Most Sincerely FolksPushed Out of History (12.2.2006, 22:46 UTC)
The cheese-eating surrender francophone monkeys among you may be interested to read an interview with Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish in Le Monde.
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Most Sincerely FolksBulldog Spirit (12.2.2006, 20:41 UTC)
Isn't it mad the way every time a very untypical and isolated incident of British Army brutality and depravity crops up, there's a nosy parker amateur cameraman lurking in the background? Honestly, couldn't these people spend some of their time recording the many hours of perfect law and order that the BA dispenses regularly to acclaim on all sides? They have no sense of fair play. I, for one, love the British Army and its no-nonsense dedication to doing the job and winning hearts and minds. Li...
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Most Sincerely FolksUn Don al'Algerienne (12.2.2006, 20:41 UTC)
Donald Rumsfeld is on his way to Algeria, presumably to strengthen military ties and not to plead for the release of the newspaper editors jailed for publishing those silly cartoons. Still, you never know: freedom is untidy.
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Most Sincerely FolksNon-Sectarian Normal Tracksuits (12.2.2006, 20:41 UTC)
Via Slugger I read this review of a book about Northern Ireland's endemic neuroses, and it has this bit here: Yet one of his most depressing recent encounters is with a complacent Queen'sstudent renting his grandmother's old house. She piously denounces loyalistparamilitaries carrying out punishment shootings, implies that the IRA and itssplinters no longer exist, and claims that she couldn't live off the StranmillisRoad because of the unionist insignia painted on kerbstones and hung out ofwi...
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Most Sincerely FolksCIA: Cartoons Out of Date (10.2.2006, 08:26 UTC)
Al-Qaeda's Affirmative Action plan nearly pays off: "This was going to be the follow-up to September 11," said Vincent Cannistraro, the former director of the CIA's counter-terrorism centre. "We weren't looking in south-east Asia. We were looking at the stereotype of Arab Muslims, so yes it showed creativity on their part."
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Most Sincerely FolksVáyase largo al cipote (9.2.2006, 14:20 UTC)
translated as 'Go to hell'. I'm not familiar with the phrase itself, but if 'cipote' has the same meaning in Venezuela as it does in Spain, it was a very rude thing to say indeed. Update: this Venezuelan lexicon of slang says the following: 'Cipote: Sujeto desagradable. Lugar lejano y desconocido a donde se envía la gente desagradable.' That is, something unpleasant, or a distant and unknown place where unpleasant people go. He was talking about Larne.
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Most Sincerely FolksMake No Bones About It (9.2.2006, 10:15 UTC)
Just so as there’s no confusion about the matter, I post my opinion here, so that in the event of a Museum of Tolerance being built on the site of my grave 1000 years after my death, people are aware that I have no particular objections to my remains being dug up and moved somewhere else, provided the museum is tastefully decorated, serves nice pavlova, and includes a Religious Intolerance through History 4-D experience where you can experience getting demonised, ethnically cleansed and s...
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Most Sincerely FolksLocal Cultural Capital (9.2.2006, 07:54 UTC)
Sesame Street reveals its first attempt at indigenous songs. Beats the shit out of Brian Kennedy.
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Most Sincerely FolksEnough about meme. What do you think of meme? (8.2.2006, 14:12 UTC)
Reading all the info about the cartoon episode has left my critical faculties in tatters, and I’m feeling rather short of inspiration these days, so I am grateful to Frank for throwing me the rubber-ring of the ‘Irish blogger! Identify yourself!’ meme to allow me to talk at length about myself.Gender: ManlyAge: 19-30Nationality: Irish, British, EuropeanCountry of residence: IrelandSexual Orientation: Married. To my wife.Do you have a disability?I have a weakness for the Eurosho...
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Most Sincerely FolksGoya (3.2.2006, 23:12 UTC)
El sueño de la razón produce monstruos (The sleep of reason produces monsters)
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Most Sincerely FolksPoem Time (3.2.2006, 23:09 UTC)
As much as you can Even if you cannot shape your life as you want it,at least try thisas much as you can; do not debase itin excessive contact with the world,in the excessive movements and talk. Do not debase it by taking it,dragging it often and exposing itto the daily follyof relationships and associations,until it becomes burdensome as an alien life. Constantine P. Cavafy (1913)
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Most Sincerely FolksSesame Seeds of Similarity (3.2.2006, 11:53 UTC)
I was a bit disturbed to find that Lindy McDowell and I have similar ideas. On this post, I wrote: Watching the characters interact on screen, would I have been able to identifywith a Celtic-supporting Bert as opposed to a Rangers-supporting Ernie? The other day, she wrote: With the addition of Celtic and Rangers shirts it would, of course, be fairlyeasy to portray two of the show's characters (say, Elmo and Grover) asrepresentative of different sides of the community. I wrote: How would I h...
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Most Sincerely FolksBeardliness Is Next To Barbarism (2.2.2006, 16:33 UTC)
It is right that anyone with a beard ought to be suspected of terrorism. They obviously have something to hide. In most cases, it is their face, but we should remember that hiding the face can also indicate the hiding of other intentions. It is a historical fact that many terrorists wore beards. There is an obvious connection between the narcissism of covering one’s face with a beard, and the predisposition to act barbarically. The beard is a constant reminder to the adult male...
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Most Sincerely FolksBBC Drama Casts Past Off Quite Discourteously (30.1.2006, 12:31 UTC)
I had a bout of precognition almost worthy of Minority Report last night, when I was watching that BBC drama about Queen Elizabeth. Watching the scene which began with her tinkling away at her harpsichord (if that is what it was) awaiting the arrival of the representative of Mary Queen of Scots (I think), I thought, she's going to knock out a few bars of Greensleeves now and say her dad wrote it. And lo! She did! According to the official Royal site, however, it seems that this particular versi...
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Most Sincerely FolksBlogging Horror Displayed In Graphic Detail (30.1.2006, 11:56 UTC)
My blogging technique is not up to much. Whatever promises I may have made to plan posts, or at least think them through before clicking on the 'Publish Post' button, the banal truth is that my blojo deserts me all too frequently. I feel a constant need to post something, but any time I sit down to type something, I start off with a sentence, and then delete it. Not selecting the sentence with the mouse and hitting delete, but pressing backspace and watching the words progressively disappear fr...
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Most Sincerely FolksSectarian Muppets? (29.1.2006, 18:46 UTC)
Of all the children's TV programmes I watched, Sesame Street is the one I remember most vividly. I am surprised at how many of its characters, its jingles and sketches I remember. Whereas in hindsight Playschool seems prim and condescending, Bosco grim and almost Soviet, Sesame Street remains bright and breezy. Even if I left aside such considerations as giant talking birds and dustbin-dwelling grouches, it was still pretty obvious that the world on Sesame Street was a lot different to the one ...
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Most Sincerely FolksEvo Morales - Imperialist Lapdog (27.1.2006, 09:13 UTC)
My next pay review: “We think 3% is very generous, given the circumstances, I mean, it’s a global market these days, and I think we’re being competitive. Some places they pay you a little less for a lot more. Look at Bolivia – the guy charged with running a country with vast natural gas resources gets $1,800 a month. And he probably doesn’t have a subsidised canteen either.”
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Most Sincerely FolksYou Are What You Watch (24.1.2006, 20:29 UTC)
TV these days is shit. This is literally true in the case of Gillian McKeith's You Are What You Eat. A few minutes ago I was on the phone, chatting away, when I looked up and saw a glistening brown 21-inch stool on my TV screen.
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Most Sincerely FolksThe Way I Chews (24.1.2006, 18:44 UTC)
Chewing gum, if it is any good, should lose all flavour and then harden, until it seems pointless to continue chewing. This morning I bought a packet of Wrigleys Extra, and chewed on a piece for a couple of hours in work and then as I made my way home. On the way, I masticated without a care in the world, but there was a sudden change in the consistency of the gum, and within a couple of minutes, the gum had turned to a gooey, watery mush. This vile mixture was sloshed around in my mouth un...
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Most Sincerely FolksCaving In To Popular Opinion (24.1.2006, 14:08 UTC)
A rather strongly-worded editorial in today’s New York Times on the role of the Partido Popular in the current difficulties surrounding declarations made by members of the armed forces in Spain. Entitled Army Troglodytes (that'll go down well at Libertad Digital), it invites the PP to STFU: It is a basic principle of democracy that army officers do not publiclychallenge the legitimacy of elected governments or talk about marching theirtroops into the capital to overturn decisions of P...
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Most Sincerely FolksWe, The People (24.1.2006, 13:26 UTC)
One of the collective admonishments regularly delivered to Irish people about their attitude towards immigrants is the fact that Irish people have a long history of emigration, and ought to show more empathy with those who come here from other countries. This is true, but it is also true that most Irish people living here have never lived nor worked abroad. Of those who have, the most common destinations are the UK (which is hardly ‘abroad’ anyway), the US and Australia: all Anglop...
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Most Sincerely FolksDodgy Sums and the 11 plus (23.1.2006, 21:35 UTC)
Working-class hero and QC Bob McCartney is spearheading the rearguard action to save academic selection in Northern Ireland and save the province from falling into the abyss that it managed to stay out of all during the 35-odd years of conflict. He says: Northern Ireland sends 42.5% of its students to university from disadvantaged homes. The comprehensive system sends 28.2% Last February, Barry Gardiner said: only 7 per cent. of children from poor or disadvantaged backgrounds go to grammar ...
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Most Sincerely FolksSaturday Night Skid Marks (22.1.2006, 21:18 UTC)
I had a bit of a brown trouser moment last night when, coming off a roundabout on a busy stretch of road, I lost control of the car I was driving, which began to skid, and as I struggled to regain control, it careened into a traffic island, narrowly missing a lampost. To give a non-technical explanation, it turned out that the thing that controls the steering of the left wheel had snapped. There seem to be two very common ways of rationalising accidents. The first one is to claim that you knew ...
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Most Sincerely FolksBeastly Muzak (20.1.2006, 14:26 UTC)
So what's the worst hold music you've ever heard? I've just been onto a well-known furniture retailer who had a pan-pipe version of 'Beauty and The Beast' playing. Years ago I worked in a supermarket that used to pipe special made-for-Supermarket versions of well known songs. There were many ghastly moments, not least a version of The Candyman, which must have provided the inspiration for the FBI's Operation Candyman. Perhaps the worst one, though, was a version of Barry Manilow's I Write The S...
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Most Sincerely FolksSearching for Trouble (20.1.2006, 13:49 UTC)
So Google has resisted attempts by the US Department of Justice to force it to hand over information on its users' search terms and web addresses. How unreasonable. The innocent, of course, have nothing to fear, so long as they think nice thoughts.
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Most Sincerely FolksIntegration, Segregation, Education (18.1.2006, 10:24 UTC)
Shock horror – in an ‘academics have discovered…’ story, a report suggests that educating Protestants and Catholics together may mean that they turn out to have less sectarian views. Richard Dawkins said as much in a Guardian interview the other day: "Take Northern Ireland. You could get rid of the climate of hostility within ageneration by getting rid of segregated schooling. Separating Catholics andProtestants has fomented centuries of hostility." In terms of the rep...
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Most Sincerely FolksHaloscan is more or less bunk (18.1.2006, 10:24 UTC)
I note that some ads for the products of a certain car manufacturer have been appended to my discussion with Frank on the post below. As the thread in question touches on the teaching of history, could the infamous remarks of the company's anti-Semitic founder have prompted the ads' appearance? Update: a reference to 'prejudices one has unthinkingly adopted' in a trackback for the 'Nordie' post is now accompanied by an ads for motorized wheelchairs. Nice.
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Most Sincerely FolksE-vo The Sweater (17.1.2006, 18:59 UTC)
Useful profile of Bolivian President-elect Evo Morales and the challenges he faces to be found here. Evo has forgiven the White House for saying all those nasty things about him, looks set to meet the egregious Thomas Shannon (whose condescending appearances on CNN en Español put me off many a mojito) and has charmed the world with his lovely alpaca sweater, as this syndicated piece of jejune trash demonstrates: Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales has drawn curious looks - and caused som...
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Most Sincerely FolksClosure (17.1.2006, 18:26 UTC)
On Peter Hain's statement to the House of Commons the other day concerning the On The Run legislation, particularly the bit where he says: 'Closure can not be one sided.' Hearing this I was reminded of a bit in The Human Stain I had read a few days previous, where Coleman Silk overhears a conversation among faculty members about Monica Lewinsky and the culture of which she is part: "It's a con these kids have going. The hyperdramatization of the pettiest emotions. Relationship. My relationsh...
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Most Sincerely FolksBum Notes (17.1.2006, 12:37 UTC)
A ‘scientists have developed…’ story from the Guardian: ‘"You can talk to [the software]: play me something romantic and quiet, for example," he said. "Or you're going jogging and you want something to stay the same rhythm and mix into each other." Thanks to the music profiles created by the software, the resulting lists of songs will be perfectly matched. "I want to help people find music, and I want artists and labels to find people," said Dr Whitman.’ For thos...
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