A Picture of a Man

A Picture of a Man

There’s an amazing scene in the film M by Fritz Lang* where a serial killer of children is put on trial by the local criminal fraternity and the parents of those he has murdered. They decide, not surprisingly, that he must die for his crimes. And in the scene, the murderer, Beckert, played wonderfully by the wonderful Peter Lorre, tells them all that they cannot kill him, in fact they have no right to try him at all, because he is a man. Continue reading “A Picture of a Man”

Montgomery Clift is Homeless

Montgomery Clift is Homeless

I wrote a poem. Well I think it’s a poem, I’m not sure. I don’t really knjow what a poem is. Anyway I wrote it on my way home from O’Bheal, the poetry night in The Long Valley. They were launching the book Looking at the Stars, edited by Kerrie O’ Brien for which the proceeds were going to helping the homeless.

In O’Bheal there is an exercise where you write a poem that contains some words that are provided. Continue reading “Montgomery Clift is Homeless”

Clinton v. Trump

Clinton v. Trump

Mark posted this article by Michael Moore on Facebook, so I read it. 

I’m glad I did. Moore makes a very compelling case.

It’s depressing, because I love that friggin’ country, and the global ramifications are frightening. But I do wonder if the great socio-historical experiment in democracy that is the United States of America is coming to a wind-down. A bit like Weimar Germany. And yes, I am aware of Godwin’s Law. Continue reading “Clinton v. Trump”

A Good Day for Ireland

A Good Day for Ireland

I was delighted with the sudden news today that Enda Kenny and Michéal Martin put their Civil War differences aside and will form a national government next week, for the good of all Irish people, especially those in need, and the homeless.

Fair play to Enda Kenny, in particular to offer the first 6 months of the rotating office of Taoiseach to the Fianna Fáil leader. And also a lot of praise had to go to Michéal who offered the office of Táiniste to Gerry Adams and congratulated him for his role in the Peace Process. Continue reading “A Good Day for Ireland”

1916, Some Questions

1916, Some Questions

Did I celebrate or commemorate 1916? No, I didn’t go to any of the organised events.

Did I boycott the events, taking the view that the Rising was neither justified nor effective? No, I didn’t. I’m unsure about my feelings. I’m not great on those commemorations anyway, especially those organised by the establishment (whatever that is). I had other things on.

Speaking of Boycott, wasn’t he a 19th Century absentee British landlord who evicted his tenants over some Land League organised action of theirs, the kind of persecutions that the Republicans rose up against in 1916? Yes, that’s the fellow.

So, they were justified in The Rising? I don’t know. Continue reading “1916, Some Questions”

So I voted… Green.

So I voted… Green.

I voted for the Green Party candidate, Lorna Bogue, today. Lorna is 24, she’s from Limerick originally and graduated from UL a couple of years ago with a degree in music and dance (I know – a perfect education to enter the tippy-tappy world of Irish politics).

She is an advocate for environmental issues, climate change reversal in particular, as well as a fairer economy, an end to Direct Provision, repeal of the 8th amendment etc. Continue reading “So I voted… Green.”