About

I am a 29 year old Dublin guy who works in digital advertising/marketing/new media, aspiring comic and struggling writer who is trying to enjoy this all too brief sojourn on a rock that is hurtling around the sun. Trying to find meaning in a meaningless universe.

Yes, I appreciate how pretentious the title of this blog is 😉   Feel free to slap me the next time you find me slumped over the bar in my local.

My friends have been exhorting me for years to write something, anything, so after much chronic procrastination, this blog was born.

After debating hopelessly for months about which area should I specialise in as I have a keen interest in News and Current Affairs, History, Politics, Literature, Cinema, Comedy, Self-Improvement, Economics, Music (especially dance music & culture), Digital Culture, Media, Advertising , Love, Sex and Dating and even some Celebrity Tittle-Tattle, I decided that as an evolved, sophisticated, educated and cultured human being (slap!) who has a diverse array of  interests, I should strive to be able to hold forth passionately and wax lyrical on plethora of subjects.  In the spirt of a true renaissance man.

No-one likes to be saddled with a bore with an undiagnosed case of Aspergers who can only drone on and on in a soporofic manner about one area and one area only. There are far too many idiot-savants in the blogosphere. Fuck that shit.

As a species, we are capable of so much more than being reduced to industrial age automatons where we specialise in one and only one specific area.I intend be touching on all of the above during the course of writing this blog.

I have been heavily influenced and admire the following people with a passion: intellectuals, thinkers, activists, journalists, writers, film makers, historians, philosophers and stand-up comedians  – remarkable human beings who have all helped change the course of history for the better and continue to inspire me and shape my thinking . Kudos to you if you recognise all the names 🙂

Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, John Pilger, Leo Tolstoy, George Carlin, Karl Marx, Bill Hicks, Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Nelson Mandela, Eric Hobsbaum, George Orwell, David Hume, Friedrich Nietzche, Che Guevera, Confucius, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Rosa Luxemberg, Albert Camus, Umberto Eco, Tariq Ali, Slavoj Zizek, Gore Vidal, Martin Luther King, Alexander Cockburn, Paul Robeson, Howard Zinn,Tony Robbins, Eckhart Tolle, Steven Pinker, Terence Malick, Stanley Kubrick, Irvine Welsh, James Lovelock, Woody Allen, Leon Trotsky, Ken Loach, Dr. Viktor Frankl,  Jean Moulin,Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Philip Roth, Harold Pinter, Bertrand Russell, Kurt Vonnegut,  John Gray and Tony Benn. I am sure I have omitted other people whose names I can’t think of now in this sleep and caffeine deprived state.

The most important influence on me (and everyone else incidentally) were my parents who I am eternally grateful for the love of literature, cinema and history that they inculcated into me as a child along with a profound sense of internationalism, secularism and social justice.

Keep Smiling!
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