

Seven Books I love

“Bound for Glory” by Woody Guthrie
“The Moon on My Back” by Patrick Tierney
“The Anvy” by Padraig Standun
“On the Road” by Jack Kerouac
“The Old Man Who Read Love Stories” Luis Sepulveda
“A Scanner Darkly” by Philip K Dick
“The Search for the Panchen Lama” by Isabel Hilton

Is there anyone out there left to send this out to?
The Leptard
Bee Bee Vavoom
Julius Geezer

One of the most organised immigrant communities in Ireland is the Polish Community. For example The Polish Information and Cultural Centre is in Manor Street, Dublin 7. And now a shop selling exclusively Polish Food has opened near Crumlin. A taste of home when you are exiled. Why not!

With that in mind Polish hip hop band Sistars will play their first gig in Ireland in the Temple Bar music Centre. The gig starts at 10 pm. Admission is €15. According to the Polish embassy website “The group (Sistars) received all major awards of the Polish music industry. In 2004 Sistars were also awarded the MTV European Music Award for the Best Polish Act”.

I can’t help but be reminded of Irish musicians playing the Irish clubs in England.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Currently listening to these

Friday, August 26, 2005

Croker beckons and Liffeyside has a ticket. Come on you boys in blue.
The Saint Pats are up Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup. Double success is on the cards!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Ladies and gentlemen please welcome United Irelander to Liffeyside.

Something personal for a change and at the end a strange symmetry. A sports story.

1993 and I’m supporting Manchester City in the English Football League. Irish internationals Niall Quinn and Terry Phelan are in the side, and for once things are looking good for City. The past few years have been good with solid performances in the league, the future looked rosy for the blues.

The quarter final of the FA Cup and Manchester City are drawn against Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham were having a wretched time in the league. Sheffield United had just beaten them 6-0 so expectations in the Tottenham camp were not high. City in contrast were on a roll and Tottenham were seen as an easy draw.

As for the match well …..

City struck first with a goal from Mike Sheron. Nayim levelled it for Tottenham and Steve Sedgley made it 2-1 for the Spurs. Nayim scored twice more to leave the score 4-1 with a minuet of normal time left.

Then, in the hope of forcing an abandonment and replay of the game, City fans invaded the pitch. Mounted police were called and the pitch was cleared. Within seconds of the restart Terry Phelan took the ball, ran the length of the pitch and scored for city. The score was now 4-2 for Tottenham.

Further drama ensued when Terry Sheringham missed a penalty for Tottenham before the final whistle sounded.

Tottenham were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final. Arsenal went on to beat Sheffield Wednesday in the Cup Final that year.

Manchester United won the league that season (1992-93). Tottenham finished eight, Manchester City finished ninth, Arsenal came tenth and Chelsea finished eleventh. Nottingham Forest were relegated. Brian Clough subsequently resigned as Forest manager.

I’d followed Manchester City since watching them play Tottenham Hotspur in the 1981 FA Cup Final, a match Tottenham won after a replay. After the 1993 FA Cup quarter final loss to Tottenham I never supported Manchester City again. Strange symmetry indeed.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Statue of Phil Lynott former frontman for Thin Lizzy.
Unveiled last Friday night in Harry Street, Dublin.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Future legend or spoiled brat idiot?

Friday, August 12, 2005

The Dublin Sand Sculpture Festival
Running from 7th to 29th August in Dublin Castle
Free Admission

Friday, August 05, 2005

Panel from the graphic novel
"Barefoot Gen" by Keiji Nakazawa

From the graphic novel "Memories Part one"
by Yslaire

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Sackcloth and ashes, and gnashing of teeth. My beloved St. Pats were beaten 2-0 on Sunday by Cork City. As you can see from the league table we’re going through a rough time but like the phoenix will rise once more from the ashes. Be afraid, be very afraid.

And Michael Owen is on his way to Man United! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Monday, August 01, 2005

I went to see Riverdance the other night. Even though I do like traditional music and am all in favour of experimentaton and the shattering of musical barriers I'm afraid Riverdance just didn't work for me.

Now don't get me wrong, I really admire the musicians, dancers and singers performing in the show. Indeed all can be proud of the effort they put in. I guess though Riverdance, for some reason, just isn't my cup of tea.

Advertising for English writer Chris Cleave’s novel “Incendiary” was withdrawn by Waterstones on the 8th of July, the day after the bombings in London. The plot of the novel concerns a terrorist attack on London and the resulting death of a child and his father. Were they right to do so? You can read more about this and the part that fiction has in depicting the results of terrorism on Chris Cleave’s own website.

With that in mind pulp published a story by Joe Ambrose concerning a terrorist attack on London. You can read it here if you wish.

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