Sick and old and probably stupid too. But Life hasn’t killed me yet!

“Don’t let us get sickDon’t let us get oldDon’t let us get stupid, all right?” That’s what the great Warren Zevon said in his song Don’t Let Us Get Sick from the extraordinary Life’ll Kill Ya album. Well, I did get sick. And I did get old. And there are lots of people out there … Continue reading Sick and old and probably stupid too. But Life hasn’t killed me yet!

Ah here. These people are really taking the Mick (or, as far as they’re concerned, the Michelle)

Holy God* Almighty. It’s getting worse. Someone has undertaken a survey of some of the world’s greatest museums.  I say “someone” because I don’t actually want to know who it is.  So let’s just leave it as “researchers.” That’s the word I saw when I first read the story. Researchers. What these people did, was … Continue reading Ah here. These people are really taking the Mick (or, as far as they’re concerned, the Michelle)

If you’re wondering when the world will end, look around…

I wonder how that family they found in Holland last week, thought the world was going to end. They’d been waiting for nine years, it seems, convinced the end of days was on the way. Almost every year, someone will emerge and tell us all that Doomsday is coming. Sometimes, they’re harmless eccentrics. Sometimes, they’re … Continue reading If you’re wondering when the world will end, look around…

Our problem with addiction- and how Michael taught me a lesson I’ve never forgotten

Ryan Tubridy was talking about addicts this week. I have, like many, people, known addicts. Some eventually and with help managed to beat the addiction. Others died. I worked on Baggot Street in the late 90s.  The Sunday Tribune offices were over what is now a Tesco supermarket, in what was once Zhivago nightclub!Every morning, … Continue reading Our problem with addiction- and how Michael taught me a lesson I’ve never forgotten

We lost. We got thrashed. But I’m not angry anymore.

I am in recovery. It’s taken a while. No, not from my recent infection which had me in hospital for 11 nights. From the match. Watching that was worse than any hospital stay. I think if I had written this on Saturday last, after the final whistle, it would have been angry. Because I was … Continue reading We lost. We got thrashed. But I’m not angry anymore.

Dublin Lord Mayor invites Extinction Rebellion to camp in the Mansion House*

Fair dues to him. The Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe has invited the Extinction Rebellion activists to set up home in the Mansion House. “They can pitch their tents in the Round Room, they can put their sleeping bags in the bedrooms, they can light their fires in the kitchen,” he said. “It’s only … Continue reading Dublin Lord Mayor invites Extinction Rebellion to camp in the Mansion House*

I only drink wine to help save the planet

Have you noticed the way people have to explain themselves before expressing an opinion these days? If they condemn the Turkish invasion of Syria they stress that they aren’t against the Turkish people per se, it’s just the actions of their current president. And if they condemn the intransigence of the DUP they emphasise that … Continue reading I only drink wine to help save the planet