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Terry Jones: shadowside

June 09, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: events, Imagining, photographs, Uncategorized

Terry Jones was an experience. He performed in front of a screen. I couldn’t resist taking this.

The title’s an indulgence.

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The great Terry Jones signs poet Philip Byrne’s book

June 06, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: connections, events, participants, photographs, poet, storytelling

Two wonderful men…

after Barbarians @ LWW09

after Barbarians @ LWW09

Philip Byrne has been my friend since Advanced Poetry workshop@Listowel Writers’ Week 2007. He writes superb poems of form, shape & substance.

Without Terry Jones, where would we be? He was in Listowel plugging his TV documentary series

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Terry Jones in history rather than film-making #listwwo9

May 30, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: events, historical

I wonder if Terry Jones had to make a choice:

(1) to give a dynamic lecture on the history of how Rome dealt with the “Barbarians”

(2) to give a talk about how they made a film series about all that.

He’s saying very little about film-making. Focussed on his subject rather than his process…

Celtic roads were wooden, that’s why they haven’t survived.

Now he’s on to clockworks in 80BC. A model of the solar system speculative reconstruction …

Terry Jones on fire… Barbarians too listww09

May 30, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: historical

Terry Jones has more energy than I’ve ever heard perform.

No mic. Absolutely no amplification. Clad in black with open necked shirt. Even the shoes are black.

This man looks hypermaniac… reminds me of how I can be sometimes…

Nothing wrong with that. It’s wonderful. Fun stuff. He seems in love with his subject. Enjoys the Romans being killed. Describes the emperor of Rome so that we laugh.

No rest for Terry’s performance: he keeps going and going, sentence after sentence… No pausing.

He plays with the names of tribes and Romans. He’s all movement in front of a big screen with slides, photos and text that’s hard to read from the side where I’m sitting. He’s going to be exhausted after this.

Reminds me of a stand-up comic.

Romans trained the Barbarians to fight, military service: the Germans later turned these skills agains them.

Tribes: statues remarkably like those I’ve seen in Egypt. Tomb of Cyrus the Great (580- BC ) He freed the Jews from Babylonian captivity…

“Happiness for man” appears…

Inverted domes… deliberately destroyed…

Hafid the great poet (never heard of him)

Caesar killed a million Gauls.

Henry Ford was more wealthy than Bill Gates…

Pouring molten gold down Crassus’s throat… of course they could always get it back…

Terry’s excitement makes what could be a boring old lecture about history come alive with fun.


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