Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas...






What a Banker Part 2...


Back in 12OCT08 I wrote about the audacity of Sean Fitzpatrick, of Anglo Irish Bank, advising the Government about fiscal and social policy after his bank needed to be bailed out by the Irish taxpayer.

As you probably know by now, he was discovered last week to have been, ahem, hiding his own loan of €87M from the bank's auditors by transferring the loan to another bank before the annual audit and then putting it back into his Anglo-Irish a/c after the audit. This was going on for 8 years and the auditors never noticed it in either bank until this year! Full story and other Anglo-Irish resignations here.

Neck like a jockey's .....

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Hallelujah Quiz...

I got eight.

See how you get on.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7783704.stm

The Christmas Number One...



Back in the day, this used to be a big thing; now no-one even knows what's number one at the moment.

Anyway, click HERE for all the songs that have been U.K. Christmas Number Ones.

I personally will never forgive The Pet Shop Boys for beating The Pogues & Kirsty McColl to #1 in 1987!

RTE's new USA Correspondent...

I know I shouldn't laugh at this:

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Leonard Cohen Bucks The Trend...

While this has been a brutal economic year globally, it has been an amazing earning year from good ol' Mr. Cohen.

After a critically acclaimed World Tour that has grossed handsomely, his song HALLELUJAH has been chosen as the 1st single for the new X-Factor winner. This is the icing on the cake.

I read in The Sunday Times, that expectations are, it'll give him a windfall of €278k based on a 10% royalty (this is more than the actual X-Factor singer will earn from the sales of the single).

Of course, Len was badly burnt when his former manager bled him dry while he was training to be a Buddist monk back in the boom times.

Karma!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Some great new songs from 2008...

THE FELICE BROTHERS Frankie's Gun: Available here. Listen here.

RANDY NEWMAN Feels Like Home: Available here. Listen here.

RY COODER Waitin' For Some Girl: Available here.

JOSEPH ARTHUR & THE LONELY ASTRONAUTS Heart's A Soldier: Available here. Listen here.

ISOBEL CAMPBELL & MARK LANEGAN Come On Over (Turn Me On): Available here. Taster here.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND Oxford Comma: Available here. Listen here.

THE KILLERS Human: Available here. Listen here.

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS The Age Of The Understatement: Available here. Listen here.

These cost €0.99 each, so knock yourself out.

On the Dylan Tour Again...

Dylan has a UK and Ireland tour planned for the Spring.

2008 was the first year in ages I haven't been to a Bob gig, so this is good news.

Tickets have been gathered for Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin in early May.

Looking forward to seeing Rita, Fred, Liamy and Jim there, or thereabouts.

Hope security is tighter than this:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Dylan Plays Dublin on the 5th Day of May...

Tickets go on sale on Monday 08DEC08.

Click here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Dunphy Disses the "Roy Keane Mythology"...

... with John Motson, on the BBC (yes, the station and people that he always dismisses on RTE)...you really couldn't make this up:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7759767.stm

Watch the Irish media mirror the Dunph's view over the coming days/weeks, as they always do.

It's the ECONOMY, Stupid...

Ok, I'm confused.

In the light of the ongoing credit crunch here's what's going on presently:

Here in Ireland, our government has increased VAT. and told us we've been borrowing too much and it's time to save.

The Brits have decreased VAT and told their subjects to spend, spend, spend.

The American's have taken control of a load of their banks, like only socialist countries did before, and put their interest rates somewhere near zero.

Who's right?

Meanwhile, in all these country's media, economists have become more recognisable than the celebrities you would see on a reality show.