Hello, world. I’m MacDara Conroy, and this is my blog.


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We Irish people have a seemingly limitless capacity for denial. And I’m not just talking about the obvious #tweet

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You know what? I’m gonna bide my time on this one. Because if you believe this is over, I’ve got a bridge to sell you… > @MichealLehane #tweet

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I see you, guy in the Q And Not U T-shirt in the front row at Dynamite #tweet

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My replacement sleeve for this one finally arrived (cheers @thrilljockey). Guess it’d been sitting on a post office shelf for the past two months > @MacDara #tweet

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“Hüsker Dü begat Foo Fighters” shouldn’t be that surprising; Pat Smear worked at the SST Superstore, after all > @it_will #tweet

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I don’t like cricket so much that I’m willing to pay Sky subscription prices, but I did just spend the last 10 minutes holding my breath following the Ireland vs West Indies live score tracker #tweet

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Bee saved the day with her South African power strip! Beats have been happening > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

I can’t help but see this as a genre-specific deep-dive companion piece to Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film project. It’s clearly made by someone with a solid sense of the sociopolitical context of horror (I was going to say ‘horror cinema’, but this covers plenty of made-for-TV productions in its wide remit) and interprets folk horror in particular as an idea that varies depending on its cultural milieu (in Britain, age against youth, urban against rural and so on; but a post-colonial spectre in America and Australia) yet sharing common threads, like the tension between ‘tradition’ and ‘progress’. More…

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Film review — Crippled Avengers

Not the most enlightened premise in this day and age. But the pace is near breathless, and the choreography truly exceptional. Like, Rogers-and-Astaire-but-kung-fu good. More…

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Michael ‘Penny Sweets’ Hayes #tweet

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My drum machine and synth arrived today from Germany but they only sent me one UK plug adapter. Sad face #tweet

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Disgusted by the news from Tullamore today. Women aren’t safe in this country and that’s on us > @MacDara #tweet

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Just did The Simpsons’ Peter Frampton bit for Bee and she was like 😳 #tweet

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Face it, England: the only way you’re getting rid of Boris is if voters in Tory constituencies force by-elections of the MPs who’ll protect him in parliament #tweet

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After 3 transatlantic trips, my @scottlava print is returning to the US b/c @Postvox say they “could not deliver” it. I’m so frustrated and disappointed #tweet

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Managed to conquer my inbox within my first hour back at the day job this morning #tweet

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Brightening the last day of my hols with fresh tortilla chips and corn for lunch #tweet

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We know it’s not a health measure as it has zero effect on the price of the booze that middle class people drink (to excess or otherwise) > @izzymolloy1 #tweet

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Up and at them for day one of Wrestle Kingdom 16 #njwk16 > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — The Super Bob Einstein Movie

Two things: one, I was aware of Super Dave as a bit from late-night talk shows but I did not realise until shockingly recently that he was Albert Brooks’ brother; and two, he’s legitimately funny without the unfortunate compulsion for “dialect comedy”, as its phrased so euphemistically here. More…

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> There are bus stops within metres of where this photo was taken #image

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So many people asking ‘The Irish don’t use baking soda??’ Of course we do, but Arm & Hammer pulled out of the market here like 20 years ago, and it’s really hard to find one larger than 200g > @kennedytcooper #tweet

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Started a Gloomhaven campaign with Bee this evening and it’s a lot of fun already. Games are great > @MacDara #tweet

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