Passport control, Dublin airport, 2 am Sunday morning

It was 2 in the morning when we approached passport control in Dublin airport after flhing in from Napoli airport. The two passport control workers were smiling at the new and old arrivals in Ireland. I was proud that this was the first experience of the Irish welcome the Italian couple in front of us… Continue reading Passport control, Dublin airport, 2 am Sunday morning

The Isle of Capri

We visited the Isle of Capri yesterday. It takes approximately 20-30 minutes by ferry from the Marina in Sorrento. Capri is a beautiful place and walking around the small streets, repleted with the shops of top end brands and designer labels, remind you how strongly reliant this place is on tourism. You have to assume… Continue reading The Isle of Capri

Positano, Amalfi and the Amalfi Coast

We visited the towns of Amalfi and Positano on the Amalfi Coast yesterday. These are unique, pretty towns/villages which are almost carved out of the limestone cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. Extremely popular destinations in high season and accessed by a road that was built at a time that never envisaged the traffic it now… Continue reading Positano, Amalfi and the Amalfi Coast

Them and us-one of the most powerful tools of tribe building and persuasion

One of the most effective, and oldest, ways to gather a tribe around your cause has been in strong evidence over the last decade or so. It is a technique that has been in use for centuries but appears to me to have really put down roots in politics and society over the last few… Continue reading Them and us-one of the most powerful tools of tribe building and persuasion

Teacher Enoch Burke, Mountjoy prison, conscience, and the majesty of the law

A secondary school teacher in Wilson’s Hospital, Co. Westmeath, was jailed yesterday by the High Court. He is in Mountjoy prison as I write this and will be released if and when he purges his contempt of court, or the High Court makes some further order. The case is due back before the High Court… Continue reading Teacher Enoch Burke, Mountjoy prison, conscience, and the majesty of the law