After hours at Dublin Zoo

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Myself, Darren, Micheál and a few other selected Internet types got the opportunity to tour Dublin Zoo after hours last week. Led by Ciaran MacMahon, Dublin Zoo’s head keeper, we kicked off the tour by visiting the Asian lions, Suri and Sita. Suri took a particular interest in Darren and he probably would have been on the menu but for the glass separating them. Asian lions are critically endangered with only 400 remaining in the wild and entire population can be found in one place – the Gir Forest in India. From there we wandered over to the sea lion enclosure where the keepers introduced us to Flo. They described how the zoo’s harem are Californian Sea Lions whose main predator is the killer whale. We had been briefed at the start of the tour that the planned trip to see the elephants couldn’t go ahead as mating was in … There’s more

Tom Waits’ Glitter and Doom Live Album – Review

Before August 1st 2008, I can’t think of a time I was truly starstruck. I was a bit tongue-tied when I met Gay Byrne two years ago, but apart from that, I don’t think I’ve ever come close to being starstruck. When Tom Waits stepped out on stage, he looked ten feet tall. A combination of the rapturous cheers, the perfectly targeted spotlights and Waits’ natural charisma made him the most alluring man on the planet at that moment. I was in awe. I’m not sure if I cheered – I may have just stared. Of course, I was not as overcome as the American guy behind me who screamed uncontrollably and looked close to tears. Understandable! All this, before the man sang a single note.

Massive Attack on Tour

Massive Attack have announced their first tour in three years. It seems they’ll only be touring in the UK, but surely the bright sparks who run Electric Picnic can pull this one out of their sleeves? That could be enough to convince me to add my name to Peter’s list. The trip hop group will be releasing a new studio album in September, and the following tour dates have been announced to coincide: Thursday 17 September – O2 Brixton Academy, London Friday 20 September – O2 Brixton Academy, London Saturday 21 September – O2 Academy, Sheffield Sunday 22 September – O2 Academy, Birmingham Tuesday 24 September – O2 Academy, Leeds Thursday 26 September – Apollo, Manchester Sunday 28 September – O2 Academy, Glasgow Tuesday 30 September – O2 Academy, Newcastle upon Tyne Friday 02 October – De Montfort Hall, Leicester Saturday 03 October – Oasis, Swindon