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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Songs with England in the title July 7, 2018

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Later today some of us may be watching England as they attempt to overcome Sweden to qualify for the Semi Finals of the World Cup. A most enjoyable World Cup it has been too.
One of the more curious Billy Bragg albums “England, Half England” explores Englishness and there’s a few tracks from it here.
The wider English Nationalism that in part led to Brexit, what impact if any, would an English World Cup win have on Brexit?

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Stella Chiweshe June 23, 2018

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Stumbled upon Stella Chiweshe recently and the music is really enjoyable listening. From Zimbabwe she plays the Traditional instrument the Mbira dzavadzimu .

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Songs about school June 9, 2018

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My son finished up Secondary school and is currently sitting the Leaving Cert. School , like or dislike is something we all experience. It was weird after the graduation ceremony just walking out and kinda knowing we wouldn’t be back there much again , if ever. Even stranger to him of course. School has probably been one of the most common topics for songs over the years. The rebellious “School’s Out” to “School Days Over”. A small selection of them….

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Yes May 26, 2018

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Given the Referendum Count today I could hardly listen to anything else but Yes

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Rolling Stones May 12, 2018

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I’ll be in Croke Park next Thursday to see The Rolling Stones. I’ve never seen them before and as a voluntary steward in Croker I figure I may as as well pop along for the day. I’ve seen all sorts there since I started doing it in 1996. I’ve drawn a line in that I didn’t bother going along to Celine Dion, Westlife, Elton John and I think I was away for Garth Brooks. Beyoncé clashed with The Stone Roses and there was only ever going to be one winner there! This Summer well I’ll give Michael Bublé and The Pope a miss. I intend popping along to one night of Taylor Swift. As I’ve said before the ones that you think will be great are often crap (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), the ones you are wary of can be excellent entertainment (That That) and then there’s ones you go along to out of curiosity and was heartily sorry that you did (One Direction).
“Rolled Gold -The Very Best of the Rolling Stones” was one of the soundtracks to my youth. Thats it though now, will the Stones be good, they’ve such an incredible back calalogue they’d really have to be.

This weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… Bachman–Turner Overdrive April 28, 2018

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Was listening to John Creedon on the radio recently and he played some Bachman–Turner Overdrive. It bought back some memories of the 70’s and all those classic Rock compilations you’d later on get free with papers and the like.
I had a look at their wikipedia page and it’s quite a history. It’s amazing how many of the bands from that era ended up suing over royalties, rights to use the bands name and so on. Not just that but how many bands from that era have a ‘classic lineup’.
One of Canadas most successful bands they are still on the go.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Mississippi Fred McDowell April 14, 2018

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One of the many Blues singers and guitar players that came to prominence after being recorded by Alan Lomax in the late 50’s. He was one of the Mississippi Hill Country Blues style .
Alan Lomax described McDowell as “a bluesman quite the equal of Son House and Muddy Waters, but, musically speaking, their granddaddy.”
Despite the ‘Mississippi’ moniker he was actually born and raised in Tennessee.
The short documentary below is quite good.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Hannah Peel March 31, 2018

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My brother saw her perform recently and having been very impressed he sent me on a clip. Apparently every note for the music box has to be done by hand, so it is quite a laborious process to put a tune together and of course the paper is quite delicate.
She performs without the music box also but it’s the music box that enamoured me.

 

Harnessing the response March 30, 2018

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[This was originally a response to a comment on IEL’s post  Quite a crowd …….. but the, eh, “gaffer” (i.e. WBS) suggested it be made a post.]

I expect that taking that support [at the gatherings across the Island to express support for the woman who was the victim in the events that led to the trial of Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Blane McIlroy, and Rory Harrison] and turning it into practical changes would probably entail the RCC or NWCI or sister organisations organising or coordinating specific actions.

‘Places’ that responses could go next include

  • revisiting trial and prosecution procedures,
  • standards and practices of media providers, including the ‘mainstream’ print and broadcast media and social media,
  • standards and practices of sports organisations,
  • decisions of commercial organisations that sponsor sports organisations,
  • education programmes both in schools and colleges and in other settings,
  • police and medical and social care responses to all forms of gender-based violence,
  • lobbying for political responses to rape and domestic violence and their victims is a range of settings (including, for example, the nature and quantity of support provided to victims of sexual abuse in the asylum system, including where rape or assault occurred outside this jurisdiction),
  • harnessing public support to boycott organisations – commercial, sporting, political, social – that respond inadequately to rape, sexual assault, gender-based violence.

When I was born, the concept of sexual harassment was not a legal concept, but activists lobbied and harried and secured that legal change. That gives me hope to say that there is no reason why that concept could not be expanded, or a new concept introduced (and given legal weight), to prohibit, and to provide effective remedies to, the disgraceful response that occurred on social media, including the comments by the Laois and the Drogheda United players.

I am also reminded that we changed our criminal laws when they proved inadequate to responding to wealth-producing crime to enable the proceeds to be seized, and would be interested to see if the law could be changed to enable sub-criminal sanctions to be imposed in cases of alleged rape, sexual violence or gender-based violence, where the ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ standard could not be met but it is sufficiently clear that unacceptable behaviour was committed.

On the other hand, a challenge just at the moment is that the NWCI for the next eight or so weeks has its eye on the referendum. The RCC would be a suitable leadership organisation for a major national programme of work if it wished to take on that role, but its financial resources might make it difficult for it to do a significant volume of work.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Cassandra Wilson March 17, 2018

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I was listening to Mystery Train on RTE where it featured Thomas Bartlett as the guest . Choosing the music and being interviewed. Bartlett himself is such an interesting musician and producer as well as being a member of The Gloaming (who were amazing again at the NCH). As you’d expect it was quite an eclectic choice of music.
Among the tunes played was Cassandra Wilsons version of the Neil Young song Harvest Moon. It was beautiful. I’ve started listening to some of her other material and it’s superb as well.

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