Feb 13 2014

Be My Valentine

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I’m having a week of home truths. I’m attempting to be honest with myself, to stop deluding myself. I’m trying to stop lying to myself so much.

And the biggest lie I tell myself at this time of year is… Valentine’s Day isn’t such a big deal, it’s just another day.

I was chatting with Anto on Tuesday evening and we both wholeheartedly agreed – it’s a load of shite, means nothing, Hallmark holiday, etc. But the problem is that I don’t actually think that.

There’s a pathetic, hopeless romantic inside me. I love the idea of Valentines. I love that there’s an entire day dedicated to love. I love the cheesiness of buying flowers and chocolates. I love the idea of a romantic candlelit dinner. I love the cute, anonymous cards. I love the balloons and the oversized teddy bears. I love it all.

But, I’m alone. I’m single. I’ve no one to share this awesome day with. No one will buy me a dozen red roses. No one will surprise me with a nice meal in Trocadero. No one will buy me chocolates and tell me they love me.

Maybe it’s better that I keep deluding myself. Because this Friday, while I put on a smile and laugh with friends, inside I’ll be watching the happy couples and I’ll be so very jealous of what they have – each other.

So, if Mr or Ms Right is out there, can you please get in touch. Like, soon. Be my Valentine! Please!

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Jan 30 2014

My Joycean Nightmare

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So, this is the reason I got sweet FA sleep last night.

My Joycean Nightmare Image

My Joycean Nightmare

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Jul 18 2013

Miss The Rain

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I‘m done. I’ve had enough. It was pleasant for a day, but now I’m pissed off, I’m uncomfortable, I’m sick of it. I don’t like this weather. I miss the rain.

I miss the rain. I miss the dark and the cold and the grey clouds and the big jackets, wet feet, chilly nose. I miss it all and would happily take all of those wintry symptoms over this icky, unpleasant heaviness.

I know we’re not supposed to complain about this “wonderful weather”. I know we’re supposed to embrace it and say things like, “sure, it’s like being on holidays”, “it’s like we’re in Spain” and “it’s a great day for the beach”. Well, I can’t stand the frickin’ beach. It’s not Spain – it’s humid, muggy Dublin. And it’s not like being on holidays – I have to go to work.

I have to leave my apartment already sweating. I have to travel on a hot bus for 40 minutes. I have to sit in a poorly air-conditioned greenhouse of an office for 10 hours before hopping back on the same sticky bus for another 40 minutes. I don’t do any of those things when I’m on holidays. Do you?

And if another person tells me that I’m tempting fate by complaining about the heat…argh! Ghosts are in your imagination, there are no vampires, aliens do not abduct redneck Americans, there is no God, werewolves are only in movies and there is no such thing as tempting fate!!! If there was, I’d be practicing my rain dance.

I can’t be alone in this. Surely at least some of you agree with me. We can’t all have bought into this insane mass hysteria. We’re in Ireland. We’re not built for this. We’re built for duffel coats and boots, for whiskey by the fireside and dark nights indoors listening to the splattering of showers on the window. I miss the rain.

I don’t want a tan. I’m perfectly happy looking like my pigment was removed at birth. I like wearing clothes and I hate seeing overweight, hairy alcoholics wearing nothing but tissue of shorts, putting their moobs on show for the world.

And as I finish this post, I lie here naked in bed on bed, sweating, too warm to sleep, windows wide open. Bring on the thunder and lightning, bring on the break in this weather, bring on the clouds and grey skies, bring on the storms.

So, who’s with me? Who wants to tempt fate and do raindance? Let’s extinguish that big yellow torturer above and welcome back the comfortable familiarity of the beautiful overcast sky. I miss the rain.

I miss my big red hat too!

I miss my big red hat too!

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Jul 11 2013

Three Little Things

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I read an article the other day that suggested a few simple things that you can do to make yourself happier. One of them was to “count your blessings”. Literally! I’ve heard it before too that if, each day, you write down three things that are positive in your life it can improve your general outlook. So…

1. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful, supportive group of friends.

2. I love where I’m living. City centre life is great and my apartment is awesome (so too is my flatmate).

3. Well, look outside! How could you not smile with that heaving yellow ball beating its warmth down upon us. Yay!

That’s it. A short little post to bring me back to blogging. :)

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Feb 21 2012

Signing On, Jay And Silent Bob, Morons And Danny Elfman

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Today’s video blog in which I moan about signing on for the social welfare, rant about a moron and look forward to Jay and Silent Bob and Danny Elfman.

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Feb 20 2012

Belfast, Nerdvana, Doctor Who And Titanic

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My first day and a half visiting Phil in Belfast was awesome. I debated, I walked a lot, I was surprised, I met a Doctor, I bounced around the nerd heaven that was the Heroes and LEGENDS (not Villains, as I say in the video) exhibition in W5 at the Odyssey and I saw the Titanic’s birth place.

Here’s me with Colin Baker. Thank you so much to the wonderful Phil for bringing me along.

Darren and Colin Baker

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Feb 16 2012

Before Belfast And Some Thoughts About Being Broke

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Just a quick update before I head up to Belfast for a few days to see my boyfriend. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to update the vlog over the next couple of days but I’ll try. Anyone know of any good video editing apps for the iPhone?

I also talk about being broke and some of the things I would like to do (and will do) when I’m back working and have money again.

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Feb 14 2012

Let’s Have A Debate

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Who wants to have a debate with me? I want to talk about religion and abortion, the environment and gay marriage, aliens and euthanasia. I have opinions…honest!

Argue with me in the comments below or on Twitter @DarrenByrne.

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Feb 13 2012

The Voice, Raw, Selling My Apartment, The Rugby And Fantastic Mr Fox

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In today’s update, I talk about The Voice of Ireland, the heartbreaking series finale of Raw, the rugby, selling my apartment, my iphone, John Green, Fantastic Mr Fox and…tea.

Some links:

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Feb 12 2012

The Voice Of Ireland So Far

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As I get (excitedly) ready for this week’s The Voice of Ireland, I thought I’d share my thoughts on the show so far with you.

Follow Culch.ie on Twitter @Culch_ie and follow me on Twitter @DarrenByrne.

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Feb 07 2012

TV3 Continuity, Bookworms And Video Fun

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Sinéad suggested I become a continuity announcer for TV3. Do you think I have what it takes?

I’m looking forward to seeing Bernard Farrell’s Bookworms in the Abbey Theatre this evening. I’ll let you know how it goes on Culch.ie.

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Feb 07 2012

New IPhone, Daniel Craig And A Birthday Greeting

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In today’s video, I play around with the Canon 550D for the first time. I’m not comfortable with it yet, but I’ll get there.

In the vid, I show off my new iPhone 4S, I rant about Daniel Craig as Bond and I send my brother Seán a birthday message. :)

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Feb 04 2012

I’m Not A Well Puppy Today

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I woke up this morning with the manflu and hadn’t planned on making a video today, but how could I deprive the world of my sexy sick voice?

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Feb 02 2012

Daniel Craig, Smash, Camille, Coughing And Pennywise The Clown

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Happy Groundhog Day, campers! This was supposed to be a very short vlog letting you know that I’ve got a few longer ones still to come.

However, I started talking about Daniel Craig, the US show Smash, my coughing fit, Camille O’Sullivan’s new album and Pennywise the Clown.

The Pennywise Endurance Test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sheTpnkqVXg

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Jan 31 2012

Do Stuff

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This is basically my philosophy for 2012. While I search for a job, I will not simply wait around in front of the TV.

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