Monthly Archives: October 2008

A Declaration Of Fidelity And Loyalty

Having had my application for a certificate of naturalisation granted by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, I went to District Court this morning.

In front of a judge I declared and subscribed my fidelity to the Irish nation and my loyalty to the State.

The next step in the process is to post the signed declaration along with the relevant fee to the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. I will then receive a Certificate of Naturalisation and an Irish Passport.

Three and a half years after applying for naturalisation and eleven years after moving to Ireland, I will become an Irish citizen.

My First Marathon

26.21875 Miles
42.195 Kilometers
138,435 Feet

2008 Lifestyle Sports – Adidas Dublin Marathon, 27 October 2008, Race Number 8797.

‘Pre-race nerves.’

11,400 runners.  Large crowds.  Cold temperatures. 

Slow start.  Weaving through the crowd of runners.

Settling in.  8 minute pace.  Phoenix Park.  Great weather.  Water stations.  Sweat.  Energy drinks.

10km – 00:54:14

8 minute pace.  More water stations.  Open road.  More sweat.  More water.  More energy drinks.  Energy gels.

The half-way point – 01:50:33

Sore legs.  Tired muscles.  More water.  More sweat.  Larger crowds.  Cheering.  Fatigue.

30km – 02:37:11

The ‘wall’.  Pain.  Relax.  Concentrate.  More water.  More energy drinks.  More energy gels.  Gummy bears.

More sweat.  Leg cramps.  9 minute pace.  Arm cramps.  10 minute pace.  Back cramps.  Dizziness.  More pain.

‘How am I going to finish?’  I have to finish.  Keep going.  Focus.  Calm.  Strength.  Power.  More water.  More pain.

The 26th mile.

Pain.  Suffering.  Cramping.  11 minute pace.  More pain.  More suffering.  More cramping.

The finish line – 03:48:47

‘I did it!’

Place overall – 2765
Category – Men 35
Place in Category – 489

The Day Mithrandir Lost Control

Brady Bunch Daughter Tells Of Drug Battles

Marcia Brady, the teen icon in the 1970s in ‘The Brady Bunch’, has talked about her battle with drugs in a new book.

Reuters reports that Brady’s book ‘Here’s The Story’ was published in the US this week with the legend writing about her addiction to cocaine, pills and mushrooms after the television show was cancelled.

Marcia, now 52, writes: “My life was a whirlwind of experimentation and searching that evolved into a grim spiral of avoidance, denial and self-destruction.”

“Sometimes I wonder how my life would’ve been different if I’d said no and never done another line of cocaine again. But that’s not what happened. It was as if I had stepped out of my normal shell full of insecurities and worries and into a different and far cooler, mellower, and more fun skin.”

Writing about her fame, she says: “I’ll always be struck by how much a part of people’s lives Marcia is and always will be. And how, whether I like it or not, I’ll always be her, just as she will always be me.

When asked about her view, Marcia’s sister Jan said, “Well, all day long at school, I used to hear how great Marcia was at this or how wonderful Marcia did that! And now, 34 years later it is still, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”

Eraserhead A-Z

A dream of dark and troubling things
Beautiful girl across the hall
Cult Classic
David Lynch
Eraser shavings
Film of the future
Henry Spencer
“In Heaven”
Jack Nance
Lady in the radiator
Mary X
One room apartment
Pencil factory
Twenty-one pages
Urban decay
White noise

Rewind – Ten.0

October – In Rock History

Number One Songs

1959 Mack The Knife – Bobby Darin
1964 (Oh) Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
1965 Yesterday – The Beatles
1970 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
1971 Maggie May – Rod Stewart
1979Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles
1980 Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
1982 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club
1983 Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler
1985 Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
1987Pump Up The Volume – MARRS
1995 Fairground – Simply Red
1996 Setting Sun – The Chemical Brothers
2000 Beautiful Day – U2
2006 I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters
2007Stronger – Kanye West


The Grand Ole Opry opens.


At the age of 21, Bobby Darin becomes the youngest performer to headline at the Copa Room in the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas.


James Brown records ‘Live At The Apollo Theatre’, in Harlem’, which becomes the first R & B album to sell one million copies.


Led Zeppelin II is released in America.


Al Green receives second degree burns when his girlfriend pours a pot of boiling grits over his head while he is in the shower. Minutes later she shoots herself with his gun.


‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ is released by the Sex Pistols.


Paul McCartney receives a rhodium (similar to platinum) medallion from the British government in recognition of the Guinness Book of World Records declaring him as ‘the best selling songwriter and recording artist in history’. In 17 years (since 1962) he was involved with 43 million-selling songs and, in total, sold over 100 million records.


Def Leppard become the first band in chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive LPs with ‘Pyromania’ (1983) and ‘Hysteria’.


Pearl Jam set a first week sales record, selling 950,000 copies of their debut album ‘Ten’.


For the first time in UK Chart history, all of the Top Five songs are new entries. They include:

01. ‘Believe’ – Cher
02. ‘Outside’ – George Michael
03. ‘The Sweetest Thing’ – U2
04. ‘I Just Wanna Be Loved’ – Culture Club
05. ‘Thank You’ – Alanis Morissette

Lehman Brothers Protest

Outraged Lehman Brothers employees staged a protest by blockading the entrance to the bank’s headquarters last month after it’s dramatic collapse amidst the global economic turmoil.

Many of the employees were worried about how they would be able to continue funding their excessive lifestyles following the bank’s demise and subsequent job losses.