We’re the ‘boomerang kids’. The sticky little tykes that our parent’s generation can’t quite shake. We yearn for independence, but cringe at the cost. To pay extortionate rent and sacrifice life’s little luxuries, or navigate our way through evolving relationships with our aging homies? To ‘boomerang’ sounds quite fun, really. Those able to make that … More Boomerang Kids: ‘adulting’ in London’s housing crisis
Like a tide, slowly inching back to reveal its quirky, thinly concealed treasures, ‘The House at the Edge of the World’ tantalises readers with the inner-workings of a dysfunctional family, exposed by one fateful night and laced with historical and mythical narratives. Despite its slow start, thanks to our unlikely protagonist, the detached Morwenna Venton, … More Book Review: ‘The House at the Edge of the World’, by Julia Rochester
Matcha is tea’s colourful answer to the espresso shot. The lime green, highly concentrated, powdered green tea leaves have been used for almost a thousand years as part of Japan’s tea ceremony. From one island nation to another, the health benefits of matcha tea are finally soaking in here in the UK. Skeptical coffee lovers, listen … More Matcha Tea Time!
January is a torturous month of tedious whining and self-righteous proclamations of party-pooper intentions. The sound of non-alcoholics clambering on to that foreboding wagon — while lazy chubby-chubs pretend to join the gym and their friends fight an imaginary battle against fags and carbs — is the equivalent to a hefty splattering of conversational Agent Orange. … More Scrap the ‘January blues’
Dear Ireland, It’s been eight months since I tearfully closed that graffitied black door on New Cabra Road, behind which a little piece of my heart was left amongst the piles of books, newspaper clippings and dust, lots of dust. Having plastered over the gaping hole in our ceiling following a disastrous game of … More A Love Letter to Ireland
Tourists travelling to Dublin to indulge in Irish food and booze may be surprised to see that we’re going mad for burritos. It’s no coincidence that this Mexican craze has coincided with the recession. Burritos provide cheap, fast rocket fuel for the masses. At around seven yo-yos a pop we can enjoy a trip into the city for dinner with pals, without breaking the … More Eating out on a Budget in Dublin: Burritos, or Burritos?
It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there but Dublin’s hungry carnivores can sample the reassuring juices of a perfectly cooked steak in the sanctuary of Darwins — Dublin city centre’s classy haven for meat-lovers. Walking into Darwins, on Aungier Street, is like gliding back into the era of evolutionary discovery. With its refined cream interior and low … More Dining in Dublin @ Darwins
Six months of excitement finally came to a climax when Rihanna hit the Aviva Stadium on June 21st – but it was one of those teasers that kept you on the brink only to end with a vague sense of euphoria and a mad dash for the exit. It was a tad disappointing, but much … More Rihanna Diamonds Tour Does Dublin ‘13
Man of Steel was like the Notebook of dick flicks. Complete with aliens, a buff superhero and enough glass-shattering destruction to bring New York to its knees, it’s easy to see why the lads were bursting with anticipation. That didn’t stop the suspension of disbelief, or my dry laughter at the god awful script. Yet, … More Man of Steel – No Kidding
In Ireland we benefit massively from the fact that Starbucks has not yet conquered each of our street corners – unless you’re on Westmoreland Street. Dublin has a very European café culture and its independent coffee shops are always busy, whether it’s time for brunch or the last coffee of the evening. This is a … More Cranky About Coffee: ‘Do you know who I am?’