The Wager – Chapter 2 – ‘Two Visits, Two Mistakes’

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I was almost honoured to be approached by Skellig Historical Society after reading the first chapter of great grandfather’s once notorious, now sadly novel. As you are perhaps aware, great grandfather was one of Skellig’s most generous benefactors, having been fascinated all his life by the history and unique culture of islands.

Leman Bodley, former chair of the society, told me a great anecdote about great granddads’s lewd performance at the bicentennial of the sinking of Hollands Melvaart, which of course I can’t share for legal reasons. Buy me a dozen quarts of the black stuff and perhaps you’ll wet it out of me.

In any case, the surviving members of the society are all interred together in a retirement community near Clara Lara, and seemed to greatly enjoy the last excerpt, as far as their carers could discern. It seemed only right to give them another slice of history, as they have room enough remaining for only one or two before joining it themselves.

Music Concerto in E flat major Op.30; G minor Op.12, by Antonio Vivaldi, recorded from Grandfather’s phonograph.

Image: Photograph of great grandfather having a grand old time, from the family archives. Courtesy Skellig Historical Society, circa 1911

A Page from History



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My great grandfather’s book ‘An examination of the effect on character of greatly altered circumstances, as epitomised by the divergent conditions into which two young unfortunates are thrust by the wretched cynicism of their betters,’ or ‘The Wager’ caused an enormous stir upon its initial release in 1919. The book so shocked and dismayed its late Edwardian audience, that it was prohibited both in Ireland, and across the Commonwealth. The book’s content invited comparisons in The Times to ‘the depravities of Wilde, absent his wit’. Today long forgotten, I thought I’d wile away a Summer evening with what seemed likely a dry exercise, but became an entertaining one. This reading is from the second edition, released abroad in 1920.

Music Concerto in E flat major Op.30; G minor Op.12, by Antonio Vivaldi, recorded from Grandfather’s phonograph.

Image: Scan of great-grandfather’s portrait, from the dust jacket.

The Gareth Stack Show: Live – Episode 4 – ‘Of Mongooses & Men’

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Your monthly dose of lowbrow comedy and middlebrow culture with Gareth Stack, hosted by Andrew Booth. This episodes first guest was Tom Rowley of Storymap.ie, a website that lets you find and create stories to accompany your trip to Dublin. We were also joined by Dublin indie folk harmonisers Mongoose, who lent their dulcet chorus to our tired old ears. We chatted about manhood, murder, storytelling and munched down on some phallic confectionary. This month’s murderer was celebrated drummer Jim Gordon.



Choices – Episode 2 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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Episode 2 of the brand new series from Dead Medium Productions and Dublin City FM. First broadcast 14th May, 2014.

Ainesh learns cushion counselling from his eccentric lecturer Sean. After Emma Jane’s flirtation makes him run for the safety of his cinema books, Stillman hassles him about getting a job. Ainesh starts to realise the course might be more than he bargained for when a puppet role-play goes out of control. Ainesh goes house hunting, barely resisting the advances of an older lady, and just avoiding baptism by an over-enthusiastic priest. A mysterious dog saves the day. Dragged clubbing by his classmate Sally, Ainesh runs into Emma Jane, but before he can romance her she meets his much cooler motorbike-riding cousin, Krishna.

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Choices – Episode 1 – The Hero’s Tale

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Episode 1 of the brand new series from Dead Medium Productions and Dublin City FM. First broadcast 7th May, 2014.

Ainesh Sharma is sacked from his minimum wage job for being a smart aleck, and is placed by the social welfare department in a course called ‘Choosing Therapy’ – a radical form of psychotherapy which teaches that everything in life is our choice. The course proves to be quite the indoctrination. Ainesh is befriended by two mysterious classmates, Stillman and Emma Jane.

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The Gareth Stack Show Live: Episode 3 – Bathos

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This weeks show featured interviews with horror writer Graham Tugwell, and esoteric religious expert, writer and publisher Andrew Philip Smith. We also have two fantastic short stories from Irish writer Patrick O’Flaherty.

The show was produced by superproducer Ronan Misteil, and presented by Andrew Booth. Special guest was Gareth Stack. The show is produced live at the studios of Radiomade.ie. All jingles produced by Roger Gregg and the Crazy Dog Audio Theatre.



Gareth Stack Show Live – Comedy Chernobyl

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Vital update of most important importance: we’re switching to a monthly format. If God protects us from the spectre of global thermonuclear war, next show should be April 3rd. If you’d like to see more of this kind of thing, like us on Facebook.

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This weeks show featured interviews with controversial comedian Robert Coyle, award winning conceptual artist Jonah King, and Caoimhe Lavelle and James Moran from the Bluebottle Collective.

The show was produced by superproducer Ronan Misteil, and presented by Andrew Booth. Special guest was Gareth Stack. Prank call featured was by Siam Collective, with permission. The show is produced live at the studios of Radiomade.ie. All jingles produced by Roger Gregg and the Crazy Dog Audio Theatre.

The Gareth Stack Show Live – Featuring Gareth Stack

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I’m ordinarily a modest man. I received an award for it in college. It was a small thing, hardly worth mentioning, although they kept giving it to me year after year. ‘Gareth’, they said, cheer speaking as they held me aloft on their warm, respectful shoulders, ‘Don’t be so modest. Wait, no, do, that’s what the award is for, we guess’. So it was with the greatest reluctance that I accepted Andrew Booth‘s longstanding invitation to appear on his highly regarded radio programme, ‘The Gareth Stack Show, Live Featuring Gareth Stack’. I’ve always been one of the shows many avid listeners, and although I’m of course very busy at the moment preparing myself for the biennial GarethCon, I was honoured to participate. Andrew runs a tight ship over there on ‘The Gareth Stack Show Live Featuring Gareth Stack’, let me tell you. Lots of ‘mistakes’ and unfunny moments are carefully added into the show in real time to give it a naturalistic feel. You’d never know the hundreds of hours Andrew and his team put in, planning and rehearsing each weekly episode.

I was astonished to at the star studded roster of guests, from lady actressette and cookwoman Aoife Coughlan, to writer and clinical psychologist Mr Dr Darragh McCausland and music hacker John Leech (Siam Collective). Not to mention the subversive antihumour mixed into the proceedings by the notorious Gordon Rochford and Andy McGarry. I think I even heard some Saul Philbin Bowman in there, but I can’t be sure.

All in all it was quite the experience. I look forward to listening to the next person chosen to play the part of Gareth Stack. I know he’ll do a better job than I did. But it seems impossible that he’ll be more humble about it.

I Don’t Need No Stinking Rehab!

This is actually the original track before they vocoded it. I founded the masters in a trashcan in Camden.

Update: Switched to vimeo version because of a bogus and illegal Youtube takedown notice from Universal Music Group. This despite Youtube’s own advice to dispute illegitimate takedown notices. In this case I disputed the initial illegitimate takedown notice, only to receive a second notice (this time a formal DMCA notice), complete with dire warnings about having my youtube account deleted – “Please note: Repeat incidents of copyright infringement will result in the deletion of your account and all videos that you have uploaded. Please delete any videos for which you do not own the necessary rights and refrain from uploading infringing videos.” I wish this was the first time this had happened.

What’s particularly interesting is that while ‘content owners’ (i.e.: big corporations) have been given the tools to automatically take down any video you or I upload at will, we don’t have any similar automatic tools to dispute their claims. Youtube used to offer a form for this. Disputes now must be done manually.

It gets worse, because youtube also operate a voluntary strikes system, (like many Irish ISPs). This means that when your parody or fair use video is illegally and inaccurately flagged as infringing by Big Content, you can lose access to youtube features (like the ability to upload new videos). Youtube actually make you sit through a condescending ‘copyright school’ before you can have access to those features again, or even dispute the claim. Complete with multiple choice tests – really. As a video artist, I say, fuck this. How about you?

Update 2: It gets worse! Apparently youtube is not honouring counterclaims where they have ‘an agreement’ with a ‘content holder’ (specifically including these UMG tossers), despite the illegality of the original claim. I’ve filed a counterclaim via email (there’s no way in hell I’m doing that cartoon copyright course), but it might well be ignored. What ever happened to don’t be evil?

What was Any Other Dublin?

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Any Other Dublin was a “documentary series”, broadcast on Dublin City FM. The series follows the trials and tribulations of six ordinary Dubliners, as they navigate recession Ireland. The show broadcast in August 2013.

Clips
Episode 1 – clip – Bernie, a former property developer whose fallen on hard times, struggles to deal with the realities of an open relationship

Episode 2 – clip 1 – Oisin, a financial services analyst and pick up artist provides some advice to a young friend about the game