Archive for October, 2011

Crazy stuff this, two images just posted to Facebook by hotspots.ie Stay inside and stay warm folks!


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Spotted this morning on Amien’s Street…

Kangaroo Courts ahead!

Good stuff… Silly billies must not have read stipulations with regard putting up posters on O’Connell Street though… Walking down this morning circa 8:00 there were twenty or so attached to traffic lights on the main strip; no sign of them at 12:30!

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Something a bit different…

ADW’s Pricks And Mortar show over the weekend was excellent, and seemed to attract a huge crowd of Dubliners over the course of it. What I like most about ADW’s work is that not only is it visually pleasing, it often packs a punch and has something to say. His ‘Blues Brothers’ image of Cowen and Lenihan on the eve of a budget made its way across European newspapers for good reason, and indeed his ‘tribute’ to a certain customer of Fagan’s in Drumcondra, depicted with Celtic Tiger facepaint, was another favourite with Dubliners.

One of the most visually striking pieces in the show were the blocks shown above, depicting Monopoly money. Pieces like this complimented the art on the walls nicely, and a bit randomly the concrete blocks were for sale, costing less than a round of drinks. Trusting the brother to never miss an opportunity, it’s in our gaff now. A very unusual and heavy bit of street art indeed!

Well done to ADW on a great show, and long may he continue to redecorate the walls of the capital.

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Big protest day.

Always nice to get a follow up, here’s an excellent video from Youtuber eugenefinn of Jinx Lennon performing down at the Central Bank last night in support of Occupy Dame Street. Big Protest Day went down a treat, as did the wonderfully titled You Must Forgive The Cunts.

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Here is the audio recording of the recent History Ireland Hedge School which I took part in. You can find a series of audio recordings from various Hedge Schools on the History Ireland site. Stick the kettle on…..

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Fundraiser, 05 November 2011:

King 7, Capel Street, Dublin 1
€5 before 11pm, €7 after 11pm

Poster Fish Presents .... ReggaeMovement Exhibition Fundraiser


The Bionic Rats (Ska, Reggae)
Madu (Dub, Reggae, Jazz, Soul)


Enda Star (Firehouse Skank)
Tuathal (Roots Corner)
Carax (Punky Reggae Party)


Exhibition, 09 November – 15 November 2011:

The Little Green Street Gallery, Dublin 1

Sound System: The Hidden History: The story of the sound system is one of technological innovation, creative enterprise and musical genius, but it is also a story of deep spiritual and cultural significance. From its first incarnation in 1950s Jamaica, the sound system was the radio of the people. Through artists and producers from Prince Buster to King Tubby and Augustus Pablo, the music expressed the aspirations, sufferings and joys of everyday life. The exhibition follows the growth of sound system culture from Kingston across Jamaica, to the UK and then to Europe, spreading the sounds of ska, rocksteady, reggae and dub and planting the seeds of a new generation of singers, musicians, DJs, producers and dancers.

Exhibition in Berlin

Exhibition: The text is written by Ronan Lynch, an historian of music who has written widely about reggae, politics and culture. He is editor and publisher of Irie Up magazine. The show is designed by Paula Strzelecka, who is a graphic designer and photo editor of Irie Up magazine. The artwork for the show is produced by Michael Thompson and Mau Mau. Thompson, also known as Freestylee, is a designer and graphic artist from Jamaica who specializes in political and revolutionary themes. He lives in the USA. Mau Mau is the English artist whose graphic works adorn many lanes and walls in Kingston, Jamaica, Berlin and other reggae hotspots around the world.

Evening Programme: There are several evening events planned to run alongside the exhibition. The official opening party is 6.30 on Wednesday night, 9th November. On Thursday night, at 7pm, we will be showing the Irish premiere of the film ‘Holding On To Jah’. On Friday night, Irieland Sound and guests will nice up the area from 8pm and the Dublin Reggae Crews will be on the decks on Saturday night, also from 8pm. There will be a second screening of the film at 2pm on Saturday afternoon.



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World Film Locations: Dublin Edited by Jez Conolly and Caroline Whelan (Intellect, Oct 2011)

Images of Dublin city in film and music videos has always been an interest of mine. Over time, I’ve tried to do features on both on this blog. The latter (see end of page) being far more successful.

Thankfully a duo have put together a remarkable 128 page book, focusing on films either shot or set in Dublin, which is so far beyond anything that I could ever wish to do on CHTM!

Entitled World Film Locations: Dublin and part of the series of the same name, the book is a “collection of over forty reviews of scenes from films … illustrated by images from the scenes in question, and photographs of locations, often as they are today.”

I’ve been lucky enough to have a quick glance at the finished piece. It features many of my favourite Dublin related movies – Educating Rita (1983), The Commitments (1991), The Snapper (1993), The General (1998), Intermission (2003) and Once (2006) but also many more that I have never heard of or got around to seeing yet – Girl With Green Eyes (1964), Pigs (1984), A Man Of No Importance (1994), Accelerator (1999) and Six Shooter (2004).

Each film is given two pages, the first an introduction to the movie itself and a background to the scene while the second page gives vividly, clear screen grabs of the scenes in question (with a timecode for the true anoraks!)

The book also includes seven two-page essays by leading Irish film critics and writers, the most interesting being on the representation of Dublin’s music scene on the big screen, Dublin films concerned with revolution and rebellion and the image of the  gangster figure in Dublin cinema.

Kudos to Jez Conolly and Caroline Whelan for bringing out such a fascinating and much needed piece of work.

You can pre-order the book (RRP £9.95) at the publisher’s website here.


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