If you’d have passed by our house recently you could have been forgiven for thinking some sort of wild disco was in full swing: flashing lights, loud voices, and the occasional shriek. However there hasn’t been any late night parties celebrating the music of Boney M an...

I haven’t heard of anyone having their car stereo stolen in a long time; it seems like a car crime of the past. However, I know of one person who had their airbags stolen, and this gives credence to the news I heard that car airbag theft is on the up. The figures are n...

I can’t remember the Leaving Cert. Well, maybe that’s not entirely accurate. I certainly remember the struggle I had, during those months across 1991 and 1992, trying to balance the wonderful new world of cool music, girls, imminent ‘freedom’ and increased self-awarene...

After many years away from the limelight and public performances, singer-songwriter Damien Rice recently played a gig at Dublin venue Whelan’s. It was the kind of intimate concert that any music fan would like to have attended. In 2003 Rice created an album that, like...

A new study done in the U.S. shows that the majority of people still find new music by tuning in the radio, and not availing of the numerous digital music services. Perhaps there is something more credible and reassuring about listening to the presenter endorsing a new...

The new buzz in the world of gadgets is ‘wearable technology’. You might be familiar with Google Glass: a set of spectacles with lenses that present information to the wearer. They resemble Arnold Schwarzenegger’s eyeballs in The Terminator, only with local temperature...

Just as there are many things men don’t understand about women, there are also aspects of the male psyche that females don’t fully appreciate. Perhaps this could be avoided if men explained themselves more clearly, but that is often easier said than done.

There are some...

‘And this is Rory our drummer,’ said the lead singer. I was interviewing a band for a radio show. ‘Nice to meet you,’ Rory said, as he gripped my hand and pumped it vigorously. The pain was instant and searing. ‘Hello,’ I managed to croak. Rory was another one to be ad...

Texts are great aren’t they? No, not any more according to the latest usage trends. The simple text message, like Facebook, is now something ‘older’ people do. According to those who know more about social media technology than you or me, there is a plethora of new mes...

They say the Americans have a long-held love for the automobile. A big saloon car and an open road are classic icons of the United States. How would describe our relationship with the car in this country? I’m not sure I’d use the word ‘love’. I think the Irish person a...

The NCT is a bone of contention with many people. Is there a form of government taxation that makes people feel more aggrieved? I don’t believe there is, and yes, it’s taxation under the guise of road safety. There are far more serious causes of vehicular accidents, su...

‘There’s a girl I know has a horn on her head.’

I’m used to the weird statements from my children at this stage. The school and the crèche provide fertile breeding grounds for Chinese whispers, half-truths and just plain nonsense. They believe anything and they’ll repea...

Heard the one about the man with the top-of-the-range Aston Martin sportscar? His dog chewed off the fibreglass wheel arch.

It is not a joke. Sadly this true tale is no laughing matter. Dogs, especially young canines, are known to chew whatever they can get their teeth...

Buenos Aires. The capital of Argentina is a city that many, myself included, would consider a ‘once in a lifetime’ place to visit. Dating back to the 16th century, the metropolis is steeped in colonial history and culture. Breathtaking architectural beauty is complemen...

I heard one person describe it as ‘more embarrassing than forgetting to lock to the toilet door and have someone walk in on you’. That’s fairly embarrassing, right? It ranks alongside accidentally replying to ‘all staff’ in an email when then the message was only meant...

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