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Friday 25 May 2018

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Popstar Jessie J announced this week that she is no longer bisexual
Popstar Jessie J announced this week that she is no longer bisexual

"For me it was a phase. Vegetarians eat meat sometimes. I do support being lesbian/ gay/ bisexual/ transgender – love who you want ... But I want to stop talking about it completely now and find myself a husband."

Jessie J, singer, announcing that she is no longer bisexual.

"Every death is a tragedy, particularly of a young person But 20 years ago ... this would not have led BBC bulletins. In my view, it's the latest example of news values being infiltrated by the values of the entertainment industry. I should imagine the decision was also influenced by the availability of a lot of good, recent pictures of the lovely Peaches, much more televisual than boring Ukraine and depressing Rwanda."

Peter Sissons, former BBC news anchorman, on the coverage of the death of Peaches Geldof.

"People forgive you the things that don't work. A lot of Python was crap . . . We put stuff in there that was not really that good, but fortunately there were a couple of gleaming things that everyone remembers while they've forgotten the dross."

Michael Palin on Monty Python.

"Pay cuts are something that's never raised anymore. Everyone knows we work hard – my taxi driver is always telling me, 'you work really hard'."

Miriam O'Callaghan, RTE presenter.

"I was supposed to be the handsome one out of my buddies but somehow it never really worked out for me. I didn't have the witty patter. I was too reserved."

Pierce Brosnan, Bond actor, on his boyhood.

"If you get the job in the first place, mainly because you look nice, I can't see why you should keep it when you don't."

Michael Buerk, British broadcaster, who likened the culling of older TV presenters to "pruning raspberries to make way for new growth".

"I believe you're the master of your own body and you should be allowed to die with dignity and say when you've had enough. By the time I want to go it'll be easy. I reckon I'll be able to pop into Boots and say: 'Give me the pill, I'm going.'"

Ricky Gervais, comedian.

"It appears suicide is a warm blanket used by our politicians during the cold days of campaigning, only to be shrugged off once elected."

Joan Freeman, chief executive of Pieta House.

"People are becoming more and more remote ... we are becoming like robots. It is this lack of humanity. I find myself swimming against the current, and you can't do that. If you can't join them, get off."

Suicide note of "Anne", an 89-year-old anonymous British former teacher.

"I still want to find a time machine where it will take me to 1920 where I can be born again and forget that all this modern stuff exists, because it's getting out of control."

Ryan Tubridy, RTE presenter.

"In France they're always ambivalent (about lovers). They say: 'Oh this is my private life.' But this is public money, right? So it can't be private."

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on President Hollande's affairs and the French media.

"There's always the possibility that a member of the Real IRA will be so outraged by Mr McGuinness bowing to the Queen that they might shoot him in the back for it. We can but hope."

Norman Tebbitt, former British Conservative party chairman.

"Unfortunately it all happened, at least the Anglo stuff and the bailout stuff, it all happened after my time."

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

"We need to get property prices up another bit."

Michael Noonan, Finance Minister.

"Ireland is on the way back."

Fergal O'Brien, Ibec economist.

"After a long period of attrition, we are approaching the end of the very painful period of fiscal adjustment."

ESRI report.

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