• MOVIES

    ONE MILLION DUBLINERS

    I don't normally review documentary films because I don't watch that many, but One Million Dubliners is such a special film that I just can't ignore it. Dublin, my hometown, is the capital city of Ireland and home to more than 500,000 people - Dublin county has a population of almost 2 million (almost 40% of the population of the republic).…

  • FLUFF

    VELLICHOR

    The website World Wide Words gives credit to the creation of this recently coined word to John Koenig on his website The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. Koenig describes Vellichor as meaning – the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time — filled with thousands of old books you’ll never have time to read,…

  • PLACES

    DUBLIN MADE ME…

    Grey brick upon brick, Declamatory bronze On sombre pedestals – O’Connell, Grattan, Moore – And the brewery tugs and the swans On the balustraded stream And the bare bones of a fanlight Over a hungry door And the air soft on the cheek And porter running from the taps With a head of yellow cream And Nelson on his pillar…

  • MY STORY

    ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY

    We are very lucky to be working in education and therefore able to take quite a few weeks off during the summer months. All of our annual leave is greedily stored up and we divide our holiday (vacation) time between a trip abroad for a few weeks and a few weeks in our little country hideaway. This combination is perfect…