TERRY PRONE

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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TERRY PRONE: Flight paths over war zones questione

The downing of Malaysian Airline MH17 with the deaths of all passengers and its crew must call into question the sense of having flight paths over conflict areas.

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TERRY PRONE: Television sweeps aside vanities fair and unfair of today’s diva hotel guests

A CHEF clutching a cluster of small copper saucepans is part of the promotion for the new four-part series about the Shelbourne Hotel being broadcast by RTÉ. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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TERRY PRONE: Face it folks, we’re in recovery mode, I can’t totally prove it — but we are

The recession and his degree arrived more or less simultaneously, so he went overseas for a job, landing in Wales. He was going to be part of a new wave of diaspora, connected by Skype but spun loose and lost to us, despite that.

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TERRY PRONE: Competence is all that matters so why do we put up with ageism?

Now that the Labour Party has had a good long look at its navel as part of its elongated but deeply democratic leadership election process, is there any chance they might get up on their hind legs and address the one issue that surfaced, and re-surfaced, constantly, in a form of unchallenged stereotypy, throughout the contest?

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