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A fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy
Posted by ender at 5:42 PM on January 26, 2011
yut.jpg "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio". And now, we can too. The 1700 year old skeletal remains of an African male have been found near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, by gravediggers archaeologists excavating a Roman cemetery.
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Nights with my Demon Lover
Posted by barry at 4:50 PM on January 10, 2011
demonlover.jpg By Ann D'Artry Delaroche My lover and I are face to face, and intimate; kissing, laughing, and joyous. We make love, and pillow-talk nonsense. I open my eyes and stare into the dark. I am alone. I close my eyes; the light and his presence are strong. We are two seas and a thousand kilometres apart. This is my initiation into psychic sex. The Holy Ghost is the most famous incubus, the male supernatural being who visits slumbering women by night. Catholic pre-marriage guidance teaches that the Holy Ghost is the third presence in the marital bedroom but otherwise warns against contact with such beings, citing health risks, even death. Perhaps this is no more than an attempt to colonise the supernatural and corral the infinity of soul within prescribed boundaries.
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My Midsummer Mashing up the Mystic
Posted by barry at 10:33 PM on August 17, 2010
DSC_3632.NEF.jpg By Clare Taylor. Crouched on top of Knockninny hill in Fermanagh with a beacon of fire roaring above our heads, a young man from Belfast explains the motivations of heroin use. "It's like, yer skint and ya only need a little at first and it gives ya everything, only problem's when yer tolerance goes up..." I offer him whisky, and he accepts, noting that as an alcoholic he really shouldn't drink and it could interfere with his medication. We chat about his diminished prospects, then break off our conversation and rise as a long line of masked figures dressed in sackcloth and straw, carrying flaming torches and led by a piper move towards us up the slope.
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START Denying the Nuclear Holocaust
Posted by barry at 12:36 AM on April 9, 2010
Medvedev.jpg (picture from this source) Yesterday in Prague, the U.S. President Barack Obama and the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, signed START, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which limits the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550 each. Sounds great, unless you realize what the figure of 1,550 actually means. Our ignorance of the meaning of numbers of deployed strategic nuclear warheads allows politicians to get away with making worthy speeches and nice fluffy agreements without actually changing anything. Although no-one could criticize both sides for sitting down together with some flowers on the table, wagging those chins and shaking those hands and reducing the amount of deployed strategic nuclear warheads from about 2,126 American and 2,600 Russian to 1,550 each over the next seven years, this is far from being a 'giant step', or even a 'step'. A nuclear doomsday scenario, wiping out all advanced life on Earth, remains possible. Not only the amount of American and Russian nuclear warheads, but their nuclear weapons policies (or 'postures') do not alter the road map to Armageddon. The new START treaty, in terms of the survival of the human species, is flippant and meaningless, and I will explain why.
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Wikileaks: Surveillance, Suspicion and a Mysterious Video
Posted by barry at 1:58 AM on April 5, 2010
(20090202)Julian_Assange_of_Nairobi,_Kenya_Awarded_Doctor_of_Journalism_and_Communications.jpg (Photo of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks and its logo: http://edu.npo.eu/news/) What will be on the video that will be shown in Washington D.C. today? The website Wikileaks.org is a non-profit organization that publishes countless classified documents, typically 'from corrupt banks, the US detainee system, the Iraq war, China, the UN' and it gets away with it by being based in more than one jurisdiction. So the last few years they have been publishing globally, made possible because each country on this planet has different laws about what one can and can't publish. This is a truly unique situation. It has proven impossible for governments to clamp down on WikiLeaks. It seems, then, certain governments are thinking of using other methods to prevent material getting onto that site.
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For Sale: Old Fashioned Skullduggery
Posted by ender at 12:00 PM on January 12, 2010
S&C - Copy.jpg Secret societies, alleged grave robbing, little black books, Thor, the possible skull of Geronimo, grizzly human remains, shadowy establishment figures, ex-Presidents, conspiracies, the CIA and supreme court judges. While these may certainly sound like the frustrated ramblings of DeCount O'Blather on a wet-wristed Wednesday wankathon (TM) [don't think we haven't heard those rusty bed springs late at night in Blather HQ, mister], they also happen to be involved in an upcoming lot for sale at Christies which has quite a few people in a bit of a tizzy.
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Nicking the Bones of St. Nick
Posted by ender at 12:00 PM on December 16, 2009
DeadSanta - Copy.jpg It seems a Norman Family, relocating to Kilkenny brought more then just their suitcases of French perfumes, fine wines and strings of garlic. Apparently the French penchant for durty, cheating, va va vooom, thievery has a long historical precedent, as evidenced by their alleged translation of the relics of St. Nicholas to Ireland sometime during the 12th century after having nicked them from the 'Holy Land'. As previously reported here at Blather
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Blather, Rinse, Repeat: An Ethnography of Conspiracy Theory
Posted by damien at 10:11 AM on November 12, 2009
WTC_Aaron_Escobar.jpg (image by Aaron Escobar, used under a Creative Commons license) This is the video of the talk I did at the Dublin Paracon 2009 on the subject of 9/11 and conspiracy theories. This talk resulted from a course called Digital Cultures, part of the MsC. in e-learning at the University of Edinburgh, where we were encouraged to carry out a 'virtual ethnography' on a community of our choice. I chose, for reasons passing understanding, the 9/11 conspiracy theorists, choosing some of the recent 9/11 films as a field site.
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Psychic Piracy [Part 3]
Posted by davidluke at 10:05 AM on May 26, 2009
brain_coral_green.jpg (image by Lazlo-photo, used under a Creative Commons sharealike license) Gyrarr. Yarrr. Etc. Etc. Dr. David Luke returns with the third part in his exploration of psychic piracy. This week the venerable doctor examines 'the unconscious reservoir of psychic information'. Oh yes.
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Psychic Piracy [Part 2]
Posted by davidluke at 8:26 AM on May 15, 2009
brain_coral_pink.jpg (image by Lazlo-photo, used under a Creative Commons sharealike license) Yaaaar! We be back with more brain piracy, psychic mularkey and general cerebral oddity. This week, Dr. Dave looks at (amongst other things) the rather curious history of EEG, why certain tribes survived that Tsunami and several women through a telescope.
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Psychic Piracy [Part 1]
Posted by davidluke at 7:07 AM on May 8, 2009
brain_coral_original.jpg (image by Lazlo-photo, used under a Creative Commons sharealike license) In the first of a new series of articles, long-term Blather.net collaborator (we've been collectively barred from every pub in Hackney) Dr. David Luke gives us the skinny on the extraordinary abilities that may lie just within our cerebral reach. So, sit yourselves down, strap yourselves in and get ready to have your third-eye squeegeed clean...
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Forbidden Fruit
Posted by Marie-Catherine at 10:26 AM on March 16, 2009
fruit.jpg (image by killer turnip, used under a creative commons license) What was happening to him? He regretted his knowledge. He regretted having ever tasted the fruit. It appeared that knowledge was as much a burden as a gift. Maybe he had to share this burden to make it lighter and more enjoyable. That might be it; he needed some creature like himself conscious and curious of the world to challenge his thoughts and ideas and stimulate his mind.
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Diary of a Frenchwoman in Dublin
Posted by Marie-Catherine at 7:00 AM on February 10, 2009
Hapenny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin,by Dave Walsh Photography As every French person knows, Paris is a woman, impudent and provocative. Paris the beautiful, the magical, the enchanting. Predictably, as soon as I returned there a few weeks ago, her magic enveloped me again - from her lights to her majestic buildings and bridges, her magnificent cathedral, her many different quartiers, each with their own charm, her immense Louvre, sheltering one of the greatest art collections in the world, and of course her twinkling Eiffel tower. Nothing compares to Paris.
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The Audacity of Despair
Posted by barry at 5:14 AM on December 1, 2008
daytona beach news-journal_pierretristam.com.jpg (Picture: Daytona Beach News-Journal, reproduced at pierretristam.com). "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time" - Barack Obama. 'U.S. policy is not about one individual, and no matter how much faith people place in President-elect Barack Obama, the policies he enacts will be fruit of a tree with many roots...the best immediate indicator of what an Obama administration might look like can be found in the people he surrounds himself with and who he appoints to his Cabinet. And, frankly, when it comes to foreign policy, it is not looking good. Obama has a momentous opportunity to do what he repeatedly promised over the course of his campaign: bring actual change. But the more we learn about who Obama is considering for top positions in his administration...' - Jeremy Scahill.
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Black Market Nukes! Part five: Naming Names in Pictures
Posted by barry at 8:51 PM on November 3, 2008
  [photo: the Brad Blog] Those of you who have been following this series will know that Sibel Edmonds (pictured) had her FBI contract terminated when she discovered evidence of wrongdoing in her workplace. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the US Department of Justice later investigated, and concluded that 'many of Edmonds's core allegations relating to the co-worker had some basis in fact and were supported by either documentary evidence or witnesses other than Edmonds' [1]. I'm quoting there from an unclassified summary, but the actual OIG report remains classified. Also there is a State Secret Priveleges gag order on Sibel Edmonds to prevent her speaking about her work at the FBI (on national security grounds), but she says it's not so much national security that is being protected as corrupt U.S. officials she has overheard on wiretaps, who are in the business of stealing and selling American nuclear secrets and technology. Who are these officials?
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Black Market Nukes! Part four: The Tinner Circle
Posted by barry at 4:42 PM on October 30, 2008
4 719.jpg [passport of Urs Tinner, picture released by the Malaysian police] Previously in this series, Friedrich Tinner and his sons Urs and Marco, a family of engineers, were mentioned as part of the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network. The Tinners had a factory in Malaysia producing centrifuge parts [1]. When A.Q. Khan's international activities were exposed in 2003, so were the Tinners, who were based in Switzerland. They were taken into custody there, and expected to (eventually) stand trial. But the Swiss President made a rather shocking announcement on 23 May 2008...
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Black Market Nukes! Part three: Couldn't You Keep That To Yourself?
Posted by barry at 12:02 AM on October 16, 2008
Let me sli - ide down along the side of this picture here and get into position to welcome you our readers back once again to Blather's very convoluted yet very informative 5-part series Black Market Nukes! To kick off this, the third part, which in one respect involves Valerie Plame (pictured), I should remind you of the main point of part one of this series. I wrote of how an ex-FBI employee, Sibel Edmonds, revealed that she worked on a project in which she listened to wiretaps and translated them. She listened to phone traffic between the Turkish embassy and the Turkish lobby group the American Turkish Council (ATC), involving dealings in the nuclear black market. But this FBI investigation she was working on was shut down, and her contract was terminated. It seems the FBI team went too deep, got too close to an uncomfortable truth...
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Black Market Nukes! Part two: The Path of Khan
Posted by barry at 12:38 AM on October 9, 2008
2aq-khan.jpg In part one, ex-FBI employee Sibel Edmonds listened to wiretaps of Turkish agents in the USA, who were stealing American nuclear secrets and selling them on the black market. The FBI investigation was surprisingly shut down, and US Attorney General John Ashcroft slapped a State Secret Priveleges gag order on Edmonds to prevent her from speaking out about it when she blew the whistle. But she's recently defied that gag order. She claims that one of the buyers of these stolen nuclear secrets was Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's intelligence agency [1], who were working with Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, the man responsible for Pakistan's nuclear bomb. Part two of this series follows the trail of A.Q. Khan and his nuclear black market network.
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Black Market Nukes! Part one: Found in Translation
Posted by barry at 8:12 PM on October 1, 2008
Who's that riding around with a nuclear bomb in his motorcycle sidecar? This is the first in a projected 5-part series of articles for Blather.net on the subject of black market nukes. As you may or may not know, there is an international network of people selling blueprints and material for nuclear weapons on the black market. If you follow the news keenly, you may stumble across a report from time to time, but it seems this issue is not as much in the media spotlight as it should be. I'm going to try to draw various strands of the story together for you. I'll be writing about A.Q. Khan, the father of the Pakistani bomb and 'the merchant of menace'; Khan's associates the Tinner family in Switzerland; 'certain Turkish entities', as George W. Bush called them; the CIA front-company connected to the outed agent Valerie Plame; and first and foremost, the story of the FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds (pictured), the subject of this first part.
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Blather meets Fred Einaudi
Posted by damien at 1:20 PM on July 24, 2008
Blather.net sat down with mercurial artist Fred Einaudi to get the skinny on his provocative and apocalyptic art, the finer points of using oil on canvas and a plan to annihilate loud motorbike drivers.
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Why is UFO activity on the increase?
Posted by damien at 4:44 PM on July 14, 2008
jo_paranoia.jpg (image 'adolescent paranoia' by Dr. Joanne) WAR! Old-school blather readers will know that Blather.net spent many of its formative years talking about, looking for and worrying about that most insidious of modern phenomena - the UFO. Indeed, as Daev recently detailed in our book 'A Load of Blather' had there not been a rather oddly intense period of UFO activity towards the end of the 1990's (perhaps born of 'pre-millenial tension') Blather.net may never have come into existence at all (at all). But as the years passed, our interests have shifted and we found ourselves moving on to talk about other things (paranormal or not) and UFO stories became increasingly rarer as time went by. FAMINE! The cynic in me might comment that this was most likely because we'd gotten a bit older and were now concerning ourselves with such matters as 'saving the planet' and 'getting laid', but every once in a while a UFO story does catch our attention. This morning, our friends at the excellent 'Damn Data' sent us a story (from some low, common rag known as the 'British Daily Telegraph') which duly caught our eye; a story posing a question which had bubbled up to the surface of my own addled mind only a week or two ago - why is there such a sudden and dramatic surge of UFO activity reported in the media in recent months?
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Blather Meets Molly Crabapple
Posted by damien at 7:19 PM on May 13, 2008
molly_cover.jpg Burlesque dancer, blogger, artist and purveryor of scandalous filth. Meet Molly Crabapple - the 24-year old brains behind the now world-famous Dr. Sketchy's Cabaret Life Drawing classes and the acclaimed webcomic series "Backstage". Blather.net relentlessly stalked Molly acrosss the internet and hounded her until she talked to us recently caught up with Molly and got her to answer some questions.
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Blather.net's Map of the Weird
Posted by damien at 10:33 AM on March 28, 2008

View Larger Map For the last eleven years (yes, that's eleven) we here at Blather have been keeping track of every lake monster, UFO sighting, satanist, pornographer, ghost, exorcism, banshee attack, ABC sighting, religious quack, police state action, alien abduction and friendly neighbourhood Kangaroo that we can scribble down in this here site. But the truth is, there's such an abundance of these bloody things that keeping track of them has become somewhat problematic. Until now. So allow us reader dear, to present 'Blather.net's Map of the Weird', a first public presentation of what will become an ever-growing, all-encompassing cartographic apocalypse of filth, depravity, smut and forteana.

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Zeitgeist: The Movie, 9/11, Andrew Keen and the impossible search for 'the truth'
Posted by damien at 4:10 PM on December 17, 2007
jo_awakening.jpg In February 2007, Blather.net issued a challenge to the 9/11 Truth Movement. We said: "It's time to up the game. Time to get better. Time to write better blogs, make better movies and ask better questions. We're sorry, but Loose Change and the 9/11 conspiracy theorists are just not doing that right now." But now, it seems, somebody has upped the game: one Peter Joseph. His film, 'Zeitgeist: The Movie', is a gripping triumph of film-making. But more than just adding to the 911 debate, his movie is something else - an artefact which simultaneously validates and rubbishes the claims of Andrew Keen: that the web is in the hands of idiots who are systematically destroying 'the truth'.
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Anarchy on the High Seas
Posted by daev at 4:32 AM on December 3, 2007
lightning, pacific ocean, near Papua New Guinea. border= © Dave Walsh Dave and Mir tell of pirate hideaways from on board the Esperanza: The other day our ship, the Esperanza passed near the island of Sonsorol, one of the sixteen states of the Republic of Palau. But when we say "near" it's very relative - the ocean is a very very big place, and we didn't actually see it. Still, Sonsorol was there, just a tiny dot in the chart, so small. It could have been just a rock. But it is also the place of an utopian anarchist dream.
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Blather meets Out There Radio
Posted by damien at 10:00 AM on September 26, 2007
in_the_studio.jpg 'Out There Radio' is the brainchild of Messrs. Joe McFall and Raymond Wiley. Broadcasting from Athens, Georgia and touching on every form of conspiracy theory and fortean phenomena imaginable, 'Out There' is an excellent podcast, covering ground that should be quite familiar to readers of Blather.net. We recently caught up with Joe McFall and invited him to introduce himself and 'Out There' to Blatherskites.
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Waking the Dead: The Mummies of Saint Michan's Church, Dublin
Posted by daev at 11:21 AM on August 25, 2007
Blather: St. Michan's ChurchOnce again the Blather team lead their readers into a dark corner to show them disturbing things. This time, Dave descends below Dublin's oldest church, St. Michan's, to see the famous "mummies" - ancient cadavers that have dried out rather than rotted, and to pull the Crusader's finger. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust - you've been warned, potentially unsavoury photographs to follow...
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Waking the Dead: Charles Fort's Grave - Albany, New York
Posted by daev at 12:35 AM on May 10, 2007
Charles Fort Grave, Albany Rural Cemetery forteana fortean strange phenomena paranormal You just can't keep us out of graveyards here on blather.net. This season sees us dashing around the New World, inquiring into the whereabouts of the corpse of that irascible iconoclast, Charles Hoy Fort, father of fortean studies and teleportation. It's 11am on the 29th day of April and I'm surrounded by dead people. I can't see any of them. The year, 2007, Gregorian, 5767 Hebrew, 1428 Islamic, 1386 Persian. In the Julian calendar it's 13 days earlier... sort of. In any case, it's heading for midday, Eastern Standard Time, if you believe in that kind of thing.
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Waking the Dead: Burke and Hare
Posted by damien at 8:49 AM on January 29, 2007
wtd_10.jpg178 years ago today, an Irishman named William Burke was executed in Edinburgh, Scotland. You may never have heard of him, but at the time of his death he was infamous: 'This day, Wednesday 28th Jan, 1829, William Burke underwent the last sentence of the law, for the murder of Mrs Docherty, one of the victims of the West Port Tragedies. At an early hour, the spacious street where the scaffold was erected, was crowded to excess ; and all the windows which could command a view, were previously bespoken, and high prices given for them.'
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Blast from the past: Cannonballs from the sky
Posted by daev at 4:32 PM on November 15, 2006
Civil War CannonIn October 1997, a mystery cannonball tore through the walls of a Missouri mobile home. Nobody knew where it came from, or who fired. We wrote some crazy stuff about it, here on blather.net. Now it's come back to haunt us... The owner of the mobile home, Kathy J. Mickelson, emailed blather.net, telling her side of the story. The "cannonball" was no such thing - in fact, it was a massive spudgun.
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To Hell or Howth: The Hostel of the Red God
Posted by daev at 9:49 PM on October 30, 2006
Halloween Special: This is an expanded version of an article I had published recently, as part of the programme for Conor McPherson's play The Seafarer, currently being staged at the National Theatre in London. I was asked to write a piece dealing with the mythology of Howth and places in the Dublin landscape. I soon discovered a sinister relationship between some of these places...
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Waking the Dead: Bitton Train Graveyard
Posted by damien at 12:43 PM on September 5, 2006
wtd_08.jpg Bitton Train Graveyard can be found just outside Bristol city. The rusted remains found there are a fragmentary glimpse of another age, a lost time, when the singular vision of a man called Isambard Kingdom Brunel re-shaped the very landscape and cities of England.


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The Pyramids of Güímar, Tenerife
Posted by daev at 8:28 PM on August 3, 2006
(Canary Islands, Spain) Dave finally gets his arse in gear, and posts photographs from his visit to the mysterious ancient Pyramids of Güímar in the Canary Islands.
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An average day at the National Museum of Ireland
Posted by damien at 4:41 PM on July 28, 2006
museum.gif (DUBLIN) Lost biblical artefacts. Dire warnings from the past. Stolen Nazi loot. Interfering government ministers. Archaeologists in fetching hats. Any of this starting to sound familar?
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Diggin' in the Dirt: Niall (sausage the third)
Posted by ender at 11:03 AM on July 6, 2006
sausage_yellow.jpgContinuing with Blather.net's in-depth investigation of the infamous fifth-century thug and womaniser, our grave-robber in residence Ender digs deeper into the history of Niall of the Nine Hostages and discovers some good old-fashioned Irish skullduggery.
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The Return of the Dalkey Baby
Posted by damien at 12:05 PM on June 17, 2006
dalkey_castle.jpgFor several weeks in the summer of 2005, the Irish media indulged itself in a feeding frenzy of tabloid-like hysteria surounding the gruesome story of 'Niamh' (now identified as 'Cynthia Owen') who claimed that she had been the victim of abuse by an organised cabal of child-molesters. This resulted in her becoming pregnant whilst still a child herself - a crime allegedly faciliated by her parents. 'Niamh' then claimed to have watched as her new-born infant was stabbed to death with a knitting needle.
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That Whole Father Pat Noise Phenomenon on Dublin's O'Connell Bridge
Posted by daev at 10:19 PM on May 16, 2006
Father Pat Noise Memorial
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In which the Count O'Blather tells of his great friendship with the late Fr Pat Noise, who died in suspicious circumstances when his carriage plunged into the Liffey in 1919.

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Fortean Times Uncon 2006
Posted by damien at 11:08 AM on May 2, 2006
UnconBlack magic theatre, 1920's horror movies, pony-tails, waistcoats, murdered Prime ministers, ghost hunting gear, drummers of the Damned and a lot of hot air about some dead Italian artist and his poxy code...
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Diggin in the Dirt: Niall (sausage the second)
Posted by ender at 10:49 AM on April 17, 2006
Niall...Continuing with the detailed exploration of Ireland's most amorous homicidal maniac, Niall of the Nine Sausages, Blather.net's graverobber in residence, Ender Wiggan, delves deeper into the sources behind the story of Niall.
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Happiness: The Chinese zombie ships of West Africa
Posted by daev at 4:30 PM on March 30, 2006
Chinese Zombie shipt
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Right now, I'm on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, off the coast of West Africa, working on a pirate fishing campaign. It's been an expedition of extremes - the beauty of nature, and the harshness of human existence. Last week we visited an anchored fleet of rusting Chinese vessels, with marooned fisherman on board...

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Diggin in the Dirt: Niall of the Nine Sausages (sausage the first)
Posted by ender at 2:12 PM on March 3, 2006
Niall...Welcome to Diggin in the Dirt: a new series of articles exploring all matters archaeological and historical, brought to you by archaeologist of the damned and Blather's grave-robber in residence, Ender Wiggan. Excavations shall commence with a study of Niall of the Nine Hostages, the infamous 5th century warlord and serial-knobber.
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The Hellfire Club Tunnels and Caves, West Wycombe
Posted by daev at 11:39 PM on February 17, 2006
Photographs of the Hellfire Club, West WycombeIn yet another episode in a never-ending series, blather.net returns to the lair of the English Hellfire Club - Sir Francis Dashwood's party-house at Medmenham Abbey, and the fantastically kitsch tunnels in West Wycombe.
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Waking the Dead: Standing on the bones of Irish giants
Posted by damien at 9:05 PM on February 9, 2006
wtd_07.jpg Seven foot six and eight foot four. One coffin, two coffins, three. Concrete slippers, the smell of kippers and a funeral at sea. Ladies and Gentlemen, Blather.net and the stupendous Mr. Panting present the amazing, the fantastic, the spectacular tale of the Irish giants, Messrs. Charles O'Brien and Patrick Cotter.
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Wyrd!
Posted by barry at 11:02 PM on January 13, 2006
three sistersOver the years at Blather, we have described many of the items we have covered as 'weird news'. Certainly we mean 'weird' in both its strict sense (uncanny, supernatural: like schools closing because of ghosts) and in its colloquial sense (strange, incomprehensible: like a corpse propped in front of a TV for two years without anyone noticing). But did you know that 'weird' originally meant something entirely different?
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Waking the Dead: the Crossbones Graveyard
Posted by damien at 1:27 PM on January 4, 2006
CrossbonesIn our continuing exploration of the world of the Dead, Blather.net went in search of the Southwark Mysteries - the untold history of London. So, on a cold and gloomy 23rd of December 2005 we met with 'John Crow': a local poet and mystic who talks to the outcast dead...
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Winter Solstice at Stonehenge
Posted by daev at 4:45 PM on December 29, 2005
Stonehenge Solstice 2005Dave escapes the gravitational pull of London, stopping off for a mid-winter visit to Britain's best-known megalithic site...
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Treadwells' Bookstore
Posted by damien at 8:00 PM on December 11, 2005
treadwells_small.jpg Let's face it: xmas shopping is as dull as fuck. So, it's a rarity that you stumble across a shop that has stuff you like and friendly people staffing it. Like we did the other day. Allow us to introduce you to Treadwells' Bookstore: a fortean haven.
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Protest Against the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize
Posted by barry at 6:41 AM on December 11, 2005
DavidsenToday on Blather North! Read about Torbjorn Davidsen, who, on the day that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its director Dr Mohamed ElBaradei were awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, carried a gravestone 20 kilometres on his back to put on the lawn of the Nobel Institute. Find out why he did it, see photos of the adventure, and read about a different protest by Greenpeace. Set your geiger counters for the North and our lead story, which implicitly suggests the question: "When will there be a requiem for radioactive toothbrushes?"
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River Slaney: Environment Under Threat
Posted by daev at 8:56 PM on November 23, 2005
river slaney A beautiful Irish environment under constant threat. Dave reports from his home turf.
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Sue Walsh's Underground Art in Clare
Posted by sue at 7:20 PM on November 23, 2005
passing cat by Sue Walsh Long lost Blather correspondent Sue, resurfaces in Clare with some rather strange paintings...
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The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell by John Crawford
Posted by blather at 11:18 PM on November 18, 2005
book cover small.gif "I have too many stories to tell, and if just a few of them get read, the ones that real people will understand, then maybe someone will know what we did here". Amber Brown gives us the lowdown on an important book.
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The Avebury Expedition
Posted by daev at 5:15 PM on November 18, 2005
Avebury Recently, a joint Blather-Strange Attractor-3rd Stone group went on a trek around the ancient megalithic landscape of Avebury, in Wiltshire. And Dave, as usual, took a silly amount of photographs.
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Bonfire Night In Lewes
Posted by daev at 11:09 AM on November 7, 2005
IMG_4225_lewes_parade_140.jpg Blather goes to Bonfire Night in Lewes - complete with exploding government ministers, some fine-anti-popery, fireworks-dodging and general weirdness...
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Young Christ in the Temple
Posted by barry at 1:26 PM on November 3, 2005
?Nthposition have published a short story by Barry Kavanagh, called "Young Christ in the Temple". It tells the true story of art forger Han van Meegeren, and the story comes with web-links to authentic van Meegeren forgeries. Read.
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Waking the Dead: the Battle of Glasnevin Graveyard
Posted by damien at 9:39 AM on November 1, 2005
yaaaaaaargh!Take one angry mob (half-naked), a dead body (two days old), a gang of grave robbers, trigger-happy watchmen (possibly drunk), the cops (also possibly drunk), an arsenal of assorted weaponry, stir violently and serve in a freezing cold graveyard.
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Wonderful Web: Megalithomania
Posted by damien at 7:21 PM on October 24, 2005
yaaaaaaargh! County by county, site by site, monument by monument, Megalithomania is an ever-expanding archive of Ireland's prehistoric treasures. This, ladies and Gents, is what the web was designed for...
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Giant Squid Caught On Camera - The Blather Report
Posted by daev at 7:17 PM on October 20, 2005
Giant Squid Guest writer Kat Bolstad tells us about the recent photographing of a giant squid...
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David Cronenberg: A History of Violence
Posted by daev at 11:55 AM on October 7, 2005
history_violence1.jpg I walked out of A History of Violence a little confused. Was that a Cronenbergian take on a straightforward 'family under siege from baddies' drama, or something very different? Maybe it was both. If any other director had gotten their hands on it, it might have been something like Goodfellas meets Die Hard meets some anodyne Costner shlockfest. Let us be thankful for David Cronenberg.
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Waking the Dead: Highgate Cemetery, London
Posted by daev at 5:06 PM on October 6, 2005
yaaaaaaargh! The latest in the ongoing seasonal, pre-Samhain Halloween Necroblog. Last weekend, a crack Blather team descended upon the sprawling Necropolis of London's Highgate Cemetery. No Vampires were injured in the process...
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Waking the Dead: The Surgeons' Warning
Posted by damien at 4:20 PM on October 5, 2005
yaaaaaaargh!The Resurection Men have long been the subject of literary flights of fancy, most of their depictions being simple stage nonsense. But one piece of literature stands out above all others: The Surgeons' Warning by Robert Southey...
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Waking the Dead: how to steal a dead body
Posted by damien at 1:28 PM on September 28, 2005
yaaaaaaargh!Premature burial. Body-snatching. The Resurrection men and the Sack-'em-ups. Jack O' Lanterns and Willo the Wisps. As bizarre as these terms may sound to us now, there was a time when such phantoms haunted the nightmares of all men...
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Return to St Brigid's Well - Liscannor, Co. Clare
Posted by daev at 3:08 PM on September 7, 2005
IMG_2502_mary_praying140.jpg Some time ago, I posted pictures from our visit to St. Brigit's Well in the west of Ireland.
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The Dalkey Baby and the House of Horrors
Posted by damien at 5:25 PM on July 7, 2005
ChambersRape. Murder. Incest. Abortion and buried babies. It has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood horror movie. But something is wrong with this story. Very wrong...
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LAX - Welome to Amurika!
Posted by daev at 2:22 AM on June 27, 2005
Welcome to LAX 19:50 LA Time on the 15th of May. 0350 in Dublin. 13:50 in Auckland.

"I will not filed, stamped, indexed, briefed debriefed or numbered!" - The Prisoner

Ten hours on a plane, before it drops into the Los Angeles smog. I leave the comfortable friendliness of Air New Zealand, and tramp down a musty corridor to a gruff disinterested immigration officer. Immigration? I'm not coming to America, I'm TRANSITING, sir.

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Blather.net in The Irish Times
Posted by daev at 10:27 PM on May 22, 2005
Dave WalshJasus, I'm famous! Saturday's Irish Times had an interview with me - mostly talking about extra-blathery activities, like weblogging for Greenpeace...
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The Tara Hill bypass - what they don't want you to know...
Posted by damien at 4:13 PM on May 22, 2005
TaraArchaeologist of the damned and guest writer ender, gives us the lowdown on what's really happening up at the hill of Tara...
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Thomas Truax: the Wowtown Interview
Posted by barry at 10:48 AM on April 20, 2005
Thomas Truax An Interview with musician Thomas Truax, the most famous son of the totally non-fictional Wowtown.





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The Maybe Logic Academy
Posted by sue at 3:51 PM on April 9, 2005
Sue packs her bag and goes to magick school with the 'Maybe Logic Academy'. She doesn't know what to expect, but suspects it will be an interesting experience...
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Blather on TV: Sue does the Big Bite
Posted by sue at 4:39 PM on April 4, 2005
YO!Sue Walsh gets her 15 minutes on the Big Bite by talking to David McWilliams about the concept of blogging. Why, she isn’t quite sure. On air at 2.25pm tomorrow and repeated at 8:30 am Wednesday morning on R.T.E.1
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Twin Peaks: Motif Watch
Posted by daev at 7:37 PM on March 29, 2005
Dave's out in the forests of Northern Finland. He's armed with his knives, his laptop, and the first series of Twin Peaks. Damn fine cup of coffee...
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The Blather Guide to Easter
Posted by sue at 12:20 PM on March 24, 2005
fish on cross better 006.jpgGiant bunny rabbits, chocolate eggs and the story of some guy called Jesus. As the season arrives, Sue gives you the low-down...
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Fresh Air: music for 100 years of Norway
Posted by barry at 2:44 PM on March 17, 2005
YAH! Thursday 3 March 2005. "Fresh Air" celebrates 100 years of Norway as an independent nation by filling London's Fabric venue's three rooms choc-a-bloc with Norwegian musical acts...
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The Haunting (part 3)
Posted by sue at 9:15 AM on March 14, 2005
Blather correspondent Lyra concludes her chilling tale...
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Reindeer Roundup In A Finnish Forest
Posted by daev at 9:02 PM on March 11, 2005
Reindeer Roundup Article and photo gallery: Dave spends an afternoon in the forest with the Sámi herders as they do a 'reindeer roundup'... Read More »
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Transmission from Ice Station Reindeer
Posted by daev at 12:32 PM on March 2, 2005
IMG_2837_kota.jpgdaev reports in from the the Arctic - 69° north...
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Feed Your Brain: Kenneth Clarks' 'Civilisation'
Posted by damien at 9:06 AM on February 21, 2005
In the beginning, there was the beeb and the beeb was in black and white....
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Dead Frogs Everywhere
Posted by daev at 8:00 PM on February 18, 2005
Amphibian guts galore - I seem to have stumbled across a crime scene, stretched over 50m of road. (Nasty picture warning - avoid if squeamish!)
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Review: The Men Who Stare At Goats
Posted by daev at 9:43 PM on February 16, 2005
Jon Ronson: The Men Who Stare At Goats I hate reviewing books too long after I've read them. I should really write the review as soon as I've finished it - there and then...
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This Way Up: Dublin Freebie Comic
Posted by daev at 8:04 PM on February 15, 2005
This Way up Rather nice new Dublin collaborative project... let's go postal...
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I, Mother of Bastards....
Posted by damien at 4:45 PM on February 9, 2005
Skindeep, by Catherine Barry A special article by guest writer and Mother of a small army of Bastards, novelist Catherine Barry...
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Kevin Myers - 'a Taxi driver with a lap-top'
Posted by damien at 2:36 PM on February 9, 2005
Today we salute Kevin Myers, possibly the greatest mong on the island of Ireland. And Lord knows, there's quite some competition...
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Chasing GE Soya Across the Ocean
Posted by barry at 11:25 AM on January 31, 2005
Dave told many of us last week that he was 'going to France'...
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Most of the Internet is about Bobby Darin
Posted by barry at 12:13 PM on January 26, 2005
Our research shows that most of the internet consists of Bobby Darin websites.
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Wheelie bins of the apocalypse
Posted by damien at 1:48 PM on January 22, 2005
Sent in from our western correspondent' (a.k.a. Sue)
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New incredibly FREE MP3s from Dacianos
Posted by daev at 2:07 PM on January 8, 2005
Yes, you heard it folks. THREE Dacianos downloads are now available...
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Winter Solstice: Newgrange 2004
Posted by daev at 8:12 PM on December 22, 2004
The Solstice at NewgrangeIt's a frosty Tuesday morning. I'm standing on a hillside in County Meath, staring towards the brightening south east...
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The Anthropology of Roads
Posted by barry at 11:31 AM on December 20, 2004
My anthropological study of roads emerged from my observation that motorists and pedestrians seem to ignore the existence of cyclists, as if they are not really present with them on the route ways they traverse.
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The Haunting (part 2)
Posted by damien at 12:06 PM on November 7, 2004
Blather correspondent Lyra updates us on more weird stuff in her house
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Spaced
Posted by damien at 12:17 PM on October 25, 2004
The rise and rise of the cult comedy Spaced
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The Haunting
Posted by daev at 5:11 PM on September 28, 2004
Blather correspondent Lyra is living in a haunted house. No, really. Read and post comments... tell us what YOU think!
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Carrowkeel 2: The Return
Posted by at 2:45 PM on September 20, 2004
The Dublin Forteans follow in the footsteps of the great and powerful Blather on a day trip to Carrowkeel.
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St. Brigid's (Bríd's) Well, Liscannor
Posted by daev at 2:44 PM on August 18, 2004
Photographs of a not-very Christian holy well, in the wilds of Ireland...
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How To Drink Absinthe
Posted by daev at 12:01 PM on August 16, 2004
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Absinthe glass in Marsella Bar, Barcelona »

Dave finally gets his finger out, and publishes an article on the legendary green fairy.

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Whatever happened to Withnail? (update)
Posted by damien at 11:56 AM on June 25, 2004
withnail.jpg "...even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day..." For reasons more complex than Withnail's urine sample, this particular shitegeist entry has proven hugely popular and has drawn some wonderful comments. We'd like to encourage you to add some more...
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Blather on the Rainbow Warrior
Posted by daev at 10:10 AM on May 26, 2004
Dave Walsh is on board the Greenpeace flagship, in New Zealand...
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An Interview With Camille O'Sullivan
Posted by daev at 5:34 AM on May 24, 2004
The Dublin Diva talks to blather.net...
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Welcome to the Pleasuredome: the pornography of war
Posted by damien at 12:26 PM on May 21, 2004
Naked bodies, smiling soldiers, sexual humiliation and the random slaughter of civilians, all in the name of freedom and liberty. Now, where have we seen this before?
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Laibach in Dublin
Posted by daev at 5:47 AM on May 20, 2004
Art is fanaticism that demands diplomacy - NSK
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Human Rights Watch: Sudan
Posted by barry at 2:22 AM on May 17, 2004
Human Rights Watch released a report on the Sudanese region of Darfur on 7 May 2004:
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NSK Passport Office in Dublin
Posted by daev at 11:04 AM on April 30, 2004
NOTE: BLATHER.NET DOES NOT ISSUE NSK PASSPORTS So stop asking us! 'Art is fanaticism that demands diplomacy...'
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Carrowkeel Megalithic Tombs - Sligo
Posted by daev at 11:03 AM on April 29, 2004
On his hands and knees, Walsh explores the passage tombs of Sligo...
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Photographs of Newgrange
Posted by daev at 7:43 PM on April 9, 2004
Taken on the recent Fortean Society Outbreak...
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Review: Einsturzende Neubauten in Dublin - with Photographs
Posted by daev at 12:30 PM on April 8, 2004
I'm such a fucking fan... photographs, and a review...
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Blather's Express Tours. See Ireland at High Speed!
Posted by daev at 10:34 AM on April 6, 2004
By our satirist-at-large, Elimare...
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'Proud to be Canadian' by Alex DeJong
Posted by damien at 8:10 PM on March 26, 2004
Guest Writer Alex DeJong gets some stuff off his chest....
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March 20th Anti-War Demo in Dublin (Update 1)
Posted by daev at 10:09 AM on March 22, 2004
And Blather was there...
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Ballyedmonduff Wedge-Tomb in the Dublin Mountains
Posted by daev at 1:00 PM on March 18, 2004
The latest in the Blather Neolithic Safari Series...
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11M - The Bombing of Madrid
Posted by damien at 11:59 AM on March 12, 2004
Spain is bleeding...
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Austin Osman Spare - A Biography of the Artist and Occultist
Posted by daev at 11:58 AM on March 12, 2004
Guest writer Robert Ansell tells the story...
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Mountainbiking in the Dublin Mountains
Posted by daev at 7:20 PM on March 11, 2004
Up the hills, on a bike, in the dark. Nuts...
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Ireland and Genetic Modification of Food
Posted by daev at 3:00 PM on March 9, 2004
That bloody Fianna Fail government are lobbying for GM Food. The hoors...
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Incinerators in Ireland
Posted by daev at 5:15 PM on March 5, 2004
Burn baby burn...
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David Moore's Accidental Pilgrim
Posted by daev at 2:43 PM on March 3, 2004
A friend of Blather publishes a book about his travels - hot on the heels of St. Columbanus...
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Bill Hicks
Posted by damien at 9:22 AM on February 26, 2004
the lord...On February 26 1994, William Melvin Hicks, better known as Bill, the man who I consider to be one of the most visionary voices of the late 20th century, died. The world has not been the same since. 'The elite ruling class wants us asleep so we'll remain a docile, apathetic herd of passive consumers, and non-participants in the true agenda of our governments - which is to keep us separate, and present an image of a world filled with irresolvable problems, that they, and only they, might one day, somewhere in the never-arriving future, be able to solve. Just stay asleep, America, keep watching TV.' - Bill Hicks
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EU Pollutant Emissions Register and the Slaney Valley in Ireland
Posted by daev at 6:01 PM on February 24, 2004
Walsh finds that two of Ireland's biggest polluters are in his neighbourhood... Update on the Slaney story here »
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Alien Big Cat report from Co. Kildare, Ireland?
Posted by daev at 1:00 PM on February 19, 2004
Big cat sighting near Naas!
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Blather Vs. The Hierophant of Fortean Times
Posted by daev at 5:30 PM on January 30, 2004
It's not often that he does interviews, locked away as he is in his Fortress of Arrogance, but blather.net managed to coerce the Hierophant to 'fess up...
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Anthromorphism and Fast Food TV Culture
Posted by daev at 1:15 PM on January 21, 2004
OK, so I'm an animal lover. But I'm sick of the over-the-top anthromorphism that kids are being fed. Who's going to suffer in the long run?
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The Sunken Towns of Ireland
Posted by daev at 5:45 PM on January 14, 2004
For years now, I've been fascinated by accounts of 'sunken cities' of the Irish coast. I've found four so far... is there more?
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Mucky the Lake Monster in Muckross Lake, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Posted by daev at 4:00 PM on January 9, 2004
The Irish Charr Conservation group reckon that they've found a strange creature in a Co. Kerry lake...
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A Megalith in the Dublin Mountains: Kilmashogue Wedge Tomb
Posted by daev at 6:03 PM on January 8, 2004
A ruined megalith sitting a bare 100m from a popular car park in the Dublin mountains... this spectacular national monument is only known to a fraction of passers-by.
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Deep in the Woods: Elimare Reports From The Blather Trip to the Dublin Mountains
Posted by daev at 5:03 PM on January 7, 2004
Elimare tells us about mudslides and sore thighs...
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The adventures of Jasper the dimension-hopping archaeological cat (Volume 3, Episode 1)
Posted by damien at 10:58 AM on January 7, 2004
Jasper, it would appear, has found his way back to Earth. And has been up to no good...
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Deep In the Woods: Mr. Slaphead reports from the Blather trip to Massys Woods, Dublin
Posted by daev at 12:38 PM on January 5, 2004
One of the few survivors of the Ghost Hunt 2003 speaks out!
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Fucking Magic: Sex Magic and Ritual Lovemaking
Posted by daev at 5:31 PM on January 4, 2004
daev waves his wand and comes clean about ritual sex...
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Ghost Hunt 2003: Adventures in the Dublin Mountains
Posted by daev at 11:56 PM on December 28, 2003
On December 28th, the Blather Editorial Committee and friends launched an expedition into the remote reaches of the Dublin mountains...
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Feck Off! A Blather Primer to Irish Slang
Posted by daev at 3:14 PM on December 20, 2003
Getting to grips with Hiberno English at home and abroad...
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Fortean Falls: Ice From The Sky, And Global Warming
Posted by daev at 10:35 AM on December 17, 2003
Weird rains of toads, fish, blood, straw, sand etc. are well-documented. But are falls of large ice chunks a sign of global warming?
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The Centre for Fortean Zoology: Jon Downes Interview - Cryptozoology, The Owlman and Other Monsters...
Posted by daev at 5:35 PM on December 15, 2003
Dave Walsh talks to the Director the of the CFZ about Owlman and other mystery creatures
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GooglePrudery: Booted for Dissing Dubya
Posted by daev at 8:30 AM on December 15, 2003
It's official: We're Too Hot For Google. Blather.net has been suspended by Google Adwords for having 'Unacceptable Content'. We're pure evil we are. I just hope me ma doesn't find out about my alleged google bombing!
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Veritable Streaming Bloody Cunts of Information
Posted by at 11:23 AM on December 12, 2003
Because of the recent rise of 'unacceptable content' on blather.net (according to Google) we have decided to go on the offensive.
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The Yoke: Into the blue, now the money's gone
Posted by daev at 8:30 AM on November 30, 2003
Nude Blues, Sex Magic, Hoaxing and lots more... and a word from Clare Taylor, of The Yoke - fifth issue out now!
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Charles Fort: Scientist or Humorist?
Posted by daev at 11:59 PM on November 27, 2003
He coined the word 'teleport'... the X-Files is a direct descendent, and where would Fortean Times be without him?
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Flann O'Brien: Comic Genius
Posted by daev at 11:58 PM on November 27, 2003
Blather.net wouldn't exist if it wasn't for St. Flann!
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Knick Knack, Paddy Hack - hoaxing the Irish media
Posted by daev at 5:35 PM on November 26, 2003
Paul Clerkin and Mick Cunningham explain how their website p45.net suckered the media. First published in The Yoke magazine. MOST newspapers have a tradition of attempting to dupe their readers on April Fools Day with a far-fetched 'news story' buried at the bottom of an ordinary news page. Oh how the hacks laugh when the phones start hopping with anxious callers wondering if David Beckham really will be conducting a coaching session in the Phoenix Park next Saturday or whether David Norris is set to marry an Irish-American poetess. It's a day when the news professionals poke fun at the rigorous scrutiny and fact-checking they allegedly apply to 'real' news stories. The only problem with all this nonsense is that the Irish media jokers are becoming the duped with embarrassing frequency.
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April Doesn't Care
Posted by at 12:44 PM on November 7, 2003
This is a letter I sent eleven Irish publishers on 1 September 2003. You can also read their replies. Plus my "final" comments of 7 November 2003.
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Classic Blather: The Alan Moore Interview
Posted by daev at 10:51 AM on October 3, 2003
With the League of Extraordinary Gentleman in our cinemas, it's time to unearth this massive interview, done by Barry Kavanagh in October 2000.
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An Army of Leprechauns
Posted by damien at 4:46 PM on July 17, 2003
Taken from the 'never to be finished in a millenia of sundays' novel Mysterious Ways...
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The 23 enigma: Captain Clark welcomes you aboard!
Posted by daev at 6:08 PM on July 2, 2003
The '23 Enigma', as discovered by William S. Burroughs, presents itself as a good omen for some - disaster for others...
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The Tao of Odds and Ends
Posted by daev at 12:57 PM on June 20, 2003
The The Tao of Odds and Ends is a novel based on Daoist (or Taoist) philosophy. In this book, stories from ancient China are relocated to the contemporary West.
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The last Irish Wolf
Posted by damien at 4:07 PM on June 17, 2003
wolf.jpg (image by Andreas Solberg, used under a Creative Commons license) One of the world's most beautiful animals was hunted to extinction in Ireland. Why?
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Super Sargasso Surfin'
Posted by daev at 2:43 PM on October 8, 1998
After spending any reasonable amount of time recording and cataloguing the odder aspects of daily life on this planet, certain conclusions almost beg to be arrived at, such as "people are generally speaking, nuts," or that perhaps half the population really are more intelligent than the average person. But from these studies, one starts to get a grasp on the "bigger picture" that Charles Fort and hundreds of others have devoted so much time, in some cases even their lifetimes, examining. In the last year, while researching my weekly email newsletter, Blather [1], several events and a few tenuous mental tangents brought me to consider Fort's humorous hypothesis on the "Super-Sargasso Sea," an aerial ocean from which eels migrate back to old mother earth, aided by the wonderful force of gravity. But when rather out-of-date military projectiles and then--saints preserve us--people starting falling out of the sky, questions arise about the connections between "Magonia"--the possible home of historical "aerial sailing ships"--and the "Super-Sargasso."
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