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The Louvre’s Lockdown Makeover

By Emma Monaghan / February 21, 2021

The largest museum in the world has been closed for almost four months due to the pandemic, but no time is wasted in Paris; the beautiful Louvre is having a makeover.  8 peculiar international museums to visit online during lockdown 5 creative ways you can satisfy the urge to travel even if you’re stuck at […]

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The Who Cancel 2021 UK & Ireland Tour

By Emma Monaghan / February 17, 2021

The Who, originally set to reach thousands of fans this spring, have been forced to cancel their 10 UK and Ireland tour dates due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Current State of the Music Industry amid Covid-19 Music with cooking: the best spice you should add. How Music & Arts Can Help You Deal […]

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Shortlists Released for the 2021 Oscars

By Emma Monaghan / February 15, 2021

Last week, films from nine categories were announced to have made shortlists for the 93rd Academy Awards. The Oscars this year will be a strange one, as cinemas have been closed almost everywhere for nearly a year! During 2020, the big online streaming servers, like Netflix and Amazon Prime, had to take the reins of […]

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Pretend It’s a City: Discovering Fran Lebowitz

By Emma Monaghan / February 12, 2021

For me, when you love movies, Martin Scorsese becomes a household name like Wes Anderson or Spielberg. But until last month, my unenlightened ears had never heard the name Fran Lebowitz before. The woman, the wordsmith, the suit-jacket-and-cufflinks-wearing legendary contrarian. Fran Lebowitz is a New Yorker now in her 70s, and Netflix introduced me to […]

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The Trouble with Toddlers and Touchscreens

By Emma Monaghan / February 4, 2021

Tablet-style touchscreens first became popular in 2010 when Apple released the first iPad, and people were fascinated; these touchscreen devices seemed so versatile and useful – people of all ages could use them, and even babies and young kids could navigate the internet with their fingers. Touchscreens became really popular, and their potential for education […]

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Sunsets in Sound: The Escapism of the Lo-fi Remix

By Emma Monaghan / February 1, 2021

Through the rise of TikTok, lo-fi music has taken centre stage. Short for low-fidelity, lo-fi music sounds like it is floating from a crackly old record player, earthy with nostalgia and character. In today’s pop-music charts, it would be rare to find soft jazz songs from the 1940s, but some lo-fi classics, from Frankie Valli’s […]

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How Will Biden Tackle Climate Change?

By Emma Monaghan / January 27, 2021

2021 has already been a year like no other, and we are still only in January. Starting the year stuck inside, here in Ireland, many people watched the inauguration of the new American president last week. Joe Biden, aged 78, was sworn in on the 20th January 2021, alongside Kamala Harris – the first woman […]

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Irish Health Minister Announces New Access to Medicinal Cannabis in 2021

By Emma Monaghan / January 24, 2021

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, TD, announced on 21 January that funding for the Medical Cannabis Access Plan (MCAP) will be added to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Service Plan for 2021, meaning medical cannabis will be more available later this year, in Ireland.  Irish patients have been legally allowed to take medically prescribed […]

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What happens when we sleep?

By Emma Monaghan / January 20, 2021

In 1953, some scientists noticed that sometimes, during sleep, people’s eyes make these strange, quick and jerky, side-to-side movements behind closed eyelids. Weird. They discovered in 20 out of 27 people that this jerky eyeball dance, termed “rapid eye movement,” or REM, occurred at the same time as when the people had incredibly visual dreams. […]

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