Book & CD Review by Colin Merrey – Jan '09
Friday, 20 March 2009 05:42
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The Man of Steel Goes Rusty
by Acerbic Conehead

man of steelThis book is a collection of BLOG entries from the BLOG site of Acerbic Conehead (pseudonym of an Irish born resident of Perth WA). It is a satirical look at the last year in Australian politics and catalogues the passing (politically) of John Howard and the ascendance of Kevin (07) Rudd, our new prime minister.

I found it very amusing overall and (depending upon your politics) you should be able to see the funny side of his comments. It is published by Ocean Publishing (who also publishes Lawrence Clarke’s books – of whom more later – he has a new book coming out shortly!) and can be obtained through them direct or from selected local booksellers. You can read more about it on Acerbic’s facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?id=1635131587&ref=profile

If you are not a member of Facebook, it’s free to join and is a marvelous way of networking. When you sign up, add Acerbic Conehead as a ‘friend’. He will accept you at his end and then you can access his profile where you can read more about the book and utilise a PayPal button for electronic payment. If you have any problems with the process, just drop Acerbic an email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Paddy Connolly with Colin Smiley & Friends
(Music CD)

paddy connollyOf most importance and great significance to the Perth Irish Community is a double CD set that has been put together by Colin Smiley as a memorial to his (and my) great friend Paddy Connolly who passed away just before Christmas. His passing came as a terrible shock to me (although I knew that he had been very ill for some time) – Paddy and I had many conversations and musical jams over the years and I shall miss his vibrant personality and his acerbic wit. Although we didn’t get together much in recent times for many reasons, I will not forget him.

This brings me to the CDs themselves. The first is dubbed “the missing barbecue tapes and was recorded at various barbecues and guest appearances that Paddy made with Colin Smiley and several other folk luminaries. Stand out tracks of this CD for me were Tom Blackman’s Waltz/Girls of Ivy (that were also played by Colin Smiley at Paddy’s funeral), Raglan Road and Freeborn Man, two songs that really show the power
of Paddy’s voice when he got going with a great ballad.

The second CD comprises the songs from a presentation that Paddy and Colin performed on the life of Robert Service. Again this is beautifully performed and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Paddy in this fine compilation.

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