Tuesday 15 October 2019

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September streaming: Sacha Baron Cohen, Russell Crowe, Kevin Bacon in new series from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky/Now TV 

As silly season finally draws to a close, both RTE and Virgin Media Television have announced their autumn schedules boasting the usual suspects and a few interesting new additions, mainly in drama, with Dublin Murders, based on the Tana French novels, coming to RTE and Blood season 2 and Darklands arriving on Virgin. But are they any match for what's in store on the streaming...

The Spice Girls and 'Wannabe' were number one across the UK and Ireland in August 1996

From Come on Eileen to Wannabe - which song was number one in the Irish charts the night you celebrated your Leaving Cert results? 

In August 1996, the day I received my Leaving Cert results, a feisty new girl group called the Spice Girls were number one in Ireland and the UK (when people still paid attention to the charts) with their earworm debut single, Wannabe. Given the gravity of the occasion (it seems like a bigger milestone at the time than it actually is, of course) that song is branded on my brain as a song...