Speculating in a hotel bar in Berlin airport

I could not help speculating last night in the hotel bar at the Brandenburg airport in Berlin. There was a guy there who was having a beer and engaging in animated conversation, in English, with what I presume were work colleagues. He was talking about sales and how sales were going so far in June,… Continue reading Speculating in a hotel bar in Berlin airport

Christmas with Covid brought the best Christmas gift I have ever received

4.45 pm on Christmas Eve. We are all gathered in the kitchen.  We are staring fixedly, anxiously at the Antigen test card. I think it’s called a lateral flow test. I have set the timer on my mobile phone for 15 minutes.  I am waiting. But I’m not cool. I’m sneaking glances at the card… Continue reading Christmas with Covid brought the best Christmas gift I have ever received

A blow out day in Dublin

On a few days every year myself and herself get the bus-either Kearns or Bus Eireann-from Moyvalley and head to Dublin. This trip has become an annual thing having first started out, when we were younger, as a pub crawl. Now, we are not quite up to requirements of the full blown pub crawl but… Continue reading A blow out day in Dublin

Choose your pain

Choose your pain. You have a choice as to what type of pain you choose, but you do have a choice. And you must choose, even if you don’t recognise that you are making a choice every day. The choice is between doing now the difficult, dirty, disciplined, demanding work that matters, the work that… Continue reading Choose your pain

Advice for whingers

Whingers. This is a group of individuals that I find most tedious, boring, nauseating, and downright annoying. And with the growth of social media they now have bigger loudspeakers and a tremendous range of opportunities to share their destructive, nihilistic worldview on the rest of us. No matter what the issue, no matter how things… Continue reading Advice for whingers

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… Continue reading Kildare togs now becoming a fashion item?