Christmas – I love it. But enjoy it while it lasts…

Do you know what starts too early at this time every year? People whinging about Christmas starting too early. It’s like they’ve got binoculars out looking for the first hint of a bauble and off they go. And then they complain about the Toy Show being boring something 1.7 million people don’t appear to believe. … Continue reading Christmas – I love it. But enjoy it while it lasts…

Not Murphy's Law, Murray's Law for 2019 and beyond

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. He who laughs last, probably didn’t get the joke. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine. Nothing is foolproof to a determined fool. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s … Continue reading Not Murphy's Law, Murray's Law for 2019 and beyond

Sometimes, we elect eejits because we're not offered a choice – so where does Extinction Rebellion go when elections pop up?

Do you remember Extinction Rebellion protesting in Dublin not too many weeks ago? They took over Merrion Square, and spent a whole week telling us that, unless we change the way we live and change it now, the earth and humanity, are doomed. They were and are right, of course. Right in what they say. But not … Continue reading Sometimes, we elect eejits because we're not offered a choice – so where does Extinction Rebellion go when elections pop up?

Shingles: they really are a major pain in the, well, arm in my case

I’ve been missing from here again. Sick once again. Sick with something I recommend you never get. Sick with something I had before, 31 years ago. I call it FS. The S is for Shingles. I’ll let you figure out what the F is for. I’ve had a lot wrong with me over the years. … Continue reading Shingles: they really are a major pain in the, well, arm in my case

I have no sympathy for people who aren’t good at Christmas and don’t plan ahead (it’s 395 days to Christmas next year)

Everybody has something to say about Christmas. “The whole thing starts too early.” “It’s too commercial.” “Twelve Pubs of Christmas crowd ruin it for me.” But maybe, like me, they just love it. Unfortunately though, the internet has taken a lot of the fun out of Christmas. At least, it has for me. And yes, … Continue reading I have no sympathy for people who aren’t good at Christmas and don’t plan ahead (it’s 395 days to Christmas next year)

The time my colleagues scuppered my plan for a Dry November

November.  There was a time I’d swear off the drink for the month. Indeed, I occasionally had a dry January too. And if I was feeling particularly holy (or smug) I’d stay off alcohol for the entire length of Lent. Yes, I’ve done it. And as Pee Flynn said about being very wealthy and owning … Continue reading The time my colleagues scuppered my plan for a Dry November

A political career ended by three stupid, careless words.

I always hoped I’d be Taoiseach one day. There was so much I wanted to do. I would, for example, have installed a new system in the Dáil which, apart from anything else, would let us know to the second, how long each of our public representatives spent in the chamber. It would have been … Continue reading A political career ended by three stupid, careless words.