News on the new title ……

Yes!   This Maurice O'Sullivan Aherne.

Maurice O’Sullivan Aherne

I have been asked as to the reason titles and bye-line have changed.   Reason is better explained by using a passage of a parable,

“no man, when he hath lighted a lamp, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but putteth it on a stand…”

The MOSAherne is a contraction of Maurice O’Sullivan Aherne in loving respect to both sides of my family. It also fits ‘neatly’ the name of a grandfather and J. Joyce lookalike, Moss.  I refer to physiognomy and not JJ”s greater global renown.  Though all three of us have had a shared interest…..

with Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier at Shakespeare & Co. in Paris in 1938

 I MAY HAVE POOR EYESIGHT BUT MY GOOD EYE  IS  ALWAYS LOOKING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

Joyce, Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier at Shakespeare & Co. in Paris in 1938.  From author Gisèle Freund.  Source. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University.  Rich but poorly loyal Harriet was back in Blighty probably making the payments.  Poor without the riches Nora was possibly doing the washing.

Back to the topic at hand,

Even on this small planet someone named we’ll say Hieronymus Bosch will have a namesake not so far away.    I have decided to change bye-line and title for the sake of clarity.

I was slow as well to notice that Latin is not the language of the day.  “Questia Omnia” didn’t exactly describe page.  I have had no criticism of the previous titles regarding Seamus the Wolfhound barking; nor would it have made a difference, if I had.

Wolfie quietly  says”Really! Ye don’t say” because maybe it’s about asking some questions and having a BS radar tuned in!  Better late than never! 

By the way, I do like sports.  That’s why I don’t pay much attention to what has replaced it.  See new post coming soon.

 

When asked about a ‘favourite’ book by another site in a top-ten list post-modern way; I authentically said ‘autobiography…..mine’.  My rationalizing has been, that it’s ‘on hold’, until bookstores clear celebrity gossip and pubescent biography.   As the latter may not happen until a nuclear winter, I might require some incentive ……

 

via fishink us-writer

 

My personal journey patiently awaits paper and hard work.   The good shall be named and the bad (you’re ahead of me here)…shamed!.  So upon a night past dark thirty, if fickle Fate doesn’t terminate my subscription; I’ll settle before the blankest of pages and by force of will if nothing else, consign recollections of events going way back  It might require large doses of humour to make it readable or of interest! But hey-it won’t matter, it’ll be for me!

 

A

 

Or as Stephen King has felt…..

“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them: words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. “

  

At any rate,  I hope to get around to the personal sometime but more than likely on another platform.

In the meantime…..

welcome back onboard for more pitch and roll observations on day to day cultural nonsense and possibly some soaring flights.  Strap in!  There’s at least 71% of earthly places still to see in the time that may remain to us.

Refreshments will be served at cruising altitude.

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

INDEX

I’m sure there’s more than what you see below.  Keep that mouse clicking!

 Putting Descartes before the Cheval. 

 0.0000069%

Time, Place and Being.

How Do I Love Thee

Fifty shades of Greenbacks$ and why it’s all…..Bulle!

News on the new title ……

Hard Work. Hard Play. Many States including one of Fatigue!

Mr.Mojo Rising. Light My Fire!

No matter where you go….

Abra Abra cadabra…I wanna reach out n grab ya!

Every Picture Tells a Story…

Reno to Las Vegas

Last word on the SR-71

Are you ready for your close up?. We’re lighting the candle of the lowest bidder!

Not rocket science? Yes-it is!

Just 2000 mile to cover first 5 States. No time for state of chassis. Let’s roll!

A Star in California……

That’s Valet parking!

Taxi for…..Shuttle!

USA, and us.

On the fly….

en savoir sur mes gouts

我在哪裡註冊?Go East Old Man!

Musicality? Taste is either great or not at all!

NOT ONLY …BUT ALSO…in a few of many pics….

Influence

News of Today?

Power, Plumbers, and Paranoia,

Is there no pleasing you?

Ranking

Just back! Quick post

In case I forget……

Cogitationes

Above the Parapet

Miss Cel·Lane O Us

Say what you will……

Karine’s place.

Documentaries/Remark-able

Pride came before the fall.

Plus additions via link

https://mosaherne.wordpress.com/author/mauriceaherne/

for you lucky people

including

Belgian girls are so…….

Regular News!

Keeping it real…….

Lifting the mood?

aRT WORk

Parody or Reality?

The ‘bleedin’ obvious or is it?

It’s not just …….

The main thing is….

D PRESS

IMPRESSIVE!  the technology in the background as well ;-)

Reality Writes More Rivetting Narrative

“One of these nights when the birds aren’t even walking”

Guess where?

Feeling Jung

 © Maurice O’Sullivan Aherne 2013. All rights reserved.

Whereas the following articles are

Copyright of my friends at Lists of Note

Fumblerules of Grammar

The Bookshop

For Characters Who Don’t Dig Jive Talk

New Years Rulin’s

DON’TS FOR WOMEN RIDERS

A Decalogue of Canons

Belief & Technique for Modern Prose.

Rescue Etiquette

Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments

Utopian Turtletop

Better than a dog anyhow

The Don’ts and Be Carefuls

Titles in search of a script

Thelonious Monk’s Advice

The Seven Blunders

The Anti-Flirt Club

When I come to be old

A little bill of fare

Orwell’s Rules for Writers

Hemingway’s Favourites

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Reno to Las Vegas

 

 

 

UNMISTAKABLE geology

UNMISTAKABLE geology

 

 

I must find time to upload shots from the Reno to Las Vegas flight .

Here’s a map to stop you from fidgeting in anticipation!

LAS

 

 

 I see from this LV tourist map that here is a Berlin -I Park and further north the Humboldt river, in Nevada.  I didn’t notice at 31, 000 feet.  Coincidental for the fact that  I was in the Humboldt University Berlin (Alma Mater of Al Einstein & Co) a year or two later.  

While  most of the wonderful names of cities, towns and hamlets, across USCON are a product of imagination rather than significance; I’m guessing that the people of this area gave the river and park it’s nomenclature as a nod to the history of Physics.  There are many  folk around these parts who make their living by knowing quite a lot about it’s Laws

Flying from Reno to Las Vegas Nevada in the airspace of historic flights such as the BellX1, Bell x2, and the remarkable X-15 was significant for me.

Speaking of which………

Here’s just ONE photo at the Smithsonian on the Mall in Washington DC.

COMPOSTION IS IMPORTANT WHEN THE 3 MOST ICONIC AIRCRAFT IN AVIATION HISTORY ARE IN FRONT OF ONE.

COMPOSTION IS IMPORTANT WHEN THE 3 MOST ICONIC AIRCRAFT IN AVIATION HISTORY ARE IN FRONT OF ONE.   X15-foreground.  Apollo 11 re-entry module at 7′oclock.  Lindbergh’s Ryan aircraft at 11o’clock and Yeager’s Bell X-1 at 1o’clock.                                copyright Maurice Aherne 2007.

 

That’s history—-right there!    The 1920′s; the 1940′s; the 1960′s.

Around the corner is the Wright Flyer.  You’re looking at 1903.  Another spot has the Concorde (the Toulouse perfect French version) parked up beside the Boeing DASH.

It would be boring for reader to hear the full story.   If interested -go see-or go check.  I was there 2007 and drawn back to it in 2008.

Four decades earlier people with the ‘right stuff”  Mr. White; Walker; Armstrong; Adams; Crossfield and their ilk, left their breakfast tables, drove to the base, jumped inside one of many machines, flew up to 120,000 feet at 2, 500 miles per hour (greater or lesser) and returned***.If asked about the day, I would imagine it was in their nature to say   “Just routine work at the office honey.  Where are the kids?”

***Some drew a pension and had longevity.  Others didn’t and by definition, hadn’t.

The area beneath the Reno-Las Vegas sky route is littered almost literally with singe marks on an already scorched terrain.  It’s testimony to the fact that bright shiny fast jets do not look well when they augur into ground.

Map showing the location of Yucca Mountain in ...

Map showing the location of Yucca Mountain in southern Nevada, to the west of the Nevada Test Site (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, our commercial flight was piloted much more sedately at 500 knots over the sprawling suburbia of Vegas. Thanks to Captain/First Officer who did a 180 in old air force style to afford the paying customers a better view of the Strip.   Appreciated!

McCarron airport has a little Aviation Hall of Fame that is worth anyone’s twenty minutes. It ought to divert your attention from the banks of slot machines there.  Mind you, if you find yourself with a lever in your hand at this stage you may be in trouble!

Turn back fast and keep the greenbacks for an addiction specialist in LA!

Nellis AFB by the way is at the other end of the Strip- NE of downtown Vegas.  And for good reason!  You don’t want to mix B.1 Lancer’s with Cessna’s and Jet Blue 737′s too often!

 

 

 

  http://sdrv.ms/S89T78

 

The shots in the Skydrive link above are just a few of many.  The order as it runs from the top if I  recall, begin with a once marshy now grid lined  Washington DC ; then on to humid Cape Canaveral Fla; over to scorching  Edwards AFB in the Californian High Desert; then a year later at Cape Canaveral Fla.  Finally across the USCON once more to Nellis AFB. Nevada.

The Los Angeles  are best left as an impressionistic blur.  A blur like much of the city at night.  Daytime is hazy too by the way!

Next (in shot order) is up the Pacific coast to San Francisco and some of it’s hinterland.  Last shot is south of the Bay at the Ames Research Facility in the neighbourhood of Mountain View, which is essentially the epicentre of  Silicon Valley.

 

 

 

Below is the old work horse, the McDonnell Phantom.

Doesn’t the F-4 look magnificent?  It’s like a lady with an unusual feature such as a attractive aquiline nose. That’s simile not sexism.

Very striking!

nellisF-4E-38-MC_Phantom

 

 Simile warning again!

 

Nellis AFB by night, with the high power -low weight teenager, the  F-16.

This would be a confident ‘IT’ girl going out with stilettos as if she were the first girl ever to do so!

 nellis F-16C

Besides plane speaking:

After the third or fourth day in Las Vegas, tear yourself away from the blackjack tables and join a 5 hour excursion to the old atomic sites.  You’ll be radiating with wonder. The dose comes free if you give the Nevada Energy Commission enough notice.  What more d’ ya want?

It would take extra days to enjoy the remote towns of Rachel, Tonopah on the periphery of the ranges.  There are reasons I would like to live here but only for a forthnight or two per year.  It’s the location of battle-hardening aerial manoeuvres including that consummate test for AF aviators worldwide, Red Flag.

That’s Nevada.

Later in distance, time and energy…….the Canyons, National Parks and towns as below.

 

 

Then back to…..Mojave’s High Desert, and

a NASA F-18 displays her finery at Edwards.  Tough 10 hours in the searing heat.  Billions of dollars worth of technology made it interesting though.

 

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Last word on the SR-71

 

 SR-71 Blackbird

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3tvBRs8_qU

 

There are many great museums along the Mall of Washington DC.  The Air and Space Museum is one to glide through slowly.

The Udvar Hazy Museum is a companion facility.  It’s a short drive over the State line into Chantilly Virginia.

SR7I looking more like a caged cat in a museum than a once Mach 3 Super Machine.

SR7I looking more like a caged cat in a museum than a Mach 3 Super Machine.

 

 The SR-71 was polished and shining like a new large toy.  It’s pristine look betrayed the operational wear it had to sustain during it’s service.  Even before it was consigned to this museum, it was set a task- to fly from California to DC- in record time.  

http://airandspace.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?id=A19920072000

 

 

Incidentally, the room in the background (above) at the time I was there ca 2007 -housed the drop test STS Shuttle Enterprise *.  This has been replaced at this museum by STS Discovery post-Operational Service.  The engineless Enterprise has moved to New York on the Hudson aboard the Intrepid floating carrier museum beside 12th Avenue. 

 

 

Another 71 is a stationary star in Merced California.   It’s retirement home is a titanium preserving sun-baked plot at Castle AFB 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater, California, 95301, in the San Joaquin Valley, one hour from Fresno, two hours from Sacramento, and three hours from San Francisco. 

 Castle AFB is itself decommissioned.  It was the home base of B47′S and B 52′s since the 1950′s.

The fastest n highest 'world covering' Blackbird.  "Fear no evil for we are at Mach 3, 80,000feet n climbing"

The fastest and highest global Blackbird. “Fear no evil for we are at Mach 3, 80,000feet and  climbing

 

Less than two decades earlier this aircreaft was flying 2000mph at Fl.level 90,000 ft or 3 x the altitude of your regular commercial flight.  The classified figures are even more impressive I suspect..

Less than two decades earlier this aircraft was flying 2000mph at almost triple the altitude of  regular commercial flight. The classified figures are even more impressive I suspect.

 This bird was the most operational SR-71 and even from Santa Fe Drive, it had the subtle allure of a raven-haired woman in a well cut-dress.

 

I emphasise that it is the aesthetics of aircraft, and the skill of crew (here and elsewhere) that I commend. 

The politics are another thing!

Incidentally residual pride in ‘Irishness’ is rekindled by knowing that some of the elite crew who were involved with this great airframe were connected to the ‘ol sod’. Pat Halloran was one of a few , and moreover had command of the Wing, at a time when classified assignments were at their height.

Here is the SR 71-roster. Check the paternal names here.  As is the case elsewhere in the USA,  the maternal lineage might provide as much connection with others.

http://www.sr71.us/Supp_BBook.htm

Copyright © 1996 Leland R.  Haynes.

SR-71 Blackbird

 

 Communication to Tower

There were a lot of things we couldn’t do in an SR-71, but we were the fastest guys on the block and loved reminding our fellow aviators of this fact. People often asked us if, because of this fact, it was fun to fly the jet. Fun would not be the first word I would use to describe flying this plane—intense, maybe, even cerebral. But there was one day in our Sled experience when we would have to say that it was pure fun to be the fastest guys out there, at least for a moment.

It occurred when Walt and I were flying our final training sortie. We needed 100 hours in the jet to complete our training and attain Mission Ready status. Somewhere over Colorado we had passed the century mark. We had made the turn in Arizona and the jet was performing flawlessly. My gauges were wired in the front seat and we were starting to feel pretty good about ourselves, not only because we would soon be flying real missions but because we had gained a great deal of confidence in the plane in the past ten months. Ripping across the barren deserts 80,000 feet below us, I could already see the coast of California from the Arizona border. I was, finally, after many humbling months of simulators and study, ahead of the jet.

I was beginning to feel a bit sorry for Walter in the back seat. There he was, with no really good view of the incredible sights before us, tasked with monitoring four different radios. This was good practice for him for when we began flying real missions, when a priority transmission from headquarters could be vital. It had been difficult, too, for me to relinquish control of the radios, as during my entire flying career I had controlled my own transmissions. But it was part of the division of duties in this plane and I had adjusted to it. I still insisted on talking on the radio while we were on the ground, however. Walt was so good at many things, but he couldn’t match my expertise at sounding smooth on the radios, a skill that had been honed sharply with years in fighter squadrons where the slightest radio miscue was grounds for beheading. He understood that and allowed me that luxury. Just to get a sense of what Walt had to contend with, I pulled the radio toggle switches and monitored the frequencies along with him. The predominant radio chatter was from Los Angeles Center, far below us, controlling daily traffic in their sector. While they had us on their scope (albeit briefly), we were in uncontrolled airspace and normally would not talk to them unless we needed to descend into their airspace.

We listened as the shaky voice of a lone Cessna pilot who asked Center for a read-out of his ground speed. Center replied: “November Charlie 175, I’m showing you at ninety knots on the ground.” Now the thing to understand about Center controllers, was that whether they were talking to a rookie pilot in a Cessna, or to Air Force One, they always spoke in the exact same, calm, deep, professional tone that made one feel important. I referred to it as the “Houston Center voice.” I have always felt that after years of seeing documentaries on this country’s space program and listening to the calm and distinct voice of the Houston controllers, that all other controllers since then wanted to sound like that and that they basically did. And it didn’t matter what sector of the country we would be flying in, it always seemed like the same guy was talking. Over the years that tone of voice had become somewhat of a comforting sound to pilots everywhere. Conversely, over the years, pilots always wanted to ensure that, when transmitting, they sounded like Chuck Yeager, or at least like John Wayne. Better to die than sound bad on the radios.

Just moments after the Cessna’s inquiry, a Twin Beech piped up on frequency, in a rather superior tone, asking for his ground speed in Beech. “I have you at one hundred and twenty-five knots of ground speed.” Boy, I thought, the Beechcraft really must think he is dazzling his Cessna brethren.

Then out of the blue, a navy F-18 pilot out of NAS Lemoore came up on frequency. You knew right away it was a Navy jock because he sounded very cool on the radios. “Center, Dusty 52 ground speed check.” Before Center could reply, I’m thinking to myself, hey, Dusty 52 has a ground speed indicator in that million-dollar cockpit, so why is he asking Center for a read-out? Then I got it, ol’ Dusty here is making sure that every bug smasher from Mount Whitney to the Mojave knows what true speed is. He’s the fastest dude in the valley today, and he just wants everyone to know how much fun he is having in his new Hornet. And the reply, always with that same, calm, voice, with more distinct alliteration than emotion: “Dusty 52, Center, we have you at 620 on the ground.” And I thought to myself, is this a ripe situation, or what? As my hand instinctively reached for the mic button, I had to remind myself that Walt was in control of the radios. Still, I thought, it must be done—in mere seconds we’ll be out of the sector and the opportunity will be lost. That Hornet must die, and die now. I thought about all of our Sim training and how important it was that we developed well as a crew and knew that to jump in on the radios now would destroy the integrity of all that we had worked toward becoming. I was torn.

Somewhere, 13 miles above Arizona, there was a pilot screaming inside his space helmet. Then, I heard it—the click of the mic button from the back seat. That was the very moment that I knew Walter and I had become a crew. Very professionally, and with no emotion, Walter spoke: “Los Angeles Center, Aspen 20, can you give us a ground speed check?” There was no hesitation, and the replay came as if was an everyday request.

“Aspen 20, I show you at one thousand eight hundred and forty-two knots, across the ground.” I think it was the forty-two knots that I liked the best, so accurate and proud was Center to deliver that information without hesitation, and you just knew he was smiling. But the precise point at which I knew that Walt and I were going to be really good friends for a long time was when he keyed the mic once again to say, in his most fighter-pilot-like voice: “Ah, Center, much thanks, we’re showing closer to nineteen hundred on the money.”

For a moment Walter was a god. And we finally heard a little crack in the armor of the Houston Center voice, when L.A. came back with, “Roger that Aspen. Your equipment is probably more accurate than ours. You boys have a good one.” It all had lasted for just moments, but in that short, memorable sprint across the southwest, the Navy had been flamed, all mortal airplanes on freq were forced to bow before the King of Speed, and more importantly, Walter and I had crossed the threshold of being a crew. A fine day’s work. We never heard another transmission on that frequency all the way to the coast.

Written by Brian Schul former ‘sled’ SR-71 Blackbird pilot

END

A SR-71 Blackbird supersonic reconnaissance ai...

A SR-71 Blackbird supersonic reconnaissance aircraft. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Say what you Will

Vertinskaya as Ophelia, 1964.

Vertinskaya as Ophelia, 1964. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No person has ever said more, about so much, with so few words

 

“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d!”

 

Will the Shaker.

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Musicality? Taste is either great or not at all!

Style comes and goes but with a little substance might even linger awhile.

Check out Chill Downtempo

at

 http://www.jango.com/stations/263763501/tunein?l=0

for 21st century music sublimity.

I recommend

Kaskade   with     ’4 AM’

Air                            Cherry Blossom Girl and Femme de L’argent.

Zero 7                        Most of their oeuvre

Boards of Canada       ‘Left Side Drive’

Climatic                              L’horrizonte

Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Variation) by Dougan

 

In the late decades of the last century one of many aural treats  ‘Aja’ from the canon of Becker & Fagan set a standard  .  They are one of few acts, performers,  I would pay to hear and DID!

Steely+Dan

 

Listen to the sound or view the film.  The ear often outweighs the eye for impact and impression.  Actually do both!

  

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oDWOwAu_z8

 

 from BBC’s Classic Album  AJA

 

If you want a taster then here’s the eponymous track (again skip the commercial)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWfQTY_K-_o

 

 

Humour or humor is not confined to lyrics with these amigos.  Fagen ”  …with Jerry Lewis?”    Becker  ” a fertile period for you”

preferential tracks from their oeuvre

The Boston Rag.

Dr.Wu

Do it again

Haitian Divorce,

Josie,

FM.

 

Lend an ear to Fagen’s solo album ‘The Nightfly’

 

The Nightfly

The Nightfly (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “I wait all nite for calls like these”

 

 

 Other recommendations towards 20th century musicianship

The Doors

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIagV6hUQAM

The Band

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzrf3XAWTfY

 

And……

 If you can ignore the public school preambles which interrupts their musical skill…..

 

Pink Floyd.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AblT9tSy2M

 

 Talking Heads            

Stop Making Sense    ……..the only highlight of the 1980′s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qx1XDATyBI

 

 APOLOGIES for the encroachment of advertisements where it occurs before performances.  Google can no longer avoid the lure of extra cash.  That is fair enough.   However, do feel free to skip ad where you can after 5 second countdown.

  

 Specific tracks on Jango from the last century I gravitate towards………

Eagles               New York Minute (live version) and I Can’t Tell You Why!

America                Horse With No Name;  Sandman;   * Ventura Highway

*We passed on it as we moved from Vandenberg AFB  via Lompoc California en route east into Arizona.

Until I find a better shot, this one below is close enough!

 

Time for a stogie, while

California dreamin’     Mama’s and the Papa’s

 

 

Other sounds of the 20th century that appeal….

For What it’s Worth      Buffalo Springfield

Black Water                       The Doobie Brothers    

Ah! the black waters of the Mississippi river, and a few more besides, between the Atlantic and Pacific I dipped a hesitant toe in.  And those two oceans -too!

Here’s the Colorado, 

1103 Needles 5

 

 

Quintessential disco…….

Chic            I Want Your Love;  Good Times

Patrice Rushen                    Forget Me Nots

 

 

A brief respite from ‘Americana’ as we move to Blighty.

Elvis Costello -Oliver’s Army;

Joe Jackson-Steppin’ Out;

Police King of Pain;

Al Stewert- Year Of The Cat

 

 

TransLan once more …….

 

MY IMPRESSION OF JACK NICHOLSON GRINNING!

MY IMPRESSION OF JACK NICHOLSON GRINNING!

Boz Scagg              What Can I Say

It would be remiss of me to leave ‘music’  without a nod to one of the few greats (still breathing) that is Mr. Zimmerman, Bob Dylan.  Again another individual I would pay to see; but I took my time about it.

Bob Dylan if for nothing else deserves his status just for ‘touring’ alone .  He could easily  have rested on laurels for 40 years. He found time on the circuit in Ireland an awful lot but I must have had other priorities at the time.

feeling-the-rain

 

It took ’til 2000 July 14th, in Minnesota- for yours truly to catch up.  I was on Lyndale Ave and Lake St in south Minneapolis when I read that he was performing that night.  It took a little negotiation before my hosts changed their plans for the evening.

A few of my shots of the Twin Cities Minn /St Paul,  are on picture-perfect link elsewhere

-

 

I leave you for now with Wiki’s look at this interesting part of the Mid-West.

Main street looking north in Lyle, Minnesota c...

Main street looking north in Lyle, Minnesota circa 1910 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following some way behind Dylan but still in a division above the rest,-is ascerbic Neil Young.  His oeuvre is more often than not in stark contrast to the  ‘hippy’ optimism of The Byrds’ -   Turn, Turn, Turn, which is kinda nice all the same.  Buffalo Springfield’s ‘For what it’s Worth’-is very evocative of that era.

Crosby, Stills, Nash also within their changing configurations of CSN and CSN&Y are always melodically ‘listen worthy’.    ‘Just a Song before I go’  ‘Long Time Gone’  ‘Our House’  ‘Helplessly Hoping’

Harmonia maybe relics from a bygone era or so it seemed to me until I came across the following.

French duo        Air         with      Femme de L’argent

and FC Kahuna               Hayling

They’re all to be found at Electronic>Chill Downtempo

http://www.jango.com/stations/263763501/tunein?l=0

Dip into classical or cool jazz while you’re there.

 

I must go now but as I said to my Ukrainian friend Elizaveta

“I ain’t ‘russhing’ no more  and neither are you Liz!”

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are you ready for your close-up? We’re lighting the candle of the lowest bidder!

HEADS IN THE BLOCK ca.1960. Person outside though had his head on the block (figuratively)

HEADS IN THE BLOCK ca.1960.
Person outside however had his head on the block (I speaketh figuratively)

 This technology monitored the lighting of a virtual bomb under the willing.

Time waits for no one.  Block house as it would have been almost a half century earlier!  Mr Shepard: are you ready? It's not the fall that hurts; it's the sudden stop!

Time waits for no one! Block house as it would have been almost a half century earlier.
Mr Shepard: are you ready? It’s not the fall that hurts-it’s the sudden stop.

 

 

 

images/text Copyright © MOSAherne 2013 · All Rights Reserved

 
Some decades later……..
 
 
                                                                  pre-flight checks
This is as close as one can get without flying as crew.
THIS IS AS CLOSE AS ONE CAN GET WITHOUT FLYING AS CREW.

 

                                                                   post launch memories

                               

 

 empty space here

 

                                   though less so above

NOW!

 

                                        

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Not rocket science? Yes-it is!

ROCKET

 Who said light it up?

 ROCKET2

                                                      Hot in here today isn’t it?  Who turned off the air-con?

 

From the 5 Saturn J1′s of the Apollo era

 

to 3 RS-25 Shuttle Main Engines (SSME). 

                                                 

 

  Here’s three we made earlier.

MY LIFT OFF NASA

 

                           plus two solid rockets-

 

                                 for that little extra PUSH!

                                              

                                        So,

                                         

                                                 Keep in the oven until the night!

                                                  

                                                             Bring up the temperature!  

 

                                                What do you mean it only goes to 10?  

                                                                                                         

 

                                                              This IS an 11 situation here!

 

                                                                                     HOLD IT!          

 

                                                                                              Now let it go!

                                                                  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 

 Just a few shots.  I figured it was a time for the naked eye rather than a viewfinder. 

 Actually  I’d forgotten again my better camera

Update 6 years on.  Having photographed the International Space Station flying over a portion of Ireland this month June 2013; this last pic above in retrospect mimics the ISS.  One reason is the transonic-super-hypersonic speed down range gives an impression of some sort of solar panel attachment.  The actual reason of course is lack of a telephoto lens and some camera shake.

I can assure you the STS  above doesn’t have a solar panel configuration.

 Here’s the ISS passing from west to east on 6th/7th /8th June2013.  It did so for almost a fortnight.  It’s 255 miles up-moving at a leisurely 17,239.2 mph.  I feel the .2 is important here;-).  Yes-it looks like a speck.  What d ya expect?  Time Life or Magnum photography?  Somehow I feel my dependable tiny Nikon Coolpix camera without telephoto attachments gives the right feel of distance and vacuity of space; the aloneness of the void….the existential chasm

 ….OK ye get my drift!

DSCN0249 DSCN0251 DSCN0252

What do ya want?  Time Life photo?  You might think it's a blemish on the film.  It's actually the ISS doing 17,239.2 mph 255 miles up!

These last 2 pics are a communication tower outside our dwelling.  Day or night they give the impression of rocket launch pads (albeit one fourth in size)

DSCN0258

 

 

DSCN0259

 

 3rd picture from top or the 11th up from here was close enough to have one concerned about liquid Nitrogen and a wayward stogie.  Atlantis was ‘pumped up’ for it’s mission to the ISS-International Space Station.

28 hours later and viewing further away, it made an expensive tax-dollar hole in the night sky.  Swirling masses of brown toxic fuel lingered in the darkness for some time.  As if in tribute to earlier times, the moon was out too.

The other STS shots elsewhere arose from a daylight flight by STS Discovery a year earlier as viewed from Cocoa Beach pier.   I had walked the beach with two women who were in  the industry.  They casually spoke about Apollo; Gemini; and Mercury launches.  I was a little envious.

There was nothing like that in Ireland 1960-73.  Living under the occasional flight path of a Vickers Viscount or an exotic Constellation,  several miles from Dublin airport,  wasn’t nearly by an ocean, the same.

Image | Posted on by | Leave a comment

Just 2000 mile to cover first 5 States. No time for state of chassis. Let’s roll!

Before riding out from Santa Clarita California  for Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada,  I  established co-ordinates!

 

 Incidentally these rock formations were formed by the San Andreas Fault.  In 1873  Tiburcio Vásquez  an alleged bandit, hid in these parts for a year.  His name is in stone while the posse are long forgotten. This area I understood later to be one of the more used locations for Hollywood’s cinematic old west.  Amusing to read too, that scenes from Mel Brook’s Blazing Saddles were shot here!

I recall the sky being carpeted with stars and occasional strobe lights from jets.  Near dusk on one of the high bluffs, I swear I saw a giant owl looking back at me.   Now, I may have had a bourbon with a stogie, but normally that wouldn’t induce hallucinations. It was something wild!  I was hoping for a cougar! 

  Speaking of which the lady companion at the time was not one sadly.

 

  

 

BLOODIED BUT UNBOWED.  BOTH!

BLOODIED BUT UNBOWED. BOTH!

 Moreover,we could have done with an F.4 Phantom to cover the square mileage and acreage to come.  

 

 

This one (above) was not at Vasquez but  at Boron California beyond the North Gate of Edwards AFB. .  Just a roadside attraction now.  It had done it’s service.

 

 

 The  “Rhino”, “Flying Footlocker”, “Flying Brick”, “Lead Sled”, and the “St. Louis Slugger”  “World’s Leading Distributor of MiG Parts” “the triumph of thrust over aerodynamics”.

 

 With anhedral-dihedral wings, it is unique.  An imperfect analogy would be that of a lady with a curiously attractive physical feature.   It’s simile not sexism.  Let’s move along….

 I’m here with folk at Edwards Air Force Base.

http://wp.me/p1ZmVq-n
They talk nowadays about ‘girl power’   Here’s a Riel deal from Canada

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep1SvM5aVLA

This first episode is a little saccharine and gung-ho fly the flag, but the series Jetstream in it’s entirety is worth watching.  It has more character development and narrative arcs than your very average movie critic likes to use those words when speaking about very average moovees.  It has a surprising ending too!

 Guess who fails to make the cut?  Wrong!  Guess again!

 

  Another real person is USAF. Major Malachowski with whom I spoke at Edwards AFB in 2006.

2011 saw Major Caroline Jensen take a place in the USAF demonstration-team Thunderbirds.  It goes against the anti-sexist leaning of this page and is deplorably wrong but ……..

mmmmMajor Caroline

 

 

 caroline jensen 

 pic credit USAF.

 

 

 and Captain Gina (probably promoted by now)

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) Gina Jennings

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) Gina Jennings

 pic credit USAF

 Major Jensen and Captain Jennings and friends routinely fly at twice the speed of sound regularly doing some higher mathematics while under negative 7, 8, 9 G. 

 There are hundreds of similarly inspiring women from China to Chile in aviation who ought to be icons of inspiration for girls more so than someone called Madonna or Lady Ga Ga; but this evidently is not the case. 

 The same applies  for women in fields such as medicine.  The culture celebrated by global media is largely on the sporting one or the pop song stage. 

 

Basic flying rules written by another who knew……..

Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.

When a prang seems inevitable, endeavour to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity as slowly and gently as possible-attrib. RAF

If you’re faced with a forced landing; fly the thing as far into the crash as possible. (Bob Hoover, a renowned aerobatic and test pilot)  Bob was with Yeager on that first sound barrier flight in 1947

When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten.

Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!

The only time you have too much fuel is when you are on fire.

The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you. Attributed to Max Stanley, Northrop test pilot.

You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3. Paul F. Crickmore test pilot

There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky.

The three most common last words in aviation are: “Why is it doing that?”, “Where are we?” “Oh S#!+!”

———————————–

 

 

 

 

© Maurice O’Sullivan Aherne 2013. All Rights Reserved.

  

 Maybe someone in WP will remove the ‘Like’ button below and elsewhere.  If I was looking for approval, I’d be in politics!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fifty shades of Greenbacks$ and why it’s all…..Bulle!

Someone is making ‘dungeons’ of cash by writing or typing and probably with two fingers a nonsense titled ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.

Much ink too has been spilt about someone called EL James and her competitor someone called Stephanie Meyer on an issue of plagiarism with this ‘work’.  Both are satisfied about where their creative genius stemmed from.

50 Shades of Gray!  Fifty shades of risible early 21st century Anglo-American pulp commercialism more like!

Or is it grays?  As 5 grays of gamma radiation is sufficient to cause sterility before the onset of death; this book however might damage only the redundant grey matter of its readership.

<pause for a thought bubble and some finger tapping>

Has no one read ‘The Story of O’ by the way which has been on shelves for over half a century?

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Story_of_O.

Has no one watched the humourous portrayal of this theme in Maîtresse (1976)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QVBYbmHrPs

It’s as capricious as it is entertaining with Bulle and Gerard.

Ogier has something.  I mean besides ‘the gear’ in this case.  Il est l’espièglerie d’une fille et  les exigences d’une femme,  à mon avis.

Bulle ca.1977

 

                                                                                                                                                                     ”  Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety “

Bulle ca 1995

Of course she is not unlike many women on mainland Europe. Had the French electorate overlooked des fautes et des erreurs we would have had Ségolène Royal for 5 years to gaze upon.

segolene_royal

pic credit:  politicaymoda.com

instead of the Franco-Hungarian chap. Although Carla played substitute-role well.

On the face of it, at least, Sego exudes refinement. I’ll let you spot the time when Segoline heard of Francois H and his new friend.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=segolene+royal&FORM=HDRSC2

Superb zygomatic and corrugator action on display don’t you think?  Even for a French woman this is an impressive range of expressions!   Anatomically there is no gender difference in the number of facial muscles but women in my opinion express emotion with greater variation, and often intensity!

Here’s the male spectrum

FACE

pic credit: BBC.

Not to obsess about it, but did you know that Marie-Ségolène was an au pair in Ireland ca.1971.   You might have passed her in Duke St after she escaped from some family in Sandymount or Howth.

Here she is in full bloom if not innocence ca. 1974-ish.

So Paris on Bastille Day 2007 when I was there after the election was a little less glamorous with Sarky at the Élysée P.

No apologies for what some might mistakenly view as ‘ more objectification of women’ and so forth.  It’s tongue-in-cheek ;-).  

 Incidentally for decades the advertising-marketing industry have written for and about women with no regard for subtleties. 

Here however is good copy.

apart from punctuation-that's sound!

apart from punctuation, it makes sense.

Where were we?

Ah yes!  Fifty Shades of Grey!  Really?

More like Fifty Shades of recycling, fifty years later-as the easily persuaded are stampeding to magazine shops.  Has anyone heard of libraries by the way?  Speaking of which my desk is full of library cards from California’s El Segundo branch south of Marina Del Ray to Florida’s Cape Canaveral  at Polk Avenue, Brevard County.

Somewhere Eddie Bernays is smiling at  the inability of folk to refuse buying ‘stuff’.

bernays

photo wiki: Bernays

If you put your ‘shell-like’ close to the photo above, Ed is whispering ” Shlemiel!  Ye vill buy till you die!  Even a schmuck vill learn eventually.  By de vey my uncle Sigmund was never as schmart as me”

Anne Duclois  (Pauline Réage: The Story of O)  elsewhere with the choir invisible, is shrugging her shoulders bemused at the procured nature of 21st century writing

Anne_Desclos

                                              “Alors!. Je ne sais pas ce qui se passé”

photoWikipedia.

text:      Copyright © MOSAherne 2013 · All Rights Reserved ·

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Abra Abra cadabra…..wanna reach out n grab ya!

I'm down in West Hollywood -Halloween Nite.   Guess it's like this-most of the time.

These two never refused a meal I’m guessing.  The one starboard may not even be a gal. Not sure!  What’s the male version of being bitchy?  Doggy! 

It’s Halloween October 31st 2006.  Though it is hard to notice the difference that would make.

 I’m  on West Hollywood

 

 

 Isn’t singleton behaviour a good case for marriage?  No?

Ah! Marriage!  I imagine Groucho rolling his eyes, head on hands with a thought bubble.

Time for gags. 

 

 

 Not gender specific.  Just horse sense.

I never knew what real happiness was until I got married.  Then it was too late!.

SQUIRREL

Before marriage ?  yearns for the ? they love. After marriage-the ‘Y’ is silent.

? isn’t complete until married.  Then they’re really finished.

Marriage is a College where one loses a Bachelor’s Degree and the other gets a Masters(ouch)

Marriage requires someone to undertake 5 rings  “Finger, Engagement, Wedding,Suffering, Enduring.

Marriage is the sole cause of divorce.

Wedding Anonymous.  Whenever you feel like getting married they send someone over to argue and burn the toast.

Love is an obsessive delusion finished by marriage.

Marriage is bliss. Ignorance is bliss. It follows that…….?

Marriage Guidance window sign: “OUT TO LUNCH – THINK IT OVER.”

Married people live longer than singletons; but married people are also a lot more willing to die…

 We all heard the variation on that last one….Married folk live longer than singles.  Really? No!  It only feels that way.

My personal angle on this is fate and not choice has a bearing.  The solid contract of a bonded pair or casual polyamory ie the bookshop or library equation  The former implies ownership and purchase.  The latter sounds great at least while youthful.

To counterbalance cynicism …..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puu2Enbb4bs

Make sure of your intention.  Use sparingly!

 

 

 

Some folk who have dodged the bullet ……

http://singularcity.com/single-celebrities-who-never-married/

 

 

 

The restructured male

male-feminist

pic: feminspire.com  approve Mr Bailey

 

 

 

  http://www.womensradio.com/2012/04/mud-runs-for-fun-and-everyone/#comment-413

From

Reno, Nevada

another interesting town.

 

 

Reno
 The sight of the Sierra Nevada from a room here at the Atlantis was itself worth 80 bucks.

 

 

LA to San Francisco  below

Snooze or read?

 

 

great  view of the Pacific coastline.

Pacific-ation from LAX TO SFO in a 727

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Every Picture Tells a Story…

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/9206583/Pictures-of-the-day-16-April-2012.html#?frame=2194539

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Watergate, watershed, or just water under the Arlington Memorial Bridge?

Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the U...

Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I bet he’s down there saying something like “Hey listen I didn’t do too bad.  I didn’t get shot!  No seriously! I’m fine.  I got interviewed by that limey Frost, and I had a wonderful retirement in San Clemente”

But…..

why did he get involved with a burglary?  He had the election in the bag!

 

P1010146 P1010149 P1010153

This is the Howard Johnson hotel opposite the Watergate  complex.  The ‘look-outs’ were positioned on the overlooking floors.  I’d say upper section on the right.  What a debacle!

Lazy commentators and the like in decades to come would have the suffix-’gate’ to append to any action perceived to be a machination.  Or in their limited perception some event with an element of intrigue.

Look what you started Richard!  What dicks the media are!

 

© MOSAherne 2013. All Rights Reserved

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Avoid media! No contradiction. I mean the toxic commercial…

‘ape’ing, insincere, acquisitive middle-people with id-ego issues.  The deluded lost souls whose existence revolves around selling ‘stuff’ to their target audience.  It would be less cruel to use a Glock 9mm!

If you really need approximation to something resembling news-go elsewhere.

If you need some harmonic distraction that is

SOUND -take your pick.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOTVyvgrsZs

 

or perhaps try San Diego

Moon over San Diego. Français : San Diego sous...

at

Walrus 105.7.

But don’t forget who sent you there. Don’t get lost either!   Press to come back!  Ye know it makes sense!

 

A view of a plane flying into San Diego over I...

San Diego approach.

 

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Herz der Europa, Deutschland

This gallery contains 49 photos.

Germany is fascinating. We are outside the Adler Café in Berlin.  Once the watering hole of spies and writers and more probably more wannabe writers and some spies.  The lady I spoke with after I apologised for taking her picture … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

IN THE DISTRICT OF C, WASHINGTON.

Who said Hollywood Boulevard?

Please leave!

I’m on the east, or right coast as they say, in the District of Columbia.

My size 9 is at the virtual center/centre of western power under the Dome of the Capitol Building.

Abe Lincoln’s seat is at my 4 o’clock, so to speak.

Abe was here!

Halls of Executive Power

Halls of Executive Power

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incidentally, revised history and Hollywood interpretations have not allowed facts to get in the way of a good yarn.

Let me put it this way……..

Abe I suspect would have blushed had he known somehow that he would be forever recognised as the great liberator of slaves.

THEY DID WHAT? DID THE FOLLS MAKE ANOTHER FILM ABOUT ME? I'M GREAT BUT NOT GOD!

THEY DID WHAT? DID THE FOOLS MAKE ANOTHER FILM ABOUT ME?  I’M GREAT BUT NOT GOD!

Moreover Abe might have been more concerned that people everywhere over the next century would choose to enslave themselves;by running like ostriches to a movie theatre for light entertainment in the dark!

 

 

 

On one of my visits to the Houses of Congress

 

a beautiful smile is always welcome, after the business in Congress

She had a beautiful face and smile

Copyright ©MOSAherne 2013. All Rights Reserved

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in HISTORY | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

50 Years on….

 

Tethered display at the KSC is an apt visual metaphor for current stalled US manned flight operations.  Surely a temporary hiatus.

 

A mile or more further along Cape Canaveral………

 

BLOCKHOUSE

BLOCKHOUSE

 

 

in their natural setting as it were

 

ROCKET RETIREMENT

ROCKET RETIREMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIME stops.  It's relative!

TIME stops. It’s relative!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 years on, I must upload more photos from the Cape, and those at the Smithsonian up in Washington DC.

 

 

Another Irish connection at NASA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T.J._O%27Malley

 

From the ground UP!

I did fly a Cessna but mercifully for all, only momentarily, on a journey from Merritt Airport over the causeways and both rivers to Cocoa Beach and then north as close a allowed to the iconic 1957-2012 Cape launch site.

I thought of the many vehicles over 50 years that rose along this corridor transonically, supersonically and hypersonically.

This Cessna 172 is the same make and model pla...

This Cessna 172 is the same make and model plane that crashed into the Bank of America Tower in Tampa, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reference to a bank in Tampa should be overlooked.  It is not the same plane.  Never went near Tampa, officer!.   Honestly!

_______________

 

 

My digitalized name on a microchip

NASA

 

is aboard this  infra.

 

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=122049781

 

Admittedly there are > 750,000 but < 1 million other names on this human nail size silicon chip.   All are travelling with the most expensive ‘car’ ever built, in a capsule, on top of a rocket, at hypersonic speed, for 8 months!

There is the adage ‘if it ain’t broke-don’t fix it’.  The people at JPL though are always looking for options and they have chosen a more complicated multi-stage landing procedure (higher chance of failure) over the previous successful landing techniques.

 

Good luck.   ETA  August 2012.   UPDATE.  It landed perfectly ( the tiny section on top of the rocket ) All is well.  The Mars Rover is working like a beaver -(if it were a robot)

Ares I-X launches from Kennedy Space Center la...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Science_Laboratory

The mission as the world knows-was a complete success.  Curiosity is roving away with daily scientific tasks.  Mars today helps you work rest and …..stay!

 

Copyright MOSAherne 2013. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Icon of an Epoch.

D1000032

The hardware at the Cape I mean.

The actual capsule Freedom 7  is a 2 hour flight north in DC or 10 hours door to door to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum which is always interesting to visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOVE is the interior view of the 1962 hot seat with oxygen-supply hoses and all.  The exhibit protective Perspex shell around Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo capsules cause severe camera reflections.

I just reflected on 50 years and the passage of time.

Copyright MOSAherne 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Posted in HISTORY, NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Only Revolution…

 

the Irish will ever experience …….

is one which follows the Laws of Physics and not

democracy

Pic. from ISS.  credit: NASA/ESA.

text. Copyright MOSAherne 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

What’s going on?

As dogs go....I'm the best!“Human society has become exponentially stupefied! WOOF”The author here has asserted that I bark.  I hardly ever do! Quite the opposite is the case. I’m adaptable to the existing conditions of life. I keep everything in proportion.  If only he were so phlegmatic, poor fellow!

Canine bitches may check me out by pawing “Irish Wolfhound” into one of those human search engines.

Here are a few people who obviously had taste.  Or should I say Styler?  Woof-woof Trudie!

http://www.thewolfhoundconnection.com/FamousOwners.html

 

 

However here’s one Eye D I O Tango who’s letting the K9 side down by imitating humans!

 

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Pictorially, a few of many…..

http://www.pictureperfect.ie/mauriceaherne

 

Actually not so picture ‘perfect’ as they were digitalized from raw print without any retouching! I still must find some time to caption them.

Copyright MOSAherne 2013. All Rights Reserved.  Affiliate rights via PicturePerfect.

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NOT ONLY …BUT ALSO…in a few of many pics….

http://www.pictureperfect.ie/mauriceaherne/hd15f669#h17271900

You may have noticed that there are a lot of mug-shots of yours truly.  This could leave me open to accusations of solipsism or rampant egoism.   It would not only be very wrong but miss the point.  Some pics required amazing dexterity from ‘moi’.  Others required assistance.

I have only included myself to spare the innocent women.   Some are too shy, and others have gone into Protection Programs ;-).

Smashing person, Ms Cameron. 

 Carpinteria California.  Don't usually have to bend my knees or indeed will.

Carpinteria California. Don’t usually have to bend my knees or indeed will.

Roberta was trying…

Ms Payne.  Mostly she was!

A world away in character and ability (or 310 miles precisely as I counted, and was prepared to run if the train hadn’t) a shining example of integrity; grace, talent with humility, and positivity…..

Ms Cameron.

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

MeDia O’ Crity Even more updated than the previous Update!

 

 

                                                  I am aware that the following might sound harsh even a touch misanthropic.  I feel it’s a social service that I do to raise issue with this problem. 

I must consign the following and all ‘medya’ comments to a new blog ( working title-Landfill ) just as soon as I find further will and time. 

 There are mercifully exceptions in the Fourth Estate.  Orla Guerin is one of possibly 6 maybe 7 Irish born who are actually good at their job without any apparent need to be greater than their story. 

 A future name to look out is Francesca Comyn.  She might be saved by moving to Al Jazeera or Auntie Beeb .

http://bit.ly/10kVj7v

 No harm was done to winged creatures or 4 legged animals in making the following comments, and that’s good!

 Where to begin?

                                               

                                            Those who ought to be publicly flogged are not only the gombeen political troupe or the financial wideboys but members of the Fourth Estate  (a term they love as it alludes to status and gravitas)

  I speak of the self- aggrandising, self-enriching venal tarts commonly referred to as the media in Ireland and their exponential golden circle of ‘rent a cliché gobs’ of the soft t’ Oirish  genus. 

In medieval times they would have been eviscerated, boiled for witchcraft and fed to four-legged animals.

 News readers with a range from happy clappy to brainlessly chirpy  announce a road tragedy like some Disney event.

 They phonate  “Dats all from us! You’re now up to dayhet!.  Send us your comments on tw**ter.”, or join us now -on Face***k!   See article 7 Billion.

Further down the chain to print columnists who when not prostituting themselves on telly, have youthful looking byline pictures of themselves sometime after their Confirmation Day preceding their smug opinions.

 Surely no one reads or listens or buys it!  The luvvies must rely on

 

We provide them with JNLR figures they crave -so you don't have to watch their &^%$ stuff

THE JNLR SURVEY US TOO!

 

 Not too long ago as to forget there was something called

 The Jacobs Award. 

 In times gone by in Oirland ca. 1963-1993 broadcasters took the biscuit (still not in the literal sense unless they actually ate fig rolls but close enough!) and  they turned up in tuxedos, gowns and gormless grins.  The women did too!

 Mind you, it wasn’t work to cure  diabetes or cancer.  It wasn’t the Nobel or Pulitzer or even a trinket from AMPAS.  It was the ‘me dee ya’ in Ireland for Jacobs sake! 

 

The firm of accountants Kenny Byrne and Tubridy.  

dailyedge.ie

and

Curley Moe and Larry. 

stooges

restlessknights.com

  Note the door lettering.  Have you ever seen the six in a room together at the same time.  Curious!

 What’s the difference?.  Very little on the surface we would all agree.  

 Except one trio (b&w bottom) were in show-business, and the other trio (atop in color but colourless) are in their own business.

One trio are dead.  The other while ostensibly alive-die very often!

One trio passed over painfully and horribly (cerebral and cardiac complications)  The other trio haven’t …..but have been causing horrible pain to locals for decades.

Where is Karma when it’s needed, I ask you? 

 

I voluntarily listen (during the time of ablutions only of course) to Ireland’s ‘serious’ stations.  The clichéd ‘spake’ alone is nauseating.

Blame game                          is this news or sport or both?

 Step up to the plate           its sport, right?  not culinary arts?

When did baseball become so popular on this side of the Atlantic. Babe Ruth is smiling somewhere

Level playing field                  we still playing baseball in the diamond -right?

 From Left Field                   yes-it’s baseball all right!

On message                            ?   Hey,  I thought we were playing ball.  Now it’s tactics

Final analysis.                  Usually is when analysed; until the next analysis. 

The rest is history                  as senseless as ‘make poverty history’  is grammatically. 

Sea change                                      is that a Tsunami approacing?

 We have a situation                       Sure do!

A ha moment                                    what has a Norwegian pop band to do with news

 Perfect storm           we talked already about the situation with the sea change!  Come On!

 Tipping point                 the waves…the waves….the waves….the waves?

 

 Be afraid, be very afraid        A Judge advised me that mitigating circumstances for GBH would be taken into account if someone were to say this to me

 Thinking outside the box              I wish someone would try; just once!

 

 

  This fatuous forty or so I’ll leave you to decipher….

 Between the lines
Way forward
Is what it is
Point in time
Up to speed
Having said that
Wake up call
Bring it on
Jaw dropping
Have issues
Bring closure
Show stopper
Time is running out
Make no mistake

Window of opportunity
Collateral damage
Raise the bar
Any way, shape or form
Game changer
Continue the conversation
Smoking gun
In a perfect world
Par for the course
Reinvent the wheel

 Tantamount to
At this moment in time
Wow factor
In all honesty
Take full responsibility
Those were the days
Zero sum
Resolve the issue
Defining moment
Hard earned money
Begs the question
One thing is certain
Hard look
On the same page
Post 9/11

 Pushing the envelope   ???

         Test Pilot terminology which loses meaning in any other context!  Of course if you work in a stationary shop-it’s ok too!

  Not rocket science  ???

            Hack hubris knows no bounds

  Not brain surgery  

            Their delusion that this occupation and that of journos are similar.

 

 

 

Then they ALL bleat “send us your feedback /twitter us /or on Facebook /or text us”

 

Will the last person to leave turn on some lights

BeerAndStupidity051200005

 

 

 There’s more says Pat.  Jimmy Cricket is embarrassed by that catchphrase now.

 

 In case I didn’t make it clear

 tumblr_lexkjmuiKs1qc08gvo1_400

 

         WITHOUT THE SORRY BIT!

 

 —————————————————————————–

 APRIL 2013

          Still with local yokels  (not worth amusing title)

   Unusually I tuned in to my reliable old cathode ray tube, which nowadays the cable conglomerate /national broadcasters use to track viewer behaviour. The former synchronising commercials to run at the same time to interrupt bad programmes. I don’t think I need a flat screen HD to see that.

I left broadband to tune into ‘The Irish in America!  Sounds familiar!  This time we were promised a new slant  ‘ Da Oirish influence on fillums in Ameri Kay’. 

 

  Not looking for gold this time? 

SCREENsave

 Why not slap the above on to the screen to save the licence payer several hundred grand?  The question is rhetorical.  The answer is the same. ‘a  jolly is a nice entitlement to exercise now and again’

 “From Hell’s Kitchen to Hollywood”  must have been the deal maker.  Judas wept!  That’s lame even by present standards.  A production company had to be outsourced for this novel idea. So Lugs Kelly went with a motley crew ‘translan’  again to look for the ‘bleeding’ obvious!  

Years after the UK sent their lot (Fry or was it Laurie) to have a look at the  50 States; the Oirish have this caper in 2013.  I know there’s a’gathering’ but rehashing this threadbare material to sell more advertising to the license payer is a bit rich. 

Come back Mike Murphy!   Oh oh! he did!  Maybe he had his bubble burst in Florida.   

groucho

 

 On the plus side,

 Orla Guerin as I said elsewhere, is a shining example of a journalist.  There are a still a few who tell the simple facts in a straight forward way.

 One who is not, nor shining either, Olivia O’Leary!.   I suppose in a Mary McAleese sort of way she once bloomed. Now she’s like a Valentines rose on February 15th

 1985. 

 

 Perhaps returning to Ireland had this effect.  She is forgotten but not gone like a few others ; in comfortable retiremen, t but never short of an organ to dispense her views.

 O’Leary’s Alma Mater in D.4 apparently hires her to do a ‘Vocem Sapientis’ on the wireless. Despite what both parties like to think; she is not Alistair Cooke.  

 Or to paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen “Madam …..you’re no Alistair Cooke” 

 Roger Cook maybe!

Ms. O, if you must do the Urbi et Orbi  schtick; please desist from using the ‘we’ when referring to another shortcoming in the collective Irish psyche. 

  It took a long difficult road but I’ve individuated and I don’t play for the team anymore.

It’s worth remembering there was never an I in team but there is M E.

 

RussellParadoxfoolswisemen

 

 

 Telly.  It was once a useful device.

 

 

Back to you in the studio Una, Brian, Aine, Eileen or whoever!

 Often more than not during a link between gossip and more gossip in serious News Department someone tries to be unusually  funny. I mean  intentionally.  They do it so well unintentionally. I’m speaking serious time 7am-8.30am some fool or fooline injects a pun or some drivel.

 A pause!.  Then torrents of laughter.   

  

 

 

 Had the great Larry David entered the room?

“Whay da ya say  Pretty Pretty Good”

pic.  jewishjournal.com

 

 

 Little was ever original in Irish  broadcasting.  The five decades of ersatz entertainment with imports from ‘Auntie Beeb ‘ and our cousins in the US-meant a saving on programme research and development surely* What possible need is there for citizens to pay a license fee for advertising with programme interruptions?

 Duh!   To pay the troupe of  ‘talent’.  After all the broadcast corporations of the world are banging at the door to sign them up! 

*I’m guessing that there’s a desk if not a door marked Programme Development behind the small barn they use as the main studio.

Meanwhile not too far away on Terry Street people are ‘prone’ to do their regular shopping.

Excited Shopping Woman

pic.polarismr.

 

 

 Random Tedious Effluenza and Newsquak!

If THEY are the flagships of Irish broadcasting (the Costa Con DireS) then start looking for lifeboats!

 “RTE  supporting the *arts” intones a pubescent cailin sotto voce.  Other vocal artistes try but fail to impress in a US accent extolling a ‘The talk of the year-a must see muvee’. 

 Speaking of accents;when did Irish people start saying ‘Coirk’ for Cork?

 Where did that awful inflection at the end of sentences come from?.  My theory is Australian TV was the electronic babysitter to the pampered generation during the 1980′s. 

 

 R Tee E.

I tune in for a few minutes each morning just to see if a cultural uprising against the message if not the messenger has broken out. 

 Nah!  Just kidding! It’s La La Ireland. Easily satisfied!

20th/9/2012

Uncle Pat (who was the best chemical engineer in very light entertainment before finding his feet again in serious broadcasting) is sounding more and more like an impression of himself.

The inflections and emphases were in hyper-drive, . A few more pk-isms such as “the optics”, and Apres Match could be out of business.

Today 19th /9/2012

I heard a health executive person (an executive of the Executive, or the top executive you follow)  say “300,000 people on a waiting list is bad.  The good news is…we are now making a decision on what to do”.

“Vot a country”!

Oirish radio as ever followed slowly all other broadcasters worldwide by having podcasts and playback.

The only problem is, it makes the miss-able……less miss-able!

 

 

 Daffy Duck requested not to have his picture associated with this subject.  He was overruled.

 

 Oirish broadcasting. 

 You heard it a million times; you heard it once!

Judas wept!

 

 Rte (cailin whispers) “so bad we play it twice!”

Media schools evidently urge the herd of ‘wannabees’ to ‘be themselves’.    Being themselves is a problem here in Oirish broadcasting. So much worse with a microphone.

“The tree girls went the udder way (sic) “

This diction brings to mind several images, and has at least two meanings.   It could be women tree arborists milking a cow.  Or it could be something too explicit for WordPress.

Then we have ……

“Dats all ?        Who is Dat, and why is he- all of it?

“Der you have it” -  Who is Der, and what has he got?

Or full-blown Lyric FM with the pretence that they are polyglot by over-phrasing foreign words.   G.Hamilton being the exception.  Although his liking of Elgar’s  ‘pomp & circumstance’ relegates him badly.

It takes  all Oirish stations quite a bit of time to decide where the syllabic emphasis should be intoned for foreign names.   Just in the last decade alone, David Ginola, Thierry Henri,  et Sarkozy had theirs ‘chewed up’.

Somewhere the clamour of an overworked producer-director is heard  “Never mind the Hungarian roots of Sarky- Pat!-just feckin say sumptin ’til ye get used to it”.  You’re as bad a Eileen and Una in the newsroom for asking”!  Update girls! The French voted in another guy.  “just drop the ‘H’–and get on with it!  It’s all on auto-cue!

The director will later go home, kick his long-suffering pussy-cat and cry “If only the license payers knew the salary of newsreaders”.

Speaking of which……

Any remote regard RTE might have for their audience rings hollow in the the license fee campaign.   The target audience are taught in a step by step way how to pay up.   It takes condescension to a new level.  Unlike their programmes.

So it’s a marriage of convenience; but guess who holds the prenuptial contract!

 Want more codology?

 A Newstalk commentator at a match between Wales and Ireland uttered—”crowd is well short of the expected numbers”.  His thick accent conjoined the syllables.  He was not aware of the pun!   Welshort!

There are some microphonies who think apeing the ‘foksy spake’ of Michael O ‘Hehir is the method to follow. Canning and Morrissey are just two.

However with the new rugby craze of the last few years someone called Corcoran has hitched a ride and is similarly crazed in his commentary.  This cretin manages to out O’Hehir everyone before him.

    Down homesy verbal diarrhea and confused logic abound.  ” O’Connell literally sprang out from the depths of the earth”  

 Did he?

  Really?

 —————————————————————————————————–

Could anything be worse?  I’ll rephrase that!   Could in one small country-anything- be as bad.  Frankly yes!

 TV 3, or TV Tree as they would have it. 

 Not as beautiful as a Sequoia , but thicker than the thickest one.  A pen of folk who prefer to sit on sofas and lunch all day complaining in many different ways.  Where did feminism go wrong?  Why are men not able to multi-task?   It really is so…..

  ‘Looney’ 

TV 3′s wireless step sibling Newsqualk FM meanwhile supports failed politicians; failed economists; failed U2 wishabe pop singers; and failed sport people

 Or maybe they are people in transition.  They may not have a Montrose contract but the ‘Sky’ is the limit!!!

 

 How much will ya pay me ?  Shure!   Who needs a soul?

 A shower of unluvables whose only ability is to reverse the adage – ‘ye heard it a million times; ye heard it once’ .

Newsquak,   “It’s not just news you know!”

No!

 It’s diabolical nonsense, with a twist! 

The latest perversity is to have someone read a prepared segment in ‘Gaelic’ which would make Gerry Adams blush. 

 I wonder if this satisfies the commercial radio license agreement?  BCI-Broadcast Commission of Ireland overlooks it!

All thrown at their target audience. I flush the toilet!

———————————————————————————————————

 The Me- D- Ya is the message!

I refer exclusively to the presenters-glitterati with the microphone phoniness.  The off-stage staff  are not a target.  Sound and vision staff while on decent money, usually deserve it.  In the face of great provocation, it’s amazing how discreet they are.

 (A declaration of fact and certainly not jealousy as I know a little about the subconscious.   I had a flirtation and then a very brief unsatisfying affair with television and radio broadcasting at one time, having previously sabotaged a possible career in the Hades of ‘adverteasings’. 

 It was destined to end in divorce.  There hangs a tale for a less interesting paragraph from a chapter of a book yet to be written.  My autobiography will be in a bookshop when the shelves are cleared of ‘celebrity’.  As of now the latter is unlikely so the former is on hold!   Working title “Fate Falls Furiously”)

May I insert my latest profundity here ”  For every clown at the top (a surfeit of them in Oirland) there are at least a score who would be equally at home in a circus”

 

 Pronunciation of foreign nouns

FYUU-dur  Dahs-tuh-YEF-skee was a Russian writer -and now much abused name drop of the chatterati.  Not dosstoyes ski.  There are no reports extant to say whether he skied or not.  There was a lot of snow admittedly but little recreation time.

POO-teen is the current Russian Federation boss whether people like it or not!   PooTIN is not!

duh-GAH   Degas is one of many artists whose works are displayed at the LOOV-ruh

Duh-by oo               Debussy tinkled on the ebony and ivory.

SAR-truh et Duh-bo-vahrrr                 were very philosophical and intimates.

Loord                 where a miracle might happen to bring correct pronunciation to the angliscised world!  Not Lourdes!

 From a long list of broadcast mispronunciation.

And in Italy and Little Italys the world over  Scorsese is NOT Scorsaysee

  ‘It’s Scor sessi’    Marty said!

Let’s decompress at Jango website once more

Type in

In the Waiting Line, Red Dust, Comfort Zone, Red Eye, Hayling, Peaceful Day, Konkret, Blue Grassland, Sparks,

Treat yourself again to Adam K and Soha Mix of Kaskade

More from the last century…..

   New York Minute              Eagles

California Dreaming                    Mamas&Papas

 Just a Song Before I go                             CSN

———————————————————————————————————

  Micro-phonia!  Who said it’s an obsession on this page!

 For their many junkets. jollies, or vacations- the unloveable luvvies have never displayed the imagination to go beyond Fitzpatricks of Manhattan or Disney Florida.  More often than not in a hired Mustang?  Cliché all the way!

They implore their listeners “”Text in if you know what city has the initials NY?. Have you got it? Very good!  You could be there!  Their subconscious says “but never like one of us”

They are fascinated by their ‘industry’.  “Have ye seen the latest-must see it- Yah!”

None of these ‘minor floaters in small stagnant pond’ realise that World-Rated personalities hardly ever view films unless it is in their contract to promote them.  More about that elsewhere.

 That was the word of LA folk on ‘Holly Wood Land” as I made  my way to more interesting events at Edwards AFB in the Mojave desert.

ADVER..TEASING!

A few years ago, a high-end campaign for a high-end car had  the incidental music,  ‘The Good Life’.    The lyrics were written originally in a bitter ironic sense. It was a curious advert campaign and not a great endorsement for the product

Every item can be sold without nuance or subtlety nowadays.  Fundamentally “why waste money and time selling with costly creative ideas when society has been primed to buy for a century”

Daffy_Duck__You__re_Despicable_by_AngryDogDesigns

pic: AngryDogDesigns.png

Daffy Duck’s agent demanded he be deleted from this topic or litigation would ensue.

Don’t get me started on the Irish standard of advertising.   The most offending one currently is so bad it actually suits the show!  Liveline with Lyons Tea. Richer tea for richer talk!

On what level does that make sense, I ask you? Infantile level?  Remedial?

—————————————————————————————————–

 Another thing….

If an alien had parked their hyper-sonic craft in Ireland over the last few years they might be forgiven for thinking that someone called Kathryn Of the Thomases from the dynasty of Miriam was Queen.  That another someone called Craig of the Doyles was King.

Craig the Sincere out of a caste of professional ‘Dubliners’ D’ Fanning of the Fakeist,  D’ Murray O the Mint, and Tomasina Dunne Scotus,  a servant of the Bono household.   All from a lineage of insincere Hibernians stretching to the McGurk dynasty!.

 Breaking news!   There are no intelligent aliens likely to arrive! Not if they are aware of self-replicating life-forms that are already here.

———————————————————————

I see one of the Seoige’s or Showages (the one who is not as pretty as the other 0ne that thinks she is prettier)   had another excuse to make herself seem ‘important’.

 Seemingly she had the Big C.  No-not a contract for Channel 4.  She had meant ‘cancer’.

There never was a threat to her life of course with comprehensive private health and Blackrock Clinic being on speed dial!    She chose iodine treatment. The surgery option would have meant a snip around the parathyroid glands where nerves control the vocal chords.  

 Missed opportunity Doc!

  A programme on her suffering was aired later I believe!   Series to come.  Look out for the box-set.

 

 

 While on the healing arts…..

A website had a comment on the HSE” they are incompotent, (sic) when will situation improve?

Perhaps the HSE might do so more speedily than the spelling!  Incompetence is lack of competence. Administrative incompetence is dysfunctional administrative behaviors that hinder attainment of organization goals.The other ‘potency’ needs a medical check-up. 

———————————————————————————————————

Before another award season begins somewhere in OIrland a  luvvy is overheard to mutter

“Times are so hard. It’s difficult finding the right agent to get the right exposure. I’ve had my fill of panel and reality. OK!   Sure it pays for Surly and Dylan at Sion and Gonza all right; but it’s not the kinda exposure level for ‘ME‘”

“It’s just appalling! The sheep-I mean our fans are too stupefied. It’s so hard to keep the pretence going that we care about them”.Why do the IFTA’s have to clash with Cloe’s wedding in Budapest this weekend?. Life is so unfair! ” Does my bum look too big in this” . If only it were the BAFTAs not the IFTAS.  More Bolly?

Camera right darling-SMILE! “

The world is doomed

1955 I’m outta here, suckers!

 

 

  If there is a need for more voices in the morning,  there is always World Service /  Radio4, at Portland Square, where talent and pay is tolerably commensurate with each other.

http://www.pictureperfect.ie/mauriceaherne/e310b91c3

http://www.pictureperfect.ie/mauriceaherne/e3ef92d04

http://www.pictureperfect.ie/mauriceaherne/e377f9b1c

Not always perfect but still better than wireless on John Bull’s other Island.

Friday 4/4/2013   6.40 am on BBC Radio 4 Sarah Montague vocalised ” White House ..eh  Whitehall said today ……

Was she stating the reality, the actual truth, or was it parapraxis?

Still in the murky depths of psychoanalysis with a Radio4 Today motif -a few years ago Mr Humphries on a reality series involving artistic painting said “this is harder to do than nuclear fission”-when his doodles didn’t quite meet the standard of other celebrity efforts at art.

So he understands Nuclear Physics too!   What hubris!

 This is not nuclear physics but it’s appropriate enough OK!

—————————————————————-

A comment I left with Radio 4

11/4/2013 

 Lead found in rice imported to the US.  That’s symbolic at least!

Sport prognostication for Switzerland tonight April 4 2013

  Basel  won   Fawlty  (Spurs) didn’t!

< These articles are brought to you without product endorsements and largely free from clichés viz.  ‘literally, ironically,  invariably,  and nonsense interjections  ” as you do’ or  ‘if you will’  or ‘ I would have thought’.  or ‘shure shure>

I rest my case for the prosecution M’ lord. I emphasise those who I do admire and who deserve great praise.

 They are most  nurses,  doctors, emergency service staff, and generally all who are actually indispensable ie utility/ electric/gas/sanitation workers. 

 Similar gratitude to waitresses, hairdressers, shop assistants, and all who work in day-to-day services for a pay which is not commensurate to its usefulness.  

 Finally,  great praise to the ‘new Irish’ (foreign workers as wireless people are prone to say).  More often than not they easily outshine the more grumpy native variety.

text copyright MOSAherne 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged ,

Human-All to Human!

I  became aware of JPS as late as 1976, when I read Philosophy/Psychology at UCD.  Interesting individual all the same!
 This documentary was a useful visual primer on the person and his time. The narrator however could possibly (for her fee) have seen the need to pronounce  ‘Sartre‘ as his father and mother intended. She could have noticed Prof.Levi’s intonation and taken his lead.  Forget the last syllable for a start!
While I’m in this mood; most people on the archipelago of islands off Europe’s mainland have an inability not only to speak another language but pronounce simple words from that ‘other’ language.  How many times over the course of the last decade or three, have you heard some highly paid  **** review  “a fillim or  moo-vee” on some panel show and drop words such as “film noir” ‘or  “bete noir” or similar from a  limited repertoire, with  faulty abandon.
  Hint!   It’s not ‘noo-or.   Try  nooooahhhhrrrr-and you might be close…enough.   La langue française is a delicate beauty that needs a delicate touch!  Encore, mes enfants,
 SAR-truh et Duh-bo-vahrrr  étaient dans l’amour
Jean-Paul Sartre (um 1950)

Jean-Paul Sartre (um 1950) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

To conclude, as the commentariat in Ireland, UK,  and the US continually struggle with les mots élégant in some venal effort to sound cultive ; perhaps they ought to stick with the Moet, and leave the ‘mots’ alone.

 

 

Copyright MOSAherne 2013. All rights reserved.

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , ,

Pictorially..a few of many

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA D1000025 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA D1000041 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

From Merritt Island airport

 KCOI(SW of Cape)

I flew a Cessna over the most iconic airspace in the Western Hemisphere and then I allowed the instructor to have control. OK-I flew it momentarily. 

The old Cessna was rickety!  The door was very casual in its primary function which ought to be keeping the passenger from falling out!.  A little breeze and I’d be intimate with the Indian River wildlife 15, 000 feet below.

As we approached closer to rocket launch sites, I was given command and climbed up and up symbolic if you will-to the vertical ‘hole in the sky’ manoeuvres reminiscent of these parts   In hindsight-I had no worries about trivial stuff like wing-loading or stall speed.  Yippee-ai-ay Yippee-ai-oh!!!

 
 

missile row

Photo supra is courtesy of NASA.

If we had got that close in the little Cessna, we would have had jail time.

a sreenshot of Image:Merritt Island.jpg

Image via Wikipedia

 4,161 km away at the alternative site.

My shots from  Edwards AFB

have touched down at

http://sdrv.ms/VJ2EsU

I must find time to Skydrive more personal photographs from

California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado,  Nevada, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York State, NYC, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the quieter neighbours in Ontario Canada.

Particularly  Washington DC with 360 degree view of DC atop the Washington Monument

The aircraft within the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum DC; Udvar-Hazy Museum Virginia;

Lincoln Memorial    Jefferson Memorial

Inside the Capitol Building; US Senate and Old Senate

US Houses of Congress    US Supreme Court  and Library of Congress.

No cameras were permitted inside the White House.  Nothing!  Only what you stood in!  How dare they?

For now here’s ‘Military Central’

THE CENTER OF POWER!Just under the flight path of the 'missile or plane that hit the section behind me.  Inside the Pentagon-one wouldn't notice the distruction that was there 6 years earlier!  Our group went with the reverse walking guide right to the center of the largest office space in the world.   The garden circle area is where the staff can 'relax'  for lunch.  There is a city of eateries inside of course!

THE CENTER OF POWER!  Just under the flight path of the ‘missile or plane that hit the section behind me. Inside the Pentagon-one wouldn’t notice the destruction that was there 6 years earlier! Our group were chaperoned by a reverse walking guide right to the center of the largest office space in the world. The garden circle area is as natural as it can get …around here that is.

I was not as sceptical at the time but I am now.

Copyright MOSAherne 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Check the word of those who might know………

http://pilotsfor911truth.org/pentagon.html

“Hani Hanjour took a 757, with zero time in type, did the manoeuver described above, a 400 knot 330 degree spiraling dive at 2500 fpm, only gaining 30 knots, then 30 knots more descending from 2200 feet at full power, with a very steady hand as to not overshoot or hit the lawn, inside ground effect, at 460 knots impact speed, but was refused to rent a 172 cause he couldn’t land it at 65 knots? C’mon.”!

Further opinion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iToxQVq-Lg

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , ,

Documentaries meant for you!

 A little exhortation for these titles …….

 

http://documentarystorm.com/the-2nd-assassination-of-jfk/

http://documentarystorm.com/the-bridge/

http://documentarystorm.com/woody-allen-wild-man-blues/

http://documentarystorm.com/mary-roach-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-orgasm/

http://documentarystorm.com/the-worlds-greatest-money-maker-warren-buffett/

http://documentaryheaven.com/the-vice-guide-to-travel-north-korea/

 

Not overlooking the gravitas of that last one, there is one facet of North Korea that is very appealing.  The women of PRNK are radiant!  They also manage to retain the art of good-natured flirting.

I’d risk deportation to NK for tea and table tennis, and that’s not innuendo.   Pun Yun Shi is so polite and dignified in the face of the sarcastic western interview.

Forget the empty dining area which is often a plus; these elegant ladies appear natural and unspoilt while stoically adapting to a regime with grace.  Good on them!.   I hope their lives will improve greatly soon.

After further evidence of Peoples Republic of North Korea:

http://documentaryheaven.com/inside-north-korea/

The conduct of the elite level of their society is heinous  It is a dire situation for the majority.

 

 

Other titles I recommended fell into a 404 swamp somewhere.   Have a look if you wish.

human-resources-social-engineering-in-the-20th-century

genius-of-photography,

the-magic-of-movie-editing

the-nuclear-comeback

lost-nuke

fighter-pilot-operation-red-flag

 

 

———————————————————————————————————-

 

A world away in the US,  the first radio broadcast voice I heard was in Boston, Mass was the original Howard Stern on syndicated radio from NYC.

His counterpart in TV a few avenues away is Letterman.

Speaking of which…….

I wandered up to the Sullivan Theatre 53rd and Broadway two years later.

http://www.pictureperfect.ie/mauriceaherne/e73cb277

http://www.pictureperfect.ie/mauriceaherne/h12255886#h12255886

http://www.pictureperfect.ie/mauriceaherne/e90ce114

Letterman Show was off-season but I took a snap with his harder working café owning  neighbours who had a running comic spot on the show.  I’m the one with the silly face.  The deliberate silly face, I add.  How can ye tell?

OK!  It’s one that’s sillier than usual.

http://www.pictureperfect.ie/mauriceaherne/e5f5d7f8

 

It was another hot NYC summer day walking from the Bowery to Hell’s Kitchen and up to 53rd I remember.

 

 

‘Anyhows’ if you need entertainment from big media stars then here are real giants of the talk format.  Their multi-million annual contracts are an abomination to most norms and to humanity but in the parallel universe of show business and compared to ‘da Oirish lot’  …….they maybe worth it.  Half a mil euro for an Oirish idiot or 10 mil for Dave.  The quality factor is at least twentyfold.

Get my drift?

 

David Letterman

David Letterman hosting President Barack Obama...

David Letterman hosting President Barack Obama at Late Show with David Letterman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and    Howard Stern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This next clip has left on the Infringement of Copyright Train between Google YouTube and possibly Dave’s accountant; but I’ll recover it soon.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmlZ_Bl7yMk

 

At 1minute .35 secs, I reckon 1 -nil to Dave.    At 2 mins 35secs  2-nil.   At  3 mins some secs  3-to zip.  Letterman is cruising on his home turf!

 

Coup de grace was swift.  Howie looked a little stern.  He had met his match on the night.

Best advice for Dave is not to be lured for a rematch at Howard’s domain of radio.

 

 

—————————————————————-

 

Here are wealthy folk-without a sign of conspicuous talent.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_SjGaiuGoU

 

Pulling 9 g is less vomit-inducing than watching wealthy civilians imply that they are ‘cutting edge’ just by the fact that they will be paying a few hundred grand to reach lower Earth orbit (very low earth orbit ) sometime.

Fair play to  Richard Branson.   It’s just his awful potential clients.   Isn’t there a ski resort open somewhere to keep them amused?  Seemingly  the cachet stakes have risen exponentially.

Here in Ireland the nouveau riche (pre-2008) are also eager to become space cadets.  One for years thinks he fits the ‘Bill’.

Pimms,  Moet; or penny apples anyone?

 They will never be able to buy the ‘right stuff’!

——————————————————————————————————

http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/home-truths/2012/01/27/do-you-have-a-flexi-address

So much for that!

Frances Scott Key Fitzgerald’s  ‘Carroway’ has a better perspective by far.

  I  lived at West Egg, the – well, the least fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. … …… it was a factual imitation of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden. It was Gatsby’s mansion. ……. My own house was an eyesore,  but it was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor’s lawn, and the consoling proximity of millionaires—all for eighty dollars a month”.

————————————————————————————————

 

 

 http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/theindex/2012/01/31/a-centenary-to-remember-titanic-on-screen/comment-page-1/#comment-37

Your opening liner Laura…I mean line, was sailing a wake of cliche.

I think the causality of  bad decisions by owner and captain and down the chain of command were the ‘nexus connexus-plexus, and ultimately wrexsus ‘ of this vessel

A century on, the tragedy of Air France 447 for example was sadly pilot error or maybe  ‘brain freeze’ under severe pressure.  Latest evidence is blockage of the pitot tubes in unusual weather which gave rise to ambiguities in air speed reading.

 

Correction; I may have been ‘taking on water’ regarding the Titanic.    I read of the use of second-rate rivets during the build at H&W.  Your theory Laura could be more watertight after all!  More than the ship was clearly.

Tragedies evolve out of many circumstances. Nothing is quite as it may seem.  Or as a former US Defense Sec. said soundly if not clearly enough for many

  ” There are known knowns; there are things we know we know……there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know……there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.”

—————————————————————————————————–

I read about the plucky Zara Phillips and what she did to a troublesome male!  I had to leave a comment under the article.  Tindall better take heed!

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/329978/Zara-Phillips-gets-set-for-the-Olympics

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

American Pilgrimage

http://mosaherne.wordpress.com/32-2/?preview=true&preview_id=32&preview_nonce=38055e1732

   Copyright © MOSAherne 2013 · All Rights Reserved ·

From one misty eyed nostalgic impression

to the reality, as it may be today

from Noam C.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDkSwfTFNbo

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , ,

7 Billion; and most are Tw*tters.

The BBC’s Emily Maitlis awhile back was sent to scout down the socially awkward social media guru Mark Zuckerberg.  It made for uncomfortable viewing.  The new inquisitorial voice of Auntie Beeb in high boots and tight jodhpur trousers (bad choice superficially) interviewed with hyper enthusiasm and breathlessness the young billionaire.  What was the news or attraction for the cougarish Maitlis to fly from London to Palo Alto Calif.

Face*ook

The greater mass of the globes population has one or rather a page in this book.  Moreover to compound the stupidity,  a Twitter account to boot.  Surely misplaced consonants in the former and a vowel in the latter,  are clues to the mentality of those who have either.

Way to go, Mark, and Jack (Dorsey).  Can’t shoot a grifter for stumbling on suckers!  Half a planet of suckers is scary though!

 

 

Where-Were-You

Speaking of numbers. The over-burdened planet has been boarded by a 7 billionth human during 2011.   That’s roughly twice the number that was of concern to me (sustainability wise) in the 1970′s

Half of them being Tw*tters!   ***It was my opinion ca. March 2006. The pejorative epithet is only used because Twitter is not called Cacker.  It would follow that subscribers in this instance would be C*ckers.

<***The Conservative PM’s use of Tw*atters in c.2009 was 3 years in the making.  Typical politician. >

As for the BBC Emily;  she is usually more professional than she was in this taped package.   What could have caused this?  Billion dollar madness or Closet Cougar Syndrome?

Don’t leave us yet Kirsty!

BBCkirsty

I say this despite viewing the BBC, including Newsnight,  Radio 4 et al. ‘trending’ for the last few years to the depths of the Twitter and Facebook influence.

© Maurice O’Sullivan Aherne 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

“The difficult we do right away. The impossible, takes just a while longer.”

NASA heavy and uplifting!

NASA heavy and uplifting!

 

I wonder how the world today has plummeted into a death spiral of celebrity fixation powered by cultural black holes of advertising and PR and their vast orbit of diabolical influence. Useless tribes of the glib-gob media are rewarded  in continual loops to bring to the world nothing more than the vacuity of their lives, and those of others .

How is this so?

Imagine for a moment if folk in any other line of work were paid for just ‘turning up and talking’.

A surgeon “Let me talk about your triple by-pass.  This is a stent!  Good-bye”  A plumber “This is a tap. Here’s a U-Bend, pal” . A pilot ” Woops! Would you believe it; I retracted the knob there too quickly. Your destination is not the one you packed your sandals for, folks.  It’s terminal!  We’re going to auger into the ground.  It’ll be at a fascinating speed all the same”

It’s no consolation that if such a tragedy were to happen, it would get the glib gob treatment too .  “Yes Brian. Devastation came to this small town in a shower of aluminium.  We will keep you updated. Back to you in the studio and sports” Thanks Mary!” Thanks Brian!  Thanks Mary!”  savage tribes of self serving TV glib chatter merchants

The chasm between work and service that is vital and of use; work of skill and demanding courage; work of nurses, ambulance personnel, doctors, surgeons, aviators, utility engineers and the rest, with that so called industry of the small screen and large screen -that chasm is so large as to be greatly disheartening.

 

 

 

In the High Desert of Mojave however the spirit sours with the skill of so many modest people.

at  Edwards AFB California and Nellis AFB Nevada.  From west or left coast

and points in between;  to the east or right coast at Cape Canaveral Ranges and Patrick AFB.

In more innocent times, a US President said on Nov 21 1963 (a day before fate intervined)

 “Frank O’Connor the Irish writer tells in one of his books how as a boy, he and his friends would make their way across the countryside, and when they came to an orchard wall that seemed too high and too doubtful to try and too difficult to permit their voyage to continue, they took off their hats and tossed them over the wall; and then they had no choice but to follow them. This Nation (USA) has tossed its cap over the wall of space, and we have no choice but to follow it. Whatever the difficulties, they will be overcome”.

 At the Naval Academy some time earlier he spoke

“Let me close with an Irish toast that often comes to mind at the end of a long day in Washington ? May the devil chase you every day of your life and never catch you. As I always mentally add to that toast, if the devil isn’t at least chasing you, you’re probably not doing it right? and you’re probably not Irish. Thank you and Erin Go Bragh! “end.

 

——————————————-

I have never seen U2 a  ‘popular’ band.

I had however the greater favour and liberty to be around the original U2 and it’s Lockheed stablemate the SR-71.

I advisedly say that it is the technology and design by human mind and hand which I admire, not the purpose to which governments did or do find use for them.  

 

The fastest n highest ‘world covering’ Blackbird. “Fear no evil for we are at Mach 3, 80,000feet n climbing”

never fly under the radar-when you can fly over!.  Like it's stable mate-the faster SR-71 both have a Wing motto 'the Lord is my shepherd- I fear no-one- for I'm at 80,000-and climbing!!!

THE U2 refitted for 2IST Century. Originally developed c 1955-or my year.

South Lawn 2007 A year later, I was inside the White House

South Lawn in 2007.   A year later, I was inside!

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. I fear no evil for I am at Mach 3 80,000 ft and climbing.The remarkable titanium bodied EARTH COVERING history laden SR 71 Blackbird. No  bombs, only cameras. The McCartney song came to mind beneath the plane.  He was singing about a feathered bird I think.

Here the updated 2006

U2.

So many retro-fits since 1960.

 
   
 
 
 From sunny California to……..

 the District of C
 
  
The house at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500.  I returned in 2008 for a look inside.   Cameras not allowed.
 As you walk in the small entrance a stairway to the left leadsup to the very private second floor world.  One wrong move here and there might be a close shave with a Remington automatic .
Straight ahead is the Cross Hall from where Presidents walk down to meet the world’s press at the East Room .  This is a multipurpose room where press, rock stars, royalty convene, but not all at once. The room iscompact-unlike the impression given by the worlds cameras.
 
 
The Blue, Green,and Red rooms to the right and then right again were slightly bizarre in my view. 
They appeared like large doll-house rooms.  They are effectively representations of how late 18c, into 19c,  and early 20 century rooms were in grand estates,  I guess.  Either that or George has been very thoughtful about porcelain figurines.  
 
 Quaint?  Yesiree!
 I did touch ‘stuff’ that are usually left untouched.   I do this routinely be it Redwood trees in California, Picasso paintings in Madrid, or pebbles in Rome. 
 The White House tour doubles back 360 degrees to the entrance hall and front door.  The place that every camera has captured since time immemorial or just the time I can recall on film c.1924-2008.
 
 I was intrigued that the driveway with the green eye-level hedge was very narrow.    Much narrower than expected for the parking space of limousines, 4X4”s and armoured  to boot.    
 
 The lantern fascinated me even more.  I thought of all the ‘heads’ that ever passed under it (or most of them).
NorthPorticoWhite_House

North Portico White House

 <No inside photo images as cameras are verboten .  Full screening!.  *No bags, small or big.  The very famous Hotel second down adjacent mercifully took them for the duration after the first less famous and rude hotel didn’t!
*Incidentally bags were allowed in a criminal Court in San Jose.  I was a guest of the lady Court reporter though. Maybe that helped!>
 Across the Potomac 2007 and 2008 I felt the urge to drop in to inspect the Pentagon folks . 
 The US had been trillions in the red from some dubious practices at the time of the 2001 attacks; and events were going into a greater ‘pear’configuration in 2008.  
 
 
 “There are known knowns.  There are known unknowns; there are knowns we know about; and there are unknowns …….!”
 That’s a most reasonable statement from Donald R.   But he and his administration contributed greatly to the list of ‘unknowns’ and never to be ‘knowns’
Ladies and Gentlemen, be seated!
  LADIES AND GENTLEMEN BE SEATED.  LISTEN UP!   
 
 BEHAVE YOURSELVES! 

 

                                                        

 

 The US presidential schedule for a week in 2010 was comparatively slow. 

Monday 9:15 receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 9:50 departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Greensboro, North Carolina 11:05 arrives in Greensboro, North Carolina Forsyth Technical Community College, North Carolina, Winston-Salem 12:20 deliver remarks to workers, Forsyth Technical Community College, North Carolina, Winston-Salem  1:55 departs Greensboro, North Carolina en route Andrews Air Force Base 2:55 arrives at Andrews Air Force Base  3:10 arrives at the White House 3:15 meets with senior advisors 6:10 statement to the press on tax cuts and unemployment insurance Tuesday10:05 receive the Presidential Daily Briefing 1:30 The President participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony Ambassador Tunisian Republic; Republic of Colombia; Swiss Confederation; Argentine Republic; Montenegro; Kyrgyz Republic; Kingdom of Thailand 2:00 receives the Economic Daily Briefing 2:20  holds a news conference. 5:20 meets with senior advisors Wednesday 9:30 receive the Presidential Daily Briefing 10:15 holds a bilateral meeting with President Komorowski of Poland 10:30 holds an expanded bilateral meeting with President Komorowski, Oval Office 11:05 with President Komorowski deliver statements to the press and take questions 2:15 meet with Secretary of State Clinton 3:30 Cabinet meeting 4:50 meets with senior advisors 5:30 signs the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 Thursday Friday – No public schedule.   credit:D.O’Loinnsigh

 

 

Meanwhile in Ireland at the Aras……..

Mary will be arranging flowers.

She will speak with the cook later.

The Shankill Association for the Continuation of Sectarianism, Bigotry, Racism, and Olde Attitudes are due to call in mid-week or whenever they feel like it!

Comparison – Cost Benefit Analysis

1. President of the United States $400,000   President of Ireland $433,000

2. Secretary of State , America $191,300 Irish Foreign Minister $270,000

3. Senator, America $174,000 Member of Parliament, Ireland $136,000

4. Top Department head U.S. government $150,000 Top civil servant Ireland $400,000

5.Salary CEO head of Pacific Gas and Electric serving 15 million people $1.1 million Salary ESB serving 4.5 million people $1.1 million

6. U.S. Secretary of Heath and Human services $131,000 CEO  Health Service Executive Ireland $422,00

7. CEO  of Dublin Airport Authority: $748,000 CEO New York Port Authority (handling La Guardia, Kennedy, Newark) $286,000

Comparing a country with 320 million people and fifty states to one of 4.5 million people or the size of the state of Maine!

Any wonder the Irish are in trouble?

credit:Irish Central for stats!.

The Irish Presidential 2011.

 …….. or the less than natural desire for the Aras.

The count has started they say.  I’m sure there’s a superfluous vowel in that word so favoured by politicians and servile media.

The simple question that ought to be asked of candidates is; “Why are you seeking this position?  Apart that is from a salary, benefits, and pension that exceed those of elected officials from more powerful nations?

All candidates for future elections should be subject to a clause 22 . “if a person seeks office they would by doing so,- de-select themselves”.

When a candidate acquires a seat on that larger gravy train laughingly referred to as the Oireachtas  (Irish Parliament Upper and Lower, House and Senate for overseas readers) they ought to be directed to state “I am grotesquely overpaid for this job.  I’ve no clue about it!   In that regard, I’m  like all who went before me”

I WANT MORE YE HEAR ME!    MORE!!!  MUCH MORE OF EVERYTHING-FOR ME!!!

I WANT MORE YE HEAR ME! MORE!!!
MUCH MORE OF EVERYTHING, AND ALL FOR ME!!!

 

Specific to the 2008 economic debacle….

To the foreign press, someone ought to have said   “The Republic of Ireland has not been ‘bailed out’ but given a loan which we will pay back with great interest.  Our  hearts are warmed by the 6 billion euro from the British Exchequer, but it’s not necessary!

Whose idea was it to make the Republic of Ireland the Blanche Du Bois of nations?

Vivien_Leigh

 

In all seriousness, why was the sovereignty of this country permitted to be dragged over a further ‘bog’ for such a miniscule figure viz UK loan. Could Dept of Finance not have got the shortfall of ‘spondulicks’ from just the one source, the European Central Bank,  without this token from ‘Blighty.

It was an aberration of the Finance minister (dead and eulogized) to have ever asked for it.  He should have said “We are grand, thanks all the same !”

duke-lenihan

Incidentally UK politicians are better at their jobs.
——————————————————————————————-

What could be done to promote Ireland without producing stereotypes such as  friendliness (largely a myth) and the gift of the glib gob (sadly true).

The drinking image makers of Guinness reached the apotheosis of marketing dark arts by it’s pernicious presence around the British Monarch.   Her Madge stricken by the sight of the Royal Standard Harp replaced by a brewery one refused to imbibe the dark brew.

Ingestion of it by the US President days later restored the joy of *Diageo and it’s shareholders.

  *Diageo plc Registered Number: 23307 Registered office: Lakeside Drive, Park Royal, London, NW10 7HQ Place of Registration: England and Wales

 

————————————————————————————————

 

 Tourist Board missed an opportunity to start a ‘Schadenfreude’ Tourism since September 15, 2008

Along the lines…..

‘Come over from the valleys of Cymru and lowlands of Caledonia and see how old stereotypes of the ‘stupid Oirish’ were not without some truth, begorrah!.

‘Let us show you our Parliament with gombeen semi-intelligible but a wealthy political class going personally forward.  We’ll take our leave for a visit to the other national parliaments of the Irish Fourth Estate at  NewsQUAK FM and aRsTE.

 

 

From the Loathsome to the Ludicrous. 

 RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011

My reply to a comment on a website which had a welsh person spout ethnic if not racist views against an Franco-Irishman. Mr. Rolland was completely correct according to Rugby Union law in dismissing the fouling player!  Bravo!

The Welsh who used one ball more than rugby union regulation normally permit to cheat and win some months ago, were not able to accept another law of the game

The list of rugby infringements overlooked by ‘mainland ‘ referees since 1964-to 2000-against Irish teams would fill a few coal mines. Perhaps the people who ranted abuse at the Franco Irish referee would prefer to have nations play with themselves.

as Dowie Copernicus said "wales is the centre of the universe"

Dowie Copernicus says “wales is the centre of the universe boyo”

 

That would allow France and Italy and England and Ireland to have The Four Country Championship with the bonus of avoiding two dull cities.

Commentators and professional broadcasters take note.  Nations are not countries definitively.

The England rugby team to their credit ‘turned up’ to play in the early 1970′s as the aforementioned two colonial teams made excuses to hide away .  It prevented a probable Grand Slam for Ireland.

While I’m here; could all broadcasters familiarise themselves with foreign names.

It took years before Monsieur David Ginola was called by the name his father gave him.  Similarly for Thiery Henri.  It might be unimaginable for UK or Irish broadcasters to learn another language but pronouncing Thair-e for Thiery-not Tee air e is not asking too much of them!.  Is it?  Exception being George Hamilton who speaks German and French and probably Ulster Scots)

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , ,

At 39B…again!

Just another Cape launch

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , ,

LIFE is still popular……

 

 despite cost of living.  

 

 

 No, I’m not speaking monetarily.

 

 Some heavy hitters of the ‘thinking’ game have said

 When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task; his single and unique task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden”

“What is to give light must endure burning.”

“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.”

“The meaning of life is to give life meaning.”

from the remarkable Victor Frankl  “Trotzdem Ja Zum Leben Sagen”

 

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”Herman Hesse

 

 

“Yet, at the same time, as the Eastern sages also knew, man is a worm and food for worms. This is the paradox: he is out of nature and hopelessly in it; he is dual, up in the stars and yet housed in a heart-pumping, breath-gasping body that once belonged to a fish and still carries the gill-marks to prove it. His body is a material fleshy casing that is alien to him in many ways—the strangest and most repugnant way being that it aches and bleeds and will decay and die. Man is literally split in two: he has an awareness of his own splendid uniqueness in that he sticks out of nature with a towering majesty, and yet he goes back into the ground a few feet in order to blindly and dumbly rot and disappear forever. It is a terrifying dilemma to be in and to have to live with”  …………….

Ernest Becker  The Denial of Death

 

 Short Intermission for Reflection…..

but no relief,

  as we are reminded

 

 REALITY 

 

Trust Woody Allen to be more prosaic about it all.

 “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don’t want to live in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live in my apartment”

 

  Here are few aphorisms of my own …..

“Ireland is a good place to be buried.  If you’re lucky it will happen post-mortem” 

“Many people lose sight that they’re less than a grain of sand in the Grand Scheme.  More see themselves as the entire beach.   Most fail to see the larger desert that surrounds it! 

 “If you win all of your battles except the last one; you lose!  That’s Fortūna at her most fickle.” 

 “Life would probably be a longer process without processed food” 

 “Deja vu is not what is used to be” 

 “First impressions are important, they say.  Subsequent ones too.   Yet the shape from the mould ought to be more worthy than the impression!  Who are ‘they’ by the way? 

 “Consciousness if conceded to the consortium has consequences.  Many cons, you see!   Therein lies a hint.   Contagia!  Don’t be controlled by ! Contest it!”

” Controlled consciousness consumes consumables but ultimately is consumed itself.  Ask yourself this  “Do you want to become consommé?

 O’Sullivan Aherne

 

 

Some lighter thoughts from the worldly wide web…..

If it’s true that we’re here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

If 4 out of 5 people suffer some affliction,  does the fifth one enjoy it.

It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning.

We are born naked, wet, and hungry.  Then it gets worse!

Eat right, exercise daily, live clean, die anyway.

Today is the last day of some of your life.

What a wonderful life! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.

  Maybe life isn’t for everyone

Anything good in life is either illegal, immoral, or fattening, or causes cancer in poor lab rats.

My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.

The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it’s true.

 

 

 

 

 

 I cut this gag to it’s essence, ‘cos that’s the way they should be told!

Lawyer* I have good news and bad. Client: give me the bad.  Lawyer.  DNA tests showed that it’s you.   Client: No!!!! what’s the good news? Lawyer:  your cholesterol is down to 130!

By lawyer I mean those who justly practice law and not those who unjustly profit by it,  you’ll understand. 

 

 Some ‘facts’ below with my response.  It has been a slow day.

The average human produces 25,000 quarts of spit in a lifetime, which is enough to fill two swimming pools.

Best reason to avoid public bathing areas.

 Human brain weighs around 3 pounds.

 That’s just packaging!  200 billion neurons, 125 trillion potential synapses in the cerebral cortex alone.  Remarkable! Are your lights on?

If you gave each human on earth an equal portion of dry land, including the uninhabitable areas, everyone would get roughly 100 square feet (30.4 m).

 The current population being 7 billion plus+, the statistics seem wrong .Only 100 sq ft?. Who choses whether it be a jungle in Borneo or Casino Square Monte Carlo?

Only one person in 2 billion will live to be 166 or older.

They’ll inherit the land above and will breathe possibly breed with the other 3.  Illogical but it’s a gag!

1/4 of the bones in your body are in your feet.

Ouch! I always knew that.  Too late…. again!

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.

   Makes evolutionary sense!  Economical too regarding socks!

You blink over 10,000,000 times a year.

  Is that 20 blinks a minute?  Seems excessive!

Women blink nearly twice as much as men

could suggest women are blind twice the time, but make up for it by multi-tasking.  I think both conclusions are wrong by the way

The average human blinks their eyes 6,205,000 times each year

Humans are blind a lot of the time!

The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.

Never the right ending. 

Sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100 miles (161 km) an hour.

At least!

Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards—

Don’t get your ice-cream served backwards.

 

Some outsourced advice from Sages of the Web.

Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of repayments

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you’ll have their shoes.

If you lend someone 20 euro and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.  Nothing to lose except some cash possibly

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

Never miss a chance to shut up.

There are a few theories to arguing with women. None works.

Experience is something you don’t get until after you need it.

By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.

Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

but keep in mind….

 

 What not to do at your next Interview.

10.Challenge the interviewer to arm wrestle.

9. Wear earphones explaining you have a talent to listen to interviewer and music at the same time.

8. Bring large dog to interview.  I’d say a small dog might be a problem too!

7. Refuse to sit down and insist on being interviewed standing up.

6. Excuse yourself and return to the office minutes later wearing a hair piece.

5. Say you would show loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on your forehead

4. Doze off.  When awoken, exclaim “I didn’t rob THAT bank”

3.  Interrupt to phone your therapist for advice

2.  Explain that a long-term goal would be to replace the interviewer.

1.   Say you never finished school because of a kidnapping.

 

Just remember even moreso than last time I advised you……

 

The last picture could be copyright of the estate of the late Dr. Sagan.  I hereby acknowledge.  NASA I expect had a role.

 Most assuredly GOD or the Supreme Entity who was hanging around before the Initial Singularity has overall copyright.

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , ,

Curbing……

 

Doesn’t contemporary society suck Larry?  It’s a suckciety, I tell ya!  No! we’re not Aspergers whatchacallit!  It’s not anti-social!   It’s straight dope!

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO.....

Achtung!

 

“Consciousness if conceded to the consortium has it’s consequences.  There are a lot of cons out there!  Try not to be controlled by contagia inasmuchas you can!  Contest it!”   O’Sullivan Aherne

” Controlled consciousness consumes and ultimately is consumed.  Do you want your mind to be consommé” O’Sullivan Aherne

 

 I considered placing my quotes under the triumviri beneath but hey it’s my spot!

The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful” Chomsky

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society“. Bernays spin-master Eddy.  Ya gotta admire his longevity all the same!

 “Madison Avenue is a very powerful aggression against private consciousness. A demand that you yield your private consciousness to public manipulation”.  McLuhan

 

 

ps. above pic is not that avenue.

For Madison Avenue, say Dublin.4, or D.2, or D.6 of the Irish golden triangle where Satan’s triplets, Advertisia, ,PRonia, and Me D eye A, meet their elder cousins Legalia, and Estatia Agentia for afternoon tea since time immemorial or sometime before 1940 for argument sake.   

 Decades of their decadence have passed, and some have ventured beyond the Pale, to mix with their target audience, or the savages in the wider wilderness.  Times are hard.  Cachet is secondary to cost these days

Thanks to NASA AND ESA  for showing some lights down there.  They're on but there's few at home, if you follow.

Thanks to NASA AND ESA for showing  luminence down there.  The lights are bright, but it’s only the electricity grid.

“It’s so easy to manipulate an audience, but it’s nearly always clear that you are being manipulated. I think even people that are not critically attuned are aware of cynical manipulation in film”.  John Boorman being very generous in his adopted tax friendly for artistes country.  From where a slurry of pedler bubbleheaded reviewers of ‘da moovies’  have emerged mouthing nonsense about ‘da fillums’.  The slang word movie implies to move… moving… emotions.  It certainly moves popular  corn in a darkened room.

  Though Mr Boorman set a decent enough standard, some harsh truth would be appreciated John!

 

More insidiously, extra corn is served in living rooms by broadcast  ‘Mee D YA’.  The daily ritual of bathing and breakfast is shared by the unwary with corporate shills spewing shibboleths every hour on the hour.  Soap and Toast with a Host (my facility for aphorisms has no bounds).

These networks from where clowns speaketh down with clichéd forked-tongue

“What part don’t you understand? Road map Moving forward Tipping point. Facebook Twitter! Tweet us!”

Exercised           as a verb for a mental process such as in ‘are you exercised enough about our manufactured concern to tweet us about it, or find us on Facebook’>  Answer to that should always be NO!

 

“do the math”

There was a time when such a phrase would prompt sniggering.  Now the American ‘math’ singular is all the rage on this side of pond.

” above my paygrade”   used by rent a mouth opinion-twats who heard Barack O say it

“touching base -left field-stepping up to the plate” used by Oirish and Brits who probably never were inside a baseball park.  It’s unlikely that all three phrases will be used at one sitting.  If you do hear someone say all three in a segment; consider it a home run!   Reward yourself by turning off the wireless.

“you guys”       In a parallel universe where Matriarchy is perceived; there may be men who refer to themselves in a group, as gals. 

To finish off , and believe me I wish it was legal to do so with them ALL

Let me be clear.              I wish you’d try

Let me be honest with you.              For a change,-go on Pepe!

Let’s agree to disagree.    Let’s agree you try a long walk off a short pier.

Kick the can down the road.        A can takes 50 years to disintegrate, pal, recycle waste!

Haircut.       usually followed by trench and troika    This use of a WORD normally understood as cutting of hair in the course of a decade has co-existed to mean taking a severe penalty.   It’s use should carry one.  (Are you listening readers of news in your trench with a troika.)

 

Amazing

Meme

Viral

Robust

Iconic

Benchmark

Closure

team player

Bling

Unacceptable                  it really is

Anyways/Schadenfreude/Transparency/Downsized/Move on/Metrosexual/Kerfuffle/Track record/Game changer/Cutting edge/Bottom line

State of the art/Best practice/On the same page/Silver bullet/Out of the box

 Strategic plan/Mission Statement/Business model/and much, much more /That being said/As a matter of fact/Outside the box/Between the lines/Way forward

Is what it is/ or we are were we are.                Would that be the ball park where you step up to the plate and see an object from left field perhaps?

Point in time/Up to speed/Moving or going forward    Albert Einstein would like to know what ye mean by that!

 Wake up call/Bring it on/Jaw dropping/Bring closure/

Vision statement/Paradigm shift/Exit strategy

Money shot/Not rocket science/Sea change/The rest is history/Absolutely/In harm’s way

 Happy accident/A ha moment/Perfect storm

Be afraid, be very afraid/Mistakes were made

Tipping point          ———sadly not of the garbage spoken

 

Now the chance of one person using a high percentage of that nonsense let alone ALL of the above in a typical show, is unlikely.

Yet as I wrote those earworms, a voice echoing in my superior temporal gyrus was that of an early morning Oirish chat merchant*. Remarkably, his whole on-air schtick consists of this verbiage.  It’s preternatural!

 

 Zero sum/Law of unintended consequences/and there’s more

 

 

 While these Id10Tangos and Egos are ‘having their cake and more besides’, people such as emergency response workers do indispensable work anonymously . They don’t need a morceau from the gateaux because they have a soul.

Just as a clear day might be in sight, a fog descends as some NonCommunicorp studio stooge asks

“That’s all very well, but the laws of unintended consequences, going forward could very well be ……..Your mission statement looks like blue sky thinking to me. At the end of the day, I would have thought………the optics are…..”

Dilbert’s is bemused!  His more assertive friend empties a chamber from a concealed .45 into this micro-phony.  Not actually, but there might be mitigating factors if it were so.

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , ,

A Star in California……

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Maybe they should send this over to do a job on Hollywood

The F104 Starfighter

On 7 May 1958 U.S. Air Force Major Howard C. Johnson, flying YF-104A 55-2957, broke the world altitude record by flying to 91,243 feet (27,811 m) at Edwards AFB.

On 16 May 1958, U.S. Air Force Capt Walter W. Irwin flying YF-104A 55-2969 set a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph over a 15/25 kilometer course at Edwards AFB.

Essentially the F104.Starfighter could climb in a minute to an altitude that modern commercial airline level off at and serve the coffee . The 104 was comparably unstable and deadly.  50 years on, here I am, where it began at Edwards.

Hours up and down the flightline taking snaps in the desert heat, this momentary refuge inside the main hanger was a relief.  It might take another 8 hours to process snaps so I’ll just do a multiply insert later.

By the way this base is so ‘classified‘ that following such ‘hospitable’ open days, very large guard dogs are used to coax ‘Joe and Josephine Public’ to return to civvy street by way of a long desert traffic jam.

Note.  Impressive data from Wiki on all aircraft if interested. Here’s the 104′s CV.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_F-104_Starfighter

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , ,

Inside the Shuttle carrier.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO.....

Taxi for…..Shuttle!

747 Shuttle Carrier

747 Shuttle Carrier

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , ,

That’s Valet parking!

THIS IS VALET PARKING AT EDWARDS.  U2 NEED APPLY!

THIS IS VALET PARKING AT EDWARDS. U2 NEED APPLY!

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO.....

Edwards AFB. California

Just a few of many photos during 10 hours and as many miles walking the flightline in a rather warm 85 degrees.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , ,

Los Angeles from Felipe de Neve to Plácido Domingo

11-8-06-100

11-8-06-101

11-8-06-102

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , ,

Impressions of ……

El Rio de Nuestra Señora la Reyna de Los Angeles de Porciúncula

ImageImageImageImageImageImage

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO.....

Amusing

Thalia.  Muse of Comedy.

Thalia  would be impressed.

I saw the pilot of Monty Python  in 1969.  I saw film premiere  of ‘Life of Brian’ in London less than a decade later, as  humour had been banished from Ireland.  Cleese & Co  had been influenced, as is the way of things, by what came before, of course.  This rich seam of British comedy from Music Hall to Milligan to Monty was mined by Chris Morris in a very unique way in the early 1990′s .

The Day Today pilot below is the televisual younger sibling of the wireless On The Hour. This episode ( at  20 minutes onwards) is not only comedically sharp but had the prescience to see the journalistic cravings for war porn in the years that followed.

 

This clip like many others will be preceded no doubt by some advertisement. Where you can feel free to skip after the mandatory 4 seconds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8m3dFcNuAQ

 

Incidentally how do people come to regard tdesert land grabs of the early 1990′s as war?  Symmetry of military equipment and infantry numbers is surely a requisite to call it war. Rhetoric over-ruled!  We have answers coming in on a postcard.  Media that is how!

ps.  The Day Today still relevant regarding events in Crimea.

 

Extract from Blue Jam

“Often at night I hear a crying sound coming out just below my nose”

I paraphrase a request for someone to sit down   “please lower yourself to that horizontal board that prevents your fall to the floor”

Try extra Audio and follow at your leisure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkaTwAeJH7Q

 

Thalia is giggling wildly;it has been reported!

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , ,

In the Beginning…….

there was……

 

 http://mauriceaherne.wordpress.com/

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO.....

Almost forgot…….

 

 

http://mauriceaherne.tumblr.com/

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO.....

The bad, the good, and the ugly

 

 First the bad news

I had thought after 50 years (yes 1964) that fretting over a sporting occasion was a thing of the past.  Maybe I knew I wasn’t completely immune but certainly not so worked up that an extra beta blocker would be required.  Like a Pavlov dog, I am conditioned to feel a certain way when my native country is represented on the world stage whether Horse-Racing, Soccer or Rugby Union. 

The event this time was England v Ireland RBS 6 Nations Rugby or explaination for friends overseas, 3 Countries and a Fourth with 2 colonies). I knew this 22/02/2014 match would be touch with tension for 80 minutes plus added.  I was right.

England 13. Ireland 10.

I would prefer physical victories to moral ones.  With a few exceptions, it has always being thus. Misery usually hangs around for days.

 However…….

 the good news

I proactively trained myself to look for a distraction

 Despite local media hype, Bob Dylan tickets were quite easy to grasp.  Had it not been so, would I have been tempted to Sapporo, Tokyo or Osaka?  I might have been. Certainly Munich.

 

Can’t leave this theme of ‘bad and good’ without an ‘ugly’

Lawyer*    I have some good and bad news.  Which do ya want first?

client:                       eh…… bad news!.

lawyer:              your  DNA was at scene!

client:      NOooooo!!! ……

So what’s the good news?

lawyer:                  Your cholesterol is looking very good!

*Explanation for local readers.   Lawyers may also be solicitors ,although the US pejorative connotation of that word is actually more apt.

You can assume therefore what is ugly!

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , ,

beside every Bridal shop …….

 

 

one would expect a

 a gun shop.

This is not Compton LA.  This is…

 quaint Antwerp, Belgium.  

Not just deactivated firearms either but dubious WW2 paraphernalia.

Whot about a themed wedding fraulein?  Wehrmacht goose-stepping up the aisle. Nein?  I zee u frown.  Perhaps a touch of Kriegsmarine, or perhaps Luftwaffe in delicate blue?

 Luftwaffe it iz!  Exzellent choice if I zay so.  Now would that be European theatre or North African?  May I say here that the dezert look would give it a varm feel?

Luftwaffe North African campaign!  Trefflich!  Ze blue vill go well with your eyes and the hint of camouflage with the bridesmaid gownz”  Nich!   I’m afraid a Messerschmitt vud be extra by a considerable amount” 

 

Additionally there were Russian AK’s too in case someone requested a 1945 Berlin feel.

You could say that in a city which has a large Jewish population which returned after the war, that this is interesting, for want of a better word.  Does it show insensibility and disregard or the tolerance of the citizens of Antwerpen.   Both probably. And European mainland pragmatism.  Business is business!

Who better to judge than those who took the hammer of the Blitzkrieg?

I was on my way to a nightclub but had 40 minutes to photograph some beautiful churches and the odd boutique that stretched along yellow-tinged boulevards. This part of Antwerp was chocolate-box charming like a very ancient Swiss town.  It is almost belies the historic reality that this port town was bombed to rubble by German forces 70 years earlier.

DSCN0214 DSCN0215 DSCN0216 DSCN0217 DSCN0218 DSCN0219 DSCN0220 DSCN0221 DSCN0222 DSCN0223The 3 snaps just above are of the rail station the following morning.   The last time I was impressed with utility buidings for cleanliness and style like this, was at Los Angeles Union station.   Half a world apart, but evidently some architects still share a sense of the aesthetic.

 

 

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , ,

Musical Interlude

 Along with previous tracks I recommended elsewhere

  RELAX with some more Chill Downtempo

 

 

He's right again.  We're the new cool people who make these sounds

Mossie is  right again, about us. We’re the new cool people who make these sounds

http://www.veoh.com/watch/v242044pCWxESzH

I recommend

La Femme d’argent   

Hayling  by FCKahuna

Suzuki by Tosca and Sparks by Royksopp

plus tracks

Inside my Mind

Finding Beauty

Underwater Love

 

The last two tracks have a hint of the magic that the late

John Barry purveyed

Also from assorted artistes listen to tracks

Red Eye

You Hear Colours      I hope they had asked

Kate Bush first about sampling ‘running up that hill

———————————————————

A Dry Martini with these last 2

Polaris    with a very 1960′s lounge feel

Carnivores Unite

At the River by Groove Armada    while you’re on your yacht

Daydream In Blue     where  electronica meets hippy 60′s

by I Monster        

 Slow Blues       by Wu Tan Clan

of course while you at it you deserve to hear again

Teardrop

by

Massive Attack    for the voice

….and that bass sound which is reminiscent of Isaac Hayes work in Theme from Shaft

 Hey don’t forget to drop into link below with to INITIAL choices,

Musicality? Taste is either great or not at all!

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged

How Do I Love Thee…..?

 Count the flowers and candy for crying out loud!

 

 Valentine’s Day, or Christmas for adolescents who need to be reminded that they may be loved.  Be consoled. You may have been be lusted,  for a time!

 

 

 So glad that I and my current woman friend have been ‘in like’ to start with.

My Eyes Adored You ......First......

My Eyes were first to adore You

 

 

 A cynic both ancient and modern might say

 

 So,

 VD day,

 brought to you by Hallmark Inc et al..

 

 Next stop…….Easter! 

 

 Forget Ovaries be Careful Day  -14th of the 2′.

 ……there’s chocolate Ova coming up!!! 

 

 What’s after ?  

 

 We thought of that so you don’t need to do!  Maybe you could lose a few pounds…….

 Slimming Day!  You want to look good for that beach, don’t you?

 Holiday season

 Does someone love you enough to bring you to…..

 

 

 And on and on and on………

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged

0.0000069%

……..of my thoughts

 

 are etched on parchment.  0.0000PickANumber on this forum.  I must do better! 

WRITE

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , ,

Putting Descartes before the Cheval.

Did you ever have an unsettling feeling that society is not as it ought to be.

I have said before and it stands repeating that  “many people put Descartes before the horse” 

René Descartes, back in the day, mouthed  “je pense, donc je suis”  to his countrymen and women which proposed that by the mental act of pondering upon one’s existence proved that one actually exists

Subsequently René re-drafted this as cogito ergo sum possibly when his literary agent advised him on audience reach and the book market demographic.  Probably not!

Today many billions of adult or nearly adult humans with unbounded hubris, think that they think just because they are, and furthermore have knowledge just because they think.  Or worse, they perhaps feel,  “we are , because we have a phone where other people can prove to us that we exist”  They also might have Facebook and Twitter.

Amid the choir invisible in the celestial loft,  René is heard    ” les fous, les fous, les fous”

Descartes

 

 “Halo! La lumière ici est très forte ici.  Dieu m’a donné Foster Grants”

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , ,

Time and Place and Being

Not a treatise on the human condition but an excuse to place some new photos.

View Post

Image | Posted on by

Time, Place and Being.

Impression at 27,000 feet. Rome is not burning, and Nero never played.

Impression at 27,000 feet. Rome is not burning, and Nero never played.

It has taken 55 years to drop into RC Central, or Roma.  Initially last year and then again in 2013 for a few days.

I had being around most of Europe in the 1970′s but only in a ‘ 13  day-pitch your tent-after Milan, this must be Zürich’ sort of way.

I will try to find time to write a little on each place, but being fatigued-I will do so later.

Meanwhile some modest morsels in miniature.

Not too shabby here…

DSCN0114DSCN0111DSCN0116

The penultimate one maybe Maria Buonarroti Simoni, an ancestor of Michelangelo.  Maybe not!

The last one is not the second room of the Papal residence, but an inexpensive room  situated a mile or so north of the Vatican.  40 euro per noctem.  Cheapness or frugality?.  Sometimes it’s easier to travel alone.  She’ll never understand.

It’s amazing what good lighting and the right angle can do.  Hundreds of  photographs in musei or outside in the walking museo of Roma itself, to follow. I’ll get around to them soon.

Ciao per ora

Fotografie sono sotto copyright: Maurice Aherne

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , ,

Quick Press

Haven’t had too much free time lately.

What am I listening to at the minute or minutes are

Bacharach and Cilla recording ‘Alfie’ from the eponymous great film, with the one of few, Mr Caine.

and

Morricone’s original soundtrack from ‘Once upon a…

View Post

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO.....

Quick Press

Haven’t had too much free time for leisurely pursuits.

What am I listening to at the minute or minutes are

Bacharach and Cilla recording ‘Alfie’ from the eponymous great film.  Hello Mr Caine!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAuoNa5g6i8

and

Morricone’s original soundtrack from ‘Once upon a Time in America

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaZFLkR6fVU

 

Apart from the intrusive advertisements- YouTube-has it’s uses, making  such old masters and masterful old works -very accessible in the 3rd millennium.

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO.....

katajapensas:

Aino on Flickr.

Image | Posted on by

maurice aherne | MOSAherne

Link | Posted on by

Ireland is probably a good place to be buried. If you are lucky it will happen post-mortem.

Not as flippant as it sounds. Irish manage to ‘do’ funerals.

MOSAherne

Quote | Posted on by

Due …..

to some PRESSING issues,  I have had less time lately to impart wisdom here.  I will revert soon to my hand-written notes and in no time at all, a wave if not a tsunami of  ‘stuff’- will come your way!

writer-cartoon-4

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged

Quite simply, many people often lose sight that they are less than a grain a sand in the full scheme of things. Sadly some see themselves as the entire beach.
More regrettably, some of them fail to see the larger desert that surrounds it!

Google MOSAherne

Quote | Posted on by

If you win all of your battles except the last one; you lose!

That’s Fortūna at her most fickle!

Maurice O’Sullivan Aherne

 

Quote | Posted on by

Too early…

9 AM. on a Saturday morning.  WTF?

This page is turning into a literary form I dislike; a diary.

Anyhow just for now-here goes…..

All the good people I have known are dead, with some exceptions.

While most of the peevish and pea-brained are manifestly still hanging around here in the temporal zone before Karmic justice dispatches them to a molten core of damnation.

Or is it just me?  Is it just a fleeting feeling?

(pause any length here from 24 hours to 4 decades)

Nope!  It’s pretty much  ‘set in stone’

I’m aware of the impression this bold assertion might send to amateur analysts.  Some people can’t ‘handle the truth’.  Deal with it!

Which brings me to bring you to someone who manages to make humour out of repressed indignation

Do yourself a favour and listen to Bill Burr.  The Irish comedic gene NEEDS a generation or three in Boston or East Coast USA to flourish.    I mean to be intentionally comedic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxm29OD5woo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf5MAHGF7VA

 

Warning for sensitive ears!  Ripe language is mostly for emphasis!

Stand up

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Just when…..

I gave praise (which is never dispensed recklessly) sometime ago to the BBC and specifically Radio 4.

However from time to time standards drop……..

8th July 2013 ca.7.40 am

Sarah Montague rambles on about some tennis player called Murray (it could be Ruby or Chic ).  She linked with John Humphries in the way radio presenters imagine are seamless and witty.

Sarah gasped  ” Now that Britain is the best at tennis and cycling in the world, maybe we can…..”

It got sillier and sillier.    He muttered “Go figure!”

Sarah thinking she was Dorothy Parker retorted.  “Go figure John? -you’re so down with the kids”

Sadly both of them were on this occasion.

Humphries might have been thinking about ice skating.  When not being Magnus Mastermind John is always ready with a suggestion.   On a reality show which had fellow celebrities paint artistically as opposed to domestically, John was so frustrated at being the finger painter while the others were at a Dali status, that he ranted

” Look!  painting is not nuclear fission”-”There’s nothing to it.

John knows a lot, you see! Incidentally, Ms Montague in the same programme uttered “the British Lions won against Australia”  Wrong! .

Meanwhile Mr Naughtie who is often similarly faux popular and silly was reporting from Arabia and less heroically than he and others would like us to believe***(below)

Our man in Damascus with flack jacket, white slacks, blue shirts (presumably as it was on radio) and comfortably distanced from real danger (less presumably) gave his personal view.  Maybe he needed the break from Sarah and John. Though one must wonder if the current ‘our man in Cairo’ Mr Bowen could not have hopped on a plane across the Sinai.

This was just an atypically bad morning edition from Radio 4

Portland Place normally sets the standard.

I even venture there on pilgrimage

http://www.pictureperfect.ie/mauriceaherne/e310b91c3

 

***  Nothing as fatuous or imbecilic as RTE sending their Lawrence of Arabia-someone called Boucher Hayes on a middle eastern expedition some years ago.   He was more likely to get in a predicament with his jeep in a Donnybrook car park, than he pretended to be (with great heaving dramatic pauses) to be in Libya, at that time.

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO.....

Earthly Voice ……

Noam_Chomsky_Toronto_2011

Do we really need to look further than……..

“Facts matter even if we don’t happen to like them; Elementary moral principles matter even if they have conseqences we don’t wish to face; relative clarity matters!.

If you have an hour or so to spare from the common toil for a common wage, the Professor’s words will make sense.  The tone might soothe as a bonus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kiz_t4sz3VU

He finishes with an unvarnished ‘thanks’.

He’s not thanking you or anyone in particular.  Why should he?

The thanks is for those who mutually gave their time

…….. listening.

 

Before we leave NoamFest;  there is a podcast that escaped from aRsTE.

Prof. Chomsky was interviewed for all of 7 minutes by a ‘solid’ enough reporter..

Fortunately, he was spared from Miriam O’.  She introduced the piece as if it were a benign disease  “Dis is NoaaaaM Chomsky here”:

The other blonde Clare B, book-ended the interview

“Dat was Noam Chomsky there!”

 

Cry or laugh!!!!!!!!

 

 

 think

.

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged ,

Don’t do it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As shooting two legged idiots is still not legal, I will use the keyboard for now…..

I infrequently listen to the National airways via podcast.  It’s a device where one can select doses of torture in small packets.

Lo and behold, another string of  Oirish professional chatterati were speaking once more, five years on, about bankers: while the executive bankers,  are by and large not at home…..or not at home here.  They’re certainly not speaking!

That’s another bonus for the top executive bankers!  They don’t have to endure the wall to wall commentary.   Not of course, unless they choose a podcast!

It may be an imperfect analogy but it’s like a Dara O Briain arguing with a  B ‘O Carroll on the state of comedy.  Both are unintentionally funny in their unfunnyness.  Both are  business men.  One has made a career just for talking endlessly; and the latter is just feloniously guilty of taste.  Both are smart in a typically Oirish way.   They will make hay while the sun shines even if hay is not required.

Broadcasters; print journalists; and politicians bring issues and policies to the masses as entertainment.

Light entertainment but no enlightenment!  One professional gob (a male politician who speaks with a Joan Burton accent and earnestness) implores  “I’m speaking for the public”

Could they stop doing this! One Olivia O’Leary is enough to ‘speak for us’  .  The ‘unofficial voice for Ireland”  has a peculiar habit of using the first person plural.  “We Irish are ….”

Does she yearn to be some Maud Gonne figure or a Countess Markievicz ?   

 Ms O like many in Oirland is ostensibly retired but curiously retained and though easily forgotten is not gone.   

Imagine the pitch for this nice ‘earner’ in some waterhole of  D.4   “I tell ya;  it’ll be like Alastair Cook’s letter from America” 

 I don’t think so!   Neither in substance, scope, nor style.

  

pic credit- Liza Donnelly

pic credit- Liza Donnelly

Another gob cum scribe is running The Almighty close for omnipresence.  No opinions can be aired without him, seemingly.

Talking for talking sake is an industry which will never leave this sodden island.

In 21st Century Ireland,

it’s

‘Listen to the Line’ .

I have been saying for years that there would be less Ozone depletion if a pipe was placed in parliament and studios of parlay throughout Ireland; and USEFULLY the expulsive air pressure could pneumatically turn turbines almost indefinitely for the national grid

Now, I’m not an engineer, and there might be slight technical problem;  but it’s worth a shot!

 

 

There was a time when entertainment was quietly entertaining

 

credit-cbs

pic credit CBS. What’s My Line in 1950 USA

 

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO.....

More revelation?

 

 thin or think

 From the above paradigm -this is ‘TN’ time

 

                              I used to write letters of a laudatory nature to moderately established figures in Ireland if by chance they had momentarily excelled in some endeavour (Yes! I  do positivity also).  Evidently it was not worth their time to reply.  

How and ever, world-rated figures in science; medicine; arts, and other disciplines that I have had similar communication with (quite a number in fact) invariably managed their time to reciprocate. 

 The lesson I have slowly learned would run along the lines ” the greater they be;….the nicer!’ Or as Confucius may have said ” when sma fish swim in sma pond they stink the place up”

The same is true for ordinary mortals (not talking fish here) from all global locations outside Éire  in regard to the time honoured tradition of ‘courtesy to reply’.  Irish with few exceptions don’t do so.  They don’t do…..manners!  

There is another adage which goes ” some failures of oneself  are difficult to accept but the slightest success of an acquaintance is intolerable”

 

 ps.

A propos of nothing in particular and slightly unrelated but I’m too tired at the minute to move this elsewhere….

 An elder creature of Oirish  radio repute warned in a newspaper column on the perils of social networking.   It’s as if no amount of forestry can be spared for ‘da bleeding obvious’ from such like.  It’s a nice little earner all the same.

biz

 

 

 

 

Posted in NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO..... | Tagged , , , ,