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Rosemary McCabe meets much-loved social media fashion plate James ‘Exchequer Street Boy’ Kavanagh.

Rosemary writes:

James talked about what exactly people mean by “PC gone mad”, the variety of STIs he has experience of and how he’d choose to describe himself, given that his main source of income is social media brand partnerships. (Hint: it’s not “social influencer”)…

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Previously: Exchequer Street Boy on Broadsheet

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

In a private meeting with party leaders last night, Mr Varadkar and his department secretary general John Callinan said unless the Irish question is resolved, the EU could hypothetically move control of any border away from Ireland and onto the continent.

Such a scenario would remove the need for a hard border between the Republic and the North.

However, it would also mean Ireland and the UK would be treated as one bloc, several sources at the meeting told the Irish Examiner, which must be “avoided at all costs”.


Speaking at the weekly Cabinet briefing, Mr Varadkar’s spokesperson said “the Government is not in denial” over the scale of the crisis.

However, he repeatedly declined to explain how to avoid a no-deal Brexit without using the withdrawal agreement or the backstop, stressed “there are no preparations for a hard border”, and said it remains up to Britain to find a solution.

Ireland faces isolation with Britain as EU border mooted (Irish Examiner)

Barnier says time-limited backstop would be useless (RTÉ)


This morning.

Maynooth, County Kildare

Thanks Colm Funzo


Last night.

Demonstrators protesting outside RTÉ studios during the broadcast of a ‘Prime Time’ special on the “exponential growth in the number of young people seeking to change gender, and the implications of the proposed new law allowing them to do so without their parents’ consent” featuring an interview with the writer Graham Linehan (above).

Watch back here

Yesterday: ‘Hurting The People It Was Invented To Protect’

Top pic: GCN

A short by Chinese animation student Enge Xue in which a Rubik’s Cube-headed man in a Rubik’s Cube-headed world attempts to maintain connection when the colours of his face become mixed up. Also, he’s in his tights-whiteys.


North Wall Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin, last night.

Steve Conlon tweetz:

We have reached peak (middle finger emoji) to Dublin cyclists.

That’s a boulder. In a cycle lane

Sir James Dyson is moving its company headquarters from the UK to Singapore

James Dyson, an arch Brexiteer
Looks forward without any fear
“My business is grand
And sure to expand
As long as I don’t base it here”

John Moynes

Pic: Getty