English Market, Cork

I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy markets; I never visited St George’s Market in Belfast often enough. It really brightens up the city seeing so many people enjoying a Saturday/Sunday afternoon just aimlessly browsing the wares and stopping for coffee and a cupcake.

The Cork English Market is no different; lots of fresh produce, and local wares and a fantastic atmosphere. I would buy all the things.

Some Thoughts on Cork

The one thing you will notice about Cork is that Cork people love Cork. Every single Corkonian I’ve met over the years has confirmed this, and my most recent visit to the city, last month, was no different. I’m always reminded of Andrew Maxwell’s sketch on the topic. Anyone I have met who no longer lives in Cork does so only out necessity, whether it is for college or work, but ensure they return as often as possible. Others I know refuse to live elsewhere despite how it may be more convenient to live in a different part of the city.

With its two rivers running through the city, and essentially being an island in the middle, it can be a difficult place to navigate as an outsider (“…the other side of the river.” “Which one?”), but with the right people looking after me (thanks Will!), and Google Maps, I didn’t get too lost.

It’s a beautiful thing. I’ve never felt that way about Belfast, and I don’t know very many who do. It does it’s best, but I couldn’t travel the world telling everyone who much I loved it and yearned to return. However, it is partly due to Corkish people’s love of all things Cork that makes Cork people so lovely. Besides a bitter sense of humour and accent that makes mine sounds like the Queen’s English, they really are a nice people.

Cork Pride Pt3 — Parade

While it was a lot smaller than Pride in Belfast, there was a great community feel to the entire day.
Even the guards had a smile on their faces:

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Cork City Lord Mayor, Catherine Clancy, who hosted the parade.

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Stephen Spillane and Lord Mayor, Catherine Clancy

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My hosts for the weekend, Will and Stephen

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Me getting my nails done by The Lord Mayor’s sister-in-law. One of those ‘only in Ireland’ moments.

Cork Pride Pt1 — Pride in the Park

I was in Cork for the closing weekend’s events of Cork Pride which ran this year between 29th July – 5th August. Sure it was a while ago now, but time has escaped me over the past month, however, please enjoy the photos to follow from this recent trip to the Rebel County. It was a superb weekend and I got to hang out with some great people.

Here are a few snaps from the Family Fair in Fitzgerald’s Park with a dog show, an assortment of sports, music and a lot of laughter. When I arrived it had just stopped raining, then the sun came out and all was good.

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Stephen giving it all with his winning handbag-toss.

September Playlist

The summer has come and gone. For me, it was pretty superb, and in many ways, revolved around a lot of new music.
Mostly electronica, mostly chillout, with a bit of dubstep and hip-hop thrown in.



What? Why?

I started making these playlists in April this year as a way to archive, share, and get easy access to the music I’ve been listening to. I love discovering new music, and my taste varies widely: I can happily listen to almost every genre.

I’ve been an avid user of music tracking software, in particular LastFM — having joined in March 2003 (when it was Audioscrobbler and still the final year computer science project of Richard Jones). Since then it has recorded my listening of 172,315 tracks from 3,896 unique artists. Besides the odd month or two dotted throughout the years with changing computers, mobile devices or lack of internet, this is a fairly accurate archive of the last 10 years of music obsession, tracking my listening habits over the years and the progression of my taste.
My Last.FM profile.

Today, with not having local access to any of my music, I rely on cloud-based apps and services for music. Spotify is my service of choice. While it isn’t perfect, and the way it pays artists is certainly a contentious issue, however it has a shit-load of music and it’s mobile apps are pretty decent. I find myself often playing the ‘radio station’ based on certain tracks as a method of finding new music (much like I used to do with LastFM). Good tunes get ‘starred’ and great tunes get added to a playlist so I don’t forget about them.

This is a chart showing the genres I’ve listened to over the last year or so. You can view the full chart of the past 21 months here [pdf].
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A snippit of a different chart of artists I’ve listened to over the past year.

Full chart [pdf]

30% of my listening is from my top 25 artists while 70% is outside of that.

And so, I share these playlists.
Have a listen to what I’ve been listening to.

Here are the past month’s playlists (Spotify links):
August
July
June
May
April