Public Service Video

I’m pitching this to the SFA as a cautionary tale of modern-day snake oil. Edit: Screw it – have it free via Youtube. If you like it, I have a special offer on great advice on your Twitter account for a mere €500 per half-hour…. Further Edit: Between here and Youtube, this video has now…

One Year Today

Feare no more the heate o’th’Sun, Nor the furious Winters rages, Thou thy worldly task has don, Home art gon, and tane thy wages. Golden Lads, and Girles all must, As chimney-Sweepers come to dust. Feare no more the frowne o’th’Great, Thou art past the Tirants streake, Care no more to cloath and eate, To…

Feeds for thought

My reader is crammed with goodies at the moment, so I though I’d share five of the more recent additions. First up is the Guardian’s Writers’ Rooms series, which features in the Saturday edition. Gives a great insight into where great writers do their stuff. Sebastian Faulks is the most recent, but it includes Gillian…

Shelved in 2008

Originally uploaded by ninahale Totting up your list of books read in one year is aking to Adrian Mole whipping the ruler out. It’ a little narcissistic and a bit sad. Which is why I’ve done it. The books, that is. I’m a sad narcissist (read: blogger).The list includes only books I completed, and not…

Stuff Lust

‘Stuff’ Uploaded by Kolin Z Asceticism ain’t my cup of tea. I admire true ascetics, but I like stuff. I like doing stuff that requires using stuff, which usually means getting new stuff if it’s a first time. Everything requires something. Even running, one of the simplest pleasures in life, requires a natty pair of…

Journalist or Fetish Model?

Originally uploaded by la ol´skull Times are tough in the newsrooms of the nation. The Irish Times is letting people go, Independent News and Media are rationalising an already stripped-out outfit, and Newstalk and Today FM are looking at ‘sharing’ journalists to ensure Denis O’Brien can still afford flights to his tax haven. If you’re…

Pollocks to the Rules

Over the Christmas season, while most of us are munching turkey and passing the cranners, Mark Pollock will be preparing for a race to the South Pole. It’s the first time it’s been done since Amundsen and Scott raced there in the early 1900s – the race which made Ernest Shackleton famous. Pollock is retracing…