leading: terrorists faxing each other weapons, organs fabricated for transplant at the push of a button, irritated homemakers telling their tardy spouses, ‘Your dinner’s in the printer’?
Also, in medical science, researchers used transplanted brain cells to cure epilepsy, in mice.
And in sport: Brian O’Driscoll had a baby girl. His lovely wife, Amy Huberman, also found time to launch her own range of shoes. If that soccer player’s spouse Victoria Beckham can do frocks, sure why not our rugby wife and the clogs? ‘Each shoe is named after my favourite girlie movies,’ she said. Just as well not favourite TV series, what?
3D printing was big news in 2013. The mind boggles about where this is leading: terrorists faxing each
For example, The Fall! Or just favourite movies in general: Jaws, Vertigo, Rocky as names for shoes, anybody? (And that’s quite enough of that.)
My favourite movie of the year was Pilgrim Hill. This debut by 24-year-old Kerry writer/director Gerard Barrett is a quiet, devastatingly moving and starkly realistic portrayal of a middle-aged bachelor farmer in isolated rural Ireland, made for a mere €4,500. (Hands up, when I say the comparative ‘favourite’, I should mention that I didn’t actually get to see The Hangover Part III, or Grown Ups 2.)
Meanwhile, research scientists managed to suppress a protein that is secreted by the hypothalamus and thus extend life expectancy, in mice. In other sports news, Brian O’Driscoll’s wife, Amy Huberman, was on telly in ads for Newbridge Silver. Her number- one beauty tip, she says, is ‘just smile’! Is that a back-handed way of saying Victoria Beckman is a bit ugly?
We said farewell to Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Uncle Monty, Lou Reed, Peter O’Toole and Ronnie Biggs. Mandela spent 27 years in captivity for his belief in universal freedom and equality. Passing away a fortnight after the great statesman, Ronnie Biggs spent 26 years on the run for his part in a violent train heist. Was life throwing up some message, in the contrasting example of these two deaths? Something about how to live, in the good and bad examples of these very old men? ‘Walk on air against your better judgement,’ perhaps, as Seamus Heaney once said, another sadly departed in 2013.
In books, and concomitantly, sports news, rugbywife, mother, shoe-designer, beauty-adviser, silverjewellery-flogger, actress and bestselling novelist Amy Huberman published another instant bestseller, I Wished For You. Also, wrinkly, curmudgeonly pundit, wit and former footballer Eamon Dunphy published the first volume of his even more instantly bestselling autobiography. And I published a memoir in September. ‘I predict it will be huge bestseller,’ a clairvoyant told me, ‘if people buy it in sufficient numbers.’ They didn’t, it seems.
On a lighter note, scientists discovered that simply by altering gut microbes, they could achieve 20 per cent weight loss, in mice.
On YouTube, Miley Cyrus swung about nude on a wrecking ball, and a song about what a fox actually says was a massive hit. Similarly, things in North Korea remained completely nuts. Meanwhile scientists developed stem cells to repair retinas and so reverse blindness, in mice.
So that was 2013 — a great year for Amy Huberman, and mice health, rather excellent for my chest, if not my book career. Here’s to 2014!