Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Finally........Dave running the womens mini a kitchen no less. Interesting!

Somebody sent me an email this morning which read....

Do you have any conscience, you ignorant gobshite! That poor woman that was on the air last night was treated like one of the prisoners in an Iraqi prison. Why, because her husband spent HIS money on HIS WIFE! Its nobodies business! F$%KHEAD

Hatemail is a wonderfull thing. It makes me laugh, it makes me smile and occasionally, in this case it makes me the spelling. Fuckhead is spelt F...U...C...K...H...E...A...D not F$%HEAD. It shouldnt be that difficult, afterall Im sure you attended a school.....somewhere. Was the forementioned caller dragged around on a leash and forced to have sex with another inmate.....I think not! Whats conscience got to do with anything?As Ive said many times, the show is called Cork Talks Back, and peoples opinions matter! Whether or not you agree with them is your problem. If you were so worried about "that poor woman" why didnt you ring in and be her knight in shining armour. You sound like the type of individual who actually has a donkey in the back garden and on the weekends you dress up in a tinfoil suit with a saucepan on your head, riding around with a yard brush as a lance. Maybe you were dressed up like that last night. Thats whats sparked you off...god love you! As for the oul ignorant gobshite comment...well, thats just plain insulting. Not that I care , but before you start slandering someone, at least have some justification.

For any of you gaming nerds out there that own an Xbox 360, keep an eye out on Xbox Live over the next few days. Lots of demos and nice things to be downloaded, by all accounts! The X06 press conference is been streamed live on

The last 7 days have been longer than they usually are. The more I think about it, it feels like 9 days. The new arrival, Gus is adapting well to the situation as is Bilbo. They could be alot better, but like the government, theres alot done but more to do. Since Monday night, Ive set up a dog prison, something similar to what they have off Cuba. If Gus steps out of line, he hits the cells for 5 minutes. After which an application for release is made. If theres further outbreaks of violence, tearing up beds etc.etc. he gets put back to this 4x2 cell. As some past inmates will tell, the prison system works well. They dont reoffend and go on, to lead happy, crime free lives. Well oul (!) Gus is a repeat offender! Its quite a tough job, being a prison warden, particuarly when the only inmate is sobbing his eyes out after been locked up, but someones gotta do it!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Monday, September 25, 2006

Im pretty sure hot water bottles have been around since Noah flung a few animals onto a glorified punt. So with that in mind I set off on Saturday to get a hwb for Gus, the latest arrival. Why does a puppy need a hot water bottle. Same reason the bear needed the rabbit to wipe its arse! I arrived in one of the nations better known home ware / supermarket outlets, confident in the fact the finding and indeed purchasing a HWB should pose no problems. I couldnt have been more wrong if I thought first gear actually meant reverse! A nice foreign national, who had little english eventually brought me to the kitchen department. Who was I to say where the hot water bottles should be kept. Kitchen Department, Bedroom Dept who knows, but she obviously knew more than me. After a quick hike she produced a flask off the shelf. Now it had been some time since Ive seen a hot water bottle, but I was positive it didnt look like something my mother would bring to farren woods!

"Im new here, you'll have to ask one of my friends" was the reply I got after explaining how HWB's worked. So I wandered around looking for anyone that might be her friend. Alas none could be found, but I did find a supervisor who had to ask someone else. She informed me, and anyone else within a half mile radius that they didnt have hot water bottles in stock, as it wasnt winter. Who'd have though HWB's were seasonal. At least now I know to keep my eyes on the catwalks for the winter collections of hot water bottles. After what seemed like a year, she instructed me to go off to a chemist. 10 minutes later, search party returned from said chemists stock room clutching, as far as I was concerned after all this, the holy grail. €10 later, 2 days on, and the HWB has been used!

So for any of you contemplating purchasing a hot water bottle for a puppy, a calf or some sexual fetish, give it another few'll be in season then!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Its only lunchtime Saturday, and its been a loooooooooonnnnnnnnggggg weekend so far. Ive rigged up a video sender with the video camera for late night observation purposes! For the pup.....of course!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

New Arrival

Meet Gus (Inspired from Paul Seniors dog, Gus, in American Chopper) who arrived yesterday. Basically he needed a good home, so we took him in. Bilbo is a bit wary of the whole scenario, but he's coming around slowly. I spent the night on the chair, with the pup to make sure he settles in ok. Besides a bust back and a cranky mood Im here.

A 5 minute to midnight phonecall the other night ensured I didnt miss Steve Irwins Memorial in Australia Zoo, which was broadcast live on Animal Planet. It was extremely sad, with more than an occasional tear shed by yours truly. As daft as it might sound to some of you, Steve Irwins death has affected me in ways I didnt think possible. The show made its final goodbye to Stevo last night, amidst the Rupert McCall poem and John Spillanes - Im Moving On!

It was an honor to have Mick Lally and Mary McEvoy on the other night to boot! Miley and Biddy....well holy god! Any thoughs of going to the Everyman to check them out have been dashed due to the new arrival, but what harm!

My thoughts and prayers go out to Richard Hammond and his family. The Top Gear presenter was in a serious accident yesterday, while attempting to break the UK landspeed record. The rat tabloids as usual are playing the whole thing up with varying reports saying he's critical but omitting the word STABLE. From my understanding, Hamster is critical but stable and his condition improved overnight. Get well Hamster!

Theres tonnes of giveaways tonight to boot, as well as the usual madness. To be perfectly honest, Im not in a blogging mood the last few weeks, but and I say this AGAIN, normal service shall be back tomorrow or Monday!

For all you Stevo fans, heres a wallpaper compliments of Animal Planet! Click to enlarge and save as!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Myself and Daves brand new gig!!! Hopefully we'll get a few more offers!!!

Check it out here

The Crocodiles are Crying!


Endless visions fill my head – this man – as large as life
And instantly my heart mourns for his angels and his wife
Because the way I see Steve Irwin – just put everything aside
It comes back to his family – it comes back to his pride

His animals inclusive – Crikey – light the place with love!
Shine his star with everything he fought to rise above
The crazy-man of Khaki from the day he left the pouch
Living out his dream and in that classic ‘Stevo’ crouch

Exploding forth with character and redefining cheek
It’s one thing to be honoured as a champion unique
It’s one thing to have microphones and spotlight cameras shoved
It’s another to be taken in and genuinely loved

But that was where he had it right – I guess he always knew
From his fathers’ modest reptile park and then Australia Zoo
We cringed at times and shook our heads – but true to natures call
There was something very Irwin in the make up of us all

Yes the more I care to think of it – the more he had it right
If you’re going to make a difference – make it big and make it bright!
Yes - he was a lunatic! Yes - he went head first!
But he made the world feel happy with his energetic burst

A world so large and loyal that it’s hard to comprehend
I doubt we truly count the warmth until life meets an end
To count it now I say a prayer with words of inspiration
May the spotlight shine forever on his dream for conservation

…My daughter broke the news to me – my six year old in tears
It was like she’d just turned old enough to show her honest fears
I tried to make some sense of it but whilst her Dad was trying
His little girl explained it best…she said “The crocodiles are crying”

Their best mate’s up in heaven now – the crocs up there are smiling!
And as sure as flowers, poems and cards and memories are piling
As sure as we’ll continue with the trademarks of his spiel
Of all the tributes worthy – he was rough…but he was real

As sure as ‘Crikey!’ fills the sky
I think we’ll miss ya Steve…goodbye


Monday, September 18, 2006

What a weekend Im after putting down! Was at the afters of a wedding in Macroom on Saturday night, and for once I wasnt driving and for the remainder of the weekend I spent my time driving around Oahu, Hawaii. What was I doing there I here you ask? Racing, breaking the speed limit, test driving a few exotic cars such as an Ferrari Enzo or a Pagani Zonda, doing a few courier runs and believe it or not saving. Yup, saved long and hard and Im now the proud owner of a Ford GT (tuned to Level 3) that will eat the road up to the tune of 200+ mph! Test Drive Unlimited on the Xbox 360 has ruined my weekend. Its the first game in a long time, that I just cant put down. The smart folks at Atari have more or less recreated Oahu digitally! Not to mention that loads of other drivers are running (or driving even) riot around the Island on Xbox live, at the same time!

Thats about it for blogging today, but check out the show later for an absolute tonne of giveaways, amongst the usual bedlam, and you psychic for this evening will be Elizabeth Joyce!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

An interesting night last night, to say the least. Junior Cert night seemed to go off pretty well for the alot of teens, but of course there is the absolute scumbag shitheads that ruin it for everyone else. Its these idiots that are getting the rest of the teen crew a bad name! Fellas running around the place with belts wrapped around their fist, gangs tearing up and down Pana with bottles, bars and an assortment of weapons, girls trying to do as much damage to one another with their SHOES, Guards been bit, windows being put in, car alarms going, people falling onto cars and puking their lungs up on their girlfriend while trying to drop the hand, stabbings, bottlings...the list goes on and on! While I accept that out of the thousands of teenagers that were in the city last night, it was only a few hundred that caused the bulk of the mayhem. For anyone to think this is just an average night in the city, they would really want their heads tested! Within in 30 seconds of Eimear being on the air, a bottle came within mm's of doing some damage to her. In fairness she stuck it out and alot of people commended her on her bravery! As this was going on, all I could do was look at Dave in disbelief. The amount of eye witness's that called in last night was huge, with people describing the madness that was unfolding! By midnight, most of it had subsided, well bar an 11 year old getting assaulted in Burger King and gangs hanging around waiting to dish out some revenge on earlier beatings!

Fairplay to the Gardai, The Ambulance Service and The Fire Brigade last night. These people have far more important things to be doing, than trying to protect the city and its residents from absolute maggots!

I'll follow up on the whole thing tonight!

And SNATCH are back, to lighten the mood before the weekend ;)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Well looks like the Ferrari Enzo I was going to put a fiver on, on Ebay has gone up a few quid. Check the link below to see the current bid, but as of this morning its after tipping a tonne.....a tonne thousand to be a bit more specific. While the reserve has not been met, its still cheaper than your average house. Afterall, what would you get for less than a 100k these days. Some bread maybe, some milk or some day time landline to mobile calls.

I was in Limerick on Sunday for the Custom and Performance Car show, hence a few photos further down the page. I was only their an hour, but it was enjoyable none the less. For anyone that has any shortcomings about the car enthusiast scene, they should take a trip to one of these shows. Its a family day out, with no BS. Even my better half changed her opinion on the whole scene after she witnessed how well behaved and organised the whole thing was!

By now Im sure all the Junior Certs have got their results, and some have ended up in a ditch with aload of cheap booze! If your a Junior Cert, and are able to read this...please take it handy. Dont mix the drinks, have something to eat and keep yer wits about you! The show will be live on the streets later on this evening, as JC night 2006 unfolds. The blog shall return to normal over the next few days, as Im aware its slipped in the last few updates. Maybe its something to do with my health kick, being kicked into the river!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Full blog update coming soon..but in the meantime...anyone fancy a Ferrari Enzo?
Starting @ 99p

I was going to bid a fiver, and possibly win it in 9 days time, but I dont fancy getting another mortgage to run it! Still though.....

Monday, September 11, 2006


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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The weather is still miserable, but the mood has brightened up to some extent. Nice response to the Steve Irwin tribute song last night. If truth be told Im still a little sad over his untimely death. For someone who seemed so invincible, its incredibly hard to believe hes gone. To have his life taken away by the things he loved for a man that gave so much to the natural world, it just doesnt seem right. Trawling around the web this morning, the amount of tributes is staggering. Steve Irwin has touched the lives of millions around the world, and will never be forgotten. Personally, the guy has given me hours and hours of endless entertainment (even infotainment) over the last number of years, and he'll always have a spot in my heart. Im sure some people find it hard to take on board that Im sad about a celeb passing on. Maybe it IS bizarre, but I felt the same way when Richard Pryor died, particuarly because I used to talk to his wife mainly, and Richard on occasion via email. I felt the same when Rodney Dangerfield passed away and I felt the same when Johnny Carson moved on. Certain celebs mean things after admiring them for so long. Having admired Steve Irwin for so long, its hard to comprehend what happened to him. Theres a group of aussies living in cork, who text the show from time to time, and they text in last night calling me a legend for the tribute song. I replied "Its Steveo is the legend"

Onto things that are not so morbid. We followed up on the Clonakilty public disorder meeting last night, and will be touching it tonight again, as it wasnt entirely finished when we went to air last night. One suggestion was that parents have to take a more active role. To be honest, Ive never heard such rubbish in my life. Everyone knows parents need to take a more active role in their little darlings activities. What difference does it make if its announced at a public meeting. Nada. Water off a ducks back. It'll be interesting to see what else has hatched out of this meeting last night.

Another topic that cropped up last night, was Debs and Grads. Some callers were only spending €200-€300 for the night. Some were borrowing dresses and the bling bling, while some were getting their dress made. Yup, getting the bloody thing made. At first, I thought the individual was getting married, but they kept insisting that it was their Debs. For anyone that gets anything made, be it a kitchen cabinet or a debs dress, its not cheap. At least with a kitchen cabinet, you get to use it more than once. Imagine spending a fortune on a kitchen cabinet and using it on the 1st of October, and then smashing the thing up and throwing it in the back of a wardrobe. Its all about value for money. Some callers were harping that its a very special night, and its the result of 6 years of hard schooling. Look, the result of 6 years of hard schooling is what your doing now. Be that in college, in a job or scrounging around on the dole. A special night me arse. More people were calling for blood at this stage and saying its the last time you can be together with all your friends. Maybe things have changed since my day (all 12 years ago) but most schools are riddled with cliques. The debs/grads are the same. Most of these people couldnt care less about if they see you again. Now, theres probably someone thinking "Christ what kinda grads did Vic have?". To be brutally honest, it was a nice night. I wasnt wandering around the street at 7 in the morning, vomiting or donning a road cone on my head. Did I spend a mortgage payment for the whole thing, nah. And what is it with people who MUST go to the leisureplex to go bowling at 3 in the morning. Are these people in bowling there any other nights. Nah! To cap off a grads/debs night bowling, isnt exactly rock n roll now is it. Come to think of it, wandering up and down the western road looking for a B&B isnt exactly Keith Moon either. But combine the B&B and running up to the ESSO wearing grad shoes with no socks and your pants half hanging off and your into the roadie at a Phil Collins gig, at the very least!

Monday, September 04, 2006

I woke up early this morning, but lounged in bed for a while. Around 11 (ish) I strolled into the computer and, upon loading up my personalised google home page I discovered that Steve Irwin was dead. I even thought it might have been a hoax, ala Johnny Knoxville, but soon discovered it wasnt. I cant remember when I started watching the Crocodile Hunter, but I have had satellite tv for years and years, so it is a long time. It was one of the first shows I got hooked on, on Discovery. Reading and watching this earlier on today, has made me very sad! The guy, in pure Cork terms, was an absolute legend. The man has done more for conservation by bringing the subject at hand to the masses, and has really made an impact on peoples views around the world. While some might have questioned the risks he took, you cant escape the fact that he has done so much and touched the hearts of millions around the world. My thoughts go out to his family!

We'll miss ya Stevo, big time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RIP The Crocodile Hunter

I cant believe this, I really cant. The Living Legend is no longer living. RIP Stevo!!!!!

World-famous Australian naturalist Steve Irwin has died in a marine accident - killed by a barb from a stingray that pierced his chest.

He was filming an underwater documentary off Australia's northeast coast when the accident took place.

John Stainton, a friend and colleague, said Irwin swam too close to the ray while he was diving off his boat Croc One near Batt Reef, northeast of Port Douglas.

"He came on top of the stingray and the stingray's barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart," said Mr Stainton, who was on board Irwin's boat at the time.

A helicopter took paramedics to nearby Low Isles, where Irwin was taken for medical treatment, but he was dead before they arrived.

Prime Minister John Howard, said he was shocked and distressed at the death.

"It's a huge loss to Australia. He was a wonderful character. He was a passionate environmentalist. He brought joy and entertainment and excitement to millions of people."

Irwin's daredevil antics, which saw him go face-to-face with deadly creatures such as crocodiles and poisonous snakes on camera, won him a global following.

The 44-year-old was known for uttering the word "Crikey" when confronted with a particularly deadly animal.

Nicknamed 'The Crocodile Hunter', he triggered outrage in 2004 by holding his then one-month-old baby while feeding a snapping crocodile at his Australian zoo.

He is survived by his American wife Terri, their daughter Bindi Sue, eight, and two-year-old son Bob.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Elvis Lives on Cork Talks Back with Victor Barry
Elvis Lives on Cork Talks Back with Victor Barry
Elvis Lives on Cork Talks Back with Victor Barry

Microphone feed only!
Elvis Lives on Cork Talks Back with Victor Barry

Microphone feed only, no backing track!!!!!

In a complete nutshell!!!

Kevin, the guy who was a recovering alcoholic, and seriously down on his luck came got sorted out late last night. He came on the air looking for advice, and told the tale of how he owned 500 quid to a loan shark and needed by this morning, otherwise he was going to get a serious hiding. That was it, he told his tale, and the people of cork blew our switchboard, nearly clean off the desk. For security reasons, I couldnt announce, until now that a Taxi company offered to bring Kevin out to the studio to collect the money from a generous listener. To be honest, I was blown away by the genoristy of Cork people, AGAIN last night. I know people say Cork is full of begrudgers, well last night was definitely not the case! Legends!!!!!

Speaking of legends, we had reports for most of last night of people spotting a guy in a cape and black jumpsuit. Someone rang and told Dave that they saw this guy in the car park, late last night. So doing his producer job, he wandered off to see what or who was going on. And unbelieveably, he came back into the studio with Elvis Presley...from Kanturk. And hes on the net too...amazing!!!

The Elvis

Videos to follow!!!!