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HERO OF THE WEEK: ANDREA DOSSENA

andrea-dossena-liverpool-stoke-city-premier-l_1366588 When Andrea Dossena came off the bench to score a cracking goal against Real Madrid last night, he didn’t just confirm Liverpool’s passage into the quarter-finals of the Champions League. He also inspired one special little boy watching at home to believe in himself, no matter what odds he faced… Read the rest of this entry »

March 11th, 2009. 3 Comments »

UP WITH PEOPLE (2000)


I once spent a drunken evening attempting to explain to Kurt Wagner how much I loved this song. In retrospect, I think the man took my point.

March 11th, 2009. Comment now »

Miscellaneous Amusing Items I’ve Come Across #3

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March 11th, 2009. 3 Comments »

HEADLINE OF THE YEAR…

obama-tiesSince Barack Obama came into office in January, headlines on the Huffington Post have frequently been funnier than those on The Onion. I’m an Obama fan myself, but the site’s excessive fawning over the new First Family is really embarrassing. And, when it comes to the Obama kids, also slightly creepy.

Still, who can stay mad with them when they continue to come out with such surreal efforts as: Obama’s First 50 Days In Ties: Find Out Which Color He’s Worn Most.

The answer (if you’re deranged enough to care) is… Read the rest of this entry »

March 10th, 2009. 1 Comment »

THE BEKAN SUPREMACY

Before I begin this week, I’d like to address a few words to the Garda Traffic Bureau: Officers, lads… I know we’ve had our differences down the years. We’ve both said things that, in the cold light of day, we probably regret. But look what you’ve reduced me to. I’m using public transport. Dear God, hasn’t this madness gone far enough? Read the full article here.

March 10th, 2009. Comment now »

SOLITUDE (1941)

Another all-time favourite track.

March 10th, 2009. 5 Comments »

BANK ERROR IN YOUR FAVOUR?

bank_error_in_your_favorHOW WOULD you react if a substantial sum of money was mysteriously lodged to your bank account one day? Would your first phone call be to your bank manager or your travel agent? Would you attempt to find out where the money came from? Or would you cross your fingers, do nothing and pray that no one ever noticed?

It’s not an abstract question. Read the full article here.

March 9th, 2009. 2 Comments »

Miscellaneous Amusing Items I’ve Come Across #2

bertie1When Bertie Ahern stepped down as Taoiseach last May, I think it sent out a clear message to the world: the Irish people will not stand for their leaders murdering Polish people. Brian Cowan, take heed!

(Incidentally I once interviewed Bertie.)

March 9th, 2009. 1 Comment »

“AND THEN, BADA-BING!, YOU GOT HIS BRAINS ALL OVER THAT NICE IVY LEAGUE SUIT OF YOURS…”

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I’ll never look at you the same way, polar bears.

March 9th, 2009. 3 Comments »

WHO WILL WATCH THE WATCHMEN (…NO, SERIOUSLY?)

watchmen_smileyAfter some savage early notices, the critics seem to be warming to Zach Snyder’s Watchmen movie. Roger Ebert in the Chicago-Sun Times gave it this glowing review. Here’s my interview with Snyder from yesterday’s Ticket.

It wasn’t the forum to offer my own opinion on the film. (Donald Clarke was reviewing it.) But for the record, I thought it was tedious, overlong and preposterous. I saw it in L.A. and was jet-lagged at the screening. Frankly, it was a struggle to stay awake.

March 7th, 2009. 6 Comments »