Anansi Boys

ISBN: 0755305078 It begins, as most things begin, with a song Fat Charlie is fat, but the nickname has stuck. It is his father’s fault, if Fat Charlie’s dad calls something by a nickname, then that nickname sticks. Fat Charlie’s dad, you see, is Anansi, the god. And he is dead. At the funeral Fat […]

‘Dry balls’ Nealon

Like a yo-yo the internet connection at work is bouncing up and down. It is a tad annoying. I was in a bit of a nostalgic mood last night. You know, real nostalgia, for a time that never existed and things the way they never were. Anyways, ended up watching TG4[1] First up I got […]

you can take it that way if you want

So y’all know what today marks dontcha? Yup, that’s right, on the 28day of June in 1922[1] the Irish Civil war broke out as the Free State government ordered the shelling of the Four Courts. I guess it is in my mind because of TWTSTB, and of course, because of that film I have come […]

Judged by English standards, the Irish are a difficult and unsatisfactory people. Their civilisation is different and in many ways lower than that of the English

Three posts in the one day, I must be busy at work! Went to see The Wind That Shakes the Barley on Friday, and meant to post this then, but I forgot[1] Is there a better actor out there at portraying pro-English propaganda than Roger Allam ;) He was great in V for Vendetta as […]

It matters what we journalists do. If I didn’t think my work made a difference, I’d probably give it up

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Veronica Guerin. For those of you who don’t know Guerin was a journalist who mainly wrote crime stories. Exposing drug lords and crime gangs. She was shot and killed as she sat in her car at a red light on the Naas road. In the aftermath […]

A Song for Arbonne

ISBN: 0586216774 Reread with FantasyFavorites On a morning in the springtime of the year, when the snows of the mountains were melting and the rivers swift in their running, Aelis de Miravel watched her husband ride out at dawn to hunt in the forest west of their castle, and shortly after that she took horse […]

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Opening with a hurling scene in Cork in the 1920’s this film lives entirely within the experience of the main character, Damien. A young doctor about to leave Ireland for a career in London he is pulled into the Irish War of Independence. And this film is about his fight. The film starts without any introductory text, there is no attempt made to make the viewer aware of the wider world, this is Damien’s story and only his story.

It’s raining like a Nick Cave song

The blog’verse can be a weird, weird place on occasion. You visit random links and blogs, reading what other people write, sometimes interacting, sometimes just lurking. Some bloggers you never get to know, you just read but don’t engage. Elsewhere you might leave comments and get to know bloggers. You see the comments they leave […]

United 93

This is a film that is pretty impossible to review as just a film. We’ve all seen the news footage of those planes crashing into the World Trade Centre, we all know what happened that September. And part of me wonders why I went to see this film. I can’t say it was entertainment in […]


ISBN: 0316731005 A long time ago in China, a philosopher was asked the first thing he would do if he became ruler. The philosopher thought for a while, and then said: well, if something had to be put first, I would rectify the names for things. This is a book all about language, and how […]