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


Date: December 2017

Remembering earlier when Bee and I peeked in the window of the cat café in Smithfield to coo at the kittens. And I’m not even a cat person #tweet

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Enjoyed Sunset Boulevard at the Light House this afternoon; I didn’t realise quite how meta it is but wow, it’s something #tweet

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Wanted to pick up some lebkuchen hearts at the Moore St @lidl_ireland but the queue was… well I’ve never seen a queue that long #tweet

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Ugh, what a thread. And in many cases it's not even the tech or data itself, but its application. What's an ethics? https://t.co/WgpA9OTR64 #tweet

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I’ve never felt happier to breathe as I do right now #tweet

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Bailing on Black Mirror for now and getting back to the JR autobiography #tweet

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Black Mirror s04e02: I get the desire to explore new angles on themes already covered, but when that means rebooting your own show? Ehh #tweet

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The most incredible Chinese cities you've never heard of

A few quibbles with this piece: I think Shenzhen, Harbin and Qingdao are as familiar place names as Shanghai and Beijing in the west these days. But I’ve thought about the general notion a lot this year: cities around the world, cities with millions of people, that I’ve never heard of before. You don’t need to think about the cosmos to make yourself feel small. #link

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Ten minutes into the new Black Mirror and… it’s not exactly deep, is it? #tweet

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When I’m feeling better, I’ve got a ‘2017 faves’ music round-up to finish. And I’ll share my fave movies when my brain works properly #tweet

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Except the Book of Kells hasn’t been kept in the Long Room for years; it’s in the adjacent modern museum exhibit https://t.co/Vdkj7OGUOs #tweet

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Still look like death but I finally ate a full plate of Xmas dinner. Only three days behind schedule #tweet

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Having such a crappy Xmas due to this head cold that I’m already planning Xmas 2 for next month #tweet

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This box of Sinutab has done diddly squat. If I didn’t have some Otrivine left over from months ago, I would’ve got no sleep last night #tweet

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All I can smell and taste is ‘stale’ so my Xmas dinner is postponed till tomorrow. Guess it’s dessert for dinner instead #tweet

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Right, I’m not getting any more sleep with this cold. Time to get up and get some movies watched #tweet

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It’s not all bad, though: I just watched a blue tit trying to find a comfy spot on the tree to eat the sunflower seed in its gob #tweet

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Guess who woke up with a cold this morning? This guy #tweet

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I’ve started following Jushin Thunder Liger on here. I can’t read the kanji but he tweets a lot about breakfast and… https://t.co/f1x3SpFJG1 #tweet

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Bright is an interesting failure that isn’t nearly as bad as people are saying it is #tweet

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Traffic backed up for 10 minutes in Dundalk because one eejit in an SUV just had to park on double yellows smh #tweet

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I thought we established months ago that EU countries can make their passports whatever colour they want? Burgundy’s just a convention, like #tweet

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Crap, was supposed to leave the house to catch a bus 5 minutes ago. Now I have to wait another 2 hours for the next one #tweet

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#NowPlaying Shudder To Think - Funeral At The Movies #tweet

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LOL at the kids only learning now that the lyrics to the Band Aid song are condescending af #tweet

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Hey old man on the 140 who said I knocked your bag out of your hand: I was actually moving to let other people off… https://t.co/Za0OwWG9Vs #tweet

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On the road to my last press screening of 2017. And it’s a film on which shooting only wrapped four weeks ago #tweet

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Finished watching Clash of Champions after falling asleep last night during the dull main event. Show was fine over… https://t.co/WZeRVznjxt #tweet

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Root beer with maple syrup? It’s not bad, actually #tweet

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That new Luas extension is very handy altogether #tweet

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I want those Shinsuke Nakamura socks #tweet

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Finally watched Your Name, after a year of waiting. My, what a film #tweet

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That Irish Sun story about walking being faster than the Luas is a lie. You’re telling me that guy walked 1.4km in under 8 minutes? #tweet

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The Stinging Fly: A Tingling Pleasure

Fantastic advice for writers, especially the parts about considering the reader (and the editor, who is also a reader, not just a butcher — and I mean butcher in the best craftsperson sense). #link

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The best homemade cacio e pepe

Experienced some serious Baadher Meinhof with this dish, or the title of it anyway, in 2017. So I’ll have to try making it, won’t I? #link

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Here’s a thing about film/any criticism: it’s an opinion. Hopefully a reasoned and well argued one, but opinion nonetheless #tweet

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