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FREE THE CHIP SHOP FIVE!

free-the-chip-shop-fiveA grave injustice has been done. Five young men have been punished for a crime they had very little to do with. Barred for life from Marco’s Take Away in Stoneybatter (the fast food outlet of choice for a new generation), tut-tutted at by every pain-in-the-hole auld one in a two mile radius, and for what? The muddled testimony of a henpecked chip shop owner? The palsied lies of his stubby-fingered wife? Read the rest of this article here.

April 7th, 2009. 2 Comments »

IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING (1955)


Up very late writing up an interview with David Kitt for the Irish Times. Don’t think he likes giving interviews. Don’t think I like transcribing them. Either way this song has been stuck in my head all night. Sublime.

April 7th, 2009. 2 Comments »

NOTHING IN THIS PICTURE MAKES ANY SENSE TO ME…

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…But I want a goddamn llama and I want it now.

April 6th, 2009. 3 Comments »

THIS IS FUNNY

It’s odd the things that make me laugh. The Onion cleverly subvert Garrison Keillor’s excellent, but eminently risible, Lake Wobegon books. It barely raises a smirk. Then they put Nicholas Cage in a fake mustache and I’m giggling and like a schoolgirl. Go figure.

April 6th, 2009. Comment now »

STAY WITH ME (1972)


Hell, yeah.

April 5th, 2009. 7 Comments »

“IT’S 7.30AM. I’VE JUST FINISHED DEER STALKING…”

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As promised a while back, here’s the transcript of my “explosive” interview with celebrity chef, rhetorical question fetishist and all-round pompous arsehole Marco Pierre White, published in the Irish Times yesterday. Since I filed copy, he’s been dumped from his reality show in the US. To be honest, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer fellow… Read this article here.

April 5th, 2009. 5 Comments »

YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR PROBLEM IS…?

Sara has a rather low opinion of Irish men in general. But there’s one Irishman for whom she reserves particular scorn: One prototypical idiot she regards as even more clueless than the herd. “Tell me Eooo-wen”, she purrs in that lugubrious Teutonic drone of hers. “What are you getting your girlfriend for Christmas? Binliners, perhaps? Tampons?” Read the rest of this entry »

April 5th, 2009. Comment now »

FAITH ALIVE


1. Taliban fighters hand out 37 lashes against a teenage girl in the Swat valley, Pakistan earlier this week, for attending market with a man who was not her husband.
2. Genius YouTube video blogger proves the existence of God. Yip, it’s a pretty watertight case he makes.
3. Ultra-Orthodox newspaper airbrushes women ministers out of photograph of incoming Israeli cabinet.
4. Christian power ballads? Hell yeah!

April 3rd, 2009. 5 Comments »

VISIONS OF CODY/ON THE ROAD (1959)

April 2nd, 2009. 2 Comments »

THINK I’M GONNA BE SICK…

Eddie GogginsA CUP OF TEA. A bowl of corn flakes. Two slices of brown toast with margarine and honey . . . If someone had asked me on the tarmac what I ate for breakfast this morning, I doubt I’d have been able to recall. Hurling upside down through a bank of clouds at 250 miles per hour, though, I can recount every tiny detail, from the brand name of the margarine, to the expiration date on the milk… Read the rest of this article.

April 2nd, 2009. 6 Comments »