More to follow.


Ah here.

This afternoon.

Dáil Éireann.

There’s a pair of them in it.

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This evening.

Austria had hoped to become the first country in Europe to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory by law on February 1.

That’ll learn him.


Austria’s former chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Thursday he is retiring from politics. Kurz told reporters in Vienna that the recent birth of his first child had motivated him to take the step. The 35-year-old stepped down as Austria’s leader two months ago amid ongoing corruption allegations.

And him.

Austria’s ex-chancellor Sebastian Kurz retires from politics (EuroNews)

Earlier: Are You Volk Yet?

Previously: Austrian Resistance


This afternoon.

Golf fundraiser?

This afternoon.

Steady on.

It’s not the Somme for pity’s sake.

*adjusts helmet*


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Ah now.

Roisin writes:

Getting this error when trying to access the site. Just tried from VPN and is working okay. On 3 Ireland router. Not sure if anyone else is having issues….

Sorry, Roisin and all those getting ‘banned’. This is happening quite a bit. It’s a hack of some kind. We don’t ban as a rule tbf.

This Christmas.

Give them the gift of a snug neck and nape.

Heather Finn writes:

Irish made neck warmers make a perfect gift. Hand loomed in soft spun merino yarn in the garden studio in Oranmore, county Galway. Made with care, packaged with compostable packing. Avoid the extra delays and taxes and shop local this Christmas.

Heather Finn Knitwear

Irish-made stocking fillers to marked ‘Irish-Made Stocking Fillers

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by Olaf Scholz, left, arrive for a press conference following a meeting with the heads of government

Both outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholzs (left) have said the unvaccinated are to face additional restrictions

This afternoon.

Via Bloomberg:

Germany imposed stringent nationwide restrictions on people who aren’t vaccinated against Covid-19 and limited attendance at soccer games and other public events…

In one of her final acts as chancellor, Angela Merkel held talks with her incoming successor, Olaf Scholz, and Germany’s 16 regional premiers on Thursday, where they agreed on new curbs including allowing only people who are vaccinated or recovered into restaurants, theaters and non-essential stores.

The officials also backed a plan to make Covid shots compulsory, saying that the lower house of parliament would vote on it soon. Scholz said he expects the measure to pass, and Merkel said she would vote for it if she was in the Bundestag.

A vaccine mandate would be a major departure after Merkel and other officials insisted shots would be a personal choice…

Germany Imposes Strict Curbs on Unvaccinated to Stem Covid (Bloomberg)



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Carrie Baxter – Rose

Flower power.

London-based Irish neo-soul singer Carrie Baxter (top) seduces with this slinky number from her 8-song EP What Now.

Carrie says:

“I wanted this song to feel like a late night diary entry. I wanted it to be very intimate and reminiscent of nostalgic moments between the two people. It was important for me to make the song chilled but have a very sexy edge to, evoking a sense of forbidden lovers.”

Nick says: Heavy petal.

Carrie Baxter

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