Editor 2012-01-19

DEATH by falling from a chair after excess consumption of donuts is quite the unfortunate if interesting fate. ‘Skippy Dies’, Paul Murray’s second novel, tells of such a tale. I came by the book quite by chance. A trip to Easons to buy a 50 cent packet of chewing gum resulted in being lured in […]

Editor 2012-01-19

  OVER the weekend I became irate. In an inexplicable fit of frustration, I had a wanton desire to fling my Blackberry as far as humanly possible. Not because it wasn’t working correctly. Oh no, it does that too well! But it was providing me with too much rubbish. Ironically enough, as if by some […]

Editor 2012-01-19

FOLLOWING several years of bad behaviour, NUIG SU Council last week voted to abolish their annual charity week festivities. The event, which was renamed College Week in a bid to reduce unsavoury behaviour, has attracted unprecedented poor publicity in recent years afoot of a culmination of unfavourable events. At a special sitting of NUIG SU […]

Editor 2012-01-19

I have a phrase for the standard “you didn’t get the job” rejection email. It’s called the “Dear John”.        It usually consists of lovely flowery phrases such as “Thank you for your interest but…” or “We are unable to progress your application…” or “The position has been filled”. I’ve experienced great frustration over the […]

Editor 2012-01-19

  Maybe I am a sucker for nostalgia, tradition and a sense of “old” Ireland, but I can’t help but feel resentment every time someone suggests an overhaul in our national broadcaster, the iconic RTE. Figures of late have shown a dramatic decrease in audience numbers for RTE television and radio. These lead to the […]

Editor 2012-01-19

  YOU’D be at your wits end with traditional love stories. Chic lit after chic lit clogging up best-seller lists with their incredulous happy-ever-after plots. A very inspirational English lecturer told me their secret to success, so sadly they won’t be banished any time soon, nor will I take up writing them. Some will put […]

Editor 2012-01-10

Big Brother could well be watching: 30th Amendment Could have paved the way GEORGE Orwell would have been proud at some of the sentiments expressed over the 30th Amendment. Just like in his laureate novel 1984, the proposal to give oireachtas powers of enquiry was met with concerns and utterances of concern toward proposals of […]