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Saoirse Ronan flies high with Lady Bird

Media playback is unsupported on your device “She doesn’t follow the pack. She’s very driven – she has a strong sense of self.” Saoirse Ronan is talking about Lady Bird, the character she plays in the film of the same name – but she might as well be talking about herself. It’s seen her win her third Oscar nomination, the first having come when she was just 13, for Atonement. She’s already won the Golden Globe for best actress for the role, sweetly FaceTiming her mum from the audience so…

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News: CAA flies back first 12,000 passengers stranded by Monarch collapse

The Civil Aviation Authority’s flying programme completed 61 flights in its first day of operation, returning passengers stranded by the collapse of Monarch Airlines to the UK. In total some 11,843 passengers were flown back to the UK, from 24 destinations. With 13 days remaining and approximately 98,000 passengers still to bring back to the UK, the CAA is working around the clock, in conjunction with the UK government, to deliver the replacement flying programme following the administration of Monarch. The CAA plans to operate 58 flights on Wednesday, bringing…

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News: Aer Lingus flies into Miami for new year-round route

Aer Lingus’ inaugural service direct to Miami, Florida, has taken off from Dublin Airport. Flight EI141 operated by an Airbus A330-200 series is the first ever scheduled service between Ireland and Miami, Florida. Renowned for its beautiful beaches, art deco architecture and Cuban-inspired cuisine, Miami marks Aer Lingus’ thirteenth direct route to North America and will operate as a three times weekly service from Dublin year-round. Together with Orlando, Aer Lingus now flies daily to Florida direct from Dublin. Growing its long haul network continues to be the key strategic…

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Lord of the (female) Flies criticised

Plans to film an all-female version of Lord of the Flies has come under fire on social media. Many have pointed out they think the original William Golding book would not work with girls. The story sees a group of boys stranded on a desert island but their attempt to set up a society descends into savagery. Deadline reports that Scott McGehee and David Siegel will write and direct the film. The classic book was first made into a critically acclaimed film in 1963 by Peter Brook, and again in…

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Critic's Notebook: In France, Melania Trump Flies the Fashion Flag of Friendship

Let no one say that Melania Trump, first lady of the United States, has not done her part to further French-American relations. On her first two foreign tours, Mrs. Trump seemed not to entirely embrace the practice known as sartorial diplomacy, in which dignitaries use clothing as a strategic platform. She dipped in and out of meaningful imagery in her outfits and their origins, keeping everyone (the public, her husband, his aides) guessing as to whether she was going to engage fully with that aspect of her role. But on…

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