Forward Thinking

Assuming there is still a world in 2013, Colm O’Regan looks ahead to see what it might be like… January Phil Hogan, following the example of Shell Corrib Gas Tunnelling machine (called Fionnuala after the children of Lir), announces plans to name other unpopular measures after Irish mythical figures. The Household charge is renamed The

Present and Correct

You’ve kept it hidden during the month of December, or perhaps the twelve hours between when you bought it and Christmas morning. You’ve carefully wrapped it with some paper that is both aesthetically or emotionally resonant with the gift itself. Or else used the trimmings from a sibling’s gift-wrapping session. Either way, the moment of

In Tweetment

“And would you have much to do with this oul Twitter?” Chances are some of you may have uttered or encountered this sentence recently. A similar question has been asked about previous innovations over the centuries. It usually occurs when the public and private chatter about a new paradigm has become impossible to ignore. It

Reasons To Be Fearful

It was the American wartime president Franklyn Delano Roosevelt who first said: We have nothing to fear but fear itself. That was all very well for him to say. As a son of privilege and a president protected by a phalanx of security detail, there were plenty of people to do his fearing for him.

Reasons to be Fearful

It was the American wartime president Franklyn Delano Roosevelt who first said: We have nothing to fear but fear itself. That was all very well for him to say. As a son of privilege and a president protected by a phalanx of security detail, there were plenty of people to do his fearing for him.

Page Turner

October is a wonderful month. The countryside is a riot of colour. The clocks haven’t gone back yet so we’re still living on borrowed time. It’s that special season when a young man’s thoughts turn to scavenging/stealing pallets for the Halloween bonfire, setting off fireworks every f***ing night prior to Halloween and sourcing a reliable

The Arthur Dodger

If the greatest trick The Devil ever played was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the greatest trick Diageo – the £34 billion multinational company headquartered in London – ever played was convincing Ireland to care that Arthur Guinness existed. Contriving Arthur’s day is a marketing wheeze that has been compared to ‘selling sand to

Making Allowances

The cold winds of division are blowing. We’re at each other’s throats again. It’s unfortunate because this was a summer of quite a few shared group experiences. In early June the country united in shock when Sylvia Plath failed to appear on the English Paper 2, thus discommoding thousands of students. That shock was swiftly