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Anna Nolan: 'Tis the season ... for stuffing myself again, and again, and again


Biddy White-Lennon, Anna Nolan and Paul Kelly.

Biddy White-Lennon, Anna Nolan and Paul Kelly.

Angelina Jolie.

Angelina Jolie.

Rory McIlrory at the awards.

Rory McIlrory at the awards.


Biddy White-Lennon, Anna Nolan and Paul Kelly.

I am such a child. I am a big, silly, grown up kid.

Last week I was out with a friend for dinner and I saw that there was turkey and ham on the menu. Talk about excitement!

I wasn't particularly hungry, but it was like I was a seven year old who had just won the lottery - there in front of my eyes was the dinner that my brain thought I could only have once a year.

It reminded me of the time I went to Lourdes as a 12 year old, with my class, and it was the first time away on my own without my parents.


When we arrived I went to the shop, looked around and bought a litre of orange juice. I could not believe that I could have this orange juice all to myself and not have to share it with the eight other members of my family.

I drank it all when I got back to my room, and threw up for the rest of the day.

I am a sucker for treats and if I see something today that was a rarity for me as a child, like a traditional Christmas dinner, I cannot resist.

I love food, and I love Christmas grub especially.

I have already started into a selection box, picking something from it and having half of it in the morning after breakfast.

And I love Christmas dinner with all my heart. I don't know what it is.

It seems to be the most perfectly balanced meal ever created.

My family laugh at how I eat a meal: I have to have a tiny bit of everything on the fork for each mouthful (unlike one of my sisters who has to eat one section of the meal at a time).

So you can imagine the intense effort it takes to place a tiny bit each of turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes, carrots, peas, roast parsnip onto the fork.

And then to place a smidgen of gravy over it all. By God, it's work - in fact it's more than that, it's an art form.

I love the turkey and ham sandwiches in the evening of Christmas day.

I love that I am still a teeny bit full after the dinner, but there is no way the day is going to end without to two slices of white bread, the slab of ham and the slab of turkey.

Keep your pickles, hold the mayo, shove yer relish. Just bread, butter, turkey and ham...come on!

And if you are looking for some inspiration for Christmas desserts then you have to watch The Great Irish Christmas Bake Off this Wednesday night on TV3.

Paul and Biddy surpass themselves in what they create. And then I surpass myself in eating it all.

Hollywood bigwigs broke the golden email rule...how were they so stupid?

Have you heard about the Sony emails?

Well, some very important people in Hollywood, who run the Sony studios, are a little bit embarrassed because some emails they have been sending each other have been leaked.

And in those emails there are some very sensitive comments, like how Angelina Jolie is a brat, how women actors are not paid as much as men and how Michael Fassbender was not famous enough to play Steve Jobs.

An executive went on to say about the latter that he "makes you feel bad to have normal sized genitalia" - in reference to Fassbender's naked scenes in Shame.

These hacked emails have been thoroughly entertaining to read. And no doubt there will be a huge amount of grovelling on the part of Sony executives.

But what amazes me more than anything is that seemingly smart, well-paid professionals were thick enough to write these emails in the first place.

Are they so absorbed in their Hollywood lives that they forgot the most basic rule of all: never write anything down that you don't want someone to see?

I am no genius. But I know that if I write something down, whether it's in paper form or email, I can never take it back.

If it's in black and white, presume it's there forever.

We seem to think that communicating electronically erases the notion of that idea. We have a strange disconnect to the internet and the information it holds.

We trust it far too much and expect it to keep all our private information secret.

But just as humans like to gossip, the internet spews out the secrets it holds every once in a while.

Of course there are a lot darker things that go on in the virtual world than dodgy emails, but the Sony case is a warning - be careful what you write.

McIlroy snub was simply  out of bounds

* I was shocked that Rory McIlroy didn't win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Yes, Lewis Hamilton has had some year, but I think McIlroy deserved it more. I wonder if he will be as miffed as Gary Lineker was, way back. In a documentary about the event, Lineker said that couldn't believe that he didn't win the prize the year he won the Golden Boot award. Let it go Gary!

* IT was interesting to see the final stats of The X Factor contestants. I thought Fleur and Andre would have been firm favourites over the weeks, but it was Ben who was the most popular from week four onwards. And he has to be the most boring singer for years on that show, but who am I to say?

* Have you seen the new development being built on Baggot Street, where the old FAS building was? It has one of those massive stupid signs outside, screaming the word 'ICONIC'. It reminds me of that crap that used to be around in the last decade when apartments were being built, like that 'Art of Graceful Living' sign on the Stillorgan dual carriageway. That Baggot Street sign should read 'MORONIC'.