Tag Archive: United States


We all love a good Neville Neville or something ridiculous like Moon Unit so why not have a dose of these bad boys:

5 – Misty Hyman:

Former American swimmer that had a bloody hard time breaking her way on to the US team.

 

4 – Karen Cockburn:

A Canadian gymnast whose name has a long-lasting effect on you.

 

3 – Dick Pole:

His position was a pitcher; he was destined for a name like that.

 

2 – Ron Tugnutt:

A ballsy kind of player.

1 – Rusty Kuntz:

No funny quip needed.

Since I’m not American I sometimes arrive a little late to the party of videos posted online. This is most likely due to the fact that I know there’s a world beyond the USA so my life palette is a little more varied. Note to Americans: get a passport!

This one seems to have quite the hit count and it’s been doing the rounds for a bit online but that doesn’t mean it’s any less effective or significant.

People who write about it mention design and websites and customers being blind to certain things etc. but you can take it for exactly what it is. A ____ ____ not appearing in your line of vision at the first time of asking.

Once you’ve watched the video you’ll know what the two missing words are.

 

 

 

Chris Hayes is trending, praise the Lord!

It’s refreshing to know that there’s somebody in America who has an opinion that runs contrary to the general belief that anything military related needs to be exalted. Unfortunately for Chris Hayes, his thoughts on the use of the word hero have resulted in him being demonised to point where he has had to issue an apology for his comments. Obviously, as a journalist he wishes to maintain his job and career, so I don’t read to heavily into the sincerity of the apology.

While I greatly respect him for the initial argument of which I deemed to be a valid one, his subsequent reversal in light of the fire-storm of the general public has rescinded some of the respect I had for him.

As we all know, America has the US Constitution which contains The First Amendment . Said Amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

As so many Americans are quick to quote this to justify the opinions that they wish to express, it seems that when something is contrary to what the majority of the general public believe, this Amendment seems not to exist. I think it’s a sad reflection of the country as a whole and it highlights the success of the government in their ability to spin a belief that anything remotely negative concerning the troops of the United States borders on blasphemy.

I take this stance as someone who was born in Ireland and still resides here. I have an innate understanding of what war is, not from the atrocities that have plagued the North of Ireland but from the actual stories and reasoning behind the people who died for Ireland through-out the country’s history and during various wars such as WWI and WWII.

Do I have an opinion on certain people and the reason they died? Yes I do. Where some people will call Bobby Sands a hero for his death during a hunger strike in 1981 I would not. Does it make me a terrible person? No. Does it make my opinion less valid? It doesn’t as I can present my reasoning for it in a lucid and sensical manner.

Padraig Pearse – A Man Deserved Of The Title Hero

When I think of a hero, in the genuine sense of the word, somebody like Padraig Pearse immediately springs to mind. He was one of the leading men of the 1916 Rising and fought to secure the freedom of Ireland from an invading force and altruistically died for the greater good of the country. There was no oil supplies to be gained or trade relations improved by his actions. This is what a hero is. Selfless and for the greater good of his country.

It’s not to detract from the efforts of thousands of  US troops who whole-heartedly deserve both the praise and the title of hero. The men and women responsible for the assassination of Osama Bin Laden make the world a safer place for all but to deem every single person who serves as a hero is wrong and it detracts from the heroics of the people who are deserving of it.

As Chris Hayes alluded to, the branding of the word hero seems like a way to justify the continued casualties of soldiers who are fighting wars they do not fully understand the reasoning behind or the need for. America has gained financially from wars in the past such as The Gulf War. This is common knowledge and is not disputable. Soldiers also make a good living from their jobs, albeit with a massive risk in some cases.

The people of America need to take a backwards step and review their society. In a country that has such a gulf and divide between rich and poor, do they not see a need to spend a proportion of the allotted $1 trillion military budget in a way that will benefit the people of the country financially? The argument will be made that by spending that their ”freedom is safe” but this is something that has been ingrained to be true when it’s questionable.

It’s refreshing to hear Chris Hayes’ views and although some may say his timing was off, what he says holds validity. You just need to view it impartially to appreciate it.

Coral Rekindling Venus  is major work for fulldome digital planetariums by acclaimed artist Lynette Wallworth.

It is an extraordinary journey into a mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures and rare marine life, revealing a complex community living in the oceans most threatened by climate change.

Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist whose practice spans video installation, photography and film. Often working in series or meditations on one theme, her measured pace gently insists that patient observation might lead to layers of understanding between ourselves, others and the natural environment.

Her work has been presented at the Auckland Triennial, Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Sydney festival as well as being exhibited internationally from Arnolfini, The Young Vic and Festival d’Aix en Provence in Europe to New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in the United States.

If you’re eager to see more about the project pop over to the website.

Queen of Disco and Hot Stuff signer Donna Summer has died aged 63 following a reported lung cancer battle.

Her family released a statement, saying Summer died on Thursday morning and that they ‘are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy’.

Summer came to prominence just as disco was burgeoning, and came to define the era with a string of No. 1 hits and her luxurious hair and glossy, open lips.

Disco became as much defined by her sultry, sexual vocals — her bedroom moans and sighs — as the relentless, pulsing rhythms of the music itself.

“Love to Love You Baby,” released in 1975, was her U.S. chart debut and the first of 19 No. 1 dance hits between 1975 and 2008 — second only to Madonna.

She was a five-time Grammy Award winner and the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart

Summer released her last album, Crayons, in 2008. It was her first full studio album in 17 years. She also performed on American Idol that year with its top female contestants.
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If you haven’t heard of these guys before, Last Dinosaurs are a five-piece indie band from Brisbane, Australia and they look about 16 years old. If they are, power to them because they make some sweet music.

Honolulu is a track taken from their début long player ”In A Million Years” which was released this year on Dew Process and was heavily supported by Australian station Triple J.  It’s quite the trend setter Down Under and has been the catalyst for many an Oz band’s success.

Honolulu sounds like summery and shimmering and is reminiscent of some of the guitar work on Wu Lyf’s debut album ”Go Tell Fire To The Mountain”.

Last Dinosaurs make music to make you feel good even if , according to the bad themselves, ”virtually every song” on the album had been inspired by an ex-girlfriend.

Have a listen to the track and if it grabs your attention, why not check out the band’s website?

Jumping rope as they say in the United States or skipping as we call it in Ireland.  In every country around the globe this will be universally recognised as bloody amazing.

I’ve never seen a pet attempt this and pull it off so fluidly and I certainly haven’t seen a dog do this much jumping since I saw Snookie get acquainted with a trampoline.

Prepare to be amazed by the double Dutch dog, who will be appearing in a ghetto near you sometime soon.