"Eventually they might mutter: 'Oh yeah, I can see something in this.' Two years afterwards, they would confess to me, 'We thought you were mad - but we didn't want to dampen your enthusiasm.'" Shawn Mendes is the first pop star to play 3Arena since Ariana Grande headlined in May.
A lot has changed since then and security is tight.
Could actor Dwayne Johnson really be considering a run for president?
As the actor formerly known as wrestling champion The Rock continues to bring his charm to cinemas, a tilt at the White House is perceived as increasingly plausible.
One of my proudest moments as a father was taking my three-year old daughter trick-or-treating last Halloween.
She was dressed as Spider-Man and was visibly thrilled to be squeezed into a miniature jump-suit with fake muscles and a polystyrene six pack. This was the chilling possibility raised by news that a popular brand of "robot" vacuum cleaner has been discreetly mapping owners' houses, with the manufacturer formulating plans to share this potentially lucrative data with third parties.
Aonghus Mc Anally has worn many hats through a near 40-year career: children's television presenter, radio producer and DJ, musician.
His son, Aonghus Óg, is the comparative straight man.
They certainly bring a formidable intelligence to their music, with guitarist Bryce Dessner a Yale graduate and singer Matt Berninger’s one-time New Yorker editor wife credited as co-lyricist on the group’s latest record.
Over mugs of tea and mounds of biscuits, three generations of an Irish show business dynasty have gathered to laugh, cry and reminisce.
But the superstar stand-up is also surprisingly soulful and reflective this afternoon.