Thank YOU, KT (Operation Stay Away – Day 3)

And…he talks of KT, and I still need to sort out all my ticket stubs and the wonderful souvenir of KT’s plectrum caught on the first night in Dublin. I will never forget hearing It Took Me So Long To Get Here But Here I Am and how much it resonated with me and brought happy tears to my eyes. Thank you, KT…you’re a star! ❤️

(And how have I never taken in before it has Jim’s name on it? Lol. Well…Jim Dunlop)

Dublin Extras – Gigs 8-9 – And Finally… Part Six

And this is where all the visual memories and mementos of my Acoustic “gig hop” Tour come to rest. What an amazing three weeks it was! Nine Simple Minds gigs in 21 days! I may never get to repeat it…but I hope I do. I get the feeling the 40th anniversary is going to be EPIC. I just CANNOT wait (but my finances are at least happy for the recovery time!).


The Long Room at Trinity College – honestly! This place was straight out of the library scene from Beauty And The Beast…and I felt like Belle…my jaw dropped! 


To the left…


To the right…


It even had a magical spiral staircase…


One last “wow” shot…


One of the reasons why a trip to Trinity College was so important to me…its ties with this man…James Joyce. I derived such imagery of Dublin having read Dubliners and A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man…it was always part of the draw why I had wanted to visit Dublin for so long. 


One final amazing meal at Cornucopia…


Every table has a fresh rose…


A bit of Oz everywhere I turned. Lol


And one final souvenir/memento I bought myself…a beautiful celtic cross pendant. 

Dublin Extras – Gig 8-9 – Part Five

More extras from Dublin – penultimate set of photos…

I saw and felt quite a few similarities between Dublin and Sydney…it was the last thing I expected, actually. 


The day of gig No. 2. Selfie attempt number one – not bad (could do without the “orange peel” right arm). I SSSOOO wanted an Acoustic shirt for gig night…but the largest size they had in the regular unisex shirt was a Medium…but in the ladies fitted shirt they had a 2XL (that SOUNDS generous…but the ladies fitted shirts really ARE *fitted*)…so, being allowed to try one over the shirt I was in, I thought I’ll try it and won’t even get it over my tits – NO ONE was more surprised than me that it actually kind of fitted! I felt quite self-conscious in it…but at least I could wear an Acoustic shirt for the final night 🙂


That’s better! Even managed to hide the old “bingo wings”.


One last one – for good measure. Miss Sultry Specs. Lol. Crazy thing is, I have my glasses on…but did I take the shot in focus? Lol. No! 


I never got to find out. Didn’t try one. Can’t imagine I would have liked it…


Pictures of rock stars adorn the walls through to the seating areas of the Olympia…I spied this dude on the way to my seat on night one. Not sure if I’ve heard of that band before. I must check them out…their singer looks pretty dishy 😉


Now, THIS GUY I *had* heard of! And I have been following him for as long as I have been wanting to go to Dublin. Now, if I had been able to combine DB and Dublin…that would have been something! Oh…but my two Simple Minds shows were really very, very special…


There he is again. Gone…but never, ever forgotten. Love you forever, David x


The ceiling of the Olympia had this beautiful celtic cross decoration to it… 


Post-gig. On the barmen’s recommendation…a shot of Yellow Spot whisky….coming in at €11 per shot! (And that wasn’t the most expensive…it was mid range)

Very nice it was too.

Dublin Extras – Gig 8-9 – Part Four

From the visit to Trinity College and the Book of Kells…


Book of Kells guide leaflet with poem of Pangur Bán inside.

The wording of Pangur Bán reminded me so much of Jim. Esp. the “Hunting words I sit all night” – the anecdote he tells (or has been told of him) of sitting in his parents kitchen at night, with just a lamp as a light source…writing stories when younger, on to writing lyrics when he starts his professional craft. And also “I get wisdom day and night / Turning darkness into light” – which is primarily what he does with his songwriting.


I couldn’t quite believe I was there!


A map of the college…again, it was a real *pinch yourself* moment. Some 30 odd years I have wanted to visit Dublin…and Trinity College was the number one priority for a visit.


An amazing mural on one of the college buildings…


Not sure who this guy is…but he’s obviously important to the college.

Bust-ing out in the Long Room…


The best pic I could get of the beautiful Brian Boru harp.