Archive for January, 2007

Rex Combe (Eircom CEO)

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
Rex Combe (Eircom CEO)

I know he’s only in the job 6 months but I have a feeling he’s up to something? Just look at the shifty eyes.

Rex Combe (Eircom CEO)
Previously on AGH.

WhereInTheWorldWednesday #10

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
Where In The World Wednesday #10

Ok, no clues with this one to start off with; all the clues you need are in the picture.
You can see a larger version here on AGH’s filckr account.

Use the comment link below to add your guesses.

Answer: Melbourne

The WWW Leaderboard
Unmontóndemierda – 2
El Ultimo – 2
anpuca – 1
blacach – 1
Gerry – 1
Langerdan – 1

The Rest – 0

The Admin – 2
(Number of WWW’s that were not guessed correctly by YOU within the week allowed)

Mulley Chokes On Live TV

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Dont Choke, Dont Choke..oh God i Choked!!

Let’s hope Mulley does better with the rest of his 15 mins of fame. By my reckoning, he’s got about 14mins and 35 seconds left!!!

And to Rex Combe (Eircom CEO), if that is in fact your real name, what’s with the shifty eyes??

MAKE Magazine Notables #01

Friday, January 26th, 2007
MAKE Magazine Notables #01

A weekly look at the most notable submissions to the MAKE magazine blog.

Make your own thermometer.
Build your own Optimus Prime paper robot.
Build your own Laptop.
Make Your Own Juggling Rubber Chickens.

Friday Caption Comp #37

Friday, January 26th, 2007
Friday Caption #37 (pic from http://englishrussia.com/)

Last weeks winner was MonkeyMark with his caption “Anyone else think the photo is a little on the doctored side”! Well done Mark, your grasp of the game is second to none.

Try and come up with a caption for this weeks FCC. Use the comment link below to add your captions.

And as a little side note, the FCC is fast approaching its fortieth instalment. To celebrate this, we will be giving away a digital camera, YES a digital camera, for the best caption for FCC #40. So make sure and call back. Ill release more details in the next week or two.

Where In The World Wednesday #9

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
Where In The World Wednesday #9

Right you bunch of rubes, I’ve gone for a handy one this week. It should be much easier than last week. Guess away by clicking on the comment link below.

Update:
Ive uploaded another pic of this place to achgohairithe’s flickr profile (www9_2)

And another (www9_3)

Answer: Luxembourg City

The WWW Leaderboard
Unmontóndemierda – 2
El Ultimo – 2
blacach – 1
Gerry – 1
Langerdan – 1

The Rest – 0

The Admin – 2
(Number of WWW’s that were not guessed correctly by YOU within the week allowed)

Renovations are a bitch

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
Flash Floods

Please forgive any disruption or anomalies which may appear on AGH today and tomorrow. We are in the process of renovating the gaff, and while the crack team of nerds (pictured above) I have on the job assure me there will be no disruptions, I felt a warning was appropriate….just in case like.

Stay tuned for Where In The World Wednesday!

It puts the lotion in the basket

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

This has been around for a while, but i only stumbled across it today. [youtube]pbTa5JsXjtE[/youtube]
Lotion.mp3 by GreensKeepers

AGH Warning: If you listen to this track you will NOT be able to get out of your head for the rest of the day and possibly the rest of the week.

I’m looking down the hole, you’re looking up at me
You’re cold and tired, that is easy to see
Lower the rope to you, a bucket on the line
Your membrane will be soft and smooth, and your heart will be mine

It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again
It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again
Yes Precious, it gets the hose

Oooh ooh ooh
Oooh ooh ooh

The look inside your eyes drives me from control
Evoking visions of my favorite caserole
And if I eat your heart, I’ll also bite your soul
And when I’m done with that, I’ll use your skull as a bowl

It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again
It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again
It gets the hose

It puts the lotion in the basket
It puts the lotion in the basket
It puts the lotion in the basket
Yes it does
Put the lotion in the basket
Put the lotion in the basket
Put the lotion in the basket now
Put the lotion in the basket now
Yes it does

Oooh, ooh, ooh
Oooh, ooh, ooh

The night is very cold, I’m feeling kind of week
I think I’ll make myself a cap from your right buttocks cheek
And then I will go walking with my little dog
And then I’ll bury you underneath a log

It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again
It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again
Yes it does, Precious

It puts the lotion in the basket
Bitch, put the lotion in the basket
Oh put the lotion in the fucking basket, bitch
Bitch, Put the lotion in the basket

Oooh ooh ooh
Oooh ooh ooh
Oooh ooh ooh

Mysterious Flash Floods Hit Ireland

Friday, January 19th, 2007
Flash Floods

Meteorologists were at loss to explain the mysterious flash floods which hit all over Ireland last night. A leading RTE weather man/meteorologist when asked said “there was no metrological reason for such severe floods last nightâ€?, he went on to add “while there were very high winds, there was very little rain…I cant explain itâ€?.

Flash Floods

AGH can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that the flash floods were caused by the women of Ireland collectively creaming themselves whilst watching Tall, Dark and Ó hAilpín on RTE1 last night. The programme aired at 10:15 and the first flash floods were reported at 10:20. No coincidence that it was at 10:20, five minutes into the show that the we were first shown footage of the Ó hAilpín brothers topless. This backs up our claim that the programme was responsible for the terrible floods which hit the country last night. The flooding got progressively worse as the documentary went on, with what can only be described tsunami like waves coinciding with footage of the boys in various states of undress.

It is as yet unclear if RTE have any case to answer for in this matter. But they may yet regret not airing a disclaimer or warning at the shows outset.

Flash Floods

Meanwhile, the floods are said to be subsiding slowly throughout the country. Disruption is said to be minimal with many people braving the conditions to go about their daily lives.

Friday Caption Comp #36

Friday, January 19th, 2007
Friday Caption #36

Buiochas le Dia don Aoine. Thanks God its Friday, and it wouldnt be Friday without a FCC. See what captions you can come up with for this one. Use the comment link below to add your captions. You can leave as many captions as you want.

Last weeks winner was…….mo dhuine with his caption “STÃ?DAS, STÃ?DAS, STÃ?DAS DON GHAEILGE” for this picture.

Tall, Dark and Ó hAilpín

Thursday, January 18th, 2007
setanta & aisake

Documentary that chronicles brothers Sean Óg, Setanta and Aisake Ó hAilpín over the last year as they compete in their respective sports.
Do NOT miss it! It’s on RTE 1 tonight at 22:15.

Ó hAilpín previously on AGH.

Global warming! What global warming?

Thursday, January 18th, 2007
Moscow in January

Picture taken of the exact same spot in Moscow in January 2006 and again in January 2007. Can you spot the difference?

Pic from englishrussia.com.

Where In The World Wednesday #8

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
Where In The World Wednesday #8

There was some giving out that last weeks WWW was too easy, so try this one on for size. Ill drop a few clues if it isn’t guessed correctly or if people are way off.

Anywhoooo…use the comment function to submit your guesses.

Update:
Ive uploaded more pics of this place to achgohairithe’s flickr profile (www8_2 , www8_3)

Update:
Ive uploaded even more pics of this place to achgohairithe’s flickr profile.

Answer: Haifa

The WWW Leaderboard
El Ultimo – 2
blacach – 1
Unmontóndemierda – 1
Gerry – 1
Langerdan – 1

The Rest – 0

The Admin – 2
(Number of WWW’s that were not guessed correctly by YOU within the week allowed)

My Life, My Blood for Ach go háirithe!

Monday, January 15th, 2007
Where In The World Wednesday #7

Our friends over at awards.ie have begun taking nominations for this year’s Irish Blog Awards. So get over there and vote for achgohairithe.com, vote with the same vigour a Ba’ath party threatened Iraqi would have voted for Saddam. Do it!

Possible categories for AGH:

• Best Blog Post –
• Most Humorous Post –
• Best Arts and Culture Blog –
• Best Personal Blog –
• Best Use of the Irish Language in a Blog –
• Best Contribution to the Irish Bloggersphere –
• Best Designed Blog –
• Best Sport & Recreation Blog –
• Best News/Current Affairs Blog –
• Best Specialist Blog –
• Best Newcomer –

Irish Blog Awards
Blog Awards Nomination

Ich bin ein Ápa – No Béarla (Episode 2)

Monday, January 15th, 2007

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Didn’t catch the second excretion from the monumentally self-righteous Manchán Magan last night so ill hold off on any major giving out until I catch it on-line or the repeat on Wednesday night.

Update:
Finally got to see the second episode on Wednesday night and while it wasn’t as bad as the first one, Manchán motives or should I say the programmes motives were clear from the start.

Instead of encouraging people who might have Irish but might be a bit self-conscious about using it, Manchán insists on bombarding everyone he meets with his own brand of “Uberâ€? Irish and bamboozles them in the process. Even people who clearly have Irish have problems understanding the Muppead.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Bratwurst

Im off to Germania for a few days so there will be no FCC this week (unless i post from there). Back next week….anyone want anything brought back?

Where In The World Wednesday #7

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
Where In The World Wednesday #7

Under pressure this morning so a quick and easy WWW this week. Add your guess using the comment link below.

Answer: Amsterdam

The WWW Leaderboard
blacach – 1
Unmontóndemierda – 1
Gerry – 1
El Ultimo – 1
Langerdan – 1

The Rest – 0

2007 Year Planner

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

Plan your year with AGH.

Full listing of the years main events (Sports, Cinema, Festivals, Gigs, Holidays…etc). For the full list click here or click on the individual months below.

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November/December

No Eejits – No Béarla (Episode 1)

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

Well having watched the first episode I don’t think there’ll be many calls for me to retract my earlier comments. In fact he came across as more of an Eejit than I expected.

The sad thing is that it’s highly likely that mainstream media will latch on to this show and refer to it as some definitive linguistic study of Ireland today. Cac Briste Folks, cac briste!

No Eejits!

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

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The first programme in a four part series called ‘No Béarla’ is set to air on TG4 tonight at 9.30pm. The basic premise for the show was to find out if it was possible to live life in Ireland today exclusively through Irish. The presenter, Manchán Magan, spends a few weeks travelling around Ireland and uses only Irish to interact with others, often with “hilariousâ€? consequences!

Having heard numerous interviews with Manchán in the last week it seems like he didn’t get on very well in his jaunt around Ireland. I’m going to go out on a limb here, as I haven’t seen a full episode yet, but I can’t help but think that a lot of the reactions were to do with Manchán himself and his approach rather than the fact that he was speaking Irish. I might have to take all this back after seeing the show but having seen Manchán in his other travel/documentary shows I feel confident that another presenter would have fared better.

A similar ‘Popeth yn Gymraeg (Everything in Welsh)’ show based on the same premise but travelling around Wales instead of Ireland and using Welsh instead of Irish aired on S4C last year. The presenter in this case ‘Ifor ap Glyn’ seems to have used a different approach “…the only way to know if a stranger speaks Welsh is to start every conversation yn Gymraeg and see what happens.â€? and as a result the outcome seems to have been far more positive.

“There’s a difference between starting a conversation [in Welsh], and insisting on continuing a conversation in Welsh. We’re nervous as bilingual Welsh speakers… but if we were to insist on speaking Welsh, other people in our communities would have to learn. [..]â€?

In one scene Manchán goes into a pharmacy in Letterkenny with the intention of buying condoms. The staff member who deals with him clearly has plenty of Irish but still a communication break-down occurs! Why? Because Manchán is more interested in catching the staff member out or making a fool out of him than anything else, and therein lies my problem with the show.

Ill have to hold off on any more judgement on the show until I’ve actually seen a full episode but I am of the opinion that an Eejit is an Eejit no matter what language he is speaking. If Manchán travelled around Ireland with the same attitude and approach, but using only English, I think that results would be strangely similar.

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