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  • 09:44

    Gardaí have sealed off an area of the Phoenix Park this morning after a body was found.

    • The Irish Times understands the dead man was in a sleeping bag that was engulfed by flames. Gardai are working on the theory that the man was homeless and was sleeping rough in the park.

    Man’s burned body found in sleeping bag in Phoenix Park (Conor Lally, The Irish Times)

  • 09:45

    Good morning, it's David Cochrane on today's Irish Times Live Blog.

  • 09:46
    Here's the front page of this morning's Irish Times
    Here's the front page of this morning's Irish Times
  • 09:47

    The Irish Times leads this morning with news that five senior staff at the Central Remedial Clinic received top-ups on their salaries. Carl O'Brien and Martin Wall report that the top-up monies came from the Friends and Supporters of the Remedial Clinic.

    CRC admits five senior staff still get top-up payments (Carl O'Brien & Martin Wall, The Irish Times)

  • 09:59

    Peaches Geldoff could face criminal charges after she named on Twitter two women who allowed their babies to be abused by Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins.

    Peaches Geldof investigated over abuse case tweet

    The tweet has since been deleted, however there is a rather long string of tweets by Geldoff this morning. There's quite a few which can be read on her twitter page here.

  • 10:03
    There's a big stuffed elephant in the room, I know this.
  • 10:08
    It is of course the fact that today is Toy Show Day.
  • 10:11

    But not just one toy show. No no. But two. Yizzer spoilt so you are.

    I'm not sure what the opposite of riding someone's coat-tails are, but TV3 are putting on their own Toy Show tonight before RTÉ's own version.

    TV3's 'Christmas Toys' airs at 8pm, which will be a recorded programme hosted by Alan Hughes.

  • 10:20
    No menion of the Late Late Toy Show is permitted without showing the video of Pat Kenny tearing up the tickets live on-air.
  • 10:21
  • 10:35
  • 10:45

    I'm currently doing a trawl through the web for most bizarre and obscure toys (the kinds that I would totally use if I was a kid looking to troll tonight's Toy Show). There's some consistent themes.

    1. Never buy a christmas present from Japan.

    2. God-type toys are apparently totally a thing.

  • 10:51
    This is 'God Jesus', a toy from back in 1995 that was a quasis religious magic-8 ball. Apparently the theme was that you'd pray to God-Jesus with your wish, and it would reply with a Yes or No, letting you know whether your wish was granted.
    This is "God Jesus", a toy from back in 1995 that was a quasis religious magic-8 ball. Apparently the theme was that you'd pray to God-Jesus with your wish, and it would reply with a Yes or No, letting you know whether your wish was granted.
  • 10:55
    Staying with the religous theme, (and why not, sure?) this is 'God Almighty' who, acording to the packaging has the 'kingdom, the power and the glory'. That power and glory also comes with a  Kalashnikov AK-47. There's smite and then there's
    Staying with the religous theme, (and why not, sure?) this is 'God Almighty' who, acording to the packaging has the 'kingdom, the power and the glory'. That power and glory also comes with a  Kalashnikov AK-47. There's smite and then there's
  • 10:57
    Also, from the makers of God Almighty comes Jesus Christ,  'with ninja-messiah throwing nails death killer-cross pump action over-under shotgun'.
    Also, from the makers of God Almighty comes Jesus Christ,  "with ninja-messiah throwing nails death killer-cross pump action over-under shotgun".
  • 10:58
    I have got to start going back to Sunday Mass.
  • 11:38
    Chuzzwazzer Just to be really pedantic about Dublin slang, "yizzer" means your and not you are. For example, "Get yizzer Heralds". Just saying like.
  • 11:39
    Thanks for that Chuzzwazzer, the Irish Times Style Guide does not, unfortunately (as of yet!) set out the correct use the word.

    Yizzer feedback is noted.
  • 11:42

    Nice to see our excellent foreign coverage being tweeted around the world, in this case by the Swedish Foreign Minister.

  • 12:18

    Our most popular article on IrishTimes.com right now is a piece from The Ticket in today's Irish Times ranking the Top 50 Video Games.

    >  The 50 best videogames of all time

    There's quite a debate under the article by commenters suggesting their own favourites that have been ommitted from Joe Griffin's list.

    No Sim City 2000? Or Transport Tycoon? Pffff.....

  • 13:22

    Nearly three in every 1,000 people who took part in a HIV screening programme in the Mater Hospital are testing positive, a 'high rate" by international standards (which is a prevalence of 1 in 1000).

    >  High rate of undiagnosed HIV detected in Mater screening

  • 13:31

    Full story on IrishTimes.com shortly....

  • 14:19

    The British Government has sold-off a disused London Underground tube station near Harrods in central London. The article (link below) doesn't say to whom it was sold or for how much, though there claims on twitter it was sold to Ukrainian business man for approximately £50m.

    >  UK sells off ‘ghost’ London tube station in austerity drive

  • 15:22

    The Guardian reports that 'Dappy', who apparently is a singer (sorry: rapper) with band 'N-Dubz' got kicked in the face by a horse.

    > N-Dubz's Dappy kicked in face by horse

    A source quoted by The Guardian says that Dappy (remember now, that's the name of the singer, not the horse, no really!) was "cantering" around. I thought it was the horse that's supposed to canter?

    Anyways, the singer was cantering, so the horse stamped on his face. The horse was probably offended by said cantering.

  • 15:50

    So, back to that Top 50 games piece, it remains our most-popular read today on IrishTimes.com - and has resulted in some strong reaction.

     

     

  • 16:36

    A woman was taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm after a stampede at a shopping centre over cup-price television at the ADSA store in west Belfast.

    > Woman ‘breaks arm’ in stampede for cut-price televisions

    The scenes in the US at ASDA's parent Walmart were a little bit more Lord of the Flies.

    > The Best Walmart Thanksgiving Day Fight Videos

  • 16:38
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  • 17:14

    The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) has ruled that Google breached Dutch data protection laws by combining data for users of their various services.

    >  Google violated Dutch data protection laws, says watchdog

    This will be an interesting, given Google's tailoring of not just their web results, but Adsense/Adword ads around the web based on your tastes.

  • 17:21

    And back to where we (almost) started: tonight's Late Late Toy Show

  • 17:33
    I think that's us done for Friday, have a good evening and weekend!