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…

Has Covid-19 changed your world? Well then, go live where the National Transport Authority does. It’s having no effect there!

There is a parallel universe out there. It’s the one in which the M3 which bulldozed ancient sites at Tara and the N25 which completely over-estimated traffic in Waterford, were needed.  It’s the one which built the M50 which has now been upgraded over and over again because they got it wrong in the first … Continue reading Has Covid-19 changed your world? Well then, go live where the National Transport Authority does. It’s having no effect there!

The tragedy of this pandemic is, that stupidity is contagious as well…

Covid-19. Isn’t it an extraordinary thing that, no matter how many new cases we’re told about every evening, no matter how many surges we hear about around the world, like Leicester, Manchester and Aberdeen – and that’s just next door. It’s worse in Spain and of course the United States. Why? This might explain it. … Continue reading The tragedy of this pandemic is, that stupidity is contagious as well…

We’re at risk from Covid-19 – but it’s all the more serious because of the epidemic of stupidity which is gripping the world

We have elected some eejits in this country over the years. Thankfully, though, our Taoisigh have been sensible men – even if it’s a pity they’ve all been men. But I do lie awake some nights, wondering just how it is that Donald Trump and Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro managed to get themselves elected … Continue reading We’re at risk from Covid-19 – but it’s all the more serious because of the epidemic of stupidity which is gripping the world

Sometimes, silence is the best policy. And when it comes to the Covid App, it would be best if the moaners just stayed quiet.i

It took about ten minutes longer than I thought it would. But the Irish Council for Civil Liberties was pretty quick off the mark raising concerns about the Covid Tracking App launched by the Department of Health. They have previously, of course, expressed serious concerns about the Public Services Card (PSC) as has the Data … Continue reading Sometimes, silence is the best policy. And when it comes to the Covid App, it would be best if the moaners just stayed quiet.i

EXCLUSIVE!!! Leo to allow pubs to open – but only if you can prove you’re gummin’ for a pint.

BREAKING NEWS. In a surprise move today, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced an easing of Covid-19 restrictions – but only for some groups. Speaking at a hastily organised press conference where he was photographed with some adorable little puppies and three pensioners*, Mr Varadkar said that, from Monday, some groups would be permitted to gather … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE!!! Leo to allow pubs to open – but only if you can prove you’re gummin’ for a pint.

“Why did your God let this pandemic happen?” ask people who don’t believe in God at all.

God. We’re hearing a lot about Him these days. As ever, God is being blamed for this virus sweeping the world. He is being blamed in particular by those who say He doesn’t exist. “Why does your God let this happen?” I have heard non-believers say. “If your God is so powerful, why doesn’t he … Continue reading “Why did your God let this pandemic happen?” ask people who don’t believe in God at all.

Would a sportsperson be sent off for dropping their shorts and going to the loo on the pitch? Yes. Spitting isn’t a whole lot different.

Wash your hands. Cough into your elbow. If you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately and safely. Don’t stand within two metres of someone who is coughing. Clean surfaces with anti-septic wipes. Don’t spit all over the soccer pitch. Oh. Sorry. That last piece of advice? That’s just not on is it? It seems … Continue reading Would a sportsperson be sent off for dropping their shorts and going to the loo on the pitch? Yes. Spitting isn’t a whole lot different.

Coronavirus: Better an over-reaction than no reaction at all

How am I? Not great. But thanks for asking! I get infections easily. That’s down to a compromised immune system. It’s landed me in James’s as an in-patient 18 times in eight years as far as I can reckon. I tell you this because there seem to be a lot of people out there who … Continue reading Coronavirus: Better an over-reaction than no reaction at all