There has been a myth circulating for years that one of the presenters of 1970s RTE children's series Bosco died of AIDS.
Its complete shite actually. In fack the presenter is alive and well and still acting. Its incredible the prejudice against gay men and people with HIV that a man whose sexuality was not a major secret was assumed to have been consumed by the "gay plague." In fact he just a year or two ago did an excellent series of drag mimics of a major female politician and even the Taoiseach's now ex-mistress!
I heard that Dublin Meat Company, a large butcher located a short walk from home was now doing healthy meals for those of us who like working out, and watch what we eat, so I decided to drop by and try out some of their ready to go meals.
Unlike the mass-produced rubbish sold in bulk under brands such as WeightGainers and UniFat, the Fit Foot range is carefully curated to suit the eating habits of active people. In other words, its focused on good quality proteins, vegetables, healthy fats etc. A number of other butchers have paired up with Butchers to help put together good quick meals to go for customers, who spend so much time in the gym there isn't a lot of time to cook.
From what I could see a lot of the range was already semi if not fully cooked, though the instructions mostly seemed to include both oven and microwave instructions. With a full dish taking 25 minutes in the oven, this isn't too bad. Date ranges were decent enough. I bought at the weekend and everythi…
I read through
Charlotte Gill's piece on the problem of learners of music struggling with
notation and an appeal to perhaps try to find different ways to cater for those
who just cannot get along with notation, thought, "yes, she has a point
there", and moved on.Then a few
weeks later, I spotted online that no fewer than 600 (600! WHEN do 600 people
sign a letter to a newspaper) and saw some of the comments, and realised that
Ms Gill had unwittingly released a rage amongst music educators.I was surprised to see this, because as
somebody who worked in music education from the age of 18, until I was about
29, and saw at first hand the conflict between musical capability and
notational literacy, I agreed that there was a problem that isn't just
mitigated by "more money" or "more formal music education."
It also comes from
my experience conducting choirs.It was
a feature of the job that a very good singer would sometimes resolutely have
given up on tr…