Richard is a Dubliner living in Copenhagen while Richard Ray is a Niagara native, with Corkonian roots, who has moved to Spain.
Last June, in a blues bar in Copenhagen, somebody mentioned to Richard that there was another bluesman out there with a virtually identical name. What was initially idle bar chat turned into a mini obsession and soon an email with the subject ‘Long Lost Blues Cousin?’ was winging its way to Richard Ray. It took mere days for a plan to be hatched — a joint tour of Ireland and Denmark.
The Blues Cousins Tour has conquered Copenhagen already, now they’re on their way to West Cork, via Dublin…
Richard and Richard Ray will play Hackett’s Bar in Schull tomorrow night, at 9pm; Levis’ Bar in Ballydehob on Sunday, at 6.30pm; and Crane Lane, Cork, also on Sunday, at 11.30pm.
46 years after the song’s initial release, Elton John sanctions director Max Weiland – one of three winners of a YouTube competition – to make a video for ‘Tiny Dancer’, shot, appropriately on the streets and highways of LA.
The song is one of three such videos that debuted at Cannes this month: Iranian filmmaker and refugee Majid Adin’s animated take on ‘Rocket Man’ and ‘Benny And The Jets’ directed as an origin story by Jack Whiteley and Laura Brownhill
TDs made statements on the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, received by Fine Gael’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor.
It followed the acquittal of former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Sean Fitzpatrick earlier this week, after lead investigator from the ODCE shredded documents which were relevant to the investigation.
Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty said:
“The first thing I think we need to say, in relation to this debate, is that Ireland doesn’t do prosecution of white collar crime and it’s not just this collapse of this trial or the acquittal of Seanie Fitzpatrick, but it’s, for decades now, we’ve seen that thread.
“We’ve seen the underfunding of resources, of agencies that are supposed to be tackling white collar crime, we see staff resources being cut and we see our legislative framework, that should underpin a strong, robust anti-corruption and white collar crime agenda, simply not there.
“My colleague spoke about the request, when the ODCE was established in 2001, and it was established as a result of the tribunals of investigation, the massive corruption that we’ve seen in those tribunals, tribunals that span three decades, yet only one conviction because of corruption.
“Despite the fact that we know that politicians were up to their neck in it, in relation to brown envelopes. Despite the fact that we know that people had benefitted, in terms of their own lifestyle as a result of backhanders given to people in influential places but CAB didn’t go in and seize the assets at that time, because there’s one rule for certain individuals and another rule for others.
“But when it was established in 2001, within a number of years, the director was requesting resources. The director wrote to Micheál Martin, who was the line minister at that time in 2005, and continued to write to him over a period of time, telling him that the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement was wholly inadequately resourced.
“Minister Martin at the time refused the request and at a time when tens of thousands of additional public sector workers were bing recruited, not an additional staff member was given to the Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement.
“Bertie Ahern, sitting for years where you’re sitting today, and said that they needed to wait their turn. And, at the same time, at the same time, Seanie Fitzpatrick and his ilk were setting in train the economic disaster that people the length and breath of this country had to endure over the last ten years. And that is a symbol of how this country deals with white collar crime. Continue reading →
Celebrating the launch of the new Sports Direct mega store, which will “create 140 new jobs” was Republic of Ireland Manager, Martin O’Neill (right), playing keepy ups with former Westlife and ex-Leeds United apprentice Nicky Byrne.
People Before Profit TD Brid Smith (top second left) alongside ‘Pensioners for Equality’ protesting outside the Dáil calling on the Minister for Social Welfare, Leo Varadkar to end the “systemic inequality in the contributory pension and the homemaker scheme”.
Lilian MacCarthy (above centre) from Rialto in Dublin has over 30 years of contributions, but is looking at a reduction of 24 Euro per week.
Open Pose: a new form of machine learning that allows computers to detect and follow human body language.
This test footage by cretaor/coder Samim mines information from (among other things) Bruce Lee fight scenes, Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks and David Lewandowsky’s WTF classic ‘Going To The Store’