TERRY PRONE

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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TERRY PRONE: How being on the horns of a dilemma caused a posh person’s fall from Grace

SO there I was, last Friday, ready to put on a Viking helmet and leap into one of the amphibious craft that were used to land GIs on the Normandy beaches during the Second World War.

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TERRY PRONE: All this spin is making us dizzy, so give it to us straight before we’re sick

Stinker opinion polls about any government that is well into its period in office create a ritual dance between commentators on the one side, and, on the other, the lads and lassies in power.

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TERRY PRONE: Delusional, shirty, and pompous. Why Hillary is not qualified for high office

BARACK OBAMA made only one nasty crack at Hillary Clinton during their contest for the American Presidency.

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TERRY PRONE: Different standards adopted for those who want to put lives at risk

OVER the weekend, thousands of people in this country will have put themselves in danger. Some of them will have risked life and limb by engaging in extreme sports, like rock climbing and cliff walking, which don’t usually come under that category heading.

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TERRY PRONE: Fulfilling our need to belong to something worth belonging to

Here’s how it goes. No. Strike that. Here’s how it always goes. The pattern is immutable. Ireland collides with something bad.

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