That’s A Wrap

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Chris O’ Dowd is the best, take a look at him here on The Graham Norton Show. He is so witty. I think Dawn French quite fancies him.

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The movie The Program is fantastic! I am a little obsessed with the Lance Armstrong saga. I have read every book, watched every documentary and I would love to interview him someday. It’s that tenacity….

Caitlin Moran is superb

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But I especially like her in The Times on a Saturday. Yesterday she wrote:”I’m frustrated at my lack of being able to see what is actually happening in the world. I wrote a while ago about wanting a new kind of news. I despaired at the news being a half-hour listing of things that either come, then go or rumble on for months or years – all without anyone knowing exactly why they happened or how to change them. The news being something that, for all its efforts, leaves us feeling helpless, and confused. Since I wrote that column, I’ve been thinking about what, exactly, I would like the news to consist of” Read the article in full. Excellent piece.

Baby it’s cold outside. A new survey by a British energy company suggests up to a quarter of us are “secret heaters” – hitting the thermostat without telling our partners or flatmates. The study also found over 70% of people resist the call of the boiler switch by putting slippers and a jumper on. I combat the cold by investing in a winter coat. I purchased mine in Massimo Dutti in Dundrum. It was 250 euro. Not cheap but I will get great wear out of it. More importantly my mum and Corina approve.
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1-D fever took hold of Dublin as the lads played their sellout gigs at the 3Arena. Then they head off in different directions..geddit?

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Angela Scanlon is in This weekend’s Sunday Independent Life Magazine, Styled by Liadan Hynes and shot by Evan Doherty. She’s da bomb, I  just enjoy her openness and humour. She’s paving the way for Irish female broadcasters. She is also very stylish. Follow her on Instagram for sartorial splendour.

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No more full frontal in Playboy. What would Marilyn say.

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The dog got a trim, looking good, here Monty is with his bro Rufus. Caoimhe from Barkies is very affordable and brings her grooming van to you!

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Some positive news – The Irish Times did a piece on the small galleries taking back the Irish art market.

I was on TV3s Midday on Tuesday and Friday.  We discussed the Budget, taking sick days in work and Frozen topping the Christmas wishlist again. It was great to meet actress Jane McGrath from Red Rock who spoke so articulately about her Dyslexia, the obvious challenges she faces when she is asked to cold read at auditions and learning her lines for crucial scenes. I was also entertained, as always, by Amanda Brunker.

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The 26-year-old actress plays the part of Garda Sharon Cleere in TV3’s Red Rock.

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I was honoured to be featured on my favourite website Frock Advisor They did a piece on my wedding.

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My Que Va dress

Here are 10 mortgage myths busted – A must read

Let’s hope this happens. Ireland plans to wreck the business model for pimps, traffickers and thugs by Christmas. That’s according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland. Nusha Yonkova from the ICI says that passing the Sex Crimes Bill to criminalise the purchase of sex is the only solution. TDS and Senators need to get this passed ASAP.

I enjoyed a stunning autumn morning in the newsroom at 98FM yesterday. Grand Canal Dock is beautiful.

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Say what you want about Conor McGregor but he donated a whopping 50,000 euro to help fight homelessness this week. The UFC star says the money will be split between the Simon Community and Focus Ireland, and will help fund a mobile health clinic and support family services. I also love his show The Ultimate Fighter, staying on all things  UFC Cathal Pendred is fighting at the 3Arena in Dublin this Saturday. Fuze Sports Management represent Cathal here. Shameless PLUG.

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Homelessness has become a massive issue in recent years, with thousands of people across the country now without homes. Focus Ireland asked business leaders to sleep out for one night to ‘Shine a Light’ on homelessness, sending a message of solidarity and hope to people experiencing homelessness in Ireland today. Taking part was none other than Newstalk’s own Bobby Kerr, the host of Down to Business spoke about the experience.

I love this Halloween costume list on The Daily Edge. I’m such a nervous wreck that when I passed this house yesterday I thought it was a real murder scene. Doh!

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A baby girl’s been born on Dublin’s M50 motorway – with the assistance of paramedics from Dublin Fire Brigade. The baby was born at 3.45am at Junction 4 Ballymun. Mother and baby are doing well – That baby’s birth certificate will have to list the M50 as its place of birth…which is a first I’m sure. Everybody Awwwww

I did a list of all of the main points for Today FM News from Budget 2016. Those on the minimum wage are the big winners, parents will also benefit and Cigarettes have gone up.

My hero. Christ he’s always bloody grinning at me. I’m not interested BradCo I told you 🙂

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Bradley Cooper has announced his support for his co-star and friend following her essay last week.

Cooper, who has shared the screen with Jennifer Lawrence in films such as The Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and the upcoming Joy, was interviewed by Reuters recently and was asked about the sexism and wage-gap issues in Hollywood.

“I don’t know where it’s changing otherwise but that’s something that I could do. Usually you don’t talk about the financial stuff, you have people. But you know what? It’s time to start doing that.”

When talking about another of his female co-stars Amy Adams and her work inAmerican Hustle, he said that she “should have been paid more than everybody. She worked everyday on that movie and got paid nothing. It’s really horrible actually, it’s almost embarrassing.”

Cooper was questioned about the situation following Jennifer Lawrence’s recent statement on the wage-gap, which was only truly brought to light during the Sony Hacks scandal last year. Here are some quotes from Lawrence’s essay:

“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d*cks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself.”

“I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.”

“I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable! F**k that.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard. Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share.” Jennifer Lawrence’s full essay can be found on the Lenny website right here.

Martin’s Life is back with another classic. This time Martin’s mum is quizzing him about rugby.

Harvey Nichols celebrated ten years with a beautiful fashion show. Check out this dreamy Roskanda Ilincic dress. I adored the lunch at Rock Lobster too where I sat the very interesting Senator Catherine Noone.

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My cousin got married in Kerry. What a lovely celebration and what a place. I am in love with Kenmare – Kenmare Park Hotel is one of the most beautiful places. I wore a wrap dress from Zara which I took in and wore backwards.

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The lovely Sarah Gaynor in Babooshka Beauty in Temple Bar did my nails for the wedding.

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My Look of the week –  love this autumn style

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If you love Audrey Hepburn Corina (her lookalike) did a lovely post on the lady last week which got a lot of interest.

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A man who violently killed his sick dog in a park full of children because he claimed he couldn’t afford vet bills has been ordered to carry out community service. This story really annoys me. People have gone to jail for less. He hasn’t been banned from owning a dog in the future either.

Two young girls have been gang raped in separate attacks in India. A 2-and-a-half year old was abducted by two men from a religious event in west Delhi. She was sexually assaulted before being dumped in a park near her home. In eastern New Delhi, a five-year-old girl was gang-raped by three men yesterday after being lured to a neighbour’s home. India recorded almost 37-thousand rape cases in 2014 – however experts say the true figures are likely to be much higher.

Apparently kids are developing hunchbacks and curved spines from using their phones too much. A chiropractor in Australia is warning that an increase in cases of ‘text neck’. It’s caused by hours looking at smartphones and tablets. The advice is to avoid using laptops or phones while sitting or lying in bed and raising devices to eye level.

The departure of injured Paul O’Connell and then Johnny Sexton left us a little deflated this week.

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David Drumm’s bail hearing in the US has been postponed until the end of the month. The postponement was applied for by the former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive’s lawyer Tracy Miner. Miner said she needed more time.

?? It’s claimed the British taxpayer will have to pay out almost 30-million pounds to keep the bongs of Big Ben sounding. Hmm bit of a waste if you ask me.

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A study’s found that workplace bullying was a factor in virtually every appeal taken under Unfair Dismissals Act. The research by the National Anti-Bullying Centre at DCU looked at cases taken over the last two years to the Employment Appeals Tribunal. In many of the cases, the complainant felt forced to quit their job because they were being bullied by a colleague or manager.

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Hungary said it had closed its border with Croatia at midnight on Friday because European Union leaders had failed to agree a plan to stem the flow of asylum seekers.

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As the cast of the latest Bridget Jones installment continue to film in London, Renee Zellweger is believed to have hired a voice coach to help her resurrect her most famous character. I can’t wait for this.

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Lots happening this week and Corina and I are having a long overdue girls night.

Rebecca

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