Friday, October 31, 2008

Songs For Halloween...

I'll open up the crypt with these:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Kings Of Comedy...

Prize cesspits Jonathon Ross & Russel Brand have been displaying their , eerr, sense of humour by phoning up 78yr old actor Andrew Sachs and leaving lewd messages on his answering machine regarding his grand-daughter and generally slagging him off; all as a part of Brand's BBC radio show.

Listen to all the full clips here.

Timeline of events, and other relevant links, here.

The reason given by Ross was "you don't realise, that what you're doing, has a reality outside".

Ross is BBC's highest paid broadcaster.

Update: Interview with Sachs.

Negative Article About Roy Keane in Irish Paper SHOCK...

Nearly fell off my chair when I found a negative article about Roy Keane in the Irish Independent to-day.

Normal service will be resumed soon, I'm sure.

Ian Dowie Sacked...

Q.P.R. have "terminated the contract" of Ian Dowie after 15matches in charge (official, short, statement here).

This time last year The "R"'s were bottom of the Championship and out of the Leagure Cup. This year they are 9th and still in the League Cup after beating Premiership competion en route.

The club would have been delighted with this position 12 months ago.

I suppose, when there is big money put in, the pressures are different.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"When Dredger Shoots...He Shoots To Kill!

I was a relatively big reader of 1970's comics as a young lad.

Favourites were:

Roy Of The Rovers,
Tiger and Scorcher,
and, best of all, ACTION.

This last one was quite violent and featured tough guys for tough situations. Just the thing for a nine-year-old boy. Even the sport was killer...Spinball, anyone?

Anyway, I've come across a site that details all things ACTION. It details the the story of the comic, the ban, some of the actual strips etc.

Here it is:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sarah Silverman's London Debut...

Comedy's new "big thing" from America has had pretty dire reviews for her U.K. debut:

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Levi Stubbs R.I.P.

One of the great voices in pop:

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Gerry Ryan's book...

Brace youself for the following thoughts of an Irish DJ:

"My canteen is the restaurant of the Four Seasons Hotel," he writes in a chapter headed Fine Dining. "I have all my meetings in that restaurant. I know Louis Walsh does the same thing."

"I think Irish people still need to wake up to the joys of sommeliers... My favourite sommelier was Pascal in Dromoland."

"I go first class with Aer Lingus to JFK.....There's a big seat, everyone's attentive and nice," he goes on. "I have a few drinks, and when I'm with my family, I see them enjoying the fruits of my labour .... Then we get to New York and there's a limousine waiting to take us to Manhattan.

"We check into Fitzpatrick's and go upstairs to one of the suites, or as we did last year, to the penthouse ... And the path is always greased. Maybe U2 are playing in Giants Stadium, and the backstage passes will be waiting for us in the Rockefeller ...."

"My favourite tipple is Jameson twelve-year-old. I like Gold Reserve ... I used to spend a lot of time collecting single malt whiskies .... At one stage I had a big collection of whiskies, fifty or sixty, and I would delight (in an obsessive compulsive way) in lining them up."

"My eldest son Rex, who was eight or nine at the time, was in charge of the two big humidors [cigars], and he had the business of keeping the cigars at the right temperature down to a fine art. ..."He kept the whiskies' labels all turned out front too."

"These days, Paris for me is staying at the Hotel Meurice up at the Jardins des Tuileries.

"You can't even get in there unless you've got a grand in your sock

I've quoted all this self-absorbed crap, as it was reviewed, here.

Should stop you buying the book in case you were considering it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Three Little Bops...

I reckon I'll be down circa. €2k after to-day's budget.

So, to cheer myself up I'm posting this old Jazz era cartoon:


Monday, October 13, 2008

Recent albums ripped to mp3 player...

I've been getting some of my recent (and one not so recent) cd's onto my Creative Vision:M this evening.

Here's the list:

Wavelength (2008 version) - Van Morrison
Radio Bob vol2 - Uncut compilation cd (November'08)
Now Hear This! - Word compilation cds (Sept & Oct '08)
Best Of - Creedence Clearwater Revival
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (2008 version) - Van Morrison
Harps and Angels - Randy Newman***
I, Flathead - Ry Cooder
Tell Tale Signs - Bob Dylan
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Seeing Things - Jakob Dylan
A Piece Of What You Need - Teddy Thompson

and the oldie from 1998

Deserter's Songs - Mercury Rev

Pretty tasty bunch.

*** here's a sample from the above list that's pretty timely:

Here's a good chuckle...

Peter Serafinowicz impersonates 50 "made-up" celebrities in 2 minutes. It goes by so fast you'll want to play it again:

See more funny videos at Funny or Die UK

Sunday, October 12, 2008

With friends like these...

McCain has to stand up for Obama from his own voters:

Then again, he did pick Palin as his running mate....

What a Banker...

A Bailed-Out Banker's advice for Ireland:

Sean Fitzpatrick of troubled bank Anglo-Irish Bank, which was one of the Irish banks bailed out by the tax-payer due to their poor value property loans, has advised the Government in the upcoming budget to introduce a cut in corporation tax, a reduction in children's allowances, a reduction in the state pension and put restrictions on the medical card scheme.

That he has the nerve to lecture on social policy in Ireland, and still sees fit to offer suggestions on tax policy, so shortly after the way he and his ilk have put the economy at risk, is breathtaking.

Oh, and what was he earning for a year's work at the height of all this reckless financial carry-on?

Details still available by clicking here.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Its Nighttime In The Big City...

Season3 of the acclaimed TTRH has begun.

First show MONEY can be downloaded from here.

For further shows check on the link on the RHS of this blog every thursday.

Peace Out.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hollywood targets the big guys...

The Film Industry is targetting playschools that show films to the under-fives.

They want "each child [to] pay a fee of €3 plus 17.5% Vat per year to watch DVDs in their playgroup.

Ahh, heartwarming stuff.

For the full story, from The Sunday Times, click here.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Dylan & Son...

Went down to my local independent record shop and bought Bob Dylan's new album, Tell Tale Signs (Bootleg Series vol.8). I just don't like buying the new Dylan cds over the 'net. I guess I'm old-fashioned and too impatient to wait for the postman (I wouldn't dream of just geting the download). The 1st three songs are previously unreleased versions of "Mississippi", "Most Of The Time" and "Dignity". What a trio to kick things off.

Its another reminder how strong some of the stuff Dylan has done in what would be a time of "clocking it in" for most other artists.

Anyway, while I was down there I spotted his son Jakob has a new album out too (also on Columbia), so I bought that too.

Imagine trying to make it in the music bizz, on your own terms, when Dylan is your father! The best of luck to him.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Joe Kinnear's first week in the job...

This is a hell of an exchange between the new (temporary) Newcastle United manager and the local press as recorded in The Guardian.

After reading down the potty-mouthed transcript, you'll enjoy the last question & answer.

Click on the link below.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Palin's foreign policy expertise...

... is that she lives in Alaska and eeerrr, Alaska is near Russia:

Good God! Surely McCain/Pailin can't win...... can they?

Listen to new the Dylan album for free...

NPR have been give permission form Columbia/Sony to stream the new "Bootleg Series Vol.8" release TELL TALE SIGNS for one week before it's Oct 7th release. Click on the link below: