Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week November 30, 2014Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
The Sindo offers an interview with Bertie on his handling of the economy. It’s about what you’d imagine.
There has been much talk of privatising Irish Water. But if Irish Water more closely resembled a real private firm in the age of its staff, management size and its degree of unionisation, it might be a lot less unpopular.
UPDATE: On second thoughts, this deserves an airing. Having outlined reasons why the changes in the Junior Cert marking are a bad idea, Colm O’Rourke offers this
The only conclusion I can come to in this dispute is that the militants are now in complete control of the shop in both the ASTI and TUI as I have not spoken to one teacher in my school or any other who thinks this course of action is a good idea.
As well as that, teachers leave themselves open to ridicule from the public who think this is another cheap shot from a relatively privileged group in terms of job security and the teachers will get the comments about having a nice day of Christmas shopping. This is what happens when there is a dispute that even the teachers do not believe in.
‘Some war news’ November 30, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Interesting, here’s Archon from the Southern Star of Skibbereen, Co.Cork. who writes under ‘some war news’ about that spat over comments Gerry Adams made about Michael Collins and the treatment of the Independent during the War of Independence.
Interview with Larry Kirwan -Black 47 November 30, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
From the Connolly Media Group
Like buses, perhaps you’re waiting for ages… November 29, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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… for news about AC/DC and then…
I’d have to have a smidgin of sympathy for the group. Notoriously secretive about their doings this year we’ve had not just one story about the camp – very bad news as regards Malcolm Young who is suffering from dementia (and who a fairly recent edition of Classic Rock had outlined as the main mover in the group up until recently), and then even more recently news as regards an on/off accusation against Phil Rudd.
All that and a new album – Rock or Bust – just released… this review here in the Guardian takes that last with due seriousness.
The critical reappraisal for them is remarkable given that they were absolute mud a decade or two ago (and to some extend justifiably given the long empty years from the early 1980s onwards to – if one is kind, the early 1990s or more realistically, the early 2000s and the release of the actually pretty damn good Stiff Upper Lip from 2000 which was neatly efficient in a way most of its predecessors in the Brian Johnson era had not been.
Little will persuade me that the Bon Scott period was better…
The problem was that unlike that earlier period, with a lead singer who was a sly and knowing and surprisingly thoughtful presence – and where there was a slight crossover with punk, in much the same was as there was with Motorhead, given short and speedy tracks – pretty much all the cliches one wishes to think of in relation to certain aspects of metal were pretty much accurate in relation to the 1980s albums, dire lyrics, ever increasingly slowing and plodding rhythms and worst of all the melodies just dried up. It wasn’t all bad, the first two albums during those years were great in their own way and saw tracks as strong as this.
But after that… well, let us not talk of it again.
That everything has changed and utterly now is almost bizarre, and near inexplicable. Is it simple branding, the power of publicity? Difficult to believe that in a world where there’s so much product that there’s surely easier causes to take on and champion. So perhaps it’s nostalgia, or perhaps it’s just that exponents of the rock riff are, oddly enough, fewer and further between than ever before.
And let’s not ignore the absurdity of all this too – something they were never unaware of either. As Angus Young once said:
I’m sick to death of people saying we’ve made 11 albums that sounds exactly the same, In fact, we’ve made 12 albums that sound exactly the same.
So, if the suspicion is that the new album is going to be not that different from the last which was alright, and further that one could make a fairly decent compilation from both, and that Still Upper Lip still remains the best of their more recent output (and that a good 14 years ago), well, so be it. As the Guardian review asks, the question remains just how many other terms they can find to align with ‘rock’, ‘rock and roll’?
Speaking of the National Museum Collins Barracks… November 29, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
…it’s also well worth taking a trip around the “The Irish at War at Home and Abroad from 1550”. which has to do some fancy footwork on engaging with a – shall we say – tangled history. Here’s a review from HI which notes there’s nothing about the North bar, if I recall, a passing mention, what do others think of it?
Just on the artefacts there’s a very broad range, it’s good to see the Are Corps Vampire jet, amongst other exhibits, but I had to smile at the overly delicate sensibilities of some of the staff.
There’s a real ‘don’t touch’ approach which sits oddly with other museums with similar pieces. For example, there is a Defence Forces Panhard M3 armoured car decked out in UN colours which some a small number of early middle aged men from, I’d guess the North, were peering into. One had his hand on the door of the vehicle and was asked, politely it has to be said, not to do so. They complied happily, but as one said to the other when the staff member was walking away ‘surely it’s seen worse than that’.
Eileen Gray and Aleister Crowley? November 29, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture.
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Was at the National Museum in Collins Barracks last month or so, and managed to get a walk around the Eileen Gray exhibition which is well worth a look. Gray, who was from an Anglo-Irish background was from Enniscorthy in Wexford but went on to live in Paris for most of her life.
She’s a person whose influence and reputation continues to grow and there was – without question, something determinedly futuristic about her work as it evolved (though it’s interesting too to see how traditional Japanese approaches influenced her earlier work and how working with and for Seizo Sugawara was crucially important in that respect) And here’s a reference to Gray’s modernist architecture from a book on Architecture and Science Fiction.
There’s a profile of Gray on RTÉ and a film too which comes out in February.
The artists Wyndham Lewis, Gerald Festus Kelly, Kathleen Bruce and Jessie Gavin moved with her to Paris in 1902. Kelly introducing her to Rodin, the actress Eleonora Duse, and the controversial occultist Aleister Crowley, to whom Gray became briefly engaged.
Crowley? I’d never heard that before but it makes a certain sort of sense.
Was originally going to do a piece on just Rebel Songs but youtube is great and all of a sudden I found myself listening to Sinead O’Connor doing versions of classic Traditional songs.
Ones that have been covered by all sorts from The Dubliners, The Clancys and so on. You can actually forget, amidst all the various controveries, what an absolutely incredibly beautiful voice that she has.
Her ‘Sean-Nós Nua’ album is one of my favourites, mixing her angelic voice with so many of the great Trad songs that I love. I’ve put in some tracks here from that album, Peggy Gordon, Báidín Fheilimí, Molly Malone and “Óró Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile.
Her version of Danny Boy is just beautiful as is ‘She moved through the Fair’.
Now it can be told? November 28, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics.
The Government put contingency plans in place at the height of the economic crisis to have soldiers on standby to protect banks in the event of a rush by people to withdraw cash, it emerged today
Tánaiste Joan Burton confirmed the existence of the plans which were put in place by the last government under then taoiseach Brian Cowen
Ah… all down to FF so, but no, check this out:
…but which were later approved by Taoiseach, Enda Kenny when Fine Gael and Labour took power went in 2011.
And when the enraged populace realised there was no money in the banks, where then would it have gone?
Žižek and…er… wage transparency… November 28, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Good review of Slavoj Žižek’s latest works in the Guardian recently from Terry Eagleton. I like Žižek if only because his instincts appear spot on, but it’s hard work given the noise to signal ratio. Let’s just say that wading through to find useful messages can be heavy going, and there’s no shortage of unusual messages. But this I think is spot on, not so much the political correctness bit (of which more again) but the last part:
Stentorian, faintly manic and almost impossible to shut up, Žižek is a man who gets out of bed talking about psychoanalysis and steps back into it holding forth on Zionism. As a frenetic intellectual activist, he always seems to be in six places on the planet at once, like Socrates on steroids. His day may begin with a visit to Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy and end with writing supportive letters to one of the imprisoned Pussy Riot performers. In between, he passes his time antagonising a sizeable chunk of the world’s population. If he is a scourge of neo-capitalism, he is also a sworn foe of liberal pluralism and political correctness. He tells the story of how at an impeccably enlightened US seminar he attended, the chairperson began by asking each participant to state their name along with their sexual preference. Žižek throttled back the urge to announce that he enjoyed bedding young boys and drinking their blood. He also points out how much less forthcoming the participants would have been if asked to state their salaries.
I’m never that convinced that political correctness is half as problematic as some seem to think. Far too often the complaints seem to amount to ‘I want the ‘right’ to be as obnoxious and discourteous to others as I see fit with no regard to their feelings’. It’s difficult to ascertain the loss to society or human life in general that results from misogynistic, homophobic and/or other comments being considered obnoxious, discourteous and not being appropriate.
That said, the example given seems absurdly self-conscious on the part of those who would who ask questions about participants sexual preferences. None of their business is the response that springs to mind.
But, whatever about ‘political correctness’ more broadly Žižek is onto something in relation to his point about salaries and, presumably, consciously cuts through what is most likely an irrelevance (the sexual preference of participants) to get to the centrality of economic issues in shaping our lives. For discussing wages is, usually, a complete taboo in our societies. In the US discussing ones salary with other workers in a workplace can be a dismissible offence. It’s a means of differentiation within companies and between them.
As it happens in Sweden one can – I think for a small fee – access tax returns of any citizen, though an reason for the request is necessary. And most intriguingly the European Commission earlier this year had a number of recommendations on pay transparency which though not apparently going to quite the same degree strike off in that direction. Polly Toynbee some time ago discussed similar moves in the UK, and here is a US view from the Atlantic from a few years back.