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A great leap (or drive) forward

Trip.Mi

A new website has just gone online, offering a secure and sensible way to arrange car-pooling in Ireland. It’s well designed and well thought out, and aside from the obvious benefits of sharing expenses and reducing carbon footprints, any initiative that promotes community-minded solutions like this has to be a good thing.

So go- pool, share, and enjoy!

Zefrank n Jonah A’s n O’s

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Zefrank (of the Zefrank Show) and Jonah Peretti (co-founder of  Huffington Post) are in Dublin giving talks as part of “GO VIRAL WORKSHOP” in Science Gallery (18/19 April), Trinity College about viral media and how they spread across the web. Tonight they organised, more or less, thru’ twitter and facebook a flash mob sorta event, where one needed to write an A or an O on their hand and meet up at Stag’s Head on dame street and follow more instructions from there on. Once people were there, they needed to write the first letter of their first name on a sheet of paper and then try to make up words or 2/3 words poems or if you being very v. creative, with more letters. Check out the video, it was short but great fun:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyZsIZarDQI[/youtube]
Will update when they post the official video.

Red Spandex Mob Running On Streets of Dublin

Around 1 PM today, the shoppers on grafton street were greeted by a mob of men and women wearing red spandex head to toe and face painted in red, having a run from Trinity College to St. Stepehen’s Green.

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It was part of an advertising campaign organized by KICK Communications for Samsung, for a new mobile phone release. Also Tommy Bowe was there as special guest to launch the phone.

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20090402-dsc_0059Thanks to Dena for giving access to get some great shots. More here.

Here’s a video from few weeks ago (not of today’s run)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdpWXxRmA8Q[/youtube]

Sign Of The Times

Seen on Pearse Street. Photo by Oisin Kane (used with permission)
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Happy New Year ’09

Bottom Background Star Courtesy: chopeh

Something For The Weekend

The weekend is fast approaching and you may find yourself short of ideas for things to make and do. If you want to do the former, whip up a batch of toffee apples for distribution next weekend in order to prevent your gaff from being toilet papered/having dog shit posted through your letterbox (depending on which side of the Liffey you lay your head). If you’re more into the idea of finding something worthwhile to do, consider the following:

Why not start the long weekend early by getting your mitts on tickets to see Vampire Weekend at the Ambassador tomorrow night and relive the summer with their irritatingly catchy but lyrically sublime selection of clever tunes. If you still have some fight left in you after this, drop into FibberMagees across the road for a late drink. There’s a great Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute band on at 11pm that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in action before and I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF Ireland) also kicks off tomorrow night encompassing everything from visual art to theatre to film to music. Hightlights over the weekend include SweeTalk in the Sugar Club (Thursday @ 7.30), where €5 will get you an insightful look into the worlds of Dublin’s most infamous street artist, Maser, and hip-hop legend Steinski. On Friday, lo-fi kings M83 supported by Dublin band, Channel One play Vicar Street. Saturday sees a Norwegian invasion at Whelans with the arrival of In The Country and Susanna of Susanna and the Magical Orchestra. After this, get down to Andrews Lane Theatre to dance your socks off to tunes spun by JohnnyMoy and Arveene. The closing party on the bank holiday Sunday is a 3 venue extravaganza incorporating Whelans, Upstairs at Whelans and The Village, with €35 gaining you access all areas and with performances from Laurent Garnier, Fuck Buttons, Chequerboard and Model 500 to name but a few, you’d be mad to miss it.

On Saturday night The Sugar Club plays host to the fantastic Erin McKeown, whose last visit to Ireland a few years ago saw her play to a sellout crowd at The Village. Her razor-sharp, tongue-in-cheek lyrics set to folksy country music is both infectiously catchy and clever at once. Check out the clip below for a sampler.

Happy Bank Holiday!

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Lykke Li Announces Dublin Date

Lykke Li is set to return to Dublin for her second Irish show this year. Her gig in The Sugar Club earlier this year was phenomenal and, since the release of her debut album, Youth Novels, she has developed something of a cult following. She plays The Button Factory on November 24th. Tickets are only €17.00 and go on sale tomorrow morning. These are sure to sell out so snap them up.

Check out the talented lil lady herself in the video below along with El Perro Del Mar (who played support on Lykke Li’s last tour) and some miscellaneous musicians ad-libbing in San Fransisco – great stuff altogether.

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O’Death Free Tickets

So we still have a doublepass to give away for O’Death at Whelans the 25th. O’Death are hard to describe as they combine folky instruments and beards with a attitude that is one part punk, one part hoedown and one part crazy.

For entry into the draw email me at dublinthom@gmail.com the nicest/funniest/most memorable email wins.

listen to them here.

gobsmacker of the day

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Seen in Donnybrook Fair, Baggot St (just before I left, empty-handed and vowing never to return). For our American readers, it converts to $13.10 for 8.818 ounces. That’s some pricey rice…

New writer alert / oops

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Hi

In my enthusiasm, I rather charged in without introducing myself, so here we go: I’m conorh, a former waiter, pizza chef, puppeteer, and geo-electrical surveyor in the Northern Rif Mountains of Morocco. More recently I’ve been a presenter on the late, lamented Jazzfm and now seem to spend most of my time being a flaneur around town. My personal blog is here, my Flickr is here and if you’d like to say hello feel free to drop a line to deadpanfilm at themailofg dotcom.

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