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25-03-2017, 12:58   #9661
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I just ran 10 km in gorgeous sunshine. I'm buzzing.
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26-03-2017, 23:57   #9662
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I think the moral of this story is just dont run, ever. Nothing ever good can come from exercising
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Awkward coincidence. I'm at a race today in Clare. There's about 2000 people registered to run. I still end up standing next to my ex at the starting line. We broke up this time last year. Bleh.
Wow. Only in Ireland, could the country be any smaller..


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Im sick of Sony I feel like they have lost their way. Their Flagship phones are no longer Flagship because as soon as one is released the next one is out. example being the Z5/Prem which became the X/X Performance but as soon as those were out they went and made the XZ as their Flagship. and there's like the whole alphabet of Xperia X range in between. You cant go and do that. The X range is no longer the Flagship. I dont know why this is upseting me so much but like apple fans id like to have a brand i can get behind without swapping. the original Z got me all excited thinking there was a future but now it looks like the relationship has come to an end... Thanks for the good times Sony till you lost your way.
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Sorry to go on a downer here, but I don't really know where else to dump this right now.

I am majorly ****ed up over Chester Bennington's (lead singer of Linkin Park) suicide earlier today. Usually, I treat celebrity deaths as a "Sh*t, that sucks." type of deal. Sure, I was sad when Robin Williams died, I was sad when Alan Rickman died, I was struggling to hold back tears on live radio when I was doing a tribute show to Tony Fenton a few years ago... But this is different.

I won't claim to be the biggest LP fan in the world. To be brutally honest I didn't even know the chap's name before today (I tend to focus on bands' music rather than their backstories), but Minutes to Midnight hit in 2007, around the time I became incredibly unhappy (call it teen angst if you want). Listening to that album and Hybrid Theory on a loop got me over some incredibly dark humps. Just screaming out the lyrics to Given Up, No More Sorrow, Bleed it Out and Crawling was cathartic as all hell. LP are a microcosm of my musical taste in a way because they're so varied. I mean, compare Shadow of the Day to Crawling.

His death really just hammers home (not that anyone really needs reminding I know) that depression never really goes away. No matter how great things appear to be it's always ****ing there, a lifelong timebomb.
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21-07-2017, 01:27   #9665
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Thank you for being the one to say it first!

Hybrid Theory and Meteora were two of the earliest albums I ever bought (Nickleback's Silver Side Up was in there too) and there was an awful lot of snobbery about them not being "real" or "true" or "purist" rock music at the time.

I used to know them all word-for-word, from start to finish, and knew which songs lead into each other so I could pause for breath to sing along with them.

Even a little bit later at Oxegen in 2007, in between acts, the loud speakers blared out "What I've Done" over and over and over again.

I dug out the two early albums again a few months ago, or maybe this time last year, and loved hearing them all again. And only last weekend at a house party I was singing along to "Numb", trying to keep up with the rap sections, and everybody else at the party was doing the exact same thing.

I was at a literary/poetry event in Limerick tonight and there was a movie being shown. The organisers stopped it after a few minutes to fix the sound system and people started looking at their phones while they waited. You could see from the looks on everybody's faces as the news was spreading around the building.

It's just so utterly and totally shocking and sad. Whether or not we liked to admit it, his voice and his lyrics were a majorly important part of our lives over the last 15+ years.
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You guys have said it so much better than I ever could. I met Hugsie for coffee earlier in the week, and we got talking about mental health and stuff (we're so cheerful), but LP were one of those bands I listened to. Minutes To Midnight came out the same year as Paramore's Riot, and I probably spent most of 2007/2008 with those two albums on a constant loop. And now that he's gone, it makes the albums that were made so bittersweet.

I heard, and I didn't believe it cause it was TMZ and they had to be wrong. Then Mike tweeted that it was true, and I just felt numb (excuse the pun). I'm still a bit shocked, tbh. I feel for his kids, and his wife, and I hope they're ok. But it shows how important this band are and were for so many people - my twitter timeline was pretty much all them, and today my Spotify friends are all listening to LP.

I know in C&H we've had our losses before - god we've had them. But everyone here - there's a sticky at the top for people who need it, and my PMs are open for people.
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I realised that we haven't changed the title of the Den in years...so it's changed now.
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So... How's everybody?
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Live and kicking. Had some difficulties with my work in the past couple of months, but things are going a lot better. A matter of learning how to control stress. Supportive GF and colleagues have helped a lot. Heading to Sweden for my first ever business trip on Tuesday, should be interesting.

Then in a few weeks, will be heading back to Ireland for a few days. First time in nearly a year. Looking forward to it a lot.
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My friend dtarted her phd in st. Andrews, my other friend is looking into phds at harvard, my other friend is currently on a 100% average in her masters, another has started working in pfizer as an anlyst of some sort.

I bought a harmonica yesterday and can play the first 15 notes of Happy Birthday #unemployment
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I've been meaning to buy a new harmonica for over 10 years now. The good ones are surprisingly expensive!
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My friend dtarted her phd in st. Andrews, my other friend is looking into phds at harvard, my other friend is currently on a 100% average in her masters, another has started working in pfizer as an anlyst of some sort.

I bought a harmonica yesterday and can play the first 15 notes of Happy Birthday #unemployment
Well there you go, new career path for you. Hugsie Bluesberry Pie.
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Just dragged myself through a 75 km bike ride/ GAA club fundraiser. Great craic. Can't beat three hours of exercise in the rain of a Sunday morning!
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I bought a harmonica at the start of the year, and never got past the randomly blowing into the holes randomly stage. Then I got bored and decided to take the thing apart, and lost one of the screws that holds it together. Then I cut my lip on the edge when I decided it'd be funny to try and blow in the front. Then I put it back in the box and put it in the back of one of my drawers.
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I saw a band two nights running, they recognised me on the second night and kept waving, to the point where a girl threw part of her drink on me out of jealousy...and I lost my voice for three days.

I can speak now though!
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