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Posts Tagged ‘ X Factor ’

News in Brief – Mourners Upset As Travellers Brawl At Cemetery

fightIt’s that time again, for our weekly round-up of all the mad crap that goes on in this country.

Without wanting to upset anyone NIB starts with some terrible, terrible news. Louis Walsh is going to leave the X Factor. Noooooooooo. Anyway on with this week’s news. Continue reading

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News In Brief:Bruton Backtracks on Treaty Mishap, Dublin Housewives Set To Air

We’ve all had those nights. When you promise yourself you’ll be good and only take a certain amount of cash with you. Then after a few shandy’s out comes the bank card and all your well spurned over-spending firmly in the shade? Well the government are suffering that over indulged hangover right now as they re-hire dozens of civil servants that took early retirement to avail of cash pay-outs earlier this year.

In one case an assistant secretary re-hired by the Department of Agriculture will cost €120,860 on top of his pension.
It’s like the spending that can’t be stopped as these retired staff are now welcomed back on a weekly pay rate for positions that could otherwise ‘not be filled’. That’s odd, I’m almost sure I saw a queue outside the welfare office . . ?
In fact dozens of lawyers, private bankers and accountants are working for free in the Department of Finance to “boost the expertise” of the current work force.
So we’ve had to rehire the retired to re-replace the existing workers who are incapable? Has the world gone mad or have we all been drinking too much?!
 

Perhaps Jobs Minister Richard Bruton had been drinking when on Today FM he suggested a ‘no’ vote in the fiscal treaty could lead to the vote being held again. Bruton quickly backtracked on his statement and Fine Gael’s Simon Coveney has since assured voters this is not Nice or Lisbon; “This government will have to respect that [no] and deal with the consequences.” Coveney was quoted. A government that listens to and implements the needs of the nation? I’ll drink to that!

Last year Irish author Julian Gough, took umbrage with the organisers of the eponymous Wodehouse literary prize after discovering their winner was secured before the short list was drawn up. The well sought prize for the winner of the Wodehouse award? Well the top author has the honour of bestowing their name on a pig.
Gough offended by the fix in the competition stole the prize pig from its home in Wales threatening to return the animal “sausage by sausage” until the competition was made fair.
In a twist to the tale, and despite Gough’s criminal activity, this year the writer has once again been short listed for the award and could yet be bringing home the bacon.
 
Another work of fiction in the news this week are the further revelations concerning Louis Walsh and his not so likely lover boy. It now seems Leonard Watters was in fact paid by a journalist from The Sun to come forward with his nightclub naughties incriminating Walsh and earning himself six months in prison. The story was reported this week by the Independent who had discovered the female journalist met with Watters on a number of occasions even accompanying him to Pearse Street Garda Station to make his claims as well as promising €700 for his exclusive.
 
TV3 have unleashed the latest “celebrity” monster since ‘Tallafornia’. ‘Dublin Housewives’, is set to send the careers of a few skyrocketing . . . or not. Yet another “reality” programme ‘Dublin Housewives’ follows the trials and tribulations of the not so rich and famous. Watch if you like trash TV and want to escape the depressing day to day, not if you’re looking for original opinion and intellectual insight.
 
A new atlas of Ireland has been launched giving detailed locations of some of Ireland’s famous and historical land marks. Included are the world’s oldest fossilised footprints in Kerry, and Broome Bridge in Dublin, where Sir William Rowan Hamilton invented a new type of algebra in 1843. Some sites not listed on the atlas include; Father Ted’s house, Bono’s sunglasses storage facility, Bertie Ahern’s private bank (reportedly viewable from space) and the strange location from whence Jedward came.

Young, Talented and Loaded

The Sunday Times Rich List released this week gave us every reason to be envious, as young talented actors and musicians are reeling in the big bucks!

Not solely the lead role in the Harry Potter films, but Danielle Radcliffe also took the lead role in the Young Rich List of millions with earnings totalling £54m. Who would have thought that a glasses wearing wizard boy had the potential to command such high earnings?! The earnings amassed by the Radcliffe last year were resultant of his lead role in the final instalment of Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and the success of his most recent film, The Woman In Black also contributed to topping up his earnings by £6m this year.

It was however ‘Someone Like You’ singing sensation, Adele, who topped the young musicians poll. Her album entitled ‘21’ sold 10 million copies last year, and also trebled her wealth in the meantime soaring from earnings of £6m to £20m in a mere year. Not a bad year, eh?!

Acting remains the means by which one can amass significant earnings. This is evidenced by Robert Pattinson’s pay packet for his contributions to the Twlight Saga, which this year added a supplementary £8m to his wealth. The Twlight Star is now worth approximately £40m. Kiera Knightley features as the third highest paid actress with earnings of £30m. This starlet registered no increase to her wealth last year…. my heart bleeds for you Kiera, given the fact the rest of us were stripped of bonuses and salary increments to basic salaries, you can hardly complain!!

In 2010 Jessie J didn’t even feature in the Young Music Millionaires Top 20, but in 2011 her ‘Price tag’  (see what I did there?!) was an estimated £5m. The meteoric rise to fame of Rosie Huntington-Whitely secured the Victoria’s Secret lingerie model and now actress secured her earnings of £5m also. So it appears that it is possible to be plucked from obscurity one year, and included in the top young earners list the next, not a bad year’s work at all work for either starlet!!

It is also worth pointing out that on further inspection of the rich list, it appears that Mr Nasty himself, Simon Cowell, is behind many of youngsters listed this year. Juxtaposing his creation of several reality talent shows, and his influence in the music industry, X Factor sensations, JLS and Leona Lewis, and former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole also make the cut with earnings of £12m, £5m (per member) and £12m respectively. So whilst many will slate BGT, X Factor and the likes, there appears to be a hefty reward for those who go the distance once the talent shows come to a close. No doubt, the members of One Direction will be joining this rich list next year given the current success they are experiencing on an international scale.

So it seems the talented youth of today are earning mega bucks, I, like many others, am extremely envious, and wish there was some way I could feature on next year’s list!!  

Now to find myself a vocal coach that can cure my tone deaf singing habits and ensure I sail through an X Factor audition…. or a drama teacher who can land me a coveted walk on role in Fair City…. 

Walsh Cleared After Groping Row

Pop guru Louis Walsh has confirmed that gardaí are no longer investigating allegations made against him.

Mr Walsh, the popular X-Factor judge and manager of both Westlife and Boyzone,had been accused of groping a man, Leonard Watters, in the toilet at the trendy Dublin nightclub Krystle, a spot he has frequented for over four years.

A whole host of stars from the music industry including Westlife lead singer Shane Filan and X Factor boss Simon Cowell have spoken out in support of the Mayo native, who is set to hit Irish screens this summer as the only remaining judge from last year on a new look X Factor panel.

In a statement today he said he is “outraged” at the allegations, which emerged last week – and that he won’t rest until he is vindicated.

Watters (24), with an address at Woodview, Navan, Co Meath withdrew his claims today against Walsh.

The allegations were first reported in The Sun last week.

In a statement released today, Walsh said:

“I have been informed by An Garda Síochána that I am now no longer under investigation.  I have robustly maintained from the outset that this alleged incident did not occur.  While I obviously welcome today’s confirmation from the Garda that the matter has been dropped I remain outraged that this story ran in the first place in The Sun and I have instructed my libel lawyer to vigorously pursue legal action against the paper and they will also be taking action in relation to a number of other equally serious related matters”.
 
Walsh said that he is not going to let the incident rest until he has received total vindication.
“This has been a hugely distressing time for me but I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues for their support and I am now just looking forward to getting back to work”.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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