Monday, April 17, 2006

bitesize bullets


UPCOMING : For those of you on tenderhooks for the conclusion of “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” which I started last week, I will publish it on Wednesday. I generally think it best not to publish much more than 2000 words in one day so I split the story in two.

RISING : Even though it is a predominately Catholic country, when Irish people use the phrase “Easter Rising”, it has nothing to do with Jesus Christ whatsoever. They are referring to an attempted rebellion against the English in 1916. Alas, fifty words are nowhere near enough to explain its consequences. Try here.

HOLIDAY : An even more significant non-religious consequence of Easter for Irish people is the fact that it results in that amazing event known as a “Bank Holiday weekend”, which basically means the entire country shuts down for over a week! Well it takes a long time to pray you know!

TUNES : In keeping with the “one album wonder” theme I started last week, I now listen to a cassette called “Infected” by a group with the innovative name of “The The”. By the way, this feature could last a while – I have about 600 cassettes to choose from!

LINK : I have a very easy choice for my link shout-out this week. Muchos gracias to Fiona at Mental Meanderings for her kind words about these very bitesize bullets last Monday. It sent quite a high volume of blog traffic in my direction.

NEXTBLOGGING : I forgot about this feature the last two weeks! This time hitting the “Next Blog” button brought me here. It’s obviously set up to promote one of Madeira’s swinging hotspots. For the life of me I can’t work out why they think this blog will bring them business.

DEPRAVITY : I will let your imagination get to work on the kind of Google phrases I must leave out of my final bullet every week. Suffice to say their depraved searches all include the word “shag”. I sincerely hope they DON’T find what they are looking for, the sick bastards.

RENTAL : Last week’s DVD rental by mail was called “Red Eye” and starred Irishman Cillian Murphy as the principal baddie. His American accent is impressive, and the plot keeps you going, but there’s a major anticlimax. Still, I’d say it’s just about worth renting overall.

“And I must be
An acrobat
To talk like this
And act like that
And you can dream
So dream out loud
…don’t let the bastards grind you down”

U2, “Acrobat”, from “Achtung Baby”

GOOGLING : Latest phrases to lead people here include …

“failed driving test three times”

“easter clues hunts poems”

“where does the term bleeding heart liberal come from?”

“what is the proper way to carry a rugby ball”

“male nurse veteran poem”

I hope they all found what they were looking for.

StatWatch and Google phrases of the week courtesy of


Damien Mulley said...

Cillian is from Cork and lived *points around corner* there. He's no Dub.

JL Pagano said...

Apologies Damien! I have made the appropriate corrections and my entire research team have now been sacked!

My error is as much a testament to his good Dub accent in Intermission as it is to my lack of preparation!

For those to whom this makes no sense, I originally suggested Cillian Murphy was from Dublin, when in actual fact he is from Cork. This is as at least as bad a faux pas as calling a Canadian an American, a New Zealander an Aussie, or dare I say it, an Irishman a Brit.

Anna said...

"We apologise again for the fault in the subtitles. Those
responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked
have been sacked."

Anonymous said...

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