An animation showing the 1.255 light second distance between us and the moon (the Sun is about 8 light minutes from us) created by planetary scientist Dr. James O’Donoghue using NASA imagery. and that’s not all. To wit:

This is the distance between the Earth and Moon with the correct sizes and scales. The real-time speed of light is also shown.

(Image: ‘Moonrise over Earth’ by Detlev Van Ravenswaay)

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Boris Johnson

This morning,

During his speech, Mr [Boris] Johnson {former British Foreign Secretary] said the answer was to “get back in the cab, turn around and face the real obstacles”.

He said Mrs [Theresa] May’s main concern should be to have the backstop on the island of Ireland removed and to use the transition period to come up with a new trade deal.

He added: “She can go back to Brussels, and she should go back to Brussels and say that the British House of Commons doesn’t accept the democratic consequences of the arrangement you have imposed in the form of the backstop. It’s got to come out.”

Boris Johnson: Abandoning Article 50 would be ‘pathetic’ (Sky)

Yesterday: Perfidious Albion, Duplicitous Hibernia

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Dundrum Garda Station, Dublin

The Irish Times reports:

A sportsman has been questioned and released after being arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault in Dublin last month.

He was arrested by appointment at Dundrum Garda station on Thursday night. Gardaí also took DNA samples from the man with his consent.

The alleged assault happened on the night of December 9th or early the next morning, when a complaint was made to gardaí. The woman has since made a formal statement to investigators, on foot of which the man was arrested.

Sportsman arrested over alleged sex assault in Dublin (Conor Gallagher, Ronan McGreevy, The Irish Times)

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Noel Edmonds

On The Ray D’Arcy Show

Fergus McCormack writes:

In his first chat show appearance since leaving the jungle, TV legend Noel Edmonds will join Ray to talk about his experience on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

20-year-old model Kate Grant from Co. Tyrone will chat to Ray about recently being chosen as a brand ambassador for global cosmetics giant, Benefit…

Ray will also be joined by the five leaders of this year’s Operation Transformation. They’re already 50 pounds lighter after just one week but can they keep it going?

There’ll be a music performance from Mick Flannery…

And as the third anniversary of his death approaches, Nicole Ryan tells Ray about her brother Alex, who died after taking a synthetic drug in 2016, and how she is launching a drugs and alcohol awareness programme for secondary schools in his memory.

The Ray D’Arcy Show tomorrow  at 9.50pm on RTÉ One.

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Ian Paisley Jnr

Brendan Hughes, in The Irish News, reports:

Ian Paisley billed a Belfast charity for almost £6,000 to fly first-class to a peace conference in New York.

Others travelling to the event from Ireland and Britain, including tánaiste Simon Coveney, flew in economy – more than 10 times cheaper in price.

Political opponents branded the DUP MP “truly shameless” for recouping the high-cost travel from a charity.

It is Mr Paisley’s latest lavish trip controversy after months of criticism and parliamentary probes over holidays in the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Ah here.

Ian Paisley claimed £6,000 from charity for first-class trip to New York (The Irish News)

Previously: Under The Spotlight Again

There Had Been Rumours

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Rory O’Farrell, of the OECD, tweetz:

Ireland has the EU’s 3rd fastest rising house prices.

Meanwhile…

Earlier: Not Fit To Hold A Candle

Dublin Rental Investigator tweetz:

This studio opposite Fibbers advertised on @facebook for 4 people at €375pm each. 2 obviously have to bedshare. The kitchen doesn’t meet Min Standards. Difficult to verify. Why is property being advertised on @facebook

When will it ever end?

Meanwhile…

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Yesterday: Studio Flat, Two Bunk-Beds, Four People

Cyclist passes a traffic light

Aaron Rogan, in The Times Ireland edition, reports:

An “expert” with the Road Safety Authority claimed that cyclists were a “law unto themselves” and had a “complete disregard for the rules of the road” in the first draft of a controversial newspaper article that prompted a backlash when it referred to the increasing number of bike users as “swarming masses”.

The reference was removed by the RSA before the article was submitted for publication along with a claim that cyclists had developed a “majority-rules mindset” and were “battling it out for first place in the cycle lane, or as some call it, the ‘psycho’ lane”.

The toning down of the article, published in the Irish Independent’s motoring section under the byline “RSA expert”, was revealed in documents released to The Times under the Freedom of Information Act.

RSA expert’s ‘anti-cyclist’ piece toned down (Aaron Rogan, The Times Ireland edition)

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