SUZANNE HARRINGTON

SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Dying to be thin is society’s biggest shame

DINITROPHENOL, according to government scientists, is “an industrial drug” which can be “extremely dangerous to human health”, writes Suzanne Harrington

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Smartphone addiction is making us dumber

SMARTPHONE owners — stop! Do you ever find yourself doing a U-turn and driving back home because you left your device on the kitchen table?

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Never again let shame be used as a weapon

It’s a bit embarrassing, really, when you think about it. Usually when Amnesty International get involved, the human rights violations are in places we dismiss as far, far away. Poor, troubled, undeveloped places, or countries in the grip of some megalomaniac tyrant. Places you wouldn’t want to go on your holiday.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Documentary is an indictment of society rather than of Amy Winehouse’s life

DOCUMENTARIES don’t tend to sell out by the lunchtime of their cinema opening night, or elicit prolonged emotional applause at the end — but the new film about Amy Winehouse was never going to be ordinary. And we all know the ending.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: My little boy has been replaced by a ‘teenager’

PERHAPS this bizarre phenomenon has also happened in your household. See if any of this sounds familiar — if it does, it would be a great comfort to me. Not as schadenfreude, of course, but more as a reassurance that we are not, you know, freaks.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: In a word it’s been week of stupid utterances

I am mildly aggrieved that nobody told me it was International Say Something Stupid Week. And yet what a week of utterances it has been. All kinds of stupid, which for the purposes of this column I will condense into three: Political Stupid, Academic Stupid, and WTF Stupid.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Earth-shattering news: women are not to blame

THE backpackers who got naked on the sacred mountain in Borneo aren’t a great advert for the phenomenon we call ‘gap year’.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: It’s time we had a sensible chat about prostitution

One of the most unwavering let’s-not-go-there subjects in the history of let’s-not-go-there is prostitution.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Ireland won’t be an equal society until women can have abortions

I TUNED into BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, because it was about Ireland, and I still had that buoyant feeling from last week, says Suzanne Harrington.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Marriage Referendum: ’I have never in my entire life felt so proud to be Irish’

I’ve never voted in Ireland because I left for good in my teens. I didn’t leave for economic reasons; I had a perfectly good job, unlike many of my peers during the late Eighties recession. No, I left for social reasons.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: We all deserve a right to be ordinary and boring

THE ARTIST David Hockney thinks gay people today are boring because they “want to be ordinary — they want to fit in.” 

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: ‘I realise that I am the elephant in the room’

IN AN attempt to alter my mind without the assistance of drugs or alcohol, I sign up for a month’s special offer of hot yoga. I used to do it a lot, and remember the amazing spaced out feeling that lasted all day after the class. 

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