Healthy fare: the Eco Bus Cafe makes a stop

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES -

from the half-open top deck. It is much pret­tier than the Eco Bus Cafe and its staff are tanned, healthy, young, beau­ti­ful peo­ple made even firmer by tight-fit­ting things that leave lit­tle to the imag­i­na­tion.

There’s no brand­ing on the out­side of this at­trac­tive au­to­bus that might hint at its pur­pose. It sells fags. Banned from putting up signs , lo­gos or brand­ing re­lated to to­bacco, the nico­tine ven­dors have upped their game big-style for this year’s fes­tiv­i­ties by wheeling out a top-notch, tan­ta­lis­ing to­bacco trap. This colour­ful par­adise for puffers will be com­ing to a fes­ti­val field near you soon, so you know what to look out for/avoid de­pend­ing on your oral fix­a­tions. I’d be more in­clined to stick with the falafel, but they are an awkward bas­tard to keep lit.

There are a cou­ple of fes­ti­vals this week­end that are more likely to hop on board the red bus than cough up a lung onto the green one. Fast­net Short Film Fes­ti­val in Schull, Co Cork is a quirky, char­ac­ter­ful af­fair that boasts Hol­ly­wood di­rec­tors, short films on a long is­land and a first-birth­day bash for the ge­nius Sminky Shorts, my top tip for the week­end.

Mean­while, in the other cap­i­tal, Dublin Writ­ers Fes­ti­val have pulled out all the stops with an im­pres­sive and var­ied lineup that’s def­i­nitely worth a gan­der. I’m off to see if I can make falafe­quitin patches from gaffa tape and hum­mus.

Safe trav­els, don’t die.

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