What's hot and what's not

What's hot

Great bangsWe’re loving the first lady’s fringe

Snow scenesPretty and atmospheric, but we prefer the photos to the freezing reality

Low-price lingerieM&S underwear sale is a pre-Valentine steal

Chaplin: The Waterville PicturesLovingly made Chaplin documentary about the comic genius

Weekends awayStaycations or city trips. The promise of a sojourn keeps us all a littler saner in January

Coach comfortsThe price-friendly bus, from Citylink and Go Bus , non-stop with wifi and wc, and tons of buses daily, zooms ahead of the competition

Teachers’ revengeI’m not ADHD, Im BOLD! at Bewley’s Café Theatre – sassy and physical and lots of laughs for lunch

Irish Folk FurnitureTony Donoghue’s utterly charming gem has won best short animation at Sundance. Give yourself a treat and watch it online at

What's not

Early EyeballersNo eye contact on public transport pre-8am, please

Safety Last“Drink in moderation” and driving campaigns make the nation seem more like the cast of Father Ted

Man BirthTwo male Dutch TV presenters undergo simulated labour pain and throw in the towel after only two hours

Glove separationMuch like socks, the mystery of the missing other half will forever remain a winter woe

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