Shitty First Draftyou say tomAtoe.......we say tomahtoe (12.2.2006, 15:12 UTC)
The book with a starting bid of £4.99 @ e-bay and in the week 21 Jan - 28 Jan no-one bidded for, has been reviewed by Roy Foster in the Guardian. Men That God Made Mad. Derek Lundy's honest and personal appraisal of Northern Ireland's endemic neuroses "The title of Derek Lundy's absorbing book - part history, part memoir, part reportage - comes from one of GK Chesterton's more than usually silly jingles: "The Great Gaels of Ireland, / The men that God made mad / For all their w...
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Shitty First DraftCelebrating local female literary talent (12.2.2006, 14:00 UTC)
Ok, I've a thing about nuns, but barefoot nuns....Northern Woman magazine recently celebrated the launch of The Barefoot Nuns of Barcelona & Other Short Stories, a collection of entries into the Orange Northern Woman Short Story Prize.Following a generous grant from The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Northern Woman, in conjunction with telecoms giant Orange, were pleased to produce such a fitting tribute to the efforts of all Prize finalists over the past five years.The Orange Northern Woman ...
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Shitty First DraftAttention Sci -Fi writers! (12.2.2006, 11:53 UTC)
I thought this was interesting and I'd be tempted to try to write something for this myself, just to hear what it sounded like narrated by a very nearly talented performer. Each week Escape Pod The Science Fiction Podcast Magazine narrates fun science fiction and fantasy short stories, with commentary and review. The first paying market in podcasting. Escape Pod is always looking for quality fiction to feed their listeners. If you're a writer with a speculative short story that you'd like ...
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Shitty First Draftthe world loves the Danish (10.2.2006, 22:54 UTC)
have a good weekend!
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Shitty First Drafta couple of items in the news in Northern Ireland... (10.2.2006, 22:10 UTC)
Ian Hill in the Belfast Telegraph reviews the first night of Beckett's Endgame and in Daily Ireland Ciarán Barnes mentions the Charlie Donnelly Winter School, a festival in Co Tyrone in honour of a local republican.
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Shitty First DraftJournalist hospitalised after refusing food and water for 10 days in Internet protest (9.2.2006, 23:29 UTC)
Cuba 9 February 2006Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today at a sudden worsening in the condition of independent journalist Guillermo Fariñas, who was rushed to hospital yesterday after losing consciousness. He has been refusing food and water since 31 January.He previously announced that he could continue his hunger strike until the end unless the authorities allow all Cubans unrestricted access to the Internet and let independent journalists work freely the full story...
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Shitty First Draftseperated at birth? (9.2.2006, 22:18 UTC)
Ian Paisley & Judge Doombut look who's smiling!
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Shitty First DraftLove is in the air (9.2.2006, 20:30 UTC)
Sorry, another post related to Valentines Day, but I couldn't help but post this. I've received an e-mail from Kelly @ Féile an Phobail Kelly@feilebelfast.com it reads...Féile an Phobai suggest this event as an alternative to a romantic meal and roses.......A chairde,Get on board this Saturday night at the Roddy McCorleys Club for a greats night craic with the Escape Spoof and the disco that you know you want to go to. You know you want to be there and all your money will be going to...
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Shitty First Draft...from the simply sensual to the downright dirty... (9.2.2006, 17:25 UTC)
I've been to a few creative writing groups/classes. One I was at along with an old teacher of mine, one of the most feared teachers at my school who had a black belt in karate. It was an unusual, slightly scary experience being in a writing group with him. I didn't stay there too long.In other groups and classes there was, a woman too emotional to read her own writing without bursting into tears, a guy that was going to take his writing along to someone to get it typed for him, a guy who hid hi...
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Shitty First DraftREWARD! (9.2.2006, 14:27 UTC)
Taliban announce reward on execution of cartoonist 2/9/2006 PESHAWAR (AIP): Chief Military Commander of Taliban fighters, Mulla Dadullah has announced on Wednesday a reward of 100 kg of gold on the execution of man responsible of blasphemous cartoon. I know a few guys from Northern Ireland......
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Shitty First DraftIt's only a ... (8.2.2006, 12:04 UTC)
Book , this time from BMW ... Put on your seatbelt and prepare for highs, lows and plenty of twists and turns. BMW, in conjunction with Random House, brings you BMW Audio Books , a unique series of specially commissioned short stories showcasing the work of some of the finest contemporary writing talent. Each gripping tale is yours to download for free and a new book will be available to download every two weeks. Listen to them on your MP3 player, your laptop or ideally, in the ca...
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Shitty First DraftBeckett Day (7.2.2006, 17:15 UTC)
I recieved an e-mail from Emma @ Primecut Productions about Beckett Day which is this Saturday.Beckett Day Saturday 11th Feb Waterfront Hall Studio, BelfastAll That Fall - @ 2.30 Tickets £8/ £4Directed by Everett C. Frost - featuring Stella McCusker as Mrs RooneyStart off the day with a one-off opportunity to hear Beckett’s masterpiece for radio, All That Fall. A meld of live performance and radio sound technique performed by a stellar cast this is a unique opportunity to experi...
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Shitty First DraftLooney Cartoons (7.2.2006, 12:34 UTC)
It's sad that Looneycartoons . com is closed due to the lack of time, money, and interest. Even sadder still, we might be seeing more Looney Cartoons (but not as good as seen before on the website) as reported in The Guardian... Muslim protesters infuriated by cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad raised the diplomatic stakes last night as Iran's best-selling newspaper announced it would retaliate by running images satirising the Holocaust.The decision by the rightwing Hamshari ...
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Shitty First DraftI wonder... (7.2.2006, 11:24 UTC)
If, according to electricnews.net, one of the favourites to win the Irish Blog Awards is Slugger O'Toole's Northern Ireland, forum. Should the Irish Blog Awards have a forum category? Is a blog with comments not a blog but a forum?
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Shitty First Draft"my little wander around the blogosphere" (6.2.2006, 19:51 UTC)
First to Nytewind and aka Angie who is on a two month vacation then over to Jeckles who isn't too happy that The Steelers won the Superbowl. Special Agent Gwyn is getting over the flu and JC with one of the best titled blogs in the blogosphere An Exercise in Mental Masturbation is talking about strip clubs. a-[e] @ anti everything I nearly agree with that "The fun never stops with Christians", though the question I ask is, does it ever start? TheBlueDevilyn @ Engaged to a Car...
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Shitty First DraftHas he found true love yet? (6.2.2006, 15:09 UTC)
Jett Loe, from Letter to America has been trying to help Allan Gildea find a soulmate that he can treasure and love in a mutually caring relationship. Allan who? Allan Gildea.Allan was featured in yesterdays Sunday Life,in an article by Michael Bell. Is this all part of the plan to help this man find true love?Why does a master of the art of persuasion need help?If you bump into actor Allan Gildea in the street, chances are he'll talk you into buying him a pint.Thanks to a TV advert, in which h...
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Shitty First DraftJust wondering... (6.2.2006, 14:14 UTC)
If voting for the Irish Blog Awards was restricted so that no Irish blogger could vote, how many votes would be counted?
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Shitty First DraftMuslim Mistakes (6.2.2006, 01:33 UTC)
In the media…The media have made mistakes in reporting about the cartoon capers that we've had to endure over the weekend. Regret The Error point outone heck of an error on the website of CTV, Canada's number one broadcaster. It's in a story about the reaction to newspaper cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.it has since then been changed to "Islamic star".Picture this...I'm wondering are these images the Muslim community want to leave, the impression they want to make on the Western W...
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Shitty First DraftAre you sitting comfortably? (5.2.2006, 13:34 UTC)
Then we will begin. As it's Sunday, the story today is... Amen I knew it; every Sunday morning’s the same. It’s 10:25 and Uncle Archie’s at the mirror in the front hall wearing his Donegal Tweed suit, white shirt and matching tie and of course his brown brogues are gleaming. He polished them last night. God doesn’t allow him to polish them on the Sabbath.“The Sabbaths the Lords Day,” he’d say, “We’ve six days to labour and on the S...
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Shitty First DraftMary Ann Meets The Grave Diggers (3.2.2006, 17:46 UTC)
looks interesting...Storytelling is an ancient art, from riddles and rhymes to wild flowing prose. From a craggy wood, a towering spire, an unrequited lover, a nightmare to a beautiful baby, storytelling can be many things - magical, fantastical, aspirational or even factual sometimes."Mary Ann Meets The Grave Diggers And Other Short Stories" is a UK only compendium of stories told by the medium of song by one Regina Spektor, Moscow born, New York based songwriter extraordinaire. The songs on '...
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Shitty First Drafton the world stage (2.2.2006, 18:17 UTC)
Northern Ireland - the Giant’s Causeway, Strangford Lough,Bushmills’ Whiskey, Tyrone Crystal, the Lakes of Fermanagh, the Londonderry Air, Belleek Pottery, Napoleon’s Nose, Titanic, Irish Linen, the Mountains of Mourne, Armagh Planetarium, the Nine Glens of Antrim, picturesque Lough Neagh. These are just someof the features of the natural and social landscape which have made the name of Northern Ireland familiar in other countries.Just like these, the imprint the arts an...
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Shitty First DraftIt's a date... (2.2.2006, 16:50 UTC)
Tuesday 14th Feb 12.30pm - 2.00pm @ Cregagh LibraryIt's that time of the year again and the CASTLEREAGH VERBAL ARTS FESTIVAL is about to kick off. On the advertising brochure that I received in the post today the most attractive looking person in it was Lucy Caldwell.She was born in Belfast in 1981 and now lives in London. She read English at Queens' College, Cambridge and is a graduate of Goldsmith's MA in Creative & Life Writing. Lucy is also a playwright and she won the 2005 PMA Award (sponso...
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Shitty First Draft1st issue out soon (2.2.2006, 14:46 UTC)
Speech Therapy giving a voice to top quality poetry, work that deserves to reach a wider audience and be appreciated by readers everywhere. This looks worth supporting... Speech Therapy is a new magazine focusing on Northern Ireland poets. We seek submissions from poets either residing in, or originally from Northern Ireland but living elsewhere. Issue One includes work by:David Smylie,Charmain Porter, Graeme Roberts, Linda Collins, Emer O'Neill, Liz Gallagher, Aisling Doherty, Ja...
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Shitty First Draftthere's a day for everything... (2.2.2006, 14:42 UTC)
We've had "Internet Free Day" which I didn't observe and another one isUNESCO International Mother Language Day - Saturday 18th February 2006The day has been designated to give people around the world an opportunity to display the uniqueness and diversity of their culture and language. Events will be held globally to promote understanding, tolerance and dialogue between different nations.The High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the UK, Mr. Sabihuddin Ahmed, will be the guest of honour at an event ...
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Shitty First DraftAttention the people of Ballygullable!! (1.2.2006, 20:35 UTC)
read about a Northern Irish based writer... Liz Kennedy interviews Bangor-based writer Ian Sansom about Ian's new series of books, The Mobile Library, based around the adventures of timid vegetarian librarian Israel Joseph Armstrong BA (Hons). (here) listen to a Northern Irish based writer reading... @ the Seamus Heaney Centre IAN SANSOM Thursday 23rd February at 7 pm , Lecture Room G09, QUB, Belfast. Ian Sansom is a prose writer, the author of The Truth About Babies: from A-Z ...
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Shitty First DraftLesson No 1: Character Creation for writers of Fiction (1.2.2006, 13:53 UTC)
Imagine a character that reads, I mean looks at, the Sunday Sport and because he's skint until Friday and there's no footie on TV he decides to watch C4 tonight...Extraordinary Breastfeeding Everyone knows that breast is best, but for how long? The World Health Organisation recommends that all children are breastfed until at least two years. In Britain we think that's downright weird. But this forthright, revealing and heart-warming film meets a group of women who believe in continuing to breast...
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Shitty First DraftVwat Vwill De Germanz Do Next? (31.1.2006, 21:55 UTC)
The European Journalism Centre reports... Wikipedia comes out as a book German publisher Zendot has announced plans to distribute the German-language print version of the free online encyclopaedia Wikipedia.The amount of information is so large that it is expected to fill 8,000 pages printed in a hundred volumes.Each volume is expected to cost EUR 14 and will be published at the rate of two a month, spread over a release period of four years. Zendot will use 25 workers and 15 edit...
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Shitty First DraftShhhh, NO WAY! (31.1.2006, 16:55 UTC)
Sometimes, especially in Northern Ireland, it's very hard to distinguish between politicians and comedians. More than often I find some comedian's make more sense than politicians do, here's one. Comedian Rowan Atkinson urged the government to back down over its religious hatred bill and accept changes made by peers to strengthen the right of performers to criticise religionMy impression is that government ministers themselves are by nature of a reasonable, liberal bent who, along with the major...
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Shitty First DraftOK Class... (31.1.2006, 16:37 UTC)
The Lesson Roger McGough Chaos ruled OK in the classroomas bravely the teacher walked inthe nooligans ignored himhid voice was lost in the din "The theme for today is violenceand homework will be setI'm going to teach you a lessonone that you'll never forget" He picked on a boy who was shoutingand throttled him then and therethen garrotted the girl behind him(the one with grotty hair) Then sword in hand he hacked his waybetween the chattering rows"First come, first severed"he declared"fin...
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Shitty First DraftWhat will the Pastor do now? (30.1.2006, 21:01 UTC)
I'm wondering how the Pastor of Muppets role will be affected now that Sesame Street's global outreach is going to reach Northern Ireland. Will he aim his sermons at the under threes, or be kept in a more administrative role in the 1st Holks Sesame Street Church? In this difficult time I'm sure all of his congregation continuously have him in their thoughts and prayers. Maybe he'll be called to be a Pastor of Bloggers :-) Is that the Pastor in the picture? Oh No, it's Liam Neeson, how will ...
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