Saturday, 10 December 2005
As 2005 draws to a close and 'people of the year' lists are drawn up, financial adviser and consumer issues champion Eddie Hobbs will certainly be close to the top, if not at the top of most lists.
The Corkman whose 'Rip-Off Republic' programme transfixed the nation this summer, set the agenda for public and politicians alike.
Eddie gave the audience tips on Christmas shopping, credit card use (and misuse) and Ireland's obsession with property buying. He said property acquisition has turned into a frenzied fashion movement and the latest 'must have' accessory is foreign property.
Eddie also discussed fame, and although he described the media and public attention as 'a bit surreal' he added 'it is usually good fun'.
'Show me the Money' returns to RTE One on Sunday 1st January 2006 at 8.30pm
Also check out www.eddiehobbs.com
As one of Fleet Street's most famous television critics, Clive James has dedicated most of his career to commentating on contemporary culture.
The Australia born writer and broadcaster popped into the Tubridy Tonight studio last Saturday to chat about modern entertainment, reality television and the 'Fame Game'. He drew a very definite line between recognition for your work and undeserved media and public attention.
He told Ryan about his passion for Irish arts and literature and love for travelling.
One his favourite places in the world is Buenos Aires - for several reasons - but mostly because 'they dance the tango'.. accompanied by the Camembert Quartet, Clive James tangoed with one of the audience members.
'The Meaning of Recognition - New Essays, 2001-2005', Clive James' latest book is out now
Grania Willis made her name both as a journalist and as a professional horsewoman. Unfortunately, two serious riding accidents left her with a broken back and life-threatening injuries. She told Ryan how she tried to replace the thrill of horse riding by initially taking up skiing but failed to recreate the excitement of competitive horse riding on the ski slopes so she decided to give mountaineering a go.
She explained how after an airplane trip over the Everest she started training for one of her biggest challenges. Last June, fifteen months after learning to climb, Grania became the first Irishwoman ever to scale the north side of Mount Everest. She discussed the extraordinary beauty of the mountain, the intense emotions and feelings of spirituality that overcame her when reaching the world's highest peak.
'Total High' by Grania Willis is out now