Bad Ambassador Playlist – Friday December 9th

The Go! Team – Junior Kickstart

Sleigh Bells – Tell ‘Em

The Heavy – How You Like Me Now?

All Tvvins – Thank You

Primal Scream – Loaded

Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa

Salaam Rami – Come Through And Chill

David Arnold feat. Aimee Mann – Nobody Does It Better

Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary

We’re From Barcelona – I’m From Barcelona

Elbow – Magnificent (She Says)

Beastie Boys – Intergalactic

Childish Gambino – Have Some Love

The Boomtown Rats – Like Clockwork

McAlmont Butler – Yes

Natalie Merchant – Kind & Generous

Beck – E-Pro

Radiohead – Burn The Witch

Biffy Clyro – Re-arrange

The Rolling Stones – Everybody Knows About My Good Thing

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig Lazarus Dig!

Florence & The Machine – Ship To Wreck

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Letter From God To Man

Jamie T – Tescoland

Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler – Marshmallow World

Buck 65 – Zombie Delight

A Tribe Called Quest – Mobius

Architecture In Helsinki – Do The Whirlwind

Suzanne Vega – Left Of Center

The Flaming Lips – Fight Test

The Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control

Blind Melon – No Rain


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Bad Ambassador Playlist – Friday December 2nd

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The Chalets – Nightrocker

Biffy Clyro – Re-arrange

Childish Gambino – Boogieman

Ciaran Lavery – Return To Form

Day One – Waiting For A Break

Eels – Christmas Is Going To The Dogs

Oasis – The Masterplan

Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby

Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says

Bruce Springsteen – Radio Nowhere

Morrissey – First Of The Gang To Die

Mexrissey – Estuvo Bien (Suedehead)

Ash – Burn Baby Burn

Salaam Rami – Come Through And Chill

Tori Amos – Winter

Randy Newman – Baltimore

The Beta Band – Squares

Kate Tempest – We Die

Arctic Monkeys – A Certain Romance

Barenaked Ladies – Brian Wilson

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Parlor

A Tribe Called Quest – We The People

The Strokes – Hard To Explain

Kings Of Leon – Waste A Moment

Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy

Messiah J & The Expert – Turn The Magic On

No Doubt – Oi To The World

Echobelly – King Of The Kerb

Coldplay – Warning Sign

Cathy Davey – Come Over

N.W.A. – Express Yourself



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Craft Beer – Dec 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these (there was sunshine in my last bloody one!) so let’s get on with it.

Some *exceptional* beers around at the moment including…

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Even if that last Brewdog one is the spiciest beer I’ve ever tasted… Small doses!

Plenty of other great beers tried recently along the lines of…

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And finally good to see Franciscan Well canning and the Celebration Brew growler they sent me was absolutely super…



Next – the listing for this year’s Twelve Pubs Of Craftmas

London, Again…


Was lucky enough to be in London for a couple of days early this week on RTE Radio 1 duty and with a bit of time to spare. We were there for this – thanks to the Irish Literary Society for organising a room, guests and an audience for our one hour Poetry Programme Special.

It’ll go out on Xmas Eve at 7pm.




Managed to fit in a few other pretty picture taking opportunities along the way…





And then it was to the new extension of Tate Modern for the first time after lying around in the Turbine Hall for a while. The Tanks below are populated with fascinating and weird experimental things, the new main collection rooms allow things like Carl Andre’s bricks to have a proper space and then the viewing platform ten stories up is, to put it mildly, breathtaking…











Well worth your time if you’re there and the view costs nothing as opposed to the fortune to go up to the top of The Shard…

Book Club Books Of The Month – December 2016

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Two jewels for you to read along with in December – Jess Kidd’s new debut novel “Himself” and, from 1938, the absolute classic that is Daphne DuMaurier’s “Rebecca”.

First is one that really should have been in last month’s pair if I’d gotten my act together and read it when I got it! For someone brought up in London in an Irish family, Jess Kidd’s touch with voice and character is as assured as if she’d lived in the fictional Mayo village she’s writing about. It’s a murder/mystery (but much more than that) with incredible characters. Stylish, genuinely creepy, warm, wryly real, smart and compelling.

For our second book this month, every now and then here I think we have to delve back into an absolute classic. Either because it’s time to revisit or, like me, horror of horrors, you’ve never read Rebecca…

A young woman meets a widower in the south of France, has a whirlwind courtship and agrees to marry him. It’s only when they move home to his mansion in Cornwall that things take a sinister turn…

As usual, our friends at Dubray Books have been kind enough to offer a 10% discount if you buy either online with them – just use the code RICKDEC16.

On that same topic, if you’re a bookstore anywhere in the country and want to offer discounts to book club members for books of the month get in touch –

So, who’s in for either of the above?

Join up here –