THERE ARE SERIOUS TRAFFIC delays for people leaving the Electric Picnic site this morning due to surface water from last night’s heavy rain. AA Roadwatch says it’s taking around an hour for motorists to leave the carpark and get onto the main road. Traffic is congested around Strandbally, but there are no major delays once cars get onto the M7 Dublin-Limerick road or M8 Dublin – Cork road. The AA advises drivers to take care on the wet roads today.
# culture - Tuesday 5 October, 2010
Tributes are paid to the famed singer, comedian and actor – who, apparently, was big in Albania.
# culture - Saturday 25 September, 2010
Art which once adorned the walls of Lehmans’ London offices goes on sale at Christie’s this Wednesday.
# culture - Tuesday 21 September, 2010
What you should know on day one of the three-day event.
# culture - Wednesday 15 September, 2010
Keeping ducks in the shed seemed like a good idea at the time…
# culture - Tuesday 14 September, 2010
Top photos of Russia’s prime minister Vladimir Putin in action.
# culture - Monday 13 September, 2010
The singer claims eight awards at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards – which proceeds without interruption from Kanye West.
# culture - Sunday 12 September, 2010
The Japanese return to Versailles, 65 years on – this time on slightly friendlier terms.
# culture - Saturday 11 September, 2010
The Irishman wins the ‘best of’ series as the lights go out on the Big Brother house for good after eleven summers.
# culture - Wednesday 8 September, 2010
It may a bestseller, but Bertie takes a subtle poke at the memoirs of his friend and the former British prime minister.
# culture - Tuesday 7 September, 2010
But guess which publication was beaten into number two?
Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’ is one of the six shortlisted entries for one of the world’s leading literary prizes.
Ambitious project received 80,000 submissions – but will it simply be a collection of mundane videos?
# culture - Monday 6 September, 2010
Relive the weekend’s revelry with TheJournal.ie’s slideshow.
# culture - Sunday 5 September, 2010
“Advanced discussions” are being held about having U2′s world tour return to Dublin in two months.
Is this the worst X Factor audition ever? We reckon it just might be. Telling the crowd to shut up, asking a judge who they are, and hitting each other? Classy young women. Bring back autotuning, we say.
# culture - Saturday 4 September, 2010
West apologises to Taylor Swift again for that awards interruption – and compares himself to Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy.
IT’S HEAVILY RUMOURED that Tony Blair – fresh from escaping a hail of flying eggs at his book signing in Dublin earlier today – may be on his way to Electric Picnic to engage in a debate with former Labour MP George Galloway over his role in the War of Iraq. Galloway is taking part in a debate on whether there can ever been peace in the Middle East at 7pm, and Blair is rumoured to be planning on attending. He could, of course, opt not to get rained on instead.
ECONOMIST DAVID MCWILLIAMS has told festival-goers at the Electric Picnic that Ireland should actively pursue a debt default. Arguing that Ireland is better off defaulting sooner rather than later if it does so at all, McWilliams said “moral and financial logic” dictated that Ireland needed an ”organised” default.
Ten seconds of uninterrupted TV silence that Jan Brewer will want to forget.
REVELLERS making their way to Stradbally for the second day of the Electric Picnic festival are advised to scrap their plans for bringing sun-tan lotion and instead to stock up on wellington boots – it’s rained heavily on the site overnight and what was a summery wonderland has now turned considerably muddier. Last night’s headliners, Roxy Music, were apparently great. John Lydon must not have been too happy with his PiL crowd last night – the Irish Times’ Jim Carroll reports that Lydon was spotted in Dublin Airport fleeing the country this morning.
Hint: it’s not the one on the left. Or the right.
# culture - Friday 3 September, 2010
FM104 has formally confirmed that Jim-Jim Nugent will be returning to the station to host the flagship breakfast show, the Strawberry Alarm Clock. The DJ, who presented the 2fm breakfast equivalent until a few weeks ago, will be joined by Mark Noble on the new morning show, with both current hosts Jim McCabe and Niamh Crowley making way.
No – we mean, even more than it already does. They’re testing a somewhat creepy new ‘Subscribe’ button.
Westerners are paddy-last when it comes to naming squads.
A new study shows how pregnancy “spreads” quickly through offices.
Bid has “many possibilities of being chosen” apparently.
GOOD NEWS for lovelorn lads: Girls Aloud singer and X Factor judge Cheryl Cole is now officially back on the market, after being granted a decree nisi following an 80-second hearing earlier today. While both were absent – Ashley is playing for England tonight – the singer reportedly said: “Thank God the nightmare is over.”
The burger chain is taken over for $3.26bn. What’s that worth in Irish Whopper Meals?
# culture - Thursday 2 September, 2010
Footage shows the efforts it took the supermodel to get through a crowd of photographers with her young daughter.
Female driver struck down during car action sequence.
Teen prodigy shows fogeys how it’s done.
FAI Finance Director steps down Exclusive
Finance Director Mark O’Leary resigns after five year stint.
The Brazillian player’s lightning bolt of a free doesn’t defy physics, as was once thought.
# culture - Wednesday 1 September, 2010
BBC’s attempts to block revelation fail.
Maybe take the earrings off before training next time, Kendall.
New signing also announced as Leinster look to address front row problems.