The silly holiday weekend has now come to an end. Not that public holidays* themselves are silly, but the reason for this one is a based on a load of mythological claptrap, starting with the death of a Middle-Eastern magician, and ending with his resurrection a couple of days later. At some point after this … Continue reading Christ has Risen! Let’s Celebrate with Some Slavery and Environmental Destruction
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16 Thus goes one of the most well-known quotes from the world's biggest-selling work of fiction, The Bible. I noticed this quote in an ad for some … Continue reading Happy Crucifixion
I started the notes for this piece last week. It might appear timely considering the deeply saddening events in Paris earlier this week, but it is purely coincidental. The more mundane reason that the topic of fire has been on my mind is because I recently went through fire safety training at work (again). While … Continue reading Let it Burn – It’s Cheaper
As those of you in Ireland have no doubt noticed, this past weekend featured our national holiday, the much-feted St Patrick's Day. Celebrated around the world by green-clad drunken imbeciles, puking and pissing on the streets and getting into fights outside fast-food restaurants, it is the embodiment of the most negative of Irish stereotypes. All … Continue reading The False Prophet of Ireland
When picking up the newspaper on Saturday morning, a theme splashed across the tabloid headlines momentarily caught my eye. Most of the rancid redtop were carrying the headline 'Isis Party Girl' or some drivel like that. I skimmed the article about the subject in the actual newspaper (not front page news), and learned that these headlines … Continue reading Illegitimate State of Ignorant Savages
I was actually oblivious to the fact that Carnival takes place this week until somebody texted me last night about pancakes. Though Carnival is a grand festival in many parts of the world, most notably Venice, New Orleans, and Brazil, in Ireland it is simply commemorated by way of stuffing our faces with pancakes. I … Continue reading Ashes in the Spring
By this stage, most people will have finished buying whatever sweatshop-manufactured knickknacks that have been shoved down their throats by ads over the last few months. Many, perhaps most, families then undertake the ruse that these precious things were delivered by a benevolent entity undercover of darkness, three days after the Winter Solstice. Families that … Continue reading Happy Consumerism! – Part 5
Have you ever watched The Supervet? It's bloody great. There's not much else to follow on TV, but this is a wonderful show. Though I don't catch it every week, I heard an ad for it while the TV was on in the background one evening this week, which reminded me that I had planning … Continue reading It’s a Miracle!
Along with the Presidential Election this coming Friday, voters in Ireland will also be asked to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment. This has been generally referred to as the 'Blasphemy Referendum', as the proposal is to remove the word blasphemy from Article 40.6.1 of the constitution. But what implications does this actually have? Let's … Continue reading Blasphemy! Blasphemy I say!
Yesterday while queuing in the supermarket I briefly cast my eye over the magazine rack, astounded by the amount of absolute bilge on display. One publication stood out from the rest of the tripe, The Irish Wedding Diary. I had already realised that the whole wedding thing is a massive industry, but never realised there … Continue reading You are not special.