Whose free time is it anyway?

A host of names undergo a crash course in improv in front of a life audience.

Blue nosed social media networker  Darragh Doyle writes:

“Improv Fest Ireland’s Finale Event in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin returns again this year on Sunday, November 23 at the Twisted Pepper on Middle Abbey Street, Dublin. Tickets are only €15 and all proceeds go to the charity.”

Buy tickets here

The Celebrity Comedy Improv


With her pointy shoes.

And swimming trunks.

Style geek Alexa Chung in Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin this afternoon  [wearing a frock from Irish designer Simone Rocha] unveiling her collection for Nails Inc which “comprise six fabric inspired nail polishes in Leather, Lace, Silk, Cashmere, Sequins and Camo”.

*bites stubborn hangnail*

(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

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Twenty per cent.



Kitty Holland, in the Irish Times, reports:

“The figures have risen steadily since 2009, to 70 in 2010, 87 in 2011 and 87 in winter 2012 (when one area was not counted). The figures for winter 2007 and 2008 were 104 and 101 respectively.”

“The largest proportion whose age could be confirmed – 40 in total – were aged between 31 and 40 years of age; 36 were aged between 18 and 30; 17 were aged 41 to 50; 10 were between the ages of 51 and 60; three were over 61 years; and 62 people were unknown.”

Numbers sleeping rough in Dublin highest since records began (Kitty Holland, Irish Times)

Previously: While You Were Sleeping

Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland


What you may need to know:

1. Fantasy based on The Spook’s Apprentice, the first book of Joseph Delaney’s Wardstone Chronicles.

2. There are 13 books in the series. It’s safe to say that there won’t be two movies.

3. Seventh Son has had a very troubled history. Originally due for release in February 2013, it was delayed when Legendary Pictures’ distribution deal with Warner Bros. ended. Universal are now distributing, and I’d say Warners are thrilled with themselves.

4. Needs some ‘Maiden.

5. “So, uh Jeff… are you sticking with that voice for the whole movie?” It sounds like Bridges is channelling Mr. Magoo.

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: The Big Excalibowski.

Release Date: February 17, 2015.

(DelBoy is in full-on Billie Barry mode. Mark blogs about film, TV and other stuff at

The Blades QP

I still believe
Hope and possibilities are found
In every sight and every sound
There’s nothing we don’t know, then we grow

So young there’s almost nothing to forget
No disappointment or regret
The promise of the new, then we grew

Don’t believe that water turns to wine
Or that broken hearts are nothing new
Don’t believe that grief is healed by time
That life is fair and dreams come true
But I believe, I still believe in you

I Still Believe – Paul Cleary.

Chelsea White writes:

Paul Cleary, of The Blades, has been working on some new material, and we at Reekus Records are proud to debut his newest song, ‘I Still Believe’. The Blades are performing in a few weeks at The Olympia Theatre, on 5 December with Gangs in support.. You can buy tickets here, but be fast because it’s heading towards a sell-out…

G’wan The Blades.

The Blades (Facebook)

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As part of his 2011 master’s thesis, US design student Travis Purrington reimagined the American dollar, to wit:

…inspired by the Swiss Franc’s (CHF) ambitious redesign process (the currency is thoroughly redesigned every 20 years by way of contest) The goal was to develop a similar updated iconographic system better representing the advancements and culture within the American society. This particular series plays on themes of human discovery and endeavors to connect achievement, theory and the fundamental properties of life.

Different sized bills? No dead presidents? Nice try, buddy.

More detail here.




Ryan Tubridy in Montrose today

Uncanny likeness, in fairness..

The annual ‘jumper on’.

A tradition as old as the recession itself.

Sinead Harrington writes;

Viewers responded magnificently to Ryan’s request for a home made Christmas Jumper for this year’s show. He is pictured wearing a hand knitted jumper sent in by a viewer Fionnuala Hayward from County Wicklow. Ryan is also holding a Toy Show Jumper tree featuring had knitted jumpers made by sixth class in Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní), Blanchardstown.

The Late Late Toy Show airs next Friday on RTÉ 1.

Meanwhile on TV3…

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Brian McFadden was on the Late Lunch Live ahead of the live TV3 Christmas Toy Show in the RDs tonight at 8pm.

Brian will be co-presenting the show with Karen Koster and a little help from Jedward.

He’s allowed to wear a normal jumper.