Monday 16 October 2017

Fianna Fáil Arts spokesperson Sean Ó Fearghaíl was full of chat about the "good aul' days" at the party's Arts Policy lunch last week.

Fianna Fáil Arts spokesperson Sean Ó Fearghaíl was full of chat about the "good aul' days" at the party's Arts Policy lunch last week.

"I remember up until 2011," he said. "People were commended for being great workers when all they seemed to do was spend time at the bar. Things are very different now."

Ó Fearghaíl's words would have seemed a little more credible if he had not been enjoying a glass of Prosecco at the time.

'The Sopranos' creator David Chase was in Dublin last week for tech and film forum Digital Biscuit.

As part of the forum, Chase took part in a rather convoluted lecture about the future of film-making and the importance of technological advancements.

Filmmaker Neil Jordan and Lifelogger (yes, there really is such a thing) Cathal Guerrin also waded into the debate.

But I'm afraid all the tech speak was somewhat undermined when Chase's chair broke in the middle of the chat. "So much for technology," he shrugged.

Comedian Tommy Tiernan took to the Project Arts Centre stage last week for their Creative Mornings series to chat about Ugliness.

The show was largely unrehearsed and Tiernan moved frantically and frenetically from one topic to the other.

"I'm not giving you or myself any sort of rest," he told the crowd.

"Just when you think I am reaching some semblance of coherence I leave it.

"I have nothing to say but I have an urge to be heard. To quote Dave McSavage, 'My desire to be noticed is greater than my desire to be liked'."

TV presenter Liz Bonnin (remember her?) discusses the mating habits of bonobo monkeys in detail in this week's 'Radio Times'.

"In a sense, bonobo sex is a much more sophisticated expression of emotion than it is with us," she muses. "They just go, 'Oh come on, just chill out. Let's have a bit of sex and calm down'."

Despite applauding the bonobo's laissez-faire attitude to intimate relations, Bonnin was adamant that studying the monkeys has, in no way, influenced her own love life. "Have I ever thrown a stone at someone to attract attention?" she asked. "No, but I probably should have."

Author Paul Howard is busy working away on the treatment for his next show, 'Coppers: The Opera'. "I think the place is an institution," he said. "And before you ask, I'm not writing it to get a gold card."

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