Date Published: 10-Aug-2010
All week I seemed to be either accidentally or otherwise landing on channels showing the most bizarre programmes – there were
the Bulging Brides (I thought they were shotgun weddings) about women trying to lose weight before their big day and there was the One Year Itch, also on Channel 4 on Tuesday about young couples falling apart after one year of wedded bliss or misery in these cases. They should try 29 years!
But the most bizarre programme I watched all week was called 100 Orgasms a Day on Sky 1 where I tuned in thinking I might learn a thing or two. I did, but not what I wanted.
This was about three women in the US (where else!) who suffered from a syndrome called Persistent Sexual Arousal. Apparently it’s quite uncomfortable bordering on painful and a real nuisance involving the women having to ‘look after’ themselves for relief, though one of the women is still quite happy using her husband for that.
One woman’s marriage ended because she was too embarrassed to tell him about the rare enough condition but here she was telling
the world on TV.
The third woman has suffered this through her whole ten year marriage but they cope by sleeping separately which means the husband has to share the king size bed with their eight years old son to give her privacy to ‘look after’ herself.
There is surgery but this is very expensive in the US and there are other alternative options which only give temporary relief. I was gobsmacked watching it. I thought I had heard it all, but how wrong I was. . .
There is no way I want the hypochondriac hidden inside being awakened for this condition. It may sound like every man’s dream condition – in a woman that is – but in reality it’s the opposite that happens, with women shunning male contact.
The programme did little to explain the medical reason behind the condition, which left me wondering at the end if it was a spoof. It kept me watching all right, which is the goal of all programme makers no matter what the subject.
All I can say is that I feel I have had a glut of bizarre TV and that for the next few months I am changing my viewing diet and going back to basics, though I don’t think this includes Coronation Street with their current story lines involving identity theft, relationships with male escorts and dodgy adoptions.
For more of Bernie’s TV reviews see page 14 of this week’s Sentinel
The way we were – Protecting archives of our past
People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.
Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.
She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.
Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.
Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.
When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.
Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.
And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.
All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.
“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”
That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.
For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here
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