TERRY PRONE

TERRY PRONE: Budget brought good news but not for the political parties

THE song should never have been a hit anywhere because its title was weird: ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’. (Translation: ‘Hello Mother, Hello Father’.) It should certainly never have been a hit in Ireland because the entire song was about something we didn’t have back in the 1960s: Summer camps.

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TERRY PRONE: Where there’s a will, there’s always sure to be a shedload of trouble

Where there’s a will, there’s a shedload of trouble, which is why I love the cable channel devoted to telling the story of wills and the murder and mayhem they generate.

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TERRY PRONE: €25 to get armour against a killer disease is not to be sneezed at

IT WAS an impulse purchase, let’s be honest. The man in my life became briefly insufferable about all the diseases he could not get because of all the vaccinations he’d had, so I decided to take a prescription out of his book, so to speak, and get the flu jab.

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TERRY PRONE: In era of social media politicians don’t think enough before they act

WHETHER it’s a brilliant idea that morphs into a failed stroke, or a cock-up that started with the best of intentions, there’s a time to raise the hands and say you got it wrong.

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TERRY PRONE: Joyless Peig Sayers’ work won’t be part of my book collection

TIM ‘Boomer’ Carroll is a friend of mine. A Boston-Irish firefighter, he is. Don’t ask me what the ‘Boomer’ stands for. Something sporting, probably. Boomer loves Ireland. Starting with its literature.

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TERRY PRONE: How not to sound like a politician and yet get your message across

I’M insulted about not being asked to attend a think-in.

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TERRY PRONE: Joan was sometimes funny, always cruel, and brave to the very end

Joan Rivers could get away with being cruel about other people as long as she was harsh about herself, writes Terry Prone.

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TERRY PRONE: It’s time to say goodbye and unplug our message obsession

Terry Prone reflects on our over reliance on technology and why instant messaging does not make us productive.

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TERRY PRONE: My tower house is ready to play its part in celebrating our heritage

IF the neighbours weren’t used to it, they’d demand the destruction of my house. It is one of the ugliest buildings in the neighbourhood. In fact, it wins the prize for being ugly, leaky, and disfunctional.

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TERRY PRONE: Left in a haze by the rise and fall of rites of passage for teenagers

The concept of the “must have” died off a bit during the worst of the recession. The “must have”, back in the days of disposable income, was a dress, pair of shoes or handbag advertised as such, in a catalogue or by a web retailer.

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TERRY PRONE: I want to ‘convert’ from my old soft-top BMW to a gleaming Mini

I WANT a mini. A mini car, you’ll be relieved to learn, not skirt. I really want a Mini. I have no chance of achieving a Mini. If the force is with me, I might be able to afford one in four years’ time, but financial constraints don’t stop me looking at that ad of the Minis, falling domino-fashion, and picking out the one I’d like to be driving tomorrow.

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TERRY PRONE: Seats of power: One lot always wants to limit the other

I had this client due in for a breakfast meeting the other day. A powerful and important woman, this client, albeit possessed of such physical fragility she looks like she eats a single rusk once a fortnight. She clearly needed building up, so I started to cook breakfast for her.

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TERRY PRONE: The real ewe? Retromingent cows have shorn me of all nature illusions

EVERY week, another report surfaces which establishes that the more time you spend on Facebook or Twitter, the more likely you are to be an unhappy, nail-biting paranoid.

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