The Man with no Friends

Category: dublin

GOOD GUYS BAD GUYS

Once upon a time it was easy to know who the good guys were. They were the people who were dying and going to prison defending free speech. They were the ones who stood up and said what needed to be said regardless of the consequences to themselves and we ,of course, respected and admired them because of this. But things have changed -things have changed a lot since then.

Once upon a time we all knew who the good guys were. They were the people who were dying for what they believed in. Now the only people making sacrifices , huge personal sacrifices to the point of risking their own lives are the ‘ racists ‘ , ‘fascists’ and bad guys. Once upon a time we all knew who the good guys were. They were the ones who stood up and spoke the truth no matter if people wanted the truth or not. They were the ones who were presecuted and ostrasized but stood their ground because it is never easy to stand up for the truth , for what is right , they understood that doing the right thing was never popular….

But things have changed ……

This man is going to be murdered , and he will not be the first democratically elected politican to be murdered for critizing islam. Politicians , artists , film makers , journalists have been murdered for saying what this man says. This has happened many times before and will no doubt happen again . But something has changed……you see , in the past every anti fascist would have stood shoulder to shoulder with such people – they would have considered it their duty and honor to do so……but things have changed. Things have changed terribly…….

Once upon a time we all knew who the fascist were….they were the ones who tried to silence free speech , they were the ones who murdered elected politician and journalists and anyone else to dared to question their fascist ideology. But things have changed. Yes , thing indeed have changed. It is getting dangerous to say anthing that questions the New European Order.  It is not a good time to be an honest journalist No , this is not a good time to be good….This is not a good time to hope or dream great dreams. This is a time to be quiet …..this is a time to be quiet and careful , very  very careful of what you say. This is a time like no other ….This is a time to keep your mouth shut and to look over your shoulder ….

No , this is not a time to dream – this is a time to weep.

 

…….and to remember…..there will be a time to bare witness.

 

WHAT DOES AN IRISH NEO FASCIST LOOK LIKE?

Well they look something like this….

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A couple of weeks ago these fine men turned up in O’Connell Street in Dublin to beat up some fascists…if they had been living in Germany in the 30’s they would no doubt have been out looking for Jews.. or back in the 50’s they probably would have been more than happy to chase gays…..There were hundreds , literally hundreds of them.  If you didn’t know any better , if I published this picture with no comment , you might think this was some BNP rally….they have that look about them – don’t you agree?

There are no stupid people. That’s one thing I have learned from life…..there are no fools and we don’t have to be told what these men really want. We all know exactly what is going on here.  These are men who are trying to prove something to themselves and each other. As it turned out the day was a huge propaganda victory for Pegida…..the sight of these thugs running up and down O’Connell Street looking for fascist left no one in doubt as to who the fascist really were…..Like I say , people are not quite as stupid as some choose to belive they are…..or indeed , pretend to be themselves….

 

 

PEGIDA IRELAND AND THE NEW FASCISM

A few weeks ago I attended an ‘anti fascist’ rally in Dublin. Like most , if not all of these rallies , it was quite intimidating and that indeed was the whole point ……hundreds of thugs  rushed up and down O’Connell Street looking for ‘fascists’ ……I stood there for over two hours horrified at what I was witnessing – I never thought I would live to see the day when when hundreds of thugs would be permitted to take over the main street of my home town like this. These ‘anti fascist’ were intent on doing what Hitler and his SA thugs had done on the streets of Germany in the thirties-ie silence any opposition to the new order.

 

There is a new kind of fascism spreading all over Europe. Anti semitc , anti free speech , anti democaratic. The New European Order where sharia law will rule the land and intolerance will become the new watchword. Free speech and free thought will have no place in the new Europe. As a life long socalist and liberal I have watched the left in recent years abandon every liberal progressive principle they once believed in and embrace a new and dangerous fascism – perhaps more dangerous than Hitler fascism because this time the fascists might really win.

Today the ‘anti fascist’ are the only true fascists. There is no such thing as the ‘ regressive left’. When the left abandon free speech and tolerance they no longer are the left. They have abandoned the working class and the poor and every liberal / progressive principle they ever had. The truth is they have only contempt for the poor and the working class.

The Immigration Council of Ireland are ‘concerned’ with the growing oppositon to this new fascism. They call it ‘racism’ to oppose this new fascism or indeed to even dare to question the new order. But it is of course much easier to slander people than to deal with the actual facts.

 

MUSLIM IRELAND

 

 

SEOIRSE BODLEY CHAMBER CYMPHONY NIRC NEW IRISH RECORDING CO.

Seoirse Bodley’s Symphony for Chamber Orchestra , New Irish Recording Co. NIRC 1974. One of the rarest Irish records ever this is impossible to find. Also features pieces by Arthur Duff , ‘Echos of Georgian Dublin / Meath pastoral”. The chamber symphony is available on cd (lyric) but the vinyl is the original recording  and there is no comparison between it and the 2 later cd releases. If you have any information about the NIRC record label please get in touch – no matter how trivial it may be I would be delighted to hear from you. Also if anyone has any LP’s /cd’s by Irish Composers I would be interested in them.

You can see some other Irish classical recording from the NIRC label here.

DUBLIN BAY SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC H400

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A view of Dublin Bay from the Shelly Banks taken with a Sony Cyber-Shot dsc h400.

SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC H400 63 optical zoom

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A few days ago I bought myself a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC H400. This is a photo of the lake in St. Stephens Green in Dublin. The real selling point of this camera is its 63 optical zoom augmented by a digital zoom which goes as high as 200 zoom.

 

 

DUBLIN BAY SHELLY BANKS

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Some views of Dublin Bay which is about 5 minutes from Ringsend where I live.

 

 

 

GREAT SATURDAY NIGHT SWINDLE

I am looking for a copy of an LP record called  The Great Saturday Night Swindle. It was released on the CBS label in 1977. It was an Ireland only release. If you have a copy that you would like to sell let me know. I had a copy of this album about 15 years ago but got rid of it because the cover was in poor condition. I though I could just root around and pick up another copy but 15 years later I’m still rooting and have not  found another copy yet.

LUMP

About 10 days ago , it was a Sunday , I was in the shower and found a lump on my hip. It is about the size of a golf ball. I’m an old guy so naturally I thought it might be cancer. The fact that I already have a couple of cancer like symptoms did not reassure  me in any way. I don’t have a doctor and haven’t  been to a hospital in maybe thirty years and am a great believer in the wise old saying , ” Ignore it and it will go away”. It has always worked in the past and I’m still here. The reason I am telling you all this is simply that this is the only interesting thing  that has happened since I last updated this blog. Now there is something important I have to say at this point – Please don’t email/message me/comment that I should go and have it checked out. I don’t need good advice and I wouldn’t take it anyhow. If on the other hand you want to make a 10 euro contribution to my funeral expenses that’s a different kettle of fish altogether……..

If , over the next few months 500 people were to read this post and send me 10 euros each I would be laughing. There  is , as it happens , a very nice phono cartridge on Ebay for just over 5,000 sterling which I quite fancy. I have an excellent Denon DL 102 mono cartridge which does everything I want it to do ( a classic warm mono sound) but it would be nice to have the Koetsu JP mc cartridge.  It’s all a matter of priorities. I like the old vinyl. I like the look and the feel of it and at its best there really  is nothing that sounds quite like it. But all this in neither here nor there and besides  I’m sure there are men of ninety  out there who are covered with lumps and are  as healthy as horses……

All of this is of course preamble to the fact that I don’t have anything interesting to say. Nothing of interest ever happens to me and I don’t do anything interesting myself  -hence this rambling blog post that seems to be heading nowhere……….I could of course lie. I could claim that I’m busy doing this that and the other………I could make myself sound far more interesting than I really am. I could , as Billy Connolly  say’s , make myself sound exotic. I could take on a new persona , start a new blog and make everyone envious of my wonderful life as I suspect some blogger do. I could be young , handsome , professional not to mention neo-liberal  and superficially cool with a dockside apartment to prove it. I could be SOMEONE. Unfortunately all of this requires effort and I’m rather lazy – so there you are.

I have often thought of getting myself a box and going into the city center and standing on it at the corner of St. Stephens Green and Grafton Street. I imagine myself with arms raised just  like Peter Finch in Network.….telling everyone who passes that we are all going to hell , that everything is pointless – or whatever else happens to come into my head. I could stand there with my longish grey hair and unhealthy complexion  shouting whatever rubbish comes into my head. Young people would stop and video me on their mobile phones and put me up on Youtube.  I might , if I shouted loud enough and talked enough rubbish go viral…….And of course , I could report what happens  each day on my blog. I actually think I would be quite good at this. But even if I was hopeless I probably would be regarded as an eccentric or a CHARACTER. There used to be a lot of such people wandering around Dublin in the old days.  One of the most famous was a man known  as BANG BANG. He was really famous , everyone , every school child knew of BANG BANG even if they never saw him. Back in the 50’s and 60’s Dublin buses had an open platform at the back and BANG BANG would hop on to this platform if a bus slowed down and point a big key he used to carry with him at the passengers and go BANG BANG. The passengers would pretend to be shot or shout back ” You missed”. Then when the bus pulled up at traffic lights he would jump off and get on another bus.

There was also a man called Johnny  Forty  Coats because of all the coats he used to wear. He didn’t do anything , he just had lots of coats on him. And yet another man was  called Hairy Lemon. All these men were nothing short of legends and are still remembered fondly by Dubliners  to this day.  I have always wanted to be legend and after all it would be something to do , wouldn’t  it. Let me know what you think.

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