A happy return to the ‘real’ world

My return from an incredible and at times surreal month in Cape Town has been met with its fair share of problems in my personal life but there’s plenty of great stuff going on in my professional-ish life.

I say professional-ish because as much as I would like journalism to be my profession it’s not exactly paying the bills at the moment. But as young man, still in education, I am willing to accept my lot and get on with it.

I take every opportunity thrown my way, knowing the experience is what’s important. However mundane the story or however little I know about the person I am interviewing I will, under no circumstances, turn it down. That’s the mantra and so far it’s working.

I am now regularly contributing to Click Liverpool after the success of my South African blog (I’m heralding it as one even if they’re not!) and I am also working with a new website, Purple Revolver as it attempts to establish itself as one stop shop for all your movie and music news needs.

Central to this effort will be our coverage of the Creamfields festival next weekend from which we will hopefully be reporting live throughout Saturday and Sunday with interviews, reviews and gossip.

I’m hoping my experience working at Liverpool Sound City earlier in the year will be helpful. Although something tells me that there is a big difference between hundreds of gigs held in 30 venues across one city and a big piss up in a field in the middle of nowhere.

And finally, going into my last  year at LJMU I’m hoping to play my part in making LJMU Journalism the biggest, baddest, and best student journalism website you have ever seen or something along those lines.

And along the way hopefully I won’t neglect my blogging duties and get back to writing less about me and more about this odd world we live in.

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Superlambananas are back!

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Those of your from or living in Liverpool will be familiar with the Superlambanas, the amazing half banana/half lamb sculptures that popped up in their dozens around the city last summer in various themes and colours as part of the Capital of Culture celebrations.

Each of the 125 unique, two metre high sculptures were modeled on the original and much larger Superlambanana created by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo that stands outside the LJMU Avril Robarts library on Tithebarn Street.

Each one of the replicas was auctioned off last September before it was announced in February that eight brand new sculptures would debut around the city this summer.

And low and behold, as I walked home yesterday, I came across this Union Jack effort outside 60 Hope Street restaurant on Hope Street and what a fine sight it was.

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I’m not sure where the rest are located but maybe you loyal readers call fill us in and send in your pictures.

Bill Hart and the Mersey Sound Wave

Bill Hart, a Liverpool based music enthusiast, wants to construct an ambitious exhibition of guitars that have all been played at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, the venue made famous by The Beatles. 

The exhibition will commemorate and celebrate 50 years of the Mersey sound symbolised by John, Paul, George and Ringo throughout the 1960’s.

Last month, as part of my journalism course at LJMU, I interviewed Bill to find out more about the project and to see what drives him to take on such an ambitious task. 

You can find out more information and keep up to date about the progress of the Mersey Sound Wave by visiting the website.

What’s in the name?

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“Failure is not an option” – a grandiose statement and not at all appropriate for an up and coming blog such as this but if you don’t aim for the moon you can’t land among the stars.

I decided to call my blog this purely because it is my favourite quote of all time. It was uttered by Gene Kranz, the flight director on the doomed Apollo 13 moon mission or at least it was in the Ron Howard film about the 1970 mission by the actor Ed Harris who played Kranz.

It was the title of Kranz’s autobiography  and it adorns countless items of NASA merchandise including a t-shirt that I wear with pride, which is probably a bit sad. 

The line became most relevant to me when my dad said it while I was doing my Leaving Certificate, the Irish equivalent of A-Levels. I was worried and stressed that I might not get the results I wanted to get me into journalism at LJMU. My father’s reply was: “Look, you’ve just got to get the marks, think like those NASA guys: ‘Failure is not an option'” – and it transpired, with those words ringing in my ears, that I got the marks, got into Liverpool and two years on here I am. What a lovely story, no? 

But aside from its relevance to my own personal achievements, I believe “Failure is not an option” is a saying that should be applied to all endeavours in life. Sure you may fail sometimes but if you approach everything you attempt with a positive mindframe and a belief that failure is not a possibility then you will go a long way towards achieving whatever your goals are.

There’s my bit of inspiration for the day. Now go off and do great things, like buy bread to make a bacon sandwich which is exactly what I’m going to do!

Allow me to introduce myself…

Hello and welcome to my blog. This is not my first attempt at launching myself into the blogosphere but I wanted an outlet for my work not connected to my love of Liverpool FC.

So this blog will include all the work that I do for my university portfolios as well as any freelance stuff I have done for magazines and other publications. I became frustrated at the lack and outlet for students such as myself particularly at my own university and although this is slowly changing at LJMU I decided to take action now rather than sit around particularly as the Easter holidays afford me more free time than I would like. This is also an excuse to jib off coursework!

And so sit back and enjoy the random musings of a 21 year old Irishman surviving in the wonderful city of Liverpool.