Monday 18 December 2017

Ryan Tubridy was chastised by members of the press at a recent photo call for giving less than colourful rebuttals when being interviewed.

Ryan Tubridy was chastised by members of the press at a recent photo call for giving less than colourful rebuttals when being interviewed.

"Well, you gave us a great splash there," one weary hack said sarcastically.

"I'll be sure to tell the news desk to hold the front page."

"I'm sure you'll turn it into something sensational," Tubs replied.

"After all, you lot are alchemists of evil." Whatever do you mean Tubs?

From one feisty RTE broadcaster to another - unlikely heartthrob Marty Morrissey (inset below) got women talking at the National Ploughing Championships this week.

Ladies couldn't get enough of those perfectly arched eyebrows.

Asked if he spent hours plucking and preening, Marty modestly replied, "No, it's sheer and utter natural talent - nothing else."

Annual architectural festival Open House Dublin is always a hit with punters.

And with good reason, it gives us all the chance to snoop around buildings that are ordinarily out of bounds - such as the US Embassy in Ballsbridge.

The launch of the annual festival took place last week, with architects and interior designers crowding into the staff canteen at Busaras. It was designed by renowned architect Michael Scott and decorated with colourful mosaics by the late, great Irish artist Patrick Scott.

While the art-loving crowd couldn't get enough of the design, the staff of Busaras were considerably less impressed.

"What's the big fuss?" one staff member asked.

"Never mind the art, all I know is it gets fierce drafty in here during the winter - you can take your tiles and shove them."

Well, there's no accounting for taste.

Designer Don O'Neill was keen to commend the importance of parochial style on the world stage in a recent interview.

"It's very easy for people to mock ladies with feathers in their hair at race meeting or village fetes," he said.

"But I say bualadh bos. A well-placed feather never hurt anyone and we can't all be on the cover of 'Vogue', you know." Hear, hear.

News that Brian, Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson (inset above) will take to the Olympia Theatre stage next year to perform in Enda Walsh's play 'The Walworth Farce' was met with great excitement this week.

"I'm looking forward to see if the Olympia stage can handle that level of talent," playwright Walsh said.

Or that level of gingerness.

mulcahy@independent.ie

Irish Independent

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