Richard Delevan's sicNotesBrunch 3 (12.2.2006, 19:33 UTC)
We need a new name - it may be Sunday, but brunch is a bit hopeful at this point. Anyway - this week's Sunday Brunch, featuring Mick and Jon, as well as Maura's recommendation that you take a second look at Battlestar Galactica, and Cian and Kevin squaring off over those cartoons. Hope you enjoy.
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesPodcast Mania & Trippy Tribune Column (6.2.2006, 13:49 UTC)
Well it's been up and down with the aul podcasting thingee. This weekend maybe we were a bit hubristic about it all...adding extra widgets and doodads and whatnot, and sure enough, we had some issues. First, the Sunday Brunch, vol 2. Apologies to Gavin Sheridan, whom we dragged out of bed to be on the podcast and wound up being left in the ether, thanks to some software flaws (or more likely my f&ckups). His contrib is missed but we still have some good stuff. Bloggers Fiona de Londres and Richa...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesThe War On Error - Pt 1 (1.2.2006, 11:52 UTC)
57 channels and 100 million blogs later, are we any better at discerning truth from error? Or is error just duplicated ad infinitum until it becomes gospel? Well, the truth is out there - you just have to look hard look. So, as the first of an occasional series, I'd like to offer the following:1. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN WAS BANNED IN PART OF THE USI've been embroiled in a domestic squabble of late focusing on Brokeback Mountain, and whether or not said Oscar-tipped film is "banned" in some dark Bible...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesPeople Who Disagree With Me Are Racist, Homophobic, Heterophobic, Xenophobic, Politically Correct, Anti-Semitic, Islamophobic... (1.2.2006, 11:44 UTC)
... Fifth Columnist, Fellow Travelling, Intolerant, Traitorous, CryptoFascist, CryptoCommie, Anti-American, Ethnocentric, Neocon, Pinko, Pro-Bush, Right-Wing, Left-Wing, Lying Murdering Apologist-for-Terrorist Bastards Who Eat Their Young Just wanted to get that off my chest.
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesLaw & Order vs law and order: Sunday Tribune column (30.1.2006, 14:39 UTC)
This column first appeared in the January 29, 2006 Sunday TribuneNEW You can download a podcast of this column here.IT'S A SHOCK THAT LAW AND ORDER IN THE HOLOHAN CASE IS NOT LAW & ORDERby Richard DelevanPowdered wigs with double-barrel names collectively choked on their single malt when they heard Majella Holohan obliterate the official version of events in the trial of Wayne O'Donoghue.But if Robert Holohan had died in Middleton, New York rather than Midleton, Cork, the case would be fictional...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotessicPodcasting (30.1.2006, 12:07 UTC)
Mick Fealty and Gavin Sheridan kindly joined me for the beta trial of a new weekly roundtable disussion called Sunday Brunch that will initially be available only via podcast. I've also started podcasting my weekly Sunday Tribune column. Just drag and drop the feed button below or on the right-hand sidebar to iTunes or another podcast reader software in order to become a (free) subscriber!It's still in its trial phase, so it'll be a bit rough at first, but we're adding all the time.
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesDon Juans in dog collars find surplice of talent - Unusual Tales - Specials (24.1.2006, 08:11 UTC)
...is the Sydney Morning Herald's headline-writer's groan-and-giggle-simultaneously-take on Ireland's clerical sex scandals, using the copy from the Sunday Telegraph and focusing on Pat Buckley and Bethany. Don Juans in dog collars find surplice of talent - Unusual Tales - Specials
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesIsrapundit: "Not guilty as charged" (24.1.2006, 07:56 UTC)
In a small victory for self-regulation of the blogosphere, Israpundit has retracted and apologised for publishing rather horrific libels about me from the keyboard of a contributor, Felix Quigley. An excerpt of the apology, which Israpundit begins by quoting my letter to them:Israpundit: Not guilty as charged: Mr Develan[sic] took issue as follows 'You have allowed your blog to be used by a contributor to make allegations that not only entirely (and wilfully - my other work is not hard to fin...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesIsrapundit: Delevan pro-Holocaust, "very pro-Palestinian" (23.1.2006, 11:14 UTC)
Today began with a bit of a shock. Five years as a right-wing Yank pundit in Ireland all for naught. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Apparently, for publishing (the first part of) an interview with Dr Hikmat Ajjuri (second half to be posted later today), the Palestinian envoy to Ireland, I'm described in the following terms by a Felix Quigley, posting to Israpundit: Israpundit: THE PALESTINE "AMBASSADOR" TO IRELAND: So it is fairly clear where Delevan stands on the issue. I think it is ...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesHow to save the Irish Catholic Church - Sunday Tribune column (22.1.2006, 08:15 UTC)
Originally appeared in the January 22 Sunday Tribune. SAVE THE IRISH CATHOLIC CHURCH BY GOING PROTESTANT by Richard Delevan I didn't see the endangered species map offered with today's Tribune before writing this column. But I'm sure the entry for Ireland is missing the most prominent inmate on Darwin's death row – the Catholic Church. I would like to offer a modest survival strategy for the Irish church. Break with Rome. Change the rules on priestly celibacy, the ordination of women,...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesInterview with the Palestinian Ambassador - Part 1 (18.1.2006, 11:37 UTC)
Last Friday I was privileged to interview, for nearly 90 minutes, Dr Hikmat Ajjuri, the new Palestinian envoy to Dublin - his first interview with an Irish newspaper. The Sunday Tribune ran a news story derived from the interview, but I found the whole conversation so valuable that I have decided to offer a rough transcript.I've a rough transcription about half of it here, roughly 4,300 words -- most of which will appear after the "Read More" jump. The rest I'll offer hopefully tomorrow.I made a...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotes"British Independence from Irish Domination" Day (17.1.2006, 10:36 UTC)
One of the joys of the Google News (soon to be Goooglezon/Epic) is programming it to find the quirkies. Like the following letter from one Ian Mitchell in the Glasgow Herald: "TO CELEBRATE IRELAND'S FORMAL SUCCESSION" Further to the interesting variety of suggestions as to what might be appropriate, or otherwise, for Gordon Brown's putative "national day", might I suggest December 6?This is the day in 1921 on which the British State as currently constituted came into existence as a result of ...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesProgressive Democrat-Fine Gael merger? (16.1.2006, 14:15 UTC)
I was a bit surprised that an article by my Sunday Tribune colleague Mick Clifford didn't get more attention. I can't even locate it on the Tribune's website, so here're the meaty bits: FINE GAEL AND PDs PLANNED TO MERGE by Michael CliffordHigh-level contacts between Fine Gael and the Progressive Democrats with a view to merging the two parties have taken place in the lifetime of this government, according to a party source. The contacts are understood to have been between senior figures from...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesNeedful Villains: Sunday Tribune column (16.1.2006, 14:03 UTC)
This column first appeared in the 15 January Sunday Tribune. I'm grateful for the many kind responses it's received. WHY THIS NEED, IN EVERY TRAGIC STORY, FOR SOME VILLAIN TO BLAME?by Richard DelevanWe will never know for certain what happened inside the upstairs bedroom at number 37 Cluain Dara in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford: the house from which the less than four-stone-heavy Evelyn Joel was carried into an ambulance on New Years' Day, before dying in hospital on January 7. That uncertainty hasn't...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesRTÉ.ie Sport - Staunton insists: "I'm the boss!" (16.1.2006, 13:12 UTC)
Well, Steve Staunton made his first outing as Republic of Ireland mgr this morning at the Mansion House. The RTE feed cut before I could hear whether Eamon Dunphy was there and/or asked a question (rumour had it he was to be in the first row), butRTÉ.ie Sport - Staunton insists: "I'm the boss!": "New Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton believes working alongside Bobby Robson will compensate for his own lack of experience but made it clear: 'I'm the boss!' I'm the gaffer. At the end o...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesMary Mary - Why You Buggin? (9.1.2006, 22:44 UTC)
Ah, to be in the Club. Only in Ireland could a politician make a racist remark while accepting her party's nomination to stand for election and find that - far from being condemned for it - instead finds the other members of the Club rallying round. To the point that she's able to go on two radio programmes and, far from apologising, play the victim. AND GET AWAY WITH IT.Senator Mary O'Rourke, perhaps the most serpentine personality in the Irish political swamp, thanked her supporters for "worki...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesEaster, 2016: Sunday Tribune (9.1.2006, 15:56 UTC)
This article first appeared in the Sunday Tribune on 8 January 2006, on the cover of the Tribune2 section. For the moment I'm just going to post the text; I may add embedded links later to some of the material I drew from to imagine the day in 2016.ArtsWhat will we be in 2016?"Can you see, Pearse?" asked Seamus, settling the six-year on his shoulders in the crowd lining O'Connell Street. Father and son had risen at dawn, taken the lift forty storeys down to the street and strolled through the gl...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesAriel Sharon: Sunday Tribune Column (9.1.2006, 15:51 UTC)
This column appeared in the Sunday Tribune on 8 January 2006.Have Ariel Sharon's successors the strength to continue his peace work?Panhandling for history in the annual December media rush at the National Archives, I came across something that, while not gold, sparkled a bit.It was in a stack of messages marking the passing of a man reviled during his life as a killer and an authoritarian with more than a whiff of personal corruption, yet who helped found a state and died a statesman."We are ha...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesChomsky: Sunday Tribune Column (1.1.2006, 16:04 UTC)
This column first appeared on January 1, 2006 in the Sunday Tribune. I've received quite a bit of mail as a result of it - the email and postal varieties. I'll be offering some samples from the mailbag later on - and some responses. Thanks to all of those who have been writing in. I hope I've responded to everyone (I'm not used to getting so much of it)!PS - I'm not wild about the headline. But if I were to complain, I'd be as vain as Chomsky, without his cash.Tough questions for that demigod o...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesI Miss Charlie McCreevy: Sunday Tribune Column (1.12.2005, 14:53 UTC)
Travelling in the US on family business, so apols for the delay in posting responses to earlier columns. But here's the latest from the 27 Nov Sunday Tribune:CHARLIE COME HOMEI miss Charlie McCreevy. It wasn't so long ago people felt pretty good about how this country managed to get off its knees – literally. Instead now, from our supposedly non-political head of state, we hear talk of "creeping malaise", stuck as we are on the "cul-de-sac of complacent capitalism". She was only amplifyi...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesThe Road to Gangland: Sunday Tribune column (23.11.2005, 08:48 UTC)
Links from The Broom and Slugger (many thanks) reveal difficulties to linking to the piece on the Trbiune.ie website, so here is my column from the 20 November Sunday Tribune:Hypocrisy stalks the land, whether it's Gangland, Dartland or la-la landWILL someone send me a map of 'Gangland'?My Ordnance Survey street atlas doesn't reveal its boundaries, but I hear about it every time the effects of ordnance are surveyed on the news.Wherever Gangland is, it isn't near Clontarf.When a shooting takes pl...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotes"Friends don't let friends cheer for Delevan" (14.11.2005, 20:48 UTC)
What a great headline, eh? Sadly no one has decided to attack me personally. Rather it's my namesake town. Delevan, NY - population 1,060. Cribbs' Space: Friends don't let friends cheer for Delevan soccer...: "Friends don't let friends cheer for Delevan"
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesNo More Mr Nice Guy (10.11.2005, 19:46 UTC)
Yesterday Progressive Democrat TD Liz O'Donnell gave Ireland a splash of icewater to the face, in a Dail speech, to encourage the country to wake up to the implications of the Ferns Report, and end the "special relationship" between the Irish state and the Catholic church. She argued that, "The State should, therefore, adopt what she called a "no more Mr Nice Guy" approach to the church. There should be no more consultation with it on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), abortion services, stem-cell re...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesIrish Times Article - Bank of Ireland sets up €100m fund for franchise sector (7.11.2005, 13:00 UTC)
To read. Irish Times Article - Bank of Ireland sets up €100m fund for franchise sector
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesBest bet: Dividing Iraq - Al Jazeera (15.10.2005, 17:47 UTC)
Wow. Best bet: Dividing Iraq -: "It seems that Bush’s admin has finally found the solution: 'Divide Iraq' and then pit the three mini states created against one another. It's not the first time something like this happened. Nearly two years ago, The New York Times published an editorial carrying Leslie Gelb's by-line. He's an influential man who presided over the Council of Foreign Affairs, a think tank that brings together the CIA and the secretary of state. Gelb's plan simply sugge...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesIOL: Grandparents' 'kidnap' extradition hearing adjourned (15.10.2005, 11:30 UTC)
Benwell case - High Court, 25 October IOL: Grandparents' 'kidnap' extradition hearing adjourned: An extradition hearing involving a couple who brought their grandson from the United States to their home in Cork was adjourned today. The pair, Tim and Ethel Blake, were arrested in September on a warrant alleging they had kidnapped nine-year-old Dylan Benwell from his home in Chicago. It stated the couple, from Lower Middleton Street in Cobh, had knowingly and by deceit enticed Dylan to tra...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesExaminer - Dylan Benwell, Blakes, Extradition (15.10.2005, 11:28 UTC)
Examiner: "Ryle Dwyer" Anti-Americanism as applied to family law. This is some diseased reasoning. We should not allow Americans to walk us into a dangerous precedent in relation to the Colombia Three. It could have implications for other matters. For instance, next week the High Court will be considering the extradition of Ethel and Timothy Blake from Cobh in Co Cork. They took their grandson, Dylan Benwell, from the US in July 2004 and brought him back to Ireland. It was a complicated aff...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesGuardian Unlimited | Special reports | British QC for Saddam (14.10.2005, 18:33 UTC)
Tough job...Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | British QC for Saddam
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesGuardian Unlimited | Special reports | Saddam: Witnesses for the prosecution (14.10.2005, 18:30 UTC)
Lots of this to come: It was scorching hot on 8 July 1982, a week into the fasting month of Ramadan. The first hint most residents had of Saddam's visit to the town was when Baath party officials ordered children out of school to stand at the roadside and welcome his convoy of identical cars. While most of them knew nothing about what was happening, one group appeared to have had some warning. Between 10 and 17 young men - accounts differ - all members of the banned Shia Dawa party had organ...
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Richard Delevan's sicNotesMuppetry (10.10.2005, 15:53 UTC)
Nope - not about Brian Kerr, sportswriters, the handling of the PPARS debacle or Damien Kiberd's continued (and unpenalised) use of the term 'Free State' to describe the Republic of Ireland. Via the small-c catholic inquisitiveness of Pete Baker at Slugger O'Toole, the quiz....What Muppet Are You? Those who know me won't be the least bit surprised - 'cept for those who might have said Fozzy Bear. Results...
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