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Before nine nine nine is ate ate ate

You’ve made it to the bathroom. That’s not the problem. You lean heavily against the door. Shaking. Holding the walls for support. Head pounding. Stomach tight.
And still, that’s not what worries you most. Through your swimming skull you realise; you’re playing body roulette.
Desperately waiting for the coin to fall. Heads or tails.
Can you guess correctly?
Can you guess in time?

And you think to yourself. What on earth did I eat?

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the cure

Her eyes sparkle as I look up. I’ve been staring beyond the grains of wood in the table. “enjoy” she says and gives me a knowing smile. The coffee has a tanned film, the spoon almost disintigrates on contact. She’s made it strong. She knows. And I think, “Christ, I must look awful”

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ear worms

Yay! The tremendously silly Adam and Joe have returned to beat on the inner ear drum once again. I used to watch the TV show back in the day, but for sometime now they’ve been on radio shows only. After a long stint of doing other things (how dare they leave me!) they are back for a twelve week run.

One of the best parts of the Adam and Joe Show (BBC 6 music on saturday mornings) is a section called Song Wars, where they pick  a theme, each one makes a song and the listeners choose their favourite. When Quantum of Solace was announced as the name of the new Bond movie (yes, it’s a while ago) I was tickled pink by Joe’s version of what the theme tune could sound like. Shameful the film didn’t take him up if you ask me 😉


and, of course if you like that sort of thing you must listen to our own home grown (groan?) boys, Dermot and Dave on 98FM (weekdays, drive time).

But Adam and Joe (or even Dermot and Dave) are not the only tasty ear worms out this week. The eminently talented, and slightly crazy, Mitch Benn is on podcast 7 (7!) of gatherings of humour. He accepts original songs from artists anywhere with a comedy theme “It’s a showcase for comic songwriters to get their work heard” (man, quality control on that one has got to be tough). You can see his website here – mitchbenn.com. and guidelines for song submission are here. Thanks to this little gem I’ve come across some old favs like Paul and Storm (who have played Dublin and were a joy to behold) and some new interests such as Jake Farr-Wharton.

Posted in Out on the town, theatre

Terminus

on Saturday I got a last chance to see Terminus in Abbey Theatre. (Thanks Mr.Doyle)

It was quite different. The whole play was done in rhyme yet wasn’t childish. Each line was thought out (writer Mark O‘Rowe) and delivered with an incredible degree of talent by Andrea Irvine, Karl Shiels and Kate Brennan.

The story was a strange one with everything from the samaratins to smarties with a demon thrown in for good measure. Even if you don’t like the story you have to respect the writer for painting such pictures and the actors for giving it form.

It’s been on before back in 2007 so there is a good chance it may be on again. I recommend you go.

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Video Games Live

I went to Video Games Live last night in the National Concert Hall Dublin (as mentioned over on Culch.ie) and it was so much fun!

what is it?
the website videogameslive.com says “Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Top orchestras & choirs perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience”.
Blah Blah Blah. look it’s so not that stuffy. It’s orchestras at their finest; having fun whilst blowing you away with the incredible skill and a high does of Nostalgia thrown in. You name me any other concert where a 14 year old audience member can play guitar hero live on stage with a full orchestra accompaniment and guitar rock.
There was an incredible buzz in the crowd for the whole show (and it is a Show) and the composers/creators/artists were obviously enjoying themselves too.

It’s been going since 2002 and it’s about time it hit Ireland, thanks to all who made that happen. Thanks to the NCH orchestra and Celtic Voices Choir who executed it with such gusto!

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Offset Day 1

Whataday! Tara mcPhearson rocked. James Jean signed his A3 collection of stunning prints for me AND I got to shake Dave McKeans hand. I told him how his work was the reason I went into multimedia. He prosfusly apologised but it’s too late now 😉

Every one today has just been so approachable, even when I myself was tongue-tied. As well as the books I bought (work of each speaker becomes available throughout the day) upon entering we were greeted with a bag of goodies, ranging from an issue of Graffik to a natural paper notebook to a packet of Rowantrees Randoms. People around me happily nom-ed the jellies. Sugar. Friend to the deadline driven creative everywhere. last from 8pm is the Offset social in the Bernard Shaw on south richmod st. Tonight (saturday), in the twisted pepper abbey st, features Tara McPhearson on decks. Is there anything the girl can’t do? Seriously. She’s a great artist (art geek), has cool tatoos (rock chick), djs (music diva) and was VP of college astronomy club (science hero). Dang woman!  🙂

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Not every day that you get to say.. Thanks James Jean for the Hugs n Kisses 😉