Monday, September 10, 2007

"Impetuous! Homeric!"

Barry FitzgeraldMichaleen Oge Flynn

"Is this a courting or a donnybrook? Have the good manners not to hit the man until he's your husband and entitled to hit you back."

"When I drink whiskey, I drink whiskey; and when I drink water, I drink water."

"No patty-fingers, if you please. The proprieties at all times. Hold on to your hats."

Friday, September 7, 2007

World Cup 2007

Irish Justice!20 Nations - 48 Matches - 44 Days! The 2007 Rugby World Cup is kicking off today in France! The eight quarter-finalists from the 2003 event automatically qualified and twelve further nations have qualified over the last three years, including tournament newcomer Portugal. Rugby powerhouse France will surely set the right atmosphere for the games. The brackets are in order and the teams are rearing to go! It is set up to be a brilliant tournament! Come on, Ireland!

Irish Rugby
Ireland, Ireland,
Together standing tall
Shoulder to shoulder
We'll answer Ireland's call


Thursday, September 6, 2007

Buona Notte, Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007)

Above all, I am an opera singer.
This is how people will remember me.


"But no one ever mistook the voice of Luciano Pavarotti. There was the warm, enveloping sound: a classic Italian tenor voice, yes, but touched with a bit of husky baritonal darkness, which made Mr. Pavarotti’s flights into his gleaming upper range seem all the more miraculous." - Anthony Tommasini (NY Times)

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Thus Began The Terror...

September 1793 marked the beginning of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution.

The Terror
"The streets of Paris, strewed with the carcases of the mangled victims, are become so familiar to the sight, that they are passed by and trod on without any particular notice. The mob think no more of killing a fellow-creature, who is not even an object of suspicion, than wanton boys would of killing a cat or a dog".

NunsAs a member of Les Six, French composer Francis Poulenc was a member of the 1920s Parisian avante-garde. His famous opera Dialogues des Carmélites was set against the backdrop of The Terror. The tragic opera traces the martyrdom of sixteen Carmélites that refused to dissolve their convent. Poulenc wrote a beautiful and soaring score that often challenged his listeners. For example, he used percussion effects to inspire fear, most unforgettably in the slicing, terminal sounds of the guillotine at opera's end. In 1902, the nuns were declared Venerable, the first step towards Sainthood.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Fields of Dreams

The Field of Dreams

Old Trafford

Manchester United FC
The Red Devils
Manchester, England
Capacity = 76,212
1910


Exiles Ground

Madejski Stadium

London Irish Rugby FC
The Exiles
Reading, England
Capacity = 24,161
1998


Aker Stadion

Aker Stadion

Molde Fotballklubb
Blå-hvit
Molde, Norway
Capacity = 11,167
1998

Monday, September 3, 2007

Synesthesia

Aphex Twin
"I'm just some irritating, lying, ginger kid from Cornwall who should have been locked up in some youth detention centre. I just managed to escape and blag it into music." - Richard David James