Pan’s Labyrinth

El Laberinto del Fauno I really wanted to go see this film ever since I heard about it, and yer wan at the desk who tried to put me off by saying “you know it is in Spanish with subtitles” didn’t succeed. ;) The story revolves around Ofelia, an 11 year old girl whose mother […]

four, let all the traffic pass you

Did you know that it is less than a month till xmas? Did ya?[1] That’s still a long time though, so you won’t find me adding to the “BUY NOW” mentality that seems to be swarming all over the place. Though if you are looking for amber lights for your tree, well I’m afraid they’ve […]

Back from the Brink

with Vincent Hogan ISBN: 1846050766 See also: ; Wikipedia ; BBC ; The Telegraph Paul McGrath is probably Ireland’s best loved sporting star. Known as god to many an Aston Villa fan, he was one of our greatest players ever. And we all knew he had a drinking problem, there were the disappearances. And a […]

One Thousand White Women

23 March 1875
Today is my birthday, and I have received the greatest gift of all – freedom! I make these first poor scribblings aboard the westbound Union Pacific train with departed Union Station Chicago at 6.35 a.m. this morning, bound for Nebraska Territory.

In 1854 a Cheyenne chief asked the United States government for one thousand white brides to marry into the people. Cheyenne society was a matrilineal society the resulting children, to their minds, would belong to white society. Yet they would also have an understanding of Cheyenne ways, and so it seemed a good way of joining white man’s society. Of course this didn’t go down to well in the white man’s world, and the offer was refused.

In this novel Fergus imagines what would have happened had the US govt decided to go along with this Cheyenne idea. In secret, of course.

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.

Your Vocabulary Score: A- Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary! You must be quite an erudite person. How’s Your Vocabulary? via: Wyvernfriend A-, I’m a little disappointed. But never mind, I’m sure I’ll get over the shock. I don’t know if any of you have seen the trailer for The Holiday[1] ? The film itself looks […]

Kafka on the Shore

trans from the Japanese: Philip Gabriel ISBN: 0099494094 ; Mental mayhem ; Mindspill “So you’re all set for money, then?” the boy named Crow asks in his characteristic sluggish voice. The kind of voice you have when you’ve just woken up and your mouth still fells heavy and dull. But he’s just pretending. He’s totally […]

32-15!

Go on my son! Although I’m a little worried about Argentina[1] maybe one of the Leinster boys can take out Contempomi in a “training accident” a little closer to the World Cup?[2] Anyways, moving away from sport at the moment, I’ve discovered that I have too many books I want to read. I’ve taken a […]