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Bucktooth: My NaNoWriMo Premise

Tim “Bucktooth” Fanning has anger management issues. Look at his girlfriend the wrong way, and he’ll knock seven shades out of you. He needs a therapist but he can’t afford one. So he goes in search of a job that will pay him big money, impress his friends, and help restore him as a functioning member of society.

It’s a big ask but the MeerLin Corporation are willing to help. They need someone expendable to deliver a package to Mr Sandross in Berlin – a package that is not only the most important historical artifact in living memory, but one that is prized by inscrutable collectors from America to China. It’s a one-man, one-off mission. If Bucktooth succeeds he’ll collect a cool million euro; fail and he dies.

So naturally he wants a cyanide tooth, just in case the bad guys get to him first. When they do – and the tooth doesn’t live up to expectations – Bucktooth wants answers. From MeerLin and Mr Sandross. He doesn’t care what the package is; he just wants to hit people.

From November 1, follow Bucktooth as he wreaks havoc across Europe, cracks heads in Athens, breaks arms in Geneva and falls in love in Paris.

Bucktooth: a hero for our times. Just don’t get on his bad side.

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Euro 2012 – Come On, Ye Boys in Green!

The Official Logo for Euro 2012

The last time the Republic of Ireland’s soccer team kicked a ball in anger during a competitive fixture (as opposed to a ‘friendly’, that is), it was that tragic night in Paris last November, when Thierry Henry’s illegal handball gifted France a 1-1 draw, thus denying Ireland a place in this year’s FIFA World Cup.

France’s resulting failure in that tournament went a long way to salving Irish wounds.

But now it’s time to do it all over again. Euro 2012 is hosted by Ukraine and Poland. 51 teams have been drawn into nine groups: six groups of six countries, three groups of five. The team that finishes top of their group qualifies for the finals automatically. The highest placed runner-up also qualifies. The rest of the second-placed teams (eight altogether) go into a home and away play-off draw, with the resulting winners qualifying for the tournament. Poland and Ukraine qualify as host countries.

In total, 16 countries will play in the finals themselves.

The Republic of Ireland team have been drawn in Group B; alongside Russia, Slovakia, Andorra, Armenia and FYR Macedonia.

These are the fixtures: (A = away game, H = home game at Lansdowne Road)

Armenia (A) Friday, 3 September, 2010

Andorra (H) Tuesday, 7 September, 2010

Russia (H) Friday, 8 October, 2010

Slovakia (A) Tuesday, 12 October, 2010

Macedonia (H) Saturday, 26 March, 2011

Macedonia (A) Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Slovakia (H) Friday, 2 September, 2011

Russia (A), Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

Andorra (A) Friday, 7 October, 2011

Armenia (H) Tuesday, 11 October, 2011

The blond in the middle is the captain, Robbie Keane.

On This Day…23 August

Hands up those of you that love Mondays! I see…two…no, three of you. That’s not too bad. I can live with that. In all honesty, I like Mondays. Because I normally work all or part of the weekend, Monday is my Friday. On this day, 23 August 2010, I hope each of you has a happy and productive week. Events of historical curiosity that occurred on today’s date include:

1572 – Mob violence against Huguenots in Paris – St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre. Huguenots cried foul. Bart cried “Doh!”

1775 – King George III declares that the American colonies exist in a state of open and avowed rebellion. Said rebels cry “No shit, Sherlock!:

Nice portrait, Your Majesty.

1799 – Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power. Josephine, once again, was left to her own devices. Poor Jo!

1939 – World War II: Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania, and Poland are divided between the two nations. This carried on quite nicely for Hitler until…

1942 – World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad…and the beginning of the end of WWII.

Birthday candles are blown out today for:

Jay Mohr, American actor and comedian, who is 40. Here he is having a go at the Boston Red Sox.

River Phoenix would have been 40 today, too, if only he lived long enough.

The late River Phoenix

The actor Ray Park – “The Toad” from X-Men – is 36.

And basketball legend Kobe Bryant is 32.

One notable death on this day in 1960 was that of the lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. To close off today’s On This Day, I leave with a snippet of Oklahoma, the musical he wrote with Richard Rogers.