Pledge Request: Fax Your TD
John Handelaar is looking for some people to support his efforts to develop an Irish equivalent of the hugely successful UK site WriteToThem.com for contacting UK politicians. The Irish version of the site would allow people to contact their councillors, TDs and MEPs for free. If you are interested in helping out, visit www.pledgebank.com/faxyourtd BEFORE 1ST FEBRUARY.
In Fact, AhFunny Irish Blog (7.2.2006, 13:44 UTC)
This is bizarre. Came across this blog today. It turns out I know this person and we used to live relatively near each other in the West of Ireland (2 miles max). Anyway, I almost spat my coffee at my monitor while reading some of her blog entries (see this example). You would be forgiven for thinking that you were reading Claire Fisher's blog from Six Feet Under. She had even talked to me before about In Fact, Ah but omitted to tell me about her own blog. Go have a look for yourself.
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In Fact, AhAin't she something? (6.2.2006, 17:32 UTC)
This is just about one of the prettiest buildings I've seen here in London. Can you imagine a few hundred people queueing to enter the Natural History Museum in Dublin at 11am on a Sunday morning? No, me neither.
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In Fact, AhThe Giant Wave of Moher (6.2.2006, 13:12 UTC)
Surfing is becoming an ever more popular pastime on the west coast of Ireland and with some of the best surfing conditions in the world it's no surprise that thousands of people come from all over Europe and the world every year to surf waves in Clare, Sligo, Donegal and Kerry. In a new film Gavin Gallagher documents the passion and obsession with surfing in Ireland. Intertwined with the story of a number of fanatical surfers is some truly remarkable footage and this preview (you can watch her...
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In Fact, AhJust because they can (6.2.2006, 13:02 UTC)
The backlash wasn't to be predicted, mainly because of the West's lack of understanding that depicting Mohammad in any form is strictly forbidden by Islam. Embassies around the Muslim world have been torched and in London extremist groups have been calling for the death of anyone who mocks their prophet. If these badly drawn cartoons were deemed to have the potential to incite hatred against Islam, the reaction has been even more in violation of hate speech laws. If "Life of Brian" had been mad...
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In Fact, AhChelsea almost home and dry (5.2.2006, 17:55 UTC)
Liverpool were well and truly beaten 2-0 today by a far superior Chelsea. It should have ended 3-0 with Hernan Crespo being denied a perfectly valid goal. The champions elect won by being the better attacking force and by winning the psychological battle. Their potency up front makes them a firm favourite when the Champions League knockout stages commence. And in terms of gameplan and mental strength, there can be no better equipped team. When you hear John Terry saying that the league was sti...
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In Fact, AhThe Clap (3.2.2006, 14:52 UTC)
Bloggers, who is catching Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in the Village tomorrow night? In Fact, Ah we'll be there with bells on. Oh, except for the exiled Bell X1 nut.
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In Fact, AhTerror? It's in the bag (3.2.2006, 13:01 UTC)
Every day I get the Northern Line tube to central London. It's usually crowded and wedged with commuters on their way to their nine to five jobs. In cities like London, you have to make your mean city face. You don't stare and you certainly don't speak to anyone. But ever since July, people have been staring a lot on the London underground. I carry a backpack to work as I always did in Dublin. However, the backpack has become one of the greatest sources of fear to have ever existed in this city...
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In Fact, AhIn honour of God (1.2.2006, 16:49 UTC)
I'd just like to tip my hat to the Toxteth Terror who will line out from the home dressing room at Anfield this evening for the first time in four years. Robbie Fowler, professional footballer and property tycoon scored 171 goals in 330 first team appearances for Liverpool in his first period at the club. Irrespective of how staggering the stats, to understand the true Robbie Fowler one has to take into account the flair and magic which went into building his goalscoring record. In this Liverpo...
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In Fact, AhCandace Bushnell, you've a lot to answer for (31.1.2006, 13:17 UTC)
Some women really need their more educated sisters to guide them away from equality that is found at the bottom of a Brown Thomas shopping bag. "I look so good that I'll be treated as an equal, right?" Wrong. Not that looking good is a crime, but it's no substitute for using that bleached brain of yours. Not too offended yet? Good, keep reading. There are few things that have done more for women's lib than Sex and the City. Wait a second, I completely made that up. In fact, ah Candace Bushnell...
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In Fact, AhBoxing promoters fly Ryanair too (30.1.2006, 13:45 UTC)
I would really love to have had the opportunity to ask Frank Maloney his opinion on the farce that was the Irish Lightweight title fight. The fight took place between Michael Gomez and Peter McDonagh at the National Arena last Saturday night. It was a warm-up match for the Bernard Dunne fight. Balrog pretty much sums up my opinion on the whole sordid affair. Only Steve Collins had the cajones to call a spade a spade while Mick Dowling and Darragh Maloney made it clear that Collins' opinion was...
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In Fact, AhBell X1 at Bush Hall, January 26th (27.1.2006, 17:29 UTC)
Went along to see Bell X1 play Bush Hall in Shepherd's Bush last night. Yours truly was on the band's guest list via a mutual acquaintance, but I did feel a bit guilty about going on a freebie for what was a charity event. But I did forgo the opportunity to see Rogue Wave play in Camden, so that was my sacrifice. Anyway, in what is a build up tour for the forthcoming release of their new album "Flock" in the UK, the band decided to play last night's gig for their die-hard fans ... and me. ...
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In Fact, AhPoints of order (26.1.2006, 17:49 UTC)
So Martin Cullen has announced the long-awaited list of new penalty points. Let's hope they have the same impact as those that were introduced two years ago. For me personally, these type of measures come 13 years to-the-day too late - but that's another story. The AA have said that the new penalty point offences merely ink on paper unless they are enforced. These measures can only be seen as something to be embraced. It really concerns me when I hear of people saying that driving rules are int...
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In Fact, AhThe National Anthem (24.1.2006, 19:37 UTC)
If you didn't experience the visceral joy of watching Munster and Leinster's victories in the Heineken Cup last weekend, I'm sure you have heard about it all in recent days. The two stunning victories over English teams have been recounted at length in all arms of the media for a few days now. We didn't mean to gloat so thoroughly at your misfortune Mr. Chabal. Myself and a few work colleagues were discussing whether the glow emanating from Irish provincial rugby at the moment will wash over th...
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In Fact, AhPower to the people (24.1.2006, 13:23 UTC)
Referenda are, and have been, fantastic tools of democracy in this country. They give society the chance to have their say in how the rules of living are changed. We have been blessed with the opportunities to shape how ordinary decent people go about their business. In the past, the divorce and abortion referenda have provoked debate around the country. People discussed what it meant to be human beings; what it meant to be parents, spouses, sons and daughters, indeed what it meant to be a fami...
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In Fact, AhTaking umbrage at faux umbrage (21.1.2006, 17:57 UTC)
This is me ... This guy was in HMV and saw copies of "Downfall", the WW2 Hitler's Bunker film, on sale and stocked in the Comedy section. A member of staff, whenapproached, said that there wasn't room for them elsewhere.This wasn't enoughfor our bleeding heart champion of the downtrodden. He emailed the company andgave out.For. Fuck. Sake. Harping On, you're a star.
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In Fact, AhBreadboxes (21.1.2006, 17:34 UTC)
Bread at Borough Market Whiteread at Tate (using 14,000 boxes) Click images to enlarge
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In Fact, AhNoam Chomsky Speaks in Dublin (19.1.2006, 17:17 UTC)
I was fortunate enough to attend the Noam Chomsky lecture organised by Amnesty International last night in the RDS. With 4,000 people on the cancellation list, Chomsky certainly holds a massive appeal in this country. Love him or hate him, there is no doubt he stirs debate and taps into the minds of many beyond the academic elite.Just after 7pm Prof Chomsky received rapturous applause when he arrived on stage to begin his lecture entitled, "The War on Terror". He began by defining the term 'terr...
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In Fact, AhCalling all angel sponsors (18.1.2006, 18:25 UTC)
So Damien Mulley is looking for some sponsors for the upcoming blog awards. This represents a fantastic opportunity for tech and non-tech companies alike to advertise their wares. The damage to their marketing budget would be minimal. You'd have a few hundred bloggers writing and possibly recommending the sponsor to their friends. Joe Public would see references to the sponsor's products on the irishblogs.ie page which has a huge reach. Seriously. Apple, Sony, Butler's Chocolates, Guinness, Tic...
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In Fact, AhThree's Company, More Whores is a Crowd (17.1.2006, 18:18 UTC)
In an effort to take some of the sordid sex-for-cash business off the streets, the British government is set to redefine what constitutes a legal brothel. As it stands, one prostitute may operate from a building. Under the new proposal, up to three prostitutes may operate from any bordello. Other new measures to be introduced will see regular kerb crawlers lose their driver's licence and be
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In Fact, AhDoes HMV think WW2 was funny? (16.1.2006, 17:53 UTC)
Here is my email and their response to the HMV WW2 incident. My email To whom it may concern, While scanning the aisles in your Henry Street, Dublin branch yesterday, I noticed that a very prominant 'Comedy' stand was stocked with the movie 'Downfall'. This was a movie that centred around one of the greatest acts of genocide since time began. I suggested to a shop assistant that people may be offended by the location of this stock. She replied by saying that the store had run out of space. ...
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In Fact, AhWar with Iran? (12.1.2006, 17:26 UTC)
Earlier in the week, Iran announced it was re-establishing its nuclear fuel operations, bringing condemnation from around the world, most forcibly from the US and Britain. The US said it risked "serious escalation" in its stand-off with the West after Tehran broke the seals on equipment at its uranium enrichment facility. Notably however, Jack Straw ruled out going to war with Iran and the Americans were keen to stress that they would pursue their options through the UN security council. How re...
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In Fact, AhMogwai Fear Satan Video (12.1.2006, 11:36 UTC)
If anyone is interested in taking a peek, I've finally put up the video from the Mogwai gig last Saturday night. It captures 9 minutes of their final track of the night, "Mogwai Fear Satan". Unfortunately the sound isn't great as we were stationed right beside a big stack of speakers, it's ok in the 'quieter' moments. You'll definetly appreciate this if you were there, or if you are familiar with the track Mogwai Fear Satan. For some reason you can't skip in the video, so just let it play...
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In Fact, AhLiving in hell (11.1.2006, 23:31 UTC)
No, it doesn't describe my current habitation arrangement, rather it's the name of Tom Hunter's exhibition at the National Gallery in London. His photos are derived from classic Renaissance paintings and reflect the lives of Hackney residents. Startling, depressing and innovative in composition, Living in Hell and other stories drive home the notion that it really is a case of same shit, different century for some people. from the BBC One particular photo shows a lap ...
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In Fact, AhThe Most Dangerous Idea in the World (11.1.2006, 09:51 UTC)
A friend recently pointed me in the direction of edge.org, which the New York Times described as "One of the most interesting stopping places on the Web". The Edge Foundation was established in 1988 and its mandate is: "to promote inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society." The foundation professes itself to have an informal membership including some of the "most interestin...
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In Fact, AhWorking like a ... (10.1.2006, 22:12 UTC)
Mary O’Rourke’s recent comments about her campaigners ‘working like blacks’ was, to say the least, ill-judged. But it got me thinking; what other phrase or analogy could she have used that would have complimented her workers? Straight away the phrase ‘Trojan work’ came to mind. The Trojans were mad for work, and were proud of it too. If you told someone they had just done some ‘Trojan work’, they would almost certainly take it as a compliment. Con...
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In Fact, AhMogwai - Live at the Temple Bar Music Center (9.1.2006, 15:02 UTC)
Last Saturday Mogwai played live in Dublin's Temple Bar Music Center. For anyone who hasn’t come across them before Mogwai are a Glasgow band who make some of the loudest, ear splitting guitar music you're ever likely to come across. Their first album "Young Team" achieved critical acclaim when released in 1997 and while subsequent albums haven't quite lived up to the debut they are nonetheless a unique and interesting band with a reputation for putting on exceptionally powerful live show...
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In Fact, AhFarewell, so long, goodbye. (6.1.2006, 13:26 UTC)
So it's my last day at work here in Ireland. A bit strange to be leaving Dublin and indeed my workplace. I've met some of the brightest and most interesting people in my three years in this city. But London presents a new challenge that I'm grateful to have. I will continue to post here, probably with the odd story from Old Blighty. To celebrate my leaving, we will be in The Temple Bar Music Centre tomorrow night.
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In Fact, AhBill O'Reilly on Letterman (5.1.2006, 13:02 UTC)
I haven't watched Letterman in a long time, however I used to be a big fan back in the days when he was on Sky One. Thank you so much to Stuff for alerting me to Bill O'Reilly's recent appearance on the Letterman show. They talked about the media frenzy in The States over the political correctness of Christmas, Cindy Sheehan, and The War in Iraq. To put things in context, O'Reilly has been quoted in the past regarding Letterman thus: "Mr. Letterman is a smart guy who can spot a phony with teles...
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In Fact, AhIn Fact, Ah goes to Frankfurt (4.1.2006, 20:16 UTC)
Breaking news to emerge in the past few hours is that In Fact, Ah will be travelling to Germany in June for World Cup 2006. Thanks to the grace of benevolent contacts, the crew will attend Match 60 in Frankfurt on July 1. Early predictions are that Brazil and Spain will contest this last quarter-final. Stay tuned to In Fact, Ah throughout the end of June and beginning of July for all the latest on our wheat beer exploits. It was in the year of '06 in the lovely month of JuneWhen the gadfl...
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In Fact, AhBalls (4.1.2006, 15:49 UTC)
Ok, first off a disclaimer, I know the Irish bloggosphere has been all over this ages ago, so don't shout "OLD!" at me. Today I got the Jose Gonzalez album 'Veneer' which includes the song featured on the now ubiquitous Sony Bravia TV advert. I went searching irishblogs.ie for posts regarding the advert or the music and clicked through to the Sony Bravia Advert website through a post Claire made a while ago at Gingerpixel. Now we've all seen the ad on TV, loved the ad, asked what the music is i...
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