Saturday, January 30, 2010


With this week's launch of the iPad the death knell has been sounded (again) for newspapers.

I am a fan of newspapers and can't begin to think of them being replaced by a screen. There is something about the feel and look of a newspaper (preferably broadsheet) that plastic encased technology lacks.

And you can't run around your living room and whack a fly with an iPad either.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mad Men returns..

MAD MEN Series3 began on RTE1 and BBC4 this week. It was like having an old friend back. Quality television.

I wasn't surprised it won the Golden Globe earlier this month, for best TV Drama, but I am somewhat stunned at the scheduling time on RTE. i.e 11:40pm....... on a Monday night, and BBC have put it on one of their "minority" channels!

Best set your Sky+/DVD Recorder/VCR; but make sure you've watched series 1 & 2 first.

Q.P.R.'s New Management Team?

Click HERE.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Hail Competition, Broadband & other things...

Just upgraded to 7Mb broadband with, from 2Mb, for a Euro less a month. This low rate of €44.99 was probably brought in due to competition from the new Vodafone At Home service (who recently took over the BT domestic business).

When I first got hooked up to the Internet back in the old days my 2 monthly phone bill was over €130 for just dial-up from Eircom! Good to see the free-market working in something. What'll probably happen next is that one or two big firms will buy up all the teleco's and we'll be back to square one.

By the way, have you noticed the maths-minx Rachel Riley on COUNTDOWN on Channel4 TV lately? I can't tell my vowels from my consonants anymore never mind concentrate on making a word!

And amazingly a week has gone by without a QPR manager being sacked or appointed!

Finally, sorry for the lack of postings recently. Been a bit busy in "real-life". I must do better!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Duckworth Lewis Radiophonic Blunderbus...

One of this blog's favourite albums in 2009 was The Duckworth Lewis Method. Now Tom Walsh and Neil Hannon have been given the Sunday 5pm to 7pm slot on RTE 2Fm to spin their favourite tunes for a few weeks.

The first one was last Sunday and the next one is to-morrow. Well worth a listen.

Click HERE for the most recent show.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Darts On BBC2...

Loving the World Championship Darts on BBC2 but what an annoying presenter.

[Excuse me name dropping Iris and Peter's fave but].... God, that's my second Norn Iron post in a row.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Coo-Coo-Ca-Choo Mrs. Robinson...

Just want to thank Iris & Peter Robinson for keeping me heartily entertained whilst I was snowed-in for the last couple of days.

This included the BBC exposure of their money-grabbing expenses claiming (and a further claim of £150,000 in wages for four relatives, including two of their children); her affair with a 19yr-old son of a friend and sourcing him £50,000 from business people to start up a cafĂ© (but then asking him for £5,000 of it for herself); and, to top it all, their calculated, pitiful, throwing of themselves on the public airwaves for sympathy (by the way, does Tommie Gorman specialise in accommodating this kind of thing? Does he charge a fee?).

Wouldn't normally show such schadenfreude but these two characters always took the high moral ground on every issue I ever heard them spout about whilst name-dropping God at every opportunity.

Details HERE.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I Thought RTE Had No Money...

We keep being told that RTE have no money, so why the hell are they starting up yet another chat show on saturday nights? Everyone knows one chat show is enough for the size of the country. I mean, have you seen the line up we've had so far on Friday nights this year, when there has been no Saturday night competition?

They had the opportunity to abandon this waste of space idea after Kenny vacated the Friday night slot to the previous saturday night host Tubridy.

To compound the insult they've got the awful Brendan O'Connor to host the damn thing.

It's Been A Long Christmas Break...

... but most enjoyable:

I discovered that:

I loved Dylan's Christmas album (it's now put away with the decorations),

The Felice Brothers' Frankie's Gun was sang-along-to at the end of the OUTNUMBERED Christmas special.

Gavin,Stacey,Smithy & Nessa live happily ever after.

Raced through my dvds of series 1&2 of Midsomer Murders without guessing the plot once! Lovely.

Ronan Keating now has the same hairstyle as Hitler.

Shudder to think what Guy Ritchie has done to Sherlock Holmes (but will still go to see it),

This blog got listed on the irishblogdirectory somewhere between "Colm O'Gorman" & "Mountain-Biking In Ireland".

Enjoyed both new editions of Top Of The Pops on the BBC and realised how much it is missed from our tv schedules (it should be on once a month).

Van has a new son/ Van hasn't a new son/Van might have a new son etc. etc.

QPR continue to break my heart and lose to Keane-o's Ipswich.

Loved the freezing cold weather in front of the fire when I hadn't to go anywhere.

Then on, January 2nd, saw an ad on tv for Cadbury's Creme Eggs!

Happy New Year.