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2024-07-05 Sugababes - Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

I've been a Sugababes fan since I first heard Overload way back in 2000.  It was, and still is, a pop classic.  Over the years, I managed to catch them live a couple of times.   The first time I caught Sugababes live was way back at Creamfields 2002.  Unfortunately Siobhan had left the band by then and been replaced by Heidi, so I never got to see the original lineup.  Did it matter much at the time to me?  No, not at all, I was just their to party!  As a side note, post Sugababes, Siobhan went on to release two solo albums, Revolution in Me in 2003 and Ghosts in 2007. The next time I saw them was at Oxegen 2008, and by then Mutya had left the band and was replaced by Amelle, leaving Keisha as the only remaining original member.  It was a tad strange seeing the band with only one remaining member, but again, it was a festival and all we were looking for was a good time, which we definitely got! Another side note, just like Siobhan, Mutya went on to release her own solo work, a gr

2024-06-15 IPSC Protest - Bernardo Square, Dublin

Seven months later and still the killing goes on.  These are the latest casualty figures as of June 19 at 1:00pm in Gaza, courtesy of the Al Jazeera tracker.

Killed: at least 37,396 people, including more than 15,000 children.
Injured: more than 85,523 people.
Missing: more than 10,000.

Occupied West Bank
Killed: at least 549 people, including more than 135 children.
Injured: more than 5,200.

Killed: 1,139 people
Injured: at least 8,730

Seven months later and the people of Ireland, and indeed people all around the world are constantly protesting at the inhumane treatment that the Israeli Govt. and the IDF are inflicting on the people of Palestine, in the name of destroying Hamas.

The unfortunate reality is, as we saw in Northern Ireland, that for each innocent man, woman or child killed, someone else will become radicalised, see violence as the only solution, and the cycle continues.

I don't have the answer, but surely a permanent ceasefire on both sides and allowing medical and food aid in to Gaza and the West Bank has to be a start.

After the protest, I headed across the road to the Beer Temple for a soft drink.  Whilst there, I got chatting with an American tourist whose family had left him with all their baggage as they went off and discovered Dublin for a few hours.  As I said to him, there are worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon!

He asked about the protest that was taking place right outside the window and about Irelands support for Palestine.  I tried to explain, briefly, our history with the British and how it influences our views on world affairs and how we see what happened to Ireland happening to Palestine. Did I help him understand?  I don't know.

We changed the subject, talked about his flight to Italy later that night and how much he was looking forward to seeing his son and tasting the wines of Northern Italy and then, before long, it was time for me to hit the road and go home.

Anyway...  These are some photos from the IPSC Protest last Saturday in Bernardo Square, Dublin.

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