Every time I hear or see Pearse Doherty, the Sinn Féin spokesperson for Finance, I think of Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick Lamar’s image pops into my head. I can’t help it. In the last few years, I have spent a good deal of my music listening time listening to rap music. I love rap music and… Continue reading Pearse Doherty, Kendrick Lamar, and Money Trees
5 am. Seaside Hotels, Leipzig. Leaving Leipzig this morning, need to get an early train (6 am) from the main train station back to Berlin, and onward to Ireland. Did a walking tour of Leipzig yesterday which touched on the historical development of Leipzig. Would always recommend this type of tour in any European city,… Continue reading Leaving Leipzig
We visited the Runden Ecke museum yesterday. This museum is housed in the former headquarters of the Stasi secret service in Leipzig. Taking the audio tour of the Runden Ecke and listening to the account of the efforts the Stasi, working hand in hand with the KGB, sought to control and repress its own people… Continue reading The Stasi museum in Leipzig-Runden Ecke
My first impressions of Leipzig are that it is an extremely attractive, comfortable small city which is easy to walk around and is a safe place. The buildings and streets are tremendously well taken care of and attractive with virtually no shop units to let or vacant. It has a feeling of affluence with a… Continue reading Leipzig-first impressions
A few times each year my wife and I take the bus to Dublin and spend the day in the pub. This ‘trip to Dublin’ has become a tradition for us and started out as a pub crawl. However, as we got older we are satisfied to go to the same pub, The Oval Bar… Continue reading The spiritual quality to spending the day in the pub
I watched the provincial finals at the weekend, as I have done since I was a boy. I was sickened to see the way the Leinster final went with Dublin running past the Kildare defence to plant the ball in the net 5 times in the first half. As a Kildare GAA supporter for many… Continue reading Fearing for Gaelic Football-if this is Gaelic football, you can keep it
I listen to a lot of rap music nowadays, and have done for the last few years. I particularly like the grimy, trap type stuff from guys who have transitioned from selling drugs to selling rap records/downloads. One of the things I love about this type of music from guys like Polo G, Lil Baby,… Continue reading Lil Baby and Lil Durk-is comparison with Tolstoy and Dostoevsky that far-fetched?
I have been buckled over for the last two days with tremendous pains in my stomach. The pain was so bad that it actually affected my mobility and ability to walk. I think now I know the source of it-something I consumed-but the presence of the incessant, piercing pain during my ordinary working day was… Continue reading Taking rude good health for granted
We visited Montmartre (again) yesterday on a walking tour. It was interesting to learn how Montmartre developed as a quarter known for artists and musicians and how Le Moulin Rouge came become such an iconic symbol for the last village to join Paris. We saw where Picasso lived and worked and where Vincent Van Gogh… Continue reading Montmartre, Easter 2022
Some photos from the first day of our trip to Paris, Easter 2022. No need to report that Paris is a beautiful city chock full of beautiful, instantly recognisable monuments and a rich, interesting history in the development of Europe as we know it today.