Wow, its getting pretty cold these days as I'm constantly reminded every time i go out on the bike, or even worse - first thing in the morning. The struggle to try and get your clothes from the other side of the room, get dressed without moving out of the bed or waking up, never mind trying to levitate over the bathroom lino to take the first piss of the day. Its kinda nice to have a bed and a bedroom and a bathroom though, and its been in my head a lot lately about those of us who don't have any of these things. I can't conceive what its like to be homeless in Dublin in this kind of weather, it does bear thinking about, and whatever anyone tells you it is possible for us all to help out with this one. If you have any blankets, coats, jumpers, whatever warm clothing etc. that is just lying there or unused and not needed maybe you could contact your local Simon Community and give it to them so it can be passed out, or you could bring them to the next Hope gig and we'll make sure they get to the people who need 'em. If thats too much for you to sort out then maybe the next time you pass someone begging in the cold or bedding down you could sort them out with a kind word and a cup of tea or coffee instead of rushing past them, because its a fucking lonely way of life and people treat you like shit. I'm not talking about solving homelessness on your lunch break because it would take a lot more than this kind of action to do that, its about making a little difference in someone's day, and the only thing that makes us incapable of that is laziness or apathy, which we all suffer from at times, but it doesn't take much to change that. Down, down and away, the Hope collective are putting on two gigs in December - the second one is on th 13th and takes place in the Attic starting at 8.30 and features Jackbeast, The Steam Pig, Porn, Yawn and Brian Bannon in no particular order. Admission is œ2 worth of toys (new toys!) and all the toys that come in on the night are being passed on to a women's refuge in Dublin to take some of the pressure off for Christmas. The toys can be for any age group from infant right up to 17 year olds so make as much of an effort as you can. Monkhouse have released a posthumous album on Rejected records which is well worth grabbing hold of, and we're all waiting with baited breath for the new Jackbeast 7" and I hear that Bambi's new album will be a Rejected/? split; theres a couple of new free sheets around town - Planet Fish (33 Weston Rd, Churchtown, D14 ) and Scream#2 (address in review section)being two of them, with more long running freesheet Slanted and Enchanted undergoing some changes with the leaving of two people and the addition of one in its current issue #15 which has made it a much better read than usual if a bit more sparse in content. Seeing as its the end of the year we figured it would be a good time to thank a few people for contributing in one way or another to the last twelve months worth of Gearhead Nations; so without further ado thanks to Niall, Sarah & Niamh, Pete, Beano, Basetti, John and Christopher in Freebird, Doug, Aoife, James, Alan, Tom, Niall H, Greg, Murt, Cliona, Miriam, Boz, Stephanie, Dara and Padraig. Oh yeah and thanks to everyone who wrote, sent stuff or got into arguements/"discussions" with us - it was a lot of fun. Righty ho, I think thats about it for this year, except to say happy 10th birthday to Giro's in Belfast. Its a co-operatively owned centre run by volunteers which houses a vegetarian/vegan cafe, a venue/exhibition space, practise rooms and a very recently completed studio. The place is run by some brilliant people and is an example of what can be done with a lot of effort and some vision. They've produced a book detailing the history of the centre in its various guises and you can write to them at 1-5 Donegall Place, Belfast BT1 2LZ if you want to find out more. Enjoy the holiday and we'll see you again in '97. Stay safe Derek. PS - Where’s our presents yis cunts?
....Anyway, I also really enjoyed the majority of "GN" #31, but, for the first time I've seen it stepped a bit too far across the "retarded" mark in terms of the articles about mothers and secondary school students. I was suprised you'd have printed those - they were just a bunch of ridiculous caricatures and generalisations. I mean, I realise it was someone getting something off their chest n' all, but the author still came across as a spastic. Not to mention a know-all. I mean was this person not young once? Were they so mature that they went through secondary school without any urge to try things (no matter how stupid they are) like drinking, etc?? Hmm...anyway, I guess the articles in question aren't to be taken seriously, I hope not anyway! ...Ok, gotta go, take care, Jamie
1) You the reader ‘coz you’re great. No, really, you are. 2) Triumphant Pincher Martin Reunion 3) The Singing Blow Job Joke 4) Techno 5) Techno 6) Techno 7) Techno, ‘coz its very good. No, really, it is. 8) Fusion, it’s brilliant. No, really, it is. 9) Hope Collective posters. No, really, they do. 10) Punk Revival. It’s number 10 in our book any year. No, really, it would be. 11) Other freesheets, ‘coz they’re deadly. No, really, they are. 12) sarcasm. No, really, it is