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


Date: March 2021

This is good news if only because if/when we move to Cork I will take the first train out to Fota to commune with the lemurs > @rtenews #tweet

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“We stand with you.” No you don’t; if you did you’d invest in the services they need to live their lives > @MacDara #tweet

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The new IWGP title belt looks very… shonen anime, if that makes sense? #tweet

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Ah, football. So that’s why there were no men with masks under their noses at the shops this evening #tweet

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My mam (and aunts and uncle) used to play in the ruins until they razed it all in the ’60s. But you can still find signs of the old cellars and whatnot around the edges > @RTENationwide #tweet

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I’m not even halfway in but the new BIG|BRAVE album is fantastic > @MacDara #tweet

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Finally checking out the new Genghis Tron song and…they kinda sound like Trans Am now #tweet

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Anyone here have any experience in Ireland ordering computery things from the UK since Brexit? Am I right in thinking customs duty is 0%? #tweet

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Dead Neanderthals return to their roots on their new 7”. I’ve ordered my copy; you should get yours > @deadneanderthal #tweet

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Oh my god this is like the sixth time the Music app has lost my local library since January. Whatever update was around then just broke it, after YEARS without an issue > @MacDara #tweet

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This lunchtime I drove the Bakerloo Line from Elephant & Castle to Harrow; I was only a minute late and only wildly overshot two platforms on the way > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Ronin

Just a killer action thriller from end to end, with car chases you’d swear were shot on the fly if not for the camera coverage. But marks deducted for those dreadful Ulster accents and the, er, reductive take on the Troubles. More…

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Film review — Skylines

Limitations of budget and the pandemic are writ large in a small, unnecessary third outing. Was anyone really gagging for a backstory? Surely not this rehash of Star Trek’s Borg, at any rate. But hey, the blooper reel (yes) shows the cast had some fun making it so that’s nice. More…

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Film review — Boss Level

I have a lot of time for Frank Grillo, but this…is not the vehicle to showcase his talents. The premise demands relentless action; what we get is dragged down into dullsville by the ‘hero needs a family drama’ mandate. More…

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Bee gifted me Train Sim World 2 so I’ve been spending the afternoon driving a Tube train. It’s dark in those tunnels… > @MacDara #tweet

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Today I drove an InterCity 125 from Paddington to Reading, among other adventures > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter gives me similar feelings to what I had with Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, in that I mostly enjoyed my time with it and I’m down for watching a sequel. But for a film with epic promise, it feels very small; the locations are samey (a desert and…another kind of desert) and I counted a total of five monsters, only three of which have any real bearing on the plot. The editing is also odd; some sections feel excessively trimmed, and the cutting of the action scenes leaves much to be desired — it’s Tony Jaa, for fuck’s sake, let him do his thing! Milla Jovovich is acceptable as ever; she’s never really lit the screen alight for me. Jaa does a lot of the heavy lifting in their buddy pairing, all the more impressive as his character doesn’t speak English. Also, Ron Perlman with anime hair (as my SO put it so accurately) scores bonus points. More…

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Bee suggested I try out Train Sim World on Xbox Game Pass and…she may have lost me to a life on the rails #tweet

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Right, that’s me off day-job work till next week, so! Not looking forward to my inbox on Monday morning, mind #tweet

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My school? There’s a list of nationally well-known people. But internationally, it’s probably Neil Jordan > @darachos #tweet

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If Juno is to be believed, Gang of Four’s Entertainment! and Solid Gold are getting separate vinyl reissues next month so I don’t have to spend 200 quid on the box set #tweet

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Walked beneath this sign hundreds of times between 2000 and 2004. I wouldn’t be where I am now if not for my time there > @RareIrishStuff #tweet

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Film review — Stallone: Frank, That Is

It’s a documentary by numbers until Sly shows up, and the brotherly love just leaps from the screen. Someone should follow them around with a camera for a while and give us that film. More…

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Looks like Sunday morning shopping is over for me, too, since everyone’s decided to bring their kids out for a treat > @MacDara #tweet

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The week began with International Women’s Day. It ends with London police assaulting women for having the temerity to hold a protest vigil for a woman murdered…allegedly by a policeman. There’s something deeply, deeply wrong here #tweet

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Film review — Pet Sematary

All the jump scares and the grimdark ending are just to distract you from the fact that this one takes the coward’s way out. You know what I mean. More…

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NFTs: they monetised ‘firsties’, I guess? #tweet

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May 2010: first (only) trip to NYC, went to Shake Shack at the Flatiron but the line was an hour long on a blazing hot day. So we hit up Eisenberg’s nearby; had an egg cream I clearly still remember > @susanchumsky > @MacDara #tweet

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Literally LOLed at Tony Khan’s excuse for the ‘exploding’ ring at the post-show media scrum. At least when AEW sucks, they suck in an interesting way #tweet

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This may sound callous, but I sincerely wish the worst for those who can’t bother their hole to do the bare minimum (social distancing, mask over the nose, etc) after TWELVE. FUCKING. MONTHS. #tweet

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My chest is already tight at the prospect of this morning’s grocery shopping #tweet

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Film review — Deep Impact

There was a time when you and I would’ve blanched at the ‘millions of people died but ¯_(ツ)_/¯’ sentiment at the end of this film, especially since what took place three years after it came out, but then the pandemic happened and now it doesn’t seem so unbelievable. More…

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Being frugal this Bandcamp Friday: that J Robbins single, the new Thumbscrew album and Cara Neir’s discography deal #tweet

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Film review — Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

I recently picked up the complete Batman: The Animated Series on Blu-ray for a song (€50 for 12 discs!) and this was part of the package; weirdly enough, I’d never seen it before despite being all in on the show back in the day. But I also had a real sense of déjà vu, probably because I’ve seen a review or something that I’ve forgotten. It’s good like everyone says, but there’s absolutely a sense of people being overly impressed that a “kids’ cartoon” can flex such maturity, and it still feels more like a three- or four-episode arc than a film in its own right. More…

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Film review — Moxie

Forty-year-old white cishet male me looks at this movie and thinks, ‘Man, this paints with the broadest of strokes.’ But it’s not for me, is it? More…

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J Robbins might be my favourite singer, so it’s always good to hear new stuff from him. And on Bandcamp Friday and all, so you know what to do > @dischordrecords #tweet

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They’re all about laissez-faire till it comes to the stuff they own or have invested in; then market interference is A-OK… > @AnBurcach #tweet

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He doesn’t have it. I know everyone has this guy pegged as the next Brock but one look and I’m like, nah > @411wrestling #tweet

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Now playing my just-arrived copy of Slovenly’s Even So 12” for the first time since it was made in 1984 #tweet

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Someone remind me to make an appointment to get my bicycle fixed this week #tweet

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