What's hot and what's not


Beasts of the Southern WildDescribed as a miraculous film, this year’s Cannes winner (below), deals with loss and survival. Unmissable

Ecstatic ex-smokersStudies have shown women who ditched the fags in their 30s have an extra 10 years of life

Becoming a Mo BroGrow a goatie, mould your mutton chops or preen your pencil. Movember is here

A sigh of reliefas Stuart Carolan’s gripping Love/Hate returns to RTÉ with a vengeance

Santa on a shoe stringLegend has it Santa’s strapped for cash this year. Tell the children

Mobile phone check-inNo waiting at the airport machines, your ticket is on your phone, ready to be scanned. We’re new to this one, but nice work Aer Lingus

Cold comfortsFireplaces, woolly jumpers, scarves, gloves, hot whiskeys and hot-water bottles – welcome back

Cake in a boxThe ingredients for SuperValu’s Christmas cake to bake come in handy pre-measured packets


Cinema ticketsbeing more than € 10: We’re sure this breaks some economic fundamental rule, like the price of oil being more than $150 a barrel. We’re concerned for the knock-on effect on the popcorn industry

The casualties of milesMarathoners, we salute you, but keep the plasters on, we don’t need to see the war wounds

Bland greetingsCivil partnership congrats cards in Ireland are sadly lacking pride, colour and variety. A staggering gap in the market

Relations rouletteNot yet the festive time but were already stressing about with whom we spend Christmas Day. Must we invite leery Uncle Larry again?

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