I had to indulge in some boozing last night so I missed it's premiere showing. I would say, after watching it on RTEPlayer, that Frontline's debut showing was by all accounts a success. Excellently researched and conducted. Is it possible Pat Kenny may yet redeem himself after soiling The Late Late throne on a weekly basis for so many years???
Frontline is quite a bit more sensationalist than it's predeccesor Q&A, but then again it was about NAMA so anything less would have been an insult to the seriousness of the issue. (Society shouldn't let itself continue sleep-walking through this crisis). We'll have to wait and see how it applies itself to the more mundane topics. It really did fly-by at breakneck speed and you have to wonder how that tempo and adrenaline could be maintained on, say, the next priest scandal. You can see it calming down a bit and Pat getting a bit more use out of his chair. Is it actually live?
More specificially, I lapped up the content. After the constant stream of one-sided guff we have been fed about this NAMA-or-nothing bull and how we are to be saved by these same politicians and the banksters, a lot of common sense was delved out. This country really needs to vent it's anger like that. I'd like to imagine that was just the initial jets of steam piercing it's way through the fissures before the the old world finally explodes in a fireball of charred FF chronies and small-minded small-town playboys (see bankers, businessmen, builders).
The leftwing nut in me is thinking maybe it was a statesman-like attempt by Mr Kenny and his colleagues to get the people agitated about this insanity. There was a time, afterall, when elements in RTE sided against the establishment. Then again, he is a broadcaster and I don't think there is a person in the country who wouldn't have bought into last night's approach.
It was basically 50mins of that bankster and the builders lobby head being ravaged by a Dunphy-O'Toole led angry mob. The tone was set when Dunphy immediately pointed out that the bankster is an ex-FF czar and the builders fed man, Tom Parlon, is an ex-PD! I knew Tom Parlon's history but that somehow he AND an ex-FF man shared the stage in that context in those roles is just incredible. Talk about your incestuous complicit scum!
My only complaint was that nobody managed to land that killer blow on Brian "Einstein" Lenihan (though he did dodge an Arthur-Morganesque q from O'Toole) particularly after all the excellent points made throughout the show. Kenny at the end smelling blood put it to Lenihan that he could be remembered as the man that, effectively, collapses the first Republic. Something that surely weighs heavy on him in fairness, but, would it be the worst thing?
Good start anyway Frontline. Vinny Browne will have to start thinking about watching his back.
Mr Fitzgerald's Rolling Autocue:
OK, this has been a disgraceful summer in blogging terms.
*move away from the mic to breathe*
And in weather terms. And in monetary terms. Not in beard-growing terms though. I'm rockin' it.
*stroke chin and gaze skywards contemplatively like a tit*
But mainly, its the fail in blogging terms that has disappointed me most. Makes ye feel like a real shit. Thanks to all those who showed patience and faith by not jilting me from their blogrolls. Things were so promising once, back when PofUs eyes still had the whites in its eyes and invites to Transformers premiers! (Jaysus that sounds racist, do I have the expression right there? This isn't a Nation of Islam style blog that hunts white folk! Not until it drives me to that point anyway...!)
*point shotgun down the lense of webcam whilst chewing a stick of straw in an agitated fashion*
However, onwards and upwards and all that.
*make 'woosh' sound while waving arm like airplane*
-Perhaps the end of summer and the shortening of the days is the perfect opportunity and incentive to bask in a cold, dark room and rattle away at this infernal keyboard in the name of blogging!
*queue the understated spring-in-step gangster-movie-/Oceans XX montage music...*
I hereby proclaim the return of regular Pints of Unspecific!
*holds for rapturous applause*
And this time, it'll have to have more substance about it too because I'm going to confine useless throw-away non-theme-related posts to Twitter. I'll start throwing up old articles published elsewhere too and, you know, other random bullshit. No airhead crap though if I can. Anyone who can provide a half decent theme to help modernise it would be most appreciated too.
Ah heck, ONE more pointless "funny" wan
*Grin widely... like a tit*