Thank Florian it’s Friday.

To celebrate the weekend, shall we have another music competition?

This week the question comes courtesy of reader Unmutual, who suggests your favourite song that is Retro-Futuristic, enthusing:

“Favorite songs that sound like they could be from the future… Bonus points if it includes ‘Vocoder’ type vocals (aka robotic sounding aka singing into a Pringles tube).”

So there you have it.

Here’s mine.

Reply below to be in with a chance of bagging yourself a €20 Currys PC World voucher redeemable in any Currys store.

The winner will be chosen by my AI robot butler.

(Please include a video link if possible, thanks)

Lines MUST close on Saturday 11am.

Nick says: Good luck!

Last week’s winner here.

Currys PC World

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Behold: NGC 3199, aka the Banana nebula – a glowing cosmic cloud in the southern constellation of Carina, 12,000 light years away. To wit:

The nebula is about 75 light-years across in this narrowband, false-colour view. Though the deep image reveals a more or less complete bubble shape, it does look very lopsided with a much brighter edge along the top [the ‘banana’]. Near the centre is a Wolf-Rayet star, a massive, hot, short-lived star that generates an intense stellar wind. In fact, Wolf-Rayet stars are known to create nebulae with interesting shapes as their powerful winds sweep up surrounding interstellar material. In this case, the bright edge was thought to indicate a bow shock produced as the star plowed through a uniform medium, like a boat through water. But measurements have shown the star is not really moving directly toward the bright edge. So a more likely explanation is that the material surrounding the star is not uniform, but clumped and denser near the bright edge of windblown NGC 3199.

(Image: Mike Selby and Roberto Colombari


Last night.

Tuam campaigner Breeda Murphy, adoptee and activist Eunan Duffy and lawyer Frank Brehhany, whose father was a Tuam adoptee, discuss the Gardaí appeal to anyone who was the victim of a criminal act in a Mother-and-Baby Home to contact them.

Last week, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris (top right) said there are allegations within the report of the Mother and Baby Home Commission that suggests there was ‘serious criminality’  that could have criminal justice outcomes.

We look at the options open to survivors.

This is the 17th in a series of shows with Breeda, Eunan and Frank looking at all aspects of the Mother and Baby Home Commission of Investigation report. They can be viewed here.

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This afternoon.

The Seanad.

During a debate on Ireland’s mandatory hotel quarantine system, Leader of the Seanad, Regina Doherty, of Fine Gael claimed the country was “dragged kicking and screaming by populism to mandatory hotel quarantining“.

Via RTÉ:

Senator Doherty added that “we left the doors open and the windows open to Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom whilst picking on other countries”.

She said that she believed that the number of exemptions had surpassed the number of rules.

We have more holes in the system that we have [than] in a bloody block of swiss cheese“, she told the Seanad.

Ms Doherty called on Government to let the legislation underpinning the quarantine system lapse in June, when it is due to do so, and not renew it.

Seanad hears criticism of mandatory hotel quarantine system (RTÉ)

Previously: Trop Sévère


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Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi – O Death

The Great Beyond.

A bona fide star of the flourishing Americana scene, Rhiannon Giddens (top) has teamed up with Italian jazz virtuoso Francesco Turrisi on the album They’re Calling Me Home, which is already being hailed as a masterpiece.

The new single is their take on the folk standard O Death, with an incredible video produced and directed by Irish crankie roll artist Maeve Clancy, whose unfurled watercolour tapestry complements the music perfectly.

The Director of Photography is Seán Molloy.


Nick says: See you on the other side.

Rhiannon Giddens

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