Unless youâ€™ve been living under a rock, youâ€™ve most likely heard of â€˜Normal Peopleâ€™, the Irish drama based on Sally Rooneyâ€™s best-selling novel.
The BBC series of the book has become a smash hit around the world, breaking all sorts of records. For example, the new series received 16.2 million views in itâ€™s first week on the BBC streaming service. The opening week record was previously held by the first season of Killing Eve, which received 10.8 million total requests in its first week.
I wasnâ€™t going to watch it until a friend of mine I wouldnâ€™t have expected to like it, said he really did. So I was curious.
If youâ€™re on this mailing list a while youâ€™re probably aware that in my mid-20s (now scarily over 20 years ago!) I went through a very challenging personal period – a time that was extremely difficult mentally.
And part of my journey out of that terrain, was to get some help through counselling. I was lucky that I was connected to someone who was perfect for me. And he helped me to gradually turn things around and in the process learn many priceless lessons – that still stand to me today and are as relevant in my business life as much as my personal one.
I had thought todayâ€™s post would be about Brexit – because after all of the delays, it finally happens this Friday 31st January. But news yesterday of the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant took my attention and enough has been written about Brexit. Even if youâ€™re not into the sport, you have probably heard of Kobe – because he has been one of the main super-players of the last 20 years in the sport.
If youâ€™re Irish, Darina needs no introduction. But if youâ€™re not letâ€™s just say she is Irelandâ€™s original celebrity chef. And over the last few decades she has written 19 books, created one of the best cookery schools in the world, been a pioneer and ambassador for the slow food movement and a renowned TV chef.
If youâ€™re Irish and over 40, youâ€™ll know that last week saw the passing of the legendary broadcaster Gay Byrne. If youâ€™re not living in Ireland, think of the most famous person you know in your country, multiply it by 10 and make it personal.
Last Friday was a big day in our household, as my daughter Jane had a graduation ceremony last from her primary (junior) school.
Even though Iâ€™m pretty much bed-bound with my Achillesâ€™ injury I was fortunate to be able to make it for the service as I really didnâ€™t want to miss this milestone.