Louise O’Neill, Conal Creedon, Caroline O’Donoghue, Patricia Scanlan and Billy O’Callaghan: Five authors share their festive memoriesLOUISE O’NEILLIf you ask me about the first Christmas that I remember, I think it would be Christmas 1988. I was three, my family and I were still living in my grandparents’ holiday home down in Inchydoney, and Santa had left a play kitchen set under the tree for me.I insisted on having a pretend picnic that morning, watching in satisfaction as my parents drank imaginary tea from pink plastic cups. (I would bemoan gendered toys that teach little girls that their role in life is to cook and clean but, eh, I still don’t know how to cook or clean.) But when I think of Christmas as a child, I don’t think of that kitchen set or the Baby Born that swiftly followed – perhaps the reason why I still don’t want to have children is because of that constantly weeping, urinating demon – no, it is something … [Read more...] about What the season means to me: Five Irish authors talk about they memories of Christmas past
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HIMYM actor Neil Patrick Harris' 40th birthday View gallery Happy birthday Neil Patrick Harris! The How I Met Your Mother star turns 40 today, which means Doogie Howser MD is now closer to retirement than smug, child genius quack. Think on that. After negotiating a fairly barren mid-90s career-wise (a bit-part role as a Gestapo-esque officer in bug-smashing sci-fi Starship Troopers aside), a narcotic-tinged visit to a burger joint with Harold & Kumar rocketed NPH back into the public eye. And then some. Since then, he’s been voted one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and presented the Tony Awards (where he jigged with Mike Tyson). And it’s all thanks to womanising, Scotch-drinking, corporate cheerleading Barney Stinson, the one character in hit comedy HIMYM you’ve never wanted to punch square in the mush. So, in true Barnabus Stinson style, suit up and raise a glass of American Scotch … [Read more...] about Barney Stinson’s 40 best jokes and chat up lines to celebrate How I Met Your Mother actor Neil Patrick Harris’ 40th birthday
Matt Lakin Knoxville News Sentinel Published 11:10 AM EDT Oct 8, 2018 He slipped between skins and lived two lives in one – the big-hearted businessman and the corporate con artist, the self-made man who talked to truckers like one of their own just to pick their pockets at the pump and laugh behind their backs. He heads to federal prison at month’s end. Mark Hazelwood helped build Pilot Flying J into a billion-dollar national powerhouse with travel centers in 44 states and six Canadian provinces. Along the way, he presided over a fraud plot that ripped off small trucking companies to the tune of more than $50 million and still wasn’t satisfied, federal prosecutors say. ‘That’s not me’ A federal judge sentenced Hazelwood, 59, to 12½ years in prison last month for his role in the plot, which spanned at least five years. The sentence followed a jury’s guilty verdict in February on charges of wire fraud, witness tampering and … [Read more...] about Pilot Flying J fraud: Ex-president Mark Hazelwood’s rise and fall
The Spectator 26 September 2018 12:37 PM 26 September 2018 12:37 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Thank you for that welcome. I want to start by thanking the workers, the fantastic staff at the Conference Centre and hotels, the Labour Party staff who make this possible, and the people of Liverpool who have made us feel so welcome this week. And I want to thank my family, but in particular my wife Laura. Tu eres mi fuerza y mi apoyo. Gracias Laurita. And congratulations conference, to all of you on what’s been a great conference. A conference of a Labour Party that’s ready to take charge and start the work of rebuilding our divided country. This year we mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which saw eight million women getting the vote for the first time, along with five and a half million working class men. We now have more women members of the Labour Party than the entire membership, male and … [Read more...] about Full text: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour conference speech
ASHLEY Benson rose to fame as Hanna Marin in the teen mystery-drama television series Pretty Little Liars. Here's everything you need to know about the TV actress who's dating Her Smell co-star Cara Delevingne following months of speculation... Who is Ashley Benson? Ashley Victoria Benson was born December 18, 1989, in Anaheim Hills, California. The 28-year-old signed with Ford Models when she was eight and made her screen debut with a minor role in 2004 comedy 13 Going on 30. She spent her next three years as Abigail Deveraux on long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives before starring as Carson in 2007's Bring It On: In It to Win It. Ashley has also had small roles as Barney Stinson's half-sister Carly Whittaker in How I Met Your Mother, and she voiced the role of Dakota in Family Guy. Who does she play in Pretty Little Liars and what else has she been in? Ashley is best known for her role as Hanna Marin in the teen mystery-drama television series Pretty Little Liars, a … [Read more...] about Who is Ashley Benson, is she Cara Delevingne’s girlfriend and who does she play in Pretty Little Liars?