Top Stories to hit the News Stands October 2013

halloween happy pumpkinWell now my little pixie pumpkins, can you believe it ’tis the eve of Halloween and not a banshee nor a ghost washed in the house. And with just under 55 days to Christmas it is of little of no surprise to see all the TV and Radio Santa adverts dusted off, polished up and on the air again. Yes indeed, from this week onwards the ‘Xmas’ ads will be shoved in your faces at every turn, no escaping  it. Although it’s not all doom and gloom, it’s a great time for retailers to pick up a few bob. However, it also gives the already extremely rich & thick celebrity an excuse to pump up their over inflated obscene bank accounts, as we see endless autobiographies, CD’s, albums, films, books, perfumes hit our shops and screens,  not that we begrudge them.  This blogger simply asks, that in view of the dire political and economic state of this Land of Ire and rage – instead of contributing to the coffers of the already hideously rich, you might consider purchasing from lesser known outlets, artistes, craft makers, and shops.

two penguinsThe Christmas message for the citizens of ireland this year is to Shop Local, help generate much needed jobs, in light of the recent brutal budget we truly need to address our ever increasing ‘poor’ population.  With that,  lets take a look at some of the stories that hit the news stands this month. Well there was the Budget we didn’t ask for, a referendum we couldn’t afford and a government who could care less, why? Because they wouldn’t know the meaning of the word Austerity, even if they were smacked in the back of the head by a penguin on ice. That’s exactly what the budget feels like for 90% of Irish citizens whose lives now lay face down in the chilling ice. The other 10% which includes bankers, accountants, politicians and civil servants are evidently living in the lap of luxury – they didn’t feel a thing?  What else, well Love Hate returned with a vengeance, The Beckhams moved house again, oh and…..


edele lynchIn fairness TV3’s Celebrity Apprentice was TV gold,  the B*Witched star beat Amanda Brunker in a closely contested finale of the TV3 series, with Caroline Downey (MCD) awarding Lynch the title after her team’s renovation challenge in a Down Syndrome Ireland Latch On educational centre, using items sourced from   Lynch raised €45,000 for her charity, the Laura Lynn House, over the course of the six week competition. It will support two families’ respite care for an entire year. “It’s great to hand that money over and actually see what it will go to and how it can help a family in such a huge way like that, especially with the state of the country at the moment,” Lynch said. She was toasted at the official wrap party in Dublin’s 37 Dawson Street which saw Caroline Downey and her advisors, John McGuire and Liz ODonnell, as well as several of the contestants turn out to congratulate her. Asked if she would participate in another reality competition, Lynch admitted she would love to be on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

amanda brunkerNevertheless there is no doubt about it that it was a very close race, Brunker who actually won the most tasks across the series, raised over 25K for her own charity St Michaels House. Amanda was the hook of this show, she was absolutely hilarious and gave us some great entertainment.  If you missed the series –  it’s well worth a catch-up via the TV3 player.

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Photo by Jeanloup SieffDimensions du scan 1165x1170150pp MIA AND FRANK

Mia Farrow (born Maria de Lourdes Villiers Farrow; February 9, 1945) is an American actress, humanitarian, and former fashion model. Farrow first gained wide acclaim for her role as Allison MacKenzie in the television soap opera Peyton Place and gained further recognition for her subsequent short-lived marriage to Frank Sinatra. An early film role, as Rosemary in Roman Polanski‘s Rosemary’s Baby(1968), saw her nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for Best Actress.

She went on to appear in films such as John and Mary (1969), Follow Me! (1972), The Great Gatsby(1974) and Death on the Nile (1978).  


Farrow dated actor-director Woody Allen from 1980 to 1992 and appeared in twelve of his thirteen films over that period, most notably Zelig (1983), Broadway Danny Rose (1984),The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Radio Days (1987), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Alice (1990) and Husbands and Wives (1992). Her more recent film roles include Widows’ Peak (1994), The Omen (2006), Be Kind Rewind(2008), Dark Horse (2011) and Luc Besson‘s Arthur series (2006–2010).

SO WHO’S THE DAD Eh? Answers on a postcard.

ronan farrow and frank gifMeanwhile quite a startling revelation in the Mia Farrow story cropped up a few hours ago in Mia Farrow disclosed in a recent interview with Vanity Fair that she doesn’t know for sure whether the father of her 25-year-old son Ronan, shortly headed to MSNBC, is Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra. Ronan, to his credit, had a sense of humor about the ensuing media kerfuffle.

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Ronan Farrow a former Obama administration foreign policy adviser has been confirmed as the host of his own weekday program on MSNBC today – and called the recent headlines about his paternity ‘an annoyance’


Farrow has appeared in more than 50 films and won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe award, received seven additional Golden Globe nominations, three BAFTA nominations and a best actress award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.[1]Farrow is also known for her extensive humanitarian work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She is involved in humanitarian activities in DarfurChad, and the Central African Republic. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world. For more on this inspirational woman see here


boyzone STEPHENIt’s difficult to believe that four years ago this month (10th October) we lost the wonderfully adorable Stephen Gately.  And even harder to believe that Boyzone debuted on the Late Late show with that famous crazy dancing 20 years ago. Rumour has it that Stephen Gately’s estate has refused permission to use his image and voice in the BZ20 tour. Indeed, preparations for their 18-date arena tour have been overshadowed by a very public Twitter spat between Stephen Gately’s brother, Anthony, and widower, Andrew Cowles, with either side accusing the other of blocking permission to use Stephen’s images and voice in the show. When stories broke alleging that Cowles was the one who refused permission for the late Stephen’s inclusion in the celebrations, he took to Twitter to deny the claims and point the finger of responsibility at Stephen’s family.

Boyzone late late “There’s ABSOLUTELY NO TRUTH in that story! I’m happy for BZ to use Steo in the show. The estate is waiting for his family to agree terms. x,” wrote Cowles, later adding that he was keen to see Gately included in the tour. However, Stephen’s brother Anthony reacted angrily to Cowles’ assertions, tweeting, “Stephen would cut you off before his family he told us that, remember you only knew him 6 yrs #bloodthicker”. The argumentative tone continued on between the pair, shedding some light on their evidently strained relations, with Cowles warning Gately to “be very careful what dirty laundry you air in public. Your family has PLENTY of its own. I don’t talk about that publicly.”

Boyzone 4 pieceBoyzone member Shane Lynch was solemn as he admitted that, despite how much he and his band mates want Stephen to feature in the celebrations, it is looking less likely than ever. “Even though he was part of Boyzone, I don’t know to what extent we can involve him in the show,” Shane told The Sun newspaper.


Michelle-keegan- tina in corrieStunning actress Michelle Keegan won’t be returning to Coronation Street, as the soaps producers have decided to kill off her character Tina, in a bid to get maximum ratings. The soap babe decided to leave Corrie last April and her final scenes will be aired in May. Most soap actors hope the door will be left open so they can return but it is believed producers spent weeks deliberating over her exit. According to The Sun ‘They’ve (show bosses) been weighing up whether to kill Tina off and now believe it’s the way to get maximum ratings,’ a source told The Sun. It will set up a cliff-hanger leaving viewers guessing who killed her. But Michelle’s fans will be devastated as it means Tina will never be able to return.’ The talented actress is looking forward to trying new roles. ‘I have had the most amazing six years at Coronation Street and it was such a difficult decision to leave,’ Keegan said in a statement at the time. ‘But I felt it was the right time for me to make the next step in my career. ‘I will miss Tina and will always be grateful to ITV and Coronation Street for giving me such an amazing role to play for my first ever acting job,’ she added. ‘I am very excited about what the coming months hold for Tina and what the future has in store for me.



BECKS country pile

Choosing to ‘downscale’ to a four-storey London townhouse worth £45m they clearly need to make some room and pack off and away some of their unwanted treasures! The retired international sports star and his pop star come fashion designer wife now plan to sell many of their current possessions by means of a charity auction held at their famously dubbed 12-acre estate‘Beckingham Palace’  in Hertfordshire before they move.  According to a source for the Daily Mirror Newspaper; “After deciding to sell Beckingham Palace, David and Victoria realised there was no way they could fit all their belongings into one, smaller pad.  A 20 Million South London mews?


beckham new london home rear“They have shipped a few treasured items to California and given some things to their families but there is still loads left. Victoria had the brilliant idea to sell it off for charity and now wants to host a massive auction at ‘Beckingham Palace’. “The house has been the scene of many fund-raising dos – the World Cup party, her ‘full length & fabulous’ ball, children’s tea parties and so forth – so why not host a farewell auction there too? There will be some amazing stuff for sale so she hopes to raise thousands.” Some of the household treats the a-list soccer star and spice girl are selling off are to include kitchen items, household appliances, designer clothing as well as their famous gold wedding thrones, which famously featured at their 1999 wedding ceremony in Ireland.


becks new london home interiorApparently “Victoria loves the location of the new home, particularly as it’s close to her work studio, and for its close proximity to some of London’s best shops,” a source told the Sunday Mirror. “But the last thing they expected was to be experiencing shakes from Tube trains going underneath the home. It seems the very busy Circle Line runs directly under some of the property and in particular under the kitchen.” If things get too wobbly though, they can always retreat to their £18 million country pad, Beckingham Palace. Or their Chateau in the south of France. Or one of their homes in Beverly Hills. Or their property in Dubai.  Check out all the latest News, Sport & Celeb gossip at


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The U2 front man was on stage with a number of delegates at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York waiting for the former US president to arrive.  Sensing that Mr. Clinton was slightly delayed, Bono quickly jumped into his seat and began to show off his American drawl. Pretending to be the former president, Bono described how he “thought (Bono) was one his roadies” when they had first met in the White House and commented how he “felt like the rock star on that occasion.” The delighted audience watched as the singer then began to list their humanitarian achievements, including work with the Drop the Debt initiative and the Aids Foundation. Eventually Mr. Clinton arrived on stage, prompting Bono to leap back to his own seat after handing him the microphone. An amused Clinton commented: “I must be really easy to make fun of.”


You have 2 cows.
You give one to your neighbour.

You have 2 cows
The State takes both and gives you some milk.

You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and sells you some milk.

You have 2 cows.
The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other and then throws the milk away.

You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
You sell them and retire on the income.

You have two cows.
You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, and then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows.
The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder, who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company.
The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more.

You have two cows.
You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has died.

You have two cows.
You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows.

You have two cows, but you do not know where they are.
You decide to have lunch.

You have 5,000 cows. None of them belong to you.
You charge the owners for storing them.

You have two cows.
You have 300 people milking them.
You claim that you have full employment and high bovine productivity.

You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.

You have two cows.
You worship them.

You have two cows.
Both are mad.

Everyone thinks you have lots of cows.
You tell them that you have none.
Nobody believes you, so they bomb the crap out of you and invade your country.
You still have no cows but at least you are now a Democracy.

You have two cows.
Business seems pretty good.
You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.

You have two cows.
The one on the left looks very attractive.

You have two cows borrowed from French and German banks.
You eat both of them.
The banks call to collect their milk, but you cannot deliver so you call the IMF.
The IMF loans you two cows.
You eat both of them.
The banks and the IMF call to collect their cows/milk.
You are out getting a haircut.

You have two cows
One of them is a horse


And on that ‘pound’ note my dear friends, we’ll leave you and love until next month,  if you are struggling with the dreaded Christmas present list, why not check out our fantastic bargains in our online Jewellery shop or you can go to our client list to see where our Jewellery is stocked nationwide. You can always contact me directly via private message on Facebook or indeed here on the website, I’d be delighted to hear from you.


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