The BBC put together a series of television commentaries from Orson Welles, "Orson Wells' Sketchbook" none of which need more than his then slightly unfamiliar face (without, he underscores, the usual false nose he wears for roles), his unmistakable voice, and his illustrations — taken, literally, from his sketchbook.
In these six fifteen-minute broadcasts, which originally aired in 1955, Welles talks about not just the inauspicious beginnings of his illustrious working life but his experiences with the critics, the police, John Barrymore and Harry Houdini, the infamous radio production of War of the Worlds , and bullfighting Playlist here.
Drag Queen Panti Bliss, aka Rory O'Neill, received a standing ovation after speaking at Dublin's Abbey Theatre on homophobia, and oppression
. [more inside]
- "singer, writer, composer, punk rocker, poet, Radiator, Pogue"
- passed away from esophageal cancer on October 8th, far too young at only 56. He was most widely known as the Pogues’ rhythm guitarist, who penned
"Thousands Are Sailing
", a haunting ballad about Irish immigration to the USA that quickly became a live favourite (in later shows usually sung by Phil himself
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One hundred years ago today, W.B. Yeats published one of his best known poems, September 1913
, as a letter to the Irish Times. [more inside]
One sunny summer day in Dublin
, pub drinkers spill out onto the streets. Blocking traffic. And dancing. With taxi drivers. The taxi driver is part-time DJ Wayne Karney
. His dance partner is Andrea Pappin, spokesperson for the Irish Presidency of the EU 2013.
So, you want to know the secret history of Dublin? Well, Come Here To Me
, boy, and I’ll tell it ya. League of Ireland
fanatics and music fans
they may be but above all else, former UCD students Jay, D Fallon and hXci
are history buffs, and on their blog they uncover much that is obscure and fascinating in this history of their native city, starting with The Dublin cinema manager who became the only Irish prisoner of Dachau
and including.... [more inside]
During the big freeze of Europe's Winter 2009/2010
, which brought us the stunning image of a frozen Great Britain
, the tough conditions in Ireland were epitomized by the misfortune of the guy falling on RTE's Six-One News report
, who shot to infamy
through facebook and other social Media.
Now two years on a short film catches up with Brendan Adhere - The Man Who Slipped on the Ice
(SLYT) World of Warcraft in real life.
is considered to be one of the greatest balladeers and song collectors in the Irish musical tradition. He specialized in the songs of Dublin City and saw himself as a "storyteller in song
". [more inside]
More than 100 nations have reached an agreement on a treaty which would ban current designs of cluster bombs.
Naturally, the most militant nations (USA, Russia, China, India, Pakistan) have refused to negotiate (creating significant interoperability issues for allied nations such as the UK to the USA). The Cluster Munition Coalition
is an excellent resource about the issue. [more inside]
Casual fans of Irish folk-punk bands like The Pogues
, Flogging Molly
and the Dropkick Murphys
rarely take the time to investigate the sources of their inspiration. Those who do, cannot avoid coming across the The Dubliners
. [more inside]
The Sea Stallion
, a reconstruction of a ship
scuttled off Roskilde will sail
from Denmark to Dublin
, where tests on timbers from the wreck
show the original was built in the mid-eleventh century. (Pillaged from a centre of Irish learning
Having sweated over the origins of the universe and split the atom, academics have finally tackled the question that has perplexed mankind since the dawn of time: what are the best chat-up lines?
A study from psychologists at the University of Edinburgh
tested 205 people for reactions to 40 vignettes of a woman approached by a man using "verbal signals of genetic quality" in different categories
, and found the best rated approaches to be those revealing character qualities, wealth and culture, although the puzzling winning line proved a flop in real life tests. Unsurprisingly, a direct request for sex received a low score. Previous findings by the Japanese proved equally dubious
. But there's still hope, as the code seems to have been cracked in Dublin, where since last year "there is definitely more pulling"
. The secret? A smoking ban, a lot of crowded pubs, and "smirting"
, an unexpected side effect of the health measure.
Sometimes You Can't Fix You On Your Own
. (Quicktime and Windows Media.) If there has ever been doubt about Coldplay's burning ambition to be U2, let it be put to rest.
'To-day, 16 June
1924 twenty years after
. Will anyone remember this date
Did you miss Paddy Dignam's wake?
Ah well, there's still time to celebrate Bloomsday
-- if you're in Dublin, you can (among many other delights) take a stroll across the newly-opened James Joyce Bridge
. Or, if you have a spare $60,000, you could even buy your very own Ulysses first edition
. As for me, I'll be hoisting a crystal cup full of the foaming ebon ale which the noble twin brothers Bungiveagh and Bungardilaun brew ever in their divine alevats, cunning as the sons of deathless Leda. (And as for Paddy? -- Dead! says Alf
. He's no more dead than you are. -- Maybe so, says Joe. They took the liberty of burying him this morning anyhow.)