“We now have no time on our hands” - In conversation with Professor Sir David King

Professor Sir David King has had a storied career. A former Head of the University of Cambridge’s Department of Chemistry, he has, in recent years, gained international renown as Chief Scientific Adviser to former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. His tenure as Chief Scientific Adviser was marked by dogged attempts to increase public awareness of climate change and its adverse effects on the world and its people. This is a fight he continues with the same determination today.

TV Review | The Crown’s Fourth Season Turns on its Duty Bound Queen

The Crown season four opens with a bang. Quite literally. For three seasons, creator and lead writer Peter Morgan had been reticent about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. While incidents like Aberfan disaster and the UK miners’ strike of 1972 were given the time they deserved, the escalating conflict across the Irish Sea never got a look in. The presence of Lord Mountbatten (Charles Dance), however, made tackling the subject an inevitability.

Business & Finance, Vol. 57, No. 2

In the latest digital issue of Business & Finance, I spoke to Sean Davis of Enterprise Ireland, Daniel Chait of Greenhouse Software, Dermot McArdle of Electric Ireland, and more, about digitisation and the future of work (see pages 16-17). I also interviewed NASA Datanaut & Miss Universe Ireland, Fig O'Reilly, about her life, career, and the need for greater diversity in STEM (see pages 40-43). The paywall is lifted, so read with compliments.

A Woman Remembers Her Rathgar Bookshop, Closed a Year Now

Liz Meldon had been nervous about coming back, she says. We are leaving the road in Rathgar where her bookshop used to be. She had spent more than a decade of her life working here, but she hadn’t come back for quite a while. “I couldn’t put a finger on exactly why,” she says. “It’s always the people you miss the most, about anything. I mean think about it.” She takes one last look in the window to wave goodbye to old friends, customers, and pulls away. Through the windshield is a wet winter morning.

A Dublin Bloom | An Interview with Dermot Bolger

Dermot Bolger is a stalwart of the Irish literary scene, having written numerous novels and plays since the mid-1980s. He is known to indigenous readers as a champion of working-class narratives, but the subject matter of his fiction is far-reaching and touches off many facets of Irish life. It is unsurprising then that he would choose to concern himself with Joyce‘s Ulysses, a sprawling narrative that interrogates the contradictions of life in Dublin in the early 20th century.

10 Years On | Is Funny Games A Soulless Exercise In Movie Violence?

The original Funny Games debuted in 1997, generating a critical storm of both condemnation and adoration. Directed by arthouse darling Michael Haneke, the film acts as a contemplative thesis on the nature of consumable violence, particularly that which is expressed through the American slasher film. Haneke remade the film, beat for beat, with an American cast in 2007 (and released on this day in 2008).
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