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The Sky is the Limit for World Paper Plane Elite

The countdown to crown the world’s best paper plane pilots is now on. After proving themselves against the best in their county, the world’s finest will be looking to up the ante in Salzburg in a quest for the coveted title and perhaps a new world record. The chosen few charged with the honour of representing their country at the …


Bombay Bicycle Club Bombard Blackpool

A Brit-pop bubble blew its way to Lancashire’s premier seaside resort, Blackpool at the end of April last. The grand setting of The Empress Ballroom became the home to BBC’s somewhat cultish following:  a crowd which seemed largely unsuited to Blackpool’s encircling amusement arcades. E-numbered youngsters and middle-aged Merlot suppers alike were offered the potential for euphoric renditions of the …

A somewhat disappointing end to a compelling trilogy

IN ISSUE 11 of An Focal I wrote about Steig Larrson’s posthumous success with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Having been wildly compelled to read that book at an unnecessarily fast pace, the logical thing to do would be make haste and rampantly read the remaining two books, The Girl who Played with Fire and the Girl who Kicked …

Nobel Winner, Ignoble Laws

Declan Mills ELLEN Johnson Sirleaf, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and current President of Liberia, joined Tony Blair (in his capacity as head of the African Governance Initiative) to give a joint interview to the Guardian newspaper on 19 March. During the interview, Sirleaf defended her country’s laws criminalising homosexuality and refused to consider scrapping them, saying “We like ourselves …

ULSAC Roundup

Rose Barrett THE 2011/12 academic year has been a busy one for ULSAC.  The move from ScotSac to CFT (The Irish Underwater council) has kept the club busy.  There has been much work involved in the move but it has meant that the club has now access to more local knowledge, diving with other CFT affiliated clubs in the region …

Smedia nominations for An Focal, ULFM and Cellar Door

STUDENTS involved in An Focal, ULFM and Cellar Door have been nominated for various awards at this year’s Smedias (Student Media) awards. The ceremony, which takes place this Thursday in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin, will be presented by TV personality Dermot Whelan. In previous years, it has been hosted by well-known Irish personalities such as Katherine Thomas and Daithi O’Shea. The …

Irish third level teaching will need to change

A RECENT Irish Times report reflects on a reality that we might wish to ignore. Third level teaching in Ireland is stale. While some of you might think UL is great, unfortunately in the greater scale of things, it quite worryingly, is not. The primary function and purpose of a University is to facilitate research and to a lesser extent, …