Fluent in 3 Months – It’ll get you talkin’

The summer is well under way and many of us will have taken to sunnier climbs in order to experience new scenery or a different way of life. Many of us struggle to learn enough of the native tongue of our chosen destination to even get by on. Fluent in Three Months by Benny Lewis, … Continue reading Fluent in 3 Months – It’ll get you talkin’

Pajeros de Verano

Set in Columbia during the rise of the drug lords, Pajeros de Verano (Birds of Passage) is a sleak, hard-hitting take on gang warfare among the Wayuu people of the South American country which, unfortunately, has become a by word for drug trafficking. The film has a similar grittiness to Brazilian film City of God … Continue reading Pajeros de Verano

A History of a land without a country

The Basques; whether you believe them to be part of a region of another country, or, as some do, to be a country within a country, certainly have a unique identity. As someone who grew up in Northern Ireland, seeing Basque flags in republican areas, this strange banner which, to you appears like a union … Continue reading A History of a land without a country

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

This documentary by Feargal Ward has been shown on the Irish film festival circuit for a while now and had it's television debut on RTÉ 1 last night. It tells the story of Thomas Reid, a Kildare farmer who is approached by the IDA to sell his land so that the American microchip company intel … Continue reading The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

Diego Maradonna

It was the summer of '86 and this particular reviewer sat down in the box room of the family home to watch the final of that year's world cup on the tiny portable colour TV that was the norm then. I was just getting into football and my father, (who normally hates football), to his … Continue reading Diego Maradonna

Liam Gallagher: As it was. Liam does it his way

IT was September 2002. The summer had ended but there was still cause for many in Derry, Northern Ireland to celebrate. Oasis, the band who had defined a generation were due to play in Prehen playing fields that sunny September. Oasis, together with a number of bands that formed the "Britpop" phenominon burst onto the … Continue reading Liam Gallagher: As it was. Liam does it his way