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Top Gear teases Paddy McGuinness’ Lamborghini crash in series trailer

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 17:43
Fans get their first glimpse of Paddy McGuinness’ high-speed crash in the trailer for the new series of Top Gear.
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Tributes paid to reggae ‘pioneer’ Toots Hibbert following his death at 77

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 10:31
Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, frontman of reggae group Toots And The Maytals, has been hailed as a “true pioneer who changed lives” after his death aged 77.
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Toots And The Maytals frontman dies aged 77

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 07:42
Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, frontman of pioneering reggae group Toots And The Maytals, has died at the age of 77.
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Dubs legend Bernard Brogan challenges Katie Taylor, Paul Mescal and Brian O'Driscoll to fitness test

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 06:18
Dublin GAA legend Bernard Brogan issued a beep test challenge to Katie Taylor, Brian O’Driscoll and Paul Mescal to raise awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day, on The Late Late Show last night.
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Marvel's Avengers review: a punchy start but needs to show us fresh moves

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
Just read that title carefully: Marvel's Avengers. No subtitle, no colons, no brackets. This is theoretically all of the Avengers, the whole nine yards, nothing spared. It's an ambitious attempt to encapsulate Marvel's universe with a regularly updated brawlfest.
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'There's always someone there who needs to hear Luka' - Suzanne Vega

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
Suzanne Vega, the US singer-songwriter with a justified reputation for being cool, calm and collected, is uneasy. Speaking from her home in New York City, she is, she admits, "getting used to this strange new world". Born in Santa Monica, California, in 1959, Vega and her family moved to NYC in the early 1960s, so she is a New Yorker inside out. Her latest album, An Evening of New York Songs and Stories, pays tribute to the city but in these unusual times, it is suffering.
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'We've lost a whole generation of talented actors to Lycra' - Emily Watson

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
It's not easy to describe The Third Day, an ambitious new drama from Sky Atlantic starring Emily Watson and a rich roster of acting talent. That, if you like something a little unusual in your TV viewing, is a good thing.
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Paul Whitington's TV pick of the week: Extinction

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
The current pandemic has distracted mankind from longer-term concerns like conservation and the environment, but of course the topics are linked. Destruction of habitats and the grim consequences of global warming are exposing us - as well as nature - to extinction. Last year a sobering UN report revealed that over one million plant and animal species are now threatened with extinction. It's a natural process, but at the moment it's happening up to 100 times faster than normal, and the problem is spinning out of control.
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Streaming pick of the week: Ratched

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
The very creative combo of Sarah Paulson and Ryan Murphy has been at it again. You may have many questions, such as, "Is it related to American Horror Story at all?" Story-wise, no, it is not. "Where is it on the Ryanometer - from Glee to AHS?" While it definitely hums of the latter, it's probably Murphy's darkest work to date. "Is it meant to be herself from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?" Indeed it is.
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Piranesi by Susanna Clarke: Uncanny parallel universe of lucid dreams rings true

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
Susanna Clarke has had an interestingly unusual career. Her first novel, 2004's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, was a 1,000-page alt-history fantasia about magic made real during Napoleonic times. It sold four million, won a swathe of awards and inspired a BBC adaptation.
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John Boland's week in TV: West Cork's local heroes provoke familiar feelings in The South Westerlies

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
Ten minutes into The South Westerlies (RTÉ1) and I was thinking: so they've remade that Norwegian drama series, State of Happiness (recently shown on BBC4 and RTÉ1), in which protesting villagers try to scupper the plans of a multinational gas-drilling company.
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In Her Shoes: Women of the Eighth by Erin Darcy: Anthology of Eighth testimonies ensures women's experiences will long be heard

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
'I am terrified to share my story. I have typed and deleted it 20 times so far," the anonymous woman wrote. "I am just so scared to share it because the shame eats away at me and has done every day for the last two years."
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Theatrical energy is undimmed at the fightback fringe festival

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
A sense of sacred intimacy is easily created by Malaprop Theatre in the delightful interior of the Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, where Before You Say Anything premiered to a socially distanced audience of 30. The 45-minute play is about the negative effects of policing on individuals, but the brutalities here are more subtle than the cases making international headlines.
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'Part of my demon is my inability to resist being dragged into these political situations'- Alastair Campbell

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
Alastair Campbell believes that the world of politics attracts a higher proportion of mentally unstable and psychologically challenged people than other walks of life. But unlike Campbell himself, few who have been close to the levers of power are willing to talk openly about their mental health.
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The unravelling of Johnny Depp

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
Johnny Depp's been in the papers rather a lot recently, but is rarely seen on a movie screen. This week, however, he does appear in a new film, Waiting for the Barbarians, a rather sombre drama based on a novel by JM Coetzee.
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WriteSide: children's writer Pádraig Kenny

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
Pádraig Kenny on writing out of boredom, Éamon de Valera’s spud gun, and adding more monsters.
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A Guarded Life: My Story of the Dark Side of An Garda Síochána: A garda's brave stand against the moral police

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
Even for a nation inured to acts of cruelty perpetuated by church-dominated authorities, Majella Moynihan's suffering as a young single mother at the hands of An Garda Síochána seems almost beyond belief.
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When the British were welcomed as invaders

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
In May 1965, the Rolling Stones were on tour in America. As were staying at the Jack Tar Harrison hotel in Clearwater, Florida, Keith Richards's sleep was interrupted by the beginnings of a riff that was going around his head. He had the presence of mind to get out of bed and commit it to the recording device that he kept with him at all times. The next morning, he played the recorded guitar part to Mick Jagger. The frontman liked what he heard and came up with words over the next few days.
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Darragh McManus on radio: Covid forces us to kiss goodbye to the office romance

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
Of the many changes to Irish life wrought by Covid-19 (or, rather, our reaction to it), one of the most dismal is the decimation of pub life. It's funny, in that I haven't gone to the pub much for years, but I find something sad about this.
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No applause: how the concert halls fell into silence

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 02:30
Have you ever been at a classical concert and wondered why, at the end of a sequence of melodic magnificence like the opening movement of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No 2, where lyrical beauty paves the way for a concluding crescendo of dazzling brilliance, that when the music stops, the audience stays silent?
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