Event Guide 97: French Friday, Festival under the Clock, The Rescue, Sunday Market, Dublin Flea Market, Cine Cafe
| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 97
| 24 April 2009 Subscribers: 3791
The “Britain Got Talent” stories continue and this week I came across the following snipet: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVU4IkzMNIo This time it is not as amazing as the Susan Boyle story. Not because the singing is not good, but because it is about a 12 year old boy, who obviously has his life still ahead of him. The link I got from Darragh D, who supplies his followers with all that information.
…which brings me on to something else: No, I have not joined a cult or something. The word “followers” is used in the Twitter world and describes the people that read or at least have subscribed to your Twitter messages. Yes, you guessed it, I am experimenting with Twitter. Twitter is a kind of a bill board system for short messages (140 characters) and I started using it last week to see what it is and how it works. Hey, Computer Science & Computer Engineering is my background and Telecoms is my day job, so I have a keen interest in all these things. If you use twitter (www.twitter.com), you can find my by looking for “JoergSt” and if you wish you can “follow” me. At least for the moment, I don’t intend to use it for Event Guide related messages, but instead it will be more about other things that I come across in life. But since the Dublin Event Guide has become a big part of my weekly life, you can be certain that regularly event related information will be posted there for as long as I use Twitter (The jury is still out on the usefulness of it for me!).
If you have never used Twitter, you can go to www.twitter.com, sign-up to the free service and start using it by “following” me. Have a go, it is an interesting idea. So interesting, that the recent facebook home page change was intended to make the facebook home page more twitter-like.
From today until next Tuesday I will be at a seminar from 09:00-21:00 each day. Some of you know that one of my many interests is NLP and I finally will go to a NLP seminar. Should be good and I am looking forward to it. Even if giving up my weekend, not being able to spend the off-work days with the wonderful people in my life and not being able to go to events is not so nice. But I am sure I will come out of the course motivated and buzzing. ;-)
Thanks a lot to all the people who did mention the Event Guide to their friends and colleagues and representing all of you who helped, one person deserves an extra mentioning: Thanks to Janine McK who suggested to a whole lot of friends and colleagues to join the Dublin Event Guide Community. Many of her friends and colleagues trust her advise and so our community grew again a good bit this week. Great stuff!! :-) Will we manage to reach 5000 people by October? It depends on you!!
If you want to help by letting more people at work or in your gym or college/university know, I can help you with this: www.broighter.com/EventGuide_NewSubscribers.pdf If you know any space where people pass by on a regular basis (any blackboard, university hall, Dart Station, Bus Station etc) you can help by printing the PDF file and sticking/pinning it to a good spot. If you even have a scissors to cut the contact labels at the bottom, it is a bonus! Spread the word and let people know about the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) I will show my appreciation for your help by producing an as comprehensive as possible Dublin Event Guide for Free Events every week. ;-) Thanks!
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I am grateful for all support, but YOUR support is NEEDED too! Going to free events saves you a LOT of money AND is good fun. True? ;-) But if you didn’t know about these free events you couldn’t go. True as well? In that case the question is what the value is of finding out about all the events. Do you agree that 1 Euro per month (which is just 25 cent per newsletter) is a very modest amount? It would be great if I could count on your 12 Euro per year!! Feel free to give more if you can, but please do seriously consider the 12 Euro.
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Alternatively you can send a mail to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can arrange a different route for your donation. This Event Guide is a hobby and NOT a commercial enterprise, so I do need donations! But I spend more than 25 hours per week (for some people that is a half-day job!) on writing and researching it.
All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges or at least appear to be free unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no guarantee for correctness can be given.
Since this newsletter is getting longer and longer with all the free events available, this section is meant to provide some help in picking and choosing the events I will or would go to. This is not the “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences, so if it helps you I am glad, but feel free to ignore this section completely! :-) All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.
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Here are my plans for this week:
I will be at a training course from today (Fri) until Tuesday everyday from 09:00-21:00, so there will unfortunately be no time to go to events. So, this week, I will lsit here the events I would have gone to, if I hadn’t been at the 5-day course.
On Friday, the French Friday is a must if you have the slightest interest in all things French. On Saturday I would have definitely gone to the Festival under the Clock. In addition you should go to Infectious in the Science Gallery if you haven’t been and The Rescue (Invisible Children) deserves your support. In the evening the Big Band performance by Midnight Swing would have been something for me (I played for a number of years bass guitar in a 25-people Big Band!)
My Sunday would be busy as well. The Dublin Flea Market and the newly discovered Sunday Market in Santry would definitely be on the list.
I will let you make your own decisions for the events during the week. Film buffs should go to the Cine Café or the Pint & Picture event, all girls/women should have a look at the Fashion Evolution Festival and for people with time during the day, the “Let’s Walk and Talk” event sounds interesting.
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS – IRISH WRITERS’ CENTRE
After some turbulent times, the Irish Writers’s Centre is back and doing what they do best: Providing help and support to Irish Writers. In the past, the Writers’ Centre made some brilliant competition prizes available to the Dublin Event Guide Community and I am very pleased to tell you that their support for the Dublin Event Guide continues.
The Irish Writers’ Centre is widely regarded as the leading provider of creative writing courses in Ireland. And starting at the end of April and the beginning of May, the Centre provides a wide range of courses for writers at all levels and stages of development (aspiring, emerging and mid-career) facilitated by experienced creative writing tutors and high-profile writers.
“The late Spring and Summer Creative Writing Program offers a wide variety of courses. These include day and evening courses in Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Creative Writing commencing after Easter. Upcoming specialist courses in poetry will include those given by Mary O’Donnell, Jean O’Brien and Mark Granier. Conor Kostick is offering a course on ‘Finishing Your Book’; Greg Baxter on ‘Memoir and Personal Essay’ and Gavin Kostick on ‘The Art of Dramatic Writing’.”
Full details of all courses are available on www.writerscentre.ie To book a place on a course please contact the Irish Writers’ Centre as soon as possible on 01 872 1302 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a writer or are an aspiring writer you should definitely consider the interesting course offering and if you know a writer that might be interested, please let them know.
Now, after this introduction I am sure you wonder what the competition is about this time and I have to say that the prize for this competition is absolutely amazing: The Irish Writers’ Centre is making TWO Creative Writing Courses available for this competition!! This means that the two winners will be able to take part in a Creative Writing Course of their choice and this has a value of EUR 200 per person!!
So, what do you have to do to be in with a chance to win? I thought about asking you to work a little ;-) for the prize, but decided for this in the end: All you have to do is to send a mail to email@example.com with WRITERS’ CENTRE in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The draw will be a random draw as always, BUT if you wish – and it is not an obligation and won’t influence your chance to win – you could tell me why you would like to win the prize. I will “anonymise” your comments and will make them (without your name) available to Ian Oliver from the Irish Writers’ Centre to show him that the Dublin Event Guide Community is definitely a worthy bunch for Irish Writers’ Centre prizes! ;-)
Please note: Your entry has to be with my by 17:00 on Fri 01 May 2009.
TOLTEC SELF MASTERY TALK – TICKET COMPETITION
On Wed 22 April Don Luis Molinar, an international teacher of Toltec Mastery was in Dublin for an introductory talk on Toltec Self Mastery.
Don Luis Molinar is a Master teacher in the Toltec tradition, an ancient path of self awareness and knowledge from Mexico. This teaching has been around for centuries in Mexico and went underground on the arrival of the Spanish into Mexico.
Visit www.ToltecHeartWisdom.com for further details. The pair of tickets for this event was won by Jana Langford.
Solo Flamenco, the wonderful Dublin-based talented Flamenco team, have started their new courses last week and had a pair of tickets available for a competition, but unfortunately the winner of the tickets couldn’t make it and in the end it was too short notice to pass the tickets on to the next person in line. But Solo Flamenco have assured me that they will have more events coming up and that they will make more tickets available in the future, so hopefully all will work the next time.
To find out more about Solo Flamenco, you can check www.flamencoyalegria.net
All events in this Competition Section are non-free events, but the organisers are making free tickets available for you to win. I usually get lots of competition entries and unfortunately not everybody can win, so even if you are not the winner, please consider going to an event to support the organisers. :-) If you don’t win, and will go to the event, please help showing the organisers that promoting their event in the Dublin Event Guide is beneficial and mention to them that you heard about the event through “Joerg’s Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. Thanks!
QUEUE OF 500 APPLICANTS
On Wednesday I heard on the radio that people were amazed about scenes at the top of Grafton Street. A massive queue was stretching from the Londis Shop on Stephen’s Green (between Grafton Street and Dawson Street) down all the way into Grafton Street until Korky’s or the “3” shop. This was some MASSIVE queue and it turned out that all the people in the queue wanted to apply for some Sales Assistant jobs in Londis, who seem to have offices above the Londis shop. Hundreds of people queuing for hours to apply for work in a Londis shop? Is that a sign of the times? Amazing scenes! Have a look: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf31q4TC790
LOTS OF CRUISE SHIPS IN DUBLIN
A record 83 cruise ships carrying a total of more than 75,000 passengers are due to dock in Dublin Port this year. If you live or work near the port you will see lots of BIG boats! www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/eyauqlojsney
DAME STREET BUS GATE IDIOCY
Despite a huge amount of objections, the Dublin City Council Transport Committee has decided to put a “Bus Gate” on Dame Street at College Green from 07:00-10:00 and from 16:00-19:00 from Monday to Friday. This means that during that time no private cars are allowed to drive into Dame Street or leave Dame Street at College Green. In my opinion this is a crazy decision. I would be in favour of a complete pedestrianisation of Dame Street and a renovation of the whole street but to let busses and – even worse – taxis still drive in a traffic-calmed area is turning any traffic calming into a joke. I seems that the Dublin City Transport Committee have their own agenda which is not in line with what the citizens of Dublin want but I expect that in relatively few years the whole City Centre will be cut off from traversing traffic while not the slightest improvement in public transport has been achieved. www.rte.ie/business/2009/0421/dublin.html
IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS
Aine B, an Event Guide Community Member, told me that herself and some friends have recently started playing Irish Music in a pub called ‘The Pint’ on Eden Quay and she is inviting everybody to come along to join in, sing a song, have a dance or just listen. They are in The Pint every Tuesday and Wednesday night from around 21:00 and admission is free. I will come along at one evening in the coming weeks and maybe you want to do the same. And say Hi to Aine if you are there! :-)
Here is a map to find The Pint: www.thesession.org/sessions/display/2283
The current economic situation requires many of us to be a lot more flexible, innovative and to venture in new directions. No government can’t turn the ride around! They can balance the books – or at least try to, but the solution will not be found by the government. In my opinion only courageous individuals will be able to trigger the turn around. If you are one of the courageous people and have recently started a company – out of need or because you saw this great opportunity -, I am happy to help you! If you want, I will let the 3700+ readers of the Event Guide know about your new business and hopefully that will help you a bit. Let me know what you do and over the coming months I will regularly introduce a new company/project/venture/idea.
(Please note that this offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages, not for established companies/enterprises. If you are established and you want to reach the readers of this Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) I will be happy to discuss the (very inexpensive) advertisement options with you. :-) )
If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
JONATHAN BARRY: DRACULA – PEARSE STREET LIBRARY
Only a few more days you can visit this exhibition in Pearse Street Library during Library Opening Hours. Until 30 April, Dublin City Council is proud to present an exhibition of Dracula oil paintings by Jonathan Barry as part of their One City One Book Project celebrating the famous novel Dracula. The Exhibition includes a rare collection of original oil paintings by the artist, which are on loan from Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council, and various museums nationwide. Jonathan Barry has illustrated several versions of Dracula, and the Exhibition includes other Gothic novels he has illustrated for the UK publisher Wordsworth Classics. These include the titles Carmilla, The House by the Churchyard , Frankenstein, The Fall of the House of Usher, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, and The Hound of the Baskervilles.
For more information: www.dublinonecityonebook.ie
ANNE CLEARY & DENIS CONNOLLY – BROADCAST GALLERY
The Broadcast Gallery is in the Fine Art Department in the Dublin Institute of Technology is inviting to ‘Moving Dublin’, a film essay about contemporary Dublin and a collection of photographs, essays and video works by Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly. The exhibition will run from 24 April to 15 June 2009. (Gallery Details: Broadcast Gallery, Dublin Insitute of Technology, Portland Row, Dublin 1, www.broadcast-gallery.blogspot.com and www.broadcastgallery.ie, Open: Thurs 11:00-20:00, Fri+Sat: 11:00-16:00)
DYMPNA BONFIELD – URBAN RETREAT GALLERY
‘Windows on Mystery’ is an exhibition of paintings by Dympna Bonfield. It will be on show from 23 Apr – 19 May. (Gallery Details: Urban Retreat Gallery, at the chq Building on Hanover Quay, Docklands, 01-478 5159, Opening Hours: Tues-Fri: 12:00-18:30, Sat 12:00-16:00.) www.dympnabonfield.com
PORTRAITS – CROW GALLERY
“Portraits” brings together a diverse group of artists who study portrait drawing and painting at Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education under the tutelage of artist Veronica Heywood. The exhibition will run from 28 Apr – 02 May from 13:00-18:00 and the Opening Reception is at 18:00 on Tues 28 April. (Gallery Details: Crow Gallery, 6 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.crowgallery.net, Open: 12:00-18:00)
FRANCISCO DE BORJA – SIGNAL ARTS CENTRE
‘Who’s Yer Paddy?’, an exhibition of watercolour prints by Spanish artist Francisco De Borja, will be on show at Signal Arts Centre in Bray from Tuesday 28 April to Sunday 10 May 2009. An opening reception will be held on Thursday 30 April 2009 from 19:00-21:00. (Gallery Details: Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, www.signalartscentre.ie, Open: Tue – Fri: 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00, Sat – Sun: 12:00-17:00)
AIDEEN BARRY – MERMAID ARTS CENTRE
‘the disjoined and the morphological’ is an exhibition by Aideen Barry that explores the contemporary and future creatures of Irish Gothic. The exhibition will run from 24 April – 23 May 2009. The Mermaid Arts Centre is in Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow (www.mermaidartscentre.ie, 01 272 4030) and the Mermaid Gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 18:00. Admission is free.
IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC – LECTURES
From 20 Feb 2009 to 1 May 2009 the Department of Music in TCD is running a series of public lectures on Irish Traditional Music. The background, forms instruments, practices and aesthetics of Traditional music in Ireland will be explored. The event is taking place from 11:00-13:00 in the Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5, College. Further details from Gráinne at email@example.com or 01-8961120.
FROM CONTEXT TO EXHIBITION – EXHIBITION & TALKS, THE LAB
As part of The Learning Development Programme – NCAD, DIT, IADT, Tisch School of Performing Arts NYU managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, ‘From Context to Exhibition’ presents the work of undergraduate arts students made collaboratively with communities of place and/or interest from 23 to 30 April 2009 at The LAB, Foley Street.
The ‘exhibition’ explores and questions the politics of translating the work from the context of production (the community) to a formal arts space (the gallery), and will be accompanied by a Talks Series. The events will be launched by Peggy Shaw, international performance artist, on 23 April 2009 at 18:00. The Talk Series timetable is as follows:
1. 24 April 2009: ‘What Isn’t Socially Engaged?’
From 18:00-20:00 Faisal Abdu’Allah, an artist whose work evolves primarily from the interface of photography, the printed image and lens-based installations, will be in conversation with Prof. Mick Wilson.
2. 25 April 2009: ‘Producing Communities’
From 12:00-16:00 an open Roundtable Discussion will be held with participating communities and student artists, chaired by Paul O’Neill, currently GWR Research Fellow with Situations at the University of the West of England, where he is leading the international research project Locating the Producers.
3. 27 April 2009: ‘Towards a Critical Pedagogy’
From 18:00-20:00 Prof. Milena Dragicevic Sesic will be in conversation with artist Jesse Jones.
CULTURE, SOCIETY AND CHANGE – LECTURE
The Department of History, UCD presents a lecture by Professor William Mulligan entitled, “How did the Irish Become American?: Reviewing the history of the Irish in America” as part of UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland’s Seminar Series, Culture, Society and Change. The venue is the Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD. The event starts at 13:10 on 24 April. www.ucd.ie
CLIMATE CHANGE LECTURE – UCD EARTH SYSTEMS INSTITUTE
The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 24 Apr from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “Long distance road freight – Growing at unsustainable levels” by Professor Eugene O’Brien, UCD School of Architecture, Landscape & Civil Engineering. An overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 including links to abstracts is here www.ucd.ie/earth
JACKIE SUMELL: ARTISTS TALKS – THE BIG PICTURE
As part of Arts & Culture Week (20-25 April) Jackie Sumell will launch the A=AGHT Travel Guide at 16:00 on Fri 24 Apr. Jackie will give a short talk about the A=AGHT project, a semi-utopic virtual space/town created through a cultural exchange between New Orleans and Tallaght. The venue is The Big Picture, a new multi-media centre in Tallaght, Dublin 24, at the last Luas stop.
TOWER RECORD – IN STORE PERFORMANCE
Kyon / Alkail will be the act on Fri 24 April at 17:00 in Tower Records in Wicklow Street, entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm
ALPHASTATES – IN STORE PERFORMANCE
Alphastates will be playing live and signing copies of their new album ‘Human Nature’ in hmv Grafton Street on Friday 24 Apr at 17:00.
ROB CASEY – JOY GALLERY
‘Rouse Numbers’, a new piece for cello, percussion and hanging speaker mobile composed by Rob Casey, will be performed by Ailbhe McDonagh (cello), David Lacey (percussion) and Liam O’Sullivan (electronics) at 20:00 on Friday 24 Apr at the Joy Gallery, 2 Rutland Place. Hindemith’s Sonata for Violoncello (1923) will be performed as well. Admission is free. (Gallery Details: Joy Gallery at RedSpace, 2 Rutland Place, Dublin 1, www.redspace.cc)
WORLDVIEW FILM CLUB
The next Worldview Film Club screening is on Fri 24 Apr at 18:45. The film is “The Game” (1997) and the theme of the discussion afterwards is “Search for truth”. Check worldview.project.googlepages .com/invitation (Googlepages URLs are suspicious to some spam filters, therefore you have to copy the address in your browser and then remove the space between “googlepages” and “.com”) or check www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=27560436112
The Worldview Film Club is inspired by the Bahá’í Religion: www.bahai.ie. The event takes place in the National Bahá’í Centre, 24 Burlington Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
FRENCH FRIDAY – ON A FRIDAY???? :-)
Things are getting weirder and weirder. ;-) First the French Friday took place on a Friday, then it was moved to a Sunday but was still called French Friday and now??? You wouldn’t believe it…. It has been moved back to the Friday! :-O The French Friday is a popular party/get-together for all French and all francophile people. The next French Friday is on 24 April from 21:00 in the Bia Bar, close to Break for the Border. There will be a pub quiz again with food and drink prizes.
REGULAR EVENTS – FRIDAY
* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
* Sahaja Meditation program every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street (bell 3, next to the IFI), Temple Bar. For more information contact Seamus on SHarten@upc.ie www.templebar.ie/home_ns_9_action_view_nid_229.html
INFECTIOUS: STAY AWAY – SCIENCE GALLERY
From 17 April – 17 July the Science Gallery will host “Infectious: Stay Away”. INFECTIOUS will explore mechanisms of contagion and strategies of containment through a range of exhibits, experiments and epidemic simulation. INFECTIOUS at the Science Gallery will allow you to probe everything from the immune system to insidious viral marketing and catchy tunes. INFECTIOUS features singing crustaceans, virus sculptures and simulated outbreaks and is an event where the participant helps spread the experience. Expect to be screened for your dangerous ideas as you enter this containment zone. www.sciencegallery.com/events
As always – I am sure you know by now that I am a BIG fan – the Science Gallery exhibition is hugely interesting and full of fascinating things. I strongly recommend a visit!! Opening hours are Tue-Fri 12:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 12:00-18:00.
The Science Gallery is in the Naughton Building at the back of Trinity College near Westland Row/Pearse Street DART Station. A location map is here www.sciencegallery.com/find_us
RATHMINES FESTIVAL 2009
The Rathmines Festival will continue until Sunday 26 April. The website is here www.rathminesfestival.com and if you want to download the full programme, then check this link rathminesfestival.com/RF09_pdf_Files/Rathmines_Festival_Brochure_09.pdf A large amount of events are organised and many of them are free. I had intended to mention a good few here, but the website makes life quite difficult for me when it comes to cutting and pasting event information, so I suggest you download the Festival Brochure (on Page 15 is an overview of all events and you will see that many are free events).
BABY CHILL ZONE – DUNDRUM TOWN CENTRE
Baby Chill Zone from Clap Handies will be available in the Shopping Centre the last Saturday of every month. The Baby Chill Zone, which is especially for babies from “zero to crawling”, will provide a resource for both you and your baby to take a break from the buggy and stretch your legs, with sensory equipment, activities and fully-trained staff from Clap Handies to ensure an interactive and engaging session for you and your baby. Baby Chill Zones commenced on 7th February 2009 on Level 3, adjacent to House of Fraser, and will take place on the last Saturday of each month going forward; the next Baby Chill Zone will take place on Saturday 25 April. www.dundrum.ie/happening.asp?nid=699
FAMILY & ADULT EVENTS – NATIONAL MUSEUM
* The Adult Gallery Talk “Making the Carlow Chair” with contemporary designer and artist Sasha Sykes will take place on Sat 25 April from 12:00 in Collins Barracks. No booking is required and admission is free. The talk will take place in the AV Theatre. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=355
* On 25 Apr the National Museum in Collins Barracks will commemorate throughout the whole day on 25 Apr the the anniversary of Australia and New Zealand’s first major military action of the First World War, ANZAC Day will be marked at the Museum by lectures, workshops and a film screening.
* On the same day the museum in Kildare Street is inviting to “Celebrate the Foundation of Rome”. From 11:00-14:00 you can join Roman Re-enactors to fight and rejoice on the landing and the Ceramics Room, 1st floor. Free drop-in event. No booking required. All Ages. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=390
TOWER RECORDS – IN STORE
Tower Records are inviting to an In Store event with “Bipolar Empire” on Sat 25 April from 13:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm
10 YEARS AT THE GRAINSTORE – DUN LAOGHAIRE
“Celebrate 10 Years at the Grainstore” is an event by Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown Events on Sat from 13:00-17:00 at The Grainstore & Cabinteely Park.
“This month, Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council brings you a springtime celebration in your local Youth Arts facility – The Grainstore. On Saturday 25th of April, a celebration of Youth Culture through workshops and performances; dance, drumming, art, film, bands and DJing will take place in The Grainstore and Cabinteely Park. The day will also include family events in the park with markets, Cabinteely House tours, sports tasters, storytelling and much more!
In September 2008 management of The Grainstore was transferred to the Arts Office, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and renamed as DLR Youth Arts at The Grainstore. DLR Youth Arts at The Grainstore offers an opportunity for young people to actively participate in quality arts programmes that place youth at their core.
The Grainstore includes a multipurpose hall for dance, exhibitions, performances etc, a workshop space, a rehearsal room, a music tuition/film room, an artist studio, a reception area, an office and an outdoor rehearsal space. Currently the facility runs art classes, dance classes, musical rehearsals, band rehearsals, music tuition classes, films, artist residencies, youth projects and events. Admission to this event is free (excluding workshops). For further information see www.dlrcoco.ie/arts ”
FESTIVAL UNDER THE CLOCK – RATHMINES
The Arts Management and Production class from Rathmines College are inviting to the FESTIVAL UNDER THE CLOCK, a segment of Rathmines Festival. The organisation of this one day festival is part of the course and the festival will be held on 25 April from 14:30-22:00 in The Town Hall, Rathmines College.
During the day you can enjoy an African dance show (Wassa Wassa ,live music (Colm Ó’Snodaigh), a poetry performance (Gerry Murphy & Ger Wolfe) and finally a tribute to Luke Kelly (The Legend of Luke Kelly). All events are free!
* 14:30: Wassa Wassa – West African percussion, Song and Dance Group
* 15:30: Colm Ó’Snodaigh – The composer, musician and writer, best known as a member of the band Kila has recently released his first solo album Giving. Songs full of stark beauty, majestic soundscapes, honest emotion and gentle reflection.
* 16:30 Ger Wolfe and Gerry Murphy – Ger Wolfe and Gerry Murphy will perform together, mixing song and poetry in a unique performance.
* 20:00 The Legend of Luke Kelly – Luke Kelly will always be remembered as the greatest folk singer/artist of the 20th century. It is the mission of Chris Kavanagh and The Patriots to bring a taste of the late, great Luke Kelly back into peoples lives.
BIK VAN DER POL: ARTIST TALK – BIG PICTURE
On Sat 25 Apr at 15:00 artist Bik van der Pol will give a talk at The Big Picture to introduce ‘Public Arena’, a project for Tallaght Stadium that is being screened as part of a series of artists films and multi-media projects In Context 3. The series of screenings also features work by Cleary & Connolly, Enda Mac Nally and the Grpat sound collective. The Big Picture is a new multi-media centre in Tallaght, Dublin 24 at the last Luas stop. incontext.southdublin.ie
THE RESCUE – INVISIBLE CHILDREN
Katrina L, a long term Dublin Community Member told me about this interesting and positive event: “On 25 April 2009 the organisation Invisible Children will be hosting a worldwide event attended by thousands of young people called The Rescue. Invisible Children is a global social and political movement that seeks to create awareness about the war in central east Africa through the creative use of media. The Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel army led by Joseph Kony, has been waging a war for over 23 years, affecting thousands of civilians in Uganda, Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Congo. Children are the most affected – the LRA has been, for many years, abducting children from their homes to become child soldiers. “The Rescue” is a rally held in 100 cities around the world to attract media and political attention to this issue and pressure the government to commit support to the protection of civilians in war-affected zones and see the arrest of Joseph Kony. Hundreds of young people will symbolically abduct themselves and sleep outside in solidarity with the child soldiers until a figure of cultural or political influence arrives to rescue us and make a public statement showing support for our cause.”
And this is what will happen in Dublin “We will be meeting at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 15:00 and marching to Merrion Square, where we plan to stay overnight. The park will be open for people to join the event until 20:30. Participants are being encouraged to bring musical instruments to the event and to create art in the public space.
We will have about 30 volunteers leading the event. Donations of food, chairs and other supplies would be welcomed. This is an alcohol-free event.”
Further details are available at: therescue.invisiblechildren.com.
FAMILY PROGRAMME – NATIONAL GALLERY
Nearly every Saturday from 15:00-16:00 a National Gallery Family Programme will provide an opportunity for adults and children to enjoy the excitement of learning about the arts through a wide range of free Gallery-based activities including exploring storytelling, music, art, poetry and drama. This week, however, there will be a Family Afternoon from 14:30-16:30 instead and it will be launched by author Derek Landy. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html
MIDNIGHT SWING – GREEN ISLE HOTEL
The 10 piece Big Band “Midnight Swing” are playing in the Green Isle Hotel, Newlands Cross on 25 April from 22:00. Admission is free. Swing on by and listen to some of the old favourites by Sinatra, Dean Martin etc as well as hits from Michael Buble and some classics tunes from 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. To find out more visit www.midnightswing.eu ! www.gumtree.ie/dublin/58/37668058.html
REGULAR SATURDAY EVENTS
* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and – on a long break until 14 March – the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30.
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* The Dublin Food Coop runs a food market every Saturday (09:30-16:30) and Thursday (14:00-20:00) at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Fresh local and artisan produce, mainly organic, and other products for sustainable living are on sale. www.dublinfood.coop
* Enda Reilly (Acoustic/Rock/Trad – www.myspace.com/endaderoad) is playing from 19:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Fiach (Acoustic/Rock/Soul – www.myspace.com/fiachmusic) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* Island of Tranquility – A meditation evening organised by the Worldview Project at 19:00. worldview.project.googlepages .com/invitationtotheislandoftranquality (Pls remove the space before the “.com” in the web address.) is taking place in 24 Burlington Road near the Burlington Hotel in Dublin 4.
* La Vie Latin Club – ObsessionSalsa informed that there are no more Latin Club Events on Fridays or Saturdays in La Vie. Instead they are working on finding a new venue, so watch this space. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=33256271269
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with resident DJ Papi Chulo. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing.
SUNDAY MARKET & CAR BOOT SALE
Via Twitter I came across blog by “dublinl” that contains some interesting event information. Dublinl mentions a Sunday Market & Car Boot Sale at Kart City
Old Airport Road, Santry, Dublin 9. The Kart City Weekend Market is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 08:00-16:00 and from now until the end of May all car boot sellers can sell for free. The website of the market is sundaymarket.ie/ and dublinl’s blog is here: dublinfree.blogspot.com/2009/04/carboot-free-till-end-of-may.html
“Change more than your clothes” is the motto of this event. Ireland’s annual ethical fashion week, FASHION EVOLUTION, will take place in Dublin from 26 April – 02 May. This year “Fashion Evolution” will re -dress current consumption patterns and habits and will call for Irish consumers and industry leaders to get active through swapping, knitting, skilling-up, talking and learning.
Fashion Evolution will host a series of public and industry events and workshops and while the majority of the events are not free, there are definitely some free events and I suggest that you have a good look at www.fashionevolution.info Some of the events are free but ticketed, so you better check the website. By the way, Kellie Dalton, who is involved in this event and is a Dublin Event Guide Community Member for quite some time, informed me about this festival.
CHILDRENS WORKSHOPS – PHOENIX PARK VISITOR CENTRE
Until December 2009 an impressive programme of workshops for children will be provided in Phoenix Park every Sunday from 10:30-12:30. Participation is free. The max number is 20 and the workshops are suitable for ages 5+ (Parental supervision required.) The children’s workshops combine art, nature awareness, history and heritage and are taking place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. The upcoming themes are:
26 April – Kings and Queens of Ashtown Castle
03 May – Creepy Crawlies in the Park
10 May – Animal masks
Bookings & Further Info: 01 6770095 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DUBLIN FLEA MARKET
The next Dublin Flea Market this year is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 26 Apr from 11:00-17:00. The flea market will take place very last Sunday of the month. For more information check out www.dublinflea.blogspot.com. If you have items to sell contact email@example.com to find out if there is space available etc. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. And if you have a quirky selection of odds and ends hidden away in your attic and fancy taking a stall at a future market contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
NATHANIEL HONE THE YOUNGER – LECTURE, HUGH LANE GALLERY
Jessica O’Donnell, Head of Collections at the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square, will discuss the work and life of the artist Nathaniel Hone (1831 – 1917), with particular focus on the works in the current exhibition ‘The Collection Revealed: Nathaniel Hone’, which is the first in a new series of ‘vignette’ exhibitions revealing rarely seen works from the Hugh Lane’s permanent collection. The talk will take place in the Gallery’s Lecture Space and it is free. It will take place on Sun 26 Apr at 13:30.
SUNDAY AT NOON CONCERT – CITY HALL
Every Sunday a free “Sunday at Noon” concert is taking place. Until recently that concert always took place in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square but it has now been moved to City Hall for a while. From 12:00-13:00 classical music will be performed for you. No booking is required. The next concert takes place on Sun 26 April: The Engegard Quartet is playing Beethoven: String Quartet No.10, Op. 74 and Bartok: String Quartet No. 3. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=275
FAMILY PROGRAMME – NATIONAL MUSEUM
The Events in the National Museum today are:
* My Museum Family Event: “The Elves and the Shoemakers” on 26 April from 14:30 in Collins Barracks: Gather round to hear the story of the poor little shoemaker and help him out by making ornate shoes of your own in our workshop. AGE 4–9
NATIONAL GALLERY TALK
On Sun 26 Apr from 15:00 the National Gallery will invite to the lecture “The varied life of Bram Stoker (1847-1912), author of Dracula” by Paul Murray, author of A Life of Bram Stoker. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html
JAMES COLEMAN EXHIBITION: CRITICAL DISCUSSION, IMMA
As the exhibition of work by James Coleman comes to its final day of showing, on Sunday 26 Apr at 15:00 the Irish Museum of Modern Art will host a critical discussion. The event will include two short presentations and an open panel discussion chaired by Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith. Art historian Dorothea von Hantelmann will give a presentation on James Coleman’s filmic installation ‘Box (ahhareturnabout)’ (1977), discussing the Artwork’s particular relation to history and experience. Dr. Sarah Wilson of the Courtauld Institute, London, will also deliver a short presentation on Coleman’s work. Booking for this event is essential. To reserve tickets please email: email@example.com
FAMILY EVENT – HUGH LANE GALLERY
“Sunday Sketching”, the weekly workshop in Hugh Lane Gallery (Parnell Square) for 7+ year olds from 15:00-16:00 is this week entitled “Elements of Spring”. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=229
VOICES FOR JUSTICE – FLAC POETRY READING
The independent legal rights organisation, FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) is marking the 40th anniversary of its founding with a poetry reading. Irish poet Dennis O’Driscoll and US poet Jane Hirshfield will read. Admission is free.
The event will take place on Sun 26 Apr from 19:00-21:00 in the James Joyce House on Ushers Quay, Dublin 8. For more information: www.flac.ie
REGULAR SUNDAY EVENTS
*The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) from 18:30 in Bruxelles near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel. I listened to them a few times and they are brilliant! It is not clear to me if the band is currently playing every two weeks or only once a month. I will try to find out.
*Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
*Sunday Roast is the event in Thomas Reads “The Oak” in Dame Street/Parliament Street every Sunday from 21:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes.
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* The Tangenteers (Rock/Reggae) are playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Francois G reported that this 18:00 performance is not taking place. I am trying to find out more.
Ro Byrne (Acoustic/Rock/Indie – www.myspace.com/earthquakehair) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* The Brazilian Samba Rock Band +55 is playing every Sunday at the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-22:00, followed by a DJ playing Forro, Axe, and a mixture of Brazilian rhythms and salsa beats. Admission is free before 21:00 and EUR 5 after that.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Sunday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* Gardiner Street Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com
* Ballymun Gospel Choir Mass at 19:00 in Virgin Mary Church, Shangan Road, Ballymun.
If you are just looking for Sunday events, please check the event list for Saturday as well. A good few events are taking place on Saturday AND Sunday, but it wouldn’t make sense to list them twice.
FROM POVERTY TO POWER – BOOK LAUNCH
Oxfam Ireland and TASC invite to the launch of a new book by Oxfam International:
“From Poverty to Power” by Duncan Green. The launch will take place on Monday 27 April from 18:00-20:00 in the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson St., Dublin 2.
From Poverty to Power is essential reading for anyone involved in change
processes around the world. A new take on development for the 21st century, Oxfam International’s new book provides critical insights into the massive human and economic costs of inequality and poverty and proposes realistic solutions.
For more information see the From Poverty to Power website on www.fp2p.org
or read Duncan Green’s development blog on www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p
Please register with David Moriarty: 01 6350 427 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.activelink.ie/ce/active.php?id=815
REGULAR MONDAY EVENTS
* From 21:30 in the International Bar, Wicklow Street: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Jacqueline Tuck. Entry is free. The music styles vary from pop to folk to traditional. www.myspace.com/jacquelinetuck
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.
CIARA McMAHON & THE FOREVER YOUNG CHOIR – SIN NIGHTCLUB
The Forever Young Choir (a 28-member mixed choral group based in Ennis, Co. Clare, formed in 2008) and Ciara McMahon are inviting to “Mutual:Esteem”, a site-specific collaborative event that will take place at SIN nightclub on Sycamore street in Temple Bar from 13:00-14:00 on Tues 28 Apr. Admission is free. Documentation from this event will be exhibited during the degree show at NCAD in late May 2009. To contact the Forever Young Choir: email@example.com
LET’S WALK AND TALK – DUBLIN CITY
Unfortunately I was not aware of the Let’s Walk and Talk events organised by Dublin City Council, I guess I was a victim of the pro-active information and awareness campaigns that Dublin City’s event people are well known for. :-O
But the good new is that I am now on the mailing list for this event, so in future I should be informed in time and just before this set of events I over, there is one left that you can go to. “Let’s Walk & Talk” is a great way for people to stay healthy, meet people and learn a little something about our Fair City. This initiative comprises weekly walks in various parts of the City, themed historical walking tours and other special events. The last event in this series is on Tues 28 Apr at 14:30: “Writers in Residence – the Georgian homes of literary notables”. Meet at the entrance to St. Stephen’s Green at the Leeson Street/Earlsfort Terrace side.
Howard Linnane’s Indie Movie events are back! For more than a year – with some interruptions – Howard is showing Irish Short Films at the Cine Café and short films and feature films at the “pint & picture” (see Thursday!) event. The Cine Café now found a new venue and will take place in the downstairs lounge at The International Bar, Wicklow Street on the corner with Andrew Street, Dublin 2. The first event will be on Tues 28 Apr from 19:30. Admission is free and if you are interested in (Irish) short films, you should try out Howard’s event. For further information, contact Howard Linnane at 085 1351822 at howardlinnane AT yahoo.ie
REGULAR TUESDAY EVENTS
* In the Bankers Inn on Trinity Street (off Dame Street) at 21:30: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Dave Murphy. A contribution is requested but not required. This is a listening club so is very quiet and features a lot of experienced songwriters trying out new material. www.myspace.com/davemurphyandfriends
SPANISH CINEMA – INSTITUTO CERVANTES
The Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Cultural Institute, wants to take you on a journey through Spanish cinema, from its inception to more recent productions, at the hands of directors that may be described as young, mythical, exceptional and internationally renowned… You can enjoy the best of Spanish comedies, drama, animation and documentaries. From 02 April – 27 May every week a film will be screened in the Café Literario of the Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (near the National Gallery). The next film on 29 April at 18:30 is “En construcción” (2001) by José Luis Guerín. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha53682_16_2.htm
LAST WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC
This Open Mic Night is taking place on the last Wednesday every month and this month it is the 29 Apr from 19:30-21:30. The venue is Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St, Dublin 2. With Steve Conway, Ross Hattaway, Eamon Lynskey, Donal Moloney, Noel O Briain, Oran Ryan among many many others! www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=270
REGULAR WEDNESDAY EVENTS:
* CoCo Markets at Docklands. Every Wed from 15 Apr-28 Aug from 12:00-14:30 a CoCo food market is taking place at Excise Walk in the IFSC. www.dublindocklands.ie/index.jsp?p=94&n=341&i=26
* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 on SOME Wednesdays. The frequency got less predictable in recent weeks/months and you should check the website before going. www.myspace.com/thesongroom
TOWER RECORDS – IN STORE
Tower Records are inviting to an In Store event with Groom on Thu 30 April from 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm
SHAKESPEARE IN IRELAND – ABBEY TALK
The Dublin Shakespeare Society will be at the Abbey Talks with a history and reminiscence from Ireland’s longest surviving Shakespearean Theatre Company. On Thurs 30 Apr from 18:00-18:45 in the Abbey Theatre. Admission is free, but reserving a place is essential. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html
PINT & A PICTURE SHOW
The ‘pint and a picture show’ is a free screening event that shows a full-length film (feature or documentary) preceded by several Irish shorts that have been shown at film festivals and/or on television; frequently there is an informal Q&A session with one (or more) of the filmmakers whose work is being screened on the day, immediately after their film is shown. Since April 2008, the full-length main film has usually been Irish too, so that the event has developed into a showcase for Irish ‘indie’ filmmaking- Together with the Cine Café (see Tuesdays!) this is an event organised by Howard Linnane and similar to the Cine Café, the Pint & Picture Show as well found a new home. It will now take place in the upstairs lounge over Slattery’s Pub in
Rathmines, Dublin 6. The first show there is on Thursday 30 April from 19:30. For further information, contact Howard Linnane at 085 1351822 or e-mail howardlinnane AT yahoo.ie
SWEETTALK – CANDY COLLECTIVE
This is not a free event (Admission is EUR 10), but I recently mentioned Candy Collective in a slightly incorrect context and to make up for this, I agreed to mention their next event here:
SweetTalk is the name of CandyCollective’s self-initiated series of creative-to creative live events. It’s our way of bringing together local creative talent with international luminaries in a relaxed, social environment. Sweettalk34 will take place on Thurs 30 April in the Sugar Club in Leeson Street (Doors at 19:00) and it will feature Ros Shiers, Jonatahn McHugh and Steve Simpson. Further detail about the contributors and about the SweetTalk series can be found here: www.candycollective.com/index.php?/sweettalk/sweettalk_34/
CLIMATE CHANGE LECTURE – UCD EARTH SYSTEMS INSTITUTE
The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 01 May from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “Peat slides in Ireland – causes and prescriptions” by Dr. Mike Long, UCD School of Architecture, Landscape & Civil Engineering. An overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 including links to abstracts is here www.ucd.ie/earth
TOWER RECORDS – IN STORE
Tower Records are inviting to an In Store event with “Revolution For Dogs” on Fri 01 May from 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm
PHANTOM FIRST FRIDAY
The radio station Phantom 105.2 is running a “First Friday” event every month and on 01 May the First Friday returns to Andrew’s Lane Theatre with live music from
Ham Sandwich www.myspace.com/eathamsandwich, Hoarsebox www.myspace.com/hoarsebox and Revolution For Dogs www.myspace.com/revolutionfordogs, followed by all of your favourite indie, alternative and electro anthems with Phantom 105.2 DJs til late. Admission is free before 22:00. After that it is EUR 7 in (or EUR 5 when you bring the First Friday ad from Metro). Doors open at 20:00.
BEALTAINE FESTIVAL 2009
From 01 May – 31 May the Bealtaine Festival 2009 will take place. “Bealtaine is the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. Join over 55,000 people all over the country, taking part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and more. Bealtaine is your chance to try something new, to share your talents or to come back to something you haven’t done for years. So come and join in the celebrations!” The festival is specifically for the “older” generation and while “older” is not clearly defined, it seems that the minimum suggested age is 55. The Dublin Event Guide Community has an average age that is somewhere in the 30s and – unfortunately – the information about the existence of this Event Guide is only slowly spreading amongst the slightly older age groups. For the moment, I will therefore remind you of the Bealtaine Festival, but will not list specific events here during the month. Instead, please have a look at bealtaine.com/node/93
CURATORIAL SESSION – PROJECT ARTS CENTRE
On Sat 02 May at 13:00 the Projects Art Centre in Temple Bar invites to a Curatorial Session with Bart De Baere, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Raimundas Malašauskas and Tone Olaf Nielsen. Read all detail here www.projectartscentre.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=523:curatorial-session-&catid=11:gallery&Itemid=14
Register for this free event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with Curatorial Session in the subject line.
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DANGEROUS TOURISTS IN LONDON
Do you know Asterix + Obelix? When Obelix comes across odd customs/habits and rules in remote countries, he tips his finger to the side of his head three times: Toc, Toc, Toc and says “These Romans [or wherever he is] are crazy!” This week he definitely would have said “These Brits are crazy!”
Have you heard about the Austrian tourists who had to delete their photos of London busses because allegedly you are not allowed to take pictures of public transport in London? Read it here www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/16/police-delete-tourist-photos The original letter that started the whole thing is here
POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK?
Do you know this saying? It even has a Wikipedia entry! (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot_calling_the_kettle_black) The “pot calling the kettle black” is closely related to the saying “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” …it was the first when I read the article about this one cocktail that breached alcohol promotion rules: www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/eyauqlmhojcw
There was a pub in Portarlington that gave in October one single cocktail for free to each of its female customers and they were now told that this breached alcohol promotion rules. I agree with the fact that alcohol shouldn’t be given away in large quantities for free and I do think that – as had been reported recently – binge drinking is a serious problem in Ireland. But the amazing thing in this case is that the organisation that judged this publican from Portarlington is MEAS (Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society) which is an alibi organisation that is funded and founded by the drinks industry. Diageo (the owners of Guinness), Heineken, Beamish+Crawford and the Vintners Federation are – among others – the members of MEAS. www.meas.ie/page.php?intPageID=119 Hmmm, Diageo sent me a little while ago discount vouchers for cans of Guinness and another time vouchers for free Guinness. Does that mean that MEAS is the pot and the publican in Portarlington is the kettle?
This weekend will be BUSY for me and don’t expect to get any replies to e-mails before the middle of next week. I will be “out of action” from 09:00-21:00 from Friday until Tuesday, but expect to be highly motivated afterwards. :-)
Have a good weekend!
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