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It's easily one of the most recognisable theme tunes of all time, but unfortunately the man responsible for creating the iconic Simpsons opener is being forced to say goodbye to the show.

After 27 years with the animation, Alf Clausen has been fired, with the composer himself confirming the news on Twitter.

Sharing a link to a Variety article, Alf, who won two Emmys during his time with the show, wrote: "Thank you for all the support… unfortunately the news is true…"

Over the course of 27 years, Alf scored more than 500 episodes of the animation, with his last complete score featuring on season 28's finale episode.

Some reports have suggested that the decision to let Alf go came as result of cost-cutting measures, while others claim that he was told by producer, Richard Sakai, that the decision was due to the production team's desire for a 'different kind of music."

From See My Vest to The Stonecutter's Song, there are few die-hard Simpsons fans who wouldn't be able to belt out a lyric or two.

And with that in mind, here is one of our favourites…

 

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Difficult and all as it is to believe, it’s been a staggering twenty years since the biggest popstars of our childhood took to the silver screen to showcase their acting abilities.

That’s right; Spice World: The Movie premiered in 1997, and we are officially ancient.

But instead of lamenting our past youth, our favourite Dublin cinema is inviting us to revisit the past with a special viewing of the now iconic movie, and we are so on board.

Acutely aware how much this movie meant to a generation of Girl Power devotees, the Lighthouse cinema in Smithfield is hosting a screening to celebrate its birthday.

“Join Geri, Emma, Victoria and the two Mels on a double decker adventure of a life time as they prepare for the biggest concert of their lives at the Royal Albert Hall,” the cinema urges on their Facebook page.

From 10.45 pm on Saturday September 9, you and the squad are encouraged to don your highest platforms, unearth your favourite LBD, and channel your inner Spice Girl. And that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.

Ladies, it’s time to spice up your lives.

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Let's be real here: when it comes to Tequila, you're either a lover or a hater.

And if you're the former, you're officially in luck because Dublin is about to play host to  – yep, you've guessed it – a Tequila Festival.

On November 18, you can tickle your taste buds with an array of all the greatest food and drink Mexico has to offer.

According to the event's Facebook page, this is the perfect occasion to pay tribute to the wonder that is Tequila.

"Upon arrival, your Tequila tasting journey will commence and you will be handed a complimentary shot along with your Tequila Bible, which will guide you through your Tequila experience."

"Whether you’re a straight up slammer or a slow-time sipper come and familiarise yourself with over 30 different Tequilas in a true celebration of the agave craft" they encourage.

"We all know TEQUILA BRINGS THE PARTY and this will be no exception, make sure to bring your dancing clogs and prepare for Mexican madness!"

With live DJs and all things Mexico-related to celebrate, this sounds like one event not to be missed.

Venue and further details are to be announced soon, so stay tuned!  

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As hard as it is to believe, 2007 was a whole decade ago.

Oh, that's right ladies, toddlers who were doing nothing but toddling in 2007 are now gearing up to start secondary school, and yet you haven't aged a day. Ahem.

So, let's take a look at the TV, tracks and trends that kept you on your toes way back when…

1.  You wanted an iPhone so damn bad

Tomorrow it will be – wait for it – ten years since the first iPhone went on sale.

That's right, ladies; on June 29 2007, everything stepped up a gear, and a generation of people who once considered Nokia's Snake the height of cellular excitement were exposed to a whole new world of apps, messaging services and online features.

2. You were singing Umbrella

And so was every other person on planet Earth.

For ten whole weeks during the summer of 2007, Rihanna's track stayed at number one, and we thought nothing of repeating 'ella, ella, eh, eh, eh' until the end of time.

3. You watched David Hasslehof eat a burger

When you first heard that a video of David Hasslehof eating a burger was doing the rounds, you had your reservations.

But then you bit the bullet, searched those key words and found yourself mildly mesmorised by the actions of drunk TV star chowing down after a heavy night on the sesh.

4. You wondered how Paris Hilton would cope in jail

After being sentenced to 45 days behind bars, the public became engrossed in the socialite's trials and tribulations.

Who could ever forget the image of a tearful Paris behing driven from an LA courthouse by her mother?

5. You laughed at Miss Teen South Carolina

When Miss Teen South Carolina was asked why she believed one-fifth of Americans could not locate the US on a map, she had a lot to say.

It turns out that she personally believed that US Americans were unable to do so because some people out there in her nation don't have maps and she believed that their education such as South Africa and the Iraq everywhere like… such as… and she believed that they should… our education over here in the US… should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up ur future… for our children. *And breathe*

Thanks for that, Miss Teen South Carolina.

6. You cried along with Ellen

When Ellen DeGeneres made a heartfelt appeal for the return of Iggy the Dog, we wept alongside her.

Ten years on, and we still can't watch.

7. You tuned into Xposé

Hosted by Lorraine Keane, Karen Koster, Sybil Mulcahy, Aisling O’Loughlin and Lisa Cannon, the new TV3 show was Ireland's slice of celebrity and entertainment news.

And whether you wanted to or not, you always found yourself tuning in…

8. You obsessed over Celebrity Big Brother

It was one of the most explosive Celebrity Big Brothers to date, and with good reason.

With claims of racial tension, discrimination and outright bullying at the helm, the series, which featured Jade Goody, Shilpa Shetty and Danielle Lloyd, became an international incident.

9. You were totally here for Avril Lavigne's comeback

Umbrella may have been number one for all eternity, but Girlfriend was your personal anthem of the year.

And you didn't care who knew it.

10. You wore footless tights and denim skirts

And if your footless tights were fishnet, then all the better.

Oh, and if you could team that stellar combo with a pair of Converse you had artfully decorarted with Emo-like musings, then why hold back, girl?

11. Your Bebo skin was your main concern

Stars, hearts, black, pink; the choice was yours.

But Lord knows you simply couldn't choose, and spent most of your free time customising that page like a good thing.

 

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Turning 30 is a pretty big milestone in anyone’s language.

It’s a birthday which suggests you need to leave the hedonistic days of your twenties behind you, and gird yourself for a life of drudgery.

Most 30-year-olds would, however, insist that little has changed since they entered their third decade, and they’re the people Emma Doran has a bone to pick with.

The comedian has taken it upon herself to impart some words of wisdom to anyone born in 1987 or before, and we’ll be honest, it struck a chord.

Not only are certain 30-year-olds we know guilty of using terms like ‘bae’ and ‘yolo’, even more refuse to leave the Oz dream behind, and still hark back to their glory days Down Under.

If you’re 30 or over and of a sensitive disposition, it’s worth noting that these words might sting a little…

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For those of you who watched Big Little Lies earlier this year, there's no denying that Nicole Kidman put her heart and soul into the role of Celeste.

Regularly abused by her husband – both physically and emotionally –  the outwardly poised mother-of-two sets about concealing the domestic hell in which she is living.

And if you found it almost unbearable to watch, the Australian actress found it even more difficult to act.

Reflecting on the role which won her new-found acclaim, Nicole revealed that the nature of the scenes she portrayed with Alexander Skarsgard left her traumatised.

Referring to one particularly harrowing scene, she told The Hollywood Reporter: "I remember lying on the floor in the last episode, being in my underwear and having just been really thrown around."

"I just lay on the floor. I couldn't get up. I didn't want to get up. And I remember Jean-Marc [Vallée, the show's director] coming over and putting a towel over me in between the takes."

Nicole went on to explain that those feelings didn't disappear with the sound of the director's clapperboard.

"I just felt completely humiliated and devastated. And angry inside. I went home and I threw a rock through a glass door," she revealed.

Remembering a phone call she received that particular evening, her co-star, Reese Witherspoon, agreed that Nicole's role in the programme brought about a shift in her perspective.

"She says, "I've just done the craziest thing." Reese recalled.

"She got home from work and she had one of these horrible scenes and she goes, "I couldn't get into my hotel room so I threw a rock through the window…I don't do stuff like that.'"
 

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If you were one of the millions who bunkered down with popcorn for Jordan Peele's Get Out earlier this year, then it's highly likely that as the movie drew to a close, you feared the film's lead actor would be banged up for a series of brutal murders, right?

As Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, endured a final showdown with his girlfriend, Rose, on the grounds of her family's sprawling New York state home, a police car arrives leaving the viewer in little doubt that Chris would have a hell of a time explaining the gruesome scenes which would meet them upon entering the Armitage home.

Thankfully, the person driving the police car was Rod, Chris' friend, who after realising Chris was missing went into full damage control in order to protect, and ultimately save, the New York-based photographer.

However, according to recent reports, this final scene was not at all how the director intended the story to end.

During a recent interview on Talking With Chris Hardwick, Jordan admitted that the original ending did not go down well with initial audiences, laughing: "People wanted something different."

So, what had Jordan presented them with at the time?

It turns out the movie's original ending, which has now been posted on Slate and The A.V Club, saw two white policemen step out of the squad car which arrived on the Armitage property.

After immediately arresting Chris, they jail him, and Rod is left doing all in his power to help Chris's case, but due to the horror endured by Chris in the Armitage family home, he is unable to remember key details which would ultimately save him from a life behind bars.

The movie ends with Chris and Rod reluctantly acknowledging Chris's fate before the latter hangs up the phone on his friend and is led back behind bars, destined to spend his life in prison after being wrongfully accused of multiple murder.

Sooo…. who's glad Jordan reworked that one?!

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Hell hath no fury like a retailer worker dealing with a nightmare of a customer.

If you've ever worked on a shop floor, a recent Facebook offering from Jen Hatton and Emma Doran is bound to resonate with you.

And resonate hard, ladies.

From customers who assume you're a mathematician to members of the public who think you have all the time in the world, the following two videos are some of the most accurate representations of the life of a retail worker we have ever seen.

Oh, and don't get us started on customers who show up five minutes before closing for a leisurely browse…

We'll let Jen and Emma take it from here.

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Remember when Ireland pretty much owned the Eurovision?

Oh, the other countries would show up alright, but we'd basically wipe the floor with them, and that is exactly why the Irish have a very special place in their hearts for the annual song contest.

If you're one of the thousands who tune in year in and year out then you'll be pleased to hear that by simply parking yourself in front of the box and popping a bottle or two of vino, you'll be in with a chance to get up front and centre with the one and only Graham Norton.

If you want to get your hands on a VIP trip to The Graham Norton Show, pick up a bottle of Graham Norton GN Sauvignon Blanc or Shiraz in Centra this week, and simply tweet a snap of yourself tucking in.

Don't forget to stick the #CentraLovesGraham hashtag on your post, and then sit back and prepare your story for the Corkman's Big Red Chair.

Cheers, ladies!
 

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It's fair to say that one of the reasons Snapchat's presence and popularity grew exponentially in such a short period of time was mainly down to its unique selling point – the disappearing act.

Images sent via the app were only available for a limited amount of time before the media disappeared for all eternity, but that's all changed following an announcement made this week.

As of yesterday, Snapchat users can avail of an 'infinity feature' which allows their friends and followers to view a snap for as long as they choose.

Taking to their blog to explain the rationale behind the switch-up, they said: "Today we’re making a pretty big change to the way you create and send Snaps."

"We’ve all felt the frustration of not being able to fully enjoy a Snap – even after replaying it – and we wanted to give you the option of allowing the recipient to enjoy your Snap as long as they’d like. After your friend finishes viewing the Snap and taps to close it, it will delete as usual."

In addition to this, the powers that be have restructured the layout of their creative tools and included the addition of a magic eraser.

"These changes allow us to continue evolving the Snapchat service and provide a foundation for introducing even more creative tools for making fun Snaps," they said.

Well, this changes everything… potentially.

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If you are one of the thousands who love and adore British comedian Michael McIntyre, your luck is officially in.

According to emerging reports, the high-profile comedian has listened to the pleas of his Irish fans, and decided to add a second date to the Dublin leg of his tour next year.

As part of his Big World Tour, the London-born comic will take to the stage at Dublin's 3Arena on Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9 in 2018.

If you want to see the star in action, you need to bring your A-game this Friday morning.

Tickets will set you back €44.50 and go on sale via Ticketmaster at 10am.

See you all there!

 

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For a city of its relatively diminutive size, Dublin has one fairly well-known and highly-publicised divide, and it comes in the form of the great Northside / Southside division.

Oh, this capital city is divided by more than just the river Liffey; it's divided by accent, the use of certain terms, and the wearing of certain clothes.

Using the classic morning-after-the-night-before postmortem as a platform, Emma Doran and Jen Hatton tapped into this divide, and Facebook is all over it.

We'll let the ladies themselves take it from here…

 

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