MEN AT WORK…

In an effort to work out why I bother writing this blog (yes I am struggling a bit with the apparent futility of writing a blog for my own amusement) I decided to do an in-depth piece of research of existing blogs written by men. When I finally finished Googling […]


TV OR NOT TV? THAT’S THE QUESTION…

I’m not going to lie to you I watch way too much TV and none, or at least very little of it would be seen as genuinely intellectually stimulating. After long days stretching my brain to meet the needs of the day job, by 9pm all I’m really good for […]


I’VE SEEN A SIGN

I’ll be the first to admit we all have strange pet hates that we either can’t explain or refuse to admit to because there’s no rational reason for entertaining them and I’m no exception. I freely admit I have a serious dislike for the use of the @ symbol instead […]


DAY TRIP: CHARLES FORT

How often do you get the chance to have a day out with your Grown Up Children – especially when there are no grandchildren involved? Not too often in our case and so we were delighted when last month, The Ban Chéile* and I teamed up with GUC No. 4 […]


JUST DO IT!

It’s great when your children reach an age when you see them do things you would never pluck up the courage to do. My children are all in that category and frequently make decisions, have adventures and generally just do things that I would never have the nerve to do. […]


EVERYONE MATTERS

Once upon a time, in the land of Hush-A-Bye, around about the wondrous days of yore, they came across a kind of box, bound up with chains and locked with locks and labelled “Kindly do not touch; it’s war.”  Kendrew Lascelles (in John Denver’s album- Poems, Prayers and Promises) I […]


TAKE THE NEXT STEP

“I dream of men who take the next step rather than worrying about the next thousand” Theodore Roosevelt. Have you ever been busily working towards something and then suddenly find yourself hesitating just before the finish line? I think if we’re honest most of us have been right at that […]


BORN TO STAND OUT

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out” – Dr. Seuss. Isn’t it amazing how we spend so much of our time trying to fit in and the rest of it trying to stand out? Most of us spend our formative years trying to work out what we […]


LIFE IS SHORT

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon I blinked once and 20 years had passed. Okay I’m obviously exaggerating to make a point but you can see where I’m headed. I remember thinking when I reached 50 that I had passed the point […]


JUNK MAIL

“No Junk Mail” – Probably the three most ignored words in any language. No matter how often I’ve tried to get this message across I seem to fail. Increasing numbers of leaflet droppers are choosing to completely ignore the helpful signs I put up especially for them. Given the fact […]


TIME

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” -Nelson Mandela. It’s totally subjective I know but in my opinion I think you have to pass the point where you know for a fact you don’t have as many years ahead of […]


THE STONE

I recently wrote a post about a semi-conscious image that intrigued me enough to write a short “poem” posing an important question. The image was based on the notion of whether I believed I was best represented by a stone, a rock or a mountain. I wanted to use the […]


SHADOW

  “To light a candle is to cast a shadow.” Ursula K. Le Guin Shadow is hugely under-appreciated. Shadow protects us from the bad UV light of the burning sun, it gives the things we look at depth and it even gives our imagination something to look into and see […]


THE STONE, THE ROCK AND THE MOUNTAIN

There’s a stone in the road just turning and tumbling A rock in the river fighting the flow And on the horizon there sits a mountain Ignoring the passage of time The stone is a mountain that stays on the move At the mercy of weather and wind Facing no […]


SELFIE

  “Other words were considered, as you will see from our shortlist, but selfie was the runaway winner.” Oxford English Dictionary – I tried to take up a 365 Selfie challenge once and made it all the way to day 40. It just didn’t make sense to me after a […]


BREAKFAST

“I’m not a breakfast eater”. Sean Penn– I’m with Sean Penn. The world and his mother will tell you that the most important meal of the day is breakfast, but my stomach never wakes up before 11am and so the most I can manage is a slice of toast and coffee. […]


GUILTY PLEASURE

“I watch schlock telly. Like the ‘Kardashians.’ I love it. It’s my guilty pleasure.” Dawn French- We all have our guilty pleasures and at the moment mine is Disaronno with ice and Coca-Cola. No doubt I have much more but the strange thing is the notion of guilt itself. I’m […]


BROKEN

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglass- It’s a wonder humanity ever became the dominant species on planet Earth when you think about how fragile we really are. Quite apart from the physical fragility we display in comparison to other creatures, the effect […]


BEFORE / AFTER

“In many ways, history is marked as ‘before’ and ‘after’ Rosa Parks. She sat down in order that we all might stand up, and the walls of segregation came down.” Jesse Jackson.- Have you ever noticed how people are always smiling in the ‘after’ photo for makeovers? Maybe if they […]


10am

“In American Airlines lounge amazed by how much alcohol people are drinking at 10am! The coffee’s free too!! Well, it is ‘AA’ after all…” Jennifer Carpenter.- 10am is a time of day that never really registers with me. When in work it passes quickly because I’m hardly into my workday […]


VINTAGE

“It is easily overlooked that what is now called vintage was once brand new.” Tony Visconti.- Imagine my surprise when I read that the definition of “vintage” is anything over 50 years old. Therefore when I feel decrepit, which happens more and more frequently these days, I can console myself […]


TINY

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.” Henry David Thoreau.-   These little guys were so tiny when they joined or family 3 weeks ago that Dasha’s shoulder only came up to the top of this Diet Coke can. […]


OPERATION LUGHNASADH

  Lughnasadh is the name given to the Irish harvest festival and in fact is the Irish word for August. Many years ago The Ban Chéile* and I decided to rename the cottage in the country Lughnasadh (pronounced loo-na-sa) for a number of reasons – 1) We didn’t like the name […]


LOVE/HATE (NOT THE TV SHOW)

Just because I know you faithful reader are dying to know more about me I’ve set up two pages to help you understand the Things I Love and the Things I Hate. Now I know these lists are of great importance and a text-based list is all you need, but […]


CROSSROADS

Have you ever set out to do something, fully sure of what it was you wanted to achieve, only to find yourself on the road to that achievement without a map or signposts? I’ve found myself in that unenviable position when it comes to this blog. I intended it to be […]


MOVIE REVIEW: THE BLING RING

TITLE:  The Bling Ring DIRECTOR: Sofia Coppola STARRING: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson BLURB: Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes. RATING:  2 out of 10   I’ll keep this short because the movie The Bling […]


THE LEADER OF THE PACK (SOMETIMES!)

  When I was born our family dog (Toby) immediately decided I was his responsibility and much to my parent’s horror anytime he got the chance he would squeeze his way into the carrycot or pram to protect me. When he got the message that getting into the pram with […]


THE SEARCH FOR THE “PERFECT” LUNCHBOX

Some men have devoted their life to searching for hidden cities and others have searched for cures, I, on the other hand, have spent a considerable amount of my time in search of – drum roll – the perfect lunchbox (this is not a euphemism for anything worth sniggering about […]


MOVIE SEASON

  I’m of a vintage that makes me old enough to remember a time when one of the most exciting things about Christmas was the fact that almost every channel (there were 4) had a Big Movie – around two years old – premiering on either Christmas Day or New […]


SELFIE

  “Other words were considered, as you will see from our shortlist, but selfie was the runaway winner.” Oxford English Dictionary – I tried to take up a 365 Selfie challenge once and made it all the way to day 40. It just didn’t make sense to me after a […]


NEW YORK, NEW YORK! (Challenge #6)

New York City, USA is the place I would like to see most of all for a number of good reasons and here they are (in no particular order). I’m a shopaholic and would love to roam through the department stores and shopping thoroughfares of the Big Apple (preferably with […]


A CERTAIN LACK OF LOGIC

There are many things about life that confuse me and most of them will continue to do so, but maybe someone could shed some light on something that I can’t get my head around – how come animal shelters are overloaded with abandoned dogs and cats and yet they refuse to […]


CHRISTMAS (CHALLENGE #5)

Christmas is all about tradition, but not really. I think Christmas as a concept may be traditional in itself but what Christmas means to people can be very different depending on the individual and will inevitably evolve as time goes by. There are elements that remain constant; the exchange of […]


5 FAVOURITE FICTIONAL DETECTIVES

I have all my life loved detective characters from books, movies and TV. When well written they’re always well developed, colourful and clever with a keen eye for detail and an easy command of the application of logic. Most of all though they read people, a skill I value very highly. […]


5 THINGS I LIKE ABOUT BOOKS (CHALLENGE #4)

I have a confession to make…I have loved books all of my life. Now, there it is, off my chest. I feel much better now. Of course no confession would be complete without answering one key question: “Why?” Well there are 5 things about books that made me fall in love […]


THE SONG REMEMBERS WHEN (CHALLENGE #3)

My mother died on October 14th, 1997, two days after the singer John Denver (although we all thought he died on the 13th because 5.28pm in Monterey was 1.28 am the next day in Ireland). When I heard of Denver’s death I was distracted with concern for my friend who […]


ENJOY!

I was lucky enough to have been on holiday in Florida in the early noughties when every shop assistant, waitress and person you met finished every interaction with a chirpy “have a nice day!”. When I say lucky I’m referring to the holiday and not the chirpy instruction as to […]


WHAT VALUE DOES A LIFE HAVE?

Sometimes I try to think of ways not to sound like I’m delivering another lecture when I write a piece about something I’m passionate about, but on this occasion I’m going to forego that and just say what’s on my mind. Life is precious and I don’t imagine many people […]


OLD DOG:NEW TRICKS

Having been abandoned by the Ban Chéile while she took on a week long tour of conference engagements (or gigs as I like to call them) in Poland, I sat last week staring mindlessly at the Goggle Box. Up popped a very popular British cop drama called New Tricks- 7 million viewers […]


DINNER WITH MY HERO (CHALLENGE #2)

It will come as no shock to anyone who knows me that my hero is HH The 14th Dalai Lama. My respect and even fondness for him doesn’t stem from idol worship of a reincarnated Buddha, but for a man who has endured serious hardship and still manages to promote […]


DOGGED DISCRIMINATION

 If I was to blog about a notice erected by a Local Authority in Ireland indicating that the amenity they set up with public funds was off limits to people of certain nationalities – lets say German, Zimbabwean, American, English, or Japanese – because the ignorance of received wisdom indicated […]


SHOUT LOUDER THE TV CAN’T HEAR YOU

What is it about sport on TV that turns even the most mild mannered person into an aggressive expert who could singlehandedly replace every team member AND coach them from the sideline? As I write this my Ban Cheile is roaring “Oh you stupid, stupid…” at a player on a […]


DANCE AT YOUR WEDDING

My niece got married the other day. It was a relatively small wedding by todays standards with about 120 guests in attendance. The church ceremony went well – except for that one occasion when the priest got the grooms name wrong…oops!- and even the weather turned back into a glorious […]


POCKET EUROPE

I reckon everyone has a little personal ritual when it comes to emptying their pockets, especilly if you’re doing it just before you go to bed. I usually put my battered wallet on the bedside locker first and then my mobile phone and then scoop any change from my pocket […]


THE WRITER’S BLOCK

Way back in 2001 my Ban Chéile gave me a present of a little book by Joan Rekulak called The Writer’s Block. The blurb on the cover announced ” 786 Ideas to Jump-start Your Imagination”. Now I wasn’t sure if she was dropping a hint or lending me a helping […]


GETTING AROUND TO PROCRASTINATION

Now there’s procrastination and then there’s my brand of procrastination. Here’s what I mean: my Dad died almost two years ago and shortly after the funeral my two siblings and I spent a brief and miserable evening sorting out his ‘things’. He was monklike in his approach to possessions and […]


MOVIE REVIEW: THE HOST

DIRECTOR: Andrew Niccol STARRING: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel BLURB: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. RATING: […]


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THROWING DOWN THE GAUNTLET

Little did I know when I suggested a Blogging Challenge from September to December that returning to work after the summer break would mean my brain would work to rule and refuse to let a single thought solidify enough to write a meme never mind a blog post. My “Things […]