Recommendation time! From Lanzarote to Tipp to Cork Opera House, there’s lots to tell in this week’s #WhatTickledAlice! See what #TeamAlice got up to…

Out and About

Martina headed home to Tipp at the weekend because her Aunt Pauline is home from the U.S. They all had a lovely family lunch on Sunday.

On Monday Emily started a ‘refresher’ Irish course in Conradh na Gaeilge, which she said was really good – very conversational based and informal, and there’s a good mix of ages attending. The tutor is actually from Washington, which is a bit gas!

Holly went to see ‘Loving Vincent‘ in the National Gallery last week. It’s the hand-painted animation that revisits the death of Vincent Van Gogh from the perspective of those who knew him and formed the subjects of his paintings. It took over 66,000 paintings to make – the mind boggles! Holly said that visually, it is one of the most beautiful things she’s ever seen and it also plays on all of the emotion – she was a blubbering mess by the end! Thankfully there was copious free wine to drown her sorrows with! It also fits pretty perfectly as Holly is heading to Amsterdam this weekend so she’ll get to see all of his paintings in the flesh for more Vincent appreciation – #culture. Holly was home in Cork for most of the weekend and took a break from eating to go to the Cork Opera House for the annual pantomime which was ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. They were five grown women surrounded by screaming kids and probably having the most fun out of everyone! After so much eating out, Holly is trying to be better so she tested her hostessing skills by cooking for some friends last night – she hasn’t got any confirmations of food poisoning (yet!)

Ciara was in Lanzarote last week and visited Timanfaya National Park. She said it has a sort of Mars like landscape with dormant volcanos and lava fields. We’re all very jealous of her week in the sun!

Niamh, Emily, and their old pal Siobhan and her gem of a dog, Daisy headed off to Glendalough on Sunday.. They said it was a bit damp to say the least but that it felt great to get out in the fresh air and Daisy had the time of her life playing in the puddles!

On the Page

Martina has started reading Graham Norton’s book ‘Holding‘, and she’s flying through it! Martina said it’s a really easy read – a sort of murder mystery, set in a rural Irish town. She can’t quite decide how much she likes it, but she’ll keep us posted! She also read an article about social media addiction and how the very people who built various social media platforms either hugely limit their use of them or, more worryingly still, are now denouncing them and turning their backs on them! She said there’s nothing all that new in the article, but it does make you think. Martina has been trying to cut back on her phone use since the start of the New Year, so this has given her extra motivation!

Ciara’s New Year resolution is also to spend less time on her phone and more time on her Kindle. At the moment, she’s reading ‘Rules of Civility‘ by Amor Towles. It’s all gin and jazz and Great Gatsbyesque but set a decade or so later.

On the Screen

Martina watched a few episodes of ‘The Sinner‘ on Netflix this week, which Niamh recommended a while back. She’s enjoying it – though a bit freaked out by it!

Ellen went to see ‘The Post‘ in the Vue cinema in Liffey Valley. It’s about first female publisher, Katharine Graham, who exposes a massive cover-up of government secrets which leads to a battle between the press and the government. She would recommend everyone to go see it, Meryl Streep was amazing in it! The Vue cinema was also great!

Emily binge-watched ‘The End of the F***ing World‘ on Netflix following Martina’s recommendation (Ellen has started on it now, too!) It took Emily a few episodes to get into it but she quite enjoyed it in the end and now wants more of it! She was intrigued by the romance between the two detectives, too!

Ciara has finally gotten around to watching season three of ‘The Fall‘. It’s a fairly distressing story but she loves Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson. She is so cool and calm.

Eva went to see ‘All the Money in the World‘ at the weekend (yes, her Odyssey to get to see Three Billboards continues…). Eva said it’s quite entertaining and that Christopher Plummer is fab.

Niamh watched two great films at the weekend! ‘Call me by your name‘, which has been recommended here by Emily before. And ‘I, Tonya‘. She really enjoyed both… she thinks she had her hopes up too much for CMBYN as she had heard such good reviews. Niamh did like it, but just wasn’t 100% convinced of their love story. I, Tonya was great – quite difficult to watch as there’s a surprising amount of violence. It’s based on the life of Tonya Harding, who was an American figure skater – it’s based on true events so she doesn’t want to say too much more as it will spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it! Niamh then spent the rest of the evening looking up things about her life and watching YouTube videos of her… the sign of a good film!

In the Headphones

Martina has been listening to Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ album a lot this week. He’s one of Martina’s all-time favourite musicians, so it’s not a new discovery for her – just a re-familiarisation! She said it’s great music for when you’re cooking & cleaning at home.

Eva has started listening to a podcast called ‘Lore’. In each episode they tell a spooky true-life story. They’re really well told and Eva can say that having listened to a few of these stories that truth is definitely stranger than fiction!!

Looking Forward…

Eva is looking forward to a Green Party think-in in Limerick and she will spend the rest of the weekend catching up with family there.

That’s all from us this week. Let us know if you have any recommendations (especially for some light-hearted series!) in the comment section below.


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