Archive for July, 2008

Spotted at Temple Bar…

… Mexican-themed stag party!

Mexican stag party

Well, it’s nearly impossible to walk past Temple Bar during the weekends without coming across at least a couple of hen/stag parties. For some reason, Dublin seems to be very popular for such events. Maybe the restaurants here are more tolerant in accepting a rowdy group of friends who are also very likely to have had a few drinks before the dinner? Maybe there are more choices of bar in the city? Maybe they’re becoming part of the “attractions” of the city? ;-)

Spot the groom who’s standing out like a sore thumb in his lovely pink tutus among a bunch of macho Mexican poncho wearing friends. He even grinned and waved at me after spotting me taking this group shot, lol…

Profundity of the day


Seen in the window of Russell’s pub in Ranelagh

Ranelagh Film Club

The Last Time Poster

Happiness Poster

Howard Linnane is screening The Last Time and Happiness as part of his film club this week, followed by a Q&A with yrs truly. In Russells of Ranelagh, Wednesday 9th July at 2 o’clock, free entry. If you’re there, do say hello.

Clips from both films here

The main feature is ‘The Hollywood Librarian‘ (dir Ann Seidl; 2007, U.S.), a full-length documentary examining the cinematic stereotypes of the librarian in American films down through the years, including clips from the films linked by commentary from Seidl.

Mandela’s birthday messages

You may be aware that Nelson Mandela turns 90 this year. In just about 10 days or so as a matter of fact. This is the man who have fought against apartheid, campaigns tirelessly for peace, raising awareness of children’s needs, spearheading Nelson Mandela Foundation, etc.

In celebration of his birthday, Unicef Ireland, The Sunday Times and An Post are working together, to bring you an opportunity to send your birthday message to Mandela.

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela

If you’re a reader of The Sunday Times, you would have received a freepost postcard in the newspaper that you can use to send your personal message. Otherwise, you may have been approached at train/tram stations in the city by volunteers who are helping to distribute the postcards.

If you haven’t got a postcard and would like to send a message nonetheless, you can also do so through Unicef’s online message portal. Otherwise, I also have some spares (I am one of the above-mentioned volunteers), so email me at lil.metblogs[at] and I can organise to get one (or a few) over to you.

Irish Times online for free

I was away for barely a few days on a short holiday, to return and found my regular online newpaper site i.e. The Irish Times, is now available for free. I’ve been accessing the premium contents in the last few years without having to pay anything, thanks to the availability of institution subscription where I work. But now, it’s no longer subscription restricted. Good news for all non-subscribers!

Not only had the structure changed, the domain name is also different now. What was previously hosted on is now transferred to and is now a beta site akin to something of a travel site. They could be tinkering about to change it as time goes too.

The Irish Times

The layout of the new Irish Times site is very much like other online news site, rather blog like at the top with constant updates. Scroll down though, and you will find special features, digital newspaper (payment required!), news archive, email service etc.

What about the all important crossword puzzless? A special subscription is now in place for it. Gahhh! I am not liking this new site very much anymore. It has taken away one of my life’s little joy during my morning coffee break… I know, it’s not that expensive to be a member of the Crossword Club, but on account of principle (and budget), I’ll forgo it and I guess I’ll just have to search for other online crosswords as substitutes.

Some changes are for the better, some not quite so. Ah well, you win some, you lose some…

Dublin’s Urban Beach

Bij over in Paris Metblogs had just written about Paris Plage (well, sort of) a couple of days ago, and today, upon returning from my holiday, I received an email from a friend about our very own Urban Beach, which is actually starting today!

So does that mean, this year, we beat Paris in the race for a beach in the city? ;-)

Urban Beach

Of course, Paris (among other cities) was the source of inspiration for such an event. Afterall, this is only the first time that a “beach” is brought into our fair city. Otherwise, it’s a short DART ride to Bray or other urban villages along the Dublin coastline and we’re in money for some seaside fun.

However, I think we may have up the ante a little, that the Urban Beach is not just about having some space to sit on sand and getting a tan. Instead, there are dance evenings organises, and between salsa, samba, tango and the likes, we’re venturing into the summer culture of Latin American. Throw in a few cocktails and it will be hot, hot, hot!

If only the weather holds up, of course. As much as we love it here, we also know the unpredictable nature of our skies, even at the height of summer. It’s July and we’re getting downpour even yesterday like nobody’s business. It’s quite unfair really. I really think we deserve at least 22-25°C with bright sunny spell all day long.

At least for a couple of weeks while Urban Beach is running?

Ps: Happy 4th of July to all our American readers!

Dublin Metblogs on Twitter

In order to provide our readers the best service, Dublin Metblogs is available to follow on twitter as of now.

The link (, follows us and we’ll follow you.

Happy Twittering!!

Update: And if you don’t know what twitter is, its a tough question to explain in one line, so check this out – Twitter in Plain English (LINK)

Also, if you know of any essential Dublin Twitter feeds we should follows, let us know.

Dublin Cine-Cafe


I went to one of Howard’s screenings in Russell’s pub in Ranelagh last month – it was fun, he showed two shorts and Godard’s La Chinoise to mark the anniversary of May ’68. Rather than cutting-and-pasting the info in the document he sends out to his mailing list, I’m posting a screengrab of the actual mail as it gives a flavour of the rather wonderful, very intense film fan that is Howard Linnane. I love that “4:30 to 6:15 or so”.

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