Monday, 30 July 2012

Dignity Graffiti

So I was puttin up posters in Dignity as I do from time to time and came across this! Someone decided to tell me they love me by writin it on the wall of the toilet cubicle! Some people can be so romantic!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Me in South Park again

This was designed to celebrate Glitz’s birthday in 2006 in which they made South Park figures of some of the acts that had performed there! The look is from our Baywatch routine what we performed the night the Honeyz were also on which was lovely.

Derek Keegan was the designer if I remember correctly!

South Park Joanna Ryde

Saturday, 28 July 2012

A song for Liechtenstein

Back in 2010 I decided to pull a little hoax and so went about creatin’ the song Really Small And Its Nice as Liechtenstein’s Eurovision entry! The Eurovision Wikipedia page was changed and suddenly, I had people ringin’ and email to congratulate me as meself and the lads laughed on! Things took an interestin’ turn though when we sent the song to FLTV and they replied sayin’ that Liechtenstein doesn’t have a Eurovision entry as yet but they look forward to hearin’ from me when their licence gets accepted in the near future! I live in hope!

Eurovision 2013 Liechtenstein

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Me in South Park

LOL! I love this picture! It was created by The Gaffer (Aka Stuart Dalton) for some show we were doin’! Think it sums up me from back then perfectly! I’d love to be in South Park actually!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

All Ireland Talent Show in Kilkenny People

This article appeared in the Kilkenny People just before our run up to the All Ireland Talent Show and they built it up as a bit of a battle between us (seein’ as I was resident in Dignity Kilkenny at the time and Eddie from The Lads is from Callan, Co.Kilkenny) and Na Fianna! Turns out the Na Fianna lads are all good craic and I still talk to them the odd time!

All Ireland Talent Show Na Fianna

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Me in The Sun

I absolutely hated the way this was written and got the producers in the All Ireland Talent Show to complain seein as this Aoife Bannon one who wrote it actually didn’t know the difference between a cross dresser and an actor playin a comedy character. Plus one of me front teeth looks like it’s missin!

The Sun Joanna Ryde

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Dignity Kilkenny opening

Happy memories! Dignity Kilkenny opened in 2009 and myself, Tyra, Charmin and Gloria were there on the first night! The place was mobbed and of course we ended up in all the local papers. Over the year it was open, I spent a lot of time there workin every Thursday, most Saturdays and for a while on Friday’s and Sunday’s too! Miss it loads!

Dignity Kilkenny

Friday, 20 July 2012

Shane Lynch talks about me in The Herald

This clippin is again from the All Ireland Talent Show and my mentor Shane Lynch from Boyzone was gettin interviewed in the Herald. They asked him about me and he said they were gonna love the act! Shane is such a sweetheart and he’s always been so lovely to me. I got a little message from him just before Christmas congratulatin me on my book bein released!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Me in the Daily Mirror

Back in 2010 I was a finalist on the All Ireland Talent Show with “The Lads” and we made it into most of the papers the day after which was nice! Here’s what they wrote about me even if most of it is arseways and I look very pale!

Daily Mirror Joanna Ryde

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Limerick Pride 2009

Back in 2009 there seemed to be a lot of community buildin as a result of Dragiators! It meant that meself and Cher Guevara were asked to take part in the Riddlers Pride show! Now for some reason, I don’t think I was there or if Cher went but maybe she did? Again this is me and me hazy memory! Saddly Riddlers is now closed but I have many fond memories!

Limerick Pride LGBT

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Alternative Miss Ireland 2004 pass

Okay again me memory has deserted me! 2004 was actually the year I was backstage with Clare Voyant! 2005 (the one I thought was that year) was actually the year I was a dancer for Angelique! It all seems SOOOOOO long ago now! I feel old! I’m goin to lie down!

Alternative Miss Ireland Backstage

Monday, 16 July 2012

My Alternative Miss Ireland contestants rosette

This was actually really cute! Before we took part in Alternative Miss Ireland in 2007, all the contestants were given one of these! Believe it or not, the crown I won has vanished (I never saw it again after it was put on me head!!) but the rosette is still hangin up on my wall!

Alternative Miss Ireland winner

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Alternative Miss Ireland 2008 pass

Okay even though I was actually the returnin queen comin to give my crown to the next winner, my pass for 2008 says helper! LOL. Was actually great fun coz it meant we could just go wild and enjoy ourselves.

Alternative Miss Ireland pass

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Alternative Miss Ireland pass 2005

Jesus this is goin back! In 2005 I was a special guest backstage of Clare Voyant, one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of hangin out with when I first started goin out in Dublin! One of the true stars from back then! Here’s the 2005 pass!

Alternative Miss Ireland Pass

Friday, 13 July 2012

Alternative Miss Cork 2007 pass

Okay turns out the last one of these I posted was actually from either 2008 or 2009? It was the year I was an interval act? Maybe 2008? God me memory has gone crap! This is the actual pass from 2007! Turns out I was contestant 6!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Georgia Salpa

Georgia Salpa has been turnin heads lately not only here in Ireland but around the world. She was born in Greece but moved to her mothers home of Ireland when she was only 4. She had a regular spot on Republic Of Telly but she’s since moved to the UK and took part in Celebrity Big Brother. She was 5th in the latest FHM sexiest women poll.

Georgia Salpa bikini

Georgia Salpa bra

Georgia Salpa lingerie

Alternative Miss Cork 2010

Back in 2010 I had the pleasure of bein a judge at Alternative Miss Cork, a competition I’d finished 3rd and 2nd in before! I was an interval act at one stage too which was fun! Daisy Dripps won and went on to finish 2nd at Alternative Miss Ireland! Here’s a pic of us from GCN!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Alternative Miss Ireland 2009

I spent 2007 winn Alternative Miss Ireland and 2008 givin back the crown so in 2009 I actually got to watch the show and do very little. 2 good friends of mine – Charmin Eletrik and Regina George were goin head to head for the title however it was Smilin Kanker that came out on top! This is my backstage pass!

Monday, 9 July 2012

Another Alternative Miss Cork

I went back to Alternative Miss Cork for a second time in 2007 and finished 2nd, losin narrowly to Kitty Cartier. 2 weeks later at the “nationals” AKA Alternative Miss Ireland in my hometown of Dublin, I went on to WIN the competition!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Alternative Miss Cork

Back in 2006, I burst onto the cabaret scene after finishin 3rd in Alternative Miss Cork. Just over a year later I was Alternative Miss Ireland and Cork had become a bit of a home away from home. Here’s the contestant pass I got for the competition!

Friday, 6 July 2012

Mr CongenialAIT

Back in 2009 I was a judge and special guest performer at Mr CongenialAIT in Athlone, a sort of Rose Of Tralee for boys dressed up as girls in aid of charity! Was all a bit strange. IRadio were involved and one of the other judges was Brendan O’Shea who ya might know from Republic Of Telly! It was all a good laugh!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Podge and Rodge script

Back in December 2007 I made me TV debut on The Podge and Rodge Show. I took part in Celebrity X-Tractor and ended up finishin 2nd last, only 1 place above Blaithnaid Ni Chofigh who ended up bein a judge on the All Ireland Talent Show when I was on that! Strange that. I’ve never been able to find video of me on the show but here’s the script!

Formula 1 test driver Maria De Villota loses her eye in crash

Sad news about Maria De Villota, the Marussia test driver, losin her eye in a crash on Tuesday. Reports point to a mechanical failure with eye witnesses sayin the wheels locked and she shot forward into the back of a truck. Maria and Susie Wolff for Williams became test drivers this year, the first females involved in the sport since 1992.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

On the front page of the Waterford Today

Just found this! It’s an old clippin from the front of the Waterford Today from August 2009! There I am in the bottom right with a megaphone wearin a lovely pink number (which I got in Manchester!) That was such a great weekend and the weather was amazin! So excited to the next one!

Waterford Today LGBT Pride

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

My book covers that weren’t used

My first book was published last November (No longer available coz I’ve moved to a new publisher) but before it was, I went through a long process of decidin what cover to use. All of them were designed for the publisher by Jana Vukovic. The final one used was similar to the last one below.

Book Cover ebook amazon diary Joanna Ryde

Book Cover Art ebook amazon diary

Book Cover ebook amazon diary Design

Book Cover ebook amazon diary Novel

Book Cover ebook amazon diary Ireland

Monday, 2 July 2012

My favourite caravans

As ya know, I’m a big fan of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings so thought I’d share with you some caravans I found which I think are pretty cool! Of course, if I had one it’d look something like the Vengabus!

Big fat gypsy wedding

little shop of gypsies

Thelma's Gypsy Girls

Grizzly Gulch

I’ve been dyin to go to Hong Kong Disneyland for a while now and with Grizzly Gulch openin it now gives me more reason to want to go. The newest rollercoaster, Runaway Mine Cars, has just opened and looks like great fun from what I can see from this video below! Really wanna go check it out!

Thelma’s Gypsy Girls

Those of yiz who read the blog regularly will know how much of a fan of Thelma Madine I am. In case ya don’t know who I’m talkin’ about, she’s the dressmaker from Big Fat Gypsy Weddings. Her latest show on Channel 4 see’s her take on 10 traveller girls to train as dressmakers. Sounds like it’s gonna be fun. This is the blurb from

Dressmaker Thelma Madine, the fairy godmother of Gypsy wedding dresses, trains a group of gypsy and traveller girls to create elaborate wedding outfits

Next on Channel 4
Sun 08 Jul, 9PM

Here’s my tribute to Thelma!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Kelis unveils new song Distance

Kelis had a bit of a comeback in the last few years with Acapella and now her new single Distance has been revealed. Saw her live in the Olympia a few years ago and was easily one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to! Big fan of her work and love this new song.

Batman, Turkey

Talkin about Batman, did ya know that there’s a town in Turkey called Batman? It’s the main area for oil and gas in the country and is home to a large military base! In 2008 the mayor of the city said he was goin to sue Christopher Nolan for the effects that Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were havin by usin the name of the city as a superhero! LOL!

You can read all about it on it’s Wikipedia page here.

Batman Turkey Dark Knight Rises

Is Katie Holmes being followed by scientologists?

I don’t think I’ll ever forgive Katie Holmes for not doin The Dark Knight but this story is a bit mad. Seein as she’s now divorcin Tom Cruise, the latest rumour is that his scientology “brothers and sisters” are now followin her around New York as she might become a liability. If you’re not familiar with the church, read about it here. Most countries class it as a cult. Poor Katie. I do hope Batman saves her! I saw a programme on TV3 about Scientologists and it scared me.

Katie Holmes Tom Cruise scientologists

Little Mix new single Wings

X-Factor winners Little Mix have unveiled their new single Wings. It’s their first single since their winners song Cannonball and has a great beat in it! Think it’s gonna be a big hit. Really like it!

London Grand Prix

For those of yiz into Formula One, ya might be happy to see this comin’ reality! It’s Santander’s simulation of what a grand prix around the streets of London would look like. F1’s owner Bernie Ecclestone is said to be keen on the idea. What do yiz think? Would ya like to see Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button race around the streets of London??