Young ladies; married ladies; old maids; thoughtless young persons of both sexes; gamblers, profligates and libertines; servants who, whether by accident or design, have acquired an education beyond their station: these are the idle creatures who may be found at any hour of the night or day with a novel in their hands

Heather has a book meme that I’m stealing; Connect any six books in your library to each other by any way you want. One book will remind you of another because the author’s name is similar, a fictional character shows up in someone else’s book, another author is talked about by characters in a book, […]

I upped with my fist and I shattered his jaw. He fell to the ground with his knees doubled up But it wasn’t I hit him, ’twas Johhny Jump Up.

So the Irish Medical Organisation[1] want the government to increase the price of certain alcoholic drinks. Spirits, to be precise. This would, in their considered opinion would help to prevent the drink problem plaguing the streets of Ireland. Now, while I’ll admit that there is a problem with drinking to excess in Ireland I hardly […]

Powder and Patch

Prviously published as The Transformation of Philip Jettan: A Comedy of Manners ISBN: 434328014 c.1923 If you searched among the Downs in Sussex, somewhere between Midhurst and Brighthelmstone, inland a little, and nestling in modest seclusion between two waves of hills, you would find Little Fittledean, a village round which three gentlemen had built their […]

She’s dead or possibly dying and the rescue crew thinks they can save this baby. When they take the baby out, it goes “mama” and someone has shoved a plastic doll in her uterus and the fetus is missing

Edit: cause I can’t be bothered to write a whole new post Over the weekend I caught half an episode of Charmed, but then again it seems to be trying to compete with The Simpsons, what with its being on almost every station. But this was new Charmed. Now, normally I wouldn’t blog about Charmed. […]

We on our part must realize that force may not bring unity. That the reverse in fact can be true. Force can create resistance and what we are trying to bring about is unity.

Inniú I went down to take a look at the military parade we had in Dublin to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. I didn’t make it out early enough so didn’t try to find a space on O’Connell St, it was packed. Instead d’fhán mé on Parnell St. So I didn’t hear the reading of the proclamation, or any of the speeches. Which may be a good thing, I’m not sure. But the parade[1] itself was a little strange.

We don’t do military parades. We haven’t had one in almost 40 years, cause of Northern Ireland and all that.

But if you’ve ever seen any of the British military-type parades on the telly you’ll know that they are all flag-waving, almost triumphalist, displays of pomp and ceremony. Well, there was no confusing our parade today with that. I’m not saying that ours was any better because it wasn’t. Nor any worse. Just that it was clearly an Irish event[2] It was quite fun. Especially the triúr buachaillé who turned up halfway through and ended up near me. Is dóigh liom they were all brothers, and all under ten. They were delighra to see the guns, tanks and “Bazookas! Look at de bazookas” They were also very impressed with the airplanes and helicopters that flew over.

But they were grinning from ear to ear when a few of the soldiers accompanying tanks shook their hands and others gave them high fives.

So whatever else it may have been, the parade was very much a success from a PR point of view. And it was nice to see ordinary soldiers on parade. The only other time we’d really see them is the marching bands on Patrick’s day, and usually people are more interested in the floats and sweets being thrown from other participants.

RTé have a special section on their website devoted to their archives from the Cuimhneachán 1916. That’d be their coverage of the 1966 Golden Jubilee events. The site does seem to be undergoing some work though. I was on it yesterday and some links weren’t working. They’ve been taken down today and its slightly reorganised.

Agus ná rinne dearmad ar LunaNina.
Dúirt sí:

  1. Ambition ::
  2. Meatloaf ::
  3. Celebrity ::
  4. Coach ::
  5. Slacker ::
  6. Reflection ::
  7. Original ::
  8. Risk ::
  9. Saved ::
  10. June ::

So I say: Read more about We on our part must realize that force may not bring unity. That the reverse in fact can be true. Force can create resistance and what we are trying to bring about is unity.

Linknotes:

  1. I’ll stick a few photos up on flickr as soon as the batteries are charged
  2. yeah, the use of Irish and the flags would help you figure that out, but even they hadn’t’ve been there you’d have still known

On Another Man’s Wound

ISBN: 094796231x c1936

This book is an attempt to show the background of the struggle from 1916 to 1921 between an Empire and an unarmed people.

The title of this book is taken from an old Ulster proverb It is easy to sleep on another man’s wound, and it details his life as an IRA soldier during the War of Independence between 1916 and 1921. He was a student in Dublin at the time of the 1916 Rising, and initially had no real feelings for the rebels. But as time passed he became more caught up in the Irish nationalist movement. He joined the Volunteers, later organised other companies, was taken prisoner, and eventually was appointed commander of the Second Southen, the 2nd largest division of the IRA.

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Junebug

This is a film that perfectly fits that horrible description; a quirkie independent film. But never annoyingly quirky, so don’t worry about that. For the majority of the time the film is told through Madeleine’s eyes. She is an art dealer, who meets George, falls in love and marries him. Six months later while in […]