SUZANNE HARRINGTON

SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Women worth more than contents of their uterus

OFFLINE and unplugged during August, it takes a moment for the ‘more than a vessel’ hashtag to contextualise.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Hitting the road in a test of the bonds that tie us

IF you ever want to test parental, familial and romantic bonds to see how cool-headed you really are, how much you actually love your children, and how strong your relationship is, pile them all into the car.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: OMG! This camping caper is driving me OTT

MOBILISING troop battalions of starships in a co-ordinated operation involving the invasion of a distant planet in the far reaches of another galaxy would be a doddle to anyone who has organised a family camping holiday. Oh. My. God.

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Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson portray the 20-something characters in Fifty Shades of Grey, but are not the typical demographic in the real world of BDSM.

SUZANNE HARRINGTON: ‘50 Shades of Grey’ movie the wrong kind of fantasy

The '50 Shades of Grey' movie is the wrong kind of fantasy, says Suzanne Harrington. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Picture by Jim Broadhead., Skerries

SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Best Places For A Break Up — there aren’t any

LONELY Planet just sent a marketing email – Best Places For A Break Up. Attached is a list of varied and interesting areas around the globe, accompanied by glorious photography of places where you ought to try and station yourself if you are about to either give or receive that old it’s-not-you-it’s-me speech. (Picture by Jim Broadhead, Skerries.)

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Novel ideas for bikini girls to dip toes into

THE comedian Jenny Éclair wrote recently of the five ages of swimwear. The bikini, the tankini, the one piece, the one piece with sarong, and finally, being buried up to your neck in sand. Chronologically, I am probably somewhere between the sarong and full burial.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Nowhere to hide from latest Gaza attacks

THE summer holidays! Picnics and barbecues. Sunshine and beaches. Bombs and missiles. On the beach with my son the other day I wonder what it was like for those boys on the beach in Gaza, the bloodied ones running for their lives when the Israelis dropped the second bomb that killed them.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Stars clean up their act with vegan obsession

BOY George lists his breakfast. Almond milk, chia seeds, coconut nectar, buckwheat, brazil nuts. Not a bowl of Frosties in sight, or a bacon and egg fry up with a mug of three sugars tea and a mound of white bread.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Ditch the sport of watching female fans

TWITTER was on fire the night of the awful Brazil defeat to Germany, with many terrible jokes about not being able to take it and Neymar; but really it was not funny at all when you think of all those stadiums that were built instead of schools and hospitals, and then the poor host country getting annihilated at home by a 22-legged Teutonic goal machine.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: It’s enough to drive you into the Panama canal

TO send your children halfway around the world to learn a new language in a geographically and culturally distant place requires quite some doing – especially financially, if you have chosen an upscale language school and decided to send your kids off for six whole months.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Make mine a cranberry, I have the Big C-ystitis

IF men got cystitis the way women get cystitis, it is without doubt that within 24 hours a state of international emergency would be declared.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Our unhealthy view of drink is a pain for A&E

A friend of mine is known as Johnny A&E. He doesn’t drink much or very often, but once or twice a year when he gets properly hammered — he’s a birthdays and Christmas kind of drunk — he always ends up in A&E.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Hole in ozone layer as spraying son runs amok

WITH pocket money sent from well meaning relatives comes a degree of financial independence which does not always translate quite as smoothly from its theory of giving to the reality of spending as one might hope. I call it the Lynx Effect. Give a ten-year-old boy a bus fare, access to cash, and a trip into town with his mates, and you are asking for trouble.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: World Cup fills the gap despite football divas

THREE days to go before it all kicks off. Then a month of relentless football action on the telly, down the pub, on the big screens, in the news, everywhere.

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