The future of micro-messaging

The Chinese name for WeChat is Wēixìn, which translates literally to “micro-message”. The app’s actual existence stands in direct contradiction to its name, as WeChat is anything but micro.     Released in 2011 by Tencent Holdings Limited, the app presents itself as China’s “super-app for everything”. Currently with over 980 million active users, WeChat […]

Establishing an identity

Onstage, Identity Thief are electric. Bouncing with an energy that you don’t expect from anyone over the age of twelve, they occasionally remind me of five overcharged bumper cars. Disorientating, but fun. The band consists of Luke Dunne on drums, Danny Cullen on lead guitar, Mikey Cleary on rhythm guitar, Josh Daly on bass and […]

The novelist’s noose

In 1804, Samuel Taylor Coleridge lamented that “completely has a whole year passed, with scarcely the fruits of a month. – O Sorrow and Shame…I have done nothing!” Coleridge was most productive throughout his twenties, after which he suffered from opium addiction and struggled indefinitely with writing. Into his thirties and beyond, writing represented an […]

A throwaway problem

  During my youthful musings on the collegiate version of myself, I always pictured myself striding with purpose through the bustling city streets, clutching a takeaway cup of caffeinated fuel to get myself through the day.   Despite the fact that I did not drink coffee at this point in my life, I had already […]

In conversation with Julian Hamilton

“Preacher, pastor, connoisseur of fun dining” reads the tagline of Rev. Dr. Julian Hamilton’s blog; a well-known figure on campus, and in Trinity Hall where he is an assistant warden, Hamilton’s work as the Methodist chaplain has made him a friendly, familiar face for many who have passed through the Chaplaincy during their time in […]

The Rise of Airbnb

“I thought of a way to make a few bucks- turning our place into…a place to crash”, emailed Joe Gebbia to his roommate Brian Chesky. Within the decade this email had become a $31 billion company, spread across 191 countries.   Rent payments were almost due and the two San Francisco based friends were struggling […]

A manual for murder

“Read this book, but keep in mind that the topics written about here are illegal and constitutes a threat… This book is not for children or morons” – The Anarchist’s Cookbook, page 30   The Anarchist’s Cookbook is one of the most infamous and controversial books in the world. Described by some as a “manual […]

Bridging the divide

At the security desk at Tel Aviv Airport, having just landed, an Israeli guard asked our purpose of visit. My heart catching in my throat, I only knew what not to say: that I had come to the Middle East as part of the “Space to Breathe” Program. That our plan was to spend equal […]

The Irish men of the French Foreign Legion

“Legio Patria Nostra” is the motto and bond of fraternity of the French Foreign Legion. Meaning the “Legion is our homeland,” it is a mantra the recruits go on to embody everyday of their service. There are countless stories and multiple myths about the Legion and a romantic aura hangs over its history. Since the […]

Ireland’s hippest chapel

On a dark Wednesday evening around half seven, a surge of young people swarm through the entrance of St. Mark’s Church, which sits tranquilly opposite the Science Gallery. Clutching shopping bags and waving to familiar faces, these clusters of young people lead the way into a large, dimly lit open room.   Justin Bieber blares […]

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