Goodnight sweet prince

So Twenty has retired, it’s no joke. I don’t think anyone will realise how important Twenty Major has been for Irish Blogging and Irish writing. Someone who never compromised. Someone who not only exercised his right to free speech but wrote countless wakeup calls about the state of this nation and this world. In a world of sychophants and ass-kissing yesmen, he said what he thought and did it in very eloquent ways. Those who have a cork up their asses about bad language were unable to get over the colour to see the depth to much of his work. Although not all of them write for the Sunday Times.

Look at the massive community built around this blog but even more watch how he interacts with these people leaving comments. He answers nearly every comment. That’s respect, something that many of us don’t do properly. I have so much respect for someone that obviously is thankful for every comment that he gets and lets the person know he’s read it. So while he’s putting the blog on hold he’s created a forum for all of these people to keep going and slagging each other and having a laugh with each other. Wow.

I’ve been awed by his work-ethic, inspired by his humility in person, got jealous watching the women melt with his charm (yeah I know but still) and have been lucky, really lucky to have met up with him outside of the Blog Awards chaos to have a chat.

The wild wild west of blogging has lost another maverick and hero. Pretty soon this place is going to be pretty tame and well-behaved. I’ll miss him more than he knows. Unless he reads this.

9 Responses to “Goodnight sweet prince”

  1. Darragh says:

    Lovely testament. He was also a helpful source of encouragement and guidance on what to do in certain circumstances and I’ll miss his posts. His damn second book better be good though!

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  3. Twenty Major says:

    heh, you’re too kind. Thanks for all your support down the years and I’ll be there for the awards in Cork so I can point and laugh at those that have to go up and make speeches. I might even heckle!

  4. Well I have an excuse now to go and look over the 3 years I wasn’t there, but still, sad to see you go Twenty.

  5. dublin says:

    Like they say in France : “le roi est mort, vive le roi!”
    =>The king is dead, long live the king
    that meant that when a king deceased, another one arrived, and we hoped long life for the new one…
    Well, to conclude, it’s going to be more pressure on the quality of the other blogs !

  6. Aidan says:

    Sorry and shocked to see twenty major go, ill miss his posts which i found highly entertaining and unmissable to read, the John Wayne of Irish blogs will be missed.

  7. Dublin — I’m not quite getting it. Could you just explain that a small bit more?

  8. Dublin says:

    The king is dead (so twenty has gone), long life to the king (there has to be a somebody new to replace him)

  9. NiallOK says:

    Dublin, I think Bock might have been employing sarcasm.

    Satisfy your need for over-explanation here 🙂

    (Shit… two weeks late…)