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Update: via Dan O’Neill


Thanks Anne and Maxi



Ciarán Parnell – Colourway

The first “full-band” release from Dublin singer-songwriter Ciarán about the joys of wearing well-made sneakers.


Colourway was released on the Toast Office Compilation 2013 earlier in the year and is available to download for FREE here.

Directed by Sam Fitzpatrick.

Ciaran Parnell (Facebook)

Kitchen Confidential author Anthony Bourdain on a 36-hour visit to Dublin for the Travel Channel show The Layover, taking in from top: Matt the Tresher, Pembroke Street, Dublin; Slattery’s, Grand Canal Street, Dublin, Bite Bear, South William Street, Dublin (with proprietor, hipstaurateur Joe Macken); The Gravedigger’s pub, Glasnevin and at Roma II chipper, Wexford Street, Dublin (also with Macken, second left).

The Layover: Dublin Pictures (Travel Channel)
Joe Macken’s Dublin Eateries (Travel Channel)

Thanks PT

What you may need to know:

1. Acclaimed Asian director Park Chan-wook did the classic Oldboy (2003), soon due an ill-advised remake from Spike Lee. Now Park is making his belated US film-making debut.

2. Nicole Kidman’s been associated with more turkeys over the past than Bernard Matthews; now she appears to be going through her Joan Crawford phase.

3. Name that face, Part One: Kidman’s daughter is fellow Aussie Mia Wasikowska, from Alice In Wonderland (2010) and Albert Nobbs.

4. Name that face, Part Two: Wasikowska’s creepy uncle with the excellent eyebrows  is Matthew Goode, from Watchmen (2009). Tom Cruise would have been a better choice.

5. The movie was written by Wentworth Miller, star of choice TV guilty pleasure Prison Break.

6. Forecast: promising, with the likeliness of scenery chewing.

Release Date: March 2013

The broadband has been cut off gone down in Karl’s den the Broadsheet office. We are currently located in a harshly-lit internet cafe along the Quays [Dublin] awaiting news from UPC. Normal service in about 30 minutes. Apologies all.

At times, however, its role as a shaper of national opinion was somewhat confused. Its first editor, TC Harrington, had a unique way of formulating editorial policy. His role, according to contributor Felix M Larkin, was to follow public opinion as he perceived it and articulate positions broadly acceptable to his predominantly middle-class Catholic readers, so as not to lose their custom.
…Few things ever change significantly at the heart of newspapers. Resonances of today’s strident debates over proprietary interference with editors are echoed in the conflict between [William Martin] Murphy and Harrington. And it is Harrington who had the last word, after Murphy had requested him to support a friend in a by-election.
Harrington rose to his full editorial height and thundered at Murphy by letter that he was seeking reassurances “that I will be given a free hand as regards the policy of the Independent on political questions and matters and that you will not persist in forcing your unpopular political views on me with a view to getting them into the editorial columns of the Independent”.

Review: Independent Newspapers – A History Edited By Mark O’Brien and Kevin Rafter (Michael Brophy, Irish independent)