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April 2019


I’ve spent much of my downtime this week watching YouTube videos of a couple visiting every rail station in the UK… https://t.co/544M0bsIAk #tweet


A terrible loss in Derry tonight. Lyra spoke at a Freelance Forum a little over a year ago and was full of enthusiasm and good advice https://t.co/8VYjBSs4gq #tweet


As much as I appreciate Notre-Dame and its cultural importance, this is obscene. The ideology that underpins why the wealthy would rather invest in the abstract than raise living people out of poverty or starvation? There’s nothing good about that https://t.co/GFQY8S7JuM #tweet


Cirque du Soleil at the WWE Performance Center makes perfect sense to me. But it also underscores all of the issues raised by the John Oliver thing https://t.co/7eCmREVRsF #tweet


Kinda weird I don’t see talk in my timeline about You vs Wild when it does the choose-your-own-adventure thing a damn sight better than the mean-spirited Bandersnatch #tweet


Right, so Vince only just heard that Harlem Heat used to be called the Ebony Experience and got fixated on it. It has to be, nothing else makes sense https://t.co/wn43L5XQVa #tweet


According to the Network, TakeOver New York was the 500th edition of NXT. Why did they ignore that? #tweet


Only catching up now on the Notre-Dame news. What a loss… #tweet


My legs are in bits from that headwind #tweet


Saw two films as part of @JFF_Ireland yesterday: Penguin Highway (fine, but overlong) and I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (dreadful; watch Toradora! instead). Oh well. They can’t all be winners #tweet


I did not know about this app before this evening. Not sure how deep its catalogue is for my tastes, but it’s got at least one thing I didn’t expect https://t.co/ZwY9WLKgBq #tweet


One could just as easily say the church arsonist was influenced by ‘Hollywood’, seeing as Lords of Chaos just screened in US cinemas. It’s a similarly fatuous claim https://t.co/oOJe2CqUl2 #tweet


I’ve only got one conspiracy theory, and it’s that the Montreal Screwjob was an elaborate work that got worked into a shoot #tweet


Just remembered today that I’m going to a conference type thing on Monday, if you’re wondering where my head is at this week #tweet


Gutted for Marchie Archie #tweet


Now that you bring this up, my money’s on TruTV. I know you all want to stick it to Jamie Kellner (that was 18 years ago, by the way) but come on… https://t.co/ED8hi4mdTg #tweet


TOD always needs to be in some truck stop parking lot, with a few trees for a hint of bucolic atmosphere to contrast the ultraviolence of scary men with thumb tack scars smashing each other with light tubes https://t.co/8iTxpqoVNn #tweet


So Ireland’s turning on immigrants instead of FG, is that right? My blood pressure can’t take that brand of ignorance #tweet


Taka Michinoku makes his long-awaited return to Madison Square Garden! #G1Supercard #tweet


I guess EVIL couldn’t get his scythe and laser fingers through customs #G1Supercard #tweet


There’s far too much Ring of Honor in this New Japan show #G1Supercard #tweet


It’s really odd not hearing the right music for Minoru Suzuki on this NJPW World feed #G1Supercard #tweet


Anyway I just finished watching TakeOver and honestly I slept through the main event ‘cause I’m knackered so now I’m going to make some coffee #tweet


New Japan messed up the times for this show and it actually starts at 11.30pm, right? #G1Supercard #tweet


Why do I always forget the guitarist from Every Time I Die is a pro wrestler? #tweet


My Mania weekend begins now with Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport. I’ll be watching everything I want to see on delay till G1 Supercard tomorrow night #tweet


Patio is a great find here; they hit the right bass-driven post-punk buttons for me (seriously, the bass sound is *chef’s kiss*) https://t.co/mJE7TB3ciJ #tweet


My Letterboxd reviews for December 2018-January 2019

Charles Dance in Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

Mostly Netflix originals fare in December and January, and not a standout among them. The best film I saw in this period was, and I’m happy to say this, a new Ben Wheatley film. Because I really didn’t get on with Free Fire, but Happy New Year, Colin Burstead — which screened on the BBC to ring in 2019 — is for me his best since A Field in England. Apparently his next project is a new adaptation of Rebecca, but seeing as the Hitchcock original is unimpeachable, I can’t see what else he can bring to the table. It’s repeating a mantra for many a film fan but still: more original stuff, please. More…


Come on, people: the only good Stephen King movie is Maximum Overdrive #tweet


My stress-related binge watch of the week was s02 of Santa Clarita Diet, which is just as good as the first #tweet


This is the ‘John Oliver thing’ I was referring to previously: an acerbic takedown of WWE’s dodgy labour practices for the week that’s in it. #video


Related to the John Oliver thing: did WWE independent contractors get a day off this week, or is it straight through from last Friday’s house shows to next Tuesday’s SmackDown? #tweet


Quite happy to see Umi Falafel are opening north of the Liffey. Please don’t disappoint me like the new Zaytoon #tweet


Lots of NXT to catch up on ahead of WrestleMania weekend. Trying to get myself in the mood, you know? #tweet