Army Rumour Service

Register a free account today to become a member! Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!

Irvine Welsh

Ciggie

GCM
Not exactly a review but an experience. Yesterday Irvine Welsh gave a talk at a public library here in Barcelona, free on a first come, first served basis.
So, got to the library half an hour early ( I had planned to go an hour early to get a front row seat - just as well I didn't as most of them were reserved and to be honest, in an auditorium that size it doesn't really matter where you sit, in the end I got the back row aisle) thinking, hey hardly anyone here will know who Irvine Welsh is ( tested on several Catalan and Castillian friends...who he? Do you know the film Trainspotting? Of course! Well, he wrote the book- interesting in itself,that.). There was a queue out of the front door...I got number 197, so there must have been about 220 people in there when it was full.
A few things about my opinion of Mr Welsh: I thought Trainspotting was excellent and got it ( In Slovakia,!!!) soon after it came out. I then read his next five or six, which were largely quite good as well, but after that he started to become a bit tiresome and formulaic, so anything he does now aint getting more than a browse to check if the old spark has rekindled.
The first thing that struck me when he started talking was that he has a distinct verbal tic:' Kind of', once four times in a not very long sentence. At one point it got a bit confusing when he used it in its correct application - It was a kind of, kind of, challenge..'. Now I suspect that derives from Jockanese- kindae- and actually in that accent and spelling it doesn't grate, but in his 'refined' Scots accent and said Kind of, it was a bit of an irritation for me. Also, I would have expected someone who makes their living out of language and public speaking to be more conscious of things like that. Never mind. I got a question in...there was alot I could have asked, alot which could have been a bit cutting, but hey, I genuinely enjoyed some of his stuff and that doesn't deserve brickbats, so, he'd said something about what a state the world is in now...ah think there's a factory somewhere churning out hipsters!!!! Loved that one!! ...so I asked..Considering what you said about the world today, can you see a time in the future when writers will effectively be redundant ? There was no need to add Because everyone is going to be ******* illiterate. He agreed and had some quite profound things to say. Anyway, when it was obvious things were winding down I made an exit because there is little razamatazz involved in exiting through a small door and a flight of stairs up with 200-odd other people. There was going to be a book-signing ( I mean, the sole purpose of the visit was promotion, that's the way of the world today), so I went out to the plaza outside, had a seat and swallowed a couple of 33cl tinnies of a very nice beer in a leisurely way whilst pondering what to do with the rest of the evening. Just as I finished the second one, who should come out with an entourage of about 3 people, but Irvine himself, so I slipped over, introduced myself as one of the questioners, shook his hand , complimented him on Trainspotting in particular, and wished him well. No big thing but it was nice !
 
Not exactly a review but an experience. Yesterday Irvine Welsh gave a talk at a public library here in Barcelona, free on a first come, first served basis.
So, got to the library half an hour early ( I had planned to go an hour early to get a front row seat - just as well I didn't as most of them were reserved and to be honest, in an auditorium that size it doesn't really matter where you sit, in the end I got the back row aisle) thinking, hey hardly anyone here will know who Irvine Welsh is ( tested on several Catalan and Castillian friends...who he? Do you know the film Trainspotting? Of course! Well, he wrote the book- interesting in itself,that.). There was a queue out of the front door...I got number 197, so there must have been about 220 people in there when it was full.
A few things about my opinion of Mr Welsh: I thought Trainspotting was excellent and got it ( In Slovakia,!!!) soon after it came out. I then read his next five or six, which were largely quite good as well, but after that he started to become a bit tiresome and formulaic, so anything he does now aint getting more than a browse to check if the old spark has rekindled.
The first thing that struck me when he started talking was that he has a distinct verbal tic:' Kind of', once four times in a not very long sentence. At one point it got a bit confusing when he used it in its correct application - It was a kind of, kind of, challenge..'. Now I suspect that derives from Jockanese- kindae- and actually in that accent and spelling it doesn't grate, but in his 'refined' Scots accent and said Kind of, it was a bit of an irritation for me. Also, I would have expected someone who makes their living out of language and public speaking to be more conscious of things like that. Never mind. I got a question in...there was alot I could have asked, alot which could have been a bit cutting, but hey, I genuinely enjoyed some of his stuff and that doesn't deserve brickbats, so, he'd said something about what a state the world is in now...ah think there's a factory somewhere churning out hipsters!!!! Loved that one!! ...so I asked..Considering what you said about the world today, can you see a time in the future when writers will effectively be redundant ? There was no need to add Because everyone is going to be ******* illiterate. He agreed and had some quite profound things to say. Anyway, when it was obvious things were winding down I made an exit because there is little razamatazz involved in exiting through a small door and a flight of stairs up with 200-odd other people. There was going to be a book-signing ( I mean, the sole purpose of the visit was promotion, that's the way of the world today), so I went out to the plaza outside, had a seat and swallowed a couple of 33cl tinnies of a very nice beer in a leisurely way whilst pondering what to do with the rest of the evening. Just as I finished the second one, who should come out with an entourage of about 3 people, but Irvine himself, so I slipped over, introduced myself as one of the questioners, shook his hand , complimented him on Trainspotting in particular, and wished him well. No big thing but it was nice !


What actually happened........

"Mr Welsh..... it's an honour to meet you. My name's Ciggie "


"Whit, that wee pished - up gobshite off ARRSE ?

Awa an bile yer heid ya wee walloper....... "
 

Sixty

ADC
Moderator
Book Reviewer
We should have a whip-round to buy you a return key.
 

Ciggie

GCM
I enjoyed Trainspotting, very much, but then started Filth, and 3/4 of way through slung it in the bin.

Are the others any better ?
The early ones yes and no....Malibu Stork Nightmares is......hmmm, difficult, also difficult to define as shit, it's just, odd. Yeah, I think Filth was my cutoff point as well, had a poke into a few later ones, but nah. Basically he's been milking the cash cow so much all that comes out is water....
 
The early ones yes and no....Malibu Stork Nightmares is......hmmm, difficult, also difficult to define as shit, it's just, odd. Yeah, I think Filth was my cutoff point as well, had a poke into a few later ones, but nah. Basically he's been milking the cash cow so much all that comes out is water....
Dead Man's Trousers is what Trainspotting 2 should have been.
 
The early ones yes and no....Malibu Stork Nightmares is......hmmm, difficult, also difficult to define as shit, it's just, odd. Yeah, I think Filth was my cutoff point as well, had a poke into a few later ones, but nah. Basically he's been milking the cash cow so much all that comes out is water....
I loved Marabou Stork Nightmares, even though it's a really dark tale. He did slip a fair bit with Filth, but Porno (the Trainspotting 2) saw him back on form.
 
I enjoyed Trainspotting, very much, but then started Filth, and 3/4 of way through slung it in the bin.

Are the others any better ?
I consider Filth his best work. The film adaptation was very good and on a par with Trainspotting.
 
I found the Trainspotting the book very compelling albeit rather bleak when it first came out. The film was OK as a black comedy. I struggled with his subsequent works like Porno. It seemed to me he was trying too hard.

The thing I noticed about Welsh amongst other well known Scots, Sean Connery, Billy Connolly, Brian Cox (the actor) etc. is that as soon as they get a bit of money they leave the country for warmer climes, but are quite happy to bang on about how much they love the place and how it should be run.
 
No different to most ex-pats really, it’s not a unique trait of the sweaties but they do bang on about Scotland as if it’s somehow special due to the highlands.
 
It would be good for him to do a book about a psycho called Begbie murdering hipsters in their various habitats:

Micro brewery
Old book store
Coffee Shop
Craft Beer Bar
On stupid bycycles
Tattoo shop (not bikie or sailor ones)
Barbers
 
I read most of his books and met him on his stag night in Blackpool. I asked his mates if they were Rangers or Celtic, they all shouted at the same time that they were Hibs.
He let me take a few pictures with him and seem a genuinely nice bloke.
A Decent Ride is probably my favourite, mainly because Juice Lawson is a complete bastard.
 
I read most of his books and met him on his stag night in Blackpool. I asked his mates if they were Rangers or Celtic, they all shouted at the same time that they were Hibs.
He let me take a few pictures with him and seem a genuinely nice bloke.
A Decent Ride is probably my favourite, mainly because Juice Lawson is a complete bastard.
Never had you down as a Welsh fan...live and learn. He's a well kent Hibeee - and mentions the CSS a few times in his books. They were quite handy back in the day when this stupidity was in fashion.
 

Ciggie

GCM
I found the Trainspotting the book very compelling albeit rather bleak when it first came out. The film was OK as a black comedy. I struggled with his subsequent works like Porno. It seemed to me he was trying too hard.

The thing I noticed about Welsh amongst other well known Scots, Sean Connery, Billy Connolly, Brian Cox (the actor) etc. is that as soon as they get a bit of money they leave the country for warmer climes, but are quite happy to bang on about how much they love the place and how it should be run.
Indeed, he did go on a bit about going back to Leith from Miami, how he knows all the taxi drivers there and they're all his mates and how everyone is so glad to see him. I was thinking to ask if he had bunged any of his millions in the direction of his mates, but I thought better of it, he's Scottish after all....
 
Never had you down as a Welsh fan...live and learn. He's a well kent Hibeee - and mentions the CSS a few times in his books. They were quite handy back in the day when this stupidity was in fashion.

He's got a pretty dark sense of humour so naturally I think he's great.
When I was talking to his mates I didnt know he was there, it was only after they said they were hibbees, I asked them why they were in Blackpool that they pointed him out to me.
 

Latest Threads

Top