The Liverpool Echo reports that their city is combating the surge in heel-related admissions to hospital by providing flip-flops to clubbers for the walk home. The initiative is funded by Liverpool County Council, and will see city pastors handing out flip-flops to many a damsel in distress around the city. To women, heels are a fundamental component to that all important clubbing outfit. They make us feel taller, sexier and the boys love them, isn’t that right lads? However, there is not a night that goes by in Dublin, where [...]
I am addressing all my fellow bookworms out there. For those bookworms out there who are still suffering from post- Harry Potter traumatic stress, this four-part book series from True Blood author, Charlaine Harris, should fill the void. For those who still enjoy a bit of magic but have outgrown wizards, now more concerned with abrakebabra than abracadabra, The Grave Series is an authentic and genuine read. Aimed at a student readership, both male and female, the books can be sexual, but not overtly, they can be gruesome with a little [...]
If you’re overweight and getting dog’s abuse from your parents, you now have the best come back ever. A study of three generations of nearly 700 Irish families, carried out by UCD, has found that children inherit their height from both parents, but inherit their weight via their mother’s genes. Researchers from UCD’s School of Public Health discovered that the BMI (body mass index) of children, mothers and maternal grandmothers was linked. No link was found between children, fathers and paternal grandparents. The nature or nature debate also plays a part in [...]
How would you feel if your current partner was easily able to see images of you arm in arm with ex’s or a future employer was able to trawl back through your Facebook Timeline to see your university and pre-uni exploits? This is what millions of Facebook users now face and some are so unhappy that they’ve joined online campaigns to complain. Facebook’s decision to force its Timeline feature on all users has split its users, with recent polling showing more than half of account holders are worried about the feature and less [...]
What is it that makes us feel pretty? Clothes? Accessories? Shoes? Is the way we see ourselves in them or how we believe others see them? Attempting to study both genders as neutrally as possible, it is difficult to know whether it is true that either gender dresses to impress the opposite sex. Do women wear skirts or dresses because they feel pretty in them, or because they like the attention they get from their male counterparts? Or is it neither? Do women dress to impress no one else but [...]
Up to 2,000 taxi drivers with serious convictions for sex, drugs and offences involving violence will have to go to court to keep their licences, if Gardai get new powers as a result of recommendations by the Taxi Review Group, chaired by junior transport minister, Alan Kelly. Currently Gardai can only issue on-the-spot fines for ‘standing for hire’ outside a taxi rank. More serious breaches of regulations such as failing to display driver identity details, can only be dealt with if Gardai are accompanied by one of only nine taxi [...]
Members of Unlock Nama posed as prospective buyers and potential tenants in suits last week, to secure viewings of the building with a local estate agent. The estate agent was told they had around Eur400,000 to spend on an inner city building, but the ruse was a cover for a recce of the building. On Saturday about seventy members of Unlock Nama, an anti-property speculation campaign, returned to the building at 66-67 Great Strand Street, off Capel Street. Neighbours became aware that the empty building was the scene of a protest [...]
I was obsessed with del Rey’s voice from the moment I first heard “Video Games” on the radio. Pop music, a genre I had pretty much given up on, suddenly became interesting again. The video for “Born To Die” confirmed this: it accompanied the music perfectly without overshadowing it, and was shocking without being in-your-face. Along with the rest of the world, I awaited the album release date with baited breath. Now Born To Die is here, and I’m not exactly sure what to make of it. One thing’s for [...]
Google plans to hire 1,000 more staff in its EMEA HQ in Dublin, taking numbers to over 3,000. Last week Dublin City Council approved Google’s plans to upgrade its properties on Barrow Street, allowing the company to proceed with it’s plans to increase it’s headcount in Dublin. Google is renaming its building Google Docks and will add a swiming pool, gym and climbing wall, as well as further office accommodation. Facebook is also recruiting in Dublin, with almost 100 open vacancies currently advertised. Informed sources indicate that Facebook in Dublin [...]
I’ve never been one for public transport, always opting for the parent’s taxi service instead. Unfortunately, when I flew the nest and took off to the big smoke, that service didn’t follow. And so, I’ve had to embrace buses with open arms, which in my first semester has led to some strange (and sometimes awkward) scenarios. In all the weirdness and boredom on the long journeys, it’s made me ponder if there is a certain bus etiquette to be followed. The list that follows is my version of how one [...]
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