Humpty Dumpty Time!

HumptyDumpty

 

 

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

 

 

 

In light of the U.N. report today on Climate Change, I thought it might be time to update this list. My additions are at the end.

THE TOP REGRETTABLE QUOTES OF ALL TIME

“With over fifteen types of foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself.” – Business Week, August 2, 1968

“There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable.  It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.” – Albert Einstein, 1932

“The phonograph has no commercial value at all.” – Thomas Edison, American inventor, 1880s

“If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one.” – W. C. Heuper, National Cancer Institute, 1954

“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist-“ – Last words of Gen. John Sedgwick, spoken as he looked out over the parapet at enemy lines during the Battle of Spotsylvania in 1864

“Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.” – Grover Cleveland, U.S. President, 1905

“I’m sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language.” – The San Francisco Examiner, rejecting a submission by Rudyard Kipling in 1889

“Just so-so in center field.” – New York Daily News after the premiere of Willie Mays, 1951

“I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.” – Gary Cooper, on declining the lead role in Gone with the Wind

“You better get secretarial work or get married.” – Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modelling Agency, advising would-be model Marilyn Monroe in 1944

“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.” Kenneth Olsen, President and founder of Digital Equiptment Corporation, in 1977

“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” Marshal Ferdinand Foch, French Military Strategist and Future World War 1 Commander, in 1911

“(Man will never reach the Moon) regardless of all future scientific advances.” Dr Lee De Forest, inventor of the Audion Tube and Father of Radio, in 1926

“(Television) won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century-Fox in 1946

“We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.” Decca Records rejecting the Beatles, in 1962

“For the majority of people, the use of tobacco has a beneficial effect.” Dr. Ian G. Macdonald, Los Angeles Surgeon, as quoted in Newsweek, November 18, 1969

“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” Western Union internal memo, in 1876

“The Earth is the center of the Universe.” Ptolemy, the great Egyptian astronomer, in the second century

“Nothing of importance happened today.” Written by King George III of England on July 4, 1776

Quotes on Climate Change by U.S. Politicians:

“I don’t think we have conclusive proof that humans are at the center of [global warming]” — Newt Gingrich

“the greatest hoax I think that has been around for many, many years if not hundreds of years has been this hoax on the environment and global warming” — Ron Paul

“…The idea that manmade gases, CO2, are causing catastrophic global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” — Senator James Inhofe (R-OK)

“the idea that man, through the production of CO2…is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all the other factors, El Niño, La Niña, sunspots, moisture in the air” — Rick Santorum

“The weight of the science indicates that if there’s any human behavior involved, it’s a modest amount.” — Tim Pawlenty

“The science is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans’ economy at jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet to me is just nonsense.” — Rick Perry

“I’m not one to attribute every activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for man’s activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet.” — Sarah Palin

“We in the Senate will continue to fight for legislation that will give the certainty that no unelected bureaucrat at the EPA is going to make efforts to create jobs even more difficult than the administration already has.” — Mitch McConnell

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I am putting together plans for the 2015 Celtica Hidden Ireland Tour… that will be our 20th Anniversary of bringing people to Ireland to see its sites and hear its music. Stay tuned! Better yet… if you’ve traveled with me, let me know your favorite memory from our time together!

Just fixed the Email problem!

For some reason, the forms I have been using to get email from this website were’t doing the job the last few weeks.

We’ve fixed it now… sorry if this meant you didn’t hear back from me.

Winter woes…

The concert in Harvard, MA originally booked for tonight has been postponed until March 15. Sorry for any inconvenience. Stay warm!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day treat for you…
From photos taken on my recent Heart of Ireland tours… and the song “The Man From Connemara”.

(Still a couple of seats available on the May 2013 tour

Happy Thanksgiving

Season’s Greetings! There are several Celtic Christmas Concerts coming up in the next few weeks. I’ll be joined by Aoife Clancy, George Keith and Erik Wendelken at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI on December 1 and at the Cape Cod Cultural Center in South Yarmouth, MA on December 8. Details of these and other shows can be found on my calendar.

Is Ireland on your Bucket List?

The 2013 Celtica Heart of Ireland Tour, from May 24 to June 2, is now available for booking. This time we will explore the Southwest of Ireland, starting in Dingle and winding our way through the most scenic parts of Kerry, West Cork and Clare – some of the most beautiful countryside you will ever see. We will visit all the interesting sites by day and have a great traditional music session every night. Please don’t leave it too late if you want to be part of this unique experience of Irish music, culture and fun.

Christmas is coming!

Irish Music makes a great Christmas present. You can find a wide selection of CD’s at Celtica Music Shop. Clean Cabbage in the Bucket, the book I co-authored a couple of years ago is now available as an eBook from Amazon.com. If you prefer a paperback version, it’s available at Celtica Music Shop. Filled with fascinating and funny stories of Irish musicians on the road, it makes a wonderful Christmas present for the Irish music fan in your family. As an early Christmas present to you all, there are 3 FREE MP3s of my Christmas songs available at robbieoconnell.com. There is also a video of the Wren Song on Facebook from the 2010 Christmas Celtic Sojourn at the Emerson Majestic Theater in Boston.

All the best, Robbie

The Blaskets

We often travel to the Blaskets on my Heart of Ireland tours. One of our passengers sent us a link to this YouTube video in fond memory of our time there.

Barney McKenna R.I.P.

I was saddened yesterday to hear of the death of Barney McKenna, the great banjo player and founding member of the Dubliners. It brought back a memory of hearing Barney play Roisin Dubh in my parents house when I was about twelve years old. He put so much emotion into the tune that the tears flowed freely down his cheeks as he played. Whenever I heard Barney’s name over the years, I always saw that picture in my mind.

Upcoming Concerts

Happy New Year! I have some unusual shows coming up in the next few weeks, starting on Friday, January 13 in Cumberland, RI when I get together with two of my favorite singers, Dan Milner and Ed Miller for an evening of Irish, Scottish and Maritime songs. It’s at the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St. at 8:00 PM. Info 401-725-9272

Then on Saturday, January 14, Dan Milner and I are doing an afternoon concert of Sea songs at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 896 Main St. (Rte 6A) in Brewster, MA at 2:00 PM. Reservations required.
Info 508-896-3867 ( Mon-Fri 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

I will be in my hometown of Bristol, RI on Saturday, January 28 at the Stone Church Coffeehouse, 280 High St. 7:30 PM

On February 2, I will be in Leicester, MA at the Hezekiah Stone Coffeehouse at Christ Episcopal Church, 1089 Stafford St. 7:30 PM

Then on February 25, Aoife Clancy, George Keith and I will be in Reading, MA at the Ivy Chord Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Church, 239 Woburn St. at 8:00 pm

Details of these and other shows can be found on my calendar.

The May 2012 Celtica Heart of Ireland Tour is available for booking. This time we will explore the Northwest of Ireland, starting in Donegal and winding our way through Sligo, Mayo, Connemara, Galway and Clare-some of the most beautiful countryside you will ever see. We will visit all the interesting sites by day and have a great traditional music session every night. Please don’t leave it too late if you want to join us for the trip of a lifetime.

Clean Cabbage in the Bucket, the book I co-authored a couple of years ago is now available as an eBook from Amazon.com. If you prefer a paperback version, it’s available at Celtica Music Shop.

You can find a wide selection of CD’s at Celtica Music Shop.

Celtic Christmas Concerts

There are several concerts coming up in the next few weeks, beginning with a series of Celtic Christmas Concerts in Massachusetts. I’ll be joined by Aoife Clancy and George Keith at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin, on December 3, the Homegrown Coffeehouse in Needham on December 10, and the Old Ship Coffeehouse in Hingham on December 11. Accordion wizard, Jimmy Keane will join Aoife and myself for shows in New Hampshire and Maine on December 12, 13 and 14.

Details of these and other shows can be found on my calendar.

The May 2012 Celtica Heart of Ireland Tour is now available for booking. This time we will explore the Northwest of Ireland, starting in Donegal and winding our way through Sligo, Mayo, Connemara, Galway and Clare-some of the most beautiful countryside you will ever see. We will visit all the interesting sites by day and have a great traditional music session every night. Please don’t leave it too late if you want to join us for the trip of a lifetime.

Clean Cabbage in the Bucket, the book I co-authored a couple of years ago is now available as an eBook from Amazon.com. If you prefer a paperback version, it’s available at Celtica Music Shop.

Irish Music makes a great Christmas present. You can find a wide selection of CD’s at Celtica Music Shop.

As an early Christmas present to you all, there are 3 FREE MP3s of my Christmas songs available at robbieoconnell.com. There is also a video of the Wren Song on Facebook from last year’s Celtic Christmas Sojourn.