Why do We Celebrate Birthdays?

So we’ve just come off the back of the festival weekend of madness, we’ve had a few days to unwind, and now, finally, life is returning to normalcy.

Except it isn’t. Really. It’s finding a new ‘normal’. A post-birthday kind of normal.

We call our festival our birthday celebrations because we hold it in July, which is the month we held our first ever stanzas (three years ago now!) Culturally, birthdays are a big deal, and they have been since as far back as we can remember. The ancient Romans celebrated birthdays with hedonism, because Romans; many religions put emphasis on particular birthdays, such as the Jewish Bar Mitzvah, or the Sweet Sixteen; other birthdays are celebrated en masse, for, say, Jesus or Buddha.

But why do we feel the need to celebrate these things? After all, it’s just a day in a year. A successful trip around the sun. All in all, it’s not that big a deal.

Except it is. Really. It’s taking one day in the year (or in our case, four days) and saying ‘Hey everybody! I was born on this day. Isn’t that funky?’

The fact that you exist, the fact that we exist, is cause for celebration. We should be in a constant state of joy because We Exist! and for a very long time, both before and after ourselves, we didn’t, and we won’t.

Of course, life is full of annoying realities like jobs and bills, so we can’t celebrate every second of every day, but we can take a little time out, just once a year, to gather our friends and family, and say ‘We did it. We survived another year.’ And that’s worth celebrating.

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This blog post was written by Shane ‘The Sentimental One’ Vaughan. If you’d like to see your blog ideas published right here, them email us your thoughts and if we like what we see we’ll put it up!

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Why do We Celebrate Birthdays?

Pride Comes Before the Fall

Pride comes before the fall… Ah Shane, how we love your topical and ever cringe-worthy puns.

Ah Shane, how we love your topical and ever cringe-worthy puns.

This last Monday saw the launch of Limerick LGBTQ Pride festival 2017, and a few of us quayre Stanzas heads were at the event providing a bit of literary madness.

I figured it was prudent to write a prideful poem for the event, and while researching I came across a wonderfully intriguing quote from “St.” Thomas Aquinas on the nature of pride, and simply had to weigh in on the matter.

Aquinas writes:

“Inordinate self-love is the cause of every sin… The root of pride is found to consist in man not being, in some way, subject to God and His Rule.”

Aquinas misses the mark I think. He understands that Pride separates man from God, but Pride is not equivalent to dogma. Pride is not about self-obsession. It’s about admiration: of the self, of the other, of the whole. Pride is the ability to admire that which makes you you. Your ego. Pride lets you step outside your ego, to look at it, analyse it, and criticise it. Surely then Pride is necessary to eventually shed the ego and live a life greater than yourself. Sorry Tom, I’ll do without fearing God’s vengeance, and I’ll advocate self-love for any and all I meet, the better that they know themselvesLGBTQ Pride is even more important again. Not just from people who fall under the rainbow but for all who wish to see a fair and equal world where everyone can be free to be whoever they are. I was once asked if Ireland still needed Pride since the marriage equality referendum was passed. And my answer is of course! We need Pride now more than ever. To stand in solidarity with all our brothers and sister around the world who may not be as fortunate as we are.

LGBTQ Pride is even more important again. Not just from people who fall under the rainbow but for all who wish to see a fair and equal world where everyone can be free to be whoever they are. I was once asked if Ireland still needed Pride since the marriage equality referendum was passed. And my answer is of course! We need Pride now more than ever. To stand in solidarity with all our brothers and sister around the world who may not be as fortunate as we are.

We march for those that can’t, we march for fairness, for equality, for the joy of the human experience. We march for ourselves and we march for you. All of you.Will you march with us?

Will you march with us?

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This blog post was written by Jared ‘Rainbow’ Nadin. If you have something to say and nowhere to say it, why not send it in to us! If we like what we see, we’ll put it up 🙂

Pride Comes Before the Fall

Independent Movies are Slow, Plotless, and Weird

So here’s a statement I think we can all agree on: Independent Movies are slow, plotless, and weird.

We know this to be true because our brains have been tricked into thinking that a movie needs certain ‘elements’ in order to work.

We have been told a movie must be temporal, or, existing in time. Sometimes Hollywood will explore the edgy technique of In Medias Res, or, beginning in the middle of the story before jumping to the beginning. This technique was invented by the Ancient Greeks thousands of years ago. So. Yeah. Not edgy.

We have been told a good story must have a plot, and that plot must have a resolution at the end: ie, the hero defeats the enemy, the boy gets the girl, the mountain is climbed. At times we are tricked with a twist into thinking the plot was Object A, when really it was Subject X, but even then a plot has occurred and no real conventions were broken.

We have been told that characters must develop and grow, learn from their lessons, and come away from the end of the movie a different man (because, let’s be honest, it’s usually a man.)

Now that, I am afraid to tell you, is a pack of lies.

Yes, good movies often have some or all of these elements, but once you conform to convention, art begins to die.

So, let’s go back to the start. Independent movies are slow, plotless, and weird… and that’s exactly why you should watch them.

We have spent the last one hundred years digesting corporate, consumerable, beige  movies that Hollywood presented to us, and we have had our fill. If you, like me, are sick to the teeth of the umpteenth Transformers and the Furious Pirates of the Galaxy, but you still love movies and the whole movie-going experience, then you need to turn to Independent Film.

Indie movies are often low budget (read: innovative) passion projects (read: heartfelt), which are given the space and time to do something different. I have seen movies from the point of view of a bacteria, movies about aimlessness and pointlessness, movies which spend an absurd amount of time watching cars drive by.

And yes, not all of them are good by virtue of being indie, but at least they’re trying. Alternatively, keep watching your Straight-To-The-Chinese-Market-Sequels and tell me if you learn anything other than how to push a character through a rigid plot in order for them to learn a moral lesson and come away a better man. (Because yes, it’s still most likely a man. Wonder Woman and all.)

So do yourself, and your art, a favour. Take a dip into the wild terrain of indie movies. We even have our own arthouse cinema in the Belltable which screens movies every monday. Every monday! Every! Monday! At 8. Post Meridiem. C’MonTaFuck.

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This blog post was written by Shane ‘C’MonTaFuck’ Vaughan, who is a know lover of indie movies, he likes to say ‘I was watching this German film about Squid the other day and…’ when in high company. Join him on his forays into art and extravaganza, and if you want to write a blog post yourself, send us words at stanzas.limerick@gmail.com. If we like what we read, we’ll put it up!

Independent Movies are Slow, Plotless, and Weird