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Kildare togs now becoming a fashion item?

I came across a tweet on Twitter yesterday evening showing the young Irish and Kildare actor, Paul Mescal, posing, wearing what was supposed to be a sweater with a price tag of some ridiculous sum like $10,000 and a pair of Kildare GAA football shorts (previously known and loved as “togs”). I say “togs” because […]

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Writing

The benefit of writing every day

It’s easy to see the benefit of writing every day. I have done it in the past, for a good deal of time, and have noticed how much easier it is to write articles and blog posts when doing it daily. The simple act of starting an article about any topic, no matter how important […]

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Books Writing

On letter writing

Letter writing features large in many of the books that I read and enjoy.  Books by Anthony Trollope, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens are set in the 19th century and it is easy to forget now what it was like in the time before SMS messages, email, WhatsApp, telephone, cell phones and other modern communication methods. […]

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Bread

I made a Pain au Levain Moderne at the weekend

I made a “Pain au Levain Moderne” at the weekend for the first time. I got the recipe in Daniel Leader’s baking book, “Living Bread” and it turned out fantastic. It is a rustic loaf made with a levain, white flour, rye flour, a pinch of instant yeast, salt and water.  The levain I had […]

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Writing

The critical importance of the sentence

I never knew what syntax was, or how important it was in your writing, until this week. I am reading a book at the moment, “First You Write a Sentence.” by Joe Moran. Moran explains, in plain English, the elements of writing well and the starting point is the sentence. Syntax is the order in […]

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Blog Society

Why I hope Trump recovers

I hope Trump recovers and contests the US presidential election. Not because I like the man but because I hate him and what Trumpism stands for. And I want to see Americans rejecting him and his narcissism, bigotry, racism, lying, tax evasion, sexual deviancy, braggadocio, vanity, cheating. This is a man who has boasted about […]

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Society

Misinformation, masks, and conspiracy theories

Misinformation is rampant today, especially around the Covid 19 pandemic. And it poses a problem for our society, although it is impossible to quantify the magnitude of the problem. The wide range of social media platforms makes it easy to disseminate misinformation, conspiracy theories, hate filled views, and downright lies. To what extent the people […]

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Small Business Social Media Marketing Storytelling Video Marketing

How this 39 second video works so effectively

I made a 39 second video recently which packs a punch and does a great deal of heavy lifting for me. It follows a certain formula I use when making a particular type of video. Let me explain. I have previously written about the video formula which involves 3 steps: When I was I believe […]

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Blogging

Trees (when I look out the window of my home office)

When I look out the window of my home office here in my home in Kildare I see some beautiful trees which I am pleased to say I planted many years ago when we first moved to this property. The trees, like myself, have matured and aged and we have both taken on a slightly […]

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Blogging

The fundamental principle of being paid for work

This morning, as most mornings, I received an email from an employee who wanted to know if he “had a case”. He was most appreciative of the work I did, the YouTube videos I uploaded to my YouTube channel, the blog posts and information on my various websites, and so forth. But he wanted me […]