A friend of mine, J, lives in LA and although we text and phone regularly, we realised recently that we hadn’t seen each other in the flesh since the summer of 2016. It was a situation that must be remedied, we decided, and as soon as possible.
Because of what was happening out in Tallaght over the weekend, this piece was always likely to be about basketball, and then a certain event in California last Sunday confirmed it could be about nothing else.
If you've ever watched the Graham Norton show on BBC One, you’ve already seen some Willy Rizzo furniture. That decked steel and red lacquered metamorphic occasional table, with a divot for champagne and Rococo falls of fruit hovering before his guests, is a signature piece of Rizzo.
The precocious 17-year-old LA songstress, whose March debut album,made her the first ever artist born in the new millennium to have a number one album in the US album charts, has been catapulted to stardom and hailed as the voice of a new generation.
The Irish golf fan who was left "battered and bruised" after a lightning strike hit him during a PGA Tour event in the US said he only realised what had happened to him after paramedics strapped him into a spinal board.
The Munster and Ireland legend has already established an enviable reputation through his stints as an assistant at Racing 92 and Crusaders but he is assuming the role of head coach for the first time at La Rochelle where he will work under director of rugby Jono Gibbes.
Back in 1997, cloud gaming only meant one thing — you were playing Final Fantasy VII. The main protagonist of Squaresoft’s seminal RPG, Cloud Strife, was the definition of edgy back then, right down to his iconic (and literally edgy) giant sword.