ANOTHER LINE has been drawn under the Irish banking system, meaning billions more euro have been diverted into the Irish banks on the heels of a stress test. Some commentators believe that if other peripheral countries had to perform the same kind of stress test, major holes in balance sheets would emerge. In Ireland's case, the tests mean laying off thousands of bank employees, winding up banks on main streets of many Irish towns, and further continuing the stress on the Irish retail sector as a result. But all the Sunday news isn't gloomy. Adrian Weckler puts his hands on two pieces of technology, the SonyEricsson Xperia Play and the iPad 2, and either of those could bring a smile to the techies I know. Kathy Foley explores creativity on college campuses. And some analysts think that value for money is rampant in the Irish hotel sector, helping to spark a return of the business meeting by domestic and international visitors. These are some of the topics in the Sunday news round-up that I recorded in my back garden just before April showers. The still photos are snapped with a Nokia N8 and the recording is a one-pass handheld job done with a JVC HD camera. You can judge the results on YouTube or listen to the audio on Audioboo.
Last Week: "Ethics in the Sunday papers" with many headlines about Michael Lowry.
Last Month: "Sunday News Merlin Inside" recorded on the first Sunday in March 2011.
One Year Ago: "History will hold them responsible", penned while writing about the meltdown of the Irish economy.
Five Years Ago: "Creative strategies for business" from April 3, 2006.