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Jun. 23rd, 2007 09:48 am The Seven Nation Army Awards

After a brief, 15-month, hiatus from Livejournal I hereby make my triumphant return to publish the final round of the Seven Nation Army Awards, because I can better express myself in playlists than my mother tongue. Who would have thought four years of higher education could be distilled into a playlist of just eight songs? You better believe it, baby.

The Seven Nation Army of Semester 1: The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The Seven Nation Army of Semester 2: Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
The Seven Nation Army of Semester 3: Toto - Hold The Line
The Seven Nation Army of Semester 4: Alice Cooper - Poison
The Seven Nation Army of Semester 5: Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot
The Seven Nation Army of Semester 6: Arctic Monkeys - When The Sun Goes Down
The Seven Nation Army of Semester 7: Razorlight - America
The Seven Nation Army of Semester 8: The Immediate - Ghost In This House

To return to prose...
I'm now officially a college graduate, having been interviewed by Engineers Ireland on Thursday. It's nice to have a bit of closure on the whole education thing but a little bit scary at the same time. The next step is a move to Galway, where I'm starting my new job with Abbott a week from Monday. I've sorted out a house and car - a 1994 Toyota Corolla - and am now one of those old people who get sternly-worded letters from the bank. I'm really looking forward to Galway - I've only been there a handful of times but I always get a great vibe from the place and I already know a few people there. I'm heading upto a massive party tonight so that should be a good start. I've been up the walls for the last month. I only got a few days with my favourite American ladies, Amanda, Jilly Bean and Georgia, before I'd to hit the dusty trail. It was amazing to see them but I'd love to have been able to stick around for a week. This just underlines how I'll have to take about a month off work some time for a massive tour of the States. Immediately after finishing college I worked as a lighting rigger at the Cat Laughs comedy festival in Kilkenny, which was as fun as ever. Long hours working were always followed with long hours drinking. Some valuable contacts were made behind the bar, which meant I was able to get free drink for myself and anyone in my periphery! After Kilkenny I was up and down the N71, N20 and N18 between Skibbereen, Cork, Limerick and Galway getting things sorted - I covered 1000 miles in the last week! I must pack my bags and make the final long trip up to the City of the Tribes so I'll leave it at that and, who knows, maybe I'll mind myself writing here more often.

Current Location: Lough Ine Road, Skibbereen, for the last time
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: The Immediate - Ghost In This House

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Mar. 20th, 2006 09:05 pm Great weekend in Killarney

After some house drinking in Kilmurry on Friday night I got the bus from Limerick to Killarney on Saturday afternoon. As before, I met Sara and went straight to Salvador's, one of her parents' restaurants for some FREE FOOD! Of course it was deliciousness at its finest. We drove out to the infamous Mary Howard's house and got some coffee cake with a cupán tae. Stopped in the offy on the way back for some alcomoholic beverages, then back to the house for me to play her father's guitars and her to change. People started arriving pretty soon and we got stuck into booze and banter before heading into town waaayyyy later than we had intended.

We went to a pub that one of the lads worked in and got FREE BEER!!! Met Kate in that pub and headed down to the Granary for another few. Myself and Sara decided to leave early as we hadn't seen nearly enough of each other in the few hours we'd been there! I got to see the legend that is the Allegro chipper, outside which was a Corkman covered in blood of undetermined origin, and got some more FREE FOOD in the form of a delicious garlic cheese chips.

Soon after we got home, more people started arriving and we tucked into what was left of the drink. Sara's parents Sandro and Paula came home from work around 3am. Now Sandro can be a pretty intimidating man at the best of times. He speaks with a Dublin accent, looks like a bouncer, is of Italian descent and generally seems like he could kill you for something as simple as, I don't know, taking his baby girl from him. So he comes into the living room where we all were, calls me out to the hall and, instead of beating me to a bloody pulp and making me dig my own grave, asks me if I want to jam. Now I love jam, and also guitars so the pair of us disappeared into the guitar room and played for a while. We went back into the crowd later and everyone was chatting away about all sorts of things. One by one, people got tired and went to bed until it was just Sandro, Darren and I. We cracked open a bottle of vodka and proceeded to drink and talk about everything until discussion came to guitars and Darren decided to hit the sack. Next thing I know, he says he's tired, we look outside to see that its very bright and my phone helpfully informs me its almost 7am! I awoke several hours later in a daze. Sorry, that's a Family Guy quote that sounded right. I crawled into bed to inform Sara that I was not, in fact, beaten to within an inch of my life and had just gotten all sorts of guitar advice and tips, and discussed random philosophical stuff with her dad till the wee hours. She thought perhaps the world had ended, but indeed it is still spinning. Could meeting the parents possibly go any better than this?

I wasn't tired at all the next morning, despite only getting about 2 hours of real sleep, so I got up and walked to the shop for life-restoring breakfast rolls, and picked up milk and bread and some random stuff for her family. After a few cups of tea Sara rang into work sick and we headed off to the park with the dog and a ball to get back to our primitive roots. We lay in the sun, invented "crotch ball", using crutches, not our crotches, watched Kate being taken for a walk and a tumble with Luigi the labrador and lay in the sun for hours before walking back home to some genuine Italian home cooking. Oh yes, FREE FOOD yet again! After drinking too much tea to make it to the bus station in time for the 6pm bus, I got there at about 6:30 to find out the 6 o'clock bus was, in fact, the last bus to Limerick for the day! Nothing to panic about, I gave Sara a ring, got a lift to Cork with her and spent the night in the old homeland Abbeyville, where we lived together while I was on co-op. After a final cup of tea this morning I finally made my way back to Plassey.

It was one of the best weekends in a long time, and one to be repeated!

Current Music: Pink Floyd - The Great Gig In The Sky

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Mar. 8th, 2006 12:10 pm Whats going on

I haven't updated this since before Christmas so I might as well give a quick synopsis of whats going on in my life... I'll probably never find time for a full update!

I finished Co-Op at the end of January and reluctantly moved out of Abbeyville where I'd been very comfortable. After a quick stint at home to keep the parents happy I moved up to my uncle's house in Knocklong, Limerick and spent the next week working with him on two shows in Galway. It was long hours and hard work but it was good fun as always and I was glad to have something to keep me occupied.

I moved back into Plassey 2 after finishing up in Galway and Kieran followed soon afterwards. There's nothing much to report about the house, its pretty quiet really, often pretty boring I have to say. There's no real conflict or anything, everyone gets on with each other, but there's no real strong bonds forming as there has been in every other house I've lived in. I'm spending a lot of time in one of the houses in Oaklawns lately as there's a good bit of craic there.

Myself and Sara are still together, in a mildly confusing way. We're not technically technically going out, in that we're free to see other people, but when we're together we act like a couple. This probably sounds stupid but it feels right and its the only way for this to work. Cork-Limerick isn't a huge distance for a relationship, but the problem is she's going to Canada for the summer (I'm still not sure where I'll go), then she only has one more year in Cork (as I have one in Limerick) before she heads to college in Edinburgh for three years. So whether I get a job after graduation or try a postgrad, she'll be in Scotland and I'll probably be in Ireland. This all means we can't be together until 2010 at the earliest! I think "if you love someone, set them free..." sums up how we're dealing with it.

Magenta, my beautiful Gibson SG Special sexual guitar, is still as sweet and sexy as ever. In fact she's sitting on my lap as I type this. This was probably the best purchase of my life, giving me hours/days/weeks/months of pleasure! I'm actually coming up with lots of new stuff because it just feels and sounds so good to play it. Long may it last.

Its rag week! Yesterday I went into college around 1, intending to make it to a tutorial at some stage. I was dragged into the Stables and proceeded to drink for 12 hours straight! I didn't make the tutorial. I met Sarah and Edel who lived in Plassey 2 last year, its been a while. Tonight there's a 21st on in Oaklawns. Sara, Eric, Siobhan, Kate and either Aisling or Humphrey will be coming up tonight so there'll be a huge crowd there. Tomorrow a few others in the house will have friends over so we'll probably have a party here. Sara's staying up till Saturday... yay!

Well, thats all I can think of for now!

Current Music: Gibson thru a Marshall baybee!

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Dec. 18th, 2005 11:45 am The Seven Nation Army Awards, Semester 5

The eagerly anticipated Seven Nation Army Awards has now passed the halfway point, with the announcement of the distinguished award for Semester 5. This is, of course, the first award to be announced away from the UL campus, which makes it a bit different from all the others.

So without further ado, I can now announce the Semester 5 Seven Nation Army Award goes to:

Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot

Runners up considered included:
White Stripes - Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)
Bloc Party - Helicopter
The Magic Numbers - Forever Lost

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Nov. 14th, 2005 05:55 pm Yes, I am a disgrace

I have not updated this thing since the beginning of time. There are so many things to talk about I don't know where to start.

Some of the things to expect to hear about if I ever get around to writing back entries (maybe if I'm bored in college or the break):
- Hamburg: Relaxing, and the Reeperbahn
- The new apartment: from Fright to Family
- Barcelona: This is the most bizarre thing ever (subtitled "I don't understand the mentality")
- Sara: and the happiness of me
- The most expensive weekend ever: Marshall and Gibson
- Dublin: Two nights of debauchery

It hasn't happened yet but:
- Limerick: Barry's birthday bash
- Plassey: The triumphant return

Current Mood: touchedhehehehe
Current Music: The White Stripes - Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)

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Jul. 26th, 2005 11:49 pm Especially for Lord_Flash

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Jul. 26th, 2005 07:04 pm Clarification of position

With regard to the recent advertisement for a meaningless short-term fling, it has come to my attention that some clarification on the post may be required.

The successful applicant will have:
A bottom (sorry, Ariel the Little Mermaid, try Stremmy)
A residence in/near Cork or suitable transport
A sense of humour comparable to my own (you see Kieran - you're well in here)
A love of making tea and toast
A non-crappy taste in music
A lack of being a bitch

Included in the application must be:
A recent photo of you (tastefulness optional)
A letter of recommendation from your last employer/fling
An appropriate justification for the ending of your last employment/fling
A mystery present for me (this will not be returnable)

In addition, it may be noted that very close - no, no, very close - relationships with female friends is not a necessity but will be of great benefit.

This does not affect your statutory rights
Always read the label
If rash develops, consult a doctor
Batteries not included

Current Music: Generic radio ad music

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Jul. 22nd, 2005 01:30 pm The end of the adventure

It was always going to happen really, wasn't it?

Myself and mo anam cara have decided to face reality and realised that this open-ended long distance heartache is not doing anyone any good and are going to continue just as friends.

It was an amazing journey, I wouldn't change it for anything, and I'm not bitter about the way it ended. I hope we'll keep in touch, letters are a great means of communication that allow you to put so much thought into what you're saying and there's always the telephone machine and email.

Shannan, thanks for the amazing time we had together, it will never be forgotten. I hope some day we'll meet again and reminisce on what was probably the happiest period of my entire life.

Recognise this?
"...if they've touched you, if they are inside you, then they are still yours forever..."

Good luck and take care.

Also, there's an opening for a meaningless short-term fling. Applications to Plassey Minstrel, Cork :-P

Current Music: The Kinks - You Really Got Me

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Jul. 19th, 2005 08:51 pm The Ultimate Emo Song

(which I did not personally write)

why must i live on
my girlfriend dumped me

i hate my parents
i told them
get me gum at walmart
cause i'm so sad about michelle
and they said
sorry, we forgot

i lost my chucks
i'm so sad
now i won't look as emo and gay
as i did before
i think those poor kids across the street took them
you know
the blue collar single parent family
they're not rich like me so i'm gonna be gay to them
they only make $50000 a year

why must my life be so hard
my house is too big
i wanna cry about it
it takes me a while to vacuum
which takes up my crying time
so i cry while i vacuum
but i hate it
cause i can't hear myself as good as i usually do
so i cry really loud and hurt my throat

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