Saturday, June 6, 2020

GROWING UP KURT Three generations of Cobain’s family launch Newbridge exhibition

Kurt Cobain was Oirish. Fair enough, there’s barely a beast or human, villain or hero, in this world and beyond we haven’t laid claim...

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...

KEEP ON RUNNING Why this year’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon is particularly poignant…

What a difference 35 years had made to this peculiar little island of ours. 1983 marked the first year of the Women’s Mini-Marathon with...

A BIT MUCH? Jennifer Lawrence and that awkward moment with Joanna Lumley at the...

Inside jokes don’t really work on large audiences with raging Twitter accounts, do they? ‘The ravishing’ Jennifer Lawrence learned that lesson the hard way...

CELEBRITY PUBLIC SPATS Insult in haste on social media, repent at leisure

Public spats: Never a good idea, always great entertainment. Social media means it’s too irresistible not to post your grievances for the world to...

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...

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...

SINGLE DISCRIMINATION Desperate measures for a desperate inheritance tax law

Single people have no platform unlike married couples, same sex civil partners, people with disabilities, the LGBT community, Travellers or farmers when it comes...

JOAN DIDION At 83 this literary icon still fascinates and inspires

  Literary icon Joan Didion turned 83 this week and that elusively cool, intellectual allure still holds its magnetism for her millions of fans in...

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...