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Would you pay someone for cuddles?
The USA’s first “cuddle café” has opened in Portland, Oregon. Cuddle Up To Me is the brainchild of “professional cuddler” (eh?) Samantha Hess, who claims to have thought of the idea when she was at a low point and wanted...

New Irish Sounds: Peter Delaney
The name: Peter Delaney. The deal: Limerick-born songwriter, photographer and filmmaker Peter Delaney has been releasing music since 2007, when a ukulele-fuelled seven-tracker called Duck Egg Blue earned him support slots with Fionn Regan and The Swell Season. 2013 brings something new,...

THE 25th EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS: WINNERS
The more than 2,700 members of the European Film Academy – filmmakers from across Europe – have voted for this year’s European Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Berlin the following awards were presented: EUROPEAN FILM 2012: AMOUR France...

Just who exactly is Martin Odegaard?
I won’t profess that I know much about Martin Odegaard before a few weeks ago. In fact I never even heard his name before last month. But the Norwegian wonderkid this week, after being eyed up by some of Europe’s...

Do you Uber?
Since its inception Uber has rarely been out of the news, but not all the coverage it has been positive. The Silicone Valley rideshare service may have attracted investors in droves, expanded internationally in rapid time, and be worth a...

Record Store Day: The Best of Irish
So, here’s the thing. In trying to answer some questions about the modern music-buying community (are most of them online? how much do they spend? how can we get them to breed? etc. ), we’ve all been able to poke...

The Lorax review
THE LORAX Directed by Chris Renaud and Kyla Balda. Featuring Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, Betty White. 86 mins. Rating: Two/Five In cinemas July 27 YOU’LL SAY I’M OLD-FASHIONED AND LIVE IN THE PAST, BUT SOMETIMES I...

Should Barcelona cash in on Lionel Messi?
Earlier this month the internet went into overdrive as somebody somewhere noticed that Lionel Messi had started following Chelsea’s official Instagram account. The news spread like wildfire, and blues fans were even more delirious than the time they discovered that...

Do heels make a women sexier?
Once back in the mists of time — well, truthfully, last year — I went on an OKCupid date with a man who had more than a passing interest in my shoes. Before the date he emailed me to ask...

Behind The Gig: Rams’ Pocket Radio
“Part of me thinks that music should be like that all the time…” – Peter McCauley Fresh from touring with pop rock colossus Snow Patrol, Lisburn multi-instrumentalist Rams’ Pocket Radio, AKA Peter McCauley, is juuuuust about ready to put the...

Fancy being famous? Open casting for Movie Extras in Dublin
OPEN CASTING WEEKEND IN CELEBRATION OF 10 YEARS OF PUTTING THE PUBLIC ON THE BIG SCREEN! The Westbury Hotel, Grafton Street, Dublin 2 Friday 13th & Saturday 14th July: 10am-7pm As MovieExtras.ie celebrates ten years of putting the public on...

Junior Malanda RIP
Sad news came in from Germany last night with the death of Wolfsburg starlet Junior Malanda. The Belgian was killed in a car accident near the city of Bielefeld. He was 20 years old. Malanda was a hugely promising player and...

IRISH MEN 1; PFAI 0
There is an internet truism — don’t read the comments. This is particularly true if the article in question is about rape. The necessity of avoiding the poisonous outpouring of anonymous asshats becomes all the more urgent if the victim...

New Irish Sounds: Rob Kelly
The name: Rob Kelly. The deal: Wexford’s long-standing rap innovator with friends in very high places, Rob Kelly is already a decade into his career, but, after threatening to break into the mainstream a dozen or so times, the razor-sharp rapper...

Japanese Film Festival Welcomes Makoto Shinkai to Lighthouse Cinema on July 2
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS IRISH PREMIERE SCREENING AND DIRECTOR Q&A access>CINEMA, in collaboration with The Embassy of Japan in Ireland, is delighted to welcome renowned anime director Makoto Shinkai to take part in a Q&A following the Irish premiere of...

HAPPY NEW YEAR – the January transfer window is open
Happy new year, dear blog readers, and welcoem to the first blog post of 2015, which is the fifth year we’ve been active. We’re getting old. Anyway, now that January is upon us, it also means that the transfer window...

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