Beyoncé treated Dublin audiences to an a cappella rendition of Whitney Houston's biggest hit, I Will Always Love You, at the weekend. A couple of days before, a woman on board a flight to Kansas sung the same song – over and over again. She refused to stop and was eventually shepherded off the flight by an air marshal.
The plane was apparently forced to make an emergency landing in order to remove the unnamed "singer".
Her arrest makes for amusing viewing on YouTube, but one imagines her fellow passengers had had their fill of hearing the off-key version for the umpteenth time.
It reminds me of a spot of aural torture I endured on a holiday some years back. There was a paper thin wall between my room and that of a pair of young German women who appeared to be obsessed with Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On. Like many, I had disliked this Titanic theme song from the first moment I heard it, but once you've been exposed to the Canadian in full histrionic-mode for what feels like hours, you'll experience a near-pathological loathing that stays with you for life.
Q You didn't have to have a thing for cricket to enjoy the self-titled debut album from the Duckworth Lewis Method but it certainly helped. The Choice-nominated side project from The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon and Pugwash's Thomas Walsh wrapped talk of wickets and fast bowling in the most attractive of pop packages.
Now, four years later, the Dublin-based duo are at it again. Sticky Wickets – which is set for release on June 31 – will continue their fascination with the bat and ball game.
This time, they've lined up a series of special guests – and cricket nuts – including actor Stephen Fry, BBC commentator Henry Blofeld and Daniel 'Harry Potter' Radcliffe.
Q Castlepalooza has become something of a hardy annual on the summer festival programme and this year's line-up – launched on Monday – includes Northern Irish favourites as Girls Names and SOAK as well as the respected Londoner, Ghostpoet.
Value-for-money talks these days and €79 will get you a three-day pass plus camping at the grounds of Charleville Castle in darkest Offaly. In truth, the overwhelmingly domestic nature of the line-up has plenty of dross (that's you, Fight Like Apes) amid the better names (And So I Watch You From Afar; Elaine Mai) but as we all know, festivals are about so much more than just music.
It's on the same weekend as Oxegen, so expect teen ravers to be scarce.
Q With Daft Punk fever in the air, the time is ripe for those good Bodytonic people to stage a Random Access Memories listening party in Dublin's Twisted Pepper venue tomorrow at 8.30pm. Entry is free, robot masks are optional, the beer is keenly priced and the sprawling album will boom from a quality sound system. What's not to like?
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