Not a type of book I’d normally read but came across An affair with my Mother by Catriona Palmer and it’s really powerful, it’s usually spy books for me!
I only seem to see kids films these days but most of them are great, saw Zootropolis over the weekend and it’s brilliant.
Visited the Francis Bacon exhibition in the Hugh Lane recently, I’d been before but bringing the kids threw a whole new light on it.
I do listen through Spotify but still buy a lot of music, not a huge fan of CD’s so try to buy vinyl when it’s available, definitely enjoying the mini vinyl revival.
Cork band The Altered Hours new album is something else, I can’t stop listening to it.
The first time I really understood the power of music was when I heard Autobahn by Kraftwerk. Previously I had been listening to bands that spelt out what they were trying to get across in the lyrics, I was amazed that you could convey an emotion without lyrics.
I know Cork people of a certain age go on a bit about Sir Henry’s but it did have a magic about it. If I was to pick one gig it would be Blue in Heaven, probably late 1987 around the time of the rock and roll RIP EP. After that gig I knew what a drummer’s job was. Before that I had just been hitting things randomly and hoping for the best. I’m not even sure who the drummer was for that tour, I never got a chance to thank him.
I’m a bit behind on TV, just in the middle of Breaking Bad, only getting down with the box set/netflix thing of late. I’m a total sports nut, I’d watch anything, been watching Kabaddi of late, an Indian game which is like a cross between wrestling, release and holding your breath, it’s nuts!
I do the Irish music show on Red FM (Green on Red) so listen to that a bit. In the car I listen to Newstalk, and online to Teleport UK or Gem Radian which is a sort of 1980s alternative station.
Keith Moon for drumming, Morrissey for lyrics and Dave Gedge (The Wedding Present) for perseverance.
We met Paul McCartney when we did Top of the Pops in the early 1990s. They don’t come more famous than that.
I think I paid about 700 quid for a jacket once, can’t remember which one though. Definitely the most pointless thing I’ve bought is a pair of adidas trainers from the early 1970’s that can’t be worn, they were about 300 quid. It makes sense to me as I collect them but most people just shake their head.
Sad to say I’ve become totally reliant on my phone, it’s become like an extra organ and soon it will probably define who I am.
The International Federation of Vexillological Associations do great work in the field of flags, you hardly ever hear anything about them, which is a shame, hopefully next years congress meeting in London will change that.
One hour of silence during the day would be great, say between 2pm and 3pm. And naps, I’d definitely make naps compulsory.