The ultimate illegal alien

While Shuster, Siegel and Kane were, without doubt, the Olympians of Action Hero Comics,  the creators of Superman and Batman - each the 24 year-old  son of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe - were never going to be the  heirs of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Man of Steel, the latest Superman blockbuster that I ran faster…

Bend it for Messi

Having reached my majority in an era that nowadays pops up in my kids' History exams, I am today at a stage in life where names and faces are prone to be mixed-and-matched. Every time I hear mention of Lionel Messi I invariably see Lionel Richie's mustachioed head protruding from an FC Barcelona shirt. It was, therefore, no surprise that when the world was…

The lion that squeaked

We all remember those excruciatingly painful dance sequences in end of year school plays. As a long-in-the-tooth tweed jacketed teacher attacked the untuned keys of the upright piano while simultaneously pumping furiously at the worn pedals, budding Nureyevs and Fonteyns would take to the stage. With eyes adamantly fixed on their neighbours the children would twirl to the right and…

Letter to America

Minister For (sic) Finance, Republic of Ireland June 1, 2013 Mr Seamus Noonan, Boston MA, USA Dear Seamus, Mother Ireland is being crucified once again and she is hurting, to be sure. I was walking past the General Post Office on O'Connell Street yesterday when old Stephen Megan accosted me: " What's all this about Apples, young Michael?" he growled,…