15 Feb 19
The Irish Sun
DERMOT Bannon is an absolute chatterbox.
This may not always be apparent when you see his heavily edited television shows, but the man can talk.
Dermot Bannon is quite the chatterbox
Naturally, this is very good news for us when we have him in as a guest on radio.
Dermot is also one of the most enthusiastic people I’ve ever met. His love for architecture is infectious, which is probably why his TV shows are so popular.
This man has replaced Glenroe as the big Sunday night telly show in Ireland.
Room to Improve made him a household name — and will return for a new season in the autumn — but it’s his new show Incredible Homes on RTE One on Sunday nights that has him full of the joys of spring.
Dermot is a regular on Irish screens
Incredible Homes seems like the biggest jolly in Irish television, but is it easy to make?
Dermot admitted: “Yeah . . . an episode of Room to Improve takes a year to do — an episode of Incredible Homes takes about a week and a half to shoot.”
He added: “It’s a bit of a busman’s holiday. I don’t know how I got it really — RTE came to me and said, “What show would you like to do?” And I suggested this one.”
For those who haven’t seen it yet, Incredible Homes has Dermot visiting buildings and houses all around the world that really do live up to the show’s name.
It’s back now for its second season and it truly is a great bit of escapism.
It’s that Bannon enthusiasm that makes the show work, which he was delighted to hear.
Room to Improve made him a household name
When he’s away with his family on foreign holidays he often heads off to admire the local buildings, but could that love of interesting structures come between him and his wife?
Dermot explained that the answer, as it turns out, is a yes, adding: “When we were on honeymoon in Florence, and we were at the Duomo Cathedral, and we got two-thirds of the way up to the top of the dome (quite a climb), my wife said to me, “‘OK, we’ll go back down now.’
“But I was so excited and wanted to get to the top and said, ‘We might as well keep going.’ We had only been married a week at this stage and my wife said: ‘Look, if you want to stay married to me, we’ll go back down now.’
“We had got to a point where there was a stairs down and a stairs up and she said: ‘It’s your decision . . . ‘
“So I said, ‘I’ll see you in 20 minutes!’ — and off I went.
“She didn’t speak to me until that night but when are you going to be in Florence again?”
And Dermot explained: “So I was willing to take the pain for it!”
[boxout featured-image=”3757084″]I FELT sorry for Joanna Lumley at the Bafta Awards last weekend.
Joanna is, just like her show, Absolutely Fabulous, but not famous for writing jokes.
It was the gags that let her down in her opening monologue — they were awful.
Whatever team of writers handed them in to her should have been the ones getting all the flack when they went down nastier than Gemma Collins on an ice rink.
The rest of her hosting duties were great but it was the jokes that were the focus the next day.
I would imagine the previous host Stephen Fry would have thrown those gags back at the writers and refused to use them.
Which is exactly what Joanna Lumley should do next year if she’s asked to host again.
‘The Rice is off.’ ‘Played for us Thrice, he’s Declan Rice.’
‘First they take our potatoes, now they take our Rice.’
Just a selection of comments that came into us on Declan Rice’s decision to turn his back on the Republic of Ireland and instead declare that he’s a “proud Englishman”.
That’s fair enough Declan. I’m a proud Irishman, so you wouldn’t catch me playing for the French tiddlywink team three times before I realised I was actually Irish.
Declan Rice has declared for England
The great Phil Lynott has a line when dealing with a broken heart in relationships: “If that girl don’t wanna know…forget her.”
Irish fans must now adopt a bit of that philosophy with Declan Rice. Let’s look to the positive.
We wouldn’t want him in the dressing room with no passion. He probably won’t get his game as much for England as he would with us.
And he’s taken the heat off Stephen Ireland.
Singer James Morrison was last in the studio with us five years ago.
His record Higher Than Here was on Island Records at the time but then they dropped him.
Since we last saw him he’s spent time at home being a dad to his two kids.
He ventured back into the studio to record an album on his own label and his own terms.
We didn’t mention him being dropped when we chatted to him, it was James who brought it up.
But rather than treat it like a negative, he seems happier than ever and is delighted with his new record, which is out next month.
He performed a killer version of his new song My Love Goes On and reminded us why his fanbase is still so loyal.
He’ll be back in Ireland on April 4 with a show in The Olympia in Dublin.
What people do in toilets is their own business — literally!
If you’re sitting in a cubicle reading the Racing Post or watching Netflix on your phone to kill time at work I couldn’t care less.
But something I witnessed last week was very strange, and I hope it’s not a sign of things to come.
I walked into a gents’ toilet and noticed a guy standing at the urinal shouting at his phone.
His phone wasn’t up to his ear, though — he was holding his phone up for a video call with one hand while simultaneously whizzing with the other.
As I walked behind this obviously busy fella, I could see myself in the shot of the call! He was streaming mid-stream.
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Was this a high-powered business video call that he couldn’t afford to miss?
No — he was talking to his kid! Surely he could have waited until he’s spent his penny to go live?
Public toilets have gotten even more public. Beware.