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Review-Hedda Gabler-The Gate-Saturday Matinee 11th October

There’s quite a bit of attention to detail in the Brian Friel’s version of Hedda Gabler, directed by Anna Mackmin. Lez Brotherston’s beautiful grey drawing-room gives off an impression of grim decadence and the feeling is rather cinematic. Although from an utterly different era, the atmosphere is not unlike Elia Kazan’s film version of ‘A Streetcar named … Continue reading

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Palin links Obama to Terrorist – while Merkel pulls James Bond style U-Turn

Interesting to see Sarah Palin linking Barack Obama with terrorists and using a paper she hadn’t heard of, or at least couldn’t name last week(The New York Times), as back up. Also thank you to Angela Merkel for thanking the Irish for the idea of guaranteeing deposits when just twenty-four hours earlier it was widely … Continue reading

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Smaller countries left out of E.U. talks – Comforting for Ireland – As French President Kozys up to the other big three, we see the birth of a new Triumvirate

How comforting it was to see the big boys in the yard take it upon themselves to discuss ourEuropean Union’s problems without disturbing us minions. The fact that Mr. Sarkozy invited the heavy hitters to talks is very reassuring to me as an Irishman. I feel much safer now because I know that I am back safe … Continue reading