I'd imagine some of you Thumpers were at some of the One City:One Book events of the past month for Dubliners? I got to a few things, from talks to music recitals and films to a theatre group acting out extracts from the book, and not only was I struck by the really high quality of what was on offer, and all for free mostly, but the amount of people who turned up for each event I was at. I mean, a sunday afternoon talk on Dubliners by Prof. Anne Fogarty drew a crowd of about 200, and ranging in age from young teenage to lads who'd be lucky to have seen the sun set that day. It was great though that so many people were bothered. The Theatre piece that was on in the wonderful Pearse Museum had to put on an extra show, and stick in loads of extra seats, and there were huge waiting lists for both days, AND loads of people had to be turned away. Again, the age "demo" ranged this time from about 10 - 70. Weird thing was, no-one mentioned if he was still fucking Andy Cairns sister.