TT #19

On account of the fact that pirates are cool, and that I really enjoyed POTC: AWE I give you this week’s Thursday Thirteen: 13 items of piratey goodness. Yes, the product of a google image search, but still, look pirates! Garrrrr. Pirate flags. They’re so cool. This one was flown by Calico Jack Calico Jack, […]

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Surprisingly I liked this. I loved the first, but was bored during the second, so I wasn’t expecting great things from the third in the series. Maybe this was the reason I liked it, low expectations and all, but whatever the cause I’m glad. It isn’t as good as the first; I don’t think I’d […]

Wasting time

So I’m working late tonight, and as it is kinda overtime that I won’t get paid for I’m doing nowt but surfing, and have spent way too much time browsing through ask metafilter’s animal section. Where I came across this. aaaaawwww. And to get you in the mood: Futurama on You Tube.

Rules of Engagement

25 May 2003
The tip-off came from a Fleet Street contact that Saturday evening: something serious was brewing in the media, something ‘pretty big’. I’d been under the cosh for the last week after being accused of war crimes, so I wondered how much bigger it could get.

So, do I admit at the start or the end of this review that I was anti the Iraq war? Does that political inclination mean that my opinion of this book is biased? I’m not sure, I do however know that this book did not get off to a good start with me, as the dedication is “to the soldiers of Ireland who left their native land to fight for the Crown so that small nations might be free.” That grates. It is meant with the best of intentions, or at least I suppose so, and I’m guessing he is talking about in modern times, but it still grates. After all, Ireland is one of those small nations that had to fight against the Crown so that she might be free.

TT #18

Image nicked from Everybody lies Thirteen Things about today Today being election day you see. Polling station close at 10.30 this evening, so you’ve no excuses for not voting. If you haven’t made up your mind yet, check out Mycandidate.ie and find a person you like. Because I haven’t changed my address I’ll have to […]

On Raven’s Wing

The atmosphere surrounding the little boy vibrated with tension. He could not see the stifled anger and baffled desire, but he sensed their residue accumulating like dustballs in the corners of the fort. Unspoken recriminations crowded the silences; bitter glances were hurled like spears over small Setanta’s head.

When I first read this book I wrote the month and year inside the cover, so I know that I first read it in February 1994, but I’ve reread it plenty of times in the past 13 years. It has been one of my favourite books ever since. That might possibly be because it is based on the Irish legend of the Táin Bó Cúalnge, or Cattle-Raid of Cooley. The Táin is made up of a collection of stories, based around the heroes of the Red Branch, the warriors of Ulster, and especially Cúchulainn.