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On your marks, get set, go: the next Banter is The Joy of Running where we’ll be extolling the virtues of putting one foot in front of the other and working out how and why running has become so popular …

Mon, Dec 19, 2011, 09:16


On your marks, get set, go: the next Banter is The Joy of Running where we’ll be extolling the virtues of putting one foot in front of the other and working out how and why running has become so popular (again) in Ireland. On the panel: Ian O’Riordan (Irish Times and author of the excellent “Miles To Run – Promises To Keep”), Barry Redsettaz (POGO and Jam the Box DJ and marathon and triathlon veteran) and Raedi Higgins (Run Like A Girl). Couch to 10k newbie: me. It happens at the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1) on Thursday January 19 and full details are here. By the way, if you missed our recent Review of 2011 panel, you missed an all-guns-blazing brilliant session with Miriam O’Callaghan, Sinead Gleeson and Conor Pope – plus some very enthusiastic members of the Bantering classes in the audience – giving it socks. Podcast to follow so keep an eye on the site for it.

There’s cash in them boutique festivals as the MAMA Group take over Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s Vintage Festival, which is “a celebration of creative British cool from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s with music, art, design and fashion.” But MAMA Group itself may well have new owners soon given parent company HMV’s ongoing lousy figures and its need to get some cash from somewhere.

Speaking of UK fests, really digging the line-up for next June’s Field Day fest in London.

2011, the year the music business turned a corner? And yes, the question mark is in the headline. Of course, if you were someone who was quids in thanks to sponsors and brands, you had a blooming great year.

Welcome to Hitlantis, a new way to discover music using visual bubbles.

Coming soon, an Apple store at Heuston Station?

23 tech superstars for 2012 and beyond.

Google Music’s chief dude says hello.

Sneaker pimps to the podium please: are these really the 10 best sneakers of all time?

We haven’t had a new streaming service in at least a fortnight (that was Deezer – anyone tried it out yet?) so it must be time for a new one, right? Make some room on your browser for Rara, a new service from Omnifone which is aimed at a market where “80 per cent of consumers have never done anything digital with music”. Gazooks, it sounds like the people who still shop in Golden Discs.

One of our favourite music biz writers – and songwriter and musician when she’s not writing said articles – Helienne Lindvall on her experiences with music streaming bad boy Grooveshark.

Any journalism data-mining fans in the audience? Forbes weighs up if short, snappy news stories or long-form, indepth journalism work best online.

First world problems: “we just thought it was time to get a little organized, to put it in place before there was an incident,” committee member Phyllis Merhige, an MLB senior vice president, told the AP. “There’s no one who expects reporters to wear a suit and tie. But with the advent of different media, there are now individuals who are not part of a bigger organization that may have a dress code.”

The 10 hottest scripts in Hollywood right now

The importance of Twitter to TV shows

R. Kelly, baby, he’s in the news. On the one hand, the dude’s mansion in Illinois – featuring eight full baths, six half baths, four fireplaces, an indoor pool, a theatre room and a private lake – is now available for “just” $1.595 million, down from $2.9 million. On the other hand, the man’s still working – do you want to go on the Love Letter Cruise with Kelly? A snip at $1,500 per head. The gag about special rates for minors has already been tweeted.

One of the most posts which got a lot of action on OTR in 2011 was our TV recap post back in June so if anyone has any gems to add to that list or, indeed, this list, please do so below.

For the week’s that in it: the kid’s got game

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