“My favourite bands” she said “are Arcade Fire and Archive”.
“Orcade Foyre, they’re just sooo savage loyke” I quipped.
Hadn’t she seen the clip?
I soldiered on, undeterred.
“Archive”, I said aloud. “If the best name they could think up was ‘Archive’, then their music must really suck”
*even more awkward silence*
And so ended another disastrous date.
Years later (a few years too late), I discovered that these ‘Archive‘ dudes didn’t actually suck. Won’t make that mistake again.
Another ‘archive’ came into my mind recently, as I walked through Temple Bar and spotted the familiar armadillo shaped entrance of the ‘National Photographic Archive’.
I hadn’t visited in some time, so I threw my head in, to see what was currently running. As I entered the building, my eyes settled on a hand drawn map of the serpentine MGWR railway line (Midlands Great Western Railway). It formed the centrepiece of an exhibition on the old train stations and routes which, in its heyday, connected up much of rural Ireland.
Artist Pamela de Brí was the creative force behind this project. Starting in the late 1980s, she began a journey of discovery, following the routes of the MGWR and documenting her experiences with her journal, camera and sound recordings of her chats with locals, much of which is featured in the exhibition.
I think back to my own railway experiences. Travelling along the Rhine and later passing by Alpine meadows and lakes, en route from Zurich to Engadin. Magical. Closer to home, the railway journey from Dublin to Rosslare is spectacular, particularly in Autumn with its brilliant colours.
All of which reminds me, time to catch up on my ‘Great Railway Journeys’!