Desert Island Drams – Bill Linnane

The Amateur Drammer

“A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn’t think he’d remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn’t see me at all, but I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since that I haven’t thought of that girl.” – Mr Bernstein speaking in Citizen Kane (1941)

Being Irish, I have a romantic sense of tragedy. It’s part of the reason I love whiskey – the thought of all those lost Irish distilleries, of how we went from being world leaders in distilling to being an also ran – it all lends itself to my deeply…

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That didn’t happen! She’s lying, that did not happen!

Irish actor Aidan Turner, star of Being Human, The Hobbit and now Poldark, speaking after his co-star said her favourite moment in the show so far was watching him get spray tanned.  The issue arose because of a nude swimming scene already talked of as the Irish star’s “Colin Firth moment”. Mystery, however, surrounds the origins of the full-body tan this scene shows off.


At that stage, John said this is f***ing bulls**t, that there is an election to be fought before any decisions like that can be decided upon.

A ‘source‘ at a recent FF meeting quoting John McGuinness’s reaction to a proposal supported by the party’s environment spokesperson Barry Cowen to rule out a Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael coalition.

“That will make liars of you and us all, the people will decide who goes into Government,” Mr McGuinness told his colleagues.


He Touched Us All.

An inscription on the school gates of Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga, Sydney, which pays tribute to its former art teacher Bruce Barrett … despite his convictions for sexually assaulting students during his time at the school.

Five former teachers at the prestigious school have been convicted of sexual assault, while the inquiry has heard allegations made against a further three members of staff.


It just makes no sense. For a kilo of onion, imported from Germany, I’m paying the equivalent of a bottle of good whisky.

Jon Gardar Ogmundsson, who owns the franchise for McDonald’s in Iceland, talking about the “unique operational complexity” of doing business in an isolated nation with a population of just 300,000. Iceland’s first McDonald’s restaurant opened in 1993, and the chain is now pulling out of the country altogether.