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Electric Picnic 2008 05/09/2008

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ELECTRIC PICNIC 2008!!!
And so, once again, ventured down to Stradbally, Co. Laois last weekend for the as-always excellent Electric Picnic. Much more sensibly than last year, having Dermot in tow this time, we decided to leave Dublin at 10:30am, the car all loaded up with the relevant supplies and provisions (tents, sleeping bags, booze, etc). 

Our tent, before the rest of them all moved in

Campsite: The tent, with all the space around it before the riffraff moved in

Made it to the carpark by midday, a far more respectable time than previously, and had the tent pitched by 1pm. Though the walk from the carpark with all the bags and belongings was pretty torturous, what with the wheels on the trolley collecting far more mud and straw than was strictly necessary.

Cracked open a beer while waiting by the tent in the yellow campsite for a while for the sister and her mates to turn up, which they did eventually. Damn the lazy campers though, the myhabs and teepees and the rest in the purportedly posh Tangerine Fields campsite next door taking up a humongous amount of space. Hell, next year it’s the quiet site for me, if not a camper van.

I was a big fan of them as a child...

The Stunning: I was a big fan of them as a child...

Enough with the moaning, we headed into the main area around 6pm to catch The Stunning in the Crawdaddy tent. While I may lose street-cred for this, I really enjoyed them, having been a long time fan of their work since I was a small(ish) child. Whooped it up a storm for Half Past Two and December Sky. Though I did leave straight away as soon as Joe took over the vocal duties from Steve, never liked his songs/singing much.

 

Goldfrapp playing on the main stage

Goldfrapp: Playing the main stage

Wandered round up towards the main stage in time to get a great spot to see Goldfrapp. Great show, mostly the down-tempo pastoral psychedelia from Seventh Tree, with the odd track from Supernature and Felt Mountain too, which was a nice gentle lead-in to the thunderous Strict Machine and Train. Smashing performance from the waif-like Alison, stamping around the stage like a crazed Pierrot on angry pills.

 

The giant lanterns had people swinging around inside them

O2 Area: The giant lanterns had people swinging around inside them

Back up to the bar for more beers, the Paulaner was going down a treat. Stopped off at the O2 space, there was a show on which can only be described rather lamely as “people hiding inside giant paper lanterns while swinging around the place on tall bouncy sticks”

 

Sigur Ros taking on the main stage after the sun went down

Sigur Ros: Taking on the main stage after the sun went down

Sigur Ros were up next. Sounded great, huge, almost orchestral build-ups with the plaintive vocal wailings meandering over the top. Hell, don’t need to explain it to anyone, if you know them, you know what they sound like (and what they should sound like). They did sound like that too. Loud ambient drone music with rock subtleties? Not sure if it makes sense, but it did on the friday night after quite a few beers.

 

Sigur Ros, from the engineer's box

Sigur Ros: From the engineer box way further back

Met up with Eddie and Tony towards the end of the set, who were a little miffed at the fact that the bars had shut at 10pm while they were having dinner in Portlaoise. Boys, you need to get your priorities sorted! So, we decided to head up to the tent for more beverages and refreshments. 

Went for a wander down to the Bodytonic area, where we caught the Fish Go Deep lads playing a set of classic house choons. Given the fact that this was going to go on for a fair bit longer into the night, was pretty glad we hadn’t picked the Green campsite to stay, even if it was the nearest one to us on the way in from the long march to the carpark. Tried to get some cash from the sole ATMs on the site, but failed abjectly, owing to there being no cash in the machines at all at all, so went off to bed with ourselves.

Well fed and still cranky!

Breakfast: Well fed and still cranky!

Up early in the morning, went for the showers. Queues were mad at 9am for the private showers, so we bit the bullet and went for the communal ones, which were grand, not a bother (no photos though…) Went exploring round the area, and had ourselves a lovely veggie breakfast wrap and coffee just outside the Body & Soul area. Bumped into Fergal, a mate from school, and had a chat, his mate slagged off Dermot for being a bit kranky regards the state of the toilets/campsite/anything else that was bugging him. 

 

Wandering round the picnic

Main Arena: Wandering round the picnic

Wandered further and wider, around Body & Soul, taking the sights and sounds. Eventually headed back in to camp to drop off the towels, change the t-shirts, and pick up some beers. Eddie and Tony came back in and we had several drinks, with the very chatty Michael and Darragh. Had vodka too, mmmm, Absolut Vanilla, much nicer than it sounds.

 

From waaaay back, I think she was wearing a golden witches hat and matching leotard. Glamtastic!

Grace Jones: From waaaay back, I think she was wearing a golden witches hat and matching leotard. Glamtastic!

Back into the main area, ended up running around looking for various mates of the lads, before heading into Grace Jones. Stuck to the back of the tent, unfortunately, so her show was a brief glowing spot in the distance. You could still make out her weird contortionist dancing from a mile off though. Great show, particularly pleased by the fact that she sang La Vie En Rose

Underworld were up next, another great show from the two chaps. Left just before the end, thankfully as they finished up with Born Slippy, their best known but most over-played chav-anthem track. I don’t think they even went into Nuxx!!??! (I’m a closet Underworld fanatic, for them not to do Nuxx after Born Slippy is an absolute crying shame). Can anyone tell me if they played Rez, though? I can’t remember, everything/everything was a slight blur at this stage…

A rather blurry nighttime shot of the lads and Erin

A rather blurry nighttime shot of the lads and Erin

We did bump into Erin O’Connor at one stage during the night, post Underworld, and took a blurry photo of her with the lads. And it didn’t get any less blurry, on account of having more drinks/pratfalls into our tents later on…

 

Dermot tries out the latest in festival sartorial statements.

Dermot tries out the latest in festival sartorial statements.

Sunday morning came accompanied by a hangover. Another shower, another breakfast wrap, another wander round the Body & Soul area. Dropped off Dermot’s stuff at the car, but unfortunately missed Candi Staton in the process.

 

Best show of the weekend, hands down!

Hercules & Love Affair: Best show of the weekend, hands down!

Went back into the main area again, just in time to catch an amazing set by Hercules & Love Affair. Honestly, thought it was the best set of the weekend, though feel free to correct me on that one. Danced the whole way through, right up almost at the front.

Met up with the sister and her whole entourage outside the Bacardi tent in the wholly unexpected glorious sunshine, and just about managed to resist the temptation of a Mohito or two. I’d made the decision to drive home that evening. When the lads came in, had a single pint, had to really make it last.

Had dinner in Pieminister while listening to Spearhead and Michael Franti way off in the distance (pretty good actually). Chicken and bacon, mmm, scrumdiddlyumptious. And joy of joys! It’s coming to Dublin! (Finally!)

Thankfully, the baby never popped nor pooped while we were in the tent

This Is Pop Baby: Thankfully, the baby never popped nor pooped while we were in the tent

Went into the This Is Pop Baby for the live TV show with Panti, great craic. Back out into the sun for a while, though was starting to feel a bit chilly as the wind picked up. So back into This Is Pop Baby again for the drag show. There’s something about seeing all the girls performing up on a proper stage, with a gigantic inflatable baby hanging from the ceiling that added a certain extra frisson of, oh, I don’t know, je ne sais quoi maybe? The girls never looked so good, even the one who recognised Dermot in the audience and gave him the finger.

 

So, by now it was late Sunday evening, 9pm. Would have loved to have caught The Gossip, who by all accounts were absolutely excellent, but there was a tent to pack up, and I was by now freezing my tits off. Back we went, and managed the 30 min walk/stumble back to the car. Stocked up on several Diet Cokes to keep myself awake and in the fast lane, made it home in an hour, in bed by 12, wrecked to bits.

Woke up the next morning very glad indeed of the fact that I’d wisely had the foresight to take the Monday off. Tired but still exuberated

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Electric Picnic ’08 posts 27/08/2008

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I’ll be endeavouring to post frequently while at Electric Picnic ’08. Rather than storing up on witty and erudite posts and one-finger-typing in a frantic manner, I’ll just post stuff up on tumblr instead. All my twitter/flickr posts will also be up there, so depending on the 3G reliability down in Laois, I’ll be trying to post up some pretty pictures as well, otherwise it’s random twitts all the way.

The man, the Mission 26/08/2008

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Going to see one of my all-time heroes in October up in Belfast…

Ennio in action

Oscar winning legendary film composer Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Untouchables, Cinema Paradiso) is set to perform his first ever Irish engagement at the Opening Concert of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s.

The Italian composer, behind some of the most instantly recognisable film music of the last forty years, will make a rare live appearance at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on Friday 17th October, just days before his 80th birthday. He will conduct the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra and Belfast Philharmonic Choir, with over 100 musicians flying to Belfast especially for the occasion.

Ennio Morricone has won five BAFTAs for Best Score and been nominated five times for an Oscar. He finally received an Honorary Academy Award in 2007 “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music”. His credits include Sergio Leone’s 1960s Westerns ‘A Fistful of Dollars’; ‘For a Few Dollars More’; ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’; ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ and ‘A Fistful of Dynamite’. Morricone also scored other iconic films including ‘Once Upon a Time in America’, ‘Days of Heaven’, ‘The Untouchables’, ‘Cinema Paradiso’ and ‘The Mission’.

Also included in the Belfast lineup is a performance from singer, songwriter and actor Seu Jorge (The Escapist, City of God, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) who makes his Belfast debut for an evening of intense urban samba and big-band Brazilian funk on Wednesday 29 October at Mandela Hall.

Tickets can be booked online at http://www.belfastfestival.com or through the Belfast Waterfront Hall at http://www.waterfront.co.uk or by phoning +44 (0)28 90 33 44 55.

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DUB2NEWYORK cocktail 24/08/2008

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Cocktail in the Radisson, Dublin, tequila, apple and mint, gorgeous! Cheers Eddie!

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Ominous weather approaching 19/08/2008

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There’s a cyclone coming, Auntie Em…

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Dinner tonight 18/08/2008

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cos I’m lazy, Cornish Pasty for dinner

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ok, sorry about all the iPhone posts… 13/08/2008

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…but here’s some more!

http://www.ismashphone.com/2008/08/iphone-tricks.html

http://www.ismashphone.com/2008/08/iphone-tricks-1.html

One cool trick I found was by double clicking the home button while the phone is off or displaying the “slide to unlock” message brings up the rewind, play, fast-forward, and volume controls for the ipod application. You can then press play and rock out or pause the song already playing.

and also (for Irish users only…)

Eirtext has officially been released in the iTunes App Store. It’s only valid to Irish users who are on the Meteor or 02 Network.

From Damien Mulley’s blog, for similar useful links and more besides

iTM iPhone controllers now in the iTunes store! 12/08/2008

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Ok, so, I’ll admit this is probably of minimal interest to most people online, but the iTM applications for the iPhone are now online in the iTunes store, which means I can turn my iPhone into a midi controller, which is nice! MacOSX 10.5 only though, which is not necessarily a problem for me…

iTM Keys, iTM XY Pad, iTM Matrix and iTM MidiLab are the current various incarnations of the applications available:

iTM MidiLab
this is the original app, currently featuring all the user interfaces (chosen at startup)
MidiLab is intended to become our showroom / beta platform
a free app (forever) where new users can test an existing an established ui from one of our available commercial apps and also some new one we may be implementing / testing at that time for new products
we feel it is a new approach regarding iphone apps

iTM Matrix
this is a button matrix implementation,
especially suited for ableton live clip triggering featuring midi feedback (showing wich clips are playing)
it can also be used for triggering samples or any other midi ontrol
currently there is 4*4 or 8*8 config, sending note on off
soon to be implemented,:
user configurable labels, colors, matrix size, midi config(channel, notes) and different pages

iTM Keys
a standard midi keyboad,
ranging: c-2 -> c8 with pitch bend,
soon to be implemented :
swipe play, modulation and cc bend, midi config(channel, program change)

iTM XYPad
a trackpad sending ccs on the x and y axis for effects control
featuring spring switches (spring to center, spring to zero)
soon to be implemented,:

more details here

She’d better not be txting anyone… 06/08/2008

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Yay! 04/08/2008

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Monday bank holidays are GREAT

Anyone for watersports? 11/07/2008

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Sounds like a nice weekend break…
http://www.muffdivingclub.ie/

Also, check out their cool t-shirts too!
http://www.cafepress.com/2509

Test Cat Post 09/07/2008

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This is merely a test post, plus a photo of a friend's pussy.

Sometimes, jumping the bandwaggon just ain’t worth the hassle 05/06/2008

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Wired: Metallica Repents, Sort Of
Wired: Fans Rip Metallica a New One

I’m not a Metallica fan or hater, never was, never likely to be, pretty much indifferent about the lot of them, but here’s something for them to think about, maybe…

Back in the day, in the early 1920s, the Musicians Union came together to try to ban recorded versions of songs by their members being played over the radio, claiming that they would lose their only source of income, vis-a-vis live performances. This, patently, failed.

Those who make the most amount of money from album sales from major labels are not the artists, but the labels themselves. The majority of major-label signed artists will be very lucky to receive 15% royalties on their album sales. This income is often reduced further by advances from the label, to ‘assist’ with recording the album down. Effectively, the artist is paying for the studio sessions themselves, and not even retaining the rights to the recorded works, and in some cases, not even the publishing rights.

I imagine that it’s their record label that are the ones who’ve decided to shamelessly cash in on digital downloads. The band, I assume, are merely going along for the ride, which is actually the saddest thing about all this. They don’t understand that they’ve been subtly used and manipulated in the past into being the spokespersons/bullyboys for the majors trying to maintain control over the existing physical formats of music distribution. Suddenly to be seen the paraiahs of the digital download-savvy consumers must have come as quite the shock to them, although it begs the question:

Were they ever really that in touch with their core audience if they didn’t realise that the average fan back in the 90’s was a teenage rock kid, and that they didn’t have the deep pockets to keep forking into for the constant supply of ever-changing merchandise that the band issued forth? Hence the popularity of the free downloads, which, to be fair, are a less satisfying substitute for a CD, and a far less satisfactory experience than witnessing a live concert.

They did, and still do, seem to be primarily concerned with maintaining a regular source of income for themselves, rather than trying to push the boundaries of the music they put out and perform.

And to perform is key. The new model for bands and artists is, well, back once again to the old model. For good musicians, live performances win you your new fans and keep you your old fans. For the others, well, keep practicing, you’ll probably get there eventually.

I ordered a Freecom 320GB Toughdrive a while ago… 09/05/2008

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It just arrrived today…

…and wooo! I got a surprise free laptop bag* with it! Thanks guys!

(* Like I haven’t already got 11 of those already. But free stuff is always welcome.)

Jamie Lidell in the Academy 05/05/2008

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Ok, I’ve been to the best gig ever. In my life. Which either means one of three things:

1. I don’t get out often enough (it’s true, I don’t).

2. I’m a master of over-exaggeration and hyperbolae (I so am, it’s unbelievably incredible how indescribably true this is)

3. It was a great gig (this, too, is also true)

First off, it was on in the Academy, the re-branded Spirit from clubbing days of yore. Having been on several occasions in the past, including putting on a short run of club nights in the basement, I was a little dubious about it. On this, I was wrong, it’s a pretty decent mid-sized venue, though the sound was a little ropey at the bar, as is usually the case in most places anyway.

Arrived into the middle of the opening act, which was very good, smooth and low-key indie-vibed singer with a band and gyrating accordionist. She pleased at least a small section of the crowd an acapella rendition of “O ró sé do bheath abahile”, and old Irish tune learned by pretty much every Irish child the world over. Didn’t recognise her at first until she sang the last couple of songs, but finally I realised it was Mara Carlyle, who released her album “The Lovely” a couple of years ago. I can confirm that it is indeed lovely, go forth and buy it now.

So, that having surprised and impressed me no end, we only had a short time to wait until Jamie Lidell and band took to the stage. I, of course, had nipped out for a quick ciggie, so I missed the opening track “Another Day“, but even from outside on Middle Abbey Street it got my head nodding and feet all a-tapping. Heading back inside quick-smart, it was amazing how much energy he was putting into the show, and by fuck can the man sing!

Someone drew a comparison with Jamiroquai, but Mr Lidell holds no truck with stupid hats, repetively bland tunes and ridiculously affected pseudo-funky mincing/dancing around.

An immense amount of gusto, verve and pizzazz went into the performance, from the slow ballad “All I Wanna Do” (which Anna thought reminded her ofthe old soul number “A Do-Right Man”, and not to be confused with the Sheryl Crow tune of the same name), to the tight and punchy-as-fuck P-Funk riffs of “Figured Me Out“. But the place lifted off its feet for “Out Of My System“, when the band gradually slipped from the stage, leaving Lidell to do what he does so well, looping and sampling, and beatboxing and singing over the top, turning the jam into full-on club house madness, only to be rejoined by the band after 15 minutes to drop the funk back into the room with a bang which triggered off large shakings-of-booty.

Little touches like the way he sang “thank you very much” into his Antares Autotune (or equivalent device) after the synthy wonderness of “Little Bit Of Feel Good” got a laugh from the audience, and pleased the non-dancing nerdy beardy types. I of course received a double whammy of joy-joy-goodness, being heavily engaged in dancing at the time, and also being of the nerdy beardy persuasion too.

The night finished off with Jamie and Mara performing an excellent duet encore of “Wait For Me” onstage. Excellent gig, 5 star rating.

BUY HIS ALBUM too. It’s really, really great. And if he comes to town, GO TO HIS GIG. You will not be disappointed.

Field of Four-leafed Clovers? 14/04/2008

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Plus like, OMG, like, Ugg boots and shit? Too many Dublin D4 girls references in this for most people to actually be able to comprehend this, but it’s hi-larious, excellent work by whoever put this together!

edit: damn, wrong video

Radiohead no longer eco-friendly happy chappys 08/04/2008

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Much brouhaha has been made of Radiohead’s decision to sell their remix stems for Nude via iTunes at $5.94 for the full package (so to speak).

To be fair, this is, by in large, common practice for websites remixes, particularly in the sphere of dance music. Beatport have charged in the past for the privilege of remixing Moby & Booka Shade amongst others. They usually give away 2-3 free stems each time, but any additional elements are charged at $2 per stem.

I dunno, the whole “Radiohead=thievingbastards” hype about this is kinda moot, they pretty much give away their album for a nominal amount (I paid £5 for the 192kbps mp3s. That’s a fair price to me for a digital download album, no artwork/CD inlay for pore over), but when they charge for the remix bits, it’s like they’re being branded as worse than Starbucks, Halliburton et al.

Lots of CDs are coming out at €5 a pop with those awful “insta-remix” software packages on them, and they invariably have samples of hugely downgraded quality. You’re usually talking 128k mp3 or less. Assuming the Radiohead stems on offer are 320kbps, why not charge for them? You do get what you pay for.

Except for the fact that they’re using iTunes as the distributor, which makes them evil beyond reproach in my book.

Channel One – Accelerate/Brake (Lmd64 Remix) Video 17/03/2008

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Just found this online there this morning, it’s a video for the Lmd64 remix of Channel One’s Accelerate/Brake, by Andy Stables. Nice work!

Some rather cool stuff what I want… 13/03/2008

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I’m not at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, but things like this make me wish that I was…

Korg DS-10

Turn your Nintendo DS into a vintage MS-10
Forget Nanoloop, this looks like the best toy ever to keep me occupied on long-haul trips. Screw the in-flight movie, forget about dragging the laptop from the overhead bin, a pocket-sized MS-10? Me want this so much…
from musicthing, and loads of other blogs…

Celemony Announces Direct Note Access for Melodyne

Edit Individual Notes Inside Chords – OMG!!!!
This could possibly be the best thing ever for tone-deaf guitarists, barbershop quartets that just don’t get on with each other, or singers who warble from major to minor… and back to major again. The possibilities would appear to be unendingly, um, endless. The mind boggles. This, also, I want…
from futuremusic

In other news, heading to Copenhagen on Saturday, Helsinki on Tuesday and taking the overnight ferry to Stockholm on Good Friday. Getting out of Ireland for the only other day in the year that all the pubs close down, apart from Christmas. Way to go, Bórd Fáilte*!

(* Note for Americans and other non-Irish speakers**, Bórd Fáilte is the Irish Tourist Board)
(** i.e. the rest of the world, and a large part of the Irish population as well)

Rock the Irish Firm 30/12/2007

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Walking home last night down Capel St, had been meaning to take a photo for a long time… It’s upstairs from an adult shop called Good Vibrations, the irony of it all 🙂

Disco cover of The Knife’s Silent Shout 16/12/2007

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Here’s a cover of Silent Shout I recorded last weekend with Kristin Kapelli, a hugely talented singer from Colorado who’s been living here in Ireland for the past many, many years. It’s very downtempo disco-tastic, a far remove from the cold icy techno of the original.

Apropos of nothing, but… 14/12/2007

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Currently, I am engrossed in reading Joe Orton’s biography, what I picked up in Spittalfields market a couple of months back for a couple of pounds. Very much so of its time, the late 60s. An ever so terribly British approach to scandal and murder.
Prick Up Your Ears

Feeling a little disjointed/spaced out today, as it’s my last day in the current job before I change next monday. Very tired and hungover from seeing Dave Tarrida playing last night in Wax.  A great night and a very sound guy to boot. However, it’ll be a long, long day before it’s over… Fat lady? Hello? Please come and sing right now.

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The Birds and the Burning Man 12/12/2007

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Morning

This morning, there were birds of all sorts flying everywhere around the house. EVERYWHERE. It felt like the middle of a doom-laden story by Daphne du Maurier. Pigeons, seagulls, magpies, crows, jackdaws, sparrows and starlings (oh my). This has meant, coupled with the fact that we’d had a blackout on the street the night before that knocked out all the lights as far as the eye could see, it feels like I’m living in some kind of cheap and tawdry B-movie


Night

On a cheerier seasonal note, as I was walking home this evening from work, I noticed the market in the IFSC has opened up again, with a great whopping big Helter Skelter surrounded by the market huts. At the time, it looked wonderfully pretty and cute. From a distant vantage point on my N95 camera, it seems more like something Christopher Lee would be forcibly inserting virgins into, dolorously singing out-of-key folk songs all the while and creeping out the neighbours.

Anyway, enough of the Grimm fairy tales, here’s the merry-go-round in the market. Good fun to ride while slightly tanked up on mulled wine.


IFSC Merry-go-round

New job next monday… 11/12/2007

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So, I’m starting a new job on Monday. It’s not terribly different from what I’m currently doing (IT in a investment bank, not a huge scope for variation there), and strangely enough, it’s in almost the exact same spot along the Liffey as my current job, only on the south side. A mirror image effect, if you will, only slightly posher, given the Dublin mentality insofar as northside/southside snobbery is concerned.

Looking forward to it, there’s a fair few heads from the old place already over there, plus there’s somewhat nicer bars nearby than around the current ultramodern desolate wasteland (Kennedy’s is the one that’s marked, a lovely pub)

(Hope Google Maps is showing the right area there…)

Back from Beijing 28/11/2007

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Been a while since the last post, but I’m just back from Beijing and Istanbul (a holiday trip, but what a trip!). Shall post some pics once I get them uploaded, but in the meantime, here’s a pic of some sweets I brought back, they’re Durian-flavoured. A Thai delicacy, they’ve been described as having a smell “best described as pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock“.
 Durian Sweets from Beijing
I’m too afraid to open the bag yet…

EDIT: I’ve opened the bag, and yes, it stinks. Not quite a putrid rotten smell, but a kind of almost dusty, musky odour, but very overpowering nevertheless. Was only able to convince one of the guys in work to try one, I’m girding my loins and mustering up the courage to take on the taste challenge later today. Hopefully just before another meeting…