A few years ago,pre Covid, I was with some friends at a pub in Temple Bar. Ooohh, when I look back at those halcyon days of freedom and light. Before I had gone to the loo we were talking about our individual experiences with anxiety and depression. All of us had been tainted by both at some time or another and it was both liberating and sad to hear everyone’s experiences. Shame appeared to be a common trait among us. Even though awareness has heightened around mental health over the last many years, a pervading stigma remains.
When I returned the conversation revolved around an ‘Open Mic’ night. All the girls were excited and animated. I said to the girls ‘So who is this guy Mike and why is he so open with his feelings? Does it help people? ’. One of the girls looked at me and said ‘Seriously’, I said, ‘Yes, when will he be coming here? . They all started laughing their heads off, a few were crying as they thought I was taking the piss.
I can be fierce thick at times but this was an all-time low, even for me. I soon realized I got the wrong end of the stick. I went along with it and started laughing as well’. Another said, ‘Oh, it was your straight face and delivery, priceless’. I was asked if I would be reciting one of my poems. At this point I had noticed a poster outlining the details of the ‘Open Mic night’ and eventually the penny dropped. What a numpty eh? Needless to say, the night has not happened and may not for some time but I will be ready with my ‘Mic’ when it does. Who knows I may even meet a Mike who is open about his feelings?
That’s all for now.
Have a great day.
Having completed a full year blogging here are my favorite blogs from the last quarter.
- Morning furry cuddles, kisses and belly rubs. The best doggy daily alarm ever. http://adeleleahy.ie/doggy-daily-alarm/
- Besides Adele I think that Jennifer Lawrence has to be the funniest celebrity on the planet. She does not take herself or anyone else too seriously which is always so refreshing.
- Rockstars after they were famous was possibly one of my favorite blogs ever. Imagining joke jobs for current bands was never going to be a chore. Music, singers, songs and wordplay really float my boat. I unashamedly admit to being a bit of a nerd.
- Jimmy Carr and Johnny Vegas are a match made in heaven. Two comedy Gods extracting the urine from one another. What’s not to like?
- Without a doubt the best acceptance speech award ( if there was one) has to go to Spike Milligan for this. I also love the fact that on his gravestone he has written’ I told you I wasn’t well’.
- I embrace my crazy side. As I have gotten older hiding it has become too exhausting.
- Me and my ingenious ideas. And somebody beat me to it.
- Elton John is another refreshing celebrity that does not take himself too seriously which is evident from this clip.
- Finn has notions far greater than his little size.
Which just makes him cuter in my eyes.( I’m a poet and I don’t know it).
- Irish sayings- we have so many. Yet seem to use so few. Here are some of the best.
All the best
You couldn’t make this up. Or if you did you would be hung drawn and quartered for gross indecency. A Galway Bishop has placed a priest on indefinite leave following his posting of controversial videos on TikTok. Father King from Renmore in Galway was ordained in 2016 and was a parish priest of Gort in County Galway.
In the video he suggests playing Highway To Hell at a funeral mass whilst appearing topless and also discussing sex and alcohol. Other songs that he would have on his funeral Mass playlist are Queen’s Another one bites the dust, The Bee Gee Stayin alive and the dance hit You’ll never see me again. He forgot Always look on the bright side of life .
Another post shows a woman using a blow dryer between her legs alongside a video of the priest who asks her what she is doing.
‘I’m heating up your dinner’.
To which Fr.King replies ‘I’m hungry’.
All of this is shocking, disrespectful and upsetting. But like lots of things in life it is all about perspective. Prior to becoming a priest Father King had worked as a bouncer in nightclubs and bars in Galway. He had also spent time in Dubai before entering the priesthood.
Maybe I am wrong but perhaps his life prior to becoming a priest was a sign that the vocation was not for him? It’s like a porn star becoming a nun. I do believe we all deserve second chances in life to turn our lives around but this was too outrageous to not blog about it. I wonder what he will do next? Maybe an alternative Funeral Director?
All the best
I had a lovely swim over the weekend and our post swim discussion was the merits of yoga and coconut oil. It got me thinking about the possibility of applying coconut oil to my body post swim- to moisturize my skin and then to do a yoga session. Without giving it a try I could visualize myself slipping and sliding all over the yoga mat and then onto the sand. To end up being covered in it.
The problem for people that don’t swim is that people like me never shut up about it. With the slightest ounce of encouragement, I can launch into the benefits of cold-water therapy and swimming in the sea. It’s like anyone that is passionate about yoga and coconut oil. For some reason we claim that it cures almost anything that ails you. It probably doesn’t but what you get is time away from thinking about what it is that ails you.
I am bound to feel better when I get out of the sea. But perhaps the primary reason is that I am not freezing anymore. It does reset my mind and I definitely do have more energy afterwards. The social scene and camaraderie where I swim are so nourishing. My apologies. I seem to have forgotten how annoying it can be for non-swimmers to have to listen to swimmers never mind having to read about it.
All the best
Robin Williams discussing Michael Jackson on Propofol (The Graham Norton Show)
‘Taking propofol for sleep is like taking chemotherapy as you are tired of shaving your head’ has to be one of my favorite comedic similes ever. To see Jennifer Saunders and Elijah Wood crack up when he makes this statement makes the whole moment even better.
As a former nurse Propofol was used a lot in theatre as an anesthetic as it has such a short half like. Basically, meaning that you regain your consciousness quite quickly once it has stopped being administered. I believe that the Doctor ‘Conrad Murray’ that prescribed it for Michael Jackson was struck off the medical register for malpractice and jailed.
Robin Williams lights up when he speaks of his beautiful daughter ‘Zelda’ and the origins of her name. Maybe ‘Sonic’ would be a good name for a boy? After ‘Sonic the hedgehog’? Graham Norton mentions changing his name to ‘Smirnoff ‘in this clip so that he could possibly make easy money for promoting the brand. I began to think that maybe the favorite tipple for Conrad Murray before he went to jail was also ‘Smirnoff’ but that it should have been called ‘Strukoff’ instead. What do you think?
There will never be anyone that comes close to the genius of this man. He is sadly missed. But thank goodness for his wonderful films, comedy and interview clips like this. I found another Sesame Street clip with Robin Williams which I have to share.
All the best
TikTok Robin Williams Black outs on Jonathan Ross
Robin Williams was so open and honest about his alcohol and drug addictions. Comedy can often be the most powerful method of highlighting the dangers of addictions. In this clip his genius is so apparent. The devilment and debauchery that he must have had with Peter Cook was no doubt legendary.
I often think that someone may have watched this and been inspired to write the movie ‘The Hangover’. As a former drinker I can relate to many of his stories . Particularly when he explains the come down.’ What comes up must go down’ is a phrase I still use today.
One of my craziest memories of an all-night drinking session was when I was staying in Sitges in Spain on a corporate training weekend. I was working for a multinational company and we were very well looked after. After getting well-oiled we all headed to the beach to go skinny dipping. I invented ‘invisible handball’ in the sea which entertained us for a little while.
On the way home we could find no taxis as they were all full. I had the bright idea of lying down in the middle of the road to force a taxi to stop. Basically, doing a human impersonation of a sleeping policeman. A taxi did stop. There was a couple in the back and the taxi man had no intention of stopping for a few nutters who thought that it was a good idea to lie down in the middle of the road. I still cringe when I think of my foolhardy and carefree alcohol fueled days. I am still just as foolhardy and carefree now just minus the alcohol.
All the best
Best of Robin Williams
It is hard to believe that-as the clip points out- it is seven years since we lost Robin Williams. Such an immense and unique talent. There has been and never will be anyone quite like him. The only other comedian that I believe may have elements of his talent is Jim Carey. As Robin Williams is such an immense talent, I feel the need to honor him in three blogs over the next few days. And possibly because so many wonderful clips featuring him have popped up on TikTok.
He was superb in Aladdin. And I have such fond memories of when he was ‘Mork from Ork’in Mork and Mindy.
When I was younger I loved saying ‘Nanu Nanu’ to anyone who was willing to partake in the alien ritual. If I try it nowadays, I get some weird looks as it is no longer recognizable. When it was on TV a cousin of mine got a pair of rainbow braces-just like Morks- from her father when he returned from America. She was the envy of everyone in her school.
I couldn’t sign off without a reference to Sesame Street. This is just so ridiculously cute. Particularly when Elmo says ‘I only had three lines’. So many stars have appeared on Sesame Street over the years but this has to be my favorite appearance by far.
TikTok Robin Williams and Elmo-Blooper
All the best
Following on from my pheasant story yesterday I became curious enough to research the origins of the phrase ‘killing two birds with one stone’. Considering it is such a well-used idiom I began to think of how cruel a saying it actually is.
It has its origins in Greek Mythology from the story of a father and his son called Daedalus and Icarus. Two birds are killed with one stone by Daedalus to use the feathers to make wings. Both father and son escape from the Labyrinth on Crete using these wings.
Even though the phrase is unpalatable when I really think about it, I am a fan of its intention. Working smart appeals to me. Why do one task when I can do two at the same time. Case in point is how I cook as I always tend to batch cook. Last weekend I cooked a (even if I say so myself) magnificent vegetarian lasagna for a few friends. I am not a vegetarian myself but it was well received. Instead of cooking one batch I cooked two and froze the rest.
Afterwards the craic and the giggles were mighty. As we sat around chatting afterwards one of the girls asked if we had reached a point where it would be unnecessary for people to come out and announce that they are gay. In other words, as a society can we just accept people as they are without judgement? I had to go one step further and said imagine if someone said the following
‘I have an announcement to make. I am coming out. I am black’.
We all got the giggles. But according to another friend as a society we are not there yet. As many people still face non acceptance and discrimination. Please God we will get there one day.
All the best
Six impossible things before breakfast revisited
Following the completion of daily blogging for a year I felt the need to revisit one of my favorite blogs. As above. I look at my Alice in Wonderland ‘Six Impossible things before breakfast’ fridge magnet every morning upon wakening and it makes me smile.
In completing all my blogs yesterday-I was 3 weeks behind-I actually did something that I had almost believed was impossible . But back to this morning. Here are my six impossible things before breakfast.
1.Be grateful for all the blessings in my life and spellcheck the word possibel –Possible
2.. Get Buzz to stop growling at passers-by because he maybe doesn’t like the cut of their jib-Possible as I have a new ultrasonic gizmo.
3.Write my blog- on the day, not three weeks behind- Possible.
4.Look in the mirror and ignore my self-critic- Possible.
5.Resist having two gorgeous coconut protein balls made by my friend- Possible.– I had three. Only messin.
6.Have my prayers answered that a very dear friend facing breast cancer treatment has received news that it has not spread- Possible
As that great Cork man Mr. Ford once said- ‘Whether I think I can or cannot. Either way I am right’. Some days I work this philosophy and others not so well. But I have learnt that progress and not perfection are what work for me. And Buzz has just barked in agreement.
All the best
What a day. I was driving along minding my own business whilst talking to the vet on my handsfree phone. An appointment I had booked needed to be cancelled. Finn had a little sore on his back leg which did not appear to be healing and I had decided to book an appointment at the vet. Eventually he licked it better which was a relief. I believe he has learnt his exemplary licking skills from Dr.Buzz, his fellow Morkie.
Mid call I spotted a beautiful pheasant crossing the road in front of me. I had never before seen a pheasant crossing the road and was in a degree of shock. Travelling at the correct speed limit did not allow me to slow down in time. I screamed down the phone to the vet’s receptionist who was unsurprisingly taken aback. The thought that I had possibly killed one of the most beautiful birds with my car had put me in a degree of shock. I frantically looked in my rear view mirror to see if it was still alive. To my relief it had survived as it had reached the other side of the road. Albeit minus a few tail feathers.
When I eventually got home, I felt like shaking my own tailfeather with joy. And then I realized that I do not have a tailfeather but a fine arse. Which I shook instead.
All the best