Paddy’s Day, Dublin.

I push through the mobbed street, walking on green flyers and ignoring fake ginger beards. I have the spawn of a headache already. The crowd watches the worst brass band of all time make its way down the middle of the road showcasing their…

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, or Leonardo da Vinci as he is better known, or the blue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle as he is even better known, or Leonardo DiCaprio as he is perhaps best but certainly most-incorrectly known, was good.…

What to Drink to be Healthy in the 1940s

Just say you happen upon that much dreamt-about and coveted invention – the time machine. Just say you happen upon this device but you don’t quite know how to use it and by mistake (can’t think of any other reason) you find yourself…

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Appended Legend of the Month - Philip Seymour Hoffman I can’t remember when I first saw Philip Seymour Hoffman in a film. It might have been Boogie Nights, which, when I first watched  it, I loved because you saw boobs in it. Later, I…

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens was a writer, debater and all-round rational man. He wrote for many big magazines and wrote many books and through all of them you get the opinionated, no-nonsense, yet elegant style that brought him fame. He…

Crystal Fairy and The Magical Cactus

Michael Cera went to Chile to be cool for a while. At least that's how I understand it, and he succeeded magnificently. While he was there he made two low-budget films with the same director, both of which took him out of his typecast…

Crosaire No. 100

Almost everyone in Ireland knows the Irish Times crossword. Some know it as the ‘Crosaire’, some as the cryptic crossword; more, I assume, know it as the impossible one beside the Simplex crossword that they might occasionally attempt . The…

Lost At Sea

Fourth Class. “D’yeh wanna play chasin’?” He looked up at Max. Max was usually mean; he didn’t want to be tricked. He looked around Max. David, Séamus and James were among the group standing at the door waiting for him, they were all…

Gary Traynor and His Feet

I’ll tell you all about the fella who lived around the corner there. Gary Traynor was his name. Gary Traynor lived most of his life in, in terror. Now, it was a sort of irrational terror that was based heavily on disgust. To be particular,…