Fun day in Dublin/Steven Wilson Concert Review

In all my time writing this blog and living in Ireland, I’ve never really talked about what there is to do in Dublin. Last year, I started writing more about the places I go and what I’ve bought there and all that.

I’ve been to Dublin a bunch of times and I’ve taken it for granted. It’s not so far away from me, but it’s not so close that I’m there all the time. I won’t talk about everything there is to do in Dublin, but I will talk about the fun day I had yesterday.

I saw Steven Wilson in Chicago once before and it was one of my favourite concerts ever so I knew I had to go again in Dublin.

Let’s go!

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The Liebster Award 2018

I’m honoured to be nominated for this award by my one of my best friends, Amanda. If you like politics, check out her blog and her YouTube channel. While we don’t always agree on everything – she’s a centrist and I’m on the left, it’s always fun having discussions with her. I did a livestream with her not too long ago. Our livestreams are great craic, as we like to say in Ireland. Check it out!

Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

  1. Thank the person you nominated, and put a link to their blog.
  2. Display award on your blog.
  3. Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself.
  5. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger who nominated you gave you.
  6. Nominate between 5-12 blogs and inform them.
  7. Give them 11 questions to answer.

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Australian Classic Rock of the 60s and 70s: Part 2

It’s been a crazy past couple of months mentally: travelling, dealing with depression, graduating from university, and getting a new job. Now I’m feeling better and I am returning to the usual programming and what you likely came to this blog for.

A few months ago, I posted part one of this series about Australia. If you haven’t read it yet, please do! 😃 If you want to read about my own adventures in Australia, check out my posts on Sydney, Byron Bay, and Melbourne.

Let’s get this show on the road and read about Australian rock from The Groop to Mount Lofty Rangers. You might find out some new information or rediscover old favourites. Enjoy!

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Review/Interview: “Precious” by Donal Quinn

Earlier this month, Drogheda-based indie musician Donal Quinn released his latest single, “Precious”. You can stream it on Spotify or buy it on iTunes. The song recently got airplay on BBC Radio Ulster and RTÉ 2FM and he has played shows at popular music venues like Whistlebinkies in Edinburgh and The Grand Social in Dublin. He describes his style of music as “indie dance”.

He combines the conventional method of writing and composing the song with a guitar with using modern technology, like a Mac computer.

Some people might think the two genres are quite different and don’t necessarily go together, but is that the case? Let’s take a look at Donal Quinn’s latest song.

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Israel Part 4: Tel Aviv and Surprises

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Tel Aviv! This was my favourite place I visited in Israel and it’s easy to see why. I love cities, beaches, shopping, and food. I got to experience Tel Aviv in two ways, first with the group and then on my own. I can honestly say I liked going on my own a lot better. This is no offence to Birthright by the way. There are pros and cons to tour groups vs on your own travel.

I would highly recommend anyone who is going on Birthright to extend their trip because it really doesn’t cost that much money and you’re already there, explore some more! It’s the same advice I’d give to anyone studying abroad in Europe, stay a little longer and travel afterwards if you can.

Without further ado, here’s my report on Tel Aviv!

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Israel Part 1: Here I come!

Before we talk about Israel, I’ll show you a few videos. The first one is by one of my favourite YouTube channels, Geography Now.

Like Barby said, no matter what I say, someone’s going to get upset and this is a tiny country that really gets people all over the world fired up.

The other one is An Idiot Abroad. This show stars Ricky Gervais’s friend, Karl Pilkington. Ricky sends Karl to random places around the world to laugh at his reactions to things. There is one episode where he goes to Israel. As always, it’s hilarious. Like Karl, I went to the Western Wall not having a clue what this is all about. Unlike Karl, I didn’t have an image of “a place where Jesus was knocking about on a donkey”.

Finally, I’ll share you the trailer for the Hanukkah classic, The Hebrew Hammer. I showed a few of my friends this movie at my very first extremely secular Hanukkah party. The party consisted of latkes, dreidel, lighting birthday candles (because I could not find proper candles in a country where 99.9% of the time I’m the only Jew in a 100 mile radius), and this movie.

Hanukkah 1977, if it weren’t for that TV that is clearly from this decade. 🕎✡️💙

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One of my friends loved it and said it might be one of his usual winter holiday movies. I’ll probably reference this movie at some point, along with a couple of others, we’ll see.

For our purposes, this post won’t be political at all, just observations I made during my trip. Later on, I might share my two cents, but my opinion still is not the most informed one.

Let’s go!

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Yondr: Better concert experience or going a bit overboard?

Yondr is a San Francisco-based startup that offers a solution to annoying mobile phone addicts at concerts, comedy shows, and even schools. You can even use their system for your wedding or bar/bat mitzvah to keep people from posting unflattering candid pictures online or browsing the internet when they should be paying attention.

They created this pouch that you lock your phone in for the duration of the event. You keep the pouch with you at all times. It can be unlocked with a special device, kind of like the ones shops use to remove anti-shoplifting tags, and used in a designated area, like the lobby.

While it has been around for a few years, I just recently heard about it because a musician on my Facebook newsfeed shared a post mentioning that Jack White is banning phones at his shows with the help of this system.

This got me thinking…

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