Cork City Bus Station

26th March 2010
He was an oblivion seeker, a lotus eater. Courtney’s description of Kurt in today’s paper. Kurt could never survive because, as De Botton so beautifully put it, we know life to be a hurricane.

You can’t hide or sit still, there is no peaceful eye to this particular storm. All you can do is go with the wind, whatever it brings it brings, until the end. No, not the end, your end, your own personal tailored finality.

Maybe it will be like this, eternity, waiting for the bus to afterlife or oblivion, depending on your belief, still not sure, but almost certain, that no matter which destination you buy a ticket for you will end up in the same place.

Today I am heading fo Skibereen, for more music making with the maestro. Because, since the club burned down, it feels like a long way but the best way to go.

City Reverb at Favela Chic

25th March 2010
We (The City Reverb) played at Favela Chic with The Wellingtons, who are about to change their name but hopefully not their style; who are a really cool, two girl, vocal, cello, percussion, megaphone and brightly lit umbrella band. Surely this is a winning combination?

For the record we (The City Reverb) played these songs in this order: 1 Swimming 2 Roll On 3 All You Need 4 Wings 5 Morning 6 Corner

Wings worked the best. I played A instead of G for half the first verse of Morning. Oops, must try harder.

Hastings Half and Lambing.

22nd March 2010

“Don’t worry about genius and don’t worry about not being clever. Trust rather in hard work, perseverance and determination. The best motto for the long march is ‘Don’t grumble. Plug on.’

Love the sea, the ringing beach and the open down. Keep clean, body and mind.” Sir Frederick Treves in 1903 on the 25 anniversary of the Boy’s Own Paper. Sometimes there are things to be said for things that were said. I found this next to the bed as I awoke to sea mist and drizzle on the morning of my first ever half marathon. That’s thirteen and some miles of running with about five thousand other folk of wildly varying abilities and ages round a, by all accounts, gruelling course that loops over the back of Hastings and eventually throws you back into the town for three miles along the seafront.

Because of the intensity of the personal experience and the simplicity of the actual experience, we all ran around the course, that’s all, it’s actually quite hard to remember what happened or explain why it was significant.

But there is a real magic in the sound of thousands of pairs of trainers pounding and flopping on a road that is normally filled with speeding cars; there is a beauty in this collective activity, any group with a common purpose, but especially these people, pushing their bodies, raising money for charity, doing something special. No words necessary, although a few exchanged between strangers, each battling with their own will and their own imperfect bodies to finish the course in what they consider to be a respectable time.

I do remember: many people telling me there were no more hills, when there were more hills; a bagpipe band that sounded like bombs; some happy drummers that you wouldn’t want for neighbours banging and clapping on their door step; a blind man and his super hero helper joking all the way; being passed and then passing Superman before the finish; the taste of the sea and the joy at the extra oxygen; water up my nose; weaving past too heavy breathers; being distracted by a banana that I didn’t want to carry then did want to carry because it stopped me thinking about the running; pain that came and went first in the stomach then the feet then the knees; the rhythm; thinking that it was really not about thinking, a purely physical rather than a cerebral journey; the outsides of pubs with fat men holding pints and cheering; people standing at a bus stop clapping; the bare trees on the bypass; uphill being easier than downhill in a funny way; the finish line so far away for so long; never even contemplating stopping or giving up; perseverance, grace, and determination. Naturally.

But that makes it sound like a pain when it was really a pleasure; that makes it sounds like hard work when really it just was. And that’s the beauty of it. It just is. I took no pictures because this was about doing not documenting. I did it, for the record, with much help and encouragement from Ms H, in 1hr 53.35. When my legs stop aching I will, maybe, say more about what, to paraphrase

Murakami, I think about when I think about running.

For now, here are some pictures of Pete’s farm to illustrate the simple rural life.

Broom & Ladder….

22nd March 2010
broom & ladder bucket radio

All sorts…

22nd March 2010
sheep window stuff