Have Fun In The Showers, Oscar

I’m not sure how much Oscar ‘I heard a funny noise whilst in bed last night, so I jumped up, checked the front door, checked the windows, shot my girlfriend five times, checked the back door, turns out there was no one there, my bad, guys, my bad’ Pistorius is paying his legal team but clearly it is not enough or they are not good enough, the guy is floundering, and all ‘he hasn’t a leg to stand on’ jokes aside, the guy sounds like even he does not believe what he is saying, he chops, he changes key events, she never screamed, uh, well she might have but I did not hear over the sound of the gunshots, the amount of times Pistorius says something, then changes it, then denies saying it before denying changing it, before saying that it was a mistake and he meant to say what he originally said, by which time nobody can remember what the fuck he said in the first instance is becoming a joke.

Pistorius is like a politician, he is so crooked he has to sleep on a spiral staircase. I have seen without a shadow of a doubt guilty psychopaths with better stories, at least they sound like they believe what they are saying is true, even if nobody else does.

I don’t think Pistorius will be entering any races for the rest of his life, and if justice is served then maybe a few different races will be entering him in the not too distant future.

 

Report Finds Recession Is Bad, Water is Wet, And The Sun Is Hot

Bunclody is officially the most economically depressed town in Ireland, a new report by Teagasc shows. The County Wexford town, classified as Bunclody-Carrickduff in the report, is the worst performer out of 302 towns included. Along with Tipperary, Rathkeale, Abbeyfeale and the rest of the country. Using an index based on unemployment rate and inward migration figures, the food and agriculture development agency ran the rule over all towns with a population of more than 1,500.

Many of the men and women who live in Bunclody, have lost more than half their assets and cash, without the pleasure of getting a divorce. Suicide and depression rates are high, especially among young males, local counselling services have been reduced to handing out blow-up dolls to depressed males, but many of these have burst due to inflation.

The firefighters of Bunclody have been forced to take up part-time work as arsonists, in order to create overtime to make up for cuts in wages and tax increases.

The report also revealed the water is wet, the sun is hot, and the main cause of poverty in Ireland was poor people.

Dylan Moran

It should not be an act of social disobedience to light a cigarette… unless you’re actually a doctor working at an incubator.
On laws in Ireland prohibiting smoking in buildings where people work

But you see, you measure what a good time you had by how much it fucks you up; you go out tonight, get ripped, get shitfaced. You’ll wake up tomorrow and somebody will talk to you and ask, “How was last night?”. You’ll say, “It was fantastic! …I can’t see. No sense- no feeling, nothing, no sensation down the left side of my body. Oh! I can’t even form sentences! You should’ve come; you would’ve at least lost an ear!”

People do… need… things… that are bad for them. They do. Stimulants and so on. They always have. Every so often, some politician or footballer or actor or whoever it is is caught in a hotel room, surrounded by hookers and cocaine. And everybody else goes: “Oh, the shame of it! How could he? How absolutely dreadful! I’d never do that… I’ve never had a chance, but I’d never ever do that! Oh, the disgust that courses through me right now — you could bottle it!” But what else are you supposed to give hookers in a hotel room? “Yogurt, anybody? I made some yogurt this morning, would you like some? It’s got Granola and everything. You sure? Go on, have a bit.”
On public figures who get caught in hotel rooms with prostitutes and cocaine.

Vodka is a very deceptive drink, because you drink it and you think, “What is this? This is pointless! It’s – you can’t taste it, you can’t smell it… Why did we waste our money on this, bloody shit- why are we on a traffic island?”
On vodka.

It turns you into two people: one of you is very nice, you’ll go up to total strangers and say, “Come in, come in, sit down, for God’s sake, have something. Have my bed.” And then you’ll go up to people you’ve known and loved all your life and say, “Get the fuck out of my house! Go on, get out! And leave a tip!”
On whiskey

The most dangerous drink is gin. You have to be really, really careful with that. And you also have to be 45, female and sitting on the stairs. Because gin isn’t really a drink, it’s more a mascara thinner. “Nobody likes my shoes!” “I made… I made fifty… fucking vol-au-vents, and not one of you… not one of you… said ‘Thank you.’” And my favourite: “Everybody, shut up. Shut up! This song is all about me.”
On the effects of gin

The cookery programmes that everybody watches are ridiculous, and so are the house programmes. You know you do not need a fish tank in the atrium you haven’t got. And people now, feel under pressure to perform in their lives. Who has the time though? Who really has the time to skin the baby rabbit and dip it in the duck’s tears and nail it to the garden roof and get to work with the blow torch so it has just the right texture to match the squash you made that morning using just your elbows? Who has the time? Nobody lives like this! We go around thinking that everybody else does, you know? Because what happens is you come in from work, and you think… maybe at most, if you’re getting very adventurous, you will think “TONIGHT, we will eat something that has two colours in it!” BUT YOU DON’T! You end up sitting in front of the television, watching these programmes, eating bread from the bag, dipping it in anything runnier than bread, because there’s isn’t time for this horse shit!
On cookery programmes.

You should stay away from your potential. I mean, that is something you should leave absolutely alone! You’ll mess it up! It’s potential, leave it! And anyway, it’s like your bank balance, you know – you always have much less than you think.[...] Leave it as the locked door within yourself and then at least, in your mind, the interior will always be palatial. Wonderful gleaming marble floors, brocaded drapes. Mullioned windows, covered in mullions, whatever they are. Flamingos serving drinks. Pianos shooting out canapés into the mouths of elegant men and women who are exchanging witticisms… “Oh yes, this reminds me of the time I was in Budapest with Binky… We were trying to steal a goose from the casino, muahahaha…” But it won’t be like that[...] You don’t want to find out that the most you could possibly achieve, if you gave it your all, if you harvested every screed of energy within you, and devoted yourself to improving yourself, that all you would get to, would be maybe eating less cheesy snacks.
But look at the people who use their potential— who do actually give it everything… The Beckhams or Roy Keanes of this world. People charging! Running up and down the field, swearing and shouting at each other. Are they happy? No! They’re destroying themselves! Who’s happy? You! The fat fucks watching them, with a beer can balanced on your ninth belly, roaring advice at the best athletes in the world. “YOU WANKER!”
On potential.

You see, most modern technology doesn’t work. It’s supposed to free you, but it’s a terrible trap, of course. Mobile phones for example – everybody has one now. I have one and they’re awful. They’ve completely ruined, I mean, people ring you up and say “Hi, it’s me, I’m in the bath!” and you go “Well, you’re still an asshole, I hope you drown and hello.” And they’ve completely dispensed with the whole drama of news, the simple idea of having something to relate, you know. When you could bound in from the garden and pick up the old Bakelite phone that weighted seven pounds and say “MIRRIAM’S DEAD”. You can’t do that anymore. You’re probably there watching her die. “Yes, her heads rolling back, spit’s coming out, her eyes are going everywhere, here I’ll take a picture – click – you see what I mean? Sheeee’s fucked!”
On mobile phones.

Everybody does that now. We all take pictures… you do the same with holiday photos. You record something to look back on it, even though you’re not really there when you’re taking the picture ‘cause you’re too busy recording it – so you retrospectively go to look back on where you weren’t and tell yourself you had a good time.
On taking pictures.

I remember when singers were singers. Ugly people. Aretha Franklin needed a lot of room to eat her chicken wings. Janis Joplin used to come out in clothes woven from her own vomit. Nina Simone, amazing singer, could look at a railway track and buckle it. It didn’t matter; They were beautiful people because of what they could do.
I have tried… believe me, I have tried to like rap music. It makes me feel so very, very old. I have tried to get home with the downies.
“I got my pecs, I got limos, I got bitches, and all my limo’s powered by bitch juice, and my spare pecs are in the limo.” … “I’m gonna fuck you up. I’m gonna dig up your dad, and shove him up your mum and drink your blood from a drinking cup, you fuck!”
Describing rap music

Then this song came on—I will never forget it—it was called “The Funk Soul Brother.” And I will always remember that because it was also all of the lyrics… and it was that school of songwriting, you know, very easy on the words in case they get wasted, it sounded like a million fire engines chasing ten million ambulances through a war zone and was played at a volume that made the empty chair beside me bleed. And it went, erm, “Funk soul brother… right about now… yeah… it’s the, it’s the funk soul brother… check it out. It’s, er, well… it’s the funk soul brother, essentially. He’s, er, he’s coming. He’s coming at you. It’s the… well… it’s the funk soul brother.” And after a while, I began to penetrate the meaning of this song, you know? I gathered that somebody was about to arrive, and everybody else was terribly excited – maybe he was bringing cake, or something, they didn’t say – but the thing was, you see, he wasn’t there yet. Ha ha, that was the hook! And I’m not saying it’s a bad song, you know, or anything like that. All I’m saying is that if you get, I don’t know, a broom, say, and dip it in some brake fluid, put the other end up my arse, stick me on a trampoline in a moving lift, and I would write a better song on the walls. That’s all I’m saying.

On The Rockafeller Skank by Fatboy Slim

I can’t swim. I can’t drive, either. I was going to learn to drive but then I thought, well, what if I crash into a lake? Then I’m fucked!
On driving

People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like ‘be realistic.’

On People

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

 

It has been 21 years since they made the last TMNT film: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993). I have all three on DVD somewhere.

This is great news for everyone who grew up watching TMNT and awful news for everyone suffering from chelonaphobia.

I loved watching the little green freaks when I was a kid, although in this version, they don’t look so little and Michael Bay has injected them with steroids. Not much else to see from the trailer, but I was hoping for someone to do a Christopher Nolan on TMNT and turn it into a Batman type film, a little dark and a little edgy, which is kind of there in the trailer but maybe that is just wishful thinking. No sign of Splinter and only a brief glimpse of the human can-opener that is Shredder.

When I heard Michael Bay was given the job of resurrecting TMNT, I thought he would probably make a mess of it, and then I heard Megan Fox was going to be April ‘O Neill and thought; fuck it. This will be Transformers with mutant turtles and stuff exploding every 1.4 seconds.

Maybe Bay will surprise me.

Forgotten heroes and the truth that does not speak its name. Irish involvement in World War I.

J.D. Gallagher:

A great article on the involvement of Irish in World War One.

Originally posted on Arran Q Henderson:

In August and September 1914, John Redmond, leader of the Irish Party, and its MPs at Westminster, made speeches, notably the speech at Maryborough, now Port Laois, where he exhorted party members, and specifically members present from the 150,000-strong Irish Volunteer movement, to join the Allied and British war effort, effectively to volunteer for military service fighting for Britain.

Redmond argued from a position of strength, not weakness.  The Irish Party stood at an historic crossroads, having earlier that year attained what both Daniel O’Connell and (their own former leader) Charles Stuart Parnell had failed to achieve, the Holy Grail of Home Rule for Ireland, a large measure of autonomy with an Irish Parliament, governing Ireland, from Dublin.

They’d now finally it after an intense, almost epic political struggle of over 30 years, after two previous Home Rule Bills defeated (1886, and 1893) and in the face of endless opposition…

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Pots

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Just after Christmas, as part of an Irish Heritage Studies assignment, I had to go to a museum, pick out an object and compile a report.

This will be a pain in the arse, I thought to myself as the very lengthy and detailed assignment was read out. It was one, single spaced, A4 page and had lots of specific information on what the lecturer wanted.

Usually the assignments or essay titles are about two sentences long; Robert Frost Uses A Lot Of Nature As Symbols For Human Angst, Do You Are or Disagree? Something like that I usually offered up, nice and simple so it can be swallowed without chewing.

I don’t mind Heritage Studies as such, or going to the museum, but the course I am doing is tight when it comes to the timetable, it goes a little like this, lecture, lecture, lecture, lecture, lecture, EXAM. Lecture, lecture, lecture, lecture, lecture, ESSAY. And so on and on and on.

They are trying to finish it by mid-March. I don’t see that happening with the lectures that were cancelled because half the city was under water.

It is starting to show too, there were a little over 80 people at the start of the course and now there appears to be a little under 30 people, though since Christmas, the weather has been shit so a lot of people could not show up. Maybe they are following via online notes and lectures. I don’t know, or care.

So I went to the museum, I picked an Early Bronze Age funerary pot, it was a Tripartite Bowl Food vessel which was found in a grave in Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland, basically these pots or vases were found in pre-historic graves in Ireland.

Food was often put in them, perhaps a belief that the dead needed food on their journey or maybe the deity they believed in accepted food as an offering, it’s anyone’s guess.

There are no written records from this period in history, so all we have are the pots and things they made.

As I was looking at this funerary pot, examining the grooves, the cracks and the little dents that somebody had made with their bare hands thousands of years previously. Some man or woman. (I think it was a woman. It was a very sexy pot. I mean just look at it) spent hours making this and decorating it, and most likely they were making it in a time of grief. Someone had died, and they made this for them around 2,500 B.C.

And there I stood in the year 2014, in a museum, taking photographs on my mobile phone in the No Photographs section of the museum, thinking; my ancestors made that. There it stood in front of me like a handshake across thousands of years.