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2004

May

  • I am an ARTIST

    It’s official - my book has (or is ‘generally recognised as having’) artisic merit.

    Got my artist’s exemption from the Revenue Commissioners recently. The practical benefit is that I don’t pay tax on the income from The Accidental Pilgrim (only from the sales/advance - not any other related income, like articles or interviews). This is great news, even if it won’t make that much difference, given the modest amount of money I’m likely to make off it.

    But the even better thing is that Revenue sent me a little certificate saying ‘Revenue have determined that the above anmed has produced original and creative work in category: (A) a book or other writing which has or is generally recognised as having cultural or artistic merit.’

    It’s official - my book has (or is ‘generally recognised as having’) artisic merit. They should stick that on the back of the smaller paperback edition that’ll be out in a few months.

  • Return to Bewleys

    ‘God, isn’t it terrible they might be closing Bewleys down?’

    It’s become a standard conversational gambit in Dublin to say the following:’God, isn’t it terrible they might be closing Bewleys down?’

    Which is most often met with, ‘Yes, but the food and drink aren’t the best, and they haven’t kept up with all the other new cafes’.

    I was in Bewleys in Grafton St yesterday, and it was a very pleasant experience. The cappucino was no worse than many I’ve had in town, and a lot better than some, and the atmosphere was as good as I remembered. The warm red space is great, and there were people lingering over their coffees and reading books - just like the old days.

  • Galway and Santa Fe - separated at birth?

    it was abundantly clear that I’d be much happier there than in D7

    museum_fine_arts.jpgGalway is like Santa Fe, New Mexico (shown left, or is that Galway?). Which is handy, as I like Galway, and I’m moving to Santa Fe.

    Wandering around the city of the tribes on Saturday morning, the people looked not just like the sort of people who live in Santa Fe (liberal, not very fashionable, relaxed and a bit outdoorsy), but they looked like me. This also happens in the city different. A good arts scene, lots of great scenery and a better quality of life are other characteristics shared by Galway and Santa Fe.

    The Galway cafes were less trendy and cheaper than Dublin, there was room to breathe (even on a busy Saturday), and it was abundantly clear that I’d be much happier there than in D7.

  • Media frenzy

    armed with only a 50 yoyo voucher from last chrismas, I stalked the aisles in search of brilliance and bargains

    Last weekend I went on a media frenzy in Tower Records. Armed with only a 50 yoyo voucher from last chrismas, I stalked the aisles in search of brilliance and bargains, and came away very pleased with myself.

    First up, Black Books series 1 on DVD - I somehow managed to miss most of this when it was on, so now we’re armed when there’s something crap on TV - which is almost always these days.

    Then came Original Pirate Material by The Streets - I’d ripped someone’s copy of this a while ago, and it was so good I was happy to buy the original (put that in your pipe and smoke it, you DRM fascists).

    But surely, you must be thinking, that can’t leave much money left over for anything else.

  • Cuttings and coverage

    a while spent slaving over a hot scanner

    A while spent slaving over a hot scanner has produced additions to the reviews and press coverage of the AP site. Head on over for everything from this weekend’s Irish Times piece, to me choosing my favourite place for the Sunday Tribune.

  • Site stats for April

    The stats are pretty modest, but obviously a lot better than they would have been if I didn’t have a site.

    Here are the key stats for the Accidental Pilgrim site for April:

    Total Hits: 11021
    Total Files: 8545
    Total Pages: 1592
    Total Visits: 539

    Pretty modest, but obviously a lot better than they would have been if I didn’t have a site.

    The press area has been handy for the journalists, and the traffic to the other areas is pretty equal. People have browsed the photographs, read about Columbanus and sorted through the sample chapters.

    There’s more than 80 people out there who read at least one of the sample chapters last month, and with luck a few of them went on to buy the book.

    So far in total there have been 1500 visits to the site, with 4400 pages served. Considering I spent maybe half an hour looking after the thing last month (must get the cuttings up soon), it’s been a great way to give people a bit more information about the trip and the book.

  • Irish Times and the Dubliner

    I’m in the Irish Times magazine today - a good interview and slightly bizarre photograph.

    Also in The Dubliner magazine, talking about what little I know. I’ll scan all the cuttings in, and stick them up on the Accidental Pilgrim site when I get the chance.

    And a happy May Day to everyone, with a warm welcome to all the accession states to the EU - welcome aboard.