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We’ve Been Here Before

About Life, Relating Now & Then

It’s no coincidence that I have rolled out of bed in the middle of the night to write this piece. I couldn’t sleep. The issues. The pain. The upset. The tumult. Everything that has been happening […]

We’ve Been Here Before

About Life, Relating Now & Then

It’s no coincidence that I have rolled out of bed in the middle of the night to write this piece. I couldn’t sleep. The issues. The pain. The upset. The tumult. Everything that has been happening […]

Living in Lockdown…All So Familiar

About Life, Ireland, Relating Now & Then

One of the abiding characteristics of our current state of pandemic-induced lockdown is fear. People are afraid. Afraid to go out. Afraid to shop. Afraid they may be asymptomatic. Afraid to hug loved ones. Social media […]

Living in Lockdown…All So Familiar

About Life, Ireland, Relating Now & Then

One of the abiding characteristics of our current state of pandemic-induced lockdown is fear. People are afraid. Afraid to go out. Afraid to shop. Afraid they may be asymptomatic. Afraid to hug loved ones. Social media […]

St Paddy’s Day Downer

About Life, Ireland

(Context: this was written before the Covid-19 pandemic) What do you say or how is a person supposed to feel or react when someone says the following to you? I wouldn’t want to be Irish. I […]

St Paddy’s Day Downer

About Life, Ireland

(Context: this was written before the Covid-19 pandemic) What do you say or how is a person supposed to feel or react when someone says the following to you? I wouldn’t want to be Irish. I […]

I Hate Magicians…

About Life, Pop Culture

According to the Oxford dictionary of Advanced learning this the definition of the word Dweeb : ‘A person, especially a boy or a man, who does not have good social skills and is not fashionable’ When […]

I Hate Magicians…

About Life, Pop Culture

According to the Oxford dictionary of Advanced learning this the definition of the word Dweeb : ‘A person, especially a boy or a man, who does not have good social skills and is not fashionable’ When […]

My Childhood friends…Asterix and Obelix

About Life, About Writing, Pop Culture

Thank the heavens that my parents were readers. My Mum always had a Catherine Cookson on the go, or a Mills & Boon until they went ‘mucky’ as she ended up declaring. Dad had the George […]

My Childhood friends…Asterix and Obelix

About Life, About Writing, Pop Culture

Thank the heavens that my parents were readers. My Mum always had a Catherine Cookson on the go, or a Mills & Boon until they went ‘mucky’ as she ended up declaring. Dad had the George […]

When is a Bin Lid not a Bin Lid…?

Ireland

Growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1970’s and 80’s I recall very clearly the many times I, my family and friend’s families all had to “make do”. Oftentimes, stuff got repurposed and given a new […]

When is a Bin Lid not a Bin Lid…?

Ireland

Growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1970’s and 80’s I recall very clearly the many times I, my family and friend’s families all had to “make do”. Oftentimes, stuff got repurposed and given a new […]

The Accident

About Life, About Writing, Ireland

My primary school was like something from Animal Lampoon’s Animal House. At one time it held the British record for the greatest number of pupils in a single early year’s school and it also had the […]

The Accident

About Life, About Writing, Ireland

My primary school was like something from Animal Lampoon’s Animal House. At one time it held the British record for the greatest number of pupils in a single early year’s school and it also had the […]

It was just a bike…

Ireland, Uncategorised

But not just any bike. It was mine and I loved it. It was orange in colour (there’s irony there but more of that later), a BSA, a manufacturer whose name actually stood for British Subsidised […]

It was just a bike…

Ireland, Uncategorised

But not just any bike. It was mine and I loved it. It was orange in colour (there’s irony there but more of that later), a BSA, a manufacturer whose name actually stood for British Subsidised […]

Haunting Music

Ireland

One of the most moving conversations I have had during my research phase came last year when I found myself sat at a kitchen table with a man who had been one of the hunger strikers […]

Haunting Music

Ireland

One of the most moving conversations I have had during my research phase came last year when I found myself sat at a kitchen table with a man who had been one of the hunger strikers […]

The Fringe Benefits of a Firebomb

Ireland

Now, I’m going to contradict myself, but as it’s my site I’m going to claim author’s prerogative, especially as this is to allow the telling of another true story from my own past. You may be […]

The Fringe Benefits of a Firebomb

Ireland

Now, I’m going to contradict myself, but as it’s my site I’m going to claim author’s prerogative, especially as this is to allow the telling of another true story from my own past. You may be […]

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