A really naff way to start this blog would be to make excuses for not blogging more regularly while I was away. I managed just one little video when I was in Dublin. I had aspirations of interviewing Christy Moore, Paul Mc Grath and Tommy Tiernan. All came to nothing. It is quite difficult to get in touch with the rich and famous and even when you do, they’re generally not too keen to get involved with low life loafers like meself. I did get onto Tommy Tiernans agent, who is his wife I think. This is how the conversation went. My phone rings…
Me – Hello
Tommy’s Agent Yvone (TAY) – Eh hello, I have a missed call from this number
Me – ah yes I was looking to speak to Tommy please
TAY – How did you get my mobile number?
Me – Eh, I called a landline from his website
TAY – Well, what do you want anyway?
Me – I run a website called soberpaddy.com and I was wondering if Tommy would like to share his experiences with me and my audience. It’d be a really quick chat about his non drinking habits..
TAY – I have to stop you there because Tommy…is back on the booze
Me – Oh
TAY – I’m afraid so, so Tommy will be of no help to you
Big schuttery ballbag I thought to myself. The crackpot Tiernan is back suppin’ porter. My efforts to get in touch with Christy Moore were destroyed by Sony Ireland not having their phone’s turned on, at all, from 23rd Dec until the 10th of Jan when I left. I tried every day. They must be earning a pretty penny them boys and girls to be able to stay so closed.
My secondary notion was to get involved in some protesting. Get my curly noggin outside Leinster House and throw some rotten spuds at Brian Cowens turnip head. But of course they were all on holidays too. And to be honest, I’m sure Cowens big Potato munching mouth could swallow them whole from any distance. And be Jesus I got sucked right into a nice relaxed pattern of doing nothing except for scoffin’ grub and hanging out with family and friends.
It is incredibly easy to get lulled into the same old same old. I found that most people are angry at the government, but are jaded with the blame game. There is a distinct desire to move on, dump the banks and invigorate the country. That’s all that is needed. Ireland is alive with industrious, creative people. It might be feicin freezing and bleak in winter, but it’s a nation full of beautiful people.
There was no real pressure on me at all to drink. Most people don’t care anymore. A lot of my friends are not bothered whether you do drink or don’t, or smoke 50 ciggies a day or not. It’s the way you are that people care about. Once you can have the craic then all is good. Looking out my window at the sunshine here in Bondi, I feel blessed to be sober and alive. Gay and all as it might sound, I’m loving life and this new year is a great opportunity to take on the planet.
Revolt inside your mind and your heart.