Must read. . .
Willing Slaves by Madeleine Bunting, 19.50
On your Marx, get set, stop. Why do we work so hard? You can blame Thatcher, greedy shareholders or your boss, but overwork is squeezing us dry and ruining our relationships. Guardian journalist Madeleine Bunting here says enough is enough, and this well-written book means you won't need to take the week off work to read it either (but don't let that stop you).
Must watch. . .
Double Indemnity DVD Directed by Billy Wilder (1944), 23.99
Fill in the missing words: They just don't make 'em like they f. . .
If modern-day Hollywood leaves you cold, then this classic black and white, released now on DVD, will put some blood in your cheeks. With a script by gumshoe veteran Raymond Chandler, and starring Barbara Stanwyck as the salty femme fatale who suckers an insurance man into murder, this is one of the greatest film noirs ever made.
Must surf. . .
The Living to 100 Healthspan Calculator http: //www. agingresearch. org/calculator/ quiz. cfm
Life is full of many difficult questions and unexpected turns, but now at least you can find out when you are going to die. The Living to 100 Quiz not only calculates when you will pop your clogs (to within the month), but it also shows you what you need to do if you plan on sticking around. More broccoli please.
Must do. . .
Capoeira www. candeiasdublin. com
Swishing white linen, acrobatics and dance . . . it's hardly Bruce Lee. But Capoeira can also be deadly . . . an incognito self-defence technique devised by Afro-Brazilians slaves to train on the sly. The Brazilian martial art/sport/game inspired breakdancing in the US and is now sweeping across the rest of the world. Candeias Dublin run classes on Wednesdays and Fridays. Just don't try it on the Luas.
Must view. . .
William Orpen: Love, Sex and Death National Gallery, Dublin. Adm: 10.
He was largely forgotten about for most of the last century and now there's only three weeks left to catch this intriguing retrospective at the National Gallery.
Never a modernist, the Irish artist was England's most popular painter in the 1920s, famous for his Edwardian portraits.
Paul Lynch plynch@tribune. ie