Thursday, September 14, 2006

History was made last Tuesday night when for the first time in their 107 year history
FC Barcelona wore a sponsorship logo on their jersey. But it wasn’t a complete sell out as there’s a nice twist to this tale. For this season FC Barcelona will sport the logo UNICEF on their jersey but, and this is a highly significant but, they will by paying for the privilege. Instead of asking for money FC Barcelona will be donating to UNICEF €1.5 million a year. In future years it is intended that FC Barcelona will wear a commercial logo.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I spent almost two hours last night reading “Priest” by Ken Bruen, so much so that I almost missed the concluding episode of Prison Break. I don’t know about you but somehow the ending was a bit of an anticlimax. The twist with the Vice President was unexpected and has turned the story on its head some what. As the credits ran for the final episode the continuity announcer said that Prison Break would return in the new year. And it’s still only mid September. Some how I got the feeling I should have stayed reading about the latest adventures of Jack Taylor.

Monday, September 11, 2006

What was I saying about trying to read Jean Rhys without much success? Well that cant be said to be the case right now. I finished “Quartet” on Sunday morning. The novel, which is really a novella, is 140 pages long and very intense. Loneliness, exploitation, social degradation and displacement are just some of the themes dealt with in this novel. It’s set in bohemian Paris of the 1920’s. The main protagonists are ex-pats from England.

Jean Rhys knew all about displacement, born in 1890 in the Dominican Republic to a Creole mother and a Welsh father she travelled to England aged sixteen only to be socially rejected because of her mixed race background.

Rhys subsequently travelled to Paris where she was encouraged to write by Ford Madox Ford. Her first collection of short stories “The Left Bank and Other Stories” was published in 1927 and between then and 1939 four other novels followed. The novels were years ahead of their time though none were commercially successful.

After that Jean Rhys drifted into obscurity and it was thought that she was long dead. It was only with the publication in 1966 of her novel “Wide Sargasso Sea” that Jean Rhys received the deserved literary credit. Her comment on literary success was that it had come “Too late”.

Jean Rhys died in May 1979.

Friday, September 08, 2006

So Saint Pats loose to Waterford United, draw with Cork City, play Longford Town in the Quarter Final of the FAI Cup and tonight come up against UCD. Kilkenny beat Cork by three points in the All Ireland Hurling Final. Ireland loose 1-0 to Germany.

Trying to read Quartet by Jean Rhys, without much success.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Just read....Dublin Noir, edited by Ken Bruen . Deadly!

Friday, September 01, 2006

The Scream, after two years lost and found

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