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Prescription Thugs – Review

Drugs are never going to be a non-controversial subject, are they? The title of this documentary film gives you a fair indication of what you will be looking at during the next hour and a half. It’s a Michael Moore-esque look at the American establishment, focusing specifically on the evils …

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Up Standing: Stories of courage from Northern Ireland

  Up Standing tells the stories of ordinary people who stood up to violence, prejudice or sectarianism. The film gives ten accounts of different acts of bravery from people living in Northern Ireland. It was produced as part of a Corrymeela community project and funded by the International Fund for …

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Game of Thrones returns with enjoyable first episode

Acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones has returned, with episode one of season 6 airing on Sky Atlantic on Monday night. And while, by no means a landmark episode, ‘The Red Woman’ was certainly a welcome opener. Job one for producers Benioff and Weiss was certainly to address the cliffhanger …

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Review: Girls

Last week’s double episode finale of Girls saw the HBO comedy’s fifth and penultimate season draw to a triumphant close. The series had suffered from a sophomore slump with season three and four missing the brash and sharp comedic mark of the opening two offerings. Girls is the brainchild of …

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Harry’s Shack Restaurant review

According to Virginia Woolf; “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” Last week I visited the almost infamous Harry’s Shack. Harry’s Shack is a very suitable name for the restaurant which opened its doors to the public in August 2014. Situated at the gateway to …

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Stewart Lee Review

“Comedy is the new opera” Stewart Lee quipped at the outset of his new show, referring to his Grand Opera House surroundings. He might just be right too. Lee’s brand of comedy is dramatic, intense and, at times, beyond his audience.   Throughout the ninety minute set Lee effortlessly kept …

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NHS gets the ‘Stitched Up’ treatment

‘Stitched Up’ is a topical play tackling relevant subject matter at a time when the NHS is dominating the headlines. As I collect my ticket at the usually quiet Riverside theatre in Coleraine it is clear from the number of people in the foyer the satirical drama by Northern Irish …

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North West 200 Launch

24/3/2015: Stars of the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 pictured with Event Director Mervyn Whyte at the race launch in Titanic, Belfast. (L-R) Jeremy McWilliams, Ryan Farquhar, John McGuinness, Lee Johnston, Maria Costello, Dean Harrison, Michael Rutter, Peter Hickman, Alastair Seeley and William Dunlop. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, …

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Restaurant Review – Fx Buckley Steakhouse

Crow Street, TempleBar, Dublin Two mains and two drinks – 70 Euro When walking round the bustling streets of the Templebar FX Buckley’s Steakhouse can be easily missed. This treasure of an eatery is tucked down a cobbled street that lies just off Dame Street. The only way to know …

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The Beauty of Bakewell

The Derbyshire market town of Bakewell is the perfect retreat for those wishing to escape their busy everyday lives. Nestled in the heart of the Peak District, the characterful town features cobbled streets, old fashioned tea rooms and great pubs. The River Wye runs through the town and the relaxing …