Author Archives: NFB

Review: Bleach, Hondros, The Titan

Bleach Trailer Ichigo (Sota Fukushi) is a wise-cracking teenager, who just so happens to be able to see ghosts. When his supernatural talent draws the attention of a katana wielding demon fighter (Hana Sugisaki), Ichigo is initiated into the world … Continue reading

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Aras 18: Sean Gallagher’s Answers To My Ten Questions

My questions for Irish Presidential candidates went out to candidates a few weeks ago now, and we finally have a response, with the office of Sean Gallagher sending me his answers the other day. Printed below are Gallagher’s comments, in … Continue reading

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Aras 18: Pat Kenny’s Debate

Thursday’s second televised debate was a humdinger…if we’re talking length. This time joined by President Michael D. Higgins and Sean Gallagher, the six went at it once again, on the heels of a fresh opinion poll that continues to indicate … Continue reading

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Aras 18: Claire Byrne Live Debate

I have read some commentators say that this is among the worst political campaigns they have seen in Irish history, and while that may be a tad overblown as a sentiment, in truth it isn’t really that far off. The … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: The Last Stage

And so, the end. “The Last Stage” rounds off the story in concise fashion, as Bilbo undertakes the second half of his journey home, and Tolkien draws his narrative to a close. The conclusion of The Hobbit seems positively tiny compared to … Continue reading

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Aras 18: RTE’s Presidential Pitches

We are now a few weeks into an election campaign that is, to put it mildly, all rather dull. Nothing has occurred or been said that seems to indicate anything other than a resounding victory for the incumbent, with the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: COIN In The Nine Years War

As with so much of Ireland’s military history, the Nine Years War was an insurgency war for the most part. Save for the handful of bigger engagements and the sieges that took place (mostly by the English side), the war … Continue reading

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