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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Jan 30 2012

My Week, My Tea, My Flatmate, My Tweets

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A slightly longer update telling you about my week and other various things.

A few links that I mention in the video:

@DarrenByrne on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DarrenByrne

@AnthonyMcG on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AnthonyMcG

@SineadKeogh on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SineadKeogh

@TheSonicScrew (my brother, Seán) on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheSonicScrew

The Sonic Screw on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/TheSonicScrew

My Drunk Kitchen on YouTube: www.youtube.com/MyHarto

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Jan 29 2012

Reality TV And The Voice Of Ireland

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Eh…I don’t like reality TV…I think.

Also, a huge thanks to everyone who has given me positive feedback on these little videos over the last week. It’s greatly appreciated.

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Jan 29 2012

I Had A Little Dream Last Night

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I was woken up bright and early this morning by my flatmate and she interrupted a dream I was having. This is it.

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Jan 28 2012

Bowler Hats And Friday Night Nerdery

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I was stuck indoors this Friday night, so I spent the evening cleaning out my email inbox, while sporting this very fetching bowler hat. I will wear it everywhere from now on.

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Jan 27 2012

Dubba Dubba Dub Dub Dub And The Artist

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I‘ve had Annie Lennox’s No More I Love You’s stuck in my head for days. Please make it go away.

I also wanted to tell you about The Artist, which I saw in the IFI last week. Damn fine movie!

And yeah, I’m wearing a bowler hat – what of it?

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Jan 27 2012

Unemployment, Boredom, Alcohol And Pea Soup

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Boredom has incited me to make a short video blog. Truthfully, I’m mostly doing it to build up my confidence for these. I’m not in the slightest bit comfortable in front of the camera. Give it time.

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Jun 07 2011

James Lipton’s Ten Questions

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James LiptonDo you ever watch Inside the Actor’s Studio? Presenter James Lipton poses a list of questions to each of his guests at the end of each show. Lipton always gives credit for this list to French talk show host Bernard Pivot and often mentions that the list originally came from French novelist Marcel Proust.

I watched a couple of episodes of the show today and was inspired to answer the questions myself.

1. What is your favorite word?

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It was a word I learned as a child when I was obsessed with language, words and wordplay. Despite its length, it still trips off my tongue effortlessly.

2. What is your least favorite word?

The ‘C’ word.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

People. People and their emotions. Laughter, tears, embarassment, elation, fear, pride…all of it. I love the range of human emotions and love to watch it play out in real life.

4. What turns you off?

Negativity. (My own included)

5. What is your favorite curse word?

Fuck. It’s an amazing word with so many different uses and connotations. Do you watch The Wire? Before I ever saw the programme, I saw a clip on YouTube of this 4 minute scene from the show where the two leads utter nothing but ‘fuck’ and its derivations for the entire scene. I had assumed it was a parody or piss take of the show until I started to watch the boxset. A few episodes in, that scene started to play out – I couldn’t believe it. It had me in stitches. I’m also a huge fan of the opening scene of Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Curiously, I rarely cursed until I was about 16 and I still think I use ‘bad language’ sparingly.

6. What sound or noise do you love?

A song than reminds me of a happy time. But if it’s a specific sound…laughter in all it’s forms.

7. What sound or noise do you hate?

So many voices at once that no one can be heard.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Writing. I’d love to be a successful, published author.

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Anything that involved dealing with children 8 hours a day.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

“Despite your lack of belief during your life…come on in, the champagne is on ice.”


Here’s the questions again if you want to copy and paste your reply:

What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
What turns you off?
What is your favorite curse word?
What sound or noise do you love?
What sound or noise do you hate?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What profession would you not like to do?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?


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May 03 2011

We Never Grow Up

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Two old ladies, chatting at the DART station. Very old – well into their seventies. My eavesdropping required no covert behaviour. Whether through declining hearing in their decaying years or just a complete disregard for social ettiquette, they were loud enough to hear from about 20 feet away.

These well-to-do aul’ wans were discussing a mutual friend, one they seemed to have both known for a significant number of years. While I picked up no names, their inflexions and tones on each “he said” and “she said” made it easy to decipher the individual “he’s” and “she’s”.

At the moment I picked up on their less-than-clandestine conversation, aul’ wan A (let’s call her Ann) was saying that she had enough of “her” (the mutual friend’s) behaviour. Aul’ wan B (shall we say Barbara?) completely agreed. Ann’s annoyance grew as she spoke of the mutual friend’s recent gallivanting.

Ann: “I saw her up dancing in the Grand last Sunday. And she a married woman.”

Barbara: “Sure, she’s always been the same. Do you not remember back in nineteen sixty-something when she was with yer man? She knew then I had a thing for him and she didn’t care. Why would it be any different now?”

Ann: “She’s a hussy. It’s no way to be behave.”

Barbara: “Well, I’m having no more to do with her. I’m cutting her out.” (this is honestly what this woman said)

Ann: “What do you mean?”

Barbara: “I’m not speaking to her. I’m not even going to look at her. I’ll walk by her if I see her.”

Ann: “You’re dead right. I’m not talking to someone like that. I’ll cut her off too.”

Two elderly women behaving like bitchy teenagers – I could only smile in disbelief.

I’m beginning to think their no such thing as ‘growing up’. It’s just a phrase that adults use to make themselves feel better.

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