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A life in magazines: TV Comic

Posted in Favourite Publications, Geeks, TV on August 3, 2010 by Johnnie

TV Comic was the first proper weekly magazine I collected.  I could barely contain my juvenile excitement between issues.  It would pop through my letter box on a Thursday, even though, somewhat frustratingly, it had “Every Monday” printed under the banner – such were the trials of Scottish village life in the mid-1970s.  TV Comic pandered to practically all my favourite things on TV, as well as a few I had no idea existed.  It had a natural BBC slant, in as much as most of the cartoon strips in it were based on programmes shown on the BBC, whether home-produced or imported.  The first copy I remember owning was bought for me by one of my great grandmothers.  It was a fine summer’s day (I’m not just saying that because I was 5, it really was sunny), and we sat on a bench in Kirktonhall Glen, the local public park, while I peppered her with questions about its contents:  “What does that say?  What does that mean?  What is that?”

It started with a Tom and Jerry strip on the front, one which concluded on the back – good for a chortle but nowhere near as funny as the actual cartoons.  Inside, there were strips of other cartoons too, like Roobarb and Barney Bear – although, I confess, I don’t recall ever seeing a Barney Bear TV cartoon in my puff. Continue reading

Local investment

Posted in Favourite Publications, Star "Style" on July 15, 2010 by Johnnie

Lots of arms were brought to bare at the Cahirmee Horse Fair in Buttevant, Co. Cork (the oldest horse fair in Europe) last week, as stallions and mares of all shapes and sizes travelled from far and wide to attend.  Continue reading

F**k right off France? F**k “right-on” Hot Press

Posted in Favourite Publications, Words on June 5, 2010 by Johnnie

It’s hard to fathom who Hot Press thought they’d impress with their “F**K RIGHT OFF FRANCE WORLD CUP PREVIEW”.  They try so hard to be seen as the elder, liberal mouthpiece of the nation’s overaged youth, with their regular, preachy articles and editorials on drugs, head shops, sexual liberation, mediocre Irish rock bands and men keeping their hair long until they’re well into their 80s. 

But trying to appeal to Sun readers?  I mean, did anyone question the validity, relevance and potential consequences of this headline?  This is the sort of rubbish Britain’s leading chav rag peddles on a daily basis.  Any second now, no doubt, someone will tell me that I have “no sense of humour” for not laughing at a blatantly xenophobic, inciteful “joke”.   But it simply isn’t funny, by any stretch of the definition. Continue reading

All the fun of Dunderry Agricultural Fair…

Posted in Favourite Publications, Star "Style" on May 13, 2010 by Johnnie

Ah, this quaint photo of village dignitaries and rural maidens from the Meath Post makes me fair nostalgic for the countryside. Continue reading

So, this is what’s “Cúl4Kidz”, nowadays..?

Posted in Favourite Publications, Grave News on March 11, 2010 by Johnnie

OK, so what do we have here?  A nice colour-it-in picture from The Irish Times’s Cúl4Kidz supplement – it depicts two burly hurlers in action, a nice bedroom wall or fridge adornement for little culchie children to colour in, while protecting themselves from the elements of rural Ireland, while they sit with their tumbler of Mi Wadi and tasty Kilmeaden and Denny sandwich.  All is nice, sweet and ruddy-cheeked with the world.

But wait… look at the burly hurler on the left.  What the fuck is that trying to escape from his shorts?  Continue reading

New men’s mag hits the shelves – repeatedly

Posted in Favourite Publications, Grave News, New Stuff on February 5, 2010 by Johnnie

Slow news day but at least it’s nice to see a new, fun publication for gentlemen in the shops this weekend.  Continue reading

Masochistic, cannibalistic pigs in Clonmel

Posted in Favourite Publications, Food & Drink, Grave News on January 22, 2010 by Johnnie

Because I’ve been vegetarian most of my life, I have an inbuilt belief that butchers are somewhat evil. Well, I’m sure in their own way and in their personal lives, some of them are very nice.  (Like Hitler, perhaps; a friend once pointed out to me that Adolf was probably very nice to Eva. “Here is a cup of tea, darling! You vill drink it!”) However, it takes an especially sick sense of “humour” to sell your bloody wares by pretending that animals are complicit in their own slaughter.  Take this nice advert for a Clonmel pork specialist: no jolly, red-faced, fat, boater-wearing, cleaver-wielding, blood-thirsty Fred Elliot look-alike dribbling all over a window display of animal carcasses here – oh no, this one depicts a cannibalistic pig in a butcher’s apron, knife and fork poised, dancing above a blackboard advertising how he’s about to dissect himself for your gastronomic pleasure.  Not quite sure what part of himself he’s selling as ‘chicken fillets’, but there’s no reason why pigs shouldn’t have moobs, I suppose.  However, I’m more concerned about wtf a “slipper of ham” is.  Actually, you know what, I’d rather not find out – the whole notion is far too grim to even think about. Continue reading