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Fightin, drinkin, shmokin September 20, 2009

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It seems everywhere I go now, I overhear people quoting Hardy Bucks. I can’t control myself. I always feel the urge to join in; quoting, and quoting. ‘Your auld lady’s got worms!’ they’d say. ‘Ah you’re only a feckwanker’ I’d reply, and a wonderful friendship would begin.

I realise that most people would have discovered Hardy Bucks by now, but for those who haven’t, allow me to introduce you to the finest comedy to come out of the West of Ireland since Father Ted.

Packed with genius one-liners, the online mini-series takes the form of a ‘mockumentary’, which follows Eddie and Buzz around Castletown, Co. Mayo. The show was originally made for RTÉ’s online video competition Storyland, of which Hardy Bucks was the eventual winner, but the show has grown much bigger and amassed a massive web following, with almost 1,000,00 hits of youtubey goodness.

Now there is talk of Hardy Bucks getting it’s own proper television show. Unfortunately RTÉ have been cutting out a lot of the funnier material for the competition, which has sparked rumours that Channel 4 might take on the Bucks instead, much like Father Ted before them.

Thankfully, the full episodes can be seen on their youtube page, and to start you off here’s episode one:


What are you up to lil d? September 15, 2009

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I’ve started a blog. Quite nifty, eh 50?

Quite nifty indeed 118. Why have you done that?

The people I know who have blogs are great. Buckets of initiative and creativity. You can tell they’re gonna be really successful in whatever they do. And I don’t know if it’s because they’re like that that they keep blogs, or if blog-keeping has that effect on a person, but I’m hoping it’s the latter.

And what makes you think we care about what you have to say, ya pesky little kid ya?

Ah, I don’t really mind too much if you’re not hanging on my every word just yet. It’s more of a therapeutic thing. I’m really going to try and discipline myself and make regular posts. That’s good for me. Also, it lets me hone my journalism skills, and gives me more confidence as a writer type person.

Well, well, well. Little d wants to be a journalist…

Not really. I don’t know what I want to be. Something media-y anyway, and I think having a blog will stand to me in the big bad media industry.

Do you think having a blog makes you cool?

A little bit, yeah.

It doesn’t.


So what are you going to be writing about in this so-called ‘blog’ of yours?

I’m not too sure yet. I don’t want to limit myself and say it’s only about college or music or anything. But on the lámh eile, I don’t want it to be just about me and anything that pops into my head. Unfortunately, I’m going to do just that until I find an area/theme I can comfortably focus on.

Well that’s just great.

Um, thanks. If you like you can bookmark this page. Save it in your favourites like?

Oh yaaa.  I’m just going to do that right now… click click click… bookmark bookmark bookmark. There we go. Done. I’ll definitely be back.

You’re such a dick.

Feeling is mutual blog-boy. And by the way, Sarah and Steve was shit.

Yeah, but Gossip Girl was class.


Dan & Becs 3 September 14, 2009

Posted by lil D in dublin, tv.
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Tonight on RTÉ starts a new series ‘Sarah & Steve’, from the makers of the sidesplitting ‘Dan & Becs’. Much like Skins, David Coffey has done all that can be done with the old characters and brought in a new pair.

The original Dan & Becs (which can now be seen in full on youtube) focused on the relationship between two Southside, Ross O’Carroll Kelly type characters. It took the video diaries of two people and cut them together. The new show does the same, but with two characters from Tallaght (a Northside area in everything but geography).

Sneak peak:

I’m not sure about a lot of things. The acting for one, but also I thought the main source of lols in Dan & Becs was the character’s sense of self importance. The new characters don’t seem to have that. But on a bigger scale, it comes across like Coffey and co are just recycling their one lucky idea.

Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong.

Tonight (Monday) at 10.50pm on RTÉ2

Also… OMG GG Season 3 is airing tonight across the pond.

Does this ring a bell? September 14, 2009

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For weeks I’ve been faffing on about dublinbikes to anyone who would listen. The new bike sharing scheme, similar to those found in Brussels, Vienna and Paris was rolled out today in Dublin city centre and I just couldn’t wait to get my grubby hands on a “db” and fly around the city.

Armed with my annual card (€10) and high hopes, I got on my own bike and flew into town to cycle another bike.

I arrived at Cathal Brugha Street station, (which I located with the Dublinbikes App), locked up my Raleigh Resonator Pro and marched up the the db machine. A few seconds later, I picked a bike from stand no. 5 and off I pedaled.

As I whizzed up Kildare Street on my robust bicycle, fully equipped with three gears, adjustable saddle, backlight, basket and a BELL(!), I gave Leinster house a thumps up and said “Good lads”.

But will it last? Well only people who have registered their credit card deets can take a spin, and they look well secured to the stands, with magnets and science and that. Although they are still vulnerable to little dicks with hurley sticks.

My FREE 30 mins was coming to an end, so I stopped on Exchequer Street. I wanted to see I could just return a bike and take another one out right away for another FREE half an hour. Turns out I couldn’t. I was a little pissed off about this, because it meant I had to walk back across town, BUT along the way, I tried again and it turns out you only have to wait around 10 mins and off ya go again. Delighted!

Flaws? A few incey tincey teeny weeny ones. For instance the lock supplied with the bike could be a bit longer. Not a big dealio.

Overall, I’m impressed. I wish I could buy people subscriptions as presents, but I can’t so you’re all going to have to do it yourselves.

On yer bike!

[Image: Dublin City Council]

My first blog post September 14, 2009

Posted by lil D in blog.

My name is Diarmuid.
I am 19 years old.
I live in Dublin.
I go to college in DCU and I’m doing Communications.
I like cycling and music and making videos.
Here is a picture of me.

This is my first blog.
I hope you like it.