David Bowie had been singing about his death since he incorporated Jacques Brel’s incomparable ‘My Death’ into his first self-destruction – that of his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust – who passed from this world into the realm of myth at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973.
Since that time, many other reflections of Bowie have also bitten the dust – Aladdin Sane and the Thin White Duke, among others – while even earlier incarnations such as Major Tom were resurrected (albeit in a new life as a junkie) in ‘Ashes to Ashes’ in 1980.
There is no doubt that the Web Summit brought money, ideas and innovators to Dublin over the last few years. The fact that the Summit is now heading to Lisbon is somewhat disappointing in that respect. But what exactly is heading off to Portugal?
The question has to be asked. What has Paddy Cosgrave got that nobody else in Dublin has?
Like every other sane person on the planet, I am appalled at the carnage in Paris. It is almost beyond words that some human beings could be so brutal and vicious in praise of their God and religion, but it happens.
How does it happen? What is it meant to achieve?
If you were put in a cell measuring three feet by six feet, you’d have a cause for complaint with Amnesty International, but that’s just about all the space you’ll get as a ‘free’ exhibitor at the Web Summit. And when I say ‘free’, I obviously don’t mean it.
No, ‘free’ in this context runs anywhere from €1,900 to €2,500 – possibly more, but that was all the research I managed to get done today. For that, you get a hard-backed poster with your name and brand on it, and the afore-mentioned space. Except, that’s public space, so if someone decides to stand in it blocking anyone from coming near you, well, we’re developing and app for that.
The Web Summit takes place this week in Dublin, possibly for the last time, and definitely for the immediate future. I’m going to be attending with the E-Skoot team, and will blog about anything that seems interesting to me, and hopefully it will be to you too.
So I wanted to give a little warning that you may get a few emails this week, and what those emails might be about.
If you want me to look at something, someone in particular, let me know.
The E-Skoot has received quite a bit of press since its launch – so it’s not just me that’s an ‘enthusiast’. Here are some of the best bits for those of you who are interested.
The Irish Times ran this review today and earlier this week Silicone Republic ran this review, which includes some video.
It’s been a while readers – apologies. I’ve been busy with the launch of E-Skoot and helping with E-Skoot demonstrations around Dublin.
The German general Helmuth von Moltke the Elder said: “No battle plan survives its first encounter with the enemy” and while potential customers are hardly enemies, the same rule applies here.
When people try scooting, they rarely ask me about the negatives. Usually they are trying the E-Skoot for the first time, and that is a remarkable experience. For someone who hasn’t been on one before, it’s like nothing they have ever tried before.
So they tend to be in ‘Wow’ mode while they are trying out the E-Skoot, and it doesn’t come up. But there are ups and downs to everything, and in this case, the downs are that the E-Skoot cannot fulfill all your motoring needs. It will not, for example, allow you to bring your family on a Sunday outing.
I did a piece on the E-Skoot for The Sunday Independent recently and they did a little re-writing in the process. Normally, as Hall and Oates once said “I can’t go for that, no can do”, but this time I decided to let it go.
The word they wanted to insert was ‘eccentric’ – as in, if you didn’t mind driving this E-Skoot thing around “looking a bit eccentric”, then the scooter was fine. “Eccentric” has not been my experience though.
There has been much debate in recent days in Ireland about new laws designed to make cyclists more compliant with the rules of the road. Introduced by Minister Pascal Donohoe, the law calls for a €40 fine for cyclists who break red lights, travel on footpaths and travel the wrong way up a one-way street.
The restriction on cyclists being on footpaths has been limited though, because it is thought that sometimes, for safety reasons, cyclists need to mount footpaths (for example in school environments). So they have limited that law and handed it over to Garda discretion by creating the offence: “Cyclists driving a pedal cycle without due consideration for others”.