1 view posted 30 Aug 2013, 21:12
R.I.P. Seamus Heaney
Two of my favourite poems from Seamus.
Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
Like thickened wine: summer's blood was in it
Leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for
Picking. Then red ones inked up and that hunger
Sent us out with milk cans, pea tins, jam-pots
Where briars scratched and wet grass bleached our boots.
Round hayfields, cornfields and potato-drills
We trekked and picked until the cans were full
Until the tinkling bottom had been covered
With green ones, and on top big dark blobs burned
Like a plate of eyes. Our hands were peppered
With thorn pricks, our palms sticky as Bluebeard's.
We hoarded the fresh berries in the byre.
But when the bath was filled we found a fur,
A rat-grey fungus, glutting on our cache.
The juice was stinking too. Once off the bush
The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour.
I always felt like crying. It wasn't fair
That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot.
Each year I hoped they'd keep, knew they would not.
Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;
Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.
And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.
So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me
Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.
Feel free to share any other poetry here.
0 views posted 05 Apr 2013, 16:34
Johnny Jump Up is an Irish drinking song that tells the story of a man who tries a drink of cider after going into a pub in Youghal, Co. Cork that has run out of porter (stout/Guinness or Beamish down Cork way).▼36 comments
He doesn’t realise that Johnny Jump Up is the name of an extra strong cider made in nearby Clonmel, an area famous for its apple orchards (home of bulmers/magners cider).
Because of the general shortage of materials during World War One, cider was stored in casks which had been used for maturing whiskey. The cider drew the spirit from the wood and the result was 'Johnny Jump-Up,' a very potent cider.
This song is set in Youghal (pronounced Yawl) which is a coastal town in Cork. People who know Cork would realise that 'Up the Lee Road' refers to a mental hospital situated there and the Lee is the River Lee.
Sung by Christy Moore
I'll tell you a story that happened to me
One day as I went down to Cork by the sea
The sun it was hot and the day it was warm,
Says I, a quiet pint won't do me no harm.
I went in and I called for a bottle of stout
Says the barman, I'm sorry, all the porter is out
Try whiskey or paddy, ten years in the wood
Says I, I'll try cider, I've heard it was good.
Oh never, Oh never, Oh never again
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up
After drinking a pint of that Johnny Jump Up.
After downing the third I went out to the yard
Where I bumped into Brophy, the big civic guard
Come he to me boy, don't you know I'm the law?
Well, I up with me fist and I shattered his jaw,
He fell to the ground with his knees doubled up
But it wasn't I hit him, 'twas Johnny Jump Up.
The next thing I remember down in Cork by the sea
Was a cripple on crutches and says he to me,
I'm afraid of me life I'll be hit by a car
Won't you help me across to the Railway Mens Bar?
After downing a pint of that cider so sweet
He threw down his crutches and danced on his feet.
I went up the Lee Road, a friend for to see
They call it the madhouse in Cork by the Lee
But when I got there, sure the truth I will tell,
They had this poor bugger locked up in a cell
Said the guard, testing him, say these words if you can,
"Around the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran"
Tell him I'm not crazy, tell him I'm not mad
It was only a sip of the bottle I had.
Well, a man died in the mines by the name of McNabb
They washed him and laid him outside on the slab
And after the parlors measurements did take
His wife brought him home to a bloody fine wake,
Twas about 12 o'clock and the beer was high
The corpse sits up and says with a sigh
I can't get to heaven, they won't let me up
Til I bring them a pint of the Johnny Jump Up!
So if ever you go down to Cork by the sea
Stay out of the ale house and take it from me
If you want to stay sane don't you dare take a sup
Of that devil drink cider called Johnny Jump Up!
2 views posted 24 Dec 2012, 12:32
My humble opinion for what its worth:▼21 comments
Rep should only be apportioned for the things that matter - uploading, rating and commenting on uploads, translating, reporting comments, hunting fakes etc.
There should be no rep earned for simply posting a comment in a thread or on a wall, instead how about having some sort of like system that is completely unrelated to rep and does not amass anywhere, you don't even have to change the current +/-1 system, just unlink it for rep. Users can like as much stuff as they want (it's nice to show appreciation for a post that made you laugh or think etc...) but as there is no amassing of points there is no rep abuse and rep points are only apportioned to those who make useful contributions to the site.
0 views posted 07 Oct 2012, 10:54
A blog can't be moved to XXX section!!▼94 comments
Instructions as per the title....
The Man with the Golden Gun
0 views posted 28 Sep 2012, 20:31
Howdy fellow Kat people,▼47 comments
Lately there has been a big increase in the amount of users who have gained access to blogging rights and first of all I want to say congrats to you on your promotion either to VUL, Super User or Translator. This site is growing by the day and its great to have all of your contributions to help the site in its growth.
However what has come to the forefront recently are the amount of blogs that some may consider are not very well planned or thought-out. This has led to the frustration of some users and possibly the embarrassment of the newer bloggers.
Let me explain a few things, The blog roll is precious space as only the last 8 blogs are visible and they do not refresh like the Thread Roll does. So many of the older users consider it that if your are lucky enough to have been recognised and given access to blogging rights you should only blog about things that are interesting, thought provoking or that encourage open and honest discussion and sharing of opinions, as opposed to using it to post jokes or other spammy things that may be better suited in thead format.
I'm not going to preach to you as to what you should put into a blog and what you shouldnt put into a blog as at the end of the day the choice of content is up to you.
I do want to give a few pointers though to try and avoid future possible conflicts between users.
- Have a look at what blogs are already on the blog roll.
- Ask yourself what have you got to blog about, is it going to be informative or thought provoking?
- Are you blogging just for the sake of it?
- What blogs will it push off the blogroll?
- Are there already threads with a similar theme?
- Do I really need to post 3 or 4 blogs in a row?
These are not site rules and and it is not my intention to tell people what to do, I'm just offering some friendly advice to try and stem the recent conflicts that have occured on this issue.
The final thing I have to say is just be respectful of the blogs that are already there and the work that has gone into them.
I like reading peoples blogs on issues that have effected them and other peoples opinions and I like getting into good open discussion so the blogs are normally the first thing I check out when I log on.
Theres not much more to it than that!
0 views posted 11 Aug 2012, 10:23
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee▼11 comments
this is awesome, Jerry Seinfeld at his best!
0 views posted 29 Jun 2012, 17:24
As some of ye may be aware, I am doing a 4 year degree course in Accounting & Finance at night time (cos I work during the day). Anywho I had my yr 3 exams at the end of April / start of May. Well I got my results today and I passed everything! I was very surprised because the two weeks study leave I had from work was pretty much spent on KAT instead of studying! It was a pain in the ass. I only managed a 51% average but at least I don't have to repeat any..... Only one year left now, better study hard this time and not leave it till the last minute like always....▼26 comments
0 views posted 04 Jun 2012, 22:25
Hi Folks,▼11 comments
Hot off the press (well luke warm actually due to my lack of knowing about this stuff), I'm very excited about creating these shares, I hope you like them.
Also I would like to say a big THANK YOU to wrong user link who gave me some help earlier and got the motor running!!!
There will be more.
Enjoy and leave feedback!
0 views posted 02 Jun 2012, 12:01
I only realised that yesterday I am officially 500 days using KAT.▼19 comments
Also, coincidentally my 500 day anniversary also coincides with the official launch of POO Month.
Happy Poo Month!!!