Fintan O’Toole: Let’s abolish culture and call it sport
... the columnist lambasts State decisions on expenditure
On the same day that the Ryder Cup was announced for Adare Manor in Limerick, plans for a regeneration project of Parnell Square in Dublin were shelved. The project would have seen a new city library and cultural hubs in a place crying out for them. O'Toole's column is a fascinating look at how we view culture and sport, with the cultural quarter viewed as a charitable enterprise and the Ryder Cup as a necessary venture. You can read the full article here.
The Ringer's 40 Best Singles and Albums of 1999
... a sleek look at the best music from 20 years ago
Marking 20 years since the final year of the 20th century, The Ringer have delved into a series of anniversaries marking a supreme year for culture. They've now gone into the music of 1999, compiling lists of the quintessential singles and albums that came out that year. There are a couple of marquee absences from the singles list, but it's to be expected considering what a stellar musical year 1999 was. You can dive into both lists here.
... the Countryside Centre with the best online content
There's something soothing about seeing a variety of farm animals emerge into the world following their slumber. The good people at Caenhill Countryside Centre have an excellent online presence, and their videos are gold. Our favourite is most definitely Cuthbert the Goose, but it's impossible to choose. Watch the tip of the content iceberg below, and follow their Twitter:
Honestly I’m not sure there is anything purer than farmers on TikTok pic.twitter.com/sLjYFLwvp2
— Rachel Thompson (@RVT9) July 28, 2019