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I’m doing a little blogging for the gals over at StyleSiren.ie. Some recent posts have been about the pleasure/pain principle of Bordello Teeze shoes, a how-to on perfecting the beehive do and my most recent post, on achieving a perfect hourglass shape. It’s not just because I’m involved but it’s become one of the first sites I check on a daily basis for witty commentary, keeping up with the cultural buzz, ideas for fashion fixes and beauty brainwaves plus an all-round great little slice of what’s going on in Dublin today. So in the words of the mighty Beyonce Knowles, go check on it.

I can’t think why anyone would want to write a letter to the Daily Mail but if you were that way inclined, here’s a handy list from Listopia (courtesy of badjournalism) of useful phrases and words to make your vitriol spitting that little bit easier.

  1. but then I suppose it would be against their “human rights” chat
  2. License Payer’s Money
  3. so-called “experts”
  4. But then, I suppose my views don’t count – I was only born here. chat
  5. do-gooders chat
  6. sick and tired chat
  7. hard working families
  8. Guardianistas chat
  9. the nanny state
  10. I’d pull the lever myself
  11. rip-off Britain
  12. our masters in Brussels
  13. and for what, eh?
  14. something for nothing
  15. nothing to hide, nothing to fear chat
  16. I utterly abhor everything the BNP stands for. However… chat
  17. eco-nazis
  18. the British taxpayer
  19. you couldn’t make it up
  20. here we go again
  21. our brave boys
  22. Gordon Clown
  23. encourages paedophiles chat
  24. this multicultural nonsense
  25. PC idiots
  26. if they don’t like it, nobody’s forcing them to live here
  27. of course in those days the bobby would simply give them a clip round the ear
  28. moslem [sic]
  29. …and immigration that is out of control. – Steve Guff (ex-pat), Alicante, Spain
  30. the politically correct brigade
  31. lest we forget
  32. I, for one… chat
  33. now I’m not racist, but…
  34. methinks
  35. the silent majority
  36. we simply pulled up our knickers and went home for a bath
  37. Nu-Liar-Bore chat
  38. Robert Kilroy-Silk chat
  39. The British FRAUDcasting Corporation
  40. Jackboot Jacqui and Harriet Harperson
  41. If it hadn’t been for…………
  42. Police Farce
  43. bleeding-heart liberals
  44. – – -ist nonsense
  45. as I’m sure no one needs reminding
  46. in this day and age
  47. …and his ilk
  48. state hand-outs
  49. in these troubled times
  50. would have been birched on The Isle Of Man, and deservedly so.
  51. only pleased my father is too befuddled to realise.
  52. and the sooner the better.
  53. it didn’t do ME any harm chat
  54. fought and died for this country
  55. If they like it so much, why don’t they go live there? chat
  56. Slippery slope
  57. I have plenty of ethnic friends myself, but…
  58. So much for our “green and pleasant land”.
  59. it beggars belief
  60. but if that were true we would all have sickle cell anaemia too wouldn’t we?
  61. There’s no such thing as foreign culture.
  62. not a million miles from what Hitler was trying to do
  63. all right-minded people will agree
  64. the loony left
  65. left to pick up the pieces
  66. why, oh why
  67. the licence payer
  68. the thin end of the wedge
  69. this sick filth
  70. young people of today
  71. Enoch Powell
  72. it’s a disgrace
  73. the persecution of fine upstanding citizens
  74. hanging’s too good for them
  75. Maggie
  76. bring back National Service
  77. capital punishment
  78. at the end of the day
  79. what has the world come to where we live in fear of being stabbed up by a youth?
  80. he/she forgets we saved his/her country from the Nazis.
  81. why don’t they leave?
  82. Them in Brussels
  83. UKIP seem like the only answer
  84. so-called `democracy’
  85. Did our grandfathers fight and die for…
  86. the Gnomes of Zurich
  87. pandering to the liberal media
  88. Frankly, what price free speech?
  89. I earned it through hard work
  90. Entitlement culture
  91. Say what you like about Thatcher, at least she had the courage and plain common sense to …
  92. I’m pretty sure that if I wandered around in a balaclava, for instance,
  93. You could leave your front door off it’s hinges when you went on holiday chat
  94. Am I the only one who thinks…?
  95. The film contains frequent swearing and violence and is expected to prove popular
  96. Eurocrats
  97. But I suppose you can’t say that these days.
  98. jobsworth
  99. I am 92 years young
  100. can’t make a non-vegetable thali without breaking a few animals.

Good news for all Coronation Street and Jeremy Kyle fans – they’re marking the 1000th episode of the Jeremy Kyle show with a special featuring actors from Corrie in character; bad news for the rest of humanity. I’m not going to denounce either show, but it’s on the same list of bugbears as people who insist on pluralising supermarkets name (Sainsbury’s and Morrisons I will give you; Asdas, Tescos, Waitroses I will not. The latter is less likely to be pluralised).

Gabriel Byrne has been named Ireland’s first cultural ambassador by Taoiseach Brian Cowen. Wasn’t this the man that almost took Santa Claus out on The Late Late Show (Irish television programme that’s basically penetrated the whole Irish consciousness for those of you who aren’t familiar – English peeps think Parky but culturally endemic), and has the wrath of parents upon him across the country?

Bit of a love in over at the Guardian but an otherwise  interesting interview with the Beeb’s world affairs editor, John Simpson. Four year old chisseller at 65, freelance deal as world affairs editor and heading off to Iraq shortly. Puts us all to shame. Not a fan of Mr Murdoch.

After the success of Avatar, which I imagine he’s still drunk on, James Cameron has decided to re-release Titanic in 3D. Hitting cinemas in 2012. I want to ask why, but those of you who are closet fans will just come back with ‘why not?’.

Bah.

He’s also planning to re-release Avatar around its 10 month anniversary (?). Someone feeling a touch emasculated post Oscars?

Turning off the tv, and taking your time back is a concept that’s recently come to me. I moved recently; in my previous house I had Sky+ and boy was I an evangelist for it. To me, it was seriously great, freedom to go do what I wanted and come back to catch up on all my favourite shows and movies. Heaven sent for a girl like me with not a lot of time on her hands. In my new house however, I’ve had no tv for the past few weeks. Has it been a big deal? No. I’ve been unpacking, listening to music, watching internet television as a I pleased but able to dip in and out while updating my twitter or this here blog. And my two of my favourite Interweb gurus Seth Godin and Clay Shirky seem to be thinking along the same lines:

“At the local health food store lunch buffet, they offer stir fried tempeh.
I never get it. Not because I don’t like it, but because there are always so many other things on the buffet that I prefer.

That’s why I don’t watch TV. At all. There are so many other things I’d rather do in that moment.

Broadcast TV was a great choice when a> there weren’t a lot of other options and b> when everyone else was watching the same thing, so you needed to see it to be educated.

Now, though, you could:

  • Run a little store on eBay
  • Write a daily blog
  • Write a novel
  • Start an online community about your favorite passion
  • Go to meetups in your town
  • Volunteer to tutor a kid, in person or online
  • Learn a new language, verbal or programming
  • Write hand written thank you notes each evening to people who helped you out or did a good job
  • Produce small films and publish them online
  • Listen to the one thousand most important operas
  • Read a book or two every evening
  • Play a game a Scrabble with your family

None of them are perfect. Each of them are better than TV.

Clay Shirky has noticed the trend of talented people putting five or six hours an evening to work instead of to waste. Add that up across a million or ten million people and the output is astonishing. He calls it cognitive surplus and it’s one of the underappreciated world-changing stories of our time.”

Your time can be your own. Distractions are detractions from the stuff that’s worth doing.

*I apologise in advance for my overuse of Gil Scott Heron quotes. But he probably won’t ever stop, lyrically, being the man for me.

The third instalment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman has just been confirmed as Nolan’s last. We should all we grateful, in a way, for keeping it as a trilogy instead of it potentially ending up like B****n and R***n and anything remotely to do with Arnie. At all. But still, he did some magic on the Dark Knight (the character, rather than movie number two).

Michael Keaton’s still my favourite. Yours?

My current ‘book’ of choice is The Dirt, the Motley Crue biography, only out, what, about nine years now?
It’s hysterical, in the humorous sense, but also in what they do. If ever there were a book about excess that wasn’t written by Hunter S Thomson, then surely this is it. However, the more I read, the more I fear for my soul. There’s stories of guitar head insertion into willing females, self abuse and Satanism. None of that worries me in the slightest, it’s more the affect it may have on readers.
I’m not Tipper Gore, I like metal, I like rock and roll and as far as I’m concerned glorify what you want and do what you want, but that doesn’t stop me having a few moments of reflection after realising I’ve been tittering away about yet another hilarious anecdote where some woman’s been dehumanised and demeaned. But that’s rock and roll. Right? This here’s a strange/no place for a post feminist.

If, like I, you’ve been waiting for something from Gil Scott Heron, than 16 years is a long time to wait.I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been bating my breath since I was 12 because I really wasn’t that cool or informed, but this for me since The Revolution Will Not Be Televised became essential listening at 18, I’m New Here has been a long time coming, and the link to listen is right here.

I can throw up something like ‘it’s worth the wait’, but three songs in and he’s got me. At various moments it’s tender, slick, devilish and desolate and in being in work is the worst time to listen to something like this. No bones about, I’ll be buying this album and I think you should do.

Some advice from the man himself:

There is a proper procedure for taking advantage of any investment.

Music, for example. Buying a CD is an investment.
To get the maximum you must

LISTEN TO IT FOR THE FIRST TIME UNDER OPTIMUM CONDITIONS.

Not in your car or on a portable player through a headset.
Take it home.
Get rid of all distractions, (even him or her).
Turn off your cell phone.
Turn off everything that rings or beeps or rattles or whistles.
Make yourself comfortable.
Play your CD.
LISTEN all the way through.
Think about what you got.
Think about who would appreciate this investment.
Decide if there is someone to share this with.
Turn it on again.
Enjoy Yourself.

Gil Scott-Heron


EVERYTHING is poetry with him.

I’m New Here is now available for mass consumption. Do it. Now.