10/28/2003 04:42:00 AM|W|P|dan|W|P|bleeeurggh. Got an evil cold, and have done nothing today but sit about playing videogames and moaned about how bad I am feeling. All in all, quite satisfying.
|W|P|106728385930726553|W|P||W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/23/2003 08:44:00 PM|W|P|dan|W|P|The weather here yesterday was unbelievable. We were woken up at about 3am by thunder and lightning, which continued pretty much all day. Very elemental. Apparently the worst storms in Dublin since 196-something. Banging. Today the sun is shining, the sky is blue and I feel strangely disappointed. I guess the end times aren't here at all.
My parents visited at the weekend. To entertain them, Es & I took them to the Chester Beatty Library, which is now one of my favourite places in Dublin. It's a collection of old books from around the world, mostly to do with one religion or another. Lots of illustrated Qur'ans and Persian poetry - made me feel like drinking sherbet amongst the Saracens. Really quite amazing. And there is a cafe with a decent veggie selection there too! Top buzz.
Films You Remember Being Great, But Are A Bit Wary Of Watching Again In Case They Prove To Be Rubbish, part 1
NEAR DARK - watched this last night for the first time in about 15 years. Guess what? It's still great! I might watch it again this afternoon. You all should see this if you haven't already. A dissenting view from Esther though - she thought it was "balls" and a "waste of an hour and a half of my life". You must, however, bear in mind that she is a GIRL and doesn't really know what she is saying. |W|P|106691038319906414|W|P||W|Pemail@example.com/17/2003 05:10:00 AM|W|P|dan|W|P|"The car's on fire, there's no driver at the wheel and the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicides."
Word. |W|P|106633513493663895|W|P||W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/13/2003 03:49:00 AM|W|P|dan|W|P|Finally finished A Suitable Boy. I love that book so much. On finishing it I felt sad that I would no longer be caught in that world and those characters. Which sounds like the sort of thing fat Americans dressed as Klingons say about Star Trek novels I know, but is true nonetheless. Will finish the new Paul Auster tonight and then it's on to Quicksilver. Mmmmm. Esther is back now, which makes me happy. Although last night we watched a copy of Old School on DVD. It was a free copy, and I want to stress that because I would hate you to think I had spent any money on that. Probably the worst film I have ever seen in my entire life. No plot, no character, nothing - just a machine designed to seperate American teenagers from their money (better than them spending it on guns I suppose, unless they promise to turn said guns on the makers of the film). Not one single laugh or even a smirk in it. Even made me feel nostalgic for Animal House.
Bumped into Orly on the street the other night. It is definitely time to pull our fingers out and start going out again!
|W|P|106598516141961563|W|P||W|Pemail@example.com/10/2003 06:01:00 AM|W|P|dan|W|P|I have finished my Phoenix Nights marathon. What am I going to watch now? |W|P|106573334723451489|W|P||W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/09/2003 06:28:00 AM|W|P|dan|W|P|the one good thing about Esther being away is that I can watch as many episodes of Phoenix Nights as I like. And my God, I have.|W|P|106564857077534876|W|P||W|Pemail@example.com/08/2003 12:53:00 AM|W|P|dan|W|P|Okay, it's been a busy few days...
Friday night, we went to see Hope Of The States. Really really good - intense rock with string parts. Kind of similiar to Godspeed You Black Emperor, but with more vocals.
On Saturday Esther went to England, which was rubbish. She's not back till Saturday, when I will probably ignore her anyway because I want to watch the football and all the ensuing riots.
I got cheered up by my boss on Saturday night, though as she managed to get us on the guest list for the Nick Cave gig at Vicar St. What a great show - it was Nick on piano, with the rhythm section from the Bad Seeds and the incomparable Warren Ellis playing violin. Highlights were a really slow rearrangement of The Mercy Seat and Into My Arms. He even chucked in a Birthday Party cover for good measure.
Sunday was my turn to go to England for the HMV Xmas conference. It was in Brighton, one of my old haunts so I had a good time. Sunday night, us Irish managers went out for a "few quiet drinks", where I ended up getting crucified for saying I didn't like The Beatles. Never has so much vitriol been poured on one person. My drunken counter argument was "blahblah 24 hour revenge therapy blah blah blah jawbreaker ten times better than beatles blahblah you bastards blahblahstupid scouse gits blah blah", which I feel was coherent and rational
Record shopping Monday morning in the lovely Edge World records and then a load of boring business stuff in the afternoon, followed by eating and drinking. Till 4am. Jesus.
Got the new Neal Stephenson book at the airport this morning though. Can't wait to get stuck into it, but I am going to make myself finish A Suitable Boy first. I am down to the last 300 pages now. Wish me luck...
|W|P|106554274559335733|W|P||W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/01/2003 02:46:00 AM|W|P|dan|W|P|Well. Spent a hard earned day off generally arsing around, reading and playing video games. This is a good thing. Watched City Of God this afternoon. What a great film. When we went to see it at Plymouth's tiny yet lovable Arts Centre I was impressed but a second viewing really bought home just how amazing this is. So kinetic, so unafraid to take risks or pull any punches, and genuinely emotionally involving. Hell, at one point I even felt sorry for Little Ze, despite him being an all round Bad Egg. Just go watch it, and then come raving to me about the best jump cut in cinema history. Yes, better than Jaws or 2001. I'd stake my film studies A level on it :). |W|P|106494434488244847|W|P||W|Pemail@example.com