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


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!




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.


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

 Putting Descartes before the Cheval. 


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….


News of Today?

Power, Plumbers, and Paranoia,

Is there no pleasing you?


Just back! Quick post

In case I forget……


Above the Parapet

Miss Cel·Lane O Us

Say what you will……

Karine’s place.


Pride came before the fall.

Plus additions via link

for you lucky people


Belgian girls are so…….

Regular News!

Keeping it real…….

Lifting the mood?


Parody or Reality?

The ‘bleedin’ obvious or is it?

It’s not just …….

The main thing is….


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


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

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Reno to Las Vegas








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!




 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.   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!



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!



 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.



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Last word on the SR-71


 SR-71 Blackbird


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.



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.

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


A SR-71 Blackbird supersonic reconnaissance ai...

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

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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.

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Musicality? Taste is either great or not at all!

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

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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

Did I mention


Underwater Love

by Jerome Isma-Ae on Croatia

Overtones of a 1960’s mood

Indulge yourselves again with Teardrop from Masive Attack and the wonderful last base note reminiscent of Isaac Hayes. Try their Black Milk on Mezzanine

Smashy n Nicey might have said “here’s a climber riding up the charts” ‘It’s Personal’ by The Radio Dept on Pet Grief.

Before I found the new century of musicians, the old ‘sound’ reliables were more like…….





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!

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


 from BBC’s Classic Album  AJA


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



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.


Do it again

Haitian Divorce,




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

The Band



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


Pink Floyd.


 Talking Heads            

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


 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 …….




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.



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

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!”

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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)

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.




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Some decades later……..
                                                                  pre-flight checks
This is as close as one can get without flying as crew.


                                                                   post launch memories



 empty space here


                                   though less so above




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Not rocket science? Yes-it is!


 Who said light it up?


                                                      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.



                           plus two solid rockets-


                                 for that little extra PUSH!




                                                 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!





 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!

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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)






 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.

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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.






 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.
They talk nowadays about ‘girl power’   Here’s a Riel deal from Canada

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#!+!”






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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?

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

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.


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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.

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


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’.


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


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


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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!.


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 …..

Make sure of your intention.  Use sparingly!




Some folk who have dodged the bullet ……




The restructured male


pic:  approve Mr Bailey



Reno, Nevada

another interesting town.



 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

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Every Picture Tells a Story…

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

which reminds me to take some shots. 


  I mean photos…. officer!


Only method to take this angle of shot is atop the Washington Monument.  A helicopter would be shot down under P56 Air Restriction stricture.

Only method to take this angle  is atop the Washington Monument. Private use of a helicopter or plane not recommended under P56 Air Restriction stricture, nor arrest, jail-time, deportation or death. 

 If you turn your head 90 deg.  Go on, humour me

the Mall outstretched leading up to the Capitol.

the Mall outstretched leading up to the Capitol.

 The dimming light has more to do with post-pic-fixing than actual elapsed time.  Although I did spend an amount of time as is my wont, in situ.  The tent above was a moveable feast (almost literally) if I remember correctly. 


 if you turn your head another 90 deg or thereabouts, maybe 75.


and a tad more


basically the Basin

Jefferson Memorial, Tidal Basin, and Potomac Parks. 


 swing those neck muscles again please, since the monument ain’t moving.  Who said why not?   


Yes, of course.  Abraham has one two.

Yes, of course. Abraham has one two.

Some rough pointers.  The Pentagon(of which you heard) in this photographic exposition is over the river to the left (background) and within that region is the Arlington cemetery.  Sadly there has been a relationship between the two for centuries.

The JFK Center is background right.  The Watergate Hotel and Complex of R.M.N infamy not far away.  This is a town of connections in many senses!

 I was about to give you the Tour Guide of everything; but here’s the basics courtesy Mountain View Cal. friends,-77.0391796,15z


Before we leave DC, or leave it once more,


Oct 2007.   It took another year to get inside that House yonder,  in the Fall of 2008

Hey!  I came all the way from the old world…..the old sod!  What?  I need an invitation? Why I outta…..?  I’ll be back!!!



 Oct 2007.  I felt a need to get closer, to ‘touch stuff’.  It took another year to get inside that House yonder, in the Fall of 2008

 It is all very possible.  All you need is a developed and hard -earned level of perseverance.










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Have said it elsewhere but it bears repeating……..

Avoid media!


Or specifically that which passes for such locally, the Medi O’ Crity from deluded egos for lost souls here on a  damp little island off western Europe.

A toxic commercial blend where vapid, witless,  insincere, acquisitive types vie for ratings and whose existence revolves around selling ‘stuff’ to their target audience, and been remunerated princely for their ‘industry’.  Entertaining news or news that will entertain; they don’t know the difference.

Only an innocent visitor or immigrant would find Oirish media momentarily interesting, informative, or diverting.

If you really need an approximation to something resembling news, begin with a Google search ‘reputable’.  There is really no excuse in this day and age.

Al-Jazeera, Reuters, US-PBS Newshour, or just around the corner at Portland Square London.



If you need some harmonic distraction-take your pick from within Jango (one of a few of many but still usefully useful)

Chill Down-tempo, Classic Jazz, Exotica Lounge, Easy Summer Lounge, and if that’s not enough, maybe venture into the murkier depths of funk or fusion.

If it’s not there…….


maybe sound is not for you!


or try San Diego

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


Walrus 105.7.

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

Keep it classy!

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

into San Diego approach.



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Herz der Europa, Deutschland

This gallery contains 50 photos.

Germany is fascinating. We are outside the Adler Café in Berlin.   Had I been wearing a trench coat and a monocle, I would not have been out of place.   The building was intrinsically, tangibly, and authentically Berlin as much as the … Continue reading

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Who said Hollywood Boulevard? Please leave!

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

My size 9 is at the virtual center or 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










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.



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 very light entertainment in the dark!




More interestingly in a half-light was the old US Senate




but before all that, I had to find the good Senator’s office.

Excuse me Miss, which way to........

Excuse me Miss, which way to……..

Leaving 5 hours later, as the staff were expected to do too.

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

A government worker with a beautiful face and a smile to go with it, is always memorable

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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………






in their natural setting as it were










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.


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



is aboard this  infra.


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...

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!


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Icon of an Epoch.

The hardware at the Cape, too!











The rocket booster stages and block houses at the Cape,

Command capsules are however placed at notable air force and navy base museums around the US, but many of the prominent ones are a  2 hour flight north  or 10 hours door to door to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in DC, which is always interesting to visit.

Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo 11 command module are the first exhibits you’ll encounter, as you step indoors, off the Mall.

Here’s a couple of  thumbnails.  Protective Perspex shell around Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo capsules cause severe camera reflections.

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


Another Time, Another Place

Back at the Cape, the hardware and software had moved on too.


Yes!   This Maurice O'Sullivan Aherne.

Yes! This Maurice O’Sullivan Aherne.



Near Enough?  I'm getting too close to the LOX.  Hold off the launch 'til I get away from this store of explosives!  Second launch I saw  The first was safely more distant on Cocoa Beach.

Near Enough? I’m getting too close to the LOX. Hold off the launch ’til I get away from this store of explosives! Second launch I saw.   The first was safely more distant on Cocoa Beach.



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The Only Revolution…


the Irish will ever experience …….

is one which follows the Laws of Physics and least of all

democratic politics


Pic. from ISS.  credit: NASA/ESA.

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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!



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



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Pictorially, a few of many…..


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

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

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.

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




                                                  I am aware that the following might sound harsh even a touch misanthropic.  Please view it as a public service announcement

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

 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 .

 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 confers a status)

  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.

 Newsreaders announce the latest road tragedy like some Disney event with a vocal range from happy clappy to brainlessly chirpy

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

 Print columnists when not prostituting themselves on telly, have youthful looking byline pictures of themselves 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



 Not sp long ago as to forget there was something called

 The Jacobs Award. 

ca. 1963-1993 Irish broadcasters took the biscuit (not in the literal sense unless they actually ate the fig rolls but close enough!) and  they turned up in glitter, gowns and gormless grins.  The women too!

 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! 




 What’s the difference betwixt this

firm of accountants Kenny Byrne and Tubridy.


Curley Moe and Larry. 



 Very little on the surface we would all agree.  


 Note the car door lettering.  Have you ever seen the six in a room together at the same time?  I rest my case M’Lord!


 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 in public!

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, I ask you? 


I voluntarily listen (during ablutions in the morning) 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           OK, we’re in the diamond.  Baseball and not culinary arts?


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

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

Level playing field                we could be playing a few sports now.

On message                      Now it’s tactics!!!!!

Final analysis.                  Usually it is when analysed, until the next analysis. 

The rest is history          as senseless as ‘make poverty history’     Both without a hint of English grammar too

Sea change                                      is that a Tsunami approacing?

 We have a situation                       Sure do!   Was in a playing field some time ago

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 told 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; either in or out, 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   ?  Really?

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

  Not rocket science  and  Not brain surgery        Again, how would they know?   Hack hubris knows no bounds





Then the luvvies bleat “send us your feedback /twitter us /or on Facebook /or text us”

 Really?  I don’t think so.  12 years ago Instant Messaging was as far as my Luddite spirit would go. 




 “There’s more” says PK .  Jimmy Cricket is embarrassed by that catchphrase 30 years on


 In case I didn’t make it clear






 APRIL 2013

Cable conglomerate with national broadcaster track viewer behaviour while synchronising commercials to run at the same time which interrupts bad programmes for the unwary.

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? 


 Why not slap the picture above to the screen and  save the licence payer several hundred grand? 

 “From Hell’s Kitchen to Hollywood”  The title must have been the deal maker.  Judas wept!   So Lugs Kelly went with a motley crew went on a ‘translan’  jolly.

Last time there was the cliché Mustang car hired albeit the 2005 version and gayly yellow.

Years after the UK sent their lot (Fry or was it Laurie) to have a look at the  50 States; the Oirish try another slant or  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 his bubble burst in Florida too.   



 On the plus side,

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

 One who is not, nor shining, is Olivia O’Leary!.   I suppose she once bloomed in a Mary McAleese sort of way, but now she’s like a Valentines rose on February 15th: forgotten and still comes with an old message that has passed by it’s date.

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.   More Roger Cook!

Ms. O. if you must do the Urbi et Orbi  schtick could you 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.

There’s no I in team by the way; but there is M E.






 More often than not during a link between gossip and more gossip in a serious News Department someone tries to be ‘funny’. I mean intentionally so, as they do it so well unintentionally.   7am-9am prime time, some fool injects a pun or some drivel.  A pause! Torrents of laughter, ensues.   



 Has Larry David entered the room?

” Pretty Pretty Good  BAD” 




 Little was ever original in Irish  broadcasting.  The five decades of ersatz entertainment and imports from the UK and our cousins in the US-must have been a huge saving on programme research and development.   

*I’m guessing a desk does exist if not a door marked Programme Development to give an impression of ‘originality’


 Why is there a need for a license fee?   Duh!   

 It goes some of the way to pay the troupe of  ‘talent’ a kings ransom


 in case another broadcast corporation of the world would sign them up!



Meanwhile not too far away people who pay the most, are curiously  ‘prone’ to shopping.

Excited Shopping Woman




 Random Tedious Effluenza and Newsquak!

If RTE are the flagship of Irish broadcasting or the Costa Con Dire,  then start looking for lifeboats!

 “RTE  supporting the arts” a voice over munchkin intones.  Curiously true,as many of the ‘talent’ managed to acquire an simple arts degree before joining up.  Isn’t life strange? 

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

 Where did that awful inflection at the end of sentences come from? Was Australian TV an electronic babysitter to the pampered generation during the 1980’s. 

 Other vocal artistes try but fail to impress in a US accent extolling some

  ‘ must see moovee’. 

 aR Tee E.   20th/9/2012

I tune in for a few minutes to hear if a cultural uprising against the message but more hopfully the messenger has broken out. 

 Nah!  No chance!  It’s La La Ireland.  People are easily satisfied!

Uncle Pat (best chemical engineer in very light entertainment 1980-20oo, before finding his feet in entertainment lately) is sounding more and more like an impression of himself.

The inflections and emphases often go into hyper-drive, . Any more PK-isms such as “the optics”, and ‘the law of unintended consequences’  and Apres Match satire team could be out of business.

19th /9/2012

I heard a health executive person (an executive of the Executive, or the top executive if 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 all other broadcasters worldwide by having podcasts. The problem now is, it makes the miss-able……less miss-able! 


 Rte (cailin whispers another voice -over) “so bad we play it twice!”

 Oirish broadcasting. 

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

Judas wept!



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




Media schools probably  urge herds of ‘wannabees’ to ‘be themselves’.    Being oneself is a problem 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/she,  all of it?

“Der you have it” –  Who is Der, and what have you given him or hercand why?

Or full-blown Lyric FM presenters*** -not only with the affliction mentioned but with with a risable pretence that they are polyglots just by the machination of over-phrasing foreign words.

 ” Dat was Beethoven der!”   They throw in ‘of course’ as in ” dat was Heydn der, of course ” when they get bored with their normal levels of condescension. 


 Now for sometime their play list was the height of complaisance as it accommodated the perceived musical knowledge of their audience.  From listening to a few of their podcasts (useful tool for condensing pain in byte sizes) -the Lyric troupe now ask for listeners to submit their choices.  How nice!

 G.Hamilton* sports commentator and cultural icon being the exception.  Although his liking of Elgar’s  ‘pomp & circumstance’ relegates him badly in my view to lower championship level.

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 their respective names  ‘chewed’.

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!    The French voted in another guy.  “just drop the ‘H’–and get on with it!  It’s all on da auto-cue!

The director will later go home, kick his pussy-cat and cry “If only the license payers knew the salary of these 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. G.Canning and M. Morrissey are just two.

However with the new rugby craze of the last few years someone called Corcoran has hitched a ride on the truck of hyper-crazed commentary.  This gob manages to outdo the  O’Hehiritis and  everyone before him.

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

 Did he?



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


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

 Or maybe they are people in transition.  They may not have a Montrose contract but the ‘Sky’ is always 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 have some line they strap  “It’s not just news you know!” 


 It’s diabolical nonsense, with a twist! 

The latest perversity is to have someone called O’Donovan (or donkey to his friends) read a prepared segment in ‘Gaelic’ on a random subject so badly that if that other smooth Gaelic speaker Gerry Adams  whacked him with an Armalite; he would be pardoned.  2nd degree manslaughter for cynical cultural destruction, a mitigating factor

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

 I asked.  They hadn’t a clue.   Nothing was or has been done

Dat’s all folks!


 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, not least 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 -not a name drop of the chatterati  “dosstoyes ski”. 

  There was a lot of snow but little recreation time for Fyodor to ski.

POO-teen is the current pronunciation of the Russian Federation boss whether people like it or not!   PuTIN 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 philosophical intimates.

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



one for the mindless ‘moooveee’ reviewers 


 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




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 an ironic sense. Some might say it was 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 most things, most of the time for a century”


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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 hypersonic craft in Ireland over the last few years they might be forgiven for thinking that someone called Kathryn Of the Thomases was Queen   Or that another someone called Craig of the Doyles was King. 

Craig the Sincere out of a caste of professional ‘Dubliners’.  The Fanning of the Fakists,  D’ Murray the Piteous, and Tomas Dunne Scotus, previous servant of the Bono household.   All from a lineage of insincere Hibernians stretching to the McGurk dynasty!

 Breaking news!  

No  sensible extra-terrestrial would waste their time with such earth bound self-replicating reptilian life forms.


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.


Not always perfect but a different level to wireless on John Bull’s other Island.

Friday 4/4/2013   6.40 am on BBC Radio 4 Sarah Montague vocalised ” White House  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


 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!

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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.

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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.



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Pictorially..a few of many


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.

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Image via Wikipedia

 4,161 km away at the alternative site.

My shots from  Edwards AFB

have touched down at

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.

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Check the word of those who might know………

“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

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Documentaries meant for you!

 A little exhortation for these titles …….


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:

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.











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.

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.


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.


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.


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’!


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”.


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!

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American Pilgrimage

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From one misty eyed nostalgic impression

to the reality, as it may be today

from Noam C.

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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.


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!




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!


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.

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“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


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).

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!




 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”




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?



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 !”


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. 


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)


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At 39B…again!

Just another Cape launch

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Under Yeager’s X-1

1947 vintage over 1955 in 2007.  Time flies!

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Oh, Pa-he-ggy, my Pa-he-ggy Sue

Long days journey.  A cuppa tea?  Nothing over easy!

Long days journey. A cuppa tea? Nothing over easy!

The thought had passed my mind to re-enact a slice of ‘Five Easy Pieces’.

I’d like an omelet, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. And a cup of coffee.

Waitress: A #2, chicken salad sand. Hold the butter, the lettuce, the mayonnaise, and a cup of coffee. Anything else?

: Yeah, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven’t broken any rules.

Waitress: You want me to hold the chicken, huh?

: I want you to hold it between your knees.

But this is real life and not Hollywood a few hundred miles west. These women were working long-hours at the Peggy Sue Diner.

Here’s one they made earlier

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the Wronged man



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Who said using ‘gate’ as a suffix for some minor intrigue……

Getting up my nose!

Getting up my nose!

is a useful journalistic device?  It gets up my nose!   See!

Could all who have done so or do or will continue to do so, jump off a high bridge.  There are many to choose from over the Potomac.

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Leaving Sacramento!

We gotta leave now Bonnie!

We gotta go now Bonnie!

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PACIFICation. Impressions of a coast.

pacific coast during my Kandinsky period

pacific coast during my Kandinsky period

Bourdain? Sisley? Non! C’est O’Sullivan Aherne bien sur!





van gogh surely

van gogh?

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while sorting through old photos, this one over Nevada, somewhere between Reno and Las Vegas, is unremarkable.


Wait a darn minute!  Is that a spiritual manifestation?

Now the smart alecs will say here that the 'sign' being in the same place while the aircraft has moved on a bit, is evidence of a scratch on the window. Ye don't thing the Almighty can work his magic????


or an acrylic-plastic window maintenance problem.










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Professional expertise?



So what’s your opinion on kissing?


A  software specialists view might be    “A kiss is a few bits of love compiled into a byte.”

A mathematician            “A kiss is two divided by nothing.”

A physicist                            “A kiss is a contraction of the mouth due to an expansion of the heart.”   More like the explanation of a biologist or biochemist (below).

I think,  a Physicist might be more inclined to say ” a kiss is the ever closing space between two masses which with careful docking and spatial awareness will conjoin two distinct parts of each mass” 

   It will not go down well with the fragrant fairer significant other though. 

A chemist                      “A kiss is the reaction resulting from the interaction between two hearts.”   Lame!!!

a philosopher             “A kiss is persecution for the child, ecstasy for the youth, and homage for the old.”

a theologist                “A kiss is divine.”

an ecologist                 “A kiss is a clean, green, renewable energy resource that works best when recycled often.”

physician       “A kiss is an oral stimulant taken by mouth that can often cure what ails you.”

aviator          “A kiss is the next best thing to the sky”     (just thought of that one)


equal opportunity

equal opportunity


but it takes the useless professions to view it cynically………

lawyers-solicitors                “A kiss is when the party of the first part and the party of the second part have reached a mutually beneficial understanding that two (2) pair of lips shall co-exist in, for all practical purposes, the same space and time for a temporary period”

 ……” and for that advice ….21 per cent of all future fiscal benefits, that arise from such a  mutual understanding


banker               “A kiss must be considered an investment that is profitable when returned.”

economist                  “A kiss is one of those things for which the demand is always higher than the supply.”

politicians                   “A kiss will cost you a very lucrative career if experienced with anyone other than your spouse.”

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A Foreign Eye Sees Clearly……

our Oirish rogues gallery, our Oirish usual suspects, our Oirish ‘persons of interest’.

or just those who went before our current shower of money-grubbers. 


from Michael Lewis

The first thing you notice when you watch the Irish Parliament at work is that the politicians say everything twice, once in English and once in Gaelic. As there is no one in Ireland who does not speak English and a vast majority who do not speak Gaelic, this comes across as a forced gesture that wastes a great deal of time. I ask several Irish politicians if they speak Gaelic, and all offer the same uneasy look and hedgy reply: “Enough to get by.” The politicians in Ireland speak Gaelic the way the Real Housewives of Orange County speak French. To ask “Why bother to speak it at all?” is of course to miss the point. Everywhere you turn you see both emulation of the English and a desire, sometimes desperate, for distinction. The Irish insistence on their Irishness—their conceit that they’re more devoted to their homeland than the typical citizen of the world is—has an element of bluster about it, from top to bottom. At the top are the many very rich Irish people who emit noisy patriotic sounds but arrange officially to live elsewhere so they don’t have to pay tax in Ireland; at the bottom, the waves of emigration that define Irish history. The Irish people and their country are like lovers whose passion is heightened by their suspicion that they will probably wind up leaving each other. Their loud patriotism is a cargo ship for their doubt.


‘the strangest consequence of the Irish bubble: to throw a nation which had finally clawed its way out of centuries of indentured servitude back into it’.


In any case, if the Irish wanted to save their banks, why not guarantee just the deposits? There’s a big difference between depositors and bondholders: depositors can flee. The immediate danger to the banks was that savers who had put money into them would take their money out, and the banks would be without funds. The investors who owned the roughly 80 billion euros of Irish bank bonds, on the other hand, were stuck. They couldn’t take their money out of the bank. And their 80 billion euros very nearly exactly covered the eventual losses inside the Irish banks. These private bondholders didn’t have any right to be made whole by the Irish government. The bondholders didn’t even expect to be made whole by the Irish government. Not long ago I spoke with a former senior Merrill Lynch bond trader who, on September 29, 2008, owned a pile of bonds in one of the Irish banks. He’d already tried to sell them back to the bank for 50 cents on the dollar—that is, he’d offered to take a huge loss, just to get out of them. On the morning of September 30 he awakened to find his bonds worth 100 cents on the dollar. The Irish government had guaranteed them! He couldn’t believe his luck. Across the financial markets this episode repeated itself. People who had made a private bet that went bad, and didn’t expect to be repaid in full, were handed their money back—from the Irish taxpayer.

In retrospect, now that the Irish bank losses are known to be world-historically huge, the decision to cover them appears not merely odd but suicidal.



excerpts from Michael Lewis article in Vanity Fair 2011.


Strange how years of glib gobbing on national airways and several forests of newsprint haven’t conveyed so succinctly and coherently the latest depths of ineptitude of local politicians as the above article .   I say ‘latest’ advisedly.  There’s always more to come.



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It used to be …….

THE ORIGINAL DUBLIN AIRPORT TERMINAL, where a 13 year old used to peer at steel behemoths with  fins and piston engines.    I never pass the opportunity to gaze now,  at the building itself.  Classic!

THE ORIGINAL DUBLIN AIRPORT TERMINAL, where a 13 year old used to peer at steel behemoths with fins and piston engines.
I never pass the opportunity now just to stop and gaze at the building itself. Classic! 

Travel by air back then was far beyond the pocket and almost beyond imagination. 


40 years on, squeezing inside a Boeing 737 more commercially flashy than a Ronald McDonald’s eaterie is regarded as travel.  It isn’t.  The plane travels all right.  Unless you bring some imagination and a plan you’d be better off looking at maps on a sofa and reading history.

Whatever about imagination, plans ‘gang aft agley’  in some way.   I spent much time with lunch boxes, aluminium foil, and sandwiches before the odyssey.  I left the rechargers for both cameras behind which takes a unique talent to do.    Maybe it was all subconsciously deliberate.   More time to actually see with the eye and touch with the hand was one way to rationalise it.

What else could go wrong?   I’ll spare you the gloom the worst of low-cost air travel followed by craiglist accommodation errors.  It would be too unbelievable even for a Rod Serling TelePlay, if they still were making them.

I tell a lie!  The worst experience was on another continent and lasted 4 days in ordinary time, and 4 years in memory.  That was costly in many ways! So once more,  the inconstancy of fate with the vagaries of travel brought me to a state were plans were altered and altered states were not planned.

I was a little less inclined to walk Berlin the next day, and less so to return to anything resembling an airstrip.   I had been to the ILA production in 20o8.  Air Shows don’t change a lot.

Here’s a few memories from ILA 2008

Only people who knew Angela could get on board.  No problem.  Not impressed by it.  After all, the USAF permit the ordinary citizen to the flight deck seats of far more impressive aircraft.

Not overly impressed by the A380. This was the first and all the rage for the VIP’s.

such as

Did I mention .......The Boeing C-17 Globemaster.  Note the homage to the Berlin Airlift 60 years earlier.   Incidentally the old DC's would have flown across the border to the west at Templehof

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster. Note the homage to the Berlin Airlift 60 years earlier.

The USAF permit the ordinary citizen to the flight deck seats of far more impressive aircraft.



The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

 more than IT skills are necessary to sit in either seat here.  The HUD display for each pilot is a sign of how busy things get when judging distances on landing and taking off in these heavy lifting transports. 


ONLY A QUARTER OF THE GLOBE covered. Balloon flight over the other three-quarters might be out of the question but surely there is something better than teeny bop gap-year 10 hops around the world.

ONLY A QUARTER OF THE GLOBE covered. Balloon flight over the other three-quarters might be out of the question but surely there is something better than 5 hops around  hub airports which people today assume as travelling.


Had I fallen out of love with the spirit of Hera, Iris, and Atahensic, or had I enough of the  interminable stop-go-process at terminals.

Instead of ILA 2014, I chose Gatow.

A cake?


Gatow the old abandoned air-base, which was apt, as I felt much the same. I mean not like an airbase, but feeling weary and all the rest.

It turned out to be one of the finest museums of it’s kind in Europe in my view.

An interest in aviation isn’t necessarily required,  -just history.  You’ll soon be wondering how people in the second half of the 20th century survived the threat of nuclear holocaust It only feels like a decade ago.

Machines here were much used and truly historic. From Cold War anti-artillery ‘nasty’ stuff  to classic WW2 airframes, such as a 1943 Bf 109’s, and ongoing generations of Soviet Migs. As interesting a display as any I have seen with the added frisson that Gatow was an actual site of WW2 and subsequent Cold War tensions

Gatow museum in the borough of Spandeau is like a lady of a certain age living a quiet thoughtful life.  Though I could have done with an offer of cake and some water* at her house.

Here’s a well-produced amateur clip shot in winter.



*** Water was found at a dispensing machine in a cafe secreted behind several buildings, and beyond to a hanger.  Close call but survived!



Here’s a new aspect of Berlin.   Nice restoration.  Hard to imagine that not one of the many souls here would have imagined for a minute what would befall their city in the next 100 years.




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Are your curtains closed? Or …….




……. would you prefer to be the subject of Arne Svenson and be mounted in a Manhatten gallery.  Some might view it as stalking, while others might see it as opportunist and intrusive.   My initial impression was that it was tastefully staged.






According to the Tribeca photographer,  these photos were taken from his apartment, and are candid.   Incidentally the specific lens was inherited from a late ornithologist friend.

 I suggest he might use in mitigation if he was ever brought to court

‘Your Honor, I was only watching the birdies’  ‘Besides the windows are too big not to notice’













all photographs herein this post are copyright of

Arne Svenson




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A lot of Russian around…..

here in 1968.


Now a Warsaw Pact tank track painted in peaceful lilac lie around for the curious visitor.    Art out-stallation and great recycling. Or is it a mulberry colour?   Historically more accurate, Soviet Russia had their Soviet satellite armies invaded.

I was in Prague in 2008 forty years after this intervention or a ‘fraternal assistance against anti-social forces’ as the Soviets described it, occurred

The Russians are onside now and will never invade anyone ever again.  Ever!  Eh!


A decade before World War 2 when neither Russia nor Soviet Russia had a bear hug around here, Prague might have looked a little bit like this photo below.  Illusion courtesy of a vintage car.

A blink in cosmic time, but 70 or so years forward and the automobile motif and indeed the city itself has a new look.

Beautiful!  Czech beer adds a few pounds.

Oh! the car.

a Maserati.

One of the more sober models from the 1899 Bologna company with the Trident insignia.  Now under the holding company Fiat Chrysler Netherlands, previously Fiat S p A, and before that Fiat Group (yawn!)

more visions







 All photos are copyright of Maurice O’Sullivan Aherne

Prague Czech Republic.  Opera House missed by tram. copyright. Maurice Aherne

Prague Czech Republic. Opera House missed by tram.
copyright. Maurice Aherne

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If you find yourself empathetic to,  or in agreement with Bukowski then something sometime probably went wrong in your life. While he believes himself to be a soft person with just an ugly exterior, one can’t help but see some ugliness in the way he treats women now and again.


Seriously I would wish at 58 to have more in common,  in sensibilities I mean, with Woody Allen, Noam Chomsky, or Martin Scorsese, but the quotes from Mr Bukowski do strike a chord or have some resonance in a man’s life.

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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





Or to paraphrase another writer  ‘ a billion dollar brain within a 98 cent body’

 Short Intermission for Reflection…..

but no relief,  as we are reminded




Trust Woody Allen to be more prosaic on this issue.

 “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.


I conclude here but ask you to bear 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……


This last ‘exposition’ could be copyright of the late Dr. Sagan’s estate.  I hereby acknowledge. 

 NASA I expect had a role too.

Assuredly, GOD or the Supreme Entity, who was previous to the Initial Singularity,  has overall copyright.


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Doesn’t contemporary society suck Larry?  It’s a suckciety.   Buy! Take! Dump!   I tell ya!  No! we’re not Aspergers whatchacallit!  It’s not anti-social!   It’s straight dope!  It’s da truth!



 Above are jokes folks!   Some truth probably lies therein.    Warning.  Not a medical diagnosis!

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“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.)









team player


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.

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A Star in California……




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.

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Inside the Shuttle carrier.


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Taxi for…..Shuttle!

747 Shuttle Carrier

747 Shuttle Carrier

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That’s Valet parking!



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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.





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Los Angeles from Felipe de Neve to Plácido Domingo




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Impressions of ……

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



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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.


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


Thalia is giggling wildly;it has been reported!

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In the Beginning…….

there was……

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Almost forgot…….

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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.


 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 in the US, while the US pejorative connotation of that word (if you ever look down before entering some buildings)is actually very apt.

You can assume what is ugly!

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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.




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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

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



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!

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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



 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………


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……..of my thoughts


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


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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”



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

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Time and Place and Being

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

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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…


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


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