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Check the Pattern

When we think of check, plaid or tartan, most of us think… kilt, right? These days, it’s mostly seen on loud obnoxious sports fans on away games, or tourists, or at weddings where the dude has some sort of Scottish family ties and decides he simply MUST honour the ancestors in this way. Well, first off, when we talk tartan, …

Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher on stage singing Nina Simone's 'Feeling Good'. Photo: Domnick Walsh

The Lovely Girls Competition

Ok, so this post is really about the Rose of Tralee, but we all love a bit of Father Ted – don’t we? When Father Ted first aired, Ireland was a different place, and I do wonder if shining the light of satire onto some of the more entrenched parts of our culture actually helped to move us along a …

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Pink is for Boys?

According to EU and US surveys, when we think of pink is reminds us of charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity and the romantic. It is, of course, traditionally associated with Girls. Pink is the pale red colour that was named after a flower, the Dianthus family, if you’re interested, were called ‘pinks’ before that became the colour name, …

Woman Wearing Trousers

Who Wears the Pants?

We might be forgiven for thinking that wearing trousers or pants is a relatively new thing for women’s fashion, but it actually goes way back. Let me tell you more… The wearing of pants in Western culture generally probably arose with the equestrian warrior cultures, where an oul tunic or robe just wasn’t cutting it for the folk up on …