Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy Paddy's Day

I couldn't let the day go by without posting something, could I?

Well tomorrow is St. Patrick's day or Paddys day (but not 'patty day' as I've seen in some places!?!?! Patty = Patricia)

I couldn't resist plugging this website addressing the important issue: ;)

Anyhooo back on point:

This year the parade in Dublin is taking a very literal theme and is based on Roddy Doyle's short story BRILLIANT (which you can download here for free). The idea being that parents will tell the story to their kids, then watch the parade together as each group will take a section of the story, so tune in (i'm sure it'll be online) and watch the story being told via the floats :)

To everyone here or abroad, have great day tomorrow,

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Duit!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Time for a Hiatus . . .

This blog has slowed considerably in the last few weeks and that's due to alot of real life stress. I haven't touched my writing in months and feel I'm only now coming out of my funk.

Strange time I know for a hiatus, then isn't it? But in my stressed moments I've gone back to what I love most - poetry. And I also hope that I can now also get back to writing.

I think this blog, as much as I love it, is a distraction from writing so I'm stepping back for a while. Once I've made some decent progress i.e. finish the story completely then I think I'll make a return.

So this is more a 'see you later' than Goodbye.

I'll be about the blogosphere though, reading all your amazing blogs so I won't be completely gone! And I'll be posting book reviews on theBookBundle and FITG.

Just wanted to say you are all wonderful and super supportive!

So see you guys around your blog comments :)

A lil pride. . .

About a month ago, I posted the DAA ad, which was all very Irish Proud.

Here's hilarious Paraody of that:

DAA Pride Barry Murphy Parody from Ciaran McCarthy on Vimeo.

Here's original:

DAA - Pride from Ciaran McCarthy on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Killing us softly. . .

Jean Kilbourne's Killing Us Softly 4.

A must see for everyone, especially young women. A real eye opener.

Important to bear in mind that Jean Kilbourne's focus is on women. She mentions men briefly (more about how feminine virtues are not viewed positively in men and how media portrays violence to men as being manly) but obviously there are issues (even more so now) concerning male body images too but this isn't the focus of this video or Jean Kilbourne's studies.

I will try and see if I can get a video about men and advertising/media too or article.

And can I just add that when I was uploading these videos here - I had to say I was over 18 for the third video - because the video (due to the 'porn' photoshoot image she shows) was flagged, but its ok to be in a fashion magazine?!?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

7 things you didn't know about me. . .

The wonderful wise Anne R Allen has given me the Versatile Blogger Award!! YaY! As part of this award I have to tell 7 things about myself that you might not know and then pass this award on to a few lurvly people!

1. My real name is . . . Mary! Yes, I know incredibly dull name, but tis a family name. My current nick name is Fairy Mary - because I'm away with the fairies. An improvement on previous names such as mad mary, scary mary, hairy mary (pre-tweezers pre-teen eyebrows - this one hurt). Other nicknames include Maud (something about mystic maud - a tabloid psychic), Mare (shortening of Mary but also because of my love for horses) and Moy (a weird mixed version of my mothers name/my irish name).

2. I never played with dolls as a kid - I ALWAYS played with My Little Ponies. Before I was allowed MLPs (due to my mothers fear I would choke on the hair) she had to go into local shop (which thankfully sold little plastic farm sets separately) and buy little plastic ponies for me!!

3. Building on the doll vs. pony theme. My mother (bless her!) had to go into the local video shop when Chucky first came out (as they had big stand up of him in the window) because I would throw a FIT, a hysterical fit every single time we went past the shop. My mother for peace of mind (because the video shop refused to remove it from the window) spent the next three weeks take a 9 mile journey home instead of a 3 mile journey because of yours truly. To this day, I HATE those freaky evil things that are porcelein dolls.

So yeah, I still don't like dolls. not mad about teddies either. But my little pony rocks!

4. I am a SERIOUS arachnophobic. I can't even type that word *****phobic without quivering. This results in alot of fastforwarding and closing of eyes for certain scenes of certain movies (because Hollywood has a festish for giant tarantulas - the bastards! Like Chucky wasn't enough trauma!!!!)

5. In first year of my Arts degree, I took Ancient Civilisations. I have a thing for ancient civilisations . . . something about men in flowy robes ;)

6. I'm a pisces, whose ascendent is in aquarius (but is sometimes pisces??), whose moon is in Capricorn.

In short: BirthChart

7. I was meant to be born on my uncles birthday - 12th february. I bypassed valentines and 12 days later was born on 24th - my Granny and Grandads wedding anniversary. My sister was born on this Grandad's birthday (missing my other by a day) while my brother is born on my Granny's birthday. Quite cosmic.

My other brother is a freak and was born on his own birthday!

So there you go - 7 rambling too much information truths!!! See what happens when you make me talk about myself = Scary Mary makes an appearance!!!

Emily is a much more stable persona!

I have to pass this award onto some people now:

Laura Jane Cassidy - the nicest author I have ever meet!!
Clare Greenstreet - because she always comments :)
White Rabbit - It's nice to know I'm not the only one who lands themself into awkward moments!
Claire Hennessy - Irish Prodigy
Parajunkee - Talented does not describe!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Internet doesn't think much of either sex. . .

Well I was working away (as you do) but decided a bit of googling was in order so I began to enter some questions related to my work such as:

"why do women lead?"

"Why do women become leaders?"

And Google had some 'interesting' suggestions of what I might have meant.

Take comfort though, I did make sure to ask same questions about men.



Silver lining: The Internet doesn't seem to have a high opinion of either sex. Not exactly gender equality one is looking for though lol.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Empire of the Sun

One of my favourite films is 'Empire of the Sun' so when I entered the FITG challenge, I made sure to include the book on my list. Based on J.G. Ballard's own childhood, this novel tells the story of a boy's life in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A story of war, starvation and survival.

I found it hard to rate this book and even harder to review it. I found this book an uncomfortable read, not in a 'it made me want to blind myself' but more in a 'got under your skin and stays with you' sort of way. So I suppose I could call it 'profound'. There is no doubt that this book is a mesmorising read, and once I hit my stride, I read the book in a night. It's a strange mixture of autobiography and fiction, which makes you wonder where Jim starts and Ballard begins (thankfully my edition had an essay by Ballard summing up his experience which gives you further insight).

Because of my love for the film, it's hard for me not to compare and contrast. The book is definitely much darker and deeper than the film. Through the language, Ballard portrays subtle nuances about situations and hidden depths to characters (minor oneces especially) which could never translate to screen. We're more connected to the world and to Jim with the book. Jim's hunger, hallucinations and desperation to survive in the cruel world of Shanghai and the camps resonate more, with the language of the book reflecting his state of being.

Yet, although in some aspects I felt closer to the world of Jim via the book, I found the book didn't resonate or have the impact that I felt the film had for me. Perhaps Jim's numbness translated more via the text, but I felt no emotionally connection to the people in Jim's world like I did with the film. In the book, there is just a sort of desperation which in the end isn't as nicely or touchingly resolved/relieved like in the film. There is no happy reunion with his parents only this: "Jim had wanted to explain to his parents everything that he and the doctor had done together, but his mother and father had been through their own war. For all their affection for him, they seemed older and far away".

Ballard is an exceptional writer and the book in itself is excellent, if only for the impact it has on you as a reader. It won't touch the heart like the film does, but certainly this book will resonate with you. So I'm giving it four moons!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It was mentioned by some readers (the lovely WhiteRabbit) that they would like to see some of my writing. Although I'm wary about posting stuff on the internet (i've had stuff plagarised before), I thought I'd start posting some shorts and poems and see how it goes.

Below is a poem I've written a good while ago, and one I actually love (which is rare for me), sadly no one else (editors) seemed to share my lurv lol. So here you go: Emo away :)

Quite a masterpiece I know. lol.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Year and some resolutions

Belated Happy New Year!!

Apologies for the quiet, it's been a busy December and looks to be a busy January too.

As some of you know I have a list of things to do (203 things to do before I kick it).

One of which is to keep a new year resolution.

So I thought I should list my resolutions for this year:

1. Lose Weight/get healthier
2. End my singleness (i.e. be in a relationship for longer than 10 secs)
3. Complete 15 203 things to do before I kick it
4. Complete 15 FITG Books
5. Progress with PhD (study 1 complete and study 2 possibly)
6. Complete DarkShines
7. Complete Stephen Fry's Poetry Exercises
8. Start Collection of poems
9. Start collection of short stories

Quite a few I know, probably would be more realistic to have one or two. Aw well, maybe I'll luck out and at least complete one.

So more importantly amazing readers,

What are your resolutions for the new year??

P.S. If anyone has time, could they send positive thoughts/prayers my way 11th January? I have an interview for a wonderful scholarship (which could change my life and place of residence for a year)!?! Thank you Kindly!

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