Free Friday?

The 2019 RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition is At The RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 is opening until October 24.

The Awards are Ireland’s largest prize fund for the visual arts (approx €30,000 in total, but there you go).

Sez they:

13 of the best visual art graduates of the year are included in the exhibition and eligible for the five Awards.

The exhibition is free to attend and has been co-curated by artists Janet Mullarney and David Quinn.

From top: Louise Wallace photographed with her piece entitled Hidden in Hazel; Clare Scott  with her piece entitled Heading Towards the Light ; Artist Rosalind Spencer with her piece entitled Narcissus; Jamie Cross with his piece entitled 240v every other 15mins.
2019 RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Why, they’re luminous spheres of plasma held together by their own gravity.

Behold: NGC 290 – an extremely photogenic open cluster captured in 2006 by the Hubble Space Telescope. To wit:

Open clusters of stars are younger, contain few stars, and contain a much higher fraction of blue stars than do globular clusters of stars. NGC 290 lies about 200,000 light-years distant in a neighbouring galaxy called the Small Cloud of Magellan (SMC). The open cluster contains hundreds of stars and spans about 65 light years across. NGC 290 and other open clusters are good laboratories for studying how stars of different masses evolve, since all the open cluster’s stars were born at about the same time.

(ImageNASAESAHubble; Acknowledgement: E. Olzewski (U. Arizona))


The votes are in.

Last week, with a soil-enriching voucher worth 25 crisp ones for Golden Discs on offer, I asked YOU to name your favorite song which mentions a specific colour.

You answered in your brightest, if seasonally appropriate, garb.

But there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

Spandau Ballet – Gold

Slightly Bemused (always the bridesmaid) writes:

Gold by Spandau Ballet: Not my personal favourite, but the favourite of a very good friend of mine. I remember at the time buying the CD for her here when I was on a break, and giving it to her when I returned. Where I was working (and where she lived) was at the time a little removed from standard trade and was basically a war zone. Her delight when she took the CD out of the envelope I had creatively wrapped it in (ok, I just put it in a standard Manila envelope) was wonderful. If I recall correctly it cost me about IR£15, but it was worth every penny to see her smile.

Runner up:

Simon and Garfunkel – For Emily Wherever I May Find Her 

MIilly Vanilly Strikes Again writes

‘What a dream I had, dressed organdie, cloaked in crinoline of smoky burgundy, softer than the rain…’

It’s a long time favourite of mine for deeply personal reasons, but more than that, it’s beautiful…


Joni Mitchell – Little Green

ItWasChaosBilly writes:

“Call her green and the winters cannot fade her
Call her green for the children who’ve made her
Little green, be a gypsy dancer.”

About the loss felt giving a child up for adoption, it’s autobiographical, brave, beautiful and incredibly sad. Mitchell’s writing on Blue (more colours!) is flawless, but the naming of the child ‘Green’ in this song tells us all we need to know about the narrator and their lost, imagined child.

Thanks all.

Last week: Win Nick’s Voucher

Golden Discs

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment and his proposed bill (top) to amend the 2009 Broadcasting Act to allow freedom of movement particularly in relation to Denis O’Brien-owned stations

This morning.

Further to  ongoing Denis “O’Brien-related censorship shenanigans at his Communicorp stable, home of Newstalk and Today FM….

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane tweetz::

I will move a Bill in the coming weeks to make it an offence to prohibit members of the NUJ from communications media.

The banning of certain journalists from Communicorp IRL is wrong and should not be tolerated. #FreePress…

Previously: ‘I Believe In A Free Press”

If only someone big at Communicorp could stand up to him?

Only kidding.

Go amendment!

Broadcasting Act 2009 here


Impressionist Jim Meskimen performs his poem ‘Pity the Poor Impressionist’ in the voices of 20 celebrities enhanced by SHAM00K using deepfake imaging.

The video required 1,200 hours of footage, 300,000 images and nearly a terabyte of data to create.

Previously: Jim Meskimen’s Nano Impressions


This morning.

Helmeted e-scooter riders commuting in Dublin city centre (nanny state, out of pictures).

With an already shaky law governing the e-scooters…

This morning, via Via The Irish Examiner:

E-scooters will be limited to speeds of 25km per hour under new proposals.

They will have to be fitted with ‘speed-limiting devices’.

Fianna Fáil is bringing forward a bill to legislate for the safe use of e-scooters, which are currently illegal on public roads.

It wants e-scooters limited to speeds of 25km per hour, with fines due to anyone found to have tampered with the speed-limiting technology.

Anyone who does travel faster than 25km per hour would also be fined if caught.

And good luck with all that.

‘fro, to be fair.

Previously: Ask A Broadsheet Reader

Chairman designate of the Residential Tenancies Board Tom Dunne at a meeting of the housing committee this morning

This morning.

At a meeting of the housing committee.

Chairman designate of the Residential Tenancies Board Tom Dunne referred to accidental landlords as “very vulnerable as a class of people”.

Aisling Kenny, of RTÉ, reports:

The chairman designate of the Residential Tenancies Board has said the fear of difficult tenants is one of the reasons why “accidental” landlords are getting out of the market.

Speaking to the Oireachtas Housing Committee, Tom Dunne said some landlords are “vulnerable” and he said they need support.

He said many are “accidental” landlords who might not be aware of the risks associated with being a landlord.

Mr Dunne said many do not have the money to carry out repairs and he said many landlords were “vulnerable”.

Mr Dunne later mentioned, in response to a question from Cork Solidarity–People Before Profit TD Mick Barry, that he’s never personally been either a tenant or a landlord.

Fear of ‘difficult’ tenants driving landlords out of market – RTB (RTÉ)


Orla writes:

May I give a shout-out to Cork illustrator Jason O’Gorman [Dynamite Studio] for a recently  steady stream [on his twitter feed] of everyday and not so every day scenes in Cork city. They capture something about the place. I love them. I know you don’t do this sort of thing, etc../

Name those Cork city locations, from top anyone?

Dynamite Studios

Irish-made stuff to marked ‘Irish-Made Stuff. (with pics if possible) No fee.

He’s alive.

In JJ Hough’s, Banagher, County Offaly.

Ultan Conon writes:

I was over in JJ Hough’s Pub in Banagher on Sunday for my cousin Ger’s 40th Birthday Party.

It’s an amazing place to spend a night, but I felt guilty today that I didn’t get a gift to mark the occasion.

As a late gift here is the never seen before footage of the unofficial, official video for my 2018 hit, ‘The measure’

in fairness we went to great lenghts to make it. So here he is in his beloved JJ Hough’s, along with his mum sheila and friend Brendan. All playing The King, Elvis Presley!!

Nick says: Ithankyew.

Ultan Conlon