What a lovely week! Modjina has been touring in Paris, and we all got to spend the day together planning and talking through lots of great ideas for the coming year. We also had our photos taken by the ever-patient Marc O’Sullivan. A great day was had and we’re  looking forward to our Christmas ‘do’ next week in Delahunt on Camden Street. We can’t wait!

“But wait till I tell you, he said. Delahunt of Camden street had the catering and yours truly was chief bottle washer. Bloom and the wife were there. Lashings of stuff we put up: port wine and sherry and curacao to which we did ample justice. Fast and furious it was. After liquids came solids. Cold joints galore and mince pies”

Ulysses, James Joyce 

On the plate:

Before all of that, we must first bid farewell to our  intern Modjina who is returning home to New Jersey. We’d like to  thank Moji for all her hard work at Alice over the last few months. We wish her well with her studies and career. Last night we had her going away dinner in the gorgeous surroundings of Sophie’s on Harcourt St where “the weather is the wallpaper” and the food is delicious!

Paris, internMany of the Alice team have been spending time with family on the run-up to Christmas. Emily was at home helping with Christmas tree duties and Niamh was at her brother’s 21st and being spoilt with coffee cake!

Elaine spent the weekend being fed and watered at the now annual “Christmas soiree” in Wexford complete with a full-on Christmas dinner. The date for the 2017 has already been set!

On the screen: our weekly watching

Martina has been watching Harry McGee’s “Polataíocht: Power on the Box” programme over the past couple of weeks. She’s really enjoying it. It charts the role that television has played in politics in Ireland and further afield, and how politicians have had to adapt as a result.  It started off with the famous Nixon / JFK televised debate from the 1960 US Presidential Election – it’s something she always uses in our own media training – as an example of how people are judged more on how they look than what they say.

She also watched ‘Sour Grapes’ on Netflix during the week: – a fascinating documentary about how a conman duped the super-rich into buying millions of dollars worth of counterfeit wine.

This is a bit of a cheat but when in Dublin yesterday, Elaine remembered the documentary she watched on RTE last week called ‘Toughest Place to Be’ about the Dublin street cleaner Mark Crosbie who went to Manila to experience the life of a street cleaner there. The working conditions and poverty he experienced made a lasting impact on him. It was a fascinating and thought provoking insight.

On the page: the passing of AA Gill

Martina and Emily are both mourning the loss of AA Gill. Emily almost met him a little while ago as they took a train from Cork – he had been reviewing a restaurant. He left his ‘New Statesman’ magazine behind when he got off and she took and still has it! Seemingly he was very handsome and dapper.

Paris, AA Gill,
Jonathan Player/REX/Shutterstock

He was Martina’s favourite journalist since being a teenager and his writing definitely influenced her decision to study Journalism.  The Sunday Times carried his last feature article at the weekend, one day after his death.  The Guardian (and lots of other papers) had excellent round-ups of his best quotes and obituaries charting his achievements as a writer.  Despite his very hurtful assessment of PR professionals (“I have never acted on a press release or gone out to dinner with a PR. I think PR is a ridiculous job. They are the head lice of civilisation.”), she remains a massive fan!

Out and about: Paris to Christchurch

We’re all very jealous of Moji who spent some time in Paris this week! She is trying to see and experience as much of Europe and Ireland as possible before heading back to America at the weekend. She enjoyed visiting the sites and indulging in some authentic Parisian croissants and hot chocolate at the  Le Sarment de Montmartre café. Sounds fab!

ParisEva is off to a candlelit concert in Christchurch tonight, Elaine is off out with the neighbours and everyone else is off to finish up the last bits and pieces, it being the last weekend before Christmas!

What have you been up to this week? We’d love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments section below.

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