Wednesday, 27 February 2013
A Question Of First's.
In Ireland, back in the day, it was like a right of passage for teenagers, around the age of 12/13 to become a lounge boy or girl. This meant you would work in your local pub, collecting glasses, cleaning and bringing people their drinks. It's probably unheard of now but times then were different . I worked in a bar, about 5 minutes from my Dad's house every Friday and Saturday night, till about midnight. However, after work, all the lounge staff and bar staff would go to a local take away and hang out, there was a great social life associated with the work. I earned more in tips, than I did per hour but sometimes making £100 a week at that age, seemed like an absolute fortune. I really enjoyed the work.
First Real Job:
My very first above board, tax paying job was at my local KFC restaurant. I worked there in the Summer of 03, after school and at the weekends. Looking back, I have indifferent memories of the place, I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. It paid for Buffy DVD's and Wicca books.
First Volunteer Job:
In my final year of High school, I volunteered to give 1st year students extra English tutoring. I really enjoyed it, in my last year, I had all but dropped out, I was only going to my English and History classes and my tutoring sessions. I had taken remedial English before I went to High school, because I struggled to read. So it meant a lot to me to be able to offer it back. It's hard to even remember a time, when I didn't love to read but it happened.
I have never owned a car before, I still don't have a license and Its not something I particularly desire. I am an avid pedestrian, a city boy. I will probably drive, when it becomes an absolute necessity but until then, I am all good with my bus pass.
The first record, I ever bought, is a pretty cringy, although it is probably considered a classic. I bought it on boxing day, in 1998 and the purchase for me was a big moment. There used to be a Virgin Mega store in Dublin City Centre, which is now closed down. I would literally spend hours in their browsing, listening to music. So to buy something there, with my own money, was a major coming of age moment for me. The record was Too Much, by the Spice Girls.
First Sport Played:
I was never a big sports fan, I didn't play football for my school or anything like that. However, my local football team was recruiting one year and I think that it was one of those deals where everyone got a chance to play. I was probably about 10 at the time. I made my Mom buy me the boots and the shin guards, the jersey and the shorts and then never played a single game. I quickly lost interest.
It was during my rock loving phase, I went to see Metallica and Linkin Park at Lands downe Road here in Dublin. I went with my Sister, and when we bought the tickets, it was just a Linkin Park concert and then Metallica had a big come back and it was changed to double headliners, eventually becoming Linkin Park supporting Metallica, which was disappointing, especially as the Metallica fans booed and heckled the Linkin Park boys.
First Country Visited:
I first left the country in 1997, when my Dad and his friends took my siblings and I to a Butlins resort in Wales. I think they made the rookie mistake of telling someone like me, too young, too soon. I was looking forward to it for what seemed like forever. It was a fun trip and my Dad was pretty relaxed and left me and my brother Karl to our own devices. Even though I was so young and it was so long ago, I have some good memories of the trip.
I was about 3 or 4 years old and it was with my first girlfriend and long time good friend Tammy.
Over the years, I have given some drunken speeches at friends birthdays etc. But my first real speech was at my friend Michael wedding. I was his best mad. If I am perfectly honest, It was a little bit disappointing and I don't really think I delivered. Although I managed to crack a good joke that made everyone laugh.
My very first real relationship, was with a boy called Derek. It was a very awkward relationship, I wanted to try it out and it was a case, that the chase was more fun than the actual relationship. We dated for a couple of months. There was alarm bells going off straight away, he wanted me to meet his friends, his mother straight away. He wanted to speak all the time. I ended up sleeping with someone else whilst we were together, a guy called Brian, who I went out with on and off for about a year.
First Encounter with a Famous Person:
I had two encounters on the same day. When I was about 11 I went to drama school and I had a small part in the Irish movie 'The Mammy', an adaption from the Brendan O'Carroll book of the same name. Made famous by the BBC comedy Mrs Brown Boys. Anjelica Houston was the director and she critqued my costume and fixed my hair and Ray Winston played the Mr. Billy, the token bad guy. I had scene with him that unfortunately was cut, in it I said 'Ah, give him back his money Mr. Billy' and he then slapped me. In the final cut of the movie, you can see me hanging around in the back ground, playing with a hula hoop.
First Brush With Death:
Is it really bad, that I have had more than one. My biggest one, was actually being declared dead in 2010 but there was the time I woke up and my room was on fire, or the time I feel from a tree and landed mere centimeters from a point tree stump in the ground. You live by the sword, you die by the sword.
First House/Flat Owned:
I have never actually owned a house or flat but the first time I had my name on a lease, was a pretty big deal. Michael, Gary and I, my friends from Dublin, all moved to Manchester back in 2007 and we rented a pretty cool, two bedroom apartment in the city. I felt like a real adult for a while there.
First Film Seen at a Cinema:
The very first movie I seen at the cinema, was the Addams Family. I was far to young to really get the subtle comedy, the adult jokes and the dark subject matter but its always been a favourite of mine. Watching it years later as an adult and understanding it a bit better, was a real defining moment, I had no fucking clue what was going on.
First Media Appearance (Radio, Newspaper, TV):
When I was in primary school, every Saturday I would be on the local radio channel, which no one really listened too, except kids and the family and friends of those who would host the show. I would sing every week, this was before puberty, when I had an awesome range.
First Hospital Stay:
When I was about 3 years old, I was in hospital for a quite some time, I had hip miss alignment and was in traction for many months, I can still remember it quite clearly, how my Mother would sleep beside me and how I would scream bloody murder if she left me. To this day, I cannot sit in the lotus position.
First Book You Remember Reading:
It was one of the Secret Seven Adventures by Enid Blyton, this was before I read actively and it took me several weeks. I was so proud of myself when I finally finished it. It belong to my brother Karl and he was a massive Famous Five and Secret Seven Fan.
Her name was Lassie, and she was full breed Collie. We all loved her very much, she was very loyal and very protective, she would walk us to school, which was about 20 minutes away, and then walk back. However one day, she ran ahead of us and got hit by a van, right in front of me, my brother Karl and my Sister Tanya.