Friday, 27 February 2015

Chatter and Splatter

Chatter and Splatter Monthly Social Saturday 28th February 7- 10 pm @ CVA Pump Street Chatter and splatter is a new monthly social event which gives individuals the chance to socialise in an art setting.
 The monthly event will allow participants from all levels of artistic ability to come together to try art mediums through a range of exploratory activities. The focus of the socials with be exploring art, fun and socialising. 
The theme for this months social is clay. In the workshop you can work with the clay in an abstract/sculptural style or make several small pieces or one large piece which when dried out can be painted. This event costs £25.00 included in the price is wine/non-alcohol beverage and light food refreshment. Places are limited please pm or call to book. — at Creative Village Arts.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

800 Years Of Annoying The English, comes to Muff

COMEDY SHOW '800 Years Of Annoying The English'
You thought you knew Irish History? Think again! This show sets out to reveal the shocking truth about our past, from St Patrick to Westlife, in a roller coaster, surreal and musical hour long show. '800 Years Of Annoying The English' sees our disgraced historian Professor Fitznipple present his controversial new book ‘800 Years Of Annoying the English’ to the world. He will take you on a journey that sees St Patrick use his consultancy skills to convert Ireland, Queen Elizabeth rap on why she hates men, Oscar Wilde on ‘Boys Gone Wilde’, discover why Oliver Cromwell hated Ireland, why Queen Victoria didn’t give a s**t and what part Jedward played in the troubles….Fresh from a successful run at The Edinburgh Fringe festival, Broken Eye Productions are ready to unleash this baby on the Muff public. Sure it'll be good craic hi !
*no guns allowed* craic not guaranteed!
Time: 8.30pm 
Place: St. Mary's Hall MUff
Parental Guidance Rating: 16+
£5 or 5Euro
Contact: 00353(0)749384572

Sunday, 22 February 2015

50 Shades of Grey

I can admit to reading a couple of chapters from 50 Shades of Grey but put the book down after that. I found no inclination to continue reading a very badly written book and so I can't compare the film to the written form. Unusual for me, but so be it.
I was determined that I was not going to see this film as I felt from all reviews that it was simply showcasing an abusive, controlling male patriarch. However having spent a full evening just two weeks ago discussing the movie with friends I decided it was time to get myself off my high horse and go along and see if I can be persuaded to give this film a little credit. I did after all, spend hours preaching against it, and taking all my information from others. So now, it was time to see for myself just what all the fuss was about. 
Myself and four friends ventured to the local cinema in Derry, Brunswick Movie Bowl, yesterday evening to see 50 Shades of Grey. We arrived a little early to allow for a drink. We all felt that this was going to be a tedious two hours. Martha's Vineyard provided the perfect surrounding for the pre-show drinks. Then at 8.30pm we entered the movie theatre. Unfortunately we were just a little late and ended up seated at the front of house, the second row back. Just a little too close I thought, but it sufficed.
'When college senior Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) steps in for her sick room mate to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for their campus paper, little does she realise the path her life will take. Christian, as enigmatic as he is rich and powerful, finds himself strangely drawn to Ana, and she to him. Though sexually inexperienced, Ana plunges headlong into an affair - and learns Christian's true sexual proclivities push the boundaries of pain and pleasure.'
I immediately warmed to the character of Ana. Dakota Johnson allowed me to like this Miss Steele. But what caught my attention most was that Ana has a backbone. She's not lured into some sex mad Grey's life without her own full consent. Ana chooses to make this change to her life, she is exploring her own boundaries as well as Christian's. However, the boundaries were pushed at the end when we see Ana sobbing with pain and Grey continuing his punishment.
My understanding of the film was that Christian Grey was an abusive, controlling dominant. He is both of these and more, but Ana is aware of it all from the onset. 
As for Christian Grey, I may not like or support any of his sexual antics, but there's a part of me that left the cinema feeling sorry for his character. Jamie Dornan didn't appeal in any way and it's clear from the movie that his heart certainly isn't in this character. Sexual chemistry there is none of. However instead of my writing about some crazed control freak, I find myself writing about a young boy with a very troubled childhood and upbringing. Christian Grey is more about a troubled past that he is about a sexual 'dominant'. Here is a character rife for any psycho analyst to get stuck into. Here is a man who needs to learn how to love because he's never known real love. The abuse in Grey's life is all from his past and it's come back to haunt him into adulthood. 
When I went into that cinema last night it was with an open mind and yet part of me was destined to despise the movie. I left feeling very different. I certainly won't recommend it as a 'must see', but if like me you have been preaching against it, then go along and judge for yourself. The media has made it into something it certainly isn't.
 As for the sequel, will I go along? Most definitely. I want to see if Christian Grey gets the help he so desperately needs and learns to live a normal life. I want to see the little boy freed from his past. I want to see Christian Grey wearing lots more of that blue suit, and ditching the dreaded 'grey'! 


Friday, 20 February 2015

Comedy show comes to Muff.

COMEDY SHOW '800 Years Of Annoying The English'
You thought you knew Irish History? Think again! This show sets out to reveal the shocking truth about our past, from St Patrick to Westlife, in a roller coaster, surreal and musical hour long show. '800 Years Of Annoying The English' sees our disgraced historian Professor Fitznipple present his controversial new book ‘800 Years Of Annoying the English’ to the world. He will take you on a journey that sees St Patrick use his consultancy skills to convert Ireland, Queen Elizabeth rap on why she hates men, Oscar Wilde on ‘Boys Gone Wilde’, discover why Oliver Cromwell hated Ireland, why Queen Victoria didn’t give a s**t and what part Jedward played in the troubles….Fresh from a successful run at The Edinburgh Fringe festival, Broken Eye Productions are ready to unleash this baby on the NI public across six dates. Sure it'll be good craic hi !
Belfast, Cookstown, Muff, Donaghmore, Banbridge, 

Omagh
*no guns allowed *craic not guaranteed
> Time: 8.30pm
> Parental Guidance Rating: 16+
> £5 or 5Euro


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Alla Prima Life Workshop


Alla Prima Life Workshop
Saturday 21st February 1 - 4 pm @ CVA. This is an event for Individuals who wish to complete a one sitting painting of a female life model.The afternoon workshop will look at the wet on wet technique,colour, painting composition, proportion and light and shadow. 
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Cost: £25.00 all materials provided Acrylic or Oil Painting Mediums provided
Booking essential as places are limited
Pm Creative Energy  or call 07821410616

Lunch at Cafe Del Mondo

Yesterday I spent yet another day speculating about spectacles. I'm becoming an expert in choosing glasses for family and friends. I wear glasses myself and always enjoy experimenting with colour, so in recent years others have asked me to come along and assist in their new purchase of eyewear when needed. Yesterday was the most recent. My big sis is home for her half-term break and decided that it was time to get the eye test updated and perhaps a new pair of specs. So the cavalry was called in - my good self!
Off we headed to Specsavers in Derry City centre, and a full hour was spent trying to decide on the right pair. Finally I managed to convince her that the new Karen Millen style was perfect for herself - they were funky, colourful, and definitely on trend. Eventually she settled on the said pair and I didn't refuse when she offered to buy me lunch. I suggested Cafe Del Mondo in the Craft Village. Big sis never heard of it. Oh, she has a lot to learn about Derry.
I introduced her to the said Cafe and immediately she was impressed. Initially the outdoor decor appealed to her, and then the interior. On entering we were promptly directed to a table; drinks order was taken and a menu was delivered. Shortly after we both ordered our desired dish, burger for herself and the delicious chicken supreme for my good self. 
Both dishes were supreme in every way and the service excellent. I'll certainly be returning again soon, and I don't doubt that on her next visit, big sis will do likewise.
With funky glasses in the making, and a great lunch in her tum, my big sis can certainly say that this was one half-term when her little sis rose to the challenge once again! Sisterly love, ye couldn't beat it!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Thank you.

Just a wee note to say 'thank you' to one and all for following this wee blog. I've started out just reviewing anything cultural and indeed just general happenings in my life in this wonderful part of North West Ireland. Living in this delightful village of Muff, Inishowen, and bordering Derry City and just a short run to Letterkenny, there is so much happening in this small area.
I might waffle on at times about my own wee day to day experiences but it's all happening here in the North West. We're no longer the forgotten part of Ireland, we're very much in the here and now. And as for the amazing people and their talent, it's a really great time to be part of such a fabulous community.
North West Culture is reaching people the world over and the North West diaspora is reading about all our experiences here in Muff and it's surroundings.
So folks do keep reading this wee blog and enjoy every minute. Life is too short to let any experience pass us by, so let's ensure that we are indeed here for a good time and not a long time. Mind you, the longer we stay here, the better. Here's to more fun and cultural experiences.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Exhilarating spectacle that is TITANICDANCE

Last night I could have been sitting in a theatre in London, Vegas, or even New York. But I was seated at the front of the Millennium Forum in Derry. Such was the atmosphere and the sheer talent that was on the Derry stage. Shows like this not only put Derry on the world map, but at the very centre of the world culture map.
Raymond Sweeney (Creative Director and Principal Dancer) and his cast, combine the true story of the Titanic with dance and music, to create an intoxicating, invigorating phenomenon on stage. From start to finish the Derry audience were foot tapping, clapping, and in sheer awe of the spectacular display that was before them.
This show is not just dancing: it's choreography, traditional Irish music, props and multimedia. A large screen provides factual information about the Titanic throughout the performance. 
As we enjoy the outstanding dance and music we are also made aware of the harrowing factual inadequacies of the ship and its journey. It's emotional and it's tear-jerking, but at all times it's exhilarating.
As I took my seat last night with mother (who has a broken shoulder) I really didn't expect to leave the theatre on such a 'high'. But that I did. I was memorised by the ability of this show to hold the constant attention of the audience. One's attention span never wavered. The story was told through the mode of dance and no words were needed. I'm no dancing expert but in my view there wasn't a foot out of tune!!!! 
Rebecca Winckworth and her enchanting voice provided the singing  from beginning to end. Her rendition of 'The Parting Glass' certainly had my eyes clouded. It was poignant in every way.
Nikita Cassidy and Nawal Elbadri, principal dancers, shone throughout the night. James Keegan, Cathal Keaney and Louise Hayden, equally so. Jim Higgins, Stephen Doherty, Conal Early, Richard Neylon and Kevin Corbet were simply enthralling with their music from the start. It really was traditional Irish music at its very best. Raymond Sweeney showed all his expertise and more from his years with Lord of the Dance. He excelled as lead in his very own show.
Up until now, we have witnessed a variety of Irish dance experience take on the world stage since Riverdance set the tone in 1994. Now we are moving into a new experience....that of TITANICDANCE
The show involves and showcases everyone that was on the ship, from the first class passengers to the boiler room workers. No one is left out. This 90 minute show is both physically and mentally challenging for all the cast but each member exceeded all expectations last night.
I'm often left very frustrated by a Derry audience's inability to give a standing ovation. But last night they surpassed themselves. They didn't just give one standing ovation. They gave two! I guess that says it all. 
This betrothal of the Titanic story and Irish dance in all its ingenuity and brilliance, will surely conquer the world stage as those that have gone before. 
The Titanic is certainly a big part of Irish history. But last night I really believe that I witnessed the onset of another piece of Irish history in the making. The Titanic ship went 'down' in reality, but TITANICDANCE is certainly set to 'soar'.