Three Monkeys Online

A Curious, Alternative Magazine


  • Judge Savage?- Tim Parks in Interview

    Tim Parks is a prodigious writer – with widely acclaimed novels, several books of observation on Italy and the Italians, not to mention his insightful literary criticism. His latest work Judge Savage has predictably enough divided critics, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Joseph Brodsky labelled him “Frankly, the best British author working today., […]

  • James Joyce’s Ulysses: Why the Fuss?

    This year is the centenary of “Bloomsday” – celebrated in James Joyce’s Ulysses. We ask Senator David Norris – why the fuss? Every year in Dublin on 16 June, people celebrate James Joyce’s 1922 novel, Ulysses, by re-enacting the journeys of its central characters, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus. With many participants dressed in Edwardian […]

  • The Republic Unveiled. France and the Hijab.

    What’s the context of the recent legislation in France banning the wearing of the hijab? What’s the background? Debates over laociti (state secularism) in French schools have taken place repeatedly since the 1789 revolution and the establishment of the French Republic. During the Third Republic, at the end of the nineteenth century, a mandatory, free […]

  • The Euro – Friend or Foe?

    The Euro two years on. The growth and stability pact shattered, and prices rising – the single European Currency is a friend or foe? Twelve countries in Europe have now had over two years experience of living with the European Single Currency. Not only does the currency have an impact on prices and trade within […]

  • Make it official? The Gaelic language in Europe.

    Imagine the reaction if a taxi firm in France was refused a licence to operate for using the French translation of the word 'Taxi' on its cars. Imagine being prevented from using one's own language in one's own country to practice one's business! Unfortunately this incident did happen. It did not happen in France however. […]

  • Critical Condition? The Northern Ireland Peace Process.

    Since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, progress towards normality, stability and self-government in Northern Ireland has, at best, stuttered along. Although the majority of people on the island of Ireland have always supported the idea of a power-sharing arrangement between nationalists and unionists, unionist voters and politicians have been less convinced of its long-term […]

  • Bossi’s Lega Nord – history and myth

    Much has been written about the rise to power of Umberto Bossi’s Lega Nord, but surprisingly little in the way of research has been done to examine the connection hinted at by the Lega with its medieval counterparts. Dr. Edward Coleman of University College Dublin however has examined the connections, from a Medievalist’s perspective. He […]

  • Argentina- Looking to the Future

    Argentina is a country that is as big as it is diverse. The country stretches from the tropical Iguazu falls in the North to the most southerly city in the world, Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego. While justifiably famed for tango, football and beef there is also a huge amount of cultural and geographic diversity […]

  • Firewater – The Man on the Burning Tightrope

    New York Film Noir, Vaudeville Rock ‘n’ Roll of a Friday night!