Mar 31 2008

I’m An Ambassador

Published by at 10:42 pm under Blog,Greystones,Music

Following on from Mulley’s post and Anthony’s follow up, I wondered what I am an ambassador for. I’m not sure if I’d call it being an ambassador but I certainly rant about much of the following:


Little Shop of HorrorsToo many guys today are afraid to either admit to enjoying musicals, or afraid to let themselves like musicals. I’m not! I love them and have done so for many many years. A love of musicals is one of the first things my girlfriend and I had in common. Probably the earliest musical I fell in love with was, rather unusually, Little Shop of Horrors. I think I empathised with the beleaguered Seymour desperately hoping for a way to get out of Skid Row……or maybe I just loved the songs. From Rocky Horror to Jesus Christ Superstar, from Blood Brothers to Rent, no other medium can constantly give me shivers of joy as much as when I fall into the worlds created by songs and good storytelling. But am I an ambassador for Musicals? I think so. I’m an ambassador for being proud of enjoying them. I try to introduce people to shows with varying successes.


John CusackI had a brief twitter with Mulley a few nights ago about Grosse Pointe Blank. Whenever someone asks me my favourite movie, I always try to break it down, wondering what’s the most cinematic, most uplifting, most technically impressive, most thought provoking. But if I’m truly honest, my favourite movie must be Grosse Pointe Blank. I laugh out loud everytime I watch it. I love the world and the characters that inhabit it. The music is fantastic and the dialogue is brilliantly witty. Everyone should see this movie, John Cusack’s Best, and while it won’t be to everyone’s taste, I can’t imagine anyone walking away from it saying they didn’t enjoy it.


Juliet TurnerWhen we first moved to Dublin, 7½ years ago, we went out a lot. For some reason we always had a lot of disposable money (possibly due to the cheap hole we were living in). Whenever possible, we would go to gigs and we would make special efforts to see Jack L and Juliet Turner. Jack’s voice should be declared a national treasure and Turner’s quirky sense of humour added so much to the already astounding music at her concerts. Over the years we have converted a good few people to fans of the pair. At one of Juliet Turner’s gigs about five years ago, an odd act, called Duke Special, was her support. His stage presense and eclectic tunes made us immediate fans. While we shouted his praise for years, it’s bittersweet to see him have so much success now. It’s hard not being part of a group of devoted fans, when the group is in the hundreds of thousands. That said, I’m delighted for him and his band – they deserve every bit of success the get. (I’m putting together a post on Jack L which will be up later or tomorrow)


There’s a group of people which I would like to consider myself an ambassador for and that is the bullied, especially kids. No child (and no person) deserves to be victimised and abused. It’s a subject that is close to my heart and while I would be an ambassador, a megaphone for the persecuted, I have not yet found my voice. But I will.


Greystones NO PHOTOSHOPWe moved to Greystones almost three years ago and immediately fell in love with the town. It’s more a home to me than anywhere else I’ve lived. And I am happy to rave about the place. It’s beatiful and quiet, but within easy reach of Dublin; it has great community spirit, as illustrated by Gingerpixel; it can grow outwards without losing any of its inner charm. That last point may be argued by some of the older residents, and while I can understan their viewpoint, the growth of Greystones own subburbs can only bring more amenities and oportunities to the town. Without growth comes stagnation. The people, for the most part, are very friendly, something which I have struggled to find elsewhere along Ireland’s east coast. It’s a great town and I would invite people to visit, to stay a while, to move here – they won’t be disappointed.


9 responses so far

9 Responses to “I’m An Ambassador”

  1. Daraghon 31 Mar 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Grosse pointe blank is eminently written and exquisitely executed. One of my favourites of all time as well. Particularly as my 10 year college reunion is coming up soon. Will they believe that I’m a hitman for the government?

    Musicals… I’m a big fan of the Rock Opera… not the Rick Wakeman prog rock but the Pete Townshend “It’ll take me 30 years but when I’ve finished this shit it will be amazing, but in the meantime Ken Russell could you make a movie of this bit of fluff I’ve bashed out on the piano” type of Rock Opera.

  2. Darraghon 31 Mar 2008 at 11:01 pm

    You forgot the Guinness Darren.


  3. Anthonyon 01 Apr 2008 at 8:22 am

    Now that you mention it, I did really enjoy the Scrubs musical episode. Going to New York in September so hopefully catch something there. Can’t stand Grease though.

  4. Grannymaron 01 Apr 2008 at 11:21 am

    You can be my ambassador any day.

    Greystones – the last time I was there must at least 45 years ago. Time I visited again me thinks.

  5. Darrenon 01 Apr 2008 at 11:28 am

    @Daragh – Just tell them you freaked out, joined the army, went into business for yourself,- you’re a professional killer.

    @Darragh – I’m not a purist. I only drink Guinness half the time.

    @Anto – Strangely, Grease is one musical I never enjoyed. It just irritated me. That said, I’ve still seen about 5 different productions of it.

    @Grannymar – You’ll be welcome down my way anytime, you durty mare!

  6. Joon 09 Jun 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Darren! you live near me! Check out my blog and come buy my brownies next time i’m at the car boot sale.

    My mother was an ambassador for Greystones too, she was involved in not letting them build high rise appartments at the Meridian Centre (she lived behind it). A friend of hers at her funeral said she’d taught him not to give up on his town. Greystones is gorgeous, and it’s getting fancy. I wonder what the harbour’s going to turn out like, though.

  7. Darrenon 09 Jun 2008 at 10:27 pm

    @Jo Your mother won’t like me. I live in one of those apartments. Sorry! 🙁 I will definitely come buy some brownies though. When’s the next event?

  8. Joon 09 Jun 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Em, it’s ok, Darren, she died! So you’re safe – until your stalkers come get you now you’ve put your address on the interweb..em, I’m not actually sure about the next one maybe sunday week, but it wasn’t hugely lucrative so I might have to think again. Keep an eye on the blog, and I’ll let everyone know.

  9. Darrenon 09 Jun 2008 at 11:17 pm

    @Jo You’ve been added to my Reader. And sorry about the foot-in-mouth re your mum.

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