Thursday, February 28, 2013


Chasing Dublin’s lost rivers with artists, Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty. The collaborative duo’s latest exhibition at Pallas Projects/Studios explores the city’s hidden currents. (Image from The Rivers of Dublin by Clair L. Sweeney, 1991)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Seven storeys of fun at Newcastle’s Seven Stories, Britain’s National Centre for Children’s Book.(Part 2 of 2)

Monday, February 25, 2013


Seven storeys of fun at Newcastle’s Seven Stories, Britain’s National Centre for Children’s Book. (Part 1 of 2)


Does education need a Napster? Aisling Kelliher of Carnegie Mellon University on the world of MOOCs - or Massive Open Online Courses.

Saturday, February 23, 2013


The raw and uncut version (which doesn’t actually contain any swearing) of our interview with conductor and composer, Reinbert de Leeuw, including a digression into Louis Andriessen’s love of the Swingle Singers.

Friday, February 22, 2013


Reinbert de Leeuw on the revolutionary times of 60s Amsterdam & the angry power of fellow “Nutcracker” Louis Andriessen’s De Staat.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Tina Noonan brings the story of her Great-Uncle, a WW1 veteran, who survived the Battle of the Somme (minus his leg) to the stage in The Prodger.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Building the agora in Temple Bar, with barbershop proprietor, Sean Bryan of Cut and Sew.

AbFab's Finest Hour Lasted About Three Minutes of Series One Episode Five

A conference room…

00:11:31:  Right,  I’ve got one minute. Features. Catriona?

00:11:34: Well…do something on a car.

00:11:37: What? Do something on a car. I need a new car.

00:11:39:  A nice one, no rubbish. right.

00:11:41:  And something about how lovely champagne is. We could tie that in with some glasses.

00:11:46: A friend of mine has got a shop with lovely glasses.

00:11:48: Henrietta? Yes. Maybe we could do some lovely photos.

00:11:52: What about people? Who’s in, who’s out,

00:11:55: Who’s sexy, who’s not sexy, who’s clever, who’s not clever.

00:11:57: Who’s in, who’s out. here’s my list.

00:12:00: Cross her out, she screwed me. put him in, he screwed me.

00:12:03: Do something on river phoenix. I really fancy him.

00:12:06: Right. River Phoenix, Mickey Rourke, Liam Neeson.

00:12:09: Don’t do anything on anyone called Freud. i don’t like them.

00:12:11: Bunch of no-talents with an ancestor. but they were in last month.

00:12:15: So?  I’m not running a bloody charity.

00:12:17: I don’t have to lick their boots because some grandad invented penis envy.

00:12:21: It’s just that they’re pretty good friends of mine.

00:12:23: It doesn’t matter, but… beauty. Make it quick.

00:12:26: She’s fabulous. puts you into perspective.

00:12:29: Clarins, Shisheido, Paloma Picasso, Chanel make-up, generally…

00:12:36: Faces-eyes, lips, nostrils… this is all off the top of my head.

00:12:41: Douching with mint is a thought.

00:12:43: Ten tips on tropical toenails.  I’m thinking natural zing.

00:12:48: “moist” is my “word de jour”.

00:12:51: Lovely wet moist droplets. lusciousness.

00:12:54: I see sun, sand, water, beach…

00:12:58: Photo shoot-wise  I’m looking at two weeks in the caribbean.

00:13:01: Skin is in.

00:13:04: And the usual-try to look more beautiful if you want more sex.

00:13:07: Very good. chuck us that wrinkle cream, will you?

00:13:10: Get Hamish in here. I want to find out about the restaurant  I’m having lunch in.

00:13:14: Pats? it’s only big names this month.

00:13:17: Laurent, Armani, Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta. No British tat.

00:13:20: In Moscow. Glamour in the red square.  I’m not using Russians.

00:13:24: They’re all too bloody ugly. and fat.

00:13:26: 400 years of potato diet won’t squeeze into a Gautier cup.

00:13:31: If I looked like that I wouldn’t go out.

00:13:35: Magda? Hamish.

00:13:36: Tell me about the restaurant  I’m having lunch at.

00:13:40: Comfortable in the grand manner.

00:13:42: Stuffed with plutocratic goodies and a decent duck.

00:13:46: The dining room is boudoiresque, fin-de-si├Ęcle eclectic,

00:13:49: And still fashionably uncomfortable.

00:13:52: A melange, possibly a post-Orwellian version of an Edwardian eatery.

00:13:58: The food? Ecumenical in flavour,

00:14:00: A cosmopolitan adventure full of exuberant eclecticism,

00:14:04: Full of amuse-gueule and gastro-credibility.

00:14:08: No flash in the bain-marie this.

00:14:11: A comforting air. Generally, the tomatoes were rather pulpeuse.

00:14:16: Ta.

00:14:17:It’s bollocks, but it uses up paper and that’s what the magazine is all about.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


The peace and tranquillity artist, Scott Hocking, finds on his daily trips into what others see as Detroit’s urban wasteland.

Monday, February 18, 2013


The Universe’s repeating patterns: from heartbeats to spinning coins, from cicadas lifecycles to of course, music, with the curator of the Science Gallery’s Oscillator show Douglas Repetto.


An Xtra from our conversation with Douglas Repetto about Nick Didkovsky’s Zero Waste for sight reading pianist & computer, as well as a hint of the essential messiness of physics exposed in The Science Gallery’s latest show, Oscillator.


Watch a performance of Zero Waste here:

Friday, February 15, 2013


The strange attractions of steam and repetition, with Swedish-born textile artist, Liz Nilsson.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


They don’t teach you this stuff in school. What acting teacher, Andy Hinds learned when he decided to practice what he preached and make his own stage debut.


Some of the Edgar Martins images from This Is Not A House, now at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin. Clockwise from top: Atlanta (Georgia), Phoenix (Arizona) and Connecticut (New England).


Edgar Martins takes us on a tour of a show of his architectural photographs created in the wake of the US subprime crisis.

More photos here

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Just how badly is it possible to spend six seconds? Video sharing app, Vine, decoded with the help Prof Aisling Kelliher.

Monday, February 11, 2013


Daryl Buckley, of veteran Melbourne new music ensemble, Elision, testifies to the powers of Jimi Hendrix and nice valve sounds.

Friday, February 8, 2013


A hitherto unnoticed resemblance between Jane Austen and Jeremy Clarkson, in the final part of our special with Austen biographer, Paula Byrne. (Part 3 of 3)

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Jane Austen biographer, Paula Byrne, on some of the novelist’s earliest pieces of fiction, some imaginary marriages cooked up on her father’s parish stationary. (Part 2 of 3)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


A royalty check from 1816 is the first of a series of objects that inspired a new book on Jane Austen and the stuff of her world by Paula Byrne. (Part 1 of 3)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Is it the singer or the song, or indeed, the facility with media relations? Antonia Couling, a specialist in media training for opera stars, on what every performer needs to know.

Monday, February 4, 2013


In his latest interactive work, City Hall, composer, Daniel Figgis works with his biggest ensemble yet: the general public.


On our final visit to this year’s Veronica Dunne International Singing Contest, we meet opera legend, Richard Bonynge, and share a moment with overall winner, Nadine Sierra.