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Tue, 11 March 2014 It’s good to be alive

Spring has arrived in its full glory in Ireland, which means you have to get out and enjoy it in case it only lasts a few days…
Cue appropriate music: this is the video for Imelda May’s latest song ‘It’s Good To Be Alive’.

I’ve been a fan of May’s work since I bought her More Mayhem [...]

Wed, 22 January 2014 what is known reveals what is unknown

I discovered this video today thanks to a post on Facebook by Ian Culbard. It’s wonderful.

It’s a vivid demonstration of how we are just a speck in the known universe, and how much we have yet to learn about the cosmos.
Congratulations to the American Museum of Natural History for putting this together, and injecting a [...]

Thu, 03 October 2013 Sardana in the Jardin

Last week I was in Paris with Martin and my mother, and it was a wonderful holiday in a beautiful city. Perhaps one of the best memories of the trip was an unexpected spectacle when we visited the Jardin du Luxembourg.
It was our last day in the city and we decided to take it easy. [...]

Mon, 17 June 2013 be funny

What do you do when a problem arises in your country that appalls you? One solution is to be funny. Wicked satire is a fine way to highlight idiocy. This is what Irish comedian Tara Flynn decided to do when her husband endured racist insults in her hometown of Kinsale. She used her talents, and [...]

Tue, 11 June 2013 Wish I was there

When I was travelling up to Derry last week I stopped at Enniscrone in Sligo during a spate of spectacular weather. I ended up squeezing in an extra day there because it was too good to leave.
I made this little video of how wonderful it was that morning on the beach using the camera on [...]

Mon, 02 January 2012 milky way time-lapse

I love good time-lapse videos, but this one by Randy Halverson at Dakotalapse ticks all the boxes.
It offers a sublime glimpse into the reality of our planet’s part in the galaxy: a speck among a panoply of celestial bodies.
It’s pure inspiration.

Tue, 26 July 2011 Mythomania

A YouTube web series that’s well written, acted and shot?
They are rare, but here’s a fine, new example called Mythomania, which is written and directed by comic book artist Derek Kirk Kim. The story revolves around a group of aspiring cartoonists living in L.A.
It’s essentially a modern boy-meets-girl story. Andy (Jeremy Arambulo) dreams of winning [...]

Sun, 19 June 2011 embracing the paradox

This TED Talk called Reinventing Feminism is by Courtney Martin, feminist, journalist, activist and editor at
It’s a fine overview of feminism in the 21st century and why women should continue to agitate for change despite the times when the issues seem overwhelming.
I found it personally inspiring. It reminds me that our moments of [...]

Thu, 16 June 2011 a journey through time and space

This is a video of VLT (Very Large Telescope) HD Timelapse Footage, taken on location by Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco Salgado.
I found my way to this glorious piece of video via the Astronomy Picture of the Day web site, although this is the longer version of the one featured on that site.
Here’s some accompanying [...]

Sun, 12 June 2011 the tell-tale heart

This is a video of the 1953 adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe short-story “The Tell-Tale Heart”, narrated by James Mason.
It’s adapted by Bill Scott and Fred Grable, and directed by Ted Parmelee.
The animation is by Pat Matthews.
I discovered this tonight on YouTube. YouTube has its share of dross, but it saves itself by offering [...]

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