Running around Eighteen Turns

We went down to Fota House a few weeks ago to see Eighteen Turns created by Daniel Libeskind. We weren’t as lucky as Ryan as there were parents with kids running and screaming around the piece all afternoon.
What better way to remember the day than the photo above eh?

Capitol Cinema, gone

The Capitol Cinema in Cork closed it’s door to audiences yesterday. Ryan has photos from last night too.
According to what he read in the Examiner, the building will now be used for apartments and retail purposes. I can’t complain, this particular cinema has been in a bad state of repair for a long time although it had ye olde style theatres. I remember seeing Gattaca in screen 3 several years ago and it was in a tiny room with vertical patterned wallpaper.
The main theatre was much larger but other cinemas around Cork attracted the audiences.

Working

When you travel to Cork by train you’ll pass underneath the north side of the city through a railway tunnel. We had to switch trains on the way back from Dublin the other day and finished our journey in one of Iarnrod Eireann’s old stock. They didn’t even turn the lights on as we went through the tunnel but that gave me the opportunity to snap this gentleman working.

HOWTO: Photo was a 20 second exposure and his face was completely blown out but by decreasing the contrast I brought out his reflection in the window. B/W conversion was done using the channel mixer with RGB settings of 29.6/161.7/-200 to give a psuedo infra-red effect.

The Us Book Launch Party

How did you celebrate your 30th birthday? I still am! I’ve hit the ripe ol’ age of 30 years and it’s come in the best year of my life. The last few days have been very exciting and ending my 20’s by going to the Us book launch party was the perfect end of one decade and the start of another even better one. The party doesn’t end yet, roll on the weekend!

It was long speculated that Ray and Jenny were an item, and people wondered, “why aren’t they together?” Last summer they announced that yes, there is a romantic link and it was plain to see last night!

Dave and Deirdre were another couple invited to the party because they contributed in a big way to the book – Dave came up with the name!
There’s a camera phone picture of Dave in the front of US, taken by Deirdre, but here they are in a slightly clearer picture! We had a greattime chatting to the two of them and I signed their copy of US. I wonderif that’ll be worth something in the future?
There is some noise in the photo because light was terrible and I shot at 3200 ISO. I should have used the flash but them’s is the way!

Dermot Heaslip is the chief designer behind the book. It was his idea that “US” be called “US” because, well, the book is about us isn’t it?

He was responsible for designing the book, and laying out the photos. When you look through it, it’s obvious that a lot of thought has gone into the organisation. It can be as simple as displaying baby photos on a double-page spread or the complexity of surrounding clothes and shoes with pictures of people and activity.
He did a great job!

My fiancée, Jacinta, has been a huge fan of Ray D’Arcy’s for years and if it’s possible, she was more excited about going to the book launch than I was!
Sometimes it’s not a good idea to meet your heroes or people you admire because they’ll only disappoint you. Ray’s easy-going and confident manner from his radio programme comes across as soon as you meet him and we were not disappointed!
Nice guy and a gentleman.

Ray thanked several people, although he forgot to thank Pat Balfe which he rectifed the day after on the radio! I was flabbergasted when he mentioned me, i’m sure I went red, but I know I had a big smile on my face!
I had a great chat with Pat, but unfortunately didn’t get a decent photo of him.

I had the pleasure to meet the not so world weary Quenten Fottrell! I didn’t recognise him at first but he introducted himself and we spoke at length and I even signed his copy of US for his niece!
He’s an interesting character, has a lot to say, and a good listener, although I think he was collecting material for a future article.. I’ll keep you posted on that.

Ray spent a large part of the evening signing books!
I still don’t know why I didn’t buy a copy and ask people to sign it. Oh well!

Jenny and Mairead are part of the team that make up the Ray D’Arcy show.
I didn’t see Will anywhere! Sorry Will, Jenny and Mairead are much easier on the eye but I would have got a snap if I had seen you!
They were as friendly as Ray, and quickly posed with Jacinta as we were the last out the door!

Donncha, Robert, Tom and Maryam

From left to right, Donncha, Robert, Tom and Maryam

Robert Scoble and his wife Maryam are in Cork for an IT@Cork conference tomorrow. They visited Blarney this morning with Tom Raftery. I can confirm that Robert did kiss the Blarney Stone, but the pics I got aren’t good enough to publish unfortunately!
He has the “official” photo so I’m sure he’ll scan that in when he gets home!

Waltzers in Crosshaven!

If a Cork person tells you they’re going to the Merries, don’t look at them strangely. They want to go to the funfair!
The Merries in Crosshaven have been there for years, and last September myself and Jacinta went on the Waltzers. It was a slow day, and early in the evening so we were the only occupants and I’d swear the attendent made it go a lot faster than normal!
It was fun for the first minute, but after that my neck got sore, and I just wanted off! We stumbled off shortly afterwards while the attendent sat down for a smoke..