LOTS OF SNIPPETS to burrow through in my mainstream Sunday pile that lead to 10 questions arising from the Sunday pages.
1. Who has made a 90-minute documentary about "the king of the internet" playing in Tribeca this weekend? Michael Ferris Gibson. The moniker for Craig Newmark comes from The Sunday Times Magazine. The Dublin version of Craigslist has rants and raves appreciated by those who read 20M regularly.
2. What is the worst thing seen by Twenty Major in his life? Ireland's Eurovision Song Entry.
3. What is the term used to describe Irish pensioners who ride the rails on their "free public transport" pass every day? Trainsexuals. They look at trains and find them beautiful.
4. What percentage of Irish adults believe the country is going in the right direction? TNS Research commissioned by the European Commission found that 65% of Irish people are content with the general direction of the country. Just 16% said that the country was going in the wrong direction. Across Europe, the average was just 34% (right direction) and 43% (wrong direction).
5. How do you know the "Offline and Out of Touch" Irish broadband map, constructed with code from John Handelaar, carried above the fold on page 7 of the Sunday Tribune is accurate? Because David McRedmond, commercial director of Eircom, said it was misleading. "We are making broadband available as much as it is anywhere in Europe, and this is a fantastic achievement."
6. Which Irish pub in Dublin leads the pack by charging €5 for a pint of Guinness? Cafe en Seine. Although I've had my last four pints there for free. Recommended.
7. What percentage of German and French tourists think Ireland offers poor value for money? One in three German holiday-makers and one in four French are "openly dissatisfied" with value for money in Ireland, according to the latest visitor attitudes survey by Failte Ireland. Consider this fact: Irish music fans pay almost twice as much for concert tickets as those attending concerts in Germany or France.
8. Where do you apply for free tickets to visit Dublin attractions next Sunday? Go to DubsDay.com and apply for tickets to the Guinness Storehouse and the Kilmainham Gaol.
9. Who believes the cost of driving lessons for secondary school pupils is a price too high to save a few hundred lives every year? Mary Hanafin, the Irish Secretary of Education.
10. Who uses the term "guided discovery" to describe the technique for cajoling performance out of arrogance? Jose Mourinho. His book, to be entitled Mourinho: The Special One when translated, is available in Portuguese.
Kim Zetter -- "Craigslist: Now It's a Movie"
Damien Mulley -- "Broadband in Ireland Coverage Map"
Dominic Rushe -- "Falling fror Super-Geek" in The Sunday Times Magazine, London, May 7, 2006.
Pat Leahy --"Most adults think Ireland is going in the right direction" in The Sunday Business Post News section, May 7, 2006.
Conor McMorrow -- "Gaping holes in Irish internet" in the Sunday Tribune, May 7, 2006.
John Burns -- "Tourists moan about Ireland's rip-off prices" in The Sunday Times News section, May 7, 2006.
Liam Fay -- "More Huck Finn than Hanafin" in The Sunday Times, May 7, 2006.