Thursday, January 29, 2009

The one with something or nothing

Is better to have something or nothing? This is almost nothing, so best of both worlds. 

The one with last nights mystery sound!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The one with retail therapy

One of the topics on the show last night was an article from on of the papers saying we should knock retail therapy on the head!

Personally, I like to shop. I can shop like a woman! And I can shop like a whore who just got over paid for 15 minutes of "fun" when it comes to online shopping! 

As soon as I hit 18, whats the first thing I did? Legally take a drink? Legally get into a nightclub? Wander around car parks spying on couples getting it on? None of the above. I applied for a credit card, and some bunch of idiots decided, yeah lets give this fool a credit card with a £500 limit. I got the card on a friday evening and had run up over £400 on it by lunchtime Saturday. I didnt care. It felt damn good. It wasnt my money, it was someone elses, or so I thought. When the bill arrived, a month later, I felt dirty and ashamed. I scrubbed myself for hours and excluding 2 boners, I couldn't get myself clean! But I was addicted. Id pay £50 or £100 into the card when I got paid. Then I'd go off spend again! I had the disease and still do!

After a while red letters and angry phone calls happened. So what did I do? I went off and got another credit card! I was completely addicted to spending like I was P-Diddy or some shit! Years passed and I never ended up in court. I got rid of one of the credit cards, well when I paid it off they never gave it back! I still have one. These days I'm a bit wiser, or maybe its because I have a bigger limit. 

As for my biggest spending spree, fuck knows! Theres been too many. Around Xmas time last year, I went off to buy presents for a few people in Mahon Point. I crawled out of the place a few hours later, laden down with bags....and no presents! I think the bill came to around €500/600. I try not to think about it anymore!

I'm sure I have some psychological problem when it comes to the big spending. Tvs, Amps, Projectors. Anything expensive and electronic. I go off, do the research on the item. Then decide to buy it. Either online or otherwise. When it comes to the purchase, I back off. And empty the shopping cart (online) or walk out of the store. Then I go back an hour later and click like a mad thing. Before I know it, the fuckin thing is ordered, or Its in the boot of the car and I'm halfway home. But I don't realise what Ive done until its half an hour later. Then the sex with a hooker shame kicks in!

But, we all get down days, we all get bored. And this is where the retail therapy, for me anyway, kicks in big time. Ya cant beat lying in bed at 4am, iPod in hand, ordering Blu-Rays that'll remain unwatched for months! Sure, when the postman arrives at the door its a big anti climax. But the thrill of the ordering is like....well lets say something involving ping pong balls and hookers. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The one with school dishco's

Jason Byrne was on the late night interview with my fine self on Sunday night. A pretty in dept chat that covered many topics including the school discos. In turn I started thinking back to my own school discos. When I was eventually allowed to go, it was a pretty big deal. Keep in mind my mother didn't want me outside the door as a child so it must have been a pretty big leap of faith on her behalf, to let me out near gurls!

After 3 hours of negotiations, a mediator and political involvement, the manager finally stepped down and things went back to normal. What? Sorry! After all of the above, I was left loose. The preparation process was intense. With 3 bottles of gel, my hair was stuck to my head like a rock. Nothing would shift it (which was very true in more ways than one), not even the wind. Which was great in my mind. Then a bottle of me Dads Brut was applied quite liberally. And when I mean liberally, I mean the whole fuckin' bottle. I cant really remember what I wore, but I have a vague feeling there were jeans, a shirt and some Harley Davidson t-shirt involved. Quite the catch. I know, I know. So I met a few friends and somehow we got to Roco!

All the years of watching Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson kiss and mount women, I was ready for action. As far as I was concerned I was as mad as Martin Riggs and I got a spin in an F-14 to the dishco. All the thoughts bursting in and rescuing some Patsy Kensit lookalike and flying off into the night were quickly disintegrated when I got in. 

The night was spent with a few mates doing laps of the huge sports hall. Without stops at the shop for overpriced Coke and sweets, a lap could have taken anything up to 15 minutes. Throw in regular "Wanna dance" and "Wanna dance with him" questions, with the subsequent rejection, the lap would have then worked out at around 16 minutes.

I'm not sure how many gurls I asked to dance that night, but I'm pretty sure they all said no. Yeah, they all said no. I'm sure some even started crying. Granted, that was probably the brut.

The whole thing ended by midnight. My mum was picking me up outside. So after dodging the violence with the various local gangs, who used tree limbs as weapons I was in the car and on the way home. So that was the first school dishco. They got better after that, and I managed to score a few times. But I'll always remember the first one. And I suppose in someway I was like Martin Riggs. I took a few bullets and survived. All I needed was the straight jacket and Danny Glover!

Monday, January 26, 2009

The one with the hurlers statment



We have decided to call this press conference to try and make our position clear for people, given that we have now been left behind by the Cork Senior Hurling management with the full backing of the Executive of the Cork County GAA Board.

The last time such a conference was held was in 2002 and then it involved only seven of the representatives of the 2002 panel.

You can see before you this evening the entire Cork Senior Hurling panel from 2008, who will be available for questions after this statement, which I am reading on behalf of us all.

That we feel it necessary to be here and to attend in such numbers, is a reflection of how things have gone since that first press conference over six years ago.

The truth is that in the eyes of some, we committed an unforgivable act of treason at that time, and they have taken every opportunity since then to undermine us, divide us and deride us. The fact that not all of those involved in 2002 were on the panel in 2008 has not made any difference.

For those of us who have been hurling for Cork for a long time, it is a sad and bad time. For those who have just started out it is doubly so.

That the younger members of the panel are here, and clear in their hearts and heads, as to why they are, is a testament to them and a source of enormous hope for the future of Cork Hurling.

If we have men with convictions, and the courage to match them, then we will always have a chance.

Over the years, the Cork Hurling public have been kept in the dark, not represented and misguided, in the furtherance of the agenda of taking back control at all or any cost.

We are here to set the record straight.

We hope that in doing so, people can make up their own minds based on the reality, not the spin we have heard for months.

In the terrible turmoil of the world at the moment, the one good thing which is becoming clear is that people are being forced, and are willing, to decide what really matters to them.

People are rejecting the old ways that got us in the various messes we find around us.

Cork Hurling is sacrosanct to us and to those involved in it throughout the County at grassroots level.

It involves a trust, a search to be the best, a belief in confidence with humility, a tradition to be revered and many traditions to be created.

The trust has been abused, the standards have fallen and the members of our organisation are in despair at what is happening.

We believe that the time has come to speak plainly and directly.

We, as things stand, have nothing to gain by doing so.

If we don't, we as the leading County in the G.A.A. will continue to lose our way.

We want to put the record straight in relation to the current Cork Hurling management;

We did not object to or in anyway undermine the management for 2007 and 2008.

We assisted in every way possible with any difficulties as regards team management during that period.

We were given a role in the selection process for the Hurling manager for 2009 by Kieran Mulvey in his arbitration findings in early 2008.

In good faith, our representatives took part in a number of meetings on behalf of the panel, until it became clear that there was no process really involved. The Board Executive clearly viewed it as a vote, in which they would always have a majority. This was obviously not a "process" by any interpretation of the word.

In spite of the views of our panel as regards the outgoing management, the Board Executive decided to force a vote on the only candidate put forward by them.

There was no process either for the selection of candidates or for their assessment. It has been our view since, that when we had left the "process", it could not legitimately conclude its business without us.

The Board may argue that they have technically complied with the process in the usual "rule book" way but then certainly did not comply with the spirit of it.

Accordingly, we have always maintained that the appointment of the current manager was flawed.

Despite this, and out of respect for the man on a human level, and given the actions of other inter-county panels last year, we decided to send an urgent delegation to meet him to explain our position, in private.

We set out the lack of confidence in him within the panel and the fact that he was, in our view, being used by the Board Executive to further their longstanding agenda.

He rejected our views outright despite a further meeting, again in private and with a larger representation.

The manager was then duly ratified by the Board, even though he was the only person in Cork who the panel had definitively stated that they did not want as manager, having had two years of his management.

Since then unfortunately, because the man has been in a compromised position he has spent the winter flip flopping between closing the door on the panel and opening it, between criticising and antagonising our panel and praising it. He has taken the good name of some of our best and has persuaded other young players to put themselves in equally difficult positions.

We recognise that he has been supported in full and in writing by the Board Executive in all these endeavours.

We have resisted the temptation to comment on the manger personally. We have been left with no option but to comment on his ability, in our view, as a coach or manager. We would not have had to unless the Board Executive insisted on ramming his selection through.

It should be remembered that no Cork player publicly criticised the manager after the defeat in the All Ireland Semi-Final and we would never have commented at all unless forced to do so.

Furthermore, we have never at any time spoken of his business activities or interests or his personal traits, even though he did comment on ours.

The promises of a development system, involving a centre of excellence, made by the manager were obviously an attempt to show that there is some sort of plan.

To be fair to him, he was not responsible for such a plan and we cannot hold him responsible for having forgotten about it over the last few months.

Ironically, such a plan was proposed by our representatives, in the failed process to appoint the new manager.

The fact that no such plan exists or is being implemented in Cork is a damning indictment of those responsible.

This statement, as you know, is being made on behalf of the entire panel of 2008, which you see in front of you. Everyone has had an opportunity to contribute to this statement and fully supports every word of it, of their own free will.

Some of us might like to be more radical in what we say, but the principle which we have adopted since 2002 is that we will act as one and speak in one voice.

To get to that one voice on any given issue or to decide how we will present ourselves, prepare ourselves or behave ourselves, has often involved long and difficult debate and argument among us.

Only when everyone has freely given their view does everyone take a decision.

The fact that some of the voices may have been heard for twelve years and some for only twelve months is important only to the extent that experience is beneficial on or off the field. Otherwise we are equal and we are strong.

We have on occasions too numerous to mention been accused of being said and led by Donal Óg and Seán Óg or whoever and for once and for all we want to make it clear that we find that notion deeply insulting to us all.

Are we expected to be sheep in meetings and suddenly turn into wolves on the field?

Are we to ask these people what to do in the split second heat of inter-county championship hurling?

If there is such a culture in Cork Hurling, it is elsewhere.

You can ask any player here about this issue and you will see from the reply you get and from the other questions you will pose, whether the answers are representative of the whole panel or not.

The other point about this is that it presumes that the elder statesmen on the panel would actually want to force young players to do their bidding. That is deeply insulting to them and we all reject it absolutely.

We do not have to try to intimidate anyone, as has been scurrilously alleged, despite that fact that it has been done to us since 2002.

We were not hurling for Cork in 2008 because we have turned up longer than anyone else or because we were prepared to do the bidding of anybody else.

We are aware that the perception exists in some quarters that we are a troublesome group; that we are difficult to deal with; that we behave like spoiled children as opposed to the role models for future generations of hurlers we would aspire to be.

Certainly the promotion of that perspective has been the intention of Gerald McCarthy since last autumn and of the Board Executive since 2002, in our view.

All media efforts have been concentrated or reaching the point, which was reached last Tuesday, of throwing the hands up in exasperation at the unreasonableness of this group and seeking to curry the support of the Cork Hurling public on the basis of this untruth.

We are passionate about our hurling, about our clubs, and about winning for Cork. This may lead to a lack of perspective occasionally! It may lead to us having to take tough decisions and get involved in battles many of us have fought over and over.

Where there is a genuine intention in Cork to work together for one purpose, even if mistakes are made or games lost, we have no complaint.

There was no complaint from us from 2003 to 2006. We contested all eight available championship finals and won five of them over those four seasons. We haven't contested a final since.

One occasion when we might have spoken out and didn't was the initial appointment of Gerald McCarthy. We refrained in the hope that the candidate of choice of Frank Murphy (who according to Gerald had to be very persuasive) might somehow work out.

We hoped that the structures of the previous four years which came from us, together with the managerial choice of the Board might be the marriage to end the ongoing hostility and mistrust.

Of course, it transpires that we were naïve, in that we supposed such an intention existed on the side of Frank Murphy and the Board Executive.

We feel that there is a sickness at the heart of the organisation in Cork which must be healed. It is not for us to apportion blame as to how that happened. We believe that the cure can only come from within this great organisation. In the meantime, we refuse to take part further in the latest manifestation of that sickness.

If that makes us difficult, then that is regrettable. We would all, to a man, prefer to be labelled as difficult than as cowards; to be seen as fanatical rather than morally weak; to be seen as acting above our station rather than subservient and self-serving.

We have no fear of the laws of the world; when there is a better player he must take our place; when there is a better team against us we will be defeated; when there is a better idea or ideal for Cork Hurling, we will be irrelevant.

It is for the Board Executive to push what it sees is best for the G.A.A. in Cork and to seek to guide and lead the Board and the organisation.

Where those present at Board meetings have no time, capacity or incentive to seek or promote the views of their own clubs, there is little need for invention or persuasion.

In theory the Executive should answer to the Board of Delegates; in reality the Board of Delegates answers to the Executive.

Where there is no room for real debate the people involved become despondent and where this happens you have only one result; A dead system.

Only those who believe that the Board is active or representative, or those who don't care whether it is or not, could be happy to perpetuate the situation.

It's been this way for so long, that clubs have had to decide that if they want any representation, they have to take it as it is.

Because of the systemic problems, the organisation has no capacity to reflect the wishes of those it is elected to serve. The incentive for people who might like to actively try to do so is negligible.

One rarely hears of hotly contested elections for the role of Board Delegate. This should not be so. It should be among the most important jobs in a club. We should all be grateful to and inspired by the ambassadors of our club who should be actively able to represent us in a real way.

If you were to ask any Club member who runs the GAA in Cork, whether he or she is for or against him, they would all, if being honest, reply "Frank Murphy".

This is the truth of a situation which is a long time in the making and cannot be healthy. We all agree that Mr. Murphy is a thoughtful and capable man, but he needs, as do we all, to serve this organisation and he shouldn't be expected to have to continually lead it.

Cork needs strong and capable leaders, whose agendas, ideals and plans emanate from the membership, through the rigours of lively and fearless debate.

We, as GAA people, who believe in a living democratic process, should accept no less than this.

If the Cork Hurling public really preferred the ways of the Board Executive, this argument would have ended rather quickly in 2002.

Despite the Board Executive enjoying ringing endorsements from its delegates time and again, the will of the hurling people in Cork has always shone through in the end.

This time it is needed more than ever. If the ways of the Board Executive are now the wishes of the Cork GAA public then so be it; we will disband as a group and face that reality. If not, they now, surely, deserve the change that will end this ridiculous series of altercations for once and for all.

The solution to this situation, like all the others, rests with the Cork Hurling public.

We do not want to choose our own Manager; we do not want to cause trouble or difficulty; we do not want to delight our opponents around the country with stories of division in the proud County of Cork and its Clubs.

We want to do our very best as totally committed amateurs for Cork Hurling.

We call on the members of our clubs to take back control of their organisation and to accept that the responsibility for a resolution of this situation actually resides with them.

Things have been left get out of hand again and again by those elected to manage this organisation.

We do not want to manage this organisation.

Staying quiet and hoping that some inspired third party will come in to paper over the chasm that exists in our County, is no longer an option.

Are we or the 2009 panel destined to spend next winter in another ridiculous shambolic waste of time?

We are calling on the membership to mobilise and to decide what they want for the future.

As a start and as repeatedly requested by them, we are issuing invitations to the Chairpersons of all the Clubs of Cork to meet with us as soon as possible to discuss the situation further.

We will await developments generally but let us be clear;

If we do not have the support of the Cork Hurling public in our actions, we will disband.

We do not and will not hold any ill feeling personally towards any of the people involved in Cork Hurling, including any player currently with the Cork set up or who might return should we so disband.

If this is it for this panel, then so be it. We have unbelievable memories and friendships to recall and take with us.

We have been proud to represent our Clubs and County with the very best of our efforts.

Whether those efforts should include the stand on our principles we have repeatedly felt obliged to take, is for the Cork people to decide.

We have genuinely tried to honour a tradition of honesty and integrity bigger than us, by taking those stands.

We have tried, by doing so, to make things better for future generations of Cork hurlers.

We want to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, those supporters of Cork Hurling who stood by us through thick and thin and hope that they will carry equally fond memories of this team.

We will close by reading to you what each player wrote to Gerald McCarthy in response to his recent letter to us all asking us to return under his stewardship;

"Dear Gerald,

We acknowledge receipt of your letter. Given the seriousness of the issues at hand and the fact that the thirty players in question remain steadfast in their stand, this correspondence does not alter the situation in any way.

In fact, the haste with which the letter was leaked for publicity purposes has, if anything, merely compounded matters.

Can we remind you that our passion for the Cork jersey remains as strong as ever. There are no men within our County more committed to that jersey than the thirty players who received your letter and I can assure all involved that the anguish they are suffering at the moment is intense and real.

However, our commitment to the principle by which we took this stand, is total, and the pain being felt by the players serves only to deepen their resolve.

We want to play for Cork and we want to win for Cork. We will not stand in the way of any player who wishes to play for Cork in those circumstances but our loyalty to each other, to our County and to our cause will not be tested."

Statement ends

The one with the finest damn photo you'll see all day

Check it

The one with dogs on a leash and super rat

The other day I came across a couple who were out walking their dogs. Nothing bizarre about that I hear you yell. And I'd normally agree except both dogs were on long leads in the middle of the road, while their brain dead owners were trying not to get their fuckin boating shoes muddy.

Seconds later I was driving at a crawl and the gobshites made zero attempt to pull the dogs in off the MIDDLE of the road. So a long punch of the horn finally made them drag their dogs in off the MIDDLE of the road. Then the look. Oh yes, I got the look. You know the look! You'd swear I was after running the dogs over, picking up their dead, yet still warm bodies, skinning them and driving off to sell them to a Korean restaurant.

So after all that, I drove over a rat. Not just any rat. Nope. It felt like I was driving over a speed bump. I knew I hit the little fucker, but there was no sign of a bloody mess in the rear view mirror. So super rat is out there somewhere. Around Monkstown to be precise.

That in turn, takes me back to the time when I managed to kill and dismember 2 rabbits on a dual carriageway. I remember the impact. I was doing around 60mph (that's in olden times) and remember the thump. The car I was driving at the time had a hard plastic / fibreglass bumper that was cracked in 2 places. So the rabbits must have thought something out of Mad Max was hurtling toward them. Anyway, the rabbits went in the front and out the back. I stopped and drove back to see the damage (as you do). I was greeted by 2 rabbit paws (still twitching) and 2 rabbits in halves. As I said Mad Max. Maybe they should have got some costumes from Super rat. And I genuinely felt bad. Then I drove home.

The one with some real hilarious S%^t

What follows probably isnt for those who are offended easily. If you are, God, why are you here in the first place. Anyway, another legend of the internet.

Bloodninja : Baby, I been havin a tough night so treat me nice aight?
BritneySpears14 : Aight.
Bloodninja : Slip out of those pants baby, yeah.
BritneySpears14 : I slip out of my pants, just for you, Bloodninja.
Bloodninja : Oh yeah, aight. Aight, I put on my robe and wizard hat.
BritneySpears14 : Oh, I like to play dress up.
Bloodninja : Me too baby.
BritneySpears14 : I kiss you softly on your chest.
Bloodninja : I cast Lvl 3 Eroticism. You turn into a real beautiful woman.
BritneySpears14 : Hey...
Bloodninja : I meditate to regain my mana, before casting Lvl 8 Penis of the Infinite.
BritneySpears14 : Funny I still don't see it.
Bloodninja : I spend my mana reserves to cast Mighty of the Beyondness.
BritneySpears14 : You are the worst cyber partner ever. This is ridiculous.
Bloodninja : Don't fuck with me biznitch, I'm the mightiest sorcerer of the lands.
Bloodninja : I steal yo soul and cast Lightning Lvl 1,000,000 Your body explodes into a fine bloody mist, because you are only a Lvl :2 Druid.
BritneySpears14 : Don't ever message me again you piece.
Bloodninja : Robots are trying to drill my brain but my lightning shield inflicts DOA attack, leaving the robots as flaming piles of :metal.
Bloodninja : King Arthur congratulates me for destroying Dr. Robotnik's evil army of Robot Socialist Republics. The cold war ends. :Reagan steals my accomplishments and makes like it was cause of him.
Bloodninja : You still there baby? I think it's getting hard now.
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The one with trailers

Harry Potter and the half blood prince - Just released in Japan (New trailer)

Notorious - Released Feb 13th

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The one with Obama doin Beyonce

The one with the mini movie review - Frost/Nixon

Here's something that I didn't expect to turn out the way it did. In a nutshell, its based on the original set of interviews David Frost conducted with Richard Nixon. At the time Nixon had basically bent America over and fecked off without saying thanks, sorry or ordering room service. Mr. Frost watches the President resign and goes off about planning a set of interviews.

Nixon's right hand badger sorts out an astronomical amount of money (for the time) and they agree to do the interviews because they reckon Frost is more at home talking shite about celebrities and stoats than actually seriously interviewing the President. So they set about the interviews and Frost (wonderfully played by Michael Sheen) gets it on with Tricky Dicky (played by Frank Langella). Frost spends most of his time mounting some lady he picked up on a plane, going to shindigs and trying to convince anyone who will listen to buy the interviews. All the time while his hapless cohorts attempt to dig the dirt on Dick. At the midnight hour Frost gets his A game on and the rest as they say, is damn fine history.

Throw in some great supporting performances (Kevin Bacon for example) and you've got a great flick. This is a great flick let down by a  poorish impression of Richard Nixon. Other than that I loved it. That said if your type of movie is The Fast and the Furious this may not be for you.


The one with the mini movie review - Valkyrie

Excluding his interview on Jonathan Ross Friday, jumping up and down on on Oprah and thatinfamous Scientology video where he explained the mysteries of the universe or something, we havent heard much from Tom Cruise in a while. So is this the comeback flick. I dont think so somehow. Think back to Britneys supposed comeback a while ago.

Its a true story about a German and a group of Germans who figure they have to save humanity and kill Hitler. Now the only problem with all the Germans including Adolf is that they all speak in anything but a German accent. So the whole movie revolves around this plot to kill Hitler and climatises with a briefcase bomb and the German resistence controlling Berlin and so on.  Crusie does look very good with the eyepatch and uniform. If I were Katie Holmes I'd be demanding he bring a few home for the bedroom. I love the Cruise machine, but this isnt his movie. 

Valkyrie doesnt flow in any sense of the world and it times to me feels disjointed. Its got the pace of a blocked septic tank and the majority of the the thing seems bland and off colour (literally). Not my cup of tea. I'd say stick with Downfall.


Friday, January 23, 2009

The one with Kate Winslet singing

You learn something new every night.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The one with some Ninjain'

Its true, the world is slowly coming to an end....

The one with 30 Rock

Currently addicted to 30 Rock.

The one with the Ronan O Gara Song

Get out your oul casio keyboard for this one! Not gonna win any singing awards but.....

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The one with inauguration photos

Brilliant selection of shots @

The one with the Stig

Rumours are running riot regarding that Ben Collins (fairly decent racing driver person) is actually the Stig. The same Ben Collins was a stunt double for Danny Craig in the latest Bond movie, Quantum Physics or whatever its called. The story goes that Collins came out to the staff of a Bristol art gallery.

Now according to the telegraph there is actually 4 people who all don the white suit. Its quite possible that Ben Collins is one of the four. For the other 3, who knows who or what they are. All I one of them is called the STIG.  

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The one with the Barack Obama Inauguration Speech

Part 1

Part 2

The one with how to transport a cow

I dont think Ive ever had the need to transport livestock, but if the time ever comes, this is how Ill roll!

The one with nice wan

Just a big nice wan and thanks to those of you who nominated the blog for the Irish blog awards
Appreciate it big time!

The one with the Inauguration and the R Word

The word change is used quite a bit!

We change a wheel, we change jobs and we change our underpants to give 3 useless examples! But now, change has arrived. Like the man who is all about change, he admits that he's not gonna wave a little magic wand and make things better! It'd probably look a bit weird anyway! Barack with a little pink fairy wand going "Pfffffffffoooofffffffffffffffff" *DING*. At the same time, I liked Bush. I didnt like any of his policies and he's been quite instrumental in stirring up the terrorists nest, but I found him at times to be a normal joe soap and a man who has provided about 832 hours of comedy.
Personally I think the guy, based on how he has pimped himself out to the world, is an incredibly inspiring character. A fantastic deliverist (is that even a word?) when it comes to speeches and a guy that seems to have his head rightly screwed on! A guy that seems to have values, goals and dreams. He's in for 4 years, whether or not he'll get a second term remains to be seen. The downside, I guess, is that given that he is such an amazing deliverist (!) the chances of bloopers and feck ups, ala George W. are gonna be nil! In fact theres probably more chance of me taking the TV off standby, to save the penguins. Its going to be a very interesting year and only time will tell if the man who has promised change to America and the world will deliver! Then again, he is a great deliverist!

No doubt, the usual slew of Irish political figures have a big drool coming out of their mouth. The drool has now passed their nipples and will only break off when they get their little photo op at some point with the Barack man. Maybe if the current crop of politicians took a leaf out of Obamas book and set about implementing change as opposed to constantly spinning the doom and gloom we'd all be a little better off!

Its beginning to drive me nuts! Constant doom and gloom from various (not all, thankfully at RedFM things dont sound as doomy as anywhere else) sectors of the media. Job losses, Recession this that and the other. I accept the fact that it is the news, but the Recession is not solely the news. It reminds me of how some American news networks constantly flogged the terror alert! It had people living in absolute fear. It kept people down. It caused depression. This is the exact same, except its the Recession alert. For anyone reading this, don't buy into the whole doom and gloom that's been belted out at an overwhelming rate. Accept it and move on, dont dwell. Brian Cowen and the rest of the boys aren't gonna come round your house in their fleet of Mercs and sort out your problems. If we have a problem, ya gotta do it yourself.
People are so influenced by the media these days, and I think its always been the way. War of the Worlds comes to mind. Psychologically if you constantly hear doom and gloom your gonna believe doom and gloom is coming for you. And if that happens, Game over man! Your caught in a rut.

People need to have a little belief in themselves when it comes to this. Yes, we are all painting on the one gigantic emerald canvas. So grab your paints and paint your own section. Don't wait for someone to tell you to start, don't wait for someone to say its the wrong brush. Just get on with it!

Monday, January 19, 2009

The one with mmmmmmmmmmmmmadonna

Heres the pics Im gonna be on about....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

The one with a few trailers from last night

From The Movie Bit....


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Marley and Me

Friday, January 16, 2009

The one with the mini movie review - The Wrestler

The Wrestler

Well they dug Mickey Rourke up and Darren Aronofsky convinced a few big wigs to let Rourke star in the Wrestler. Rourke plays Randy "The Ram" Robinson who is a little bit past it, but still on the independent wrestling circuit, and gears himself toward one more big rasslin' match with his biggest rival from back in the day! Throw in a few health problems, side story with his long lost daughter and a wonderful stint as a deli guy and you have the Wrestler! Oh and dont forget the fantastic Bruce Sprinsteen song as well!

Rourke has already picked up a Golden Globe and quite deservedly so. I think for alot of actors out there, they never get the opportunity to shine because the movies they star in are more for paying the mortgage than anything else. And that becomes a habit. Easy money. They never find their movie, but trust me on this one, Mickey Rourke has found his! Amazing performance in a very good film. Check it out!


The one with the boner song and the 4 chord song

From last night....

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The one with Balloons getting it on'

This is from a durex ad, and its not safe for work, for younger readers for anyone whos easily frightened and offended. You've been warned! Great ad though

The one with a dog in a bib

Late one today, but as I referenced last night, here's Gus sporting the nephews bib. The dog loves the smallie and we had to request a bib to keep him sane.

The one with a Rubiks cube, Big Willie Style

Last nights CTB Myster Sound Scene Shenanigan

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The one with Prince hunting jockeys

Absolutely brilliant!! So this is what the artist formerly known as Prince does in his spare time!

The one where Ill tarmac your drive

I had planned on ranting about the joys of spending vast amounts of time in the jacks with an iPod touch. But as there is only a day and a bit left to go for the closing of the blog awards nominations this is like one of those knock, knocks on your front door during election season.

So, in my best local politician can imagine your own response after each sentence.

How are ya? Sorry now for bothering ya 
Victor Barry here from the Blog party. Great weather today isn't it?
Tis, tis, jaysus you never know we might get snow before March.
Anyway, listen to me, the reason I'm calling is the blog award nominations shut off tomorrow, January 14th
Yeah, yeah. Well a blog is a thing where fellas like me write about things. Tis kinda like the newspaper or a magazine, but its not really.
No, no I'm not selling logs. Tis blogs missus.....yeah...yeah...
Look, anyway if you think I'm deserving of a vote in any of the categories then click here
That's great. And listen, Ill have a word with the lads in the council about laying down some tarmacadam on your drive there, if ya give us a vote. And sure, when you give us the oul vote in any category, dont forget to vote for the other members of the blog party. 
Oh jaysus, I'm not sure now when they'll be up with the tar. But vote for us first anyway, and we'll look after ya. And look, if you also give us the vote, I'll ensure that 4 new hospitals are constructed every 6 months, chips n curry will become the national dish and badgers will get freedom of the city.
All the best now!

Monday, January 12, 2009

The one with "Whos the other one?"

I filled a bucket with ice last night and subsequently filled that with various items from the fridge. Originally I filled a large mixing bowl with ice, but that didn't work out too well. I then collapsed on the couch and hit up the Golden Globes in HD.

Great to see the Irish crew do so well and I'm sure a certain amount of people didn't realise Colin Farrell had such big words in his vocabulary. Fair play either way! Other notable items at the Globes were Robert Downey Jr's hair and then the quote of the year from Kate Winslet accepting her best actress globe, "Who's the other one?????". To which a quick thinking director and cameraman had Angelina Jolie's puss in full frame and as much as that beautiful smile beamed to millions of people around the world, you could help but see the "Fuckin bitch, I'll scratch your eyes out and eat your lungs" look on Jolie's face. Jenny Aniston must have been jumping around her living room or where ever she was.

And Sacha Baron Cohen didn't do himself any favours by knocking Madonna for six and referring to "poor" oul Guy Ritchie as her man servant. The booing continued for what seemed like 3 days and Id imagine if I were there, I would have smelt the fake tan bubbling and boiling.

So a good night for the Irish and even better for the Brits, with Slumdog millionaire more or less cleaning house. Heres the winners list, compliments of

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Colin Farrell for In Bruges (2008)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008)

Best Director - Motion Picture

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

The Wrestler (2008)("The Wrestler")

Bolt (2008)("I Thought I Lost You")

Cadillac Records (2008)("Once in a Lifetime")

Gran Torino (2008)("Gran Torino")

WALL·E (2008)("Down to Earth")

Best Animated Film

WALL·E (2008)

Bolt (2008)

Best Television Series - Drama

"Mad Men" (2007)

"Dexter" (2006)

"House M.D." (2004)

"True Blood" (2007)

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy

"30 Rock" (2006)

"Entourage" (2004)

"The Office" (2005)

"Weeds" (2005)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

"John Adams" (2008)

"Cranford" (2007)

A Raisin in the Sun (2008) (TV)

Recount (2008) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Kevin Spacey for Recount (2008) (TV)

Tom Wilkinson for Recount (2008) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Alec Baldwin for "30 Rock" (2006)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Tina Fey for "30 Rock" (2006)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Laura Dern for Recount (2008) (TV)