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Sting

In a country, where, once, eight pints and a bun burger constituted foreplay, I was fascinated to read, in this very newspaper, that when it comes to burning calories and losing weight, in activity terms, foreplay is the equivalent of … Continue reading

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Philip Seymour Hoffman

It came as a surprise to read that Philip Seymour Hoffman was only 46 when he shuffled off his mortal coil, earlier this week. The ease with which he inhabited his various characters suggested he would look credible playing anywhere … Continue reading

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John Lennon was assassinated by odd-ball, psychopath Mark Chapman, thirty three years ago….

John Lennon was assassinated by odd-ball, psychopath Mark Chapman, thirty three years ago, last Saturday [8th December], gunned down as he strolled from his limo to the entrance of his New York home, the Dakota Apartments on the posh upper … Continue reading

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Selfies, Wags and Bromance…….

The great thing about the English language is that it is never static and every year acquires new words. Obviously in this high-tech world we live in, there are lots of new job-related words, but when a new word comes … Continue reading

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Seamus Heaney Poet Laureate…..our love of language is still alive and we still trust the poet as a reporter.

My first novel, “The Stunt”was published by O’Brien Press, in 1995. It got plenty of push, so a lot of people were aware of it, without buying it, may I say. My wife, calls me Seamus, rather than Shay, as … Continue reading

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Decrepitude…. “I looked down at my watch 20 minutes ago and it read 1990″….

Robert Louis Stevenson said “extreme busyness is a symptom of deficient vitality.” I recognised myself immediately, the original “blue-arsed fly,” always on the move, always up to something, always having four or five projects on the go. And then old … Continue reading

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Liberace could have joined Fianna Fail without any bother

Liberace could have joined Fianna Fail without any bother. He had three appropriate credentials. He was a perjurer, he was a devout Catholic and he coined the phrase “crying all the way to the bank.” I always considered perjury an extreme … Continue reading

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