HER book editor mum may have just published her first book in 22 years, but tenacious Phoebe Lyle is also rewriting the script when it comes to severely disabled young people reaching for their dreams.
OVER a quarter of a century Belfast firefighters witnessed some of the worst atrocities human beings could inflict on each other – bombs, blast incendiaries, petrol bombs, rioting – while at the same time often being stoned, shot at and threatened themselves.
WHILE a substantial majority of the Republic’s electorate has consistently favoured a united Ireland, it has been for most people, most of the time, considered a long-term objective – a low-intensity aspiration that had little relevance for day-to-day life.
LEGENDARY chat show host Michael Parkinson will be giving his personal Best at the Titanic Hotel next weekend when he will give a fresh insight into the life and times of his friend and recurrent interviewee, George Best.
"DOESN'T everyone have a slightly ambivalent relationship with the festive season?," muses Ian Sansom when we inquire whether the seasonally subversive sub-jolly tone of December Stories I accurately reflects his own feelings on 'the most wonderful time of the year'.
NATHAN Carter, the cheeky-chappy accordian playing singer, entertainer, fast car driver and all-round nice guy, is politely sipping his too-hot soup in a Belfast hotel lobby while trying not to laugh at the same time.
FOR any woman out there who has ever felt, in a moment of madness, like talking to a duck, coming down from her shelf or growing actual wings to fly, then award-winning Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern knows where you're coming from.