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I'm back from the gym and buzzed about a new idea. Well, like most (if not all) of my ideas, it's certainly been done before... but I'VE never done it - so I wanna try it out.

A couple of years ago, I had the exceptionally good fortune to be brought along to an intimate Red Hot Chili Peppers gig in London, for the launch of their Stadium Arcadium album. It was the best craic - they (RHCP) were actually only supposed to play a couple of new tunes for something shitty like fifteen minutes for the couple of hundred people who were there, but they were in such good form that they played for a couple of hours - and a load of classic stuff. Once they wrapped up though it was still fairly early, and so there we were, ten or twelve Irish radio people, on a free jolly in London, buzzed having just watched RHCP incinerate the roof of this wee club, and wondering: "What now?"

Well, we bailed into a taxi, and ended up in this odd dance club, which was mostly outside. Since it was nly around eleven, the place was dead - and the pricks ripped us off trying to get into the place. It was only once we got in we realized what a dump it was. The weather wasn't great either, it was wet and cold, and we were all sitting outside, freezing, and talking quietly because we were the only people in the place.

"Fuck this!" shouts one bright-spark, and we bail into another cab, and end up outside a highly-recommended spot. Out the front, the place was hopping. Queue down the street, the music sounded cracking, and it definitely seemed like our kinda joint. We get in the queue, which is moving quickly - even better - and a few of us (maybe half) pay in. The rest of us are about to hand over our dough when we realize: it's a gay night. Now, I'd never been to a gay night before, and as open-minded as I like to think myself, my immediate reaction was "ah, no thanks" but since everyone else had paid in, what option did we have? So we hand over the pounds and head on in.

As it happens, the negative reaction to it being a gay night was typically retarded. It would seem that my rugged Irish good-looks just aren't what the London gays are into. Well, either that or they could smell my innate straightness. Anyway, the fact it was a gay night was besides the point. You see, it was what they called an "alternative" gay night. And it was exactly what you'd expect. A gay night with alternative music.

And what a fucking brilliant night it was. For hours, the DJ was banging out tunes from Oasis, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Garbage, Blur, Stone Roses and more - way more... and I thought "I would love to DJ a night like this!"

Back to this evening, and Fire from Kasabian was playing in the gym, and I'm really looking forward to heading out tonight. As the chorus kicked in, I really wanted to dance like a loon to it - it's just a brilliant song - and it got me thinking: would this song work at a lazy radio night? No is the answer. It's just not cheese. The whole point of lazy radio is that the music is appallingly plastic. Kasabian just wouldn't fit.

So, I thought, what about a night of ALL alternative/rock tunes that you really fucking want to dance to, a la the way Lazy Radio is all pop/cheese/trash?

Even-lazier radio, anyone?

Ray

here come the girls...

Aren't the Foo Fighters great!







I’m on the website for my gym (checking their opening hours) and they have this pic:

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That guy isn’t working out! He’s perving! Look at his hands – his technique is shite!

Ray

Ray

sorry…

Ray

let's rock...



Karl Spain popped in to talk about his new show "Karl Spain wants to Rock" Mondays at 10.30pm on RTÉ Two...



Look at them. Staring lovingly at each other. It's so nice!

Ann

ann and al's podcast...

It's here kids, Ann and Al's Podcast Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (in Galway)

Get it HERE!

Excuse the title, that was Ann's job...

Love you all!

Al xx

Twitter.com/funkyfoneboyal

You can see Brian's website at www.brighterday.ie

Ray

light...



A website about a mysterious man that thousands of people around the world claim to have seen in their dreams has become an online sensation.

The thisman.org site claims the picture was drawn by a woman, who says she repeatedly saw his face as she slept, for her psychiatrist in 2006. She said she had never met him before in real life, but was able to picture him vividly.

Her psychiatrist kept the pencilled picture on his desk and when another patient saw it, he too claimed the man had often appeared in his dreams. The baffled doctor, it says, then sent off the picture to some colleagues who showed it to their patients - many of whom also recognised the strange face. The picture was posted on the web - and within just two weeks has become one of the most visited sites online.

It would appear that this very cool wee feature isn't working. I've been restarting my xbox every ten minutes, waiting for the update... but no sign of it. More here. CLICK! or here CLICK!

Microsoft and Sky World Premiere: Watch Live TV On Your Xbox 360

TV, Sports and Blockbuster movies available live and on-demand via Sky Player on Xbox Live

Millions of entertainment fans are set for a transformation in the way they watch TV, as Sky Player, Sky’s online TV service, launches today on Xbox LIVE, giving Xbox 360 owners access to live and on-demand pay TV content via their console.

Xbox reveals that the service*, the first of its kind on any games console, will give Xbox LIVE users full access to all the live and on-demand channels currently on Sky Player. This includes popular, hit TV shows from Sky1, blockbuster films from Sky Movies and must see-entertainment and documentaries from MTV, Disney, G.O.L.D, Sky Arts, Nickelodeon, National Geographic, Eden and History. In addition, sports fans will be able to enjoy the biggest sports events - as they happen - from Sky Sports, ESPN and Eurosport.

Subscribers to the Xbox LIVE gold service will also be able to enjoy a range of interactive features to enhance their viewing with friends and family. For example, viewers will be able to use their Xbox avatar in the ‘Avatar Party Mode’ to watch live TV alongside their friends’ avatars. Once there, they will be able to chat live and interact with each other through their Xbox – yet another feature that makes Xbox LIVE a fun, social experience whether you are together with friends or wherever they are located from Limerick to London.

As well as 24 live streaming channels, Sky Player offers thousands of hours of on-demand programmes, making it the most comprehensive web-based on-demand service available from any UK and Ireland broadcaster. There are over 400 movies to watch at anytime from Sky Movies, over a thousand sporting highlights from Sky Sports, and hundreds of other programming highlights spanning entertainment, drama, comedy, music, documentaries and kids.

To watch Sky Player on Xbox 360, customers will need an Xbox LIVE Gold membership. Non– Sky Direct to Home (DTH) customers will also require a monthly subscription which starts at €18 per month to Sky Player’s Base Entertainment Pack. Customers who want to watch Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 and Xtra, ESPN and the Sky Movies channels will be able to add these channels to their Base Entertainment Pack for an additional cost. In addition to the live channels, customers will also have access to on-demand programmes from channels they subscribe to.

Existing Sky customers with Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to access Sky Player’s on-demand content in line with the channels they are able to access through their core Sky TV subscription. Customers with Sky Multiroom are additionally able to access live channels for no extra charge.

Sky Player is the latest addition to Xbox LIVE’s ever increasing range of entertainment. From enjoying high definition blockbuster movies, watching the best music videos, video chatting to friends, or playing games with people wherever they are, Xbox LIVE offers the best entertainment whether you’re into gaming or not.

A Sky Player retail bundle pack including 1 month Sky Player Subscription (Sky Sports Pack), Media Remote and 3 month Gold Membership Subscription Card will be available from stores priced at €39.99.

Orla Sheridan, Country Manager, Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft Ireland, commented: “Today our customers enjoy film, music, videos and games on Xbox 360 and TV is another significant step forward in our entertainment vision. And now Xbox owners will have the variety and volume of entertainment along with unique services such as the avatar community which allow you to share, celebrate and chat – it is clear that Xbox 360 is taking entertainment beyond the living room with unique social interactive entertainment experiences.”

Mark Deering, Director, Sky Ireland added: “Today’s launch marks the first time premium live television is available through a broadband-connected games console, helping transform the way entertainment fans watch TV. At Sky, we believe in innovating for customers so they can enjoy the content they love how they want. Whether that’s through their Sky set-top box, computer screen, Xbox 360 or mobile phone, customers have never enjoyed more choice, control and flexibility.”

David Mercer, Principal Analyst - Digital Consumer Practice at Strategy Analytics comments: "The introduction of Sky Player on Xbox is an exciting development for both companies. For BSkyB it offers further evidence that its future subscriber growth is not dependent on its traditional satellite set-top box strategy; and for Microsoft it is further confirmation that the Xbox is on its way to becoming not just a games console, but rather a complete home entertainment system."

About Sky Player
Sky Player TV was launched in December 2008 as a dedicated online subscription TV service, providing an alternative way to subscribe to Sky TV, without the need to subscribe to an existing TV-based service. It built upon the success of Sky Player, which launched in 2006 as a bonus service for Sky’s Direct-to-Home (DTH) customer base, allowing Sky customers to access live channels and on-demand content via their computers. It currently provides access to channel brands such as Sky Sports, Sky Movies, Sky News, The History Channel, National Geographic, the BBC, G.O.L.D, Eden, MTV ONE, ESPN, Sky1, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, among others.

Non– Sky TV customers will require a monthly subscription which starts at €18 per month to Sky Player’s Base Entertainment Pack, customers who want watch Sky Sports 1, 2, 3, ESPN and Sky Movie channels will be able to add these channels to their Base Entertainment Pack for an additional cost. In addition to the live channels, customers will also have access to on-demand programmes from channels they subscribe to.

Customers with Sky Multiroom subscriptions are additionally able to access live channels for no extra charge. Customers who do not have subscriptions to Sky Multiroom are still able to access the live channels by taking an online Sky Player multiroom subscription for €7.50 month.

ENTERTAINMENT PACK CHANNELS:
G.O.L.D., Sky Real Lives, Sky Arts 1, MTV ONE, Sky Sports News, British Eurosport
ESPN Classic, Sky News, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, History, Eden, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Nick Jr

SPORT PACK CHANNELS:
Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports XTRA + All sports video on demand programmes

MOVIES PACK CHANNELS:
Sky Movies Screen 1 and Screen 2 + Hundreds of movies from these channels to watch on demand.

ESPN can be added to any pack.

flash... aaaagghh...




Here's the Oprah
flash mob dance thingy we were just talking about on air...

Ann

brendan...



Brendan Moore was the latest person fired from Bill's board room...


Ann



Maria Loughran was booted off The Apprentice last night...


sweet jesus...

John and Edward pronounce the word especially "eckspecially"... Enough said.



Ann

vince...













Ann

if wanna listen to my boring life...

Funky Fone Boy Al is TWEETING!

Why? Dunno... Seem's to be the cool thing to do...

Much love, and check out the new podcast Episode IV - A New Fallop(ian tube) HERE!

Much love... Axx

vince...

Tomorrow, I interview a giant:



Literally - he's like, twelve foot tall. No lazy radio, I'm afraid - but we'll have the craic in any case.

Ray

ann and al's podcast...



Sorry for the delay guys! Listen to the latest installment of Ann and Al's Podcast - Episode IV: A New Fallop (ian tube)
...

HERE!

Thanks!


Ann

p.s. That's Tina Arena by the way. You'll get it when you listen.

how much time must you have...




Love it...

Alxx

jennifer...


Jennifer Quinn was booted off The Apprentice last night...




Ann

live in athlone...

Thanks to everyone who came to see us in Karma Nightclub, Athlone last Thursday. A great night was had by all!



Don't we look nice?




Ann


Lenny, of Red FM’s KC’n’Lenny has been on. JP and he hooked up at the radio awards last week. I wasn’t able to go and bask in the glory of my multi-award winning.:

Hi Ray,

Hope you’re well?

It was disappointing not to meet you as I have heard so much about you’re “Mother Teresa, Jesus,  Peter Andre” like presence around mere mortals but it was great to meet JP. In his John the Baptist role the other night JP or should I say JB reflected the self effacing light many of us sidekicks exude. He knows my pain.

Anywho, here is a picture which I thought ye might enjoy.

After refusing my challenge offer for ‘Running or Swimming’ it turns out we chose boxing instead!

Knockout!

Go well,

Lenny

LENNY JP FIGHT 

I’ve been wanting to do that for years.

Ray

press empire...



Press empire are three musicians that busk regularly around the Grafton Street area, JP spotted them and we decided to have them in to perform some covers for us... They were great!

Ann

That's JP's desk in the background.

setanta's out...



Setanta Landers was the third person to be kicked out of Uncle Bill's board room yesterday on The Apprentice on TV3...


Ann

Hey folks, check out Ann and Al's new podcast - Episode III - Revenge of the Tit(th)



Piece...

Al xxx