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This week sees grumbling all over Ireland!

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Charlie Adley

Double Vision

That was the news. Now over to Charlie for today’s grumbling forecast.” (Lyrical violins play during footage of long grasses swaying at ground level. Focus switches to reveal two men standing by a gate. One is waving his hands around excitedly, the other leaning away, looking slightly scared.)

Voiceover: “Avonmore Angry milk. Just a glass a day will put Grr into your Grumble.”

Hello and you’re very welcome to today’s grumbling forecast. Over the last while we’ve enjoyed a relatively settled spell of generally steady grumbling all over the country, but in the coming days that’s all set to change.

Taking a look at the overall situation at the moment, as you can see there’s a large bad mood system heading into the West from the Atlantic, which will bring variable amounts of whinging and nit-picking, and there’s even the chance of the odd snivel in some places, especially over North Connacht and Ulster.

Now the way it looks at the moment that system might well collide with this large area of bellyaching coming up from the continent. We’re not exactly sure when this might happen, but we’ll keep you updated. As things stand we’ve released a yellow level Emotional Alert, and we advise you to follow this developing situation at grumble.ie, on Facebook and Twitter.

As you know, when bad moods and bellyaching collide at this time of year, there can be severe consequences, with mood meltdowns likely.

In contrast, over Leinster and north east Ulster, things should remain relatively calm, with only mild outbreaks of criticism and disapproval.

Now to look at the situation over the next few days in more detail, and we’ll start with the West and get most of it wrong, because, I know I really shouldn’t say this, but we don’t care. Sure, we love it for the stags and hens and cliffs and fields and all that, but if you live there, well, grumbling’s the least of your worries.

When we say national forecast, what we really mean is the counties of Dublin, Wicklow, Meath and Kildare, because that’s where we all live.

Anyway, over the next few days the West will be hit hard by that bad mood system we saw earlier. We can expect strong arguments from yer man going on about Galway’s County Final performance against Roscommon, and why that shower weren’t fit to wear the shirt, with depression deepening as he moves on to the Kerry game.

Further north in Mayo there’ll be outbreaks of fear and doubt at the thought of Enda prowling free and unleashed in the county, along with widespread whispered whimpers of “Croker…”

By afternoon that bad mood system will start clearing to the east, leaving behind local showers of dissent and protest around Armagh and Fermanagh. We can expect objections  popping up all over counties Donegal and Derry, focusing on soft borders and hard borders, invisible borders and even herbaceous borders, although teenage boarders look to be in the clear.

 

■ For the full Double Vision Column, see this week’s Galway City Tribune.

 

 

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Ford S-MAX ticks the right boxes

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Ford S-MAX

Ford admirers will rejoice in the real-world capabilities and the driving response of the Ford S-MAX, a car that has an admirable maturity, drives like a Ford should and is unlike any other model on Irish roads.

For those who don’t want to be part of the SUV rat-race yet need lots of space, the versatility of seven seats and the positive driveability which Ford are famous for, then the S-MAX meets the mark in many ways.

In this week’s test car, the latest incarnation of the family-friendly S-MAX Titanium, you get the complete package and a hell of a lot of car for your money. It feels much less bulky than an SUV and much more versatile because of its adjustable seating layout, while still offering the high seating position craved by many drivers these days. It is also easy to get in to and out off with big doors and lots of head room.

I’ve been driving the 2.0-litre diesel Titanium model with 150ps and CO2 emissions of 160g/km. That equates to an annual road-tax bill of €570. This puts it well up the tax table but when you add a very reasonable retail price tag of €37,538 with some added extras bumping that up to €41,188.

That’s not to hefty a price to pay and from where I’m sitting and considering what Ford pack into this model, I would be happy that you are getting value for money here. Day to day running costs seem pretty fair too.

Ford’s catalogue says that the combined fuel consumption is 6.1L/100km. That’s not far away from the 6.7L/10km that I managed over a total of 900 kilometres on all sorts of roads. It also has a huge 70-litre fuel tank that, when full has a total range of over 1,000km.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Footsbarn stalwarts stage new version of Conan Doyle classic

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Steve Johnston and Rod Goodall in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Rod Goodall and Steve Johnston, stalwarts and original members of Footsbarn Theatre Company, will present a stage version of the classic Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, at Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre on Saturday, October 12.

This two-man show, which promises to be a lively dramatization of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, is being  held in the city venue as part of the monthly Druid Sessions organised by Ollie Jennings.

Steve Johnston, who now lives in Kinvara, will play Sherlock Holmes while Rod Goodall will play all the other characters in the show, including Dr Watson. Steve and Rod have also written new music and songs for their freewheeling adaptation of the play, which is suitable for all ages.

Booking for the October 12 show can be done at the Druid Box Office, phone 091 568660, or online via at druid.ie.

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Beyond the Barricade returns to Black Box

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The UKs longest running musical theatre concert tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Beyond the Barricade, the UKʼs longest running musical theatre concert tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and returns to Galway’s Black Box Theatre on Friday, September 20, as part of a three-date Irish tour.

Beyond the Barricade features past principal performers from Les Misérables and delivers more than two hours of songs from the best musicals of the West End and Broadway, ending with a stunning finale from Les Misérables.

This new show for 2019 will include many of the songs that have made Beyond the Barricade the most popular musical theatre concert in the UK, with numbers from The Phantom of the Opera,

Miss Saigon, Hamilton, The Lion King, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, and many more.

The 20th anniversary concert features David Fawcett (Valjean in the West End and Manchester) Andy Reiss (Enjolras/Resident Director for the tour) Katie Leeming (Eponine in the West End) and Poppy Tierney (Cosette in the West End and national your), together with a live band who capture the feel of the original orchestration. Every note in this show is still played and sung live – which is rare. Andy, David, Katie and Poppy also featured in the Les Misérables 25th anniversary concert, staged at the O2 Arena, London.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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