This is the story of a pair of half-brothers in contemporary Ireland. Milligan and Murphy were born to the same mother. Their first names were both John, so they became known by their surnames; hence, Milligan and Murphy. Their mother, with whom they both live, will never be nominated for Mother of the Year. Her parents and grandparents are all deceased, so no one taught her … more
Picture a place in Ireland where a farmer is cutting turf in a peak bog on a chilly April morning. Something catches in the man's cutting tool and when he finds it is the head of a young woman. The setting is in the Galway area in the western part of Ireland. Cormac Maguire is an archaeologist working at the National Museum and is asked to examine the head … more
Set in Belfast, a young woman from Lithuania named Gayle is coerced into coming to Ireland for a chance at a better life. She believes she will be working as a nanny. However, she's sent to do hard labor at a farm and then sold into prostitution. When the people running the group attempt to force her into a sex act and one of them is attempting to rape her, she kills him in self defense. … more
Every year as Valentine's Day approaches the number of romantic comedies hitting theaters increases. A few years ago we were hit with a remake of an old classes (When in Rome - modern update to Roman Holiday), we had the romantic comedy with Taylor squared and a collaborative with other great actors (Valentine's Day) which I thought lived up to it's hype. However if I had been part … more
BaronSamedi3 posted a Quick Tip about U2.
May 17, 2011
One of my very favorite bands. U2 bears their soul on every record, wandering spiritually and ideologically, bringing attention to questions great and small, and always shedding light on the ugliest and most beautiful aspects of life.
Believe it or not, Dublin was not a high priority on my places to visit in Ireland. It was the Place Everyone Visited and therefore I wanted to go in a different direction. However, the one stipulation of Steffie’s agreement in tromping around Ireland with me was that we go to Dublin for tours at the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery. So I had to figure out our route and the best place … more
Ireland in the early Twenties exploded into armed rebellion against the British. In The Wind That Shakes the Barley, two brothers at first made opposite decisions. A group of Black and Tan British soldiers arrive at a farm where the brothers and a group of other young men are resting after a hurling game. The British terrorize everyone there, the men, the women, the aged and the young. They beat and … more
The Book of Kells Exhibition – is housed within the grounds of historic Trinity college. It is definitely a “must see” for Dublin. The Book of Kells is a gospel manuscript from 800 A.D. that was totally hand done by Irish monks with beautiful calligraphy and even more stunning full color illustrations. They show sample pages blown up to poster size so you can see the intricate … more
OK, I can see we're past the high interest time for everything Irish, but I just noticed the Irish reads and couldn't help but comment. The best book to get you into visiting Ireland is "Rick Steve's Ireland." He shows you how to be a part of the culture. If you are going to see Ireland and specifically Dublin, you need to read the Dublin writers like James Joyce, Jonathan Swift and Samuel Becket … more
GlassofWin posted a Quick Tip about Juno's Cafe.
February 18, 2011
The day after our arrival in Cork, my pal Steffie and I had to high-tail it to Kent station to catch a train to Dublin where we would be checking in at the Gate Lodge B&B. The train ride was peaceful, and I had made sure to reserve us both window seats so we could enjoy the idyllic scenery. Even though I was so tired, I tried my best not close my eyes for more than a blink; I didn’t want … more
I am going to review Guinness Draft not as a beer snob but as a home brewer. I don't drink much beer I buy because I brew enough mead and beer for myself and probably my friends too :-). Guinness is one of those underrated beers which is great in part because of how it subtly differs from other stouts. Folks either love stouts or hate the burned bitterness … more
One of the best movies I've seen. It has been in my top 5 movies since I first saw it when it was released. I have never been able to review it because the review becomes a Master's thesis. I recommend it without reservation.
I just saw a great review about Frank Sinatra's album "Songs for Swingin' Lovers" which prompted me to mention a few reasons why "the chairman of the Board" will never get fired as long as I am around!!! I am a huge Sinatra fan!!! I am listening to him at least once a week. "Songs for Swingin' Lovers" is a great album. Nelson Riddle … more
Michael has written a great review about Frank Sinatra's album "Songs for Swingin' Lovers" which prompted me to mention a few reasons why "the chairman of the Board" will never get fired as long as I am around!!! I am a huge Sinatra fan!!! I am listening to him at least once a week. "Songs for Swingin' Lovers" is a great album. Nelson … more
MNeulander posted a Quick Tip about Frank Sinatra.
August 15, 2010
For me, the darker the better!!! If I can stand a spoon up in it, it is good to go!!! Great bitter taste. However, consider the fact that my favorite beer is free beer, and my all time favorite beer is, cold free beer!!!
MichaelN posted a Quick Tip about Leap Year.
August 10, 2010