Writing with the Company of Beckett

‘A voice comes to one in the dark. Imagine.’

Company – Samuel Beckett (1979)

A great start to a novella, and to me it is a good source of inspiration. Company may not always be deconstructed as a source of writing stimulation, but it is a good exercise. The novella continues:

‘To one on his back in the dark.’

This I would encourage – ‘lie on your back in the dark, let the voice come to you, imagine.’ Now start writing!

No Helpline at the end of Fair City

The central storyline in RTÉ’s mainstay soap, Fair City, centres on domestic abuse between Damien Halpin (Maclean Burke) and his wife Suzanne (Sarah Flood). As a programme that attracts 645,200 viewers on average (source: http://tvsales.rte.ie/insights/topprogrammes.htm), I was surprised that RTÉ did not put a Helpline at the end of the programme.

Admittedly I missed the beginning where a Helpline was possibly aired, but for such a serious issue, surely RTÉ should air a Helpline at the end too.

PwC – w = Non-PC

I don’t think the actions of the PwC employees were initially about the feminist agenda per se. It was the manner by which the media reported the actions that really peed me off, and yes, because of this the Feminist agenda was brought to the forefront!

Because PwC fowled up showing pictures, it is more disgraceful to see these pictures posted on websites and other media. As a result, this compounded the story. It is ironic and highly insulting to the women in question and invited a new audience to participate in the foul competition.

No one, men nor women, are a piece of meat, and wonder why pictures of the men involved weren’t shown as they were the guilty parties, not the victims, whose privacy was incidently compromised (this doesn’t happen in a rape trial case). I do feel that these women are forced to ‘laugh at themselves’ in order not to embarrass PwC further. What happened was wrong from the very beginning – from the PwC score sheets onwards. It shouldn’t happen to a woman or a man. I am a man, but one who favours equal rights!

NB I encourage you to read Eleanor Fitzsimon’s post on The Anti-Room, ‘Life in the Testosterone Zone’