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This guy:


He's haunting me. Well, to be fair, his followers are haunting me. The Church of Damien Leith is doing a psycho-peer-pressure-join-our-club-campaign on my ass.

Though I'm not alone. In fact, just about every other Irish radio presenter is being harassed to the same extent.

His fans have put my email address - along with that of other DJ's - on their Damo fan forum, encouraging others to harass me into playing his song.

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And can I just make this clear: IT DOESN'T BLOODY WORK!

It only serves to p**s me off when I see "1 new email" on my client, only to find it's just another Ozzy pop-tart trying to get Damo up the charts in a country on the other side of the world from her, with a sales market the size of a pea compared to that of the country in which he's "Idol". So if you're a badgering Leith fan, please stop. If you do, I might even play the song.

Ray

enrique...

Enrique Iglesias looks like me!

A spot of marker and a beenie, and we could've been separated at birth.






And Lost is back on US tellys next week:



Ray

Oh, it's Friday.

Friday, Friday Friday. Thank Jesus.

We've had such a great week on the show it's been a right laugh. Nothing too serious, mind you - just a bit of a laugh for your lunchtime.

JP appeared on Fenton's show this afternoon to take part in his birthday guessing game quiz thing. He was brilliant, as ever. But we will be taking the piss out of him first thing on Monday.

I won again in Foley's Friday Face-Off - we're thinking of changing it now, because I seem to be too clever. Pity, because I was really enjoying my brainy-ness. Of course I know that's not a real word. I'm smarter than that.

It being Australia Day, we had a chat about Tim Tams, which we got sent in for free:



And we talked to this dude who skated nearly 6,000k across Oz!

Supermac's sent me in some curry chips and a Supermac, just for the tiniest of mentions, which was nice of them, coz I was starved!

And The Big Generator sent us a free lighter, dog-tag, CD, pen and pencil case. Ta!

Weird songs on the show today were 5ive:



And our dance choon from Da Hool:



And we had new music this week from Air Traffic, exclusively first on our show:



I think that's about it.

God bless. Back on Monday for more.

Ray

cats...

Anyone who owns a cat will appreciate this:


I'm not a cat person, but must admit, I do find it funny.

Ray

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bebo...

If you are sitting next to someone who irritates you on a plane or train....

1. Quietly and calmly open up your laptop case.

2. Remove your laptop.

3. Boot it.

4. Make sure the guy or girl who's annoying you can see the screen.

5. Open your email client and come back here to this message.

6. Close your eyes and tilt your head up to the sky.

7. Then hit this link: Click

That'll shut them up.

Ray

Check out the death clock here...

And there's more on that 12-week bus trip to Australia here...

And The Avalanches:



Ray

tetris 2...

Here's a further update on Monday's show:

You can play Tetris to your heart's content here.

You can watch the Jessica Simpson video here, where she's totally ripping off Madonna's "Holiday".



And - just a bit of fun - you can watch this brilliant vid of a baby panda scaring the livin' daylights out of a big panda.



Priceless!

Ray

tetris...

Who knew a traditional Russian boardgame would steal countless millions of our child hours from within the pale grey casing of a Game Boy?

But it did!

Here are some loons taking it too far:



Ray

Managed to wangle some audio for you on the great Johnny Cash chart win for us today.

Here's the bit where Adelle reveals whether or not we made it into the top 30. Listen particularly to the last few seconds of this audio, where my phone beeps with a text message.



This is pretty cool - and should give you an idea of how cool it is to have a national radio station to play with as a toy.

You see, although I didn't read it out on-air, that beeping at the end of the above clip was a text message arriving from 2FM DJ Rick O'Shea. You're probably not too familiar with who he is, so allow me to fill you in: Rick (real name Martin Flange) presents an evening show on 2FM, and on Fridays, the official Irish National Chart Show on that station. Upon hearing the Johnny Cash news, his text to me read:

"Jaysus.... Means I have an excuse to play him on the National Chart Show today :) "

Then when he heard his text coming through on my phone he texted again:

"I made your phone beep How cool is that!!!!"

So I called him after my show and left a voicemail for him. He would return my call later. Now, before you listen to this next clip, I'll have to give you a bit of background: my girlfriend/future missus is a newsreader for 2FM and she's in work this evening. So when Rick finally did call me back from his workplace that evening, the phone number was the same as Kate's would be when she calls me from work - because it's the same place. So the phone rings, see the 2FM number and answer with "hey babe" - to which Rick replies in his grizzly, deep, DJ voice: "Hey dude".

So now, when you hear Rick introducing tonight's number 28 song on his show on the rival national station, you'll hear us play about with the national airwaves again. Cool or what?



I suppose you need to be as nerdy as us to appreciate it.

Ray

result...

Well, we did it - we wanted Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" back in the charts, and we made it. Number 28 in the Irish charts this week! Not a number one by a long shot, but it's there!


Fair play, well done and thanks for all your hard work.

I love you guys so much right now.

Ray

memories...

We played DJ Quicksilver - Belissima and got a mad load of texts and emails from people remembering the daft clothes and daft dance moves they wore and moved to the sound of that song.

And Ciara emailed this brilliant chain email about growing up in Ireland. Enjoy!

Ray

Growing up in Ireland

I'm talking about Hide and Seek in the park, The shop down the road, Hopscotch, Donkey, skipping, handstands, stuck in the mud, football with an old can, Dandy, Beano, Twinkle and Roly Poly, Hula Hoops, Jumping the stream, building a swing from a tyre and a piece of rope tied to a tree, (If you live in Dublin the lampost), building tree houses, climbing up onto roofs. Tennis on the street, the smell of the sun and fresh cut grass.

Hubba Bubba bubble gum and 2p Flogs, macaroon bars and woppas, 3p Refreshers and wham bars, superhero chewing gum, golf ball chewing gums and liquorice whips, desperate dan and roy of the rovers, sherbit dips and Mr. freezes, marathon bars and everlasting gobstoppers. An ice cream cone on a warm summer night from the van that plays a tune chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe neopolitan

Wait ... Watching Saturday Morning cartoons ... short commercials, Battle of the Planets, Road Runner, He-Man, Swapshop, and Why Don't You?, Transformers, How do you do?, Bosco(SANDY), Forty-coats, the Littlest Hobo and Lassie, Chucklevision, The Muppet Show, MacGyver, Scarecrow and Mrs King, Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven, or staying up for Knight Rider and Magnum PI.

When around the corner seemed far away and going into town seemed like going somewhere.

A million midget bites, sticky fingers and mud all over you, knee-pads on your jeans, Cops and Robbers, Rounders, tip the Can, Queenie-I-O, climbing trees, spin the bottle, building igloos out of snow banks, walking to school, no matter what the weather, running till you were out of breath. Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt, Jumping on the bed.

Pillow fights, Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles, Being tired from playing... Remember that?

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon

Football cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.

And don't forget the Marietta sandwiches we'd make by buttering a cupla Marietta biscuits and stickin' them together. And that quare oul mixture made in a tall glass with HB ice cream and Taylor Keith Red Lemonade.

I'm not finished just yet...

Eating raw jelly, orange squash ice pops

Remember when ... There were two types of sneakers - girls and boys and Dunlop Green Flash and the only time you wore them at school, was for "P.E.", Gola football boots.

It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends, when nobody owned a pure bred dog, when 25p was decent pocket money, when you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny, when nearly everyone's mum was at home when the kids got there, when it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents

When any parent could discipline any kid or use him to carry groceries and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it. When being sent to the head's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home. Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because of muggings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! and some of us are still afraid of them!!!

Remember when....

Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo." Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"

"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest. Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly", the game of life and connect four, atari 2600's and commadore 64's. The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was germs. It was unbelievable that Red rover wasn't an Olympic event...

Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a biro barrel pea shooter or an elastic band. Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better, Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable vitamins, Ice cream was considered a basic food group.

Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true. Abilities were discovered because of a "double dare" Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.

pics...

We were getting our pictures taken today, for the papers, the internet and stuff:


We were talking about photoshop, the software celebs use to make themselves look better in magazines, and Peter used it to produce a brown-eyed hispanic Foley:


Stephen in Navan created this piece of art:


An improvement, you'll agree.

Ray

And staying on the subject of photo-shoppery, Paul emailed this:

Hi Ray,

Here's an Eamonn Dunphy photo contract I had to undertake a couple of years ago. It was for a plastic surgery clinic and was used on his TV chat show for comparison purposes when interviewing a surgeon from a top clinic.

Photoshop... Ya gotta love it...!!

Regards,
Paul



Miraculous!

Ray


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top ten...

Yes! Yeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!

We've gone top ten on iTunes!


Let's keep pushing for it today, and we're laughing all the way to the charts tomorrow.

Great work - keep it up. Tell your friends!

Ray

14! We're at number 14 in the Irish iTunes download chart! Well, Johnny Cash is, but you know what I mean.

This is brilliant!


It's the middle of the week now lads, so one final push for Thursday should get the job done. So go and download "Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue" NOW!

Ray

We spoke to a lady who's looking for a lady for a millionaire singleton.

Tom Laing is a millionaire on a mission to find a wife. And the woman employed with the task of finding Tom’s life partner is Claire Gillbanks. If she finds him a missus, she gets 30 grand!

For more, click here

Ray



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Now at 16 on iTunes!

Keep it up, lads we're nearly there!

Ray

Number 18 in the iTunes download chart! Yes! Come on!

Ray

A show that plays together, stays together. Adelle's in good mood:

JP's busy:
And Ray's on the doss:

Ray

Ok, so we did this vote on the show where you picked what song should go into the charts again. The way the charts are done now means that old songs - provided they're bought legitimately - can re-enter the singles chart.

You decided that Johnny Cash's A Boy Named Sue should make a comeback.

So, get on iTunes Music Store (or whatever your music download provider of choice is) do a search for "johnny cash sue":
And you'll get the following results:

So just download the first result, from the album A Concert Behind Prison Walls, 3 minutes 11 seconds long. It'll cost you 99 cent, but you'll get Johnny Cash back in the charts!

Ray

paranoid...

This is one of the funniest things I've seen on YouTube in ages.



Though after a few seconds, you can't help but think the little beggars are laughing at you.

Ray

diet...

Lost half a stone in ten days! How?

Well, the Ray Foley Fighting Fat Fad Diet looks like this:

  1. No Booze. AT ALL!
  2. No eating between meals. No bars, crisps or other crap.
  3. Walk 20 mins fast a day. (Back from the bus stop to the house).
  4. Eat muesli in the morning - then you're full til lunchtime.
  5. Eat fruit for lunch.
  6. Have a full dinner, with the dessert you want (ice cream or chocolate, apple pie whatever) in the evening.
  7. Have a bacon sandwich for breakfast on Friday - hey, it's Friday for God's sake!
There it is. Do it.

Ray

I'm in bed:


I know it's been a while - we've been a bit busy with the new show for the past month. But we've been working on a few ideas for the blog, and I can assure you, you'll be receiving MUCH more regular updates from me, JP and Adelle from now on.

In fact, you'll be hearing from us every day right here - after (and sometimes during) the show.

www.rayfoley.net or rayfoleyshow.blogspot.com

Come back tomorrow, we'll have more for you then.

Ray