Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Not so repressed memories

It was Christmas 1981, or thereabouts, and the family sitting room was crammed with grandparents, aunts, uncles and all those I held close to my heart. Being an annoying child I was rather put out that I wasn't getting the required attention that I felt that I deserved. I sang a little, I danced a little, I made a whole lot of noise but all to no avail.

But I didn't give up.
Hell no

Grandparents are always pleased to hear about your academic success, even if it is your sandpit skills, and I knew this was a good way of getting some attention. So I waited for an appropriate lull in the conversation and announced in the largest voice I could muster,

"ME'S THE BEST IN ENGLISH!"

There was a moments silence then the room was engulfed in laughter. Everyone was chortling and slapping their knees and having a merry old time at my expense. Except grandad, who being as deaf as a post, didn't hear my grammatical faux pas. "What did he say granny? He's the what? He's going to Eglish?" There were shouts of "Awh bless him, wee love." And other such remarks. Instead of a warm round of applause and 5 pound notes being squeezed into my hand I was being mocked and justifiably so.

Where is this going I hear you ask?

Well in the spirit of that fine moment I would like to proclaim,

"ME GOT SOMETHING PUBLISHED.
IN A PROPER MAGAZINE N ALL"



Griffiti Magazine Griffith College Dublin

And yet still no 5 pound notes have been squeezed into my hand!

Expect a full review of our new food and wine menu tomorrow. I've got 5 days of food in my fridge that I must reacquaint myself with now that my body has returned to "normal".

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songs described as charts
more at "made in england by gentlemen"

29 People trying to get Manuel's attention:

Anonymous Boxer said...

Me very happy 4 U.

Quickroute said...

first comes the magazine article, then the TV show, then the movie. I helped get you there, after all I didn't cry for you! don't forget me!

Medbh said...

Fabulous, Manuel. I'm oh so happy to see you in the MSM.
I am also slowly returning to eating today. After every small bite at dinner, I had to pause and guess whether it would send me running to puke. So far, so good.

psychicgeek.com said...

Wished I had the durned badges autographed now, yer all famous.
Congratulations, Manuel.

MJ said...

Who is going to play you in the movie?

Gypsy said...

Brilliant Manuel. I'm very proud of you.

Old Knudsen said...

So how much did they pay ya? and as for that memory rewarding stupity (as you were 23 then) only encourages it, its a vicious cycle and explains a lot. me I'm a natural.

Deborah said...

So happy for you Manuel! Well deserved. Glad you're feeling better! Was everyone sick or only the people who came from afar? Some sort of Dublin vomit bug... heh!

dave said...

See? Those herbal ciggies cure all ills.

sheepworrier said...

Are you seriously thinking about a book?

savannah said...

well done, sugar! xoxox

Crispy said...

Do you ever forget anything....?I think you may have been an elephant in a past life. Do you remember how excited you got when you saw a big bus one day!!! Ha ha ha ha!!!
Anyhoo congrats on the publication, does that make you a doctor now?

Conan Drumm said...

Next stop Vanity Fair.

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Mudflapgypsy said...

Invoice them and be prepared to wait over 30 days to get paid.

If ya ever need photos for future articles contact me. I suppose this will only happen when you drop the cloak of anonymity.

Congrats, you are in print.

Queen of clean said...

Well done etc!

I was about seven when I said 'grand pricks' instead of grand prix...I can still hear the guffaws!

You or the copywriter forgot the final question mark at the end of your piece!

bendersbetterbrother said...

Infamy beckons.

And I wanted to ask you why you took a fellow blogger to a dung-hole that gave her (and you) food poisoning)?

fatmammycat said...

Fantastic news old man! Sorry you've been ill, sounds very nasty and I hope you're feeling much better.

Manuel said...

boxer: hehehehehe

quickie: I shall never forget you....how could I

medbh: Cheers Medbh! I'm scared to eat, honest.....worst week of my life

pgeek: ta ta

mj: Liam Neeson, same size as me

gypsy: awh shucks...fiver?

old k: pay?

debs: medbh and I, you too?

dave: and gaviscon....

sheepo: why so sneery?

savannah: thanks

crispy: bitch.....

conan: next stop Vanity......

muddy: I'll remember that.....

queenie: where?

bbb: I'm a total cunt!!

fmc: cheers love!

INNER VOICES said...

*pats manny on back* well done!!!

savannah said...

economy of words now, eh, sugar? ;-)

warriorwoman said...

excellent, you're published

sheepworrier said...

Manuel: I don't do sneery.

Manuel said...

voices: ta big fella

Savannah: no chance....

warriorwoman: cheers!

Sheepo: I did sneery once......laughed at me all night long, put me right off my stroke.....bitch

queen of clean said...

After the 'is it worth it' at the end, was it a question?

Not having a go like, just sayin'.

Manuel said...

oh queenie, poor poor queenie, it says, "You'll wait but it is worth it." No need for a ?

queenie said...

Alright 'Mr In Print' Don't mock the afflicted...can I help it if I need glasses?

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KR said...

Hi Manuel

A friend sent me this link today. I used to be the editor of Griffiti magazine! Sorry we couldn't give you any money, it was a low-budget student rag, but thanks for letting us publish it. Keep bollocking the diners and winers.

Katie