Terry Prone: After 100 days in solitary, I’m still staying put

Terry Prone: After 100 days in solitary, I’m still staying put

Five days left, I keep telling myself. Before the end of the week, I will have been 100 days in solitary, with the exception of two runs for medical appointments ...

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Terry Prone: Dissident members of US Republican party undermine Donald Trump's campaign

Terry Prone: Dissident members of US Republican party undermine Donald Trump's campaign

The Lincoln Project is made up of smart Republicans who want Trump gone before he does any more damage to the GOP

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Terry Prone: Statue to Douglass would be a beacon of anti-racism in Ireland

Terry Prone: Statue to Douglass would be a beacon of anti-racism in Ireland

As a former hash-grower myself, I tut-tutted as only the reformed can tut-tut, writes Terry Prone.

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Terry Prone: Zoom call from the loo, and tearing down a statue

Terry Prone: Zoom call from the loo, and tearing down a statue

Successful women are always under pressure to be relatable, vulnerable, and humble, writes Terry Prone

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Terry Prone: Taking high moral ground is not the way to trump the US president

Terry Prone: Taking high moral ground is not the way to trump the US president

In a lockdown, weeding and housework are equally pointless. Nobody to show off to and three days later it’s as if you’d never bothered in the first place. ...

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Terry Prone: Things going crash, fizz and pop during the night cause alarm

Terry Prone: Things going crash, fizz and pop during the night cause alarm

I'm all set to text my son about my adventures when he trumps me with a message about being woken up at 5am by a starling falling down the chimney, writes Terry ...

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Terry Prone: I’m trying every trick in the book to get through life in the lockdown

Terry Prone: I’m trying every trick in the book to get through life in the lockdown

I've read 66 of Robert B Parker's novels and don't know how I'll space out reading the last four, writes Terry Prone

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Terry Prone: Easily distracted by fitted sheets, fancy fish, and the Joy of Sex

Terry Prone: Easily distracted by fitted sheets, fancy fish, and the Joy of Sex

The best thing about the new normal is that two-cheek kissing is finished. Hopefully for good, writes Terry Prone.

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Terry Prone: It's hard enough to be dealing with this sheet when people keep checking in on you

Terry Prone: It's hard enough to be dealing with this sheet when people keep checking in on you

A special place in hell is reserved for whoever is responsible for my fitted sheet.

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Terry Prone: As a recluse, I’m glad the Taoiseach has again extended the lockdown

Terry Prone: As a recluse, I’m glad the Taoiseach has again extended the lockdown

The Taoiseach lays out the roadmap to relaxation. A minority of us recluses guiltily welcome the fact that the clank of liberating keys will not be heard for at ...

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Terry Prone: As a recluse, I’m glad the Taoiseach has again extended the lockdown

Terry Prone: As a recluse, I’m glad the Taoiseach has again extended the lockdown

The Taoiseach lays out the roadmap to relaxation. A minority of us recluses guiltily welcome the fact that the clank of liberating keys will not be heard for at ...

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Terry Prone: Legitimate drugs were needed to counteract herbal sleep remedy

Terry Prone: Legitimate drugs were needed to counteract herbal sleep remedy

Not to make life more exciting or anything, but last night I poisoned myself. Instead of learning from the last flawed attempt to ensure sleep by chemical intervention ...

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Terry Prone: The merits of inflexibility in plague times

Terry Prone: The merits of inflexibility in plague times

On this day in solitary confinement, the texts start early, filled with kind memories of the day when, 46 years ago, the two of us knelt at pre-dieux on the altar ...

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Terry Prone: Remotely doing everything but regretting to call back Revenue

Terry Prone: Remotely doing everything but regretting to call back Revenue

Terry Prone continues her isolation diary for Covid-19.

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Browbeaten by quarantine but still forthright after a fortnight inside

Browbeaten by quarantine but still forthright after a fortnight inside

Terry Prone continues her isolation diary for Covid-19

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I’m locked down at home, but I’m not shut off from my thoughts

I’m locked down at home, but I’m not shut off from my thoughts

Older people have to be vigilant during the coronavirus outbreak and stay indoors, but ‘cocooning’ is an unpleasant word, writes Terry Prone.

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Terry Prone: If isolation is imposed, solitary need not necessarily mean solemn

Terry Prone: If isolation is imposed, solitary need not necessarily mean solemn

‘Panic-buying’ is the pejorative term used by elitists to demean the efforts of the ordinary to control the uncontrollable, writes Terry Prone

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Terry Prone: Duchess delivered masterclass on communication with the masses

Terry Prone: Duchess delivered masterclass on communication with the masses

Small talk’ as a term, is implicitly derogatory for something profoundly important, write Terry Prone

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Terry Prone: Covid-19 might not be the Black Death, but it’s not to be sneezed at

Terry Prone: Covid-19 might not be the Black Death, but it’s not to be sneezed at

I know it’s peculiar, but plagues are my thing. I have shelves of books on bubonic and pneumonic plague.

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Many companies use perks to woo employees into gig economy

Many companies use perks to woo employees into gig economy

Recent research indicates that workers are less impressed with the perks typical of tech giant companies than they used to be, writes Terry Prone

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Terry Prone: Categorising personality types in room is akin to circus sideshow

Terry Prone: Categorising personality types in room is akin to circus sideshow

The hotel had put little dishes of diamond-hard mints down the middle of the boardroom table. The upside, at this two-day corporate workshop, was that nobody reeked ...

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Terry Prone: Running for any public office is ridiculed and that’s before you lose

Terry Prone: Running for any public office is ridiculed and that’s before you lose

I was struck by how the candidates who didn’t make it were either cast aside as statistics feeding into the bigger picture, or as failures, who caused their ...

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Terry Prone: NCT doesn’t pass the test on its reaction to scissor lift issue

Terry Prone: NCT doesn’t pass the test on its reaction to scissor lift issue

If you listened to Grant Henderson, the top guy on the radio this week, you would think the NCT has handled their scissor lift problem in exemplary fashion.

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Terry Prone: Ordinary workers not allowed keep up with Jones in their retirement

Terry Prone: Ordinary workers not allowed keep up with Jones in their retirement

If Tom Jones had worked in Ireland and not in show business, his future would have stopped at 65, says Terry Prone.

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Our politicians still haven’t got the message about their use of jargon

Our politicians still haven’t got the message about their use of jargon

Nobody outside of politics talks about policies. It’s an insider term. It makes viewers switch off, writes Terry Prone

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Terry Prone: Either Prince Harry and Meghan have a royal flush or they’re naive

Terry Prone: Either Prince Harry and Meghan have a royal flush or they’re naive

The couple can take the royal sponsorship or get commercial sponsorship. Each comes with terms and conditions, writes Terry Prone.

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Terry Prone: Solid gold Larry the most humble of broadcasters

Terry Prone: Solid gold Larry the most humble of broadcasters

It might be possible to find someone who didn’t like Larry Gogan, but it would take one hell of a search to identify them. Pick any year out of the half a ...

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Terry Prone: Hearing aids could be the answer to helping prevent dementia

Terry Prone: Hearing aids could be the answer to helping prevent dementia

You might assume it was a Fitbit, but you’d be wrong. The yoke around the phenomenally athletic guy’s wrist was way more than that, way more than a device ...

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Terry Prone: Charge of populism often cover for those who have lost sight of people

Terry Prone: Charge of populism often cover for those who have lost sight of people

You were probably way too busy making gravy, wrapping and unwrapping presents, and coping with leftovers to even register the three-flush toilet issue, writes Terry ...

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Terry Prone: How a son of Hollywood reminded us that journalism can be great

Terry Prone: How a son of Hollywood reminded us that journalism can be great

Ronan Farrow is pivotal to the pursuit of film producer Harvey Weinstein on sex allegations, writes Terry Prone.

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Terry Prone: Johnson may surprise us and govern positively in the next few years

Terry Prone: Johnson may surprise us and govern positively in the next few years

The day Margaret Thatcher took her ridiculously refurbished voice into number 10 Downing Street, she was determined to make the world a better place.

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Terry Prone: FAI needs a river run right through it to make it fit for purpose

Terry Prone: FAI needs a river run right through it to make it fit for purpose

In literary terms, this is a thriller,not a whodunnit. We know whodunnit; John Delaney dunnit. The issue is who let him do it and why, writes Terry Prone

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Terry Prone: Wintour giving us a dressing-down about what we wear is a bit rich

Terry Prone: Wintour giving us a dressing-down about what we wear is a bit rich

The poorer people who go to fast fashion emporia may not be able to get together €3,000, writes Terry Prone.

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Terry Prone: Lack of sleep blamed for radically changing our bodies for the worse

Terry Prone: Lack of sleep blamed for radically changing our bodies for the worse

Almost everybody needs more sleep than they’re getting. The downsides of sleep deprivation are only beginning to be understood, writes Terry Prone

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Victims never crossed mind of deluded royal

Victims never crossed mind of deluded royal

Prince Andrew’s interview was intended to ‘draw a line’ under the issue of his links to a convicted paedophile. Instead, it reignited interest ...

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There was more to Tóibín than just the gags and impressions

There was more to Tóibín than just the gags and impressions

THE man on the radio said Niall Tóibín could be regarded as Ireland’s Billy Connolly, which established that the man giving the tribute was probably ...

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Portraying over-60s as doddery old fools sees a resource go to waste

Portraying over-60s as doddery old fools sees a resource go to waste

The thought of that Wiltshire Farms driver Jimmy turning up at my door to deliver a ready-made meal gives me the heebie jeebies, so it does.

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Gay Byrne: A native speaker of television with the courage of a lion

Gay Byrne: A native speaker of television with the courage of a lion

Gay Byrne regarded himself as highly professional but much less relevant than he actually was in the course of modern Irish history, writes Terry Prone

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I skipped most of my Leaving Cert year and I still got into university

I skipped most of my Leaving Cert year and I still got into university

My sister claims I screamed for the first six months of my life, without ever drawing breath. I don’t want to boast, but, apparently, I could scream like James ...

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Bestselling writer brought to book during radio interview

Bestselling writer brought to book during radio interview

Naomi Wolf had promised that the two pages identified as flawed would be corrected, writes Terry Prone.

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Doctors despair as patients present with internet-derived diagnoses

Doctors despair as patients present with internet-derived diagnoses

Doctors found it irritating to have to cope with patients who arrive in their rooms with self-diagnoses derived from time spent googling, writes Terry Prone

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US’s ‘worst serial killer’ murdered children on an industrial scale

US’s ‘worst serial killer’ murdered children on an industrial scale

The portraits are crudely drawn, as you might expect of a self-taught artist pushing 80. They are bright and primitive, but if you look at them more closely, they ...

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Some commentators seemed irritated with Met Éireann for their failure to deliver

Some commentators seemed irritated with Met Éireann for their failure to deliver

Judging by the coverage on national and local radio on Friday morning, what we were was good and mad at Met Éireann.

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Promotional message of corporate responsibility is just self serving guff

Promotional message of corporate responsibility is just self serving guff

In many corporate offices, around the world, all that matters to directors and executives is shareholder value as expressed in share price, writes Terry Prone

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Trudeau has not whitewashed his stupidity, but he is not a racist

Trudeau has not whitewashed his stupidity, but he is not a racist

Photographs last forever. Friendships don’t. Standards change.

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No regrets from Irishmen behind blood-soaked massacre at Amritsar

No regrets from Irishmen behind blood-soaked massacre at Amritsar

Irish people holidaying overseas often hear the comment: “Oh, you’re Irish.”

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American tourists baffled by Brexit, its effect on the border, and Boris

American tourists baffled by Brexit, its effect on the border, and Boris

They wanted to understand one thing and were nervous about two things, my American visitors.

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Boris says that he doesn’t sleep much. That’s just a tired brag

Boris says that he doesn’t sleep much. That’s just a tired brag

Johnson and Trump think sleeplessness makes them unique and uniquely powerful, says Terry Prone.

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Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated (by a website)

Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated (by a website)

A website questionnaire purports to know when you will die, based on your family history and lifestyle, writes Terry Prone

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