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A generation of kids is being shackled because of our compo culture, but Ireland has a worthy hero, says George Hook

19/12/13 at 07:06 PM | 0 Comments

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, take a bow. Last week, the President of the High Court threw out a case taken on behalf of two-and-a-half-year-old Robyn Behan by her mother Vanessa. The Behans decided to sue a fast food restaurant in Dublin over an injury that their daughter suffered on the premises back in September 2011.

Robyn, 11 months old at the time, got her finger stuck in a sugar dispenser at an Eddie Rockets store in Blanchardstown. Despite several efforts by staff on the premises to remove the finger from the dispenser, Robyn was taken to hospital where a surgeon managed to set her free. The girl's mother told the court that her daughter suffered extensive bleeding during the incident and still has a small laceration on the end of her finger.

Maybe I'm just a grumpy old cynic, says George Hook, but can a gorgeous twenty-something really fall in love with an 88-year-old man?

13/12/13 at 09:39 AM | 0 Comments

Why do birds...suddenly appear?

Every time....you are near?

It must be the old spice, love. 

You have to hand it to Heff. When it comes to the fairer sex, that man has the stamina and appetite of a rhinoceros. Sure, the years are catching up with the Playboy magnate these days and the twinkle in his eye ain't quite what it used to be, but he still looks pretty good for a man just shy of his 88th birthday. His wife looks swell too, and so she should, at 27 years-of-age. 

That's right, you read me correctly. Hugh Hefner's wife, Crystal Harris, is 60 years his junior. If that needs putting into context for you, the man is old enough to be her great grandfather. Hefner's eldest daughter, Christie, is 34 years older than his current wife, Crystal. Still, according to a recent interview, the married couple have never been happier.

The right move in governance is rarely the easiest route to self-preservation, says George Hook

13/12/13 at 09:40 AM | 0 Comments

It is exhausting, listening to the lies they tell. I often wonder if succeeding in politics is wholly reliant on a person’s ability to spin a yarn. Yes / no... up / down... left / right... feed the idiots whatever you like. The truth is out there somewhere, but confuse them enough times and no one will ever discover it. And above all else, never give a straight answer.

The latest game of musical chairs in Dáil Éireann smacks of complete and utter desperation. I could almost smell the waft of false charade floating from my television screen as Colm Keaveney and his once sworn enemy pirouetted on the plinth in front of the Irish media. Brothers in arms they were; bold as brass and not a care in the world. Smile for the cameras lads? Butter didn't stand a chance.

As the light at the end of the tunnel begins to brighten, a Christmas power cut would spell disaster for the economy, says George Hook

29/11/13 at 02:12 PM | 0 Comments

The greatest army generals appreciated the power of perfect timing. Alexander the Great, William the Conquerer, Julius Caesar and George Washington owe their standing in history to the fortune of timing and the ability to make the right move at the right time. History books also document the long list of casualties that resulted from an aggressive play at an inappropriate moment. The great Napoleon Bonaparte lost his untainted legacy to a bold move at precisely the wrong time.

Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the world still grimaces in memory of what happened

22/11/13 at 10:49 AM | 0 Comments

Fifty years ago this week, the United States recoiled in horror at the news that President John F Kennedy was assassinated in cold blood. The charismatic and popular leader was shot dead in broad daylight on November 22nd 1963, as his car drove through the streets of Dallas on a presidential visit.  

Kennedy was struck in the neck and head by two bullets from a lone gunman on the sixth floor of the Texas bookstore depository. He died in a blaze of violence with his wife Jackie sitting only inches away. The sight of the president slumped over the back seat of his car, covered in blood, is one of the most disturbing and gripping images of our time. His death and the man behind it continues to divide a nation.

In the superficial world of television, where beauty is power, I am amazed that I still have a job, says George Hook

15/11/13 at 10:34 AM | 0 Comments

I could probably do with a tummy tuck. My swimming routine has fallen by the wayside in recent months and at my stage in life I find it hard to refuse a bowl of ice cream after my dinner. I'm not a big drinker but I certainly love my food. The tummy has responded accordingly and my belly has reached the stage where it will not comply with the latest fashion trends.

This isn't a bad thing; I was never made for skinny jeans. Not that you'd find me queuing up in BT2's with a couple of pairs of Diesels to try on, but if I ever lost my marbles and fancied such a whim, you can bet your last penny that the damn things wouldn't get past my knees.

We can all breathe a sigh of relief, says George Hook, Roy Keane is back in the game

08/11/13 at 10:58 AM | 0 Comments

Just when it seemed like all was lost, the prodigal son returned and the house was happy once more. Roy Keane, the Cork man that divided a nation eleven long years ago, is back where he belongs in the bosom of Irish football.

The confirmation this week that Keane and Martin O’Neill will team up to manage the Republic of Ireland is undoubtedly one of the the best things to happen the national team since David O’Leary’s penalty against Romania in the knockout stages at Italia ‘90. Now, like then, we can all breathe a heavy sigh of relief and start the celebrations.

The chief executive of the FAI couldn’t have planned it better himself. John Delaney has received his fair share of criticism during his time in charge of the association, but the appointment of O’Neill and Keane is nothing short of a master stroke. How much credit the Tipperary man can claim for it is open to question. But for Delaney, it matters not a jot.

A knock on a neighbours door and a friendly ear over a cup of tea costs nothing, says George Hook

01/11/13 at 11:19 AM | 0 Comments

A season of change is upon us once more. The passing of hours condenses daylight into an overcrowded prism and darkness will soon eclipse its brighter sibling for the foreseeable future. We live and die by the tick of the clock and as those tiny hands creep forward to bring us unwillingly into the darker months, I pause a moment and reflect.

Our times and routines change with the tide. That extra hour of light after a hard days work is slowly being replaced by a sulking gloom. The affect of this unwanted shadow takes a few days to work its way in, but it does so with a steady progression.  The only escape is to out run its clutch to far away lands, but for most, escape is impractical and even impossible. The majority of us are reluctantly resigned to the fate of this uninvited guest.

'Is spying on people of a different race, creed or colour now acceptable?' - George Hook

25/10/13 at 09:42 AM | 0 Comments

 

Students of history will this week have had much to ponder. They will have studied the attacks on minorities throughout history; attacks that continue to this day in countries where the rule of law has broken down or the great principles of democracy are ignored.

This was a bad week for Ireland. During the Children’s Referendum, if the opponents of the proposal had suggested that it could lead to children being snatched from the arms of their parents in the dead of night; they would rightly have been accused of hysteria. This week the hysteria was the prerogative of the forces of law. For no other reason than the colour of eyes and hair, two children were removed from the bosom of their families.

Have these lunatics nothing better to do than protest the fake shooting of a TV cat? George Hook sympathises with the RTE complaints department.

18/10/13 at 12:37 PM | 0 Comments

Never argue with an idiot. They lower you to their level and beat you on experience. 

RTE doesn't have such luxury. As the national broadcaster, it is obliged to respond to every Tom, Dick and Harry that makes a complaint. 'Damn right', I hear you say. 'I pay my license fee!'

Fair enough. But I do feel sympathy for RTE at times. Take the first episode of Love/Hate as an example. I sat down to watch it last Sunday week and I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed the resumption of one of the most successful Irish television series ever made.

The story lines are engrossing; well written and utterly addictive. The writers and directors seem to have struck the perfect balance between plot development and character exploration. The scenes are fittingly dark and tense, with room for comedic license and light relief when the going gets a bit tough. 

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