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I wanted to do something like this for years.
No such thing as an original idea.
Carrick on shannon has a wild range of 1950/60s tiled shopfronts.
 

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Have yas seen this yoke?

That is horrendous. Glad it seems to be on the N11 side of campus, I’d hate to go past it on the way into town.

who cares ? UCD is a bog standard university in a shit part of Dublin
As a TCD man I agree with you, as someone from a shit part of Dublin however...
 

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We could have a sub thread on "weird, specifically Irish things that ended up in global pop culture"

There's that Sebadoh record cover, this INXS cover

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The photo of John Weaving on The Shannon, as seen in that painting in Goodfellas
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and...ummm...

Ok, it wouldn't be a very long sub-thread...

or would it?
Donal Dineen's polaroid on the cover of White Ladder is in 7 million homes. Was taken in Spain tho so I don't know why I posted.
 

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Actually, to further sub the subthread-of-the-subthread, this was taken by a feller who has lived in Ireland for half his life
 

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has he tried to get a reference to the UCD water tower into that?
i did physics in UCD. a tale i was told there.
some lad came over from the UK many years back (back in the 70s probably) to do his PhD there. there are several areas where the physics department in UCD specialise; astrophysics, spectroscopy, atomic physics etc., for someone to chase a PhD in.
anyway, he decided when he was in UCD to learn how to use the tools in the machine shop, and chose the top of the water tower as a model to try to replicate as a project to learn to use them, so he made a scale model of it, as a paperweight

anyway, several years later, he's back in the UK working on some project, and some chap calls to his office. in hindsight, he realises that said chap shows a little more interest than usual in said paperweight, but leaves without making a fuss. soon after, he has a visit from someone *very* interested in the paperweight, and with enough clout that it's yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir. why the paperweight? why this design? what gave you the idea?
after explaining why and what the paperweight was, he was asked 'can you prove this?' so some schmuck he'd known in UCD got a phone call out of the blue from someone he'd known years earlier, just a chat, but ending with 'hey, can you do me a favour and send me a postcard from UCD, but one with the water tower on it? no reason, but i did kinda like it'

anyway, the favoured explanation for this was that with nukes, you need a critical mass of fissile material, but it can't all be one solid piece. otherwise it could go critical on you when you don't want it. a perfect spherical shell would be ideal if exploded inwards to a perfect sphere, but engineering that would be impossible, so maybe instead if you got twelve individual pieces, arranged them in a dodecahedron and blasted them together with incredibly precise timing...
 

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What's "harmacy"? It's the cover of the album, a photo Jason took when the band was on tour for Bakesale. "We did a little tour of Ireland, and Jason took this picture of this totally rundown pharmacy from the van window, and the pharmacy was just run down to the point where the 'p' had actually fallen off -- really big letters, too, and when we were looking for pictures for the album he had a lot of pictures that he had taken, and we chose three of his photographs for the album -- and when we saw the pharmacy picture we're like, 'That's it, that's the fucken' title right there!
"At first I thought it sounded like this stupid heavy metal band like Cannibal Corpse and all those bands," he says, then does his best King Diamond and grunts out "Harmacy!"

 

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OK - they actually took the photo themselves on an Irish Tour.

The only SEBADOH album I ever owned was Sebadoh III (Homestead 1991) which I had on tape !
I got it about early '93 and in Sept 1993 I quit reading the music press and they went off my radar then.

Was listening to III just this weekend- great album. One of the great US bands of that era IMO. III/Bubble & Scrape/Bakesale is a superb run of albums, Harmacy and what followed never grabbed me as much
 

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is that the character who used to run smile records? he had a poncho like that in a kinda nick drake shrine.
Yeah, Smile Record shop on George's Street had what was actually more of a woven rug that Nick Drake is wrapped in in the photo.
By the 90's it was in a very threadbare state.
 

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is that the character who used to run smile records? he had a poncho like that in a kinda nick drake shrine.
No, that was Gary, lovely fella. I really miss that record shop. The photographer is Julian Lloyd, who lives in Leixlip. He was school buddies with Nick Drake, I think. He owns the poncho, and had lent it to Gary for many years. It was a bit moth eaten alright but it was instantly recognisable. It's back in Julian's place now.
 

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No, that was Gary, lovely fella. I really miss that record shop. The photographer is Julian Lloyd, who lives in Leixlip. He was school buddies with Nick Drake, I think. He owns the poncho, and had lent it to Gary for many years. It was a bit moth eaten alright but it was instantly recognisable. It's back in Julian's place now.

I miss it too- the combination of SCI-FI library and record shop and the constant smell of incense and mould. Was Gary the guy with the black hair? I remember him cutting the legs out from under me once when I asked to look at a record before buying it.
 

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No, that was Gary, lovely fella. I really miss that record shop. The photographer is Julian Lloyd, who lives in Leixlip. He was school buddies with Nick Drake, I think. He owns the poncho, and had lent it to Gary for many years. It was a bit moth eaten alright but it was instantly recognisable. It's back in Julian's place now.
I lived there for years, never knowing cool people walked amongst us
 

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I miss it too- the combination of SCI-FI library and record shop and the constant smell of incense and mould. Was Gary the guy with the black hair? I remember him cutting the legs out from under me once when I asked to look at a record before buying it.
Yeah, amazing chap. Knew everybody...I think he was mates with Joss who used to post here. I got so many good books there too, had forgotten about that entire section of the shop! In 2001 @portrid and myself were talking about organising a spoken-word gig for Mark E Smith. Gary was such a huge help, most of the work we did got done either in his shop or shortly after chatting to him. I saw very little of him after that, which I now regret. Anyone know how he is?
 

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