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Thursday, January 23, 2014

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‘Turn down the heat to stay slim’ by john von radowiTz

Facebook boss hits $1billion jackpot The head of Facebook has become one of the world’s youngest female billionaires as the social network’s shares hit a record value. Sheryl Sandberg’s wealth broke the $1billion (€738million) barrier this week – catapulting her into the ranks of the global super-wealthy. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Facebook’s chief operating officer has made more than €221m selling shares since the company went public two years ago. Ms Sandberg (pictured), 44, joined Facebook from Google in 2008. Biographer David Kirkpatrick said: ‘She was brought into figure out how to make money. It’s proving to be one of the greatest stories in business history.’ picture: reuters

BROWN’S STARS: Brendan O’Carroll, Jennifer Gibney and cast celebrate after picking up the trophy for best situation comedy at Britain’s National Television Awards for the second year running for O’Carroll’s hugely divisive Mrs Brown’s Boys. Other winners in London last night included I’m A Celebrity… for best entertainment show, Matt Smith for best drama performance in Doctor Who, Julie Hesmondhalgh for best serial drama performance as Hayley in Corrie, and Benedict Cumberbatch for best TV detective in Sherlock picture: pa Comedy or tragedy: Are you secretly watching Mrs Brown’s Boys? Tell mail@metroherald.ie or @metrohnews

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IT WILL be music to the ears of environmentalists, and probably to fans of austerity economics too – turning down the heating could keep you slim. Ten years of research into the effects of mild degrees of cold on metabolism, indicates feeling cold may be a healthy and sustainable way to lose weight. Conversely, warm and cosy homes and offices may be contributing to weight gain. Dutch scientists claim a more variable indoor temperature, one that more closely mirrors temperatures outside, may be beneficial. At least among young and middle-aged people, non-shivering heat production in response to feeling cold can account for up to 30 per cent of the body’s energy budget, say the scientists, which means lower temperatures can affect the number of calories burned instead of being stored as fat. Lead researcher Dr Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, from Maastricht University Medical Centre, said: ‘We hypothesise that the thermal environment affects human health and more specifically that frequent mild cold exposure can significantly affect our energy expenditure over time.’ One research group in Japan had shown a decrease in body fat after volunteers spent two hours a day at 17C for six weeks, said the scientists. The team also found that people got accustomed to the cold. After six hours a day in the cold for a period of ten days, levels of heat-generating brown fat in the body increased and people became more comfortable and shivered less.




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Australian actor Heath Ledger was found by a housekeeper at a New York apartment in what police said was a possible drug-related death. The 28-yearold was best known for his roles in Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight.

Today’s birthdays Jeanne Moreau, actress, 86; Princess Caroline of Monaco, 57; Brendan O’Connor (pictured), journalist and TV presenter, 44; Dawn Porter, UK TV presenter, 35.

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Baker told to blow balloons to treat boils can inflate tyres in 20mins – using his nose

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Nasal airways: Nie Yongbing inflates rubber rings with his nose Picture: rex

IT’S A bit different from a course of antibiotics or a shot of penicillin. But Nie Yongbing said his doctor’s remedy blew his boils away. The 61-year-old inflates tyre inner tubes with up to eight people standing on them – using his nose. Mr Nie discovered his talent eight years ago when he visited a Chinese doctor after being plagued by

by TARiq TAHiR ‘really horrible red boils’. His physician told him he needed to unblock his body’s pathways – or meridians – by inflating balloons. Unbelievably, the treatment worked and Mr Nie has moved on to blowing up tyre inner tubes and mattresses. He now gives demonstrations of his

skills to advertise his bakery in China’s south-west Sichuan province. Mr Nie said: I’ve been doing this for eight years and never had a problem with boils since I started the treatment. ‘It takes me about 20 minutes to pump up a tube with people standing on it. ‘Doctors have told me I have an incredibly healthy lung with an enormous capacity, which is great.’

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KNOW ANYTHING BY COLDPLAY? Robert Burck, also known as the Naked Cowboy, braves a snow storm on the streets of Times Square, New York, to entertain passersby Picture: reuters

Rehab says no, no, no to profit woes THE director of fundraising at Rehab Group yesterday insisted there was ‘complete transparency’ between Rehab and the Government over the costs of running its lottery. John McGuire’s comments came after the Taoiseach expressed surprise that the charity, whose revenue is matched by State funding, only made €10,000 profit on sales of €4million worth of scratch cards in a year. Amid deepening scrutiny of the charity sector in the fall-out from pay top-ups at the Central Remedial Clinic, a Government audit warned about low profit margins at Rehab Lotteries. The body is also under fire as chief executive Angela Kerins is refusing to disclose her salary, which was €234,000 in 2011. Earlier this week, Justice Minister Alan Shatter revealed his de-

by METRO HERALD sTAff partment found Rehab’s gross lottery sales in 2010 of €7.2million yielded a net profit of €558,000 – or eight per cent. The Taoiseach said yesterday he was surprised at the numbers and warned that all charities would face inspection by the powerful Dáil Public Accounts Committee. Mr McGuire told RTÉ Rehab makes detailed returns annually to the Government on costs, sales, prizes and how the money is used. He further said scratch card sales are not doing well, citing the Government cap on prizes as a reason. An interim charities regulator will be in place by the end of February with the authority fully in place in late April. Rehab, which provides education, training and employment for

people with disabilities, accused Mr Shatter of giving out misleading information and abusing his position by talking about a matter that is before the courts. Rehab is taking legal action over Government plans to abolish funding available to private charitable lotteries and is also battling the State over the National Lottery licence sale. Fianna Fáil’s Public Expenditure spokesman Sean Fleming accused Mr Shatter of intervening ‘for political purposes’, linking the move against Rehab to the award of the National Lottery contract to private UK firm Camelot, which runs the UK’s National Lottery. Mr Fleming added: ‘He knows there’s a difficulty with them [Rehab], he’s in court against them and maybe he should have stayed out of that.’

Bid to trace WWI Illegally dumped soldier’s relatives rubbish sent south DEFENCE chiefs in Britain are trying to track down the Irish relatives of a soldier killed in World War I after the discovery of his remains. Private James Rowan’s family is believed to have moved from Co Longford to Lancashire in England, where he was born in the late 1800s. He was killed on a battlefield near the Belgian village of CominesWarneton. His suspected remains were found four years ago – the UK’s Ministry of Defence believes it could get conclusive proof of his identity through a DNA sample from relatives. It is believed the Rowan family moved back to Co Longford.

WORK began this week to return thousands of tonnes of illegally deposited waste from Northern Ireland to the Republic. The rubbish was found under grazing land behind Philip Johnston’s farm at Killadeas in Co Fermanagh. Addresses from Cork, Dublin and Wexford were on items among the rubbish discovered almost a decade ago. Johnston was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment in 2008. Around 4,000 tonnes of waste have already been removed from a site close to Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone and 4,000 tonnes from land near Omagh.


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‘Driver let go 5 times as he sped home to save house’ by jOAnnE AHERn GARDAÍ have rejected a claim they failed to penalise a well-known sports star caught speeding five times in one day. They say the speeder in question simply hade the same name as the sports star and was let off because he was racing home as his house was flooding. The allegations are understood to have been made by a Garda whistleblower in material sent to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which is now being examined by officers at Garda Headquarters. According to RTÉ News, gardaí said the person caught speeding five times told officers his house had flooded and he was trying to save his possessions. Gardaí also said a claim by the owner of a car that was clocked speeding at a time it was in for NCT was genuine. Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan – appearing before the PAC today to discuss the Auditor General’s annual report – said he will not discuss individual cases. PAC chairman John McGuinness said among the issues for discussion was why previous reports on the fixed charge notice system and on-the-spot fines did not ‘result in sufficiently improved controls within An Garda Síochána’.



Local and European vote set for May 23 ENVIRONMENT Minister Phil Hogan yesterday confirmed Friday May 23 as the date for the next European and local elections. Because of a number of boundary changes, only 11 MEPs will be returned in the ballot compared to the previous 12. It is also expected that an overhaul of local government will see the number of councillors slashed by more than 40 per cent as scores of town councils are abolished. Mr Hogan encouraged eligible voters who are not on the electoral register to apply for inclusion in the supplement as soon as possible.

Matt Baggott steps down as PSNI chief

FLAUNT LIKE A BUTTERFLY: French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier embraces model and burlesque star Dita Von Teese on the catwalk at the end of his much-anticipated Haute Couture spring/summer 2014 fashion show in Paris yesterday picture: reuters

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CHIEF Constable Matt Baggott, head of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, is to retire. Baggot, 55, took command of the PSNI in 2009 and since then has been vocal in urging a political solution to sectarian tensions that have injured hundreds of officers. He has overseen a broader community engagement, a drop in general crime levels and a force transformed from the days when bombs were a regular occurrence. The news comes weeks after Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie said she planned to retire.




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When it comes to prominent Irish figures, kEn ROgAn asks why sorry really seems to be the hardest word...

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COUPLES should be warned of the risks of home birth, including the ‘silent tragedy’ of long-term disability for their babies, experts have said. While studies have shown an increased risk of a baby dying during a home birth, little is said about the chance of disability – which can occur due to factors such as oxygen starvation, they argued. The authors said deprivation of oxygen – medically known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) – can lead to cerebral palsy and motor and cognitive problems that can be detected at school-age. Writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Prof Julian Savulescu, from Oxford University, and obstetrician and gynaecologist associate professor Lachlan de Crespigny of the University of Melbourne said that when problems occur at home there can be a delay in transferring women to hospital for help, which ‘may result in permanent severe disability’. The authors said women’s choices should be respected but they and their partners ‘may be poorly informed of all the risks they could be taking by choosing a home birth’.

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VILLAGERS and James Vincent McMorrow are among the names to make the shortlist for the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Song Of The Year 2013. Recognising the nation’s favourite songs from the previous year, the winner is chosen by the public and encourages them ‘to discover new Irish artists and take an active role in supporting Irish music’. People can cast their vote through Facebook or by texting ‘SONG’ to 085 711 4444 for a list of nominees. The overall winner will be revealed at the Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar Street on February 27. The Irish Song Of The Year shortlist is decided by the judging panel and the Irish airplay charts for 2013. The 2013 shortlist is: n Daithí – Chameleon Life n Hozier – Take Me To Church n I Am The Cosmos – Look Me In The Eye n James Vincent McMorrow – Cavalier n Kodaline – Brand New Day n New Jackson – Sat Around Here Waiting n The Original Rudeboys – Never Gonna Walk Away n The Strypes – You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover n Two Door Cinema Club – Changing Of The Seasons n Villagers – Nothing Arrived Who’s your winner? mail@metroherald.ie @metrohnews


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It seemed like a good idea then, but Pete Wentz says piercing his penis was ‘dumb’. The Fall Out Boy guitarist, 34, told Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live: ‘I was young, dumb and full of... wisdom. It’s not pierced any more.’ He also hides his ‘jobstopping’ tattoos in case his music career ever hits the skids.

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Gwen ready to burst Gwen Stefani looks almost ready to pop as she shows off her baby bump in a full-length selfie. The pregnant No Doubt singer, 44, usually tries to cover up her growing belly but it was out and proud as she wore a skintight longsleeved black dress over a pair of sleek leather trousers. She captioned the photo – taken in front of a mirror – on Twitter: ‘bump it #allblack #inappropriateshoes #capturethemoment #miracle’

A smiling Stefani revealed last week she was expecting her third son with husband Gavin Rossdale while wearing a gold crown and plaid shirt in an Instagram picture. It was captioned: ‘I was ready to hand over the crown. But I guess I am still queen of the house. #itsaboy #surroundedbyboys.’ The rock couple’s other sons are Kingston, seven, and Zuma aged five.

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DIRECTOR Quentin Tarantino has by DANIEL BINNS ditched work on his new film in a furious rage after the script was leaked. of his script to only a handful of proThe famously short-tempered Oscar ducers and actors, including three set winner said he was abandoning The to star in the film – Michael Madsen, Hateful Eight, a Western which had Bruce Dern and Tim Roth. ‘I’m very, very depressed,’ he told been due for release in 2015, because film website Deadline. ‘I finished a he felt ‘betrayed’. Tarantino said he had given copies script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean

Carey: I lost my cool on film set

to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I give it out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’m done.’ Tarantino said he believed an agent may have borrowed the script and then ‘passed it on to everyone in Hollywood’, with the director being inundated with audition requests as a result. He added: ‘The one I know didn’t do this is Tim Roth.’ However, the director, who won best original screenplay Oscars for both Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained, suggested he might return to the film. ‘I could totally change my mind – I own the f***ing thing. But I can tell you, it’s not going to be the next thing I do,’ he said.

1D to join Big Bird and friends

Sesame Street will be brought to you by the number ‘1’ and the letter ‘D’. One Direction have become the latest superstars to appear on the children’s TV show. A YouTube clip of their appearance shows them singing about the letter ‘U’ in a parody of their hit What Makes You Beautiful. ‘This letter’s U, You know it’s true, It starts some words, there are more than a few,’ says Liam Payne before Louis Tomlinson references ‘udon noodles’ and the word ‘up’. The band hit the road later this year for their Where We Are world tour.

Queen of her house: Gwen Stefani shows off her bump PICTURE: TwITTER

Carey Mulligan is one A-list star you wouldn’t expect to start throwing the crockery around. But the mild-mannered actress admits she lost her rrag so complet completely while filming Inside Llewyn Da Davis that she had to be ccalmed down. ‘We had a sc scene in Washington Squar Square Park where w we were walking through and I was raging aat [co-star] Oscar Isaac,’ she said. ‘We shot tha that at seven in the morning in Ne New York and there were tourists and people walking around w with me screaming and sw swearing at the top of my lungs. ‘There wer were some takes where I wen went way too far and then I had tto be reined in. But I loved it.’ The 28-yea 28-year-old Londoner – who has pr previously starred alongside LLeonardo DiCaprio and Ryan Gosling – said she was anxious about meeting writer and dir director duo Joel and Ethan C Coen after winning her role in the film. ‘You think they they’re going to be really intens intense people but they’re not, not,’ she told Digital Spy. ‘They’r ‘They’re so casual.’

I learned the Zacs of life in my rehab stint Zac Efron says he is thankful for his spell in rehab as it made him realise the ‘kind of man I want to be’. The 26-year-old has bounced back after revealing in September that he completed a treatment programme for undisclosed reasons, although it was reported he suffered from a drug problem. ‘It was an interesting year. I learned so many things,’ he said. ‘The best part was being able to reflect upon that experience and realise how much I have learned about myself.’ Now on a promo tour for his new film That Awkward Moment – and making friends with a monkey on the Today show – Efron revealed he is enjoying a new lease of life. ‘I feel like I’m in a great place and I’m glad that I’m here to share this moment with everybody,’ he told People magazine.


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he Wanted have left fans devastated after announcing they will be going their separate ways following their upcoming tour. Tom Parker, 25, Max George, 25, Nathan Sykes, 20, Jay McGuiness, 23, and Siva Kaneswaran, 25, released a statement yesterday telling fans the Word Of Mouth Tour would be their ‘last for a while’ – but insisted they would ‘continue on as The Wanted’. The statement, on their website, read: ‘This tour will be their last for a while as Tom, Max, Jay, Siva and Nathan have collectively decided to take time to pursue personal endeavours following the tour’s conclusion. ‘The band wants to stress to their fans they will continue on as The Wanted and look forward to many successful projects together in the future. ‘They thank their fans for their

by jEnni McknigHT continued love and support and look forward to seeing them on tour.’ Fans bombarded Twitter with messages of disappointment,resulting in ‘The Wanted’ trending on the social networking site. One wrote: ‘It is like i’m dying inside cause of the wanted. they are part of my life, they helped me when i needed help and now i’ll be alone.’ Another posted: ‘The wanted are much more to me than just a band they’re my world my life my idols they’re my air I breathe xx.’ The Wanted responded to the heartfelt messages by tweeting: ‘We just want to say thanks again to you all for your massive love and support, it means so much to us. We love you guys!’ The band’s last confirmed gig is at The Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma in May.

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Let’s fight but duel be sorry, Saatchi told be a first for me. I need three days’ notice.’ Saatchi – whose public outbursts have become common since his split from Ms Lawson, 54 – claimed he was a veteran cagefighter as he taunted Taki in a letter to the Duel: Saatchi Spectator. He wrote: ‘People tell me that in your unreadable column you also like to brag that you are a black belt at karate. Well, me too, old boy. ‘But apparently your “fights” are genteel affairs, against other soppy geriatrics. Mine take place in cages, unofficial little events with no gloves, no rules, and the loser being carried out, usually battered to bits.’

by HAYDEN SMITH THE combatants are almost elderly enough to recall the era when settling disputes by duelling was commonplace for wealthy gentlemen. But rather than pistols at dawn, Charles Saatchi and his adversary propose a noholds-barred cage fight. The art dealer, 70, has been called out by millionaire Taki Theodoracopulos, who wrote that he was a ‘cowardly slob’ who could ‘try to grab my little throat any time’. Saatchi responded to the reference to his assault on Nigella Lawson by boasting he was a karate expert who left opponents ‘battered to bits’ – prompting Taki to rise to the bait. ‘I am 77 years old, 5ft 9ins and weigh 185lbs,’ the Spectator diarist said. ‘I am willing to face him any time under cage-fighting non-rules, which will

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A MAN accused of allowing two Dublin apartments to be used as brothels claimed he only bought condoms for the women living there because he thought their business was selling them online. Di Wei, 31, has pleaded not guilty to knowingly allowing an apartment of which he was a tenant at The Innings, Observatory Lane, Rathmines, and another at Fastnet Block, Custom House Harbour, to be used as a brothel or for habitual prostitution in 2011. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that when gardaí raided both apartments, they found women on the premises and paraphernalia associated with prostitution. The jury trial of the Chinese national, with an address at Dolphin’s Barn, South Circular Road, Dublin 8, opened yesterday and heard evidence from a number of men who gave evidence of having sex with prostitutes at the addresses after contacting them through a website. Gardaí have asked that these men not be named in reports so future witnesses are not discouraged. The trial continues.


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Ribéry vice case all but over Sisters share donor’s lungs

fRAncE: Star footballers Karim Benzema and Franck Ribéry should be acquitted of sleeping with an underage prostitute, prosecutors told a court yesterday. It comes after alleged victim Zahia Dehar, now 20, refused to give evidence.

Popcorn blast kills boy of 7 cHinA: A boy of seven was killed when a popcorn machine exploded outside a store as he placed his order. Xiao Long died instantly after being struck in the head by a piece of metal pipe. Police said he was with his mother who collapsed in shock after the blast near Xiangxiang city, Hunan province.

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AMERicA: Sisters who needed transplants have been given a lung each from the same donor. Irma Myers-Santana, 71, and Anna Williamson, 69, had both been insisting the other should go first if a match was found. The solution is a first involving siblings at Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas.

Straujuma takes the reins LATviA: Laimdota Straujuma has become the nation’s first female prime minister. The 62year-old replaces the long-serving Valdis Dombrovskis who resigned after a public outcry over a fatal supermarket collapse.

AMERicA: A ray of sun shines on a man trudging through snow beneath a train line in Philadelphia picture: ap

cZEcH REPUBLic: A film made by students to promote university life has been banned because it was all about sex. The Silesian University in Opava said there had been a ‘lack of understanding’ about content, which included a couple copulating in a loo.

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by AiDAn RADnEDgE for the nation’s suffering and accused Saudi Arabia and the West of providing money, weapons and foreign fighters. ‘The West claims to fight terrorism publicly while they feed it secretly,’ he told the delegates. Mr Moallem exchanged sharp words with UN secretary general Ban Kimoon as he spoke well beyond a tenminute limit Mr Ban requested. More than 40 delegates are gathered in Switzerland for the ‘Geneva II’ summit to end the conflict that has claimed more than 130,000 lives since an uprising against the Assad regime in 2011. Rival Syrian delegations are due to hold direct talks tomorrow. Meanwhile, David Cameron has indicated that Britain could take in some of Syria’s most vulnerable refugees.

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Two dead in Kiev riots ‘were shot’ by cOn DOHERTy TWO people whose bodies were found near the site of clashes with police in the Ukrainian capital were shot with live ammunition, prosecutors said yesterday. The news raised fears that their deaths – the first after two months of largely peaceful protests – could further fuel violence in Kiev. The demonstrators have been Violent unrest: Protesters burn protesting daily in the hope of tyres during riots in Kiev picture: epa bringing down the government over its decision to shun the Euro- leaders should be held responsible pean Union and over human rights for the deaths. The three main opposition parties, meanwhile, issued violations. Prosecutors have opened a crimi- a statement blaming President nal investigation to determine who Viktor Yanukovych and his Interior Minister Vitali Zakharchenko. was responsible for the deaths. The mass protests erupted after Premier Mykola Azarov said the police did not have live ammuni- Mr Yanukovych spurned a pact tion and charged that opposition with the EU in favour of close ties

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with Russia, which offered him a $15billion (€11bn) bail-out. The protests swelled to hundreds of thousands after a small peaceful rally was violently broken up by police. Seeing the government ignore their demands, radical protesters have clashed with riot police in Kiev since Sunday. The deaths came on the fourth day of street battles between protesters hurling fire bombs and stones and police firing back with tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. The bodies were found before police moved to tear down protesters’ barricades in central Kiev and chased demonstrators away. Helmeted riot police moved in on hundreds of protesters, dismantling the barricades, beating many with truncheons and firing shots at some.

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Reopening of Vatican Embassy is a sign of cowardice

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f the rumours are true and the Government reopens the waste of money that is the Vatican Embassy, we will have shown the world we are still the same backwater we were 50 years ago. Our Government will have shown us all that they are totally spineless and have already forgiven the Church for decades of child rape, abuse and corruption without any genuine reforms taking place. At a time when the UN has finally called the Vatican to account for its actions, Ireland is now contemplating a U-turn and going against world opinion. I give up. Kevin ■ As one of the few responsible cyclists in Dublin city, I can appreciate both sides of the two-wheel/fourwheel debate. While Dublin drivers – especially

taxis – can be notoriously dangerous to be cycling near (ever think of using your indicators before you turn, guys?), pedestrians can be the most dangerous hazard of all. During Christmas, I nearly got cleaned off my bike by blind pedestrians marching straight out into the road or from out between cars sitting in traffic. Each time, they had the cheek to be cross at me for nearly running into them. Just as thick are the bike couriers etc who cycle the wrong way down a one-way street and have the neck to scowl at me coming towards them but not making way for them (which I refuse to do, out of principle). It seems that whether it’s four wheels, two wheels or no wheels, cop-on and consideration are the most important vehicles for safe and fluid travel. Bikergroove

Quick pic ■ Anyone else notice that since Christmas people are forgetting more and more to use manners, and sometimes not at all? I have noticed this in particular alighting on public transport. People used to thank the bus driver for the safe journey a lot, but now no one says anything at all except me. I say it all the time. Even apart from this simplest of things, people have stopped saying thank you for even the smallest piece of courtesy, like holding a door open or even letting them go

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ahead of you in a queue, without even a nod or a wink. Paul, Dublin 2 ■ Does anyone else secretly twerk in their seat when they hear their favourite song through their headphones? Wherever they happen to be? Train, bus, work? Nobody? Alesha OK. Just me, then. ■ DB, I agree, but magical Michael Jackson’s sales have now surpassed 1billion and counting. Sarah, Fairview

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TREnDing #vatican ● Tánaiste says Vatican Embassy decision isn’t down to the personage of the Pope but the policies being pursued. Struggle to see difference, tbh... @gavreilly ● Kudos to all who campaigned to reopen Vatican embassy. Its closure put Labour’s antireligious ideology before our secular national interest.

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...then we take Berlin Lorna Weightman finds cutting edge trends and top designers at a newly-emerging fashion capital

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e are all aware of the fashion capitals of the world; London, Paris, Milan where journalists and celebrities alike gather twice yearly to survey trends for the following season. But the locations of our fashion capitals are shifting, with emerging fashion weeks like Copenhagan and Berlin, where I visited last week to check out Bread And Butter (one of the world’s largest apparel trade shows). My hosts, Timberland were just one of the globe’s leading brands showcasing their autumn winter 2014 collections, with an impressive installation containing every aspect of their brand, including the iconic yellow boot brought back to fame thanks to Cara Delevingne and Rihanna during 2013. Timberland is moving in a new direction, and a contemporary showcase like Bread and Butter, seems to be the perfect backdrop to

“Berlin has a casual feel to it, channelled through all of the collections I saw” share the message with their buyers and press alongside its retail counterparts such as Disgual and Lacoste; even Karl Lagerfeld chose it to show off his collections. Having celebrated its 40th anniversary at the trade show last year, Timberland decided to return to host its collections and to deliver their mantra for 2014 – ‘bringing the outdoors to the city’. The shift in its designs is noticeable: womenswear is more feminine; denims are designed to flatter and textures like soft leather make it trendy, none of which I had previously associated with the brand.

‘Timberland understands the high quality and style standard of today’s women, who are always on the go,’ said Rene Skytte, vice president of global apparel and accessories. ‘Their outfits need to carry them from day to night – and indoors to outside – without having to sacrifice style or slow down. Our latest collection strikes the perfect balance between unique casual pieces that ensure comfort and polish, and enviable designs that earn compliments on stylish city streets. It’s this versatility that women crave, and that we embrace to ensure our Timberland footwear and apparel become staples within women’s closets.’ It’s easy to see why this is a ‘must-visit’ for journalists, buyers and budding retailers. Firstly, it contains more than 4,000 brands, all of whom want to share their story with you, which allowed me to mingle with emerging allo brands and spot the next ne fashion craze. There is no better place to discover disco a new talent or trend, so for someone like lik me this is paradise. And secondly, secondly this is street style at its best, so bloggers can get snap happy happ simply by people watching. w Berlin has a casual feel to it, and this is channelled through all of the collections I saw. sa Perhaps this is the way w our trends will go for Autumn/ Winter, Winter with the focus moving to comfortable looks for an urban environment; with en dressing for the demands of our daily lives defining our li style. Shoes seems to drop

towards the ground, with flats, mocasins and more practical styles being the choice for most of the large footwear brands (see the Timberland boots, below). I stayed in Mitte, a shopping haven with Cos, Acne, Urban Outfitters and Superdry all present along the narrow streets attracting Berlin’s fashion set for a morning’s coffee and stroll.

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UT what brought the fashionistas out to play was Berlin Fashion Week, which runs alongside the trade show; the city is an international fashion hub this time each year. We may not be overly familiar with its designers, but the catwalks of Berlin have given birth to some who have become popular names in Ireland over time, such as Marc Cain, whose show displayed a sophisticated, contemporary array of key pieces for next season. Having opened its first Irish stand-alone store in Malahide late

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last year, the brand is responding to our preferred way of dressing by offering Irish women timeless, high quality pieces. ‘Marc Cain is a winner with Irish women because of its beautiful quality. We believe women are looking to invest in a premium product like Marc Cain that will retain its quality over a number of years and be better value long-term. ‘Also, the Marc Cain collection stands out due to its broad colour palette, which our customers tell us they can’t find anywhere else,’ says Louise Conway, owner of the Marc Cain store. The Malahide store will feature some looks straight off the Berlin catwalk, including a houndstooth coat and longer length belted coats in cream and grey. Louise says some trends from 2013 will appear again next year, such as leather trousers, which were a huge hit on the high street. So if your wardrobe houses a pair, don’t part with them just yet. If you are planning a city break in 2014, Berlin has to be on your list. With its history, its sights and now its fashion, I’m already planning next season.

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Everything’s coming up rosy osy It’s all about pink this week – from the lightest shades to the boldest tones, says Beauty Blogger Jane Cunningham

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eauty launches are focusing on everything pink. From the sheerest washes of rose to near-neon fuchsia – they’re fierce, feminine and full of surprises. the most beautiful new arrival is the bow-shaped Dior Trianon Palette (€72) with shades for cheeks and eyes. the bow is a beloved symbol of Dior and the palette also features black eyeliner to keep lighter, pastel shades on trend. In contrast, as part of the Over Rose spring collection, the Givenchy Prismissime Euphoric Pink Palette (€54, from January 21) uses bold shades to create a matte veil for lips or cheeks. Inside the palette is a drawer housing three applicators for on-the-go touch ups. Givenchy is also launching a dense, pink-toned mascara, Rose Pulsion, but it’s a risky buy when lashes almost always look best black. Lancôme’s French Ballerine range comprises wearable muted pinks and peachy shades but when it comes to nails, the brighter the better with vivid Le Vernis Rose Satin (€15.50). More vibrant still is Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish Downtown, (€18), an almost fluoro shade. If you shy away from bright colour, YSL Rose Scabiosa (€22) with creamy, lilac undertones is an elegant and stylish statement.

well-priced selection of pinks to see you through the season. For lips, you’re right on trend with everything from the palest, 1960-style, baby pink shades such as NARS

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Hooray for happy feet

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t’s hard to dispute the charm of a great pair of trainers – you can walk in them, for a start – but 2013 was the year the fashion crowd finally cottoned on. after years of women going along with the ridiculously high, impractical heels that dominate the runways, comfort is winning through. ‘sneaker culture has been embraced by the fashion community,’ says New Balance marketing director Graham Dickens. Look down at the feet of front-row goers and you’re bound to see them. It’s a trend that has been gaining pace over the past year, alongside a shift towards functional, easy womenswear. ‘With the breadth of choice available now, women are buying as many sneakers as heels,’ says Laura evans from Office. ‘Part of the impact is the unexpectedness of it,’ adds selfridges’ buying manager for shoes, Helen attwood. ‘there is something really refreshing about the aesthetic of girls who don’t usually step within a metre of a gym bag wearing a glamorous outfit completed by a pair of air Max.’

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No more tottering in heels: trainers have been embraced by the It crowd, writes Naomi Mdudu

New Balance has become the champion of the trend. Despite being around for years, the Boston-based brand has suddenly reached It status. according to asos, it is the second most popular sports footwear brand behind Nike – its sales grew by a mighty 900 per cent last year. People have been taken by New Balance’s minimal, understated design. Rihanna has been spotted numerous times in its W575s, Pharrell Williams is often papped in his and Céline’s creative director, Phoebe Philo, hit the runway to take her bow last year wearing a slouchy navy cashmere sweater, a pair of simple black trousers and the brand’s classic 620s, causing an influx in sales. Philo is also responsible for the revival of another pair of trainers in the minimalist camp – the adidas stan smiths. the iconic all-white tennis shoes returned to stores last week and are already gracing the feet of every self-respecting fashionista. new Balance In the cyclical world of fashion, eras have a way of coming back into the fold and with the current 1990s trend, no collection of trainers would be complete without a pair of Nike’s air Max. they’re the perfect alternative to the minimalist styles.

Trainer fans: Singer Rita Ora and fashion editor Julia SarrJamois ‘unusual materials such as leather and mirror metallic have been incorporated into this style as well as cool retro colour combinations,’ says Net-a-Porter’s senior footwear buyer, Ida Petersson. ‘the response to our metallic air Max trainers was unprecedented – within one day we had almost sold out.’ and they’re not as hard to style as you’d think. ‘they look great with a cropped pant or boyfriend jean,’ says Petersson. selfridges’ attwood agrees: ‘styled with a tailored overcoat and beanie hat, they take on a look that’s very “fashion editor”.’

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WHAT i’m WATCHiNg tristan gemmill Breaking Bad

I’ve just finished watching all of this. I thought the finale did justice to all the characters, everyone’s journey ended the way it should. It didn’t cut any corners, it didn’t cop out. Whether you like Walt (pictured) at the end or not… I think that’s the genius of the show, it doesn’t judge its characters, it leaves it up to the audience. It causes ee shops. conversations in coffee

friday night lights

My wife and I have been watching this a lot. It’s really good – a totally different thing to Breaking Bad. It’s about a high-school football team in rural Texas. You’d think, why would I be interested in that? But it’s not really about the football team – that’s really a catalyst and a backdrop. It’s about young people’s approach to morality, and what you should teach them and what they should learn themselves. The coach (Kyle Chandler, pictured) and his wife are the moral yardstick in it – they are both achable in unimpeachable their outlook on life.

elementary RTÉ2, 10pm BBC’s Sherlock is proving a big hit worldwide. Meanshile, this version by CBS stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved detective fresh from rehab, with Lucy Liu taking on the role as su rgeon sidekick Dr Joan Watson. In this episode Sherlock’s on the case of a serial killer nicknamed The Balloon Man, with the detective’s customary gruffness alienating the family of the killer’s latest victim. Can the duo track down the decommissioned police van used to abduct the child before the trail goes cold?

film of the day The eagle, film4, 9pm

Does the idea of Channing Tatum looking sweaty in a leather skirt excite you? You’ll find much to please your eye in this swords-and-sandals drama based on Rosemary Sutcliff’s stirring kidult book. Young Roman centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) takes his new British slave (Jamie Bell) into this wild, misty land for a Boy’sOwn bromance, and while the ‘will they? Won’t they?’ tension between slave and master provides some erotic tension, the real ravishing is in the Highland scenery, thanks to cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle.

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don’t tell the Bride RTÉ2, 9.30pm Alan Dunleavy and Trevor Moore are polar opposites. Alan likes the finer things in life and has high expectations, but Harry Potter fan Trevor wants a Gay Pride-themed party for their civil partnership. When tasked with creating the couple’s dream day he has some extravagant ideas, but will they be more Disney than Downton Abbey? Together for over four years, Alan and Trevor met while on a night out at The George. Their love story began straight away, even though they are complete opposites. As they get closer to the big day Trevor has a few pranks to play on his partner, but will Alan find them funny, or has his other half gone too far?

deirdre Purcell: Play my kitchen rules next door RTÉ1, 10.15pm Sky liviNg, 9pm Novelist Deirdre purcell is the latest writer to take up the challenge of living in a community for one month and then setting a play in the location. Already armed with an idea for a character, Deirdre arrives at a 19th-century hotel at the foot of Bray Head in the sunshine. The results of her efforts, Shine On, starring Abbey veteran Stella mcCusker, follows this making-of documentary.

This latest addition to the amateur cookery contest menu sees six pairs of foodies set out to impress their peers and judges – model-turnedceleb-baker lorraine Pascale and Michelin-starred chef Jason atherton. The early rounds see each pair throwing a dinner party, starting with Irish entrants Clare and Bex, whose tender beef cheeks split opinion.

We’re a bit behind – only about three of four episodes into the third series. It’s losing its way a little bit. I was a big fan of the first series but the major event in the finale made me think, wow, that’s the scale you now want to talk about. The decision Brody (Damian Lewis, pictured) made in that episode… the consequences outweighed what he was fighting for. It lost me a bit.

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Impossible! But Basil Fawlty (pictured) would be in the running, so would Walter White. And the Six Million Dollar Man, if you go back to my childhood. Sharon Lougher Tristan Gemmill guest stars in Death In Paradise next Tuesday on BBC One at 9pm.


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Thursday, January 23, 2014 METRO HERALD

Zombies are back to life

THE Big READ

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ou’d be forgiven for thinking there wasn’t much that could be added in the way of a new zombie twist after their role in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. In MR Carey’s terrific speculative-fiction thriller The Girl With All The Gifts, though, the ancient Greek myth of Pandora – the girl whose curiosity led her to open the box and unleash horrors into the world – combines with an interspecies love story to create a book that is original, memorable and unexpectedly poignant. Melanie is a preternaturally bright ten-year-old with a massive crush on the sympathetic teacher, Miss Justineau, who inspires her love of learning. Unlike most schoolchildren, though, she is taken, strapped into a wheelchair, from her cell to her classroom. What emerges very quickly in Carey’s fast-paced tale is that Melanie – undead, yet with high-functioning human abilities – is part of an experiment: one of a class full of specimens contained in a bunker as humans try desperately to work on a cure in a blighted future world over-run by a plague that has turned most of the population into hungries (the Z-word is never mentioned). MR Carey is the pseudonym for comic-book heavyweight Mike Carey, author of the Felix Castor novels and comics for both DC and Marvel.

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John Ajvide Lindqvist Another slice of atmospheric Scandi-gothic from the author of vampire tale Let The Right One In. This take on zombies finds Stockholm undergoing strange electrical phenomena and a young man in the grip of hope as his dead wife begins to reanimate in the morgue.

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He takes genre conventions – among them beleaguered heroes in a race to survive against overwhelming odds; fast-moving, visual narrative; lots of things that go bang and a genuinely psychopathic mad scientist – and uses them with

skill, verve and wit. The Girl With All The Gifts is a white-knuckle ride that lurches you from one stomach-in-mouth situation to another, with Carey the keen-eyed operator who knows how to make you scream to go faster. Siobhan Murphy

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His last novel, boymeets-horse tale lean on Pete, earned Willie Vlautin – frontman with alt-country act richmond Fontaine – a well-deserved place on the impac dublin literary award shortlist. in his new novel, the ironically titled the Free, the celebrated Us author examines the damaged fabric of modern america through the prism of four victims of the economic crisis. the irish launch of the book will take place next tuesday at the gutter bookshop where Vlautin will sign copies and discuss its themes with roddy doyle Jan 28, The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar D8, 6.30pm, free. Tel: (01) 679 9206. www.gutterbookshop.com

PsycHotic ePisodes By alan McMonagle

Max Brooks Now a Hollywood blockbuster starring Brad Pitt, this sees a former United Nations investigator travelling the globe to find a cure for a zombie pandemic. Brooks’s 2006 novel was a follow-up to his satirical 2003 manual The Zombie Survival Guide and took itself much more seriously.

Pride and PrejUdice and Zombies

Seth Grahame-Smith This mash-up between genteel Jane Austen and B-movie gorefest offers a parallel Regency England overrun by the undead, and Mr Darcy as a crack zombie hunter.

Readers who aren’t put off by the sensationalistic title of alan McMonagle’s collection will find stories whose tone manages to be both breezy and dark, whimsical and profoundly sad. the mood is set in the opener, looking after little Patrick, in which a couple, who have been told they can’t conceive, look after a nephew for day and prove themselves to be the world’s most likeably inept babysitters. Women Drivers On taylors hill has the same gleeful,

crazed energy, as a cyclist who hurtles around galway mulling on his parents’ decline gets into a series of comic collisions. the Bleeding Boy, a tale of bereavement and sexual awakening, and Beside titan’s sea, in which a boy struggles to cope with his parents’ marital breakdown, are the strongest in the collection – they come closest to being both moving and amusing – while the quality tails off a little in the closing stories. the stories come with a testimonial from Pat McCabe – and they certainly share the same bleakly comic sensibility: if you enjoy McCabe, you will appreciate these merrily gothic fancies. Sheena Davitt

Mira Grant Two bloggers go on a quest to discover the truth about the conspiracy behind events 20 years earlier, when scientists who found a cure for the common cold unwittingly created a zombie pandemic.

norwegian shoe business ‘sinks like the titanic’, his dad’s skilled work is lost – and anger and anxiety grow in arvid’s home like mushrooms. Uncle Rolf stirs up trouble. arvid wets the bed. there’s a strong vein of melancholy in this novella, shown through a child’s wryly funny perspective. sadness and humour coexist beautifully in Butterflies In November by icelandic author auður ava Ólafsdóttir. the

narrator, a translator, is keen to avoid entanglement now her marriage has failed. But in a series of coincidences, she embarks on a road trip with a menagerie of animals in tow – and her friend’s deaf son. Witty touches – the almost-ex-husband who still asks his wife to wash his smalls – counterpoint the tenderness between the boy and his reluctant guardian. sly wit also characterises The Rabbit Back Literature Society, a genre-defying finnish novel by Pasi ilmari Jääskeläinen. Ella is a

teacher, now working at her old school in the small town of Rabbit Back. the town is proud of its most notable resident, children’s author laura White, who founded the literature society to train talented children to write. But things are not as idyllic as they look. library books are blighted by changed endings and the society Ella’s just been invited to join seems to be playing a sinister game. novels in translation often have an extra sense of distance about them: for these three, it’s well worth travelling.

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SHELfSpAcE nORDiC fiCtiOn three novels show there’s more to nordic fiction than grisly crime. nordic fiction consumed by irish readers has been crime-dominated for years. since Wallander reached us in the 1990s, we’ve been addicted to dark thrillers by the likes of stieg larsson, Jo nesbø and Yrsa sigurðardóttir. But here are three scandinavian novels concerned only remotely with crime, focusing more on memory, childhood and identity. Original and often hilarious, they’re a pleasing

contrast to frozen bodies. norwegian writer Per Petterson is well-regarded by irish readers: Out stealing horses picked up the international impac Dublin literary award in 2007. now, for the first time, his 1987 debut, Ashes In My Mouth, Sand In My Shoes, has been translated into English. tenyear-old arvid Jansen likes to watch his father’s back, reassuringly broad under his blue shirt. But when the


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60 seconds Head of creative at smoothie brand Innocent, DAN GERMAIN is behind the firm’s innovative marketing campaigns. Next Monday he takes to the podium to discuss his work at the NCI and Metro Herald Marketing Mavericks series What is your thought process for each campaign... is it driven by the dark arts of marketing? I don’t think you need to resort

to the dark arts. And the fact that I have no ‘proper’ marketing training means that we approach things with a pretty simple thought in our heads: will this piece of marketing be interesting or useful to the public? If not, it’s probably not worth doing.

You have been a copywriter with Innocent for almost 15 years. Was the transition from delivery man a bumpy ride? It

was pretty natural. The first conversations I had with people about Innocent were with shopkeepers interested in stocking the drinks, or drinkers who emailed us for a chat. In both cases, I just tried to keep those conversations going – happy shopkeepers and happy drinkers meant that we had a decent chance of staying in business, and that’s what we’ve done ever since.

How does a firm make sure its message is authentic when the public knows it’s all about selling to them? People are

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We don’t try to control the message. Social media is an equal opportunities thing, so our aim is to give people interesting, useful and sometimes just plain dumb things to look at and read. Then they can decide what to do with them.

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a bottle label. That’s very much a one-to-one chat, as opposed to broadcasting a message to millions via a television ad break. Keeping our voice the same everywhere has been tough, but I think we’ve managed it pretty well.

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PHILLY McMahon reckons a positive mental approach is key to retaining the All-Ireland football title this year. The Sam Maguire-winning defender says talk of ‘retaining’ the title or hanging on to it is unhelpful. He wants his colleagues to rather accept that it’s a new season which must be attacked head on again. It’s a subtle difference in word usage but McMahon reckons a defensive mind-set could easily disrupt their bid for history. ‘Sometimes we don’t like saying it’s about retaining something, it’s more about going for it again,’ said McMa-

hon at sponsor AIG’s launch of the new season. ‘It’s in our hands to go and get it again. ‘All the players, and the players that were there in 2011, know standards have to be much higher this year. Hopefully we can bring the lads that haven’t experienced that with us and push them to achieving that this year. ‘The only time I’ve experienced retaining something or winning it year after year was with Ballymun Kickhams when we won the U-21 Championship. So I don’t really know what it takes at this level. ‘But I’m sure the standards have to be higher and it’s going to be interesting for me to see what way the man-

ager will do it this year. I’m sure the players will buy into it and we’ll see what the outcome is.’ It remains to be seen what sort of role McMahon will play. He was a corner-back in last year’s All-Ireland final but has been deployed as a centre-forward in the O’Byrne Cup. ‘I’ve played in midfield for Ballymun before and in the All-Ireland club final I started at full-forward,’ added McMahon. ‘So it’s not exactly new but, yeah, I was a bit surprised to be brought out to centre-forward. ‘It helps being a defender, playing up front, because you know where to run and what moves they don’t like as defenders.’

When you see something you wrote splashed across a screen, do you still get a kick?

Of course. It’s a strange feeling. The fact that Innocent exists at all still feels a bit weird. You have to remember that we started it as a group of university friends with not much of an idea about what we were doing. So I still get We thought onion weirdly excited when I see somejuice might taste nice one drinking one and tried it out. It’s an of our drinks out in the real world. experience I have no

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smart. They know we’re trying to sell them something. So there’s no point shouting at them, or exaggerating – I tend to walk away from people who shout at me. Rather, we strive to add products or messages that are useful and interesting (those words again) to people’s lives.

Your latest campaign, The Chain of Good, avoids earnestness due to its witty tone – why did you take this angle?

We’re just telling the stories that exist inside our business. We’ve been giving ten per cent of our profits away to charity for years now, so we just wanted to pass on that message, in a simple and watchable way. We made the films with Max Joseph, the man who makes Catfish for MTV, and they turned out really well. You can watch them online at chainofgood.ie.

How do you ensure a brand’s message is universal using both new and old media? I

think the biggest challenge was making sure that our voice stayed consistent. The first messages we wrote to people were on the back of

What’s the golden rule of copywriting? Be

yourself. It’s the only asset you have full control over and full copyright on. Nobody else can be you, so use your brain and your strangest inner thoughts to make your writing unique. You’ll usually find that everyone’s having the same strange inner thoughts.

What was your biggest mistake? Thinking that onion juice

might taste nice. We tried it out in our development kitchen once. It’s a sensory experience that I have no need to revisit. Dan Germain is the first speaker in the new Marketing Mavericks series from NCI and Metro Herald on January 27. All events are free and take place at NCI’s city centre campus in the IFSC, with breakfast provided. Register via ncirl.ie, and early booking is recommended. NCI specialises in marketing and offers a Masters in Marketing, Certificate in Digital Marketing and Diploma in Marketing, Advertising, Sales and PR among other programmes. The 26week Certificate in Digital Marketing is enrolling for a start date of Feb 12. Tel: 1850 221 721 or visit ncirl.ie.

BOYS (AND GIRLS) IN BLUE: Dublin Ladies footballer Sinéad Goldrick, footballer Philly McMahon, camogie star Ali Twomey and hurler David O’Callaghan lined out on behalf of sponsor AIG today to launch Dublin GAA’s 2014 season. Check out www.AIG.ie for ticket and jersey giveaways. Fans can see all four games for just €40 if they avail of a special package which allows admission to either the stands or Hill 16 (€10 for juveniles) PICture: SPortSfIle

o’Callaghan calls for hunger in games DaviD O’Callaghan says the Dublin hurlers have started the new season as they mean to go on. The leinster champions burst out of the traps on Tuesday night with a big Walsh Cup win over UCD. Some fans feared they may lack hunger after a winter spent pondering their 2013 breakthrough. That’s what happened in 2012 when they won just a single competitive game after a positive 2011 campaign. The players have since admitted they talked too openly about

their all-ireland ambitions in 2012. O’Callaghan says this time around it’s all about doing their talking on the field. Defeating a strong UCD side with a 2-20 tally was a great start and booked them a semi-final with old rivals Wexford on Sunday. all-Star nominee O’Callaghan (pictured) says the one certainty this year is that complacency and hunger won’t be lacking. ‘To be honest, i just don’t think any of that stuff is an issue at this stage,’ said O’Callaghan. ‘after last year, after getting the bit of success we got, i think everyone is hungry for it now.

‘There’s a lot of lads who were on the panel last year but didn’t see as much action as others so they’re mad to play, mad to get out and show they can do it. ‘There’s good drive in the panel and lads just want to train, put the head down and push on.’ ‘i suppose we won’t be taken for granted by others either. We’ve had substantial success in the last couple of years.’ O’Callaghan eased fears that he picked up a serious hamstring injury against UCD. he limped off at half-time after shooting a point and narrowly missing a goal. ‘it just got a bit of a pull, nothing huge, a bit of cramp on the hamstring,’ said the St Mark’s man. ‘i would have liked to have stayed on a bit longer but coming off was precautionary. i’ll see the physio to assess it but it’s not a huge deal.’


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All-island bid for a World Cup begins A working group has been set up by governments on both sides of the border to lay the groundwork for a potential all-island bid to host the 2023 rugby world Cup. Ministers from Dublin and Belfast met in Armagh to discuss the prospect of a joint pitch to stage the sport’s showpiece event. Leo Varadkar and Michael ring held talks with their counterparts in Stormont Caral ní Chuilin and Arlene Foster. Their agreed working group will be made up of the key bodies associated with preparing a bid and it will report back to both governments in a few months. Ministers will then consider how to move forward to submit a formal application to host the tournament. Mr Varadkar said ireland had what it took to stage a successful world cup. ‘Minister ring and i were delighted to meet with ministers Foster and ní Chuilin to discuss the possibility of making a formal bid for the 2023 rugby world Cup,’ he said. ‘it’s still very early days, but the four of us believe ireland has what it takes to host a cracking world Cup.’ Mrs Foster added: ‘As we already know, sport is an incredibly powerful sales tool that has the power to attract thousands of international visitors.’ Mr ring said the rugby world Cup was potentially the biggest sporting event ireland could stage. ‘Sport is a great unifier, it brings people together and large events like this can also bring about a great sense of pride.’

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O’Connell draws a Lion under tour-fatigue talk by DAnny HOgAn

Ireland will not suffer any British and Irish lions tour fatigue, according to captain Paul O’Connell. France have claimed the rBS 6 nations title every season directly following a lions tour in the professional era. Munster’s talismanic lock O’Connell does not expect any fallout this season though, paying tribute to the IrFU’s careful management of their top stars once again. ‘after my first lions tour I actually broke my hand in my first game back and got another ten weeks off, so I got a really long pre-season!’ said O’Connell of his experiences after the 2005 lions tour. ‘Certainly that happened back in 1997 and maybe in 2001 but I think we’re very wellmanaged now.

Green dream team leaders: Ireland women’s captain Fiona Coghlan and captain Paul O’Connell flank the Six Nations Women’s Trophy at the launch of the 2014 RBS Six Nations in London yesterday. Ireland’s first Six Nations fixture will be at home to Scotland on Sunday February 2 in the Aviva Stadium

‘Most of our Lions players are feeling fairly good’ ‘I got a good break after the lions tour, we’ve had some very tough games in the last few months, but managed to get a down week over Christmas as well. ‘So I think it’s something you can believe if you want to, you can look for it if you want, but the way we’ve been managed, most of our lions players are feeling fairly good. Ireland host Scotland on February 2 to open their Six nations challenge before taking on Wales in dublin just six days later. O’Connell, who this week tied up a new twoyear deal with home province Munster, expects Wales captain Sam Warburton to cause Ireland problems when the teams meet in round two. The 2009 lions captain was impressed with the flanker on last summer’s tour to australia. ‘I thought he was excellent: he’s a quiet enough guy who leads from the front in everything he does, whether it’s the gym, the analysis room, the training field, but most importantly when he’s on the pitch playing, he leads from the front,’ said O’Connell. ‘I thought he had a great tour as a captain and it’s no surprise he’s won the tour too.’

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Resurgent Federer starting to dream after defeat of Murray rOger Federer is dreaming of grand slam titles again, but first he must get past rival rafael nadal. The 17-time grand slam champion came into the australian Open as an outsider after his 2013 struggles but has looked back to his best in wins over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and andy Murray. Having lost to Murray in the semi-finals 12 months ago, Federer took revenge to reach the last four in Melbourne for an 11th consecutive time. The 32-year-old has not

made a grand slam final since winning the last of his titles with victory over Murray at Wimbledon in 2012. He has beaten nadal only ten times in 32 meetings, and not at a slam since the Wimbledon final of 2007, but the Spaniard is struggling with a blister on his left palm and battled past grigor dimitrov in his quarter-final. For Federer, meanwhile, there is also the tantalising possibility of an all-Swiss final, with Stanislas Wawrinka due to play

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Tomas Berdych after his stunning upset of novak djokovic. ‘For me it’s an amazing result to be in the semis,’ said Federer. ‘This one feels different because of the tougher times I’ve had in the slams. ‘Plus what I really love is another Swiss is in the semis as well. It’s the first time in history. So that’s a big deal.’ ‘For me, it’s a dream run, and I hope I can keep it up against rafa. Clearly when you’re in the semis, you Fed-express: Storms into the semis start dreaming.’

Azarenka reign ends There will be different names on both Australian open singles trophies this year after Victoria Azarenka lost to Agnieszka radwanska in the quarterfinals in Melbourne. Azarenka (pictured) had won the title for the previous two years and on both occasions shared top billing with men’s champion novak Djokovic, looking to claim a fourth straight crown. Djokovic’s hopes were ended on Tuesday night when Stanislas wawrinka turned the tables in five compelling sets, and yesterday radwanska produced a tremendous display to defeat Azarenka 6-1 5-7 6-0. The Pole had lost their last seven matches and 12 straight sets against Azarenka. But she was on her game from the start while Azarenka could not find her range. in the semi-finals, fifth seed radwanska will play Dominika Cibulkova, who followed up her victory over Maria Sharapova by crushing Simona Halep 6-3 6-0.


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sunderland deliver final blow as pressure mounts

Sub standard: Mata has had enough of sitting on the bench at Chelsea PICTURE: AP

Juan to sign for Moyes in record deal MANCHESTER United were last night believed to have agreed a club-record deal to sign Juan Mata. In possibly the most promising move of David Moyes’ reign at Old Trafford, the Scot was set to clinch the signing of Chelsea midfielder Mata for his side, who were taken to extra-time by Sunderland in their Capital One Cup semi-final. It is thought United and Chelsea have settled on a fee of £37million for Spain star Mata, representing a massive coup for Moyes. The 25-year-old has been

Cat-astrophic: Manchester United goalkeeper David DeGea looks down in dismay after he let the ball slip through his hands and into the net to give Sunderland a priceless goal picture:ap

by ADAM HyLAnD SUNDERLAND piled on the misery for Manchester United with a semi-final win on penalties which denied David Moyes and his men a trip to Wembley. A topsy-turvy tie was sent to spot-kicks when Javier Hernandez scored from close range in injurytime after extra-time, moments after United old-boy Phil Bardsley thought he had won it for Sunderland when his speculative shot from outside the box was inexplicably fumbled by DeGea. Only Darren Fletcher scored for United from the spot as Danny

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Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj, Phil Jones and finally Rafael all missed the target or saw their efforts saved in a dismal display of penalty-taking. Rafael’s miss sparked wild Sunderland celebrations. The visitors fared little better, but Marcos Alonso and Ki Sung-Yeung kept their nerve to score past

David DeGea – who saved from Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson. Moyes had been hoping for respite from what has been a terrible start to 2014, in which United taken just three points from nine in the Premier League – a run which has wrecked any hopes of defending their title – and crashed out of the FA Cup. They started brightly enough and Jonny Evans gave them a lead before half-time, but they lacked the cutting edge which could have earned a crucial second goal in normal time, their nervy performance echoed in the shoot-out.

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Coleman boost for Toffees EvERTon have described right-back Seamus Coleman’s hamstring problem as a ‘minor soft tissue injury’. no timescale has yet been put on the Republic of Ireland international’s return but the diagnosis might ease fears the 25-year-old (pictured) could be out for a few weeks. Coleman, who has been in fine form this season, limped off during the Toffees’ 1-1 draw at West Brom in the Premier League on Monday. A statement on the

THEy sAiD iT ‘Unfortunately we haven’t won it for a long time so I am even more focused to do well in this competition. I would love the club to win the FA Cup again’

club’s website added: ‘He has been closely monitored by Blues medical staff since then and has already begun his recovery.’

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal’s barren FA Cup run is fuelling his determination to lift the trophy this season. The Gunners play Coventry at the Emirates Stadium in the fourth round tomorrow night.

Saints call for calm SoUTHAMPTon’S owner Katharina Liebherr wants to bring ‘stability and calm’ to the club after making gareth Rogers interim CEo. ‘off the pitch, my priority is to establish the proper running of the club at the top,’ said Liebherr.

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oSSIE ARDILES has been moved to Buenos Aires for further tests after a car crash in the Falkland Islands left the former Tottenham star, 61, requiring stitches to his head.

Chelsea’s player of the year for the past two seasons but has often been overlooked Jose Mourinho this term. As he bids to make Spain’s World Cup squad, Mata has sought first-team football and is set to have a medical at Old Trafford today. Mourinho’s readiness to allow Mata to leave midseason may indicate he does not see United as a serious title rival any more, at least this season. Mata is expected to sign a four-and-a-half-year deal today and will go straight into the squad to face Cardiff this weekend. There was mixed news for Moyes as his men fought back to level their semi-final tie with Sunderland at 2-2 on aggregate but went into extratime as they chased a showpiece final against arch-rivals Manchester City.


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Home nations captains: (L-R) England’s Chris Robshaw, Ireland’s Paul O’Connell, Sam Warburton of Wales and Scotland’s Kelly Brown picture: inpho

Schmidt’s Black horrors put to bed by 6 nations

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A flAwless Dublin record and one win away from home could catapult ireland into Rbs 6 nations title contention, according to head coach Joe schmidt. ireland boss schmidt bemoaned a six-day turnaround between hosting scotland and facing wales in Dublin in the tournament’s opening two rounds. The former leinster head coach has targeted that transition as key to ireland’s chances of remaining unbeaten at the Aviva stadium. Throw in victory in one of france

or england, and schmidt believes ireland have a chance to trouble the top end of the tournament table. ‘if we could defend the Aviva that would be great,’ said schmidt. ‘if we manage an away victory against either england or france as well, then that would put us in the mix for a shot at being in the top two. ‘That would be a fantastic achievement given where we’ve come from, but that’s not to say that’s our clear expectation. ‘we know we’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us. ‘The six-day turnaround from scot-

land to wales is a really big ask. “There’s nothing we can do about that and you just have to get on with it, just like you can’t control the calls of a referee. ‘but it’s unfortunate that we’re not going to get a great run-in to a game against a great team like wales, especially after facing a combative outfit like scotland. ‘we’ll only

really have one real training session that week, so we’ll have to make it count.’ schmidt admitted ireland’s flabbergasting 24-22 last-play defeat to world champions new Zealand in november has been a ‘recurring nightmare’ for him. but the former new Zealand schoolteacher is confident his players have put that autumn frustration to bed. ‘we managed to move past it pret-

ty quickly when we met up again ahead of Christmas,’ said schmidt. ‘it’s been a bit of a recurring nightmare for me, however, because it’s the first time i’ve had this experience as a national coach. ‘in the past i have always had the next week to get a game out of my system, and my team too. ‘so adapting to that change has been a different process for me. ‘The players are in good shape though, and now we’re just excited about the challenges ahead in the competition.’

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Dubs forward named and given 8-week ban for biting

Banned: Jason Whelan

TalenTed forward Jason Whelan was last night identified as the dublin player involved in the bite saga after accepting an eight-week ban. The allianz league medal winner and aIB allIreland club finalist held his hands up to the charge of ‘inflicting injury recklessly’. The incident occurred last Sunday week during dublin’s O’Byrne Cup loss to dCU at Parnell Park. Wing-forward Whelan’s identity had been kept a secret until last night when a leinster Council statement confirmed the development.

The suspension keeps Whelan out of action until mid-March and puts a serious dent in his hopes of earning a squad place. He came into the panel after last year’s club run which ended at Croke Park in March and scored a goal for dublin in the league semi-final. He also started the final win over Tyrone, and though he missed the Championship he appeared to be firmly in Gavin’s plans again. Whelan is the second dublin player inside a year to receive a proposed suspension for biting though

Kevin O’Brien was subsequently cleared because of a lack of evidence last year. Speaking earlier yesterday, Whelan’s dublin and Ballymun colleague, Philly McMahon, said Gavin hasn’t warned the players not to bite. ‘It doesn’t have to be said,’ said McMahon. ‘It’s not something that we look at or focus on because we don’t need to. We need to focus on training and football.’

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Metro Herald, January 23, 2014