Media: Things we like

Irish Daily Star

The Irish Daily Star refused to hold back in its front page following news that the Irish government had gone cap in hand to the Eurozone and Britain for a loan to help bail out its failed economy - the UK to the tune of £7 billion alone. The headline describing the politicians that had helped get them in the mess: "Useless gobshites." There's little point arguing with that. If only our tabloids would spend less time sitting on the fence and more telling it how it is.

Rupert Murdoch's new haircut

We're delighted to see that the former king of the combover, Rupert Murdoch, has finally, and at the age of 79, succumbed to the inevitable and shaved off the few wispy hairs he had left. As well as providing succour to the rest of us folically challenged and anxious that baldness prevents success, it also makes him look like the textbook billionaire media mogul villain that everyone wants him to be. We just hope that his wife, Wendi Deng, likes it too.

Goodman Steak Restaurant, Maddox Street, London

A perfect venue for a Friday steak and couple of glasses of red, this extension of the Goodman New York Steakhouse format originally based in Smithfield is a welcome addition to London's restaurants for a decent meal on a cold winter day. With a selection of US, Irish and Scottish beef, it means that you don't have to worry about inadvertently supporting US farmers. It's also, apparently, England rugby union legend Jason Leonard's favourite eatery.

Any Human Heart

Channel 4's adaptation of the William Boyd novel (with a screenplay by Boyd himself) has more than adequately plugged the Sunday evening quality drama gap left by Downton Abbey. The first episode of the drama, featuring talent including Matthew Macfadyen and Gillian Anderson (formerly of The X-Files), was immaculate in every detail including the costumes and the casting. As a piece of Sunday-night entertainment, this went down well and we're looking forward to watching the series evolve to see if it captures the epic sweep of the book successfully.


CofE entering BSkyB debate

Why does the Church of England think it is qualified - or, indeed, entitled - to wade into the debate about the proposed takeover of BSkyB by NewsCorp? While a thorough examination of the deal is legitimate and desirable, it is not the place of any religious body (particularly one that has history of being a monopoly itself) to interfere in commercial media. It also sets a very dangerous precedent for other, less liberal, religious organisations seeing fit to interfere in policy issues. Instead, the CofE might be better off sticking to making predictions on the durability of the forthcoming royal marriage.


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