Forecasting the Future

When you first think of predictions, what might spring to mind are mystics, psychics, the end of the world, or considering the past weeks: the weather! There are billions of predictions made every day. But how wild can predictions get? And how often, and how badly, can they go wrong?   We, as humans, fear […]

A second chance

Nelson Mandela wisely said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Over 2000 years earlier, Confucius wrote: “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” Perhaps most relevant are the words of Victor Hugo: “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”   These great thinkers […]

Mad as a hatter: The curious history of the hat

Hats. We all have one friend who is never seen without their trademark headpiece. With it, you could instantly spy them in a sea of people. Without it they seem naked, almost alien. It’s simply a testimony to how hats have become central to the expression of people’s identities. To some, hats are the quintessential […]

Erotica Unbound

With the final instalment of the Fifty Shades trilogy released in early February, the notion of erotic fiction has become increasingly prominent in the media. There is no doubt that when we think of erotica our minds immediately jump to the swoon-worthy face of Christian Grey, seeing as it was the fastest-selling paperback, selling more […]

When the water is safer than the land

The Greek island of Lesbos has long been a popular choice for people wishing to escape the continent to holiday in its picturesque scenery while tanning on one of its many sandy beaches. However, as of recent years, Lesbos has had an influx of a very different type of traveller.   The vast numbers of […]

In the shadows of the land of the rising sun

Contrary to popular belief the Yakuza are not a single entity in Japan’s criminal underworld. Rather the term ‘yakuza’, in Japanese roughly translates to ‘good for nothing’ and can apply to any individual gangsters or their affiliated gangs. Many theorize that the origin of the term derives from a worthless hand in a Japanese card […]

The Irish connection

Standing in a crowd, we watched as President Higgins laid a wreath at the plaque before a minute’s silence was observed. The shot of a cannon punctuated the silence, making one or two observers jump. A disgruntled tourist muttered to my right, “A commemoration for a bunch of dead people. They can’t even hear the […]

A pensive peninsula

One of the first questions you are asked in South Korea is how old you are. This is not to offend but rather to try and understand your social order to other people. If you are older than the person you are talking to suddenly are treated with respect. If you are younger, however, it […]

What the Puck?

Illustration by Sinaoife Andrews Every year for three days in mid-August, an unusual festival takes place in the small town of Killorglin, Co Kerry. The Puck Fair (from the Irish Aonach an Phoic, which means “Fair of the He-Goat”) is an event of which the origins are unclear. It can officially be traced back to […]

A visit to Sarajevo

My friend Ali and I, both embarking on a year off-books in Austria, decided to leave Ireland a few weeks early and travel around the Balkans before taking a bus to Austria. One of the most interesting cities we visited during our travels was Sarajevo. Granted, it is not particularly easy to get to from […]

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