THE ABSTINENCE LEAGUE #1

It is with bittersweet pride that I present you with the first instalment of the last Spartacus Murphy series.
By the end of this series – dubbed The Abstinence League – the TRUE meaning of the Student Experience will be revealed. This meaning will be based solely on the author’s time at university and will not be what you expect.
Aside from that, I do hope you enjoy this quirky and zany introduction to the Magnum Opus student series.

Abstinence League #1

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CLUB LUNAR #4

After a sustained hiatus involving assignments, dissertations, theses, exams and too many cans of Boost (during which the co-creators of this sage discovered the true meaning of fear) , the final Club Lunar instalment is here!
From now until the end of the QUB academic year, the last Murphy series will be published – THE ABSTINENCE LEAGUE. This was the first story I devised when the idea for Spartacus Murphy came skipping into my mind. As such I hope it will be the best series yet. Expect plenty of civil disobedience, social psychological research and a reflection on what the point of university was.
This instalment will directly lead on to The Abstinence League. The dilemma that Murphy faces will frame the last remaining stories. May you enjoy the ride while it lasts!

Lunar 4

CLUB LUNAR – #1

Dear passers by, sorry for neglecting you for so long. Two summer jobs and a severely low motivational level meant that this website was unattended to over the summer. I am sorry for such fickle behaviour.
Tell you what; how about I make it up to you? Perhaps I could right my wrongs by delivering a frazzling first instalment of a new Spartacus Murphy series?
Interested? It’s about a new nightclub – CLUB LUNAR – opening in Belfast to coincide with the yearly Freshers season. A frantic couple of weeks every year in September when university students move out of their parents house and get robbed-blind by scrupulous nightclubs, bars and off-licenses. The specific method LUNAR use to ensnare their unsuspecting victims is truly maniacal…..
I hope you enjoy the instalment!

CLUB LUNAR ISSUE 1

SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME…..

You may have recently heard about the ‘El Divino’ incident this week. For anyone who doesn’t know, the incident was a picture placed online where, apparently, students were riding outside a Belfast nightclub. As with everything online, the picture went viral and was beamed around the country.
Just to clarify, ‘El D’ (as the club is known) is absolutely qack. The clientele (I am told) are stinkin’, the d├ęcor is blah and the music is brain-numbingly bad. Many people who are funnier than I haven’t been surprised at all that this has happened outside El D.
However, last night the story got interesting. The guy who took the picture – a Jah Campbell – uploaded a picture onto Facebook showing, according to him, that the students were not in fact recreating the North West 200 in a Belfast Car Park, but were rather just mucking about.
I don’t know who’s right. Perhaps Unilad flaunted the wrong story because – fast running out of pieces on football and female private parts – the site latched onto anything half-decent that would draw-in web traffic. On the other hand, perhaps Jah is only writing this reactionary post because, if he doesn’t, his photographed mates are going to get him. I don’t know and I’m not going to go looking for the truth.
But yet, the almost Draconian backlash against this picture brought a point home to me. Nightclubs and nightlife are despised for bringing on this type of behaviour. Vile, orgy, primitive and visceral actions are all thought to be caused by these establishments in the eyes of many people.
The youth meanwhile, represented by Jah here, say the exact opposite. They say many people just want to enjoy themselves and not get dicked-on by an establishment who are only seeing a selective perception of the industry.
This clash of perception WILL be addressed in CLUB LUNA, the next Spartacus Murphy tale I’m writing at the moment. With this entire series, I want to address issues which are affecting students RIGHT NOW, RIGHT HERE. LUNA will try to make sense of stories like the above and ask a pretty big question: what the hell’s the point of clubs?

(Here’s Jah post – BTW:

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Q-CON 2014

From the 20th to 22nd of June, myself and one of my best mates Steven Donnelly (who is a local punk musician) manned a stall at the 21st Q-Con. Situated in the QUB Student’s Union, I am elevated to report that we managed to sell all of the 70 volumes of stories we printed out for the con! In case you were interested, we printed 35 sets of the first volume of Murphy stories (which can be found for free here) and 35 sets of the second volume of stories – LANDLORD WARS. The online edition that collects all the LANDLORD WARS stories will be uploaded in the next couple of days.
Myself and Steven (who is officially the best salesperson in the country) would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who either bought or showed interest in the series! We hope that you have enjoyed the goodies.
Enclosed below are a snippet of pictures taken at the Con. This was the first ever time we had manned a stall so please forgive us for lack of images. Next year I promise you we will amass a mountain of these beauties.