The Electrical Queen

Jennifer is THE worst, a worst among many and varied worsts. If there was a gold medal at the Worst Olympics, Jennifer would be the one getting the perfect ten from the judges and standing on the podium, flashing her gold medal while everyone pelts her with popcorn and bottles, on account of her being …

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Motherhood v Business

My mother, for better or for worse, was of the opinion that motherhood and business leadership don’t mix. She was pretty vocal about it, too, and for a while I took on that outlook as my own. Over time, though, I started to realise that maybe it’s not that cut and dried. Surely, I thought, …

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Terrific Tadka

We all have that one thing that inexplicably delights us. For me, it’s making the perfect dal tadka. Soaking the lentils, sourcing the ghee, getting the right proportions of cumin, mustard and coriander seeds, crushing the ginger and garlic on a handmade ceramic grating plate, using my sharpest paring knife to slice the chillies… it …

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Mad Garden Skills

I’m so impressed with the gardening skills on display in my street. I feel like all the neighbours are really killing it at the moment – or not killing it, so to speak, which is an achievement given the recent heat waves. In particular, I take my hat off to those who think to plan …

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Bunions and Calluses

I like to think of myself as a casual musical person. Like, they’re not ‘me’, but I will go and see them if they’re really good. Why not, yeah? Musicals are good fun; basically mashing up overacting with music. That’s always good to see live. And everyone was already going to see Andy-Boyd Web’s new …

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My Musical Breakup

I’d say things became pretty tough when my girlfriend joined that cult – I mean, club, but it’s basically a cult – that revolves around music. That was pretty weird, but she hadn’t asked me to join and I was trying to be a supportive boyfriend so I was all like, “Good for you, babe; …

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Not Easy Being Freezy

Look, being a scientist is not as easy as everyone seems to think. I get no respect from my fellow scientists because of my lack of ethics and willingness to use live subjects, even in tests where they aren’t necessary. And then it’s really hard to get a research grant from the universities when, like …

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All New Rules

Another country, another set of rules to learn. Australia isn’t totally different to Ireland, I suppose. Same language, and people are always getting our accent mixed up with that of a close neighbour. Still, emigrating is such a huge hassle, in so many ways that no one warns you about. I have to get a …

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Car Love

It’s about time they made a reality TV game show that was entirely to do with cars. We have reality TV shows about literally everything else, so why not cars? Although I think the network had to tone this one down a little to make it appeal to a general audience. ‘The Tachometer’ is about …

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Invest, People!

It took me a while to understand the ins and outs of business, but I really think I’ve got it now. All I needed was a bit of experience, a lot of trial and error, and a bit of humility. I can now say that I own a construction company that puts its employees first, …

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