Letter to myself, aged 10.

I was looking at some photos of myself aged ten the other day and it occurred to me that wouldn’t it be cool if we could send a letter to ourselves back in time… Letter to myself, aged 10. There’s absolutely no point in throwing a paddy just because your mother insists on taking you […]

X Factor Royal Wedding Special

Bugger, it’s been announced that Prince William and Kate someone-or-another are to be wed next year, time to leave the country, it’s going to be like an upper class version of Big Brother. It’s alright for you lot living over there across the pond (no! America, you idiot, not Ireland, Ireland is as likely to […]

Annoying the annoying..

Was off sick a while back and I had worked though my list of people to ring up, you know how it goes; you ring up your good friends and have extended conversations with them and then once you’ve exhausted that seam you ring up friends you aren’t really friends with but talk to them, […]

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

In England here everyone likes to think we are the masters of the English language and we (says the Irishman) have exported the English language across the globe. However, it appears it hasn’t always been a one way street (assuming one way street has the same meaning in both UK and US) and considering the […]

How To Confuse Children.

Have been reading a book, How to Live Dangerously: Why We Should All Stop Worrying & Start Living, easily the best book I’ve read this year, it really gives one perspective about modern day life and how we are our own worse enemies. For example, when I was growing up, we ranged far and wide, […]

Toilet Humour? A load of crap.

A friend of mine was telling me how she was desperate to go to the loo when shopping in Selfridges, a very posh London store, but had her five year old daughter with her. So she brought her into the only empty loo with her and was mortified to hear her daughter say in a […]

Judi Dench

I was browsing the book section in Sainsburys and there is an autobiography of Judi Dench. I don’t think I’ve ever bought an autobiography in my life but was flicking through it and read something touching. Her husband, Mike, died of lung cancer in 2001 and there was a huge memorial service for him. His […]

The Irish Desiderata

Go Noisily amid the complacency and waste, and Remember what peace can be had without Television. Never Surrender and always attempt to undermine authority, which will put you on good terms with most people. Speak your truth as loudly and as clearly as possible, especially to the dull and ignorant. Avoid meekness and subservience like […]

Doris Part Deux

Today’s little story is about Doris, my birth mother, an obstinate old bugger if ever there was one.. and is a counterbalance to the previous journal entry. Doris was born in 1926 in Northern Ireland in the same cottage generations upon generations of her family were born in, there was no going to the local […]

Doris Part One..

My mother, Doris came to visit me here in London last summer. Nothing too unusual about that but the thing is, Doris hasn’t really encountered the 20th century, never mind the 21st century. She was born in a cottage that generations of her family have been born in. It was out in the sticks, rural […]