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It's time to celebrate one of the biggest holidays in the employment calendar; National Sickie Day. *Tosses confetti*

We figured it's time to do some healthy digging and find out what gems people were using to call in sick to work, and we also desired to know the dumbest excuses too. Natural curiosity gets the better of us…

Employment Law Experts (ELAS) are saying that the estimated number of employees calling in sick in 2017 on National Sickie Day was… wait for it…350,000 WORKERS. Wow.

Why is the first week of February just too unbearable for everyone to face their jobs? A combination of factors are predicted, such as the first weekend after Dry January and the first post-Christmas pay-day.

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ELAS have also predicted that National Sickie Day will cost the British economy around £45 million (€51.3 million), due to hours lost, wages and overtime. Good God, that's a LOT of wasted labour.

According to a survey by AXA PPP, using the flu excuse seemed to be satisfactory for four out of 10 bosses. However, eight percent of managers weren't convinced by a single one of the nine 'best excuses' listed below…

The number one excuse for ringing in sick (according to the boss) was the flu, with back pain coming in second, and injury caused by accident in third place.

Stress, elective surgery, depression, anxiety, common cold and migraine finished up the top nine, with 'none of the above' in 10th place, meaning there were some other crackers outside of the top 10 that we just NEED to hear.

According to ELAS, the absolute WORST excuses in 2016 for missing work were:

“My only pair of work trousers is in the wash”, “It’s my dog’s birthday and I need to arrange a party for him”, “The dog ate my shoes”, “I got arrested”, “I lost my PPE”, and of course; “I stayed out partying last night and haven’t had any sleep”.

Classic. Other contenders were; “My friend is on annual leave so I can’t get a lift”, “I have no way to get to work” and “My wife earns more than me so I have to look after the kids”

Ah lads, you've got to do better than that. A bit of creativity would go a long way with that lot…



We're literally laughing at all our New Years resolutions that never happened. The Gym? Lol. Dry January? RIP.

And all that is definitely not going to change next month because Netflix has some damn great shows coming online from Feb 3.

Here's what's coming up and a little preview of what to expect:

Santa Clarita Diet – Feb 3


Imperial Dreams – Feb 3


Riverdale – new episode Feb 4


Shadowhunters – new episode Feb 7


Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special – Feb 7


Abstract: The Art of Design – Feb 10


Girlfriend's Day – Feb 14


Ultimate Beastmaster – Feb 24


Annie – Feb 22


Ghost – Streaming now




Yup, it's officially Blue Monday.

And while health experts and doctors are sceptical about the legitimacy of the concept of the 'most depressing day of the year,' a cold, dark, flat-out broke month is certainly enough to make us consider hibernation until February 1.

So if you are looking for something to lift your spirits – and one that doesn't involve spending any money (see above) – having a larf with the help of Netflix is a decent place to start.


Classic Comedy Series


Only Fools & Horses

London schemer Derek, his brother Rodney and their daft grandfather try anything and everything to leave their working class life behind.

The Big Bang Theory

Quarks fly when two geeky physicists discover that they have a new neighbour : a sexy actress who inspires them to try a relationship with a real woman.

Fawlty Towers

Haughty Basil Fawlty and his bossy wife try to raise the profile of their Fawlty Towers Hotel, but endless mix ups arise, leading to farcical lunacy.

The Fresh Prince of Bellair

The affluent Banks family finds their lives turned upside down when Street smart Will, a Philadelphia relative moves into their California mansion.

Gavin & Stacey

After a long distance courtship, Gavin and Stacey finally meet in person – only to be confronted with the strong opinions of friends and family.

That 70s Show

Feel groovy in 1970s suburbia, where a teen and his pals hang in the basement, listening to rock and indulging other hazy benefits of ‘70s culture.


Stand Up Comedy


Micheael McIntyre Comedy Roadshow

Michael McIntyre visits some of the UKs most iconic standup comedy venues, unearthing a portfolio of comedy’s brightest new talent.

Chelsea Handler – Uganda Be Kidding Me Live

In her first Netflix comedy special, Chelsea Handler recounts her African adventures (and provides hilarious photographic evidence)

Louis CK – Live at the Comedy Store

The comic puts his trademark hilarious / though provoking spin on finding a bat in his kitchen, seeing rats having sex, Boston accents and dead pets.

Jimmy Carr – Funny Business

British comedian Jimmy Carr unleashes his deadpan delivery and wickedly funny one-liners to a sold-out audience at the UK’s Hammersmith Apollo.

Aziz Anzari – Buried Alive

‘Parks and Recreation’ star Aziz Ansari takes the stage to share his unfiltered views on adulthood, babies, marriage, love and more in the modern ear.


Comedy Films


Sing Street

In 1980’s Dublin, a teen whose family is falling apart transfers to a touch school, where he forms a rock band to fit in and win a girls attention


Isabel Bigalow seems to be the perfect Samantha to star in a remake of the 1960s sitcom “Bewitched” but no one knows she really is a witch!  Stars Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell and Shirley MacLane

Eddie The Eagle

This inspirational film tells the true story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards who became England’s unlikely ski-jump hero in the 88 Olympics.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

When she learns her platonic pal is getting married, food critic Julianne Potter realises her true feelings for him and tries to sabotage the weddings.

What Happens In Vegas

After a night of heavy partying in Vegas, two strangers wake up to realise, much to their displeasure, that they’ve gotten married.



Another day, another ridiculously strong gust of wind to knock you over as you get off the Luas.

Ireland got smacked in the face with the brunt of Storm Henry this morning, as 110 km/hr winds arrived to start the week off on the right foot.

Twitter was awash with unfortunate commuters who saw their lives (and umbrellas) flash before their eyes as yet another gust blew in.

Here are a few of the most tragic tales from our newsfeed this morning:

1. This girl who had a VERY good reason to stay indoors


2. And this girl, who felt the same 


3. This story of pure, unadulterated horror 


4. This lad who was willing to make a plea bargain with The Lord himself 


5. This fella who still remembered his manners despite the manky weather 


6. This terrified commuter 


7. And this lad who probably pulled a sickie in the end 



Welcome to the SHEmazing! Book Club for February.

We’ve decided to check out three new books that would be perfect for your bedtime reading. Or, you know, anytime really!

Here are the three new releases we’ve chosen for you this month:

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Meg and Cody are best friends. Which is why when Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner, Cody is left shocked and perplexed. How did this happen? Why did this happen?

Cody goes to Meg’s college room to pack up her things and soon discovers that there is a lot she didn’t know about her best friend. And what’s in the locked file on Meg’s computer?

I Was Here is a tale of friendship, adulthood and heartbreaking loss.

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

If scary books are what you love then this is for you! Angus and Sarah Moorcraft are left heartbroken after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia dies. Deciding to rebuild their lives on an isolated Scottish island, things take a turn for the worst when their surviving daughter claims that SHE is Lydia.

The revelation leads to the couple reevaluating what exactly happened on the day their daughter died…

If spooky is what you love, then this is a book you don’t want to miss!

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

Published by new, independent Irish publishing company, Tramp Press, Sara Baume’s debut novel has already received much praise in the Irish literary circle.

Set in a rural seaside town, an unconventional friendship is formed between an eccentric loner and a one-eyed dog. What plays out can only be described as a ‘wholly different kind of love story’. However, as the seasons change, the pair find themselves pushed further and further from their community.

This is a novel set to make waves in Irish literature circles, so check it out!



Some of these are insane and some are very close calls!

Mostly very funny though!