Sunday, May 28, 2006

P7 pursuits

Sorry for ranting before but like they say- it's better out than in.

...anyways I'm going to England all this week for the P7 school trip. I will be absailing, canoeing, racing quad bikes, shooting rifles, zip-lining....oh yeah and looking after kids....can't wait!!


I've always had a belief that, in their most basic form, people are good. I've always been able to see some good in even the worst, blaming circumstances or various others even when I am wronged or I see another wronged.. I externalise their evil for them. I believed sub-consciously and naively in the inherent goodness and positive intentions of others. Events recently have me considering otherwise, especially when I come to terms with my own inability to become any better. When I do the right thing am I only doing it so I'm seen to do the right thing? If so it's not goodness or obediance, it's just compliance. Small talk, meaningless relationships, little problems manipulated into issues, selfish ambition....all to mask the fact that everyone is screwed up inside. I try to understand people's motives when I see their selfishness. Then I climb down off my highest of horses to find the light of my own soul is flickering. Is anyone truly altruistic? Can anyone survive with such a credo?

Friday, May 26, 2006

Paddy's vitriol

Gig the other night was great...thanks for coming if you were there! Was good to get the new songs aired. Will get some pics up soon.

I disabled the comments by mistake as a result of some vitriol from Paddy but they're workin again now so comment away!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Nebo @The Errigle

Just a quick heads up....we are playing the errigle tomorrow night (22'nd) with excellent support from my good friends neilly g, rob free-to-burn and band. Get your glad rags on and come along for the ride...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Anyone that knows me will, I'm sure, be surprised by the lack of U2/ Bono on this blog so far.
I'm sure it'll come, it's just that once I start I can't stop. The influence of U2 on my life since I was 14 has probably been greater than even I realise...
just to say that you should buy today's (tuesday 16th) Independent newspaper. It is edited by Bono in order to bring the HIV/AIDS epidemic to the front pages and to the attention of the general public. It is also highlighting the CODE RED initiative which hopes to bring social action to the high street.

6,500 Africans died today as a result of AIDS.

More than 15 million people in Africa have died of AIDS....This is more than the Rwandan genocide, Khmer rouge regime, the Iraq War, and the Holocaust of WW2 all combined.

London Calling

Spent last weekend in London with my beautiful girlfriend! (hope she reads this!).
What a man to my left! His feats on Saturday caused me to hug strangers, jump on seats, accidentaly smash a drink and generally behave in a way no grown man should in a pub that he has never visited previously.

For an experience of joy this was run very close by the Lion King show that we went to on saturday night. The singing, dancing, percussion, production was unbelievable...spell-binding at times.

Great weekend
Cheers Tabs!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

How It Is

Check out
The site is just temporary but there are a couple of tracks you can listen to and critique back here.

We now set to go with a new manager, decent demo and new songs. The time has come to unleash NEBO on an unsuspecting Belfast.
More details to follow....

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Plato and God

'This alone is to be feared- the closed mind, the sleeping imagination, the death of spirit'

'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things that you have not known' (J33.3)

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


Work is crazy at the minute. Too much to do in much too little time. As I sit in my classroom at the end of another day I look around and survey the damage of 21 eleven-year-olds. My first year of teaching been a real surprise to me. I seemed to stumble into it as a preliminary to my career as a child psychologist but it has been more interesting and rewarding than I could ever have expected. It's also damn good craic. It has been exasperating at times but I drive home nearly everyday so thankful for a job that I enjoy.

The pic is from our 'Victorian Day'...the cane is for demonstration purposes only...I promise.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

The Boss

Bruce Springsteen- 'We Shall Overcome- The Seeger Sessions'.

Been listening to this album non-stop the past few days. I've been a big Springsteen fan since I was a boy when I laid claim to an old cassette tape of my Dad's. 'The Boss' has touched my soul with rock'n roll since then but this is something completly different. Basically Springsteen had been getting inspired by the country/folk legend Pete Seegers, so he got a band together to play some of the stuff that Seeger's played. They blast through a mixture of old folk tales, gospel tunes, negro spirituals and freedom songs.

The band did not reherse or arrange any of the songs before recording, they just tuned up and went for it. It's basically some friends jamming in a living room with Springsteen conducting and playing at the same time. We get to hear music not just being played but being made. The result is some of the most raw and beautiful music I have heard in years. I guess it is music in it's purest form. Well worth a listen!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

The Beginning

Ok I have been highly critical and somewhat pretentious about the rise of BEBO among young people. I feel that, with my 25 years, I break the age barrier for that craze. I do however crave relevance in the era of technological communication so this is my weak attempt. I remain a big fan of the pencil and paper approach to journaling but we'll see how things progress.