Friday, June 28, 2002
Thursday, June 27, 2002
Wednesday, June 26, 2002
If you like skyscrapers then you'll love www.SkyscraperPage.com. Check out the diagram for Paris; it shows just how impressive the Eiffel tower is when set against the modern buildings in the La Defense area of the city. Nothing for Ireland of course. I did notice however that the site also includes the giant Buddah statue that was destroyed by the Taliban last year.
Posted by Smoke at 4:40 PM
Busy day today - lots of work to do plus I expect to take a couple of hours off to watch Brazil vs Turkey.
Posted by Smoke at 10:01 AM
Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Two bits of culture I forgot to comment on last week: The Spiderman movie and Pete Yorn's debut album "musicforthemorningafter". In their own way, both of these productions succeed perfectly because the fundamentals are executed brilliantly; whether it's the well paced story at the heart of the Spiderman film or the classic songwriting and unfussy production on Pete Yorn's record. Nothing we haven't seen before in either, but they deliver the mainstream with a quality and integrity that is becoming increasingly rare.
Posted by Smoke at 3:17 PM
Monday, June 24, 2002
Dingbat TD Ned O'Keefe wants to rollback the extension in Irish pub drinking hours that came into effect last year. In fact, deputy O'Keefe proposes that the restriction on selling drink after 11:30 and a closing time of 12:00 be applied to nightclubs also. He blames the extension in opening hours for the increase in crime and disorder in Irish society. In case you have forgotten, Mr. O'Keefe is the man who once claimed that the movie 'Babe' posed a serious threat to the pigmeat business in Ireland. Ned who owns a pig farm himself, resigned from a ministerial position in the last Government over his failure to declare a conflict of interest; one suspects if his business interests included owning a pub or club then his position would be very different. Methinks the fellow is neither to be trusted nor taken seriously.
Posted by Smoke at 4:57 PM
You know - on Friday night I think I was doing much the same as Mr.Fimoculous. i.e. listening to the new Sonic Youth album (which does indeed rock) and watching telly with the sound turned down. However my Nokia isn't one of those new fangled communicators - just a standard 3310. I may have knocked off a few txt msgs on it though.
Posted by Smoke at 3:53 PM
Something to pass the time if you are stuck on the 'poor' side of the Big Brother house:- Three Ways to Hypnotize a Chicken. Speaking of Big Brother, wasn't it fantastic to see that stuck up bollix Tim relegated to the lentils and cold water zone this week? How is he going to cope without his chum Alex?
Posted by Smoke at 10:50 AM
Friday, June 21, 2002
Thursday, June 20, 2002
Well we had the potato last week so today it's time for the history of the Carrot. It happens to be one of my least favourite vegetables; apparently we can blame the Afghans for it as well. And for those of you who were interested in the glowing gerkin phenomenon check out the carrot laser.
Wednesday, June 19, 2002
Tuesday, June 18, 2002
Check out Liam (Shay's brother) Given's great account of that fateful night in Suwon on www.shay-given.com. In spite of the match result, the team and supporters enjoyed themselves afterwards in a manner expected of the Irish:-
"Next thing you know, Shay has swapped his shirt for Austin Daly's Dun Na nGall GAA shirt and he's kissing the crest, standing on top of a table. The place went buck mad. Shay was sweating so hard (he would sweat like a racehorse at the best of times) that the droplets of sweat were tumbling out of the sleeves of the Donegal top. I had to move my lager a couple of times.."
Posted by Smoke at 9:04 AM
Monday, June 17, 2002
Well as I predicted, Ireland held Spain 1-1 until penalties. Unfortunately the result went the wrong way for us and Spain go through to the quarter finals. I think the Spanish now have a great chance of making the final; hopefully they'll go all the way but they'll (probably) have to beat Italy first.
Posted by Smoke at 8:43 AM
Friday, June 14, 2002
Prediction for Sunday's match - Ireland 1 Spain 1 -- We go through on penalties. Of course my predictions have been way off the mark so far. I still reckon Italy will win the World Cup.
Posted by Smoke at 4:08 PM
Thursday, June 13, 2002
Saw the movie "Unfaithful" last night - it was only so so. Good first half but but it suffered from a weak and inconsequential third act. Diane Lane steals the show for her incredibly sexy performance. But then I thought her performance in Judge Dread was incedibly sexy as well. Age has not whithered her one bit.
Wednesday, June 12, 2002
Oooh errr - alledgedly, US vice president Dick Cheney once was partial to a bit of 'human hunting'...
"Cheney was talking as he paced around me, "I could stuff you and mount you like a jackalope and call you a two legged dear. Or I could stuff you with this (he unzipped his pants to reveal his oversized penis) right down your throat, and then mount you. Which do you prefer?"
Posted by Smoke at 5:41 PM
The Beatles poured evil into the World (via Koi ) - Congrats Paul on your big day.. ...It was cool that you elected to get married in a former niteclub previously called 'Annabel's on the Bog' - once home to electronic music pioneer Desmond Leslie.
Posted by Smoke at 5:14 PM
I remember the comic Ross Noble recounting how he bought a figurine of Padre Pio when he was in Knock last year; he reckoned it would complete his Star Wars' dolls collection as he was missing Obi Wan Kinobi. Well Ross would love www.jesuschristsuperstore.net. But surely God could afford something better than an AK-47 - maybe a light sabre even?
Posted by Smoke at 4:59 PM
It was a big night last night. Ireland beat Saudi Arabia 3-0 to qualify for the second round of the World cup. I took the afternoon off work to watch the match in the Quays pub in Galway. 12 hours of solid celebrations followed. Suffice to say I'm paying for it now...
Posted by Smoke at 10:25 AM
Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Monday, June 10, 2002
I purchased Gemma Hayes' new album "Night on my Side" at the weekend. I like it. While the sound is quite different to the subtle acoustic music on her brilliant debut EP 4.35 am, the fuller band sound actually suits her songs in so far as it covers up the weakness of her lyrics. There is something about the album that makes it more than the sum of it's parts, although individually the songs may seem unremarkable at first, the album demands repeated listens - revealing something new on each play. All told, it's worth checking out; she's an exciting new talent. Save 4 or 5 Euro and get the CD cheap on CDwow.ie. And if you want a preview, dotmusic has a mpeg of an acoustic session by her.
Posted by Smoke at 4:13 PM
The new series of Big Brother is proving interesting. The producers have decided to stir it up by segregating the group into 'rich' and 'poor' sides. Hopefully this will accentuate the conflict that is already brewing between some of the contestants. However it's unfortunate that many of them are so unrelentingly dull. Brian Sewell has written a scathing article on the housmates describing them as "post-adolescent dolts inclined to squalor, selfish in impulse, sex-obsessed, with no sense of community, no manners and, to put it bluntly, irredeemably common or worse". Great stuff.
Posted by Smoke at 10:46 AM
Friday, June 07, 2002
Thursday, June 06, 2002
The resurgence of sectarian street violence in Belfast over the last few nights is very disturbing. Is it just a cooincidence that loyalist ring leader Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair was released a few weeks ago? Just a question.
Posted by Smoke at 3:28 PM
Tell me how you drive and I'll tell you what kind of an idiot you are...courtesy of one Bruno Bozzetto.
Posted by Smoke at 3:11 PM
24 is possibly the best program on telly these days and indeed it is the only thing that I make an effort to watch regularily. However it's now 3pm on the show and Jack probably hasn't slept in 24 hours - will there be a few episodes without him while he takes a nap? The same question applies to virtually all the main characters.
Posted by Smoke at 2:41 PM
Wednesday, June 05, 2002
Maybe the Slovenian manager should have called Mick McCarthy and asked for his advice on how to handle a troublesome star player - Slovenia's World Cup plans in disarray as tearful coach resigns
Posted by Smoke at 3:10 PM
I'm debating where to go to watch the match - go to the pub to get the atmosphere but maybe not such a good view, the canteen at work where they have laid on a big screen for us or to a friends house. Too early to start drinking (and I have to work later) so availability of drink not much of a factor.
Posted by Smoke at 10:32 AM
It's a big match day for Ireland today. I think we really need to beat Germany or we're in trouble as the Germans and Cameroon could play for a draw in the last match to deny Ireland a place in the next round. Only two and a half hours to go till kickoff when the whole country will come to a standstill (save for those poor sods doing their final exams).
Posted by Smoke at 8:51 AM
Tuesday, June 04, 2002
South Korea beat Poland today 2-0. It was a somewhat surprising result and Chris at www.worldcupblog.com suggests that the manner of the Polish defeat arouses suspicion of match fixing.
Posted by Smoke at 4:11 PM