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So long, Harry.

I just seen the last film in the series – Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2and I’m not embarrassed to say I cried quite a bit. It’s all over! I remember being eight years old, holding mums hand going to see Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone, and thinking “If I’m counting right, I’ll be nearly 18 when I see the last Harry Potter! Wow! Mum, I’ll nearly be 18, that’s so long away!”

Not that long.
I remember 11 year old Harry, Ron and Hermione, the boys in their hand-knitted jumpers and Hermione with her bushy hair and white tights. Now they’re adults. It’s sad. Watching the premiere, I cried with Emma Watson. The poor girl. It must be so sad after working with those people for 11 years and all going their separate ways. Her speech was beautiful though.

I was so happy when Ron & Hermione has their first kiss! It finally happened! I cried the most during the end when the three of them were on the bridge, slowly fading away. You could see Emma Watson crying and then when they’re all older and it has a close up of their faces, fading away for the last time at Kings Cross Station.

Harry Potter was very prominent in my childhood. I have memories of going to Eason’s book store at Midnight to get the new books and the excitement would be crazy! I think I’m going to read all the books again, now that all my memories are fresh in my mind.

So long Harry. I need something to fill his gap! And Twilight will not suffice.

 

tattoo me.

I’m nearly eighteen and still have no tattoos. I’m very disappointed in myself. I love feather tattoos, and I want to get one in memory of my grandmother that I lost last year. I was very close to her. Here’s some ideas that I like.

I believe in the radical possibilities of pleasure, babe.

This woman is on the right track. I admire her hugely. Bikini Kill are one of my favourite bands, not just because of their music, but what they stand for. She wrote lyrics about domestic violence and rape… and became a symbol of the riot grrrl movement. She influenced the look and feel of modern feminism. Her outfits were fun, even sexy. Hanna used and uses clothing to make a statement and to draw attention to issues like rape, incest, other feminist artists and objectification of women in media.

She has revived her former Julie Ruin alias, which was a one-album side project by her, written by while Bikini Kill was on hiatus. She has revived it now as a full bandThe Julie Ruin.
She told CNN: “I did kind of disappear for five years, and now I’m back with a new band and getting back into it.” Asked what the new material is about, she said:“Anger. A lot of anger about things I haven’t been able to express and how anger is usually just hiding sadness so after I write an angry song, I usually write a really sad song. Family, personal stuff, vulnerable stuff, my friendships with other women, and I’m sure there’ll be a love song for Adam (Horowitz, from Beastie Boys, Hanna’s husband).”

She has no shame is slamming one of the biggest names in pop these days, Katy Perry, either.
“Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed A Girl’ was just straight-up offensive. The whole thing is like, ‘I kissed a girl so my boyfriend could masturbate about it later’. It’s disgusting. It’s exactly every male fantasy of fake lesbian porn. It’s pathetic. And she’s not a good singer. I don’t want to trash other women. I mean, I think Jason Mraz is horrible. It’s not just like I hate other women performers. Jason Mraz and the new James Blunt song is the worst thing that has ever been created on the face of the Earth.”

And she is so right.

Spongebob on the streets.

I found this feature while looking on Juxtapoz magazines website. I had to repost, it’s so cool! Apparently Spongebob is a favourite with graffiti artists. He is everywhere. Here’s a few photos of him. He is quite a fellow.

 

Listening to…

Today I’m listening to Alice in Chains – Dirt, especially the song Dam That River. This was written because Sean Kinney and Jerry had a fight and Jerry wrote it as revenge. Dont worry, they made up obviously. I love the heavy,heavy guitar at the start. It’s deep maaan.

“Oh, you couldn’t dam that river…and maybe I don’t give a damn anyway.”

It’s hard not to love The Vaselines.

… Listening to Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam on Nirvana Unplugged, Kurt said it was by the Vaselines. He had mentioned them a lot before as his favourite song-writers and inspirations. So I decided to find out who these amazing people were!

Frances McKee & Eugene Kelly.

They are an alternative punk rock band, with pop vibes formed in Glasgow in 1986. I see why Nirvana loved to play their songs. They are incredible. Amazing songwriters and musicians. I’ve played the hell out of Dum-Dum, there’s some really cute songs with a hard edge. I love listening to their EPs, especially Son of a Gun, which was their first release. It’s a fun listen. I actually haven’t properly listened to their new album Sex with an X, I’m too wrapped up in their old work. They played a lot of the songs from it when I saw them, and I was very impressed so I’m going to download that album later. I doubt I’ll be disappointed!

So when they released their first album in nearly 20 years, I got a bit excited. It’s a beautiful album. Then, I found out they were on tour and on their way to Ireland, to the Róisín Dubh  pub in Galway city, which is an hour away from me. My mum also is into them after I made her a compilation CD for Christmas. We headed down to the Róisín last weekend to see them, and wow. What a great live band! They played their three classics; Son of a Gun, Molly’s Lips and Jesus doesn’t want me for a sunbeam. They played some other songs new and old, which I loved. There was just under 100 people there, it was a very intimate gig and it was amazing. Frances was making jokes but Eugene was quiet, focusing on his playing, which was perfect. I couldn’t believe how they were so young and fresh sounding after being around for 20 years. Sure, they look a bit older but they’re still rockin’ out!

After the gig, Frances came out selling CD’s and tshirts. I went over to talk to her and get a CD and she was the nicest woman, so genuine and kind. Not at all stuck-up. I told her I found the Vaselines through my favourite band, Nirvana. She was so lovely saying how her and the band have covered Lithium for an upcoming Nevermind tribute album for the 20th anniversary and how her own son says he prefers Nirvana’s covers to the Vaselines! She signed a poster for me too. I left feeling that I’d seen something very important in the history of rock, The Vaselines and Nirvana themselves.

This video is from their gig in Cork, the night before I seen them. It’s pretty much the same as the one I seen. I can’t find any videos from the Galway one. I have some but it takes too long to upload!