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2002-11-06 Head-wrecking agony of performing audition

"Thank you Mr Nelson, that is the best singing we've had all day, but unfortunately you are too large for the role." During my years in London as an opera and concert singer, I endured countless auditions, and on this occasion they just didn't want a 19 stone Lensky in their "Eugene Onegin".

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2002-10-30 Death Row Hell

Welcome to this hell's purgatory for the "discarded waste of society awaiting society's incinerator".

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2002-10-22 Echo Award Glory For Celtic Tenors

"I wanna thank God, my green homeland of Ireland (cue tears), the Dalai Lama (cue handkerchief), and everyone who bought our album (cue full breakdown)." This was my planned speech for the award ceremony on October 13. I had, of course won the Tiny Tots piano trophy at the age of 6, 1st prize in a raffle at Calry Hall - a set of bath mats - numerous Feiseanna awards in Dublin, as well as runner-up in the Millenium Young Composers Competition, but this Echo Award seemed that little bit special.

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2002-10-16 Music helps to fill churches

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in 1685. He had 23 children and practiced on an old spinster in the attic. This is a direct quote from a 1st year music essay from a Dublin school. For those of you who may have missed the joke, Bach would have sometimes played a keyboard instrument called the spinet.

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2002-10-09 The Irish have a phrase for it

"Is it yourself thats in it? Wait til I tell you, how the hell are you at all at all?" "Sure Im grand, thank God! In all fairness, and Ill be honest with you now, youre wearing well."

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2002-10-02 Snooging at Grammar School

At the tender age of 10, was I perhaps the youngest ever 1st year at Sligo Grammar School? I did turn 11 shortly after, but it meant that I was ultimately to sit my Leaving Cert at the age of 16.

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2002-09-25 Massage and reflexology

"Stress" was the new twentieth century illness and all of our lives involve stress. Before I go on, I am totally unqualified to talk of things medical but what I would like to do is to share with you the ways in which I find my stress levels reduced. Everyone is different, so I must stress (no pun intended) that this is my experience.

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2002-09-18 Julie and her life of abuse and violence

A little while back, I told you of some of the amusing comments we get after our shows.

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2002-09-11 US Airport Security after September, 11

Day 1 - Newark airport :

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