Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ex-Irish Players Take Over Soccer Media...

The amount of Republic of Ireland soccer players from the late '80's and 90's who are employed by the media is quite impressive. Look at this lot:

Andy Townsend, Jim Beglin (ITV),

Mark Lawrenson (BBC, TV3, Irish Times, TodayFM)

Mick McCarthy (BBC)

Tony Cascarino (The (London) Times, TodayFM))

Frank Stapleton (Sky Sports)

Pat Bonner, Kevin Moran (TV3)

Liam Brady, Ronnie Whelan, Kenny Cunningham, Ray Houghton (RTE)

Michael Robinson (Spanish station Cuatro TV)

Paul McGrath, Denis Irwin, John Aldridge all do various media stuff too.

Nice work.

Friday, August 29, 2008

A bit of A Bit Of Fry & Laurie...

I loved the above series when it was on tv. There is loads of sketches on youtube to investigate.

Here's one of them:

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Seven Days Too Long...

I was listening to the brilliant (1980) debut from Dexys Midnight Runners, Searching For The Young Soul Rebels, to-night.

One of my all-time favourite albums.

There is one cover-track by the lads on the album. Here's the original version:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man...

I watched the above documentary/film on DVD recently.

Basically it's performances of the great man's songs by other artists (I had been at the Dublin leg of this retrospective) with bits of an interview from L. Cohen himself interspersed throughout, along with more talk from the guest artists. Full details at the imdb site.

The songs were all performed admirably enough but, of course, you would prefer the man himself singing them, along with listening to more of his chatter.

And it should be mentioned, as a matter of public service, that there is a high level of Bono content.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Classic Albums PodCast...

This is basically a chat between two music lovers (Gary & Stephen) about the music they've been recently listening to. They generally pick two albums and give their thoughts on them. Both have different tastes which make it interesting.

It ain't earth-shattering stuff but an enjoyable listen if you're driving your car or stuck on the bus.

I listened to my first one yesterday (Sgt. Peppers/Blue) and will be dipping back in for more.

Here's the link:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Van Morrison's revamped site...

Van's people have set up a video channel on the official site.

This is good news because it features some great performances (the bad news is all the unofficial stuff has been removed from youtube).

Anyway, here's a great version of St. Dominic's Preview:

and an oldie:

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Off-Licences now must close earlier...

Just back from my local off-licence, picking up 6 bottles of Tooheys Extra Dry, when the proprietor tells me that he now has to close earlier.

Seemingly the government are trying to stop binge drinking and under-age drinking. In order to achieve this noble aim, they have brought in legislation to make off-licences close at 10pm (they used to have roughly the same opening hours as on-licence premises).

Of course, if young lads/lassies want to get out of their face, they are always well stocked-up long before 10pm.

Just another example of politicians being able to say "look, we did something".

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Irish Political News to-day...

All the front page news in to-day's Irish Independent is of interest.

1) Segregation call in Irish schools: An opposition TD wants to "segregate" immigrants who don't have English as a first language from the "mainstream" school population.

I won't even go into how dangerous to society this policy would be; but what is laughable is how we would staff up these additional classes. We already are screaming out for more teachers and, indeed schools.
Surely it would be better to have "out-of hours" English classes for these kids. Maybe, they could be taught by people trained to teach basic English (not necessarily fully trained teachers).

2) TD's & Senators employing relatives in their departments. 'nuff said.

3) Houses built in the last 15yrs, on flood plains, blamed for recent floodings of roads and towns.
Why were houses allowed to be built on flood plains & water tables ? Oh yeah, politicians gave permission to property people.

4) The Department of the Taoiseach's phone messages instruct callers that Bertie Ahern is still our Prime Minister.
He resigned 4months ago.

5) Bono had lunch with Queen Rania of Jordan, Nicolas Sarkozy & spouse Carla Bruni. What do they talk about?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Props needed for The IT Crowd...

Graham Linehan is looking for props for the new series (well, in a casual way).

The main piece of interest, of course, is that there is a new series of the quite excellent sit-com.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Ronnie Drew R.I.P....

Another sad passing:

Here's The Dubliners with The Pogues on ToTp:

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Jerry Wexler R.I.P....

Producer Jerry Wexler, who passed away on Friday 15AUG08, was involved in some of the greatest music recorded in the last 60 years. Indeed, the term producer isn't big enough for this guy.

There are reams of stuff about the great man that you can read on t'net.

Here's just one guy he worked with, Big Joe Turner:

Obama sings Astley...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Major Sports & The Olympics...

The Olympic medal is the pinnacle of achievement in a wide variety of sports.

However, since the abandonment of "amateurism", in major sports it is definitely not.

Therefore, in my opinion, it is totally inappropriate to have medal competions in, say, soccer and tennis when the likes of the World Cup and Wimbledon totally supersede them.

What's next? An Olympic medal for golf? Horse racing? Snooker?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Taxi Driving has gone easy...

Myself and Mrs. Nicodemus got a taxi from Dublin airport in the early hours of Sunday morning (a canoe might have been a better idea).

Anyway, we gave the driver our desired address, he promptly inputted it into his sat/nav, and brought us directly to our destination.

Looks like having local knowledge is no longer a necessity for a cabbie.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Back from Italy...

Came back on Sunday morning to a waterlogged Dublin airport and it hasn't stopped raining here since. At least we got 2weeks of great weather in Italia!

Anyway loads of news on the web about the Dylan bootleg series vol8 release but let me draw your attention here and here.

Also heard from Fred that the Tom Waits gigs were a triumph in the Phoenix Park. He also gave me this link to a full concert from the tour here.

Leonard Cohen may be coming to the new O2 (Point) venue.

Now I have to go and get ready for work to-morrow. Grrrrrr....