Young Phantom – playing Connolly’s of Leap on Saturday
What you may need to know…
1. Young Phantom is the alter-ego of Cork-based Mark Mavambu. Growing up around a variety of music and pop-culture reference points, he’s parlayed their influence into a worldly-wise, cool and collected extension of his own personality.
2. After garnering attention as part of Tralee collective ApocalypsE, Mavambu has since set about creating a body of work encompassing hip-hop, spoken-word poetry, literature (his debut novel is currently in the writing), and fashion (as modelled in the pic above).
3. Streaming in its entirety at the link above is his first full-length, September. Though not his début proper (that’s due later this year), it’s a look at his and his collaborators’ fusion of hip-hop, electronic and ambient that underlies his stream-of-consciousness oratory.
In response to the pictures of Grafton Street’s [blingin’] Christmas lights (and to combat the Dublin-centric nature of most of the user-submitted images), here’s some pictures of Xmas in Tralee. I was even lucky enough to catch the men in the cherry picker putting the lights up [top] .
You don’t get to stand in front of leatherbound books wearing a cape by scrimping.
The chair of Institute of Technology Tralee’s governing body may soon have to review his position after being embroiled in controversy over high expenses payments and a plagiarism investigation, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has indicated.
The minister is to ask the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to probe expenses across the 14 institutes of technology, after it has emerged that Flan Garvey [above] was paid more than €125,000 in expenses by the college from 2005 to 2011, far higher than any other board member. Mr Garvey last week said he welcomed his vindication after a successful appeal against a finding that his degree awarded for a research masters at IT Tralee (ITT) was unjustified because of plagiarism. His average expenses of almost €18,000 in the seven years to 2011 were multiples of those paid to any other governing body member.