Ukulele/Ukelele – Irish Approved

Róisín Ingle is a journalist for the Irish Times and this weekend has written an article…on being Minister for Education. She says:

Apparently ‘politics’ is going to be taught in Irish secondary schools at some point in the future. I’m sure there are lots of people lining up to say why it’s a wonderful idea but the thought of it leaves me a bit cold. The possible addition of ‘politics’ to the curriculum did however get me thinking about other subjects that might justifiably be added but in all likelihood never will unless something odd happens and I am appointed Minister for Education.

If such an event were to occur I would rename myself Minister with responsibility for Bringing Out The Best In Everyone. Or Minister for BOTBIE for short. And these are some of the subjects I’d be adding to the school day.

Ukelele: Have you heard Ukelele Anthem by the ferociously original American singer Amanda Palmer? If the answer to this question is yes then read on. If the answer is no, then I’ll just wait here while you go to YouTube, search for it and play it at full blast. Okay, are you back? Do you see what I mean?

“It takes about an hour to teach someone to play the ukulele, about the same to teach someone to build a standard pipe bomb. YOU DO THE MATH.”

(For full disclosure, I have to confess my children are currently getting ukelele lessons at school and at least one of them has been discovered, aged six, repeatedly bunking off from them. So maybe it won’t suit everyone but as Minister for BOTBIE I can assure you that more ukelele-playing will lead to increased levels of joy in Ireland and the wider world.)

I’d vote for her :)

For the full article:

Movember Thanks

Hello to all performers,

I want to send thanks to you (and to your group’s members where applicable) for the entertainment you provided at the Movembool concert last night.

Although the audience numbers were not as high as last year the quality of the show was better than ever and those attending were treated to a wide variety of acts through the evening. Many people said that the mulled wine was the best yet (an assertion supported by there being none left over at the end, for the first time ever). And we have collected over $1500 for Movember, which is a fantastic effort.

And I reserve a special word of thanks to Roy, who managed the proceedings with his usual aplomb through technical malfunctions and without even having the correct current running sheet (sorry Roy!).

So thank you all. We appreciate your support in making this year’s Movembool a success.

With cheer,


Movember Information

Hi All

Details for this year’s concert.

List of Songs

Green Door

Six Days on the Road

Walk right Back

Move it on Over

Please don’t talk about me when I ‘m gone


Time Duration Performer
7:30 PM 5 Roy Carson
7:35 PM 3 Philip Introduces Movember
7:38 PM 13 Sheddies
7:51 PM 10 Ice Pact
8:01 PM 5 Roy Carson
8:06 PM 13 Khinkali
8:19 PM 13 Aniar
8:32 PM 20 Interval
8:52 PM 13 WUG
9:05 PM 13 Raffle
9:18 PM 5 Roy Carson
9:23 PM 13 Gavin Franklin
9:36 PM 13 Lynne Moloney & T Pets
9:49 PM 5 Roy Carson
9:54 PM 13 Sing Along
10:07 PM 15 Sheddies – Clean up the hall…
10:22 PM Lock up and go home!

Cost: Performers are giving their time and skills, so there is no door charge. The corollary to this is that we ask performers to consider making a donation to the Movember cause. We are grateful for the generous donations made by performers and audience in previous years; we consistently raise about $2500, which is substantially more than ticket sales and raffle suggest.

Times: The event starts with a picnic from 6pm, with the first snags likely to come off the bbq around 6:15pm. There will be snags with hot and cold drinks provided by the Sheddies. There is no charge for these, but a donations bucket will be at hand. Feel free to bring your own food &/or drinks, and there will be a spot on the Sheddie bbq to cook your own meat (if our snags aren’t to your liking!). The concert proper starts at 7:30pm.

Audience: The more the merrier – please bring along friends, family and any who lie between who you think might enjoy this shambolic but well-loved entertainment. The cost for audience is $15.


Inner Wheel Australian Conference Details

The Inner Wheel Conference Saturday 17th October

Brauer College Stadium Caramut Road 6.45 on stage for 20 minutes

Meet at an entrance foyer 6.15

Brauer Stadium: If you drive in the front gates on Caramut road facing west it is almost straight ahead at the left hand side of the buildings at the back, not the front building. Follow the roadway about 200m and there is car parking.