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TRIBUNE -- This week, the "Blogosphere" in the Sunday Tribune mentions Alive in Limerick, Technoculture, Babblogue, IrishEyes and Irish Eagle. Extract follows.

Nip/Tuck Alive in Limerick. Alive in Limerick notes the role the Irish media played in alerting local woman Kay Cregan to the lower-cost option of plastic surgery i the US, thanks to the exchange rate. Cregan died following plastic surgery. "The New York doctor used TV3’s ‘Ireland AM show in November 2004 to hawk his wares ... using the gimmick of a free face-lift for Carlow woman, Helen Donaghy as long as she agreed to be featured in the Sunday Independent afterwards, where Kay Cregan apparently first read about Sachs. Obviously the endorsement of such high-quality media as TV3 and the Sunday Indo go a long way. The Sindo put Helen Donaghy on the cover of its Life magazine (August 22, 2004), with a generous, uncritical spread on cosmetic surgery inside. Roxanne Parker, the hack (who also writes for ‘Womans Way’ and 'Tatler' and is described as a ‘girl-about-town’), after a chat with the Doc decides that, 'I'd trust Dr Sachs with my own face.' Alive notes that the doctor in question has made 33 malpractice payments and is considered so high-risk that private insurers won't cover his clinic. But, he notes, "I don't think the work 'malpractice' appears in the [Sindo] piece."

Goin' back to Cali. Erstwhile Irish Times tech scribe Karlin Lillington is in the process of moving back to California, which she reports is the only housing market in the world worse than Dublin's: "Every five minutes, I swear you hear a ka-ching as the price rises another 10k." Her departure, and the Data Retention Law about which she wrote one of her last Dublin-based columns about, caused a stir last week.

Meanwhile, Galway-based blogger Babblogue was so incensed about how the bill became law that she wrote several angry emails to party leaders, and details the responses she received: "It took 10 days to get one genuine response from a political party .... I bet if I'd arrived on their collective doorsteps with a film crew I'd have received a response as soon as they could get their hair and make-up sorted."

Tall-Grande-Venti Pretentiousness Those politicians will have to up their game if they hope to get on the side of a Starbucks cup. Irish Eyes reports that the coffee chain, soon to be opening an Irish location, is putting "quotes from thinkers, authors and entertainers on the side of your morning latte. The goal, according to the company, is to foster philosophical debate in its 9,000-plus coffeehouses. Comments on the cups would be an interesting adjunct to the political scene in Ireland--comments from the opinion pages, electoral canvassing and front pages of papers making it onto the sides of coffee cups"

Students are revolting  Irish Eagle was dismayed by Minister for Education Mary Hanafin, who supported teachers in their quest to quash the student website, "Is she kidding me? How about a 'rate my government'?" How about it indeed?

Alive in Limerick -- "A recent tragedy"
Karlin Lillington on the moving.
Maura McHugh -- "Political response times"
Bernie Goldbach -- "Message in your coffee"
Irish Eagle -- "Rate my teachers"