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Does Vanity Fair even know it has a heterosexual male readership? Does it care?

Drogba Ronaldo
It’s one of the finest monthly magazines in the English language. Certainly, it’s the only one to keep me occupied through return transatlantic flights. But even at the best of times, I doubt many straight men would feel 100% comfortable being seen reading Vanity Fair in public. It doesn’t matter how mature, well adjusted and secure in your own masculinity you are. Sooner or later you’re going to find yourself weighing the quality of the journalism against how gay the cover is likely to make you look on the Luas. Read the rest of this entry »

May 11th, 2010. 17 Comments »

More Cowbell (2000)


It was ten years ago last month that this classic SNL sketch first aired. When it has turned up on YouTube since then, it tends to be pulled down fairly quickly. So if you haven’t seen it before, hurry! Meanwhile, after the jump, I will single-handedly suck every last drop of fun out of the thing by rationalising exactly it’s so funny. Read the rest of this entry »

May 9th, 2010. 8 Comments »

Friday morning coming down

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The good news: this is the view from my hotel room. Bad news: It’s 7am and time for the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show. These people are fucking insane.

May 7th, 2010. 13 Comments »

Asleep (1985)

May 7th, 2010. 2 Comments »

“Who were your influences, hair-wise, back in the day?”

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“My influences, my influences… Bobby Charlton…? No, not him. I can’t think of the guy’s name now. Hold on, your mother might remember…” Read the rest of this article here.

May 7th, 2010. 1 Comment »

It’s Not Easy Being Green (and Red)

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Right. I’m outta here. Got a call last night to see if I wanted to go on tour with Ian Dempsey and Mario Rosenstock and their Gift Grub thingy. I’ll be writing about it for the paper, you understand. (It’s hilarious the number of people I’ve told, who assumed they’d asked me to perform. What? On the back of this? Really!?) Read the rest of this entry »

May 6th, 2010. 6 Comments »

Are these the greatest consecutive tweets ever?

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I must admit, I’m belatedly warming to Twitter. One guy who followed me on there (so I reciprocated) posted this the other night. He followed that shortly afterward with this… Read the rest of this entry »

May 6th, 2010. 10 Comments »

Miscellaneous Amusing Items I’ve Come Across #35


How the hell have I never heard about this until now? Johnny Slade’s Greatest Hits is a 2006 screwball comedy featuring virtually the entire supporting cast of the Sopranos in what appears to be an ill-advised, campy gangster romp. It looks absolutely really, really terrible… I have to see it!

May 6th, 2010. 2 Comments »

Document sets out the minimum calorie intake required by Gaza’s 1.5m population, according to their age and sex*

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On Monday, the BBC published a full list of goods permitted into Gaza, under the Kafkaesque terms of the Israeli blockade. The contents of that list had long been the subject of exasperated conjecture for both humanitarian organisations and commercial importers. (Some of the proscribed items include jam, chocolate, wood, fruit juice, textiles, and plastic toys.)

Yesterday, I received this email from Eoin Murray of Trócaire (who kindly helped arrange my visit to the besieged city in the summer of 2008.) He wrote: Read the rest of this entry »

May 5th, 2010. 4 Comments »

In case you missed this last night…

Contender for greatest ever blog comment here.

May 5th, 2010. Comment now »