It all started with Lemmy. His death at end of 2015 was, to me, unexpected, but only because I never thought about him. How often did anybody actually think about him? Who actually wondered when he might die? Suddenly social media was afire with people lamenting his loss and expressing their appreciation of his work. … Continue reading 2016: Extraordinary Popular Deaths and the Madness of Crowds
When, at the age of 30, I started a Ph.D. in history in University College Cork I was pursuing a passion. Nobody does a Ph.D. in humanities for monetary gain, however, I did think that my employment prospects would be improved somewhat. Little did I think that upon completion, four and a half years later, … Continue reading Confessions of a Call Centre Academic
The following piece is a revision of an article originally posted in 2013 on the group blog The Dustbin of History In December 2012, while studying for a Ph.D. in history in Cork I undertook a research trip to Galway and Mayo, the setting for most of the events I was studying. Staying in … Continue reading Ghosts of Imagination: A Journey through Landscape, the Land League and the Search for Memory
Watching Stranger Things on Netflix makes me worry I could be charged with receiving stolen property. Historian Eric Hobsbawm coined the term ‘long nineteenth century’ to cover the period from the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Stranger Things draws its inspiration from the … Continue reading ‘Stranger Things’: A Warm Quilt of Nostalgia for a Fatalistic Generation
Being in Ikea feels like you lost a war. The victors have made their stamp on language, layout and design and you are left with little choice but to acquiesce. The show area features rooms inhabited by hypothetical people. These are the ubermenschen of Ikean culture. Their belongings are perfectly coordinated and they accept their confined quarters … Continue reading A Critical Review of Lingerers in Ikea, the Barack Obama Plaza and the Smoking Area of Murphy’s Bar in Schiphol Airport.
Good albums are usually more than just a collection of songs, they are a complete and coherent entity that run seamlessly from beginning to end and manage to traverse a range of moods and styles while maintaining cohesiveness and clarity. Here is light, night is here by Brig is such an album. A self produced … Continue reading Download Brig’s fantastic new album for free!
We went out to see the Terminal Convention exhibition in the old terminal at Cork airport today. It really is an amazing use of an abandoned space. Most of the works are audiovisual installations and the most effective pieces in my mind were those that made you most aware of the building and its past. … Continue reading Terminal Convention