VULGO weekend tip: tune in to Joe O'Byrne's "Yardstick", starring Saoirse Ronan, this Sunday evening.
VULGO Weekend tip: tune in to “Yardstick”, Joe O’Byrne’s original teenage radio drama on RTE Radio One this Sunday evening.
Today, April 1st, is the inspirational Percy Lovegrove’s 90th Birthday. Lucky for us, his entertaining memoir, An Auld Cockle Picker, the autobiography of a well-traveled man, is available from our diarist at Sweny’s Joycean Chemist, 1 Lincoln Place, where Percy is ‘writer in residence’.
There is no time to be embarrassed, no time to worry, only the few minutes during which you must think on your feet. How will you draw a cheeseburger who wants to take over the world?
Inside the box of light suspended in the darkness. I found myself in the space I did not believe existed. In the room high above O’Connell Street. I felt suddenly self-conscious as it was getting dark and there were no blinds to observe and stay unobserved. The scene was made from concentrate; lifted high enough to fit half a street into my field of vision, the fast moving lights and noise of traffic mingled with human voices pulled me inside the eye of universe.
“From immemorial time the shores of Japan have been swept, at irregular intervals of centuries, by enormous tidal waves, tidal waves caused by earthquakes or by submarine volcanic action. These awful sudden risings of the sea are called by the Japanese “tsunami.” On the evening of June 17, 1896, a wave nearly two hundred miles long struck the northeastern provinces of Miyagi, Iwate, and Aomori, wrecking scores of towns and villages, ruining whole districts, and destroying nearly thirty thousand human lives. “
To celebrate her birthday on Monday 21st, I wanted to add my tribute to Nora. At around the same age, I took the boat for England with my equally inexperienced young man, I was just married, Nora was not. Her man would not even acknowledge her presence on the quayside as they boarded from different gangplanks in case his family would notice. How brave was she!
More thought needs to be given to the what and the how of public art, not least its maintenance and conservation. But I won’t be holding my breath.