Covid: Yes, there is one thing worse than politicians failing to get the message across…

It’s difficult not to spend the day thinking about Covid one way or another. In my case, it’s wondering how pretty healthy people in their 50s are being called for vaccination when I, with Stage 4 COPD, Immunocompromised and officially designated as “terminally ill,” still wait.  I hope to God they haven’t decided to simply … Continue reading Covid: Yes, there is one thing worse than politicians failing to get the message across…

Vladimir will be furious. But it’s time for the truth. I AM part of the big conspiracy.

ALL right. It’s time to come clean. I AM part of the media conspiracy. Yes indeed, I – and lots of my colleagues – regularly attend meetings with our leaders where we are briefed as to what we can, and cannot, write. And when I say “our leaders” I’m not talking about small fry like … Continue reading Vladimir will be furious. But it’s time for the truth. I AM part of the big conspiracy.

Freedom of speech does not apply to dangerous lunatics who put lives at risk

My father was a very wise man. He gave great advice (which I mostly ignored) and often came out with wise words. Whenever he heard someone spouting dangerous nonsense, he would say: “The right to free speech does not include the right to shout “fire” in a crowded cinema.” Right now, there are many people … Continue reading Freedom of speech does not apply to dangerous lunatics who put lives at risk

A poem about Adam and why he was no saint, (It’s a poem what I wrote, Yeats or Kavanagh it ain’t)

THE LESSON OF ADAM I’m probably right in assuming, The most people never believed, There was ever a Garden of Eden  Or a couple called Adam and Eve. It’s not really credible is it In fact, it just doesn’t compute That the guy lost his paradise garden Just because he ate one piece of fruit. … Continue reading A poem about Adam and why he was no saint, (It’s a poem what I wrote, Yeats or Kavanagh it ain’t)

Here’s one way RTE could help to cheer us up every day

It gets more and more depressing. I mean, it’s bad enough that pubs and restaurants are closed. It’s hard to deal with the shops being closed so close to Christmas. We can’t go to gigs, theatre, cinema – we can’t even go to galleries. And some of the parks are packed. Very unpleasant indeed. So … Continue reading Here’s one way RTE could help to cheer us up every day

Either the advisors aren’t advising or the advice is being ignored. My odds are on the latter…

There’s a room somewhere in Government Buildings and it is filled with people tearing their hair out. And those people tearing their hair out are either a) Government ministers who can’t believe they haven’t been given better advice from all those special advisors they hired at great expense or b) All those special advisors they … Continue reading Either the advisors aren’t advising or the advice is being ignored. My odds are on the latter…

I fear what’s going to happen with these strict new food laws…

I can see it now. Fear it even. I go to a pub for a meal. And then one night, a month later, I’m sitting at home watching the telly when I suddenly notice flashing blue lights outside. I pull back the curtains and see four Garda cars on the road. I think I see … Continue reading I fear what’s going to happen with these strict new food laws…

Despair looms as I see hope running down the road with its arse on fire…

I get close to despair sometimes. And it’s not my life that makes me despair, I am extraordinarly lucky and always have been. It’s what I see around me. Yes, Trump looms large. The narcissistic, racist bully who is incapable of decency or telling the truth, scares me. To see a country a I love … Continue reading Despair looms as I see hope running down the road with its arse on fire…

Covid policy in the Department of Education smells of begrudgery

Did you ever notice that those politicians on the left who preach about “fee-paying schools” don’t seem to have a problem pocketing salaries of €97,000 a year plus a minimum of €2,400 a month in tax free allowances plus €750 every 18 months for a new mobile ‘phone plus free parking, free post, subsidies for … Continue reading Covid policy in the Department of Education smells of begrudgery

I’ll say it once more. Sure, our guys aren’t perfect but I still think we’re very, very lucky.

It gets more frightening every day. No. Not Covid-19 – though that it terrifying. I’m talking the United States and its infantile, narcissistic, spoiled, dishonest, corrupt, incompetent, oafish, bullying, stupid president Donald Trump. When you put Covid-19 and Trump together, it is truly alarming. Do you remember when he told us last April that the … Continue reading I’ll say it once more. Sure, our guys aren’t perfect but I still think we’re very, very lucky.