SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Ireland scuppers the surreal spoof of Brexit

HERE’S a letter from Irene in Manchester, published in the free London tabloid Metro (circulation 1,475,543, owned by the pro-Brexit Daily Mail, and commonly found littering commuter train carriages).

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Nightmare of a White House Christmas

If you ever wanted to explain the word “metaphor” to a small child, show them a photo of this year’s White House Christmas decorations. 

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: The bubbles that really need bursting

When I left Ireland in the 1980s, it was because, at that time, Ireland felt like being inside a bubble where everyone looked the same, spoke the same, dressed the same, acted the same, ate the same, and thought the same says Suzanne Harrington

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Outside the Box: It’s bad behaviour to blame the homeless

What’s your biggest fear? Being eaten feet first by sharks? Spiders nesting in your ear? Being thrown off a roof by frothing maniacs?

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Bookish behaviour is all about timing

There is never a good time to write a novel, writes Suzanne Harrington

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: We should thank Harvey Weinstein for the tear in the patriarchy

We should probably thank Harvey Weinstein. That ripping sound you’re hearing might just be a tiny tear in the patriarchy. Tear as in laceration, although there are probably quite a few men crying fat salty ones for themselves in private, except the type of man who preys on people less powerful than himself for sexual gratification is probably born without tear ducts.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Educating the English about Halloween

The English don’t get Halloween. While it’s the second spendiest holiday in America after Christmas — in 2014 Americans spent six billion dollars on pumpkin spiced latte and plastic spiders — in England it is still regarded with suspicion.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Phones can be used as digital pepper spray

ME TOO. You too. Her too. Us too. And probably all of them over there too as well. Grammar can suffer horribly when trying to make a point about sexual harassment. Seriously though — you too? 

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Harvey getting a grip on himself, not women

Today let us look at the recent statement from a squillionaire Hollywood mogul exposed as a long-term sexual predator.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Time for Spain to say ‘adios’ to Catalunya

In Catalan, Catalonia is Catalunya. Catalan sounds a lot like Spanish to the casual passerby, with its musicality and rolling rrrrrrrrs, but when you listen, you can hear the differences, writes Suzanne Harrington

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Body of evidence stacks up against The Hef

I don’t know about you, but when a man’s name is preceded by a definite article, it sets off all kinds of alarm bells in my lady brain, writes Suzanne Harrington.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Outside the Box: Dystopian Ireland of reproductive autonomy

Wow, exciting! An episode of The Handmaid’s Tale is being filmed outside the Dail! Oh hang on. 

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: News cycle leaves plenty in its wake

It’s odd how the news works on our brains. When something is ‘in’ the news, we perceive it as a reality and respond accordingly — especially if it’s dramatic (if it bleeds, it leads) or insane (the current White House).

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