Monday, November 18, 2019

RACE TO THE BOTTOM The influence of Kim Kardashian

  Kim Kardashian: The ultimate influencer of a tacky and tawdry culture of sex tapes, plastic surgery, nude selfies and shameless self promotion where everything...

THE ORIENT EXPRESS An elegant reminder of travel history in County Galway

Forever associated with luxury rail travel during an era when passengers dressed for dinner, the Orient Express began its glamorous life in 1883 thanks...

HOLY MOLY! The message behind Beyoncé’s twins post

So Beyoncé. Where to begin? Has she disappeared up her perfectly polished you know what by releasing that deific image of herself and her...

HIJABI BARBIE A symbol of repression or a sign of inclusiveness?

  There’s a new Barbie in town and she’s wearing a hijab to cover her head, chest and hair. The Mattel doll is based on...

LE BALLON ROUGE Why the kids are the VIPs of this year’s Cannes Film...

‘Welcome kids! You are the new VIPs’ - the latest star to the Cannes Film Festival offers a welcome new script...writes single...

WHO SAYS THEY’RE WOMEN’S CLOTHES? The rise of gender neutral wear

  ‘You don’t wear women’s clothes anymore, how come?’, says I to Eddie Izzard, the comedian known for his cross dressing. He looked me dead...

SUNDAY FUNDAY Remember when Sundays were sacred?

Do you remember when Sunday was sacred? When the notion of shopping on the Seventh Day wasn’t even a consideration? How we have changed. I...

SELFIE CONSCIOUS Taking matters into our own hands

Such an audacious act, the selfie. The bit that makes it so brazen is pressing the button and posting your mug for all to...

COMPO CULTURE Why French kids have it better than Irish children

There's plenty about the French that gives me indigestion: Their bread, delicious but bloating, their endless red tape and paper culture and...

CARAVAGGIO AND VERMEER The National Gallery’s exceptional return

The Historic Wings of the National Gallery will re-open in June after more than six years undergoing a complete refurbishment and renovation. It's being...