Damian Corless: 9000 Years of Irish Weather

9000 years of irish weather

Never heard of Damian Corless ? Say Collins Press, Damian Corless, [is] a journalist and a former editor of Magill and In Dublin, currently contributes to the Irish Independent. He has written comedy sketches for BBC TV’s classic Big Train and RTE’s award-winning Stew. His acclaimed books include The Greatest Bleeding Hearts Racket In The World…. As he says himself, I have no idea what an isobar is…. But he will happily tell you how the Irish won a war by doing nothing, how Cork had it’s revenge on and [sort of] killed Cromwell and the wonderful story of the Mayo postmaster who delayed the D-Day landings by 24 hours and changed what is now world history, to name but a few. And though the book has flip all to do with Irish weather technically speaking or with gardening, I angled it onto The Sodshow, in part because the weather … There’s more

The Upbeat Podcasts: Mental Health Matters

Mental Health

Upbeat Radio aired over the new year 2014 on 103.2 Dublin City FM. Presented by Brian Greene of The Sodshow Upbeat Radio brings Mental Health & Mental Wellbeing to the airwaves and extends the discussion on topics such as advocacy, reform, access to services, stigma & getting help. Over the course of the four themed shows Upbeat Radio interviewed OCD Ireland, Mental Health Reform, Bodywhys, Aware, First Fortnight & St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services. The broadcast heavily promoted Ireland’s Mental Health Arts Festival First Fortnight (Jan 02-11) with 10 specially created event promos for the 39 events in their calendar. Speaking at the conclusion of the broadcasts Brian Greene said it was great to chat to some of the main players in the Mental Health sector. The issues relating to our mind and its wellness are too often not discussed. Radio with less distractions is a perfect medium to explore … There’s more

Meeting Windows 8

Meet Patrick Ward, Windows Business Group Lead for Microsoft Ireland. listen to ‘Patrick Ward, Windows8 lead, Microsoft Ireland’ on Audioboo Disclaimer of the blog world and etc’s come first and on that note my meet last week did not come via Culch.ie. Also Windows/ PCWorld gifted me a brand spanking new fandango Samsung All-in-one PC. And yes it is very lovely. Also very highly recommended. That aside and out of the way, if you wanna know about Windows8 – what better man to talk to than this fellow. Maybe of interest, I first trialed Windows8 well before its launch, with a demo first from Patrick and I was then left to my own devices on a Samsung Slate for a period of about 4 days. The Slate is pictured above top. Not much more required to type. Apart from a big thank you to PC World Jervis Street for the … There’s more

The Sodshow wins Best Podcast 2012

You’ll forgive us if this entry isn’t an album or event review but we had to mark a big achievement by one of our contributors. The Sodshow, Ireland’s garden radio show and podcast, airs live every Friday at 3pm on Dublin City 103.2 Fm and is available around tea-time that evening in podcast. Winning the Best Irish Podcast at the Blog Awards Ireland 2012 recently, Peter Donegan had this to say: It’s great for Irish gardening and horticulture. The Sodshow is a great Irish-born and bred radio show and podcast for those that are serious about their horticulture as much as it is for those that simply like to sit on their garden bench. Gardening and gardens in whatever format you enjoy them should at a very minimum make you smile. The Sodshow very simply retells that story. We owe a massive note of thanks to The Sodshow sponsors Greensax.ie … There’s more

The Podcast Sessions #7: 5 Best Independent [Irish] Podcast[er]s

At the Irish Web Awards 2011, 5 Irish Podcasts made the finalists list in the category Best Independent Podcaster. The winners of the category were of course The fabulous gents of The Comic Cast. To note, The Podcast Sessions are not reviews as such more a noting of podcasts you might like. This is neither a review of the IWA’s [The Sociable is just one that does a far better job than I ever could at that] or any podcast. My problem is finding the podcasts I like. And to be fair, there are some great ones out there. Some from the man on the street, some from the big boys of the media world – some, like my own, maybe, fall in the middle ground and often somtimes don’t get that little umph or simply an applause/ notoriety/ pat on the back for the hard work that they deserve. … There’s more

7 Deadly Wins #1: The Underrated Moments of #Aras11

In 7 Deadly Wins Sinéad Keogh counts down, in no particular order, her favourite little moments of the 2011 presidential race in the seven day run up to polling day. I have loved every moment of the politicking and furious duck and dive of #aras11 but perhaps none more than Today FM’s Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show asking the candidates a question a day this week to learn more about them as people. Yesterday’s question, ‘What’s your guilty pleasure?’ drew some amazing responses. Tuning in, I thought I had hit on some satire in the Today FM tradition but what makes this even more awesome is that it’s real. I can only assume it was edited together from soundbites captured on the campaign trail, but I love to think that it happened a room, in the order it was broadcast, and that despite everyone else answering with a food, Gay Mitchell … There’s more

The Podcast Sessions #6: Scibernia

Podcast name: Scibernia In Short: with help from Near FM – Scibernia is a bi-monthly podcast exploring science in Ireland, and beyond. Hosts: The Scibernia Team – more than two. Their Description: We are a loose collective of science enthusiasts, tech nerds, wandering journalists, radio lovers, and people who enjoy Periodic Table Scrabble (we’ll explain later). Each podcast aims to bring you the latest science news, debate and analysis from around Ireland and further afield. Culch.ie Says: If you’ve followed the Podcast Sessions so far, you’ll have a rough idea that the US [hat tip & compliment btw] have it fairly stitched up in the turning geekery and science into matters of relevance that create intrigue. They do it so very well – but, they do so in a sort of story telling type of way and generally the podcast has one anchor and one host. Scibernia, however breaks that … There’s more

The Podcast Sessions #5: Stuff You Missed In History Class

Podcast name: Stuff You Missed In History Class In Short: Didn’t pay attention in history class? HowStuffWorks.com has you covered. Host: Deblina Chakraborty & Sarah Dowdey Their Description: Whether they’re discussing the Freedom Riders or the adventures of bushrangers, you can count on Sarah and Deblina to keep you up to date on the Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com. Culch.ie Says: There seems to be a format to the more successful podcasts that are out there, the most of which seem to hail from the USA. All seem to follow a sort of [for want of a better description] Westlife/ Jeffrey Archer format to another successful song/ novel in the sense that that this also has a sort of Freakonomics type of set up to it. But. Whilst I say that, content is king and the content to every one of the Stuff You … There’s more

The Podcast Sessions #4: This American Life

Podcast name: This American Life In Short: weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show “This American Life.” First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Updated Mondays. Host: Ira Glass Their Description:  One of our problems from the start has been that when we try to describe This American Life in a sentence or two, it just sounds awful. For instance: each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. That doesn’t sound like something we’d want to listen to on the radio, and it’s our show. So usually we just say what we’re not. We’re not a news show or a talk show or a call-in show. We’re not really formatted like other radio shows at all. Instead, we do these stories that are like movies for radio. There are people in dramatic situations. Things happen to them. … There’s more

The Podcast Sessions #3: Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

Podcast name: BBC Comedy of the Week Description: see above Host: BBC There are 2 BBC Comedy of the Week Podcasts that I listen to. They say: Bringing you a satirical take on the week’s news with Chain Reaction, Radio 4′s tag-team interview show, to entertain you during the Now Show/News Quiz summer break. culch.ie  say: At present the podcasts are  in short running like so for the summer season: Rhys Thomas interviews Simon Day who i/v’s Peter Hook who i/v’s ‘punk poet laureate’ John Cooper Clarke who….. which may put some off as it’s not exactly Friday night at The Bankers Comedy Club if you get my drift. That said… I’ve been subscribed to Friday Night comedy of the week for as long as I can remember and for the long term this is one of my favourite podcasts ever. I follow them and love them like I follow … There’s more

The Podcast Sessions #2: Sunday News by Topgold

Podcast name: Sunday News Review [disclaimer: has no one official name] Description: A review of Ireland’s  Sunday newspapers, less all of the bits I don’t really want to hear – i.e. celeb gossip/ glee club et al, taken from the perspective of an American living in Ireland. Host: Bernie ‘Topgold’ Goldbach Culch.ie Says: If you don’t buy a newspaper – but you have a brain and dislike Glee club then this one is for you. If you don’t know Bernie Goldbach, there are I should tell you in advance, one or two things about his weekly news podcast that will happen every week, [First] Bernie loves his nokia and [two] the ex-US Air Force pilot loves telling you all of the ways in which and where you can find him online. Make no mistake about it, you will hear both mentioned. That said….. from a podcasters perspective, there is maybe … There’s more

The Podcast Sessions #1: Freakonomics

Description:  a podcast, a biweekly segment on Marketplace, and a series of one-hour programs broadcasted on public radio stations across the country [that be the US I'll assume]. Hosts: Stephen Levitt and Stephen Dubner Their Description: It began when New York journalist and author Stephen J. Dubner went to Chicago to write about award-winning economist Steven D. Levitt for The New York Times Magazine. Dubner had been reluctant to take the assignment (he was in the middle of writing a book about the psychology of money). Levitt was reluctant to be shadowed by a journalist (but his mother loved the Times Magazine, so he gave in). The article came out, and led to an unexpected partnership. Levitt and Dubner wrote Freakonomics, a book about cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing Realtors, and crack-selling mama’s boys. They figured it would sell about 80 copies. Instead, it took up long-term residency on … There’s more

The Podcast Sessions #1

My problem is finding the podcasts I like. And to be fair, there are some great ones out there. Some from the man on the street, some from the big boys of the media world – some, like my own, maybe, fall in the middle ground and often somtimes don’t get that little umph or simply an applause/ notoriety/ pat on the back for the hard work that they deserve. Any Regular Podcast People Out There ? (mp3) This exercise may become time-consuming – and so to lessen that, here’s what I will ask for [see below], including your help. It will also mean that when you click the podcast category here on culch.ie there will be some sort of easy how do I find the link to subscribe to this podcast type set up. If you have one you like, or you do one, just pop me a comment/email/other … There’s more

The Sodshow comes to the airwaves

First off, an admission. I’m not much of a gardener myself. I did have quite a big back garden in my parents place (where my da grew vegetables) but now I live in an apartment with one pot plant (nicknamed Planty). However, that doesn’t proclude me from learning about the greener side of life and I’ve started to do that courtesy of Peter Donegan’s Sodcast, which has now become the Sodshow on 103.2 Dublin City FM. Some of you may know Peter from his posts on culch but what you may not know is that he’s an award winning landscape gardener. For the past 29 weeks he’s been podcasting a garden themed podcast known in Internet circles as the Sodcast. It’s provided listeners with Peter’s unique take on gardening as he winds his way through a diverse range of topics. It’s been very successful so far, so much so that … There’s more

Nokia World 2010

I’m over here for the next few days. Perfecting my podcasting skills Thanks to mark Rock @ audioboo we have now a dedicated audio stream for NokiaWorld 2010 gig. I’ll see what I can pick up and of course with the comment box below you can decide if you like it or not. Niklas Savander, Anssi Vanjoki and Purnima Kochikar are all there. I Met Pat Phelan for some fresh air this morning…. Thanks to my shot gun mike from Bernie Goldbach and some tips from Brian Greene the sound quality turned out pretty darned cool. Considering what was sitting opposite us. Update 15th/ 09: Back today. Meant to say at the top, I was there as a guest of Nokia too. The most of you probably knew that already though. Regret not nabbing a t-shirt. Worth it for the podcasts that I hope are worth a listen. Got Tim … There’s more