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Fame at Last!

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…well I’m not sure what they say about pastiches.  The current issue of The Phoenix (Ireland’s satirical magazine) has used a mock up of the cover of Devil in the Red Dress to poke fun of the Irish Times.

The Paper in the Red Mess - The Phoenix sends up Devil

The Paper in the Red Mess – The Phoenix sends up Devil

OK a direct plug would have been nicer but hell, any publicity no matter how oblique has to be a good thing.  I’m glad the title was suitably twistable!

Speaking of publicity, I’ve now got a full cast for my book trailer and I’m aiming to have it online before next week.  Thanks to my incredibly talented friends Natascha and Mercedes who worked wonders with a needle and thread and created costumes that look better than I had ever dreamed.

Anyone who has followed my Twitter feed will know I’ve been on the look out for smoking monkeys (of the ceramic kind, no animal welfare issues here) and I am pleased to report that I now have two of the little beauties the purpose of which will become clear once I post the finished trailer.

On a totally unrelated topic I was very sad to read yesterday that Oliver Postgate, the man behind such children’s TV classics as Bagpuss and the Clangers (classic if you grew up in the UK in the 70s as I did) has died.

I think at this stage most of the children we know have been given the DVDs of these wonderful shows.  They were magical programmes and have stood up to the test of time as well as any.

I’d like to finish this post with the final episode of the Clangers (a show I never really got as a kid and couldn’t understand why my mum loved it so much, I get it now.)  I think this is one of the most beautiful pieces of animation for children I have ever seen and it’s a fitting tribute to the man who told so many stories that touched so many children.

It’s Been A Long Week!

And it’s finally the weekend.  While there are many things I could muse on tonight, talking a little bit more about Sharon Collins and Essam Eid maybe or journalism or something fearfully erudite about life, the universe and everything, it’s been a bloody long week and I don’t feel like it.

Tonight is a night to sit back with a nice glass of wine and laugh…and so that the neighbours – or the husband don’t have be carted off in a straight jacket there had better be something to laugh about.

So I’d like to share a couple of my favourite comedy sketches…and if you like them please go and buy the dvds they no doubt came from, I’m long enough in this job to realise the importance of copyright!

First up, and with immediate apologies to my very nice publishers (see my links on that one) but in memory of every PFO (the first word is “please”, the second anglo saxon and the third a preposition!) I’ve received over the years, one from the team behind Black Books.  If you’ve never seen the show, it’s written by one half of the team who wrote Father Ted and is equally brilliant though there’s no priests in this one.

Ah piss midget – that’s up there with twathandle (seen scrawled on a postbox in Drimnagh).  Next up, the inimitable Dave Allen…duelling funerals!

Finally, this just makes me laugh every time!

Well, I hope at least one of those amuses you.  Enjoy…

Back Home and Back to Work

After a much needed break (even with all the hassle with this blog) I’m back at my desk and back at work.  I have just over a week before Sharon Collins and Essam Eid are back in front of the courts for sentencing and the courts aren’t back until next week either so there are a few days to get back into the swing of things.

It’s time for one final push but for today with the suitcases still only partially unpacked I can’t take things too seriously.  I still have French music on Media Player and I’m not quite ready to get back to the hustle and bustle of normal life and normal posting just yet.  Once I settle down I’ll blog more seriously but since I’m still essentially talking to myself (Google indexing being the arcane beast that it is) I thought I’d share a little music.

I always get cds when we go to France and my latest find is a Parisian singer called Camille.  I’d heard about her before we went through my friend Rowan’s blog (always a good source of inspiration music wise!) and already got her latest mainly English album, Music Hole which includes tracks like Cats and Dogs – you’ve got to love a song which has the whole band making random animal noises at the end…

While over there I found a copy of her first album, Les Sac des Filles.  Sung mainly in French it includes songs like Paris.

The lyrics (for those of you that don’t speak French) are talking about leaving Paris because it’s dirty and miserable and smelly but in the end coming back because it’s home.  Which seemed rather appropriate coming back to grey and miserable Dublin.  It really is just peachy coming home to the news that the economy is teetering on the brink of collapse…

Yes I’ve just decided, the holiday can last one more day, I’m going to listen to more Camille!

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