48 thoughts on “Filling The Unforgiving Minute

    1. Dόn Pídgéόní

      I agree but more because I don’t see understand how the death of someone who chased a ball around a field is this big. I feel bad for his wife and kids, it’s terrible for them but talking about a state funeral? Ridic.

      1. Disasata

        I suppose its because he’s the first world rugby sellable figure. Rugby is big down there. Fanatic big. Never buzzed of fanaticism. Especially sporting fanaticism, wrecks my head. Pub talk with the “boys” revolves around it. So I don’t go.

        I just though the guy speaking was head wrecking.

        1. Dόn Pídgéόní

          I’m from that part of the world, trust me I know. But I still don’t get it. It’s really weird. I mean, he played a game and yes that made people happy. But he didn’t produce great art or music or discover something amazing. He ran over people while running with a ball. Maybe I just don’t get it. Maybe its that sport is the opiate of the masses thing.

          1. Clampers Outside!

            “But he didn’t produce great art or music or discover something amazing”

            That’s because he was busy producing some of the best rugby ever seen. And with that he stands shoulder to shoulder with any greats in the areas of art, music and explorers…. IMO

          2. Dόn Pídgéόní

            “And with that he stands shoulder to shoulder with any greats in the areas of art, music and explorers”

            Hahahahahaohmysideshahahaha

            Great joke there C! :)

          3. MoyestWithExcitement

            “But he didn’t produce great art or music” Well that’s surprisingly myopic. And rather snobbish. I’m not a rugby fan at all but to belittle it like that is just unnecessary. You can make similar comments about art. Sure that Van Gogh lad just painted some pictures. What’s the big deal? Sport *is* art for a lot of its exponents.

          4. Don Pidgeoni

            It’s only snobbish if you think sport is something more than it is. Which I don’t. So… yeah

          5. MoyestWithExcitement

            Everything only has as much meaning as you personally give it. It’d be nice if you respected the fact that people like different things than you.

          6. Kieran NYC

            +1 Clampers

            I’m not a big sports fan, but even I can appreciate that sport is just as worthy of celebration as people who excel in any other field.

          7. Dόn Pídgéόní

            “It’d be nice if you respected the fact that people like different things than you”

            Jeez, sorry Mum. I won’t do it again

          8. MoyestWithExcitement

            Were you giving out to people who put the France flag over their Facebook profile pics as well?

          9. MoyestWithExcitement

            “I’m not a big sports fan, but even I can appreciate that sport is just as worthy of celebration as people who excel in any other field.”

            Precisely. You can strip anything down to a meaningless physical action. You don’t need to be a male member about it though when people are remembering someone who died a couple of days ago.

          10. MoyestWithExcitement

            “Oo it’s my turn to be nagged to death by Moyest. How exciting!”

            Can I borrow your shovel when you’re done with it?

        2. J

          ahhhhhh da voice , da voice. It should be soft, melodic ,reflective , not a thumping roll call of dis, dat , dees .

    1. Spud1

      +1.
      Beautiful piece of work. Was expecting it to be from a NZ paper when I saw it, but surprised when it was the IE.
      Fair play to whoever came up with that.

      As for the above video?
      Meh indeed!
      the poor voiceover alone made me knock it off…

  1. Toni The Exotic Dancer

    What’s with the sh*t voiceover? Apart from that, I really, really don’t like rugby. But he was a Legend.

  2. 15 cents

    voice over guy wandered into the wrong room. somewhere in the recording studio, in another room, there was a confused maori man reading an ad for peat briquettes.

  3. Advertising On Police Cars

    He was the 1st global Rugby superstar. A class act who actually won something, unlike soccer heads that are idolised twits like George Best who was nothing but a hyped up drunk. At least Lomu didn’t squander his talent and was a proven World Champion.

    1. Bertie Blenkinsop

      Why does always have to be an either / or?

      Best was a wonderful footballer, Lomu a brilliant rugby player.

      1. Neilo

        George had his shortcomings – Jesus, don’t we all? – but he was a superlative athlete. Same for the Big Man

    2. 15 cents

      and for the record, he wasnt a world champion. he didnt win the world cup. not detracting from him at all, hes one of my all time favorite rugby players, im just correcting people who keep calling him ‘world cup winner’

    3. Custo

      George Best won the European Cup in 1968. He scored twice in the final.

      He also won the Ballon d’Or & a couple of league titles.

      He might have ended up with a drink problem, but he wasn’t a ‘hyped up drunk’.

  4. Doctor Gonzo

    Insincere, self serving grandiose ‘tribute’ by advertising agency

    Lomu was a brilliant rugby player and he overcame such adversity. But the choice of Kipling for the voice-over is tired and cliched and the guy reading it utterly murders it.

    So, basically, poo.

  5. lolly

    If Andrew Gormley can base all his art on his own body and be acclaimed worldwide, then I can just as happily watch Jonah Lomu move his body in that video and see a kind of art, certainly I see grace and beauty. the man was a force of nature and is to be celebrated, he also seems to have been a pretty wonderful human being. definitely rather celebrate him than many an arrogant self absorbed artist. videos of him will be watched long into the future when many of today’s most famous artists will be long forgotten.
    and yes the voice over was cat. really cat. i bet the receptionist in their agency would have read it better.

  6. ryry

    Those commenting about the VO:
    The voice over is by Rala, Ireland’s infamous (in rugby circles) bag man. He also worked with the Lions. Hence the choice to have one rugby figure read it about another one.

    On the man himself: As BBC News said:

    Speaking to the BBC, New Zealand Sports Minister Jonathan Coleman said Lomu “was the first global rugby superstar”.
    He was a “huge inspiration to Polynesian men and actually in later years with his battles against kidney disease, very inspirational to people suffering from chronic diseases as well”, he said.

    BBC Radio 5 live’s rugby union reporter Chris Jones:
    No-one transcended the sport of rugby union quite like Jonah Lomu. Bursting onto the scene of the 1995 World Cup, Lomu was a force of nature, the player of the tournament by some distance. His blend of pace, power and size never before seen.

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