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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Samhain

It is nearly halloween again and people are going crazy for it here. I always found it strange how it was invented in Ireland but it not until lately that adults dressed up here along with children. In the last few years have I noticed a lot of people in amusing costumes in town and I was a bit jealous that I had not bothered. To remedy that I am going to a party in a spooky old house tomorrow night.

German rockers HELLOWEEN

A bit of research on Sahmain is interesing. It is the festival of mongfind. It surely is a good night to find people monged out on the street.

Samhain (pronounced /ˈsɑːwɪn/, /ˈsaʊ.ɪn/, or /ˈsaʊn/ in English;[1] from Irish samhain [ˈsˠaunʲ], cf. Scottish Gaelic samhainn [ˈsavɯɲ], Old Irish samain [ˈsaṽɨnʲ] “summer’s end”, from sam “summer” and fuin “end”) is a festival held at the end of the harvest season in Gaelic and Brythonic cultures. Principally a harvest festival, it also has aspects of a festival of the dead. It had its roots in ancient Celtic polytheism, and continued to be celebrated through medieval times, and is seen as contributing to the modern celebration of Halloween. Many scholars believe that it was the beginning of the Celtic year.

The term “Samhain” derives from the name of a month in the ancient Celtic calendar, in particular the first three nights of this month, with the festival marking the end of the summer season and the end of the harvest. Samhain was also called the Féile Moingfhinne ie “Festival of Mongfind”. According to Cormac’s Glossary, Mongfind (mod.Irish spelling Mongfhionn) was a goddess the pagan Irish worshipped on Samhain. The Gaelic festival became associated with the Catholic All Souls’ Day, and appears to have influenced the secular customs now connected with Halloween. Samhain is also the name of a modern festival in various currents of Neopaganism that are based on, or inspired by, Gaelic traditions.

Bonfire actually comes from throwing bones on a fire. I am sure nobody thinks that is odd. Read more of this post

I live without cash

Some guy in the guardian:

I live without cash – and I manage just fine

Armed with a caravan, solar laptop and toothpaste made from washed-up cuttlefish bones, Mark Boyle gave up using cash

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I thought what he did was an interesting exercise but this article has smug guardian readers up in arms about who is the biggest arsehole of their entire ilk!

Some more details: He loved Ghandi

In six years of studying economics, not once did I hear the word “ecology”. So if it hadn’t have been for the chance purchase of a video called Gandhi in the final term of my degree, I’d probably have ended up earning a fine living in a very respectable job persuading Indian farmers to go GM, or something useful like that. The little chap in the loincloth taught me one huge lesson – to be the change I wanted to see in the world. Trouble was, I had no idea back then what that change was.

The story progressed to working on an organic farm and one afternoon coming to a revelation which led to him going off the grid (people found that admirable). Read more of this post

the virgin mary is very angry

“Black Jesus” – Everlast

They call me white Devil, black Jesus
Heaven closes, Hell freezes
Ego’s trippin’, scripts keep flippin’
Bloods keep bloodin’, Crips keep crippin’
Time keeps slippin’ and I keep fallin’
I can’t see but I hear them callin’, ballers ballin’
Players playin’, haters fightin’, righteous prayin’

The faith that is based on multiplying fish and bread and wine has no use for more modern supernatural events or imposters.

irishtimes.com

the Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary, has issued a statement that makes clear the church’s view of Coleman’s predictions: “It is not healthy, does not give glory to God and certainly is not good witness to the faith to be looking for extraordinary phenomena. The apparition of 1879 was neither sought nor expected by the humble, honest people who were its astonished witnesses . . . Unfortunately, recent events at the Shrine obscure this essential message. They risk misleading God’s people and undermining faith. For this reason such events are to be regretted rather than encouraged.”

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5 bottles of Vodka for Runners up

Krystle’s transforms into a haunted house – that wont take much effort:

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The best or scariest dressed person gets a magnum of Crystal Champagne and others get a bottle of ace of spades as enjoyed by Beyonce:

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record!

best month ever

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- with thanks to google image searches on “ronan o’gara”, “cavan minor”, “eyes wide shut”, “pink floyd animals”, “herman munster”, “crazy old man simpsons”, “nespresso”, “max mosley”

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no to nuts

Spotted on Northumberland Road, long after the election is over. Respect to the creator.

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a nicht nicht

As Bruno says, a nicht nicht or a no-no.

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I am glad I was able to find at least one other person who thought the same.

the voluntary participation of, Bono, Sting, Elton John and rocker, Slash, in “Bruno,” that has left many scratching their heads, wondering,” why’d they do it?”

Bono was a parody of himself singing “Put down your guns and bombs and just make love forever”. “I have dream for the 3rd world, clean water, food and teaching”. Cohen is giving him looks of disgust throughout.

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the death of the celtic tiger II

As a follow up to a post which links to a video of the same name

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It occured to me that the lyrics of some songs I love accurately depict what I see and have seen going on around me.

At the risk of becoming someone who just posts links to videos I am not going to do that. I am also not going to talk about songs but instead paste the lyrics without much commentary. I think these words say enough for themselves even without music behind it. Be thankful I refrained from Ministrys “New World Order” or Soundgardens “Limo Wreck”.

At the beginning and the end of the story for me are the sheep from Pink Floyds song.

Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away;
Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air.
You’d better watch out!
There may be dogs about
I looked over Jordan, and I’ve seen
Things are not what they seem.

That’s what you get for pretending the danger’s not real.
Meek and obedient you follow the leader
Down well trodden corridors into the valley of steel.
What a surprise!
A look of terminal shock in your eyes.
Now things are really what they seem.
No, this is not a bad dream.

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Cheers M8

I drove to Cork on Saturday and back again today. It only takes 2 hours now and for the most part it is a motorway. I think it is fair to say that most Irish people have never had to drive on that much motorway in their lives and are slowly getting used to it. I have noticed people who have now mastered the ability and confidence to pull into the fast lane when someone else is joining the road. That is the law in Germany but not in England where you have to stick your neck out sometimes to get on the motorway.

I only encountered one road Gladiator in my time on the road in the last two days. That was a woman in a 08 D BMW X5 SUV just outside Dublin. I was satisfied she was able to drive it as she did’nt try to park the thing on me at the first chance she got. She left soon as she was taking her mother shopping somewhere in Co. Kildare.

I then came up behind a Black convertible 01 C BMW 320 CI. She was holding on to the fast lane. She would have noticed I was behind her and she probably would have seen me on the inside line with my light at the same angle as her mirror. She duly obliged and pushed over without any fuss.

It seemed there were a lot less of the guys in jeeps and other big cars who normally refuse to pull over and obey the rules of engagement. Read more of this post

prison paddies

A NEWSPAPER circulated to tens of thousands of prisoners in British jails has been criticised by an Irish welfare group for carrying a series of anti-Irish jokes in two recent editions.

The newspaper, Inside Times , carried two jokes submitted by prisoners in its September issue, and then dismissed complaints from Irish prisoners in its October issue, when it carried a third joke.

One joke reads: “A condemned man sat in the electric chair awaiting his execution, but there was a fault. They called in Paddy the electrician to try and sort out the problems. After two hours, he still hadn’t found it and told the Governor, ‘This thing is a bloody death-trap.’”

A second read: “An Irishman goes for a job on a building site. The boss asks, ‘Can you brew tea?’ Yes, he says. The boss then asks, ‘Can you drive a fork-lift?’ ‘Why, how big is the tea-pot?’” Describing the jokes as “deeply offensive”, an Irish prisoner wrote to the newspaper to complain they implied Irishmen “are basically stupid”, and asked if similar jokes would have been directed at black people or Muslims.

In reply, the newspaper quoted the late Irish comedian Dave Allen who once said: “You might as well laugh at yourself once in a while – everyone else does.” This, the newspaper said, was “sound advice at any time”.

irishtimes.com

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