Visited the Print Museum yesterday. It’s in Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road. Hang a left after the Schoolhouse. It’s small but they have some nice machines used in printing history the past few decades.
There’s a guided or unguided tour. In fairness the place is quite small, you can look around in 30 minutes or so but it’s still worth a journey. They also do what look like very interesting workshops that I never have time to get to.
This is the plate for the last edition for the Sunday Press:
Also outside, we have cannons spiked into the ground:
The Realex Payments Web Awards 09 are open for business. Guess who the new main sponsor is? Get your nominations in for the categories too. Press release went out today and yes it’s true, turn up in Ireland soccer gear (they play the same night) and you can get in for free.
Online campaign to get Rap as Gaeilge into Irish charts. And the track disses Peig!
Exchange Dublin in association with Temple Bar Cultural Trust are calling on citizens, funders, public representatives, artists and more to take part in ‘Culture and the City – the Debate’, a masked anonymous debate and theatrical event where invited guests and audience members will respond to broad questions about Culture and the City Meeting House Square, Temple Bar on Wednesday August 19th at 6.30pm (gates open at 6pm)
Shame I’m otherwise engaged: SymbioticA’s BioTech Art Workshop is an introduction to biological techniques and issues surrounding the manipulation of living systems. Artists and researchers from various disciplines engage in the biological science lab to utilise language and techniques into their practice and research.
There was a great timeline about design in the UK that contained a huge amount of information and jump points into lots of areas. One that really interested me was the design of the roadsigns in the UK. One single design to unite them all and they left real genuine designers design them. Civil service working well.
Javier Mariscal is the guy that you might know more as the guy that designed the mascot for the Barcelona Olympics but is famous in design for so much more. Here are some photos and videos from that exhibition:
If you’re interested, a few of us Twitter folk are having a Princess Bride Twitter evening on Thursday August 13th at 8pm. At 8pm on the button we all press play on the DVD in our drives and start watching while sharing the experience (i.e. comment loudly) on Twitter. The event was party inspired by Graham Linehan’s Bad Movie night, except this is a very good movie but was more inspired by the Irish Twitter community who gather around their TVs from time to time and with their laptops exchange comments with each other about whatever is on the box. It’s a fun shared experience.
I was thinking the hashtag for the event could be: #asyouwish
Anyone can take part but you might just want a DVD copy of the movie to fully enjoy it. Why not bring friends along too to take part in this, like a cult maybe we can convert people into The Princess Bride.
If you’d like to take part stick your name down in the comments or if you’d like to host a watching party in your gaff, do so too.
On the way to the Tate Modern for their Futurism exhibition and after finishing my Mister Whippy (threw away the flake) I popped into the Globe Theatre to see what they had free in the next 36 hours. Helen was the only free show and at 7 this evening. Romeo and Juliet is booked out for the season! So I chose Helen and the fantastic girl behind the counter gave me the best seat in the house (C40) which is front and centre.
She also discounted it from £40 to £20. I knew nothing about it going in. After a few minutes I thought I’d skip out halfway as I was knackered but as the show got going I didn’t want to. Helen is played by Penny Downie and she’s energetic and playful and you can see the audience hang on to her every reaction. Paul McGann who played I in Withnail in I plays Menelaus and feck me he has not aged one day since Withnail. I thought he was one of the younger McGanns actually.
The play itself is so so story wise but it’s a comedy and is highly playful and interactive with the audience. I heard some girls bitch after about it lacking meat, pah. It was was the most fun I’ve had at the theatre in ages and ages. The ending reminded me of the Monty Python Alien in Life of Brian but you know, funny. A cute touch too was the cast came out and danced in sync for the ovations. Very cool and very obviously they needed a good bit of choreography.
This wsa my first time in The Globe. It’s beautiful. Smaller than I would have imagined. A few shots from the iPhone of it:
Anything on in the Globe is worth going to. Who’s been?
This is a fully-funded programme, including all fees, and participants will receive a bursary to the value of €17,500 (plus a rental allowance).
Ireland is totally ass-backwards when it comes to the world of digital. Says the EU. Government spin will say the report is from old data, yes motherucker because it takes time to gather data from all EU countries. They’ll say it won’t take into account our recent broadband gains. The same jaded line is used year in year out. I’m sure they’ll mention the vapourware plan to “digital leapfrog” the world. Frogs thrive in stagnant conditions.