Posts Tagged ‘ Toronto ’

Film Review: The Calling


Based in a small snowy town in Canada with a female cop as a lead The Calling is begging to be compared with Fargo. Sadly The Calling falls somewhat short as the dark humour in missing and it feels more like a TV drama than a big screen thriller despite its stellar cast.

Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef (Susan Sarandon) holds down an undemanding job in a sleepy town in Ontario. Despite taking painkillers and enjoying her booze she seems to know what she is doing which becomes more evident when a gruesome murder occurs. Continue reading

The Globalisation Of The NBA


Brooklyn Nets kicked off the first global game of 2014 with a resounding 127-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks at London’s 02 Arena last Thursday.

Over the past 35 years the NBA have played 147 games globally, visiting 20 different countries including China, Germany, Italy and Russia amongst others.

Yet the globalisation of the NBA has extended far beyond bringing the game cross continent.  Continue reading

Are The Pacers The Real Deal?


The Pacers have got off to a 7-0 start which is an all time best for the franchise. Defending champions Miami Heat on the other hand have already lost three out of their opening seven games and will not have had the start that was envisioned by their supporters or indeed players prior to the season starting. The question now must be asked: Are the Pacers going to go all the way and keep this incredible form going which will allow them to become NBA Champions or will they drop off over the next few matches like has happened to many teams in the past? Continue reading

NBA Eastern Conference Preview Part 1

atlantic-division-nbaWith the NBA season now not too far away and with the first pre season games due to take place in less than a month I have decided to have a look ahead at what the upcoming NBA Season will bring us.

Starting in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division the Boston Celtics have radically changed from last season’s bunch of players after some block buster trades. Losing Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett makes the task of making the play offs look all that more difficult. The man that survived the mass clear out taking place in Boston was Rajon Rondo who now looks like the man Boston want to lead the franchise into the future. Continue reading

Irish In Exile #10 : Sandra Mayors

Sandra for articleIt might be difficult for younger people to imagine, but the current recession is by no means the first to hit Ireland.

Ballyfermot’s Sandra Mayors left for Canada as a 20-year-old in 1986 because while she was fortunate enough to have a job during a similarly challenging time, she was hoping for a better life abroad.

“I left for a couple of reasons,” she recalls, “I had a job, but the unemployment in Ireland was very high and it didn’t look like it was going to be improving for work.

“I had holidayed in Canada in 1984 for six weeks and loved it, so I applied to the Canadian Embassy for a one-year work visa and got it.”

She adds: “I didn’t feel forced to leave but thought – I didn’t know for sure – that life in another country might be better at that time than I was experiencing in Ireland.” Continue reading

If Hair Could Talk, This Is What It Would Tell You

My name is Aaron O Bryan Jnr and I am the manager and master colour technician at Kearns & Co Hair, Toronto, Canada. I have plenty of years experience under my belt working at home in Ireland and abroad and I have worked all aspects of the hair industry from cutting, colouring, up-styling and photo-shoots.

From a young age I have always been interested in hairdressing whether it was playing with my own hair or robbing my sisters barbies just to tie braids and do some sort of crazy styles, barbie never looked so good when I was done working my magic. I worked my way up the ranks fairly quickly and have always had that feel good factor when I made someone look good or looking a somewhat better version of themselves and this is what I believe made me the stylist I am today, the fact that I really care what my client wants and I will strive to give it to them.

 I thought of doing my blog ( in order for people to get a bit of an insight into what hair is about and a look into the world of stylists and hair issues. When I first started my blog I had the idea of an online hair doctor to give people advice on how to handle their own hair. I believe that with the information I give out, I will give an honest answer and not try to make money in the process, I do it because I like people to have good healthy locks. I hope people will promote my blog and ask questions for me to make their hair lives so much easier. In doing this hopefully I’ll help make a lot of people very happy in the near future.