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Philip Chevron Testimonial – 24th August (Olympia Theatre)

From the Fanning Sessions …

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It is with a heavy heart that we have to report the sad news that Philip Chevron (The Pogues, The Radiators From Space) is terminally ill. A benefit night has been organised and will take place in the Olympia Theatre on August 24th. A host of musicians, actors and writers will take part including Paul Cleary, Radiators From Space, Gavin Friday, Luka Bloom, Hothouse Flowers and Terry Woods. In case you havent heard it this Dave Fanning interview with Phil and Steve last year is well worth a listen.

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Casino Honored As Historic Place

When you read blogs like the above it reminds us of stunning buildings in Dublin which have been allowed to rot like Aldoborough House at The Five Lamps, Dublin, Ireland

CBS Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The El Cortez hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman and other dignitaries unveiled a plaque at a ceremony Thursday honoring the historic building that was built in 1941 and remodeled in 1952.

The El Cortez is one of the oldest original buildings still standing on Fremont Street.

The National Register says when it opened more than 70 years ago it was one of the largest and most fashionable hotel-casinos in Las Vegas.

The 59-room hotel was built in Spanish Colonial Revival Style. The only other Vegas casino on the National Register of Historic Places is the Moulin Rouge, which burned down in 2003.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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‘The Bands That Nearly Made It’ Dave Fanning (Irish Independent, 20th April 2013)

The bands that nearly made it… Dave Fanning

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Dave Fanning had a two page spread in last weekend’s Irish Independent titled ‘The Bands That Nearly Made It‘. In it he recounts the story of his early days at RTE when himself and Ian Wilson started the Fanning Sessions and what that meant to up and coming Irish bands of the time. Dave then gives a nod to Rodriguez and Gilbert O’Sullivan before turning to Stephen Ryan of The Stars of Heaven and The Revenants (did they do a Fanning session?). Others mentioned are Paul Cleary, Gerry Leonard, liR and The Undertones. Read the full article online, thank you to Reekus Records for the image.

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Day 17 on the Champix

Every one warned me about the ‘bad dreams’ I would be having on Champix, well I had a weird one the other night.  I dreamt I was at the Royal wedding and Adam Clayton (U2) burnt my dress with a cigarette, he then handed me his new born baby (who had the head of an adult and the body of a baby) the baby then proceeded to grow really quickly in front of my eyes until it turned into a Gay air stewart!!  It then turned out I knew the babys best friend who was an air stewart in Cape Verde!! Weird!!

I did smoke 4 cigarettes on Saturday night last.  I am very disappointed with myself.  I was drinking and tempted and I thought I would feel sick but alas no it felt wonderful, they were the nicest 4 cigarettes I have ever smoked in my life. I was on a first date and feeling very confident with myself and the big head took over.

 Today is Tuesday and I am determined not to smoke.  I have just had a Champix nowand feel very sick to my stomach.

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I have been sick as a dog today.  It’s day 13 on the Champix.  Getting sick on the side of the street 5 times on my way to the shops, not plesant (but good for the auld weight loss).  I haven’t posted until now as I dont really notice many changes but the last couple of days have changed all that.  Initially the main side effect for me is the insomnia – I cannot sleep until 2:00 am and its been getting worse,every night it’s an hour later,  last night it was 5:30 when I eventually got to sleep so consequentially I am not getting up until 2 pm or later.   I am tired all the time.  At night I am also sweating a lot.  New pjs every night.

I normally drink a lot of water, usually about 2 litres or more a day, it’s an old (but good) habit…

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I have been sick as a dog today.  It’s day 13 on the Champix.  Getting sick on the side of the street 5 times on my way to the shops, not plesant (but good for the auld weight loss).  I haven’t posted until now as I dont really notice many changes but the last couple of days have changed all that.  Initially the main side effect for me is the insomnia – I cannot sleep until 2:00 am and its been getting worse,every night it’s an hour later,  last night it was 5:30 when I eventually got to sleep so consequentially I am not getting up until 2 pm or later.   I am tired all the time.  At night I am also sweating a lot.  New pjs every night.

I normally drink a lot of water, usually about 2 litres or more a day, it’s an old (but good) habit from living in Cape Verde, West Africa that thankfully I have continued now that I am back in Ireland.  Since starting the champix I am very dry in the mouth and thirsty all the time.   Last night I awoke 5 times to go to the loo!!  This does not help when you are trying very hard to sleep. 

Probably for me one of the main advantages of Champix is that it has allowed me to continue smoking.   I then make up my own mind on which day between day 8 – 14 to actually stop smoking.  I didn’t actually decide on a day and just ‘went with the flo’ so yesterday I had a half a cigarette and the same the day before.  Prior to that I was smoking like a chimney,  drum lite tobacco and then decided to ‘treat’ myself to a packet of Marlboro Lights but offered a few around the local pub the other night and suddenly had an empty packet (think I smoked about 6).    I was then giving out to myself for not getting a packet of Carolls, why did I get a lighter brand than the one I actually wanted, Guilt???  Today I havent smoked so far but would’nt mind but am a bit afraid having puked up all over Fairview Bridge earlier.

To sum up I feel sweaty, nauseous, tired, irritable and generally pissed off.  But happy with myself for doing this and DELIGHTED that so far it seems to be working.