I’m not used to getting old. Why is there no way of practising for it?

I’ve never been this old before. I know that’s a tad obvious. But the thing is, you don’t get to rehearse getting old. I had just turned on my laptop the other day (yes, I can operate a computer thank you for asking) and was just logging on. The radio was on in the background … Continue reading I’m not used to getting old. Why is there no way of practising for it?

It will be a long time until we see big crowds again – so what was the biggest crowd ever seen in Ireland?

It’s going to be a long time until we see massive crowds gathering again. When will we see a packed Croker or Lansdowne? When will we stand packed like sardines at a gig – a big one in Kilmainham or Marley or something more intimate in Whelan’s or th Academy? God knows. So I was … Continue reading It will be a long time until we see big crowds again – so what was the biggest crowd ever seen in Ireland?

Ten wonderful things that happened – and I didn’t need a bucket list. I was just lucky. Charmed. Blessed.

If I had had a bucket list 50 years ago, these are some of the things I would have put on it.   To stand on the roof of the World Trade Centre. I did that in 1980. We were told that visitors could only stand outside on the roof if the wind was below, … Continue reading Ten wonderful things that happened – and I didn’t need a bucket list. I was just lucky. Charmed. Blessed.

There is still something magic about listening to music on vinyl

I didn’t keep much vinyl, maybe sixty albums including the few I’ve added in recent years. I didn’t actually have a record player for years. But Connie bought me one – we’re still looking for a permanent home for it. We took it out the other day and… …do you know what? I really don’t … Continue reading There is still something magic about listening to music on vinyl

Something every Beatles nerd, I mean fan, should know.

I’M a bit of a Beatles nut. I have many Beatles Nut friends. Brendan. Mick. Pete. Maurice. Not quite the Fab Four. More, at this stage of their lives, the Feeble Four. But I am always astonished at how few Beatles fans know those two ladies above. Now, I love all things Beatles. I am … Continue reading Something every Beatles nerd, I mean fan, should know.

So it WAS Mick Jagger throwing a cigarette butt out of the window of a Rolls Royce in Stillorgan 50+ years ago!

Luggala.One word and it brings to mind the beauty of Wicklow, the Guinness dynasty, the Beatles and A Day in the Life, their song about Tara Browne, the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger, Garech Browne and parties, wild parties we never imagined took place on our saintly isle. But they did.Liam Collins paid a last … Continue reading So it WAS Mick Jagger throwing a cigarette butt out of the window of a Rolls Royce in Stillorgan 50+ years ago!

John Lennon’s birthday – and the time I almost but not quite got the chance to interview him!

John Lennon would have been 79 today. I can’t help his being one of my heroes. It’s despite myself. I’ve read enough about Johnny to know that he wasn’t always a nice guy. I know he treated some people very badly. Yeh, he treated some people very well! But he left scars. We hadn’t a … Continue reading John Lennon’s birthday – and the time I almost but not quite got the chance to interview him!