It will soon be an offence to possess a sense of humour

I’M not sure when it’s going to happen. But the way things are going, it could be soon. Jokes will be banned. Jokes will be banned because every joke offends someone. Did the way Charlie Chaplin walked offend some? I’ll be it did. Was throwing custard pies an obscene waste of food in a hungry … Continue reading It will soon be an offence to possess a sense of humour

I can think of forty music venues in Dublin alone – and they all await my return!

I think it’s 18 gigs now, not including rescheduled dates. That’s what I’ve missed due to Covid and my own health difficulties, Right now, it looks like it will be The Stunning (above) in the Olympia in October when I next hear live music. It’s going to be a long wait. Sure, I’m vaccinated and … Continue reading I can think of forty music venues in Dublin alone – and they all await my return!

Is it just me? Or are there more birds flying around our gardens than there used to be?

I know our planet is in trouble and I know we all have to do our bit. But there are hopeful signs. Small, tiny, minute little signs. But hopeful nonetheless. Like many others we’re making our garden as friendly to animal and insect life as we can.**(This is a lie. Connie is making our garden … Continue reading Is it just me? Or are there more birds flying around our gardens than there used to be?

It won’t be long now…the snug in Toner’s awaits, even if Yeats wasn’t a big fan.

It is said that the only pub ever visited by WB Yeats, was Toners on Dublin’s Baggot Street.A good choice, it being the finest pub on the planet – even if there are quite a few rivals nibbling at its heels. It was Oliver St John Gogarty who brought the poet to Toners. And, I … Continue reading It won’t be long now…the snug in Toner’s awaits, even if Yeats wasn’t a big fan.

How lucky can one man be? I’ve won the Lottery FIVE TIMES!

I’m very lucky. I’ve won the Lottery five times. Yes indeed. I’m that lucky that I’m a five times winner of the Lottery. Here’s how. The first time I won was on August 5, 1953 when I was born into the most wonderful family you could hope for. Indeed, if I was given a choice, … Continue reading How lucky can one man be? I’ve won the Lottery FIVE TIMES!

There seems to be more scams than ever. But, if you’re in the mood, you can have some fun with them!

There are a lot of scams about these days. I keep on getting calls from numbers in the North of England. I don’t answer. They don’t leave messages. I don’t call back. But they do, three or four times a week. I have been asked three times in the past month to pay delivery charges … Continue reading There seems to be more scams than ever. But, if you’re in the mood, you can have some fun with them!

Limericks have gone out of fashion haven’t they? So here are a few oldies…and two (dreadful) new ones.

For no reason whatever, I was thinking about Limericks the other night. You don’t hear many Limericks these days. You certainly don’t hear new ones. So here are some oldies, the first two being favourites of my fathers. **** There was a young man from Japan  Whose poetry no one could scan.  When asked why … Continue reading Limericks have gone out of fashion haven’t they? So here are a few oldies…and two (dreadful) new ones.

I’m pretty sure we’ve been visited by aliens. But once they had a look, they decided not to bother with us.

There, astronomers tell us, 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 solar systems in the universe. Each one, probably contains eight or nine planets. It doesn’t bear thinking about. But I am thinking about it!Here we are on our little tiny ball, floating around in our tiny little solar system, utterly insignificant in the scheme of things. And what do we … Continue reading I’m pretty sure we’ve been visited by aliens. But once they had a look, they decided not to bother with us.

Monty Gavin (that’s Connie) has given us a beautiful garden. But what is that thing in the corner?

We don’t have a garden on the scale of Monty Don or even Diarmuid Gavin’s more modest spread in County Wicklow. We have a back yard. I am, nonetheless, tempted to reChristian my wife Monty Clinton or Connie Gavin. Because she has turned our little space into a magical place. I’m a cold creature, largely … Continue reading Monty Gavin (that’s Connie) has given us a beautiful garden. But what is that thing in the corner?

Frank Duff and the Mother and Baby home that was for mothers AND babies.

(This one is probably a little bit from left field. Or maybe right field. But I sincerely believe that the practice of tarring all with the same brush is wrong. And prominent Catholics are routinely abused and accused. And the words “mother and baby home” inspire immediate revulsion. But there is always another story. Here … Continue reading Frank Duff and the Mother and Baby home that was for mothers AND babies.