Must See. . .
Compass Bearings by Garrett Cormican Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. From Thursday 6 till 20 October The startlingly-talented Dublin artist Garrett Cormican hosts his third exhibition next week, avoiding the usual gallery scene. His series 'Call My Bluff ' based on the American playing cards of wanted Iraqis are fun, but his seascapes and desertscapes inspired by the wars in the Gulf are dramatic and moving. More information from the artist himself at cormicang@yahoo. com
Must Hear. . .
Welcome To Jamrock Damian Marley (aka JR Gong) Reggae genius Bob Marley fathered nine little wailers in his time, three of whom have gone on to carry the reggae torch.
Bob's youngest son Damian Marley (his mother was the 1977 Miss World winner Cindy Breakspeare) is the latest, and his Welcome to Jamrock is a successful fusion of hip hop, dancehall, R&B and reggae and features collaborations with Bobby Brown, Stephen Marley and Bounty Killer. He sounds nothing like his daddy though. . .
Must Read. . .
Stay Sharp With The Mind Doctor By Professor Ian Robertson If you can't remember the name of Bob Marley's son mentioned in the piece above (think hard), then you probably need this.
Professor Ian Robertson is Professor of Psychology at Trinity College and claims this book will give you the mental sharpness of someone 14 years younger.
Full of tips on how to fine-tune the brain, it stresses that food and vitamins make you sharper and that you have to use your brain if you don't want to lose it.
Must Go. . .
Ards Guitar Festival 2005 Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 October Small town, great festival. Ards packs in the big guns of the guitar world again this year with another wide-ranging festival programme. World-class performers such as Peppino D'Agostino, Narciso Saul and Thomas Leeb will hit the stage while practically every musical genre is catered for, from blues, through folk to jazz. See www. ardsguitar. com for more details.