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 witness, however unwelcome. Pre-Internet, it was commonly advised to pen a letter outlining your fury and then burn it ceremoniously. This was sound counsel. We should do more of that. Alas we don’t.

We post our childish annoyances hastily and repent at leisure. Deleting the post is about as effective as binning yesterday’s newspaper. I wonder is Kim Cattrall wishing she’d gone the old fashioned route with the letter writing and matches instead of taking to Instagram to annihilate her former Sex and the City co-star Sarah Jessica Parker.

The post reads: My Mom asked me today “When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone?” Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven’t already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your ‘nice girl’ persona.’

The post also contained a link to a New York Post article titled, Inside the Mean Girls Culture that destroyed Sex and the City. Kim’s only saving grace for this prepubescent hissy fit, is that she must be in grief and not thinking straight to land us all with that grenade. We’ll let you off this time Kim but really, whatever crap went down on set, leave it there and fake smile like the Hollywood trooper you are.

As for you SJP, the pay gap doesn’t just apply to gender roles. The perception of fairness is key. Now try and manage your team better next time.


Of course, life would be terribly dull without a good verbal punch up. If we were to create a leaderboard of the best Irish troublemakers we have, would we all agree that Twink deserves the top spot? Can we ever forget that ‘Zip up your Mickey’ monologue? Hard to beat really in terms of pure venom.

Louis Walsh is another serial offender, he’ll take on anyone or indeed anything including Irish TV describing it as ‘bland and boring’ and swiping at RTE’s Dancing with the Stars for not having any real celebrities. Good luck the next time you meet Conor McGregor Louis.

On a global scale Donald Trump and Katie Hopkins win for picking fights with everyone, equal opportunities all the way at least. Coming from County Clare, I was brought up with a strong appreciation for an excellent insult. It’s an art from around parts of the Burren with the oral tradition isn’t just about retelling legends of Cú Chulainn and his pals. Get the insult right and it doesn’t matter if you’re wrong, you’ll win the argument. Terrible, isn’t it? My all time favourite insult slinger has to be Gore Vidal (1925-2012), the writer and political thinker who fought with everyone with the greatest style and wit. On the death of his enemy Truman Capote, he quipped it was ‘a good career move’.  No going soft even in the face of death, that’s the spirit.