Thursday 31 December 2015

2015

I was hoping to get 12 key pictures from the year, ideally one from each month, but in the end I couldn’t bring myself to remove any more and I still had a few missing months. I started with about 250 proper favourites and after a number of rounds of fairly savage cuts this is what’s left. I’m pretty happy with most of them, just a bit disappointed that none of the pictures of the basking sharks in Achill, the Pine Marten in Mullingar or the Squirrel who climbed up my leg to stare into my camera, were good enough to make it past the cut.

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One should take heed – those are bullet holes. Sign by the firing range at Gormanston camp. February.

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Planks on the wooden bridge out to the North Bull wall. March.

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Squirrel in the Botanic Gardens. April.

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Grand Canal Docks. Quite a photogenic spot when the light is right. April.

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Royal Canal in Longford, between Ballymahon and Richmond Harbour. April.

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The Blue Bridge on the Great Western Greenway, near Achill. May.

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Peak Hipster, South Great George’s Street. But also fabulous. May 2015, obviously enough.

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The cutest bug I ever did see. In the Botanic Gardens, where else? June.

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Tracks through the ripening wheat in Hazelhatch.Or maybe it’s barley. August.

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The Rise of the Machines – overlooking the red Luas Line on the way to the Point. October.

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I have a thing about high contrast shots of daisies. This one is on the (new) Old Rail Trail near Mullingar. October.

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Cobh looking timeless. November.

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Fin whale off Tramore. November. Not impressive? That spout is about 6m in height, fin whales are bigger than buses.

Sunday 4 October 2015

A Short Graffiti Walk Around Cork City Center

I was down in Cork for the weekend and took a short walk around to see if there was anything new on the Graffiti scene.

The old Camden Palace has had a refresh of some of the art work since I was last here. ADW’s Wonka Tan and a few others have been replaced with some new stuff, and Nol’s corner piece has grown substantially since I hast saw this. Foundry’s unmasking/balaclava piece is pretty special. 

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Around the front there are some stand alone pieces from Psychonautes.

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Around the corner Foundry has updated The face of Tomorrow with another similar piece, unfortunately the door that The Face of Tomorrow on was in the wrong place and I couldn’t get it to move so there’s a lot of this new piece missing in this shot unfortunately.

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The empty lot where the GPH/Sir Henry’s used to be now has a hoarding with this Hendrix quote about Rory Gallagher as the only indication that there might be some musical heritage about this spot.

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I also finally got to see Fin DAC’s piece on the wall of the Kino on Washington Street. Very impressive, huge and bloody hard to photograph because of all the cars that park along that section. That’s why the perspective is a bit mad in these. Cool T-Shirt there, wonder whatever came of that support act.

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Guerilla Street Signs FTW just around the corner on Little Hanover Street.

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High Voltage Bubbles near South Main St.

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And  a couple of pieces by Eoin around the back of the Crane Lane.

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Sunday 27 September 2015

I can’t believe I’m still protesting about this shit.

It’s that time of the year again, late September, so we get to march yet again to demand that our state addresses the huge issues of inequality and hypocrisy that are enshrined in our constitution because of the 8th amendment. And I’ll continue to be here, marching until we finally get that abomination out of our constitution. Oh and also shouting at politicians. Since there seems to be almost no difference between their economic policies these days ( Austerity for All!!, vote against it and get it anyway!!) I’m turning into a single issue voter – either commit to repealing the 8th, and working for it, or get lost.

The 2015 Abortion Rights Campaign March for Choice kicked off from the Garden of Remembrance at about 2:30PM on Saturday. By the time we all got moving it pretty much stretched the length of O’Connell Street.

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The atmosphere was very good with great speakers at the start and end, and fantastic weather for it. It seemed to me that there were more people than last year at the start but the numbers did dwindle before we reached Merrion Square for some reason.

The odd route might partially explain it, it felt long and lots of people were confused. After O'Connell Street we turned left down the North Quays past the Custom House, crossing over the Matt Talbot bridge before connecting up with Westland Row via Lombard Street and then looping around the eastern edge of Merrion Square. The Luas Cross City work probably had a lot to do with that but nobody seemed to know so it felt odd. There were also some traffic delays around Butt Bridge for some reason, and a car burning across the Liffey to add a bit of drama. By the time the speeches started at Merrion Square I did a quick count and reckoned there were non more that about 2500 people still there but as I said I suspect we lost a lot of the crowd along the way. The speakers were great, Tara Flynn as the MC had me in tears and I certainly wasn’t alone in that. It’s just appalling that we have to keep coming back to this.

There was no trouble, or counter protests that I could see, apart from the one crazy Christian shouting from the top of his soap box on Talbot Street. But he comes down from the North every Saturday to do a bit of yelling at everyone so he doesn’t really count. The poor chap is a bit of an obsessive.

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And the placards were superb.

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The best picture of the day for me was this one taken in front of the Conservative Catholic Cook Club’s Crazy Clown Car HQ ( No 23 Merrion Square to its friends).

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And this guy was pretty cool.

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More placards.

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And there were lots of organizations and banners.

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