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All the best places to eat, shop and stay in Ireland. A local guide to local places.

Listening
Fleet Foxes (SubPop)
Thanks to Eamon Barrett for the introduction to Seattle's hairest troubadors, who fuse The Band and Neil Young and Brian Wilson in one sublime American cocktail.

John Coltrane – Interstellar Space (Impulse!)
Late, late Coltrane, with just Rashid Ali on the drums, and the sound of hand bells announcing and ending each massive piece of torrential blowing.

Portishead - Third (Island)
Justly compared to Massive Attack's mighty “Mezzanine”. This is adult muisc.

The Very Best of Burt Bacharach (Rhino)
For every Tom Jones track amongst the 75 songs on these 3 (very cheap) cds, there is a Dionne, a Dusty, an Elvis, and...

Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul/I Never Loved A Man (Atlantic)
The Queen of Soul, at her finest. The First lady of them all.

Reading
The Book of Atheist Spirituality – André Comte-Sponville (Bantam Press)
Truly elegant, especially the third and final section which is a blast of wisdom fused with ecstacy, and most un-French.

Susan Allport, The Primal Feast (Backinprint)
Not just a great food text, but a great feminist food text.

Ken Robinson The Element (Allen Lane)
Rather annoying and self-conscious in parts, but also blessed with some great insights.

Neven's Food from the Sun (Harper Collins)
Great grub on every page.

Ireland the Best 100 Places

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