I really hope that, someday, our chimneys will get the stamp of approval

YOU know that my family (kind of) claims ownership of the Poolbeg Chimneys. That’s simply because my father authorised their building and signed the cheque, so to speak, when the job was done. And while it wasn’t his own money, it was his call, it was his decision and it was his foresight.  Indeed, the … Continue reading I really hope that, someday, our chimneys will get the stamp of approval

I have seen the future. And I don’t like what I’ve seen…

I’ve seen the future. It’s Ireland, 2043. That’s just 23 years away. You might not recognise it. For example, this week in the future, there is a protest outside the Dáil – or Assembly of Responsible Democratic and Multi-Cultural Citizens as it now known. Men, God bless them, are protesting at their lack of representation … Continue reading I have seen the future. And I don’t like what I’ve seen…

Carol singing: You can still raise a few bob if there are only two of you and it’s lashing rain. Well, we did!

Well it’s going to be a different Christmas isn’t it? Looks like I won’t get to do one of my favourite Christmassy things which is to stand on Grafton Street on Christmas Eve looking as smug as I can as last minute shoppers, panic all over their faces, rush from shop to shop looking for … Continue reading Carol singing: You can still raise a few bob if there are only two of you and it’s lashing rain. Well, we did!

Imagine having neighbours who don’t even own an apartment on the Costa del Sol let alone a house with a pool!

Do you think it would be a good idea if poor people wore signs so we’d know they’re poor. I mean, it’s ok if you’re rich and you’re in the Horseshoe Bar in the Shelbourne or playing golf in Adare. You’re not going to bump into poor people there. But when you’re just, you know, … Continue reading Imagine having neighbours who don’t even own an apartment on the Costa del Sol let alone a house with a pool!

Yes. It IS a conspiracy. But when you find out why you’ll be glad that it is!

At last!  I’ve finally figured out the whole Covid thing. The conspiracy theorists were kind of right. There IS a conspiracy. And it’s at the highest level. And it originates here in Ireland. You see, the whole point of Covid was to stop The Twelve Pubs of Christmas. OK. So we’ve had to suffer a … Continue reading Yes. It IS a conspiracy. But when you find out why you’ll be glad that it is!

Christmas could be difficult for some. But let’s take the expert advice and be safe if not happy

It’s beginning to look a lot like some people who should know better are going to come home for Christmas. I know. It’s not as catchy as the Christmas song. And it’s not a happy thought is it? I see more and more people talking about defying the advice being given by NPHET, Dr Holohan … Continue reading Christmas could be difficult for some. But let’s take the expert advice and be safe if not happy

Did they actually walk on the moon. I think so, yes. In a very Carlsberg kind of a way…

It took a while. But I eventually came to believe that men did go to the moon. I think what convinced me in the end was the idea that, for the whole thing to be a lie and a conspiracy, something like 200,000 people would have had to be part of it. And there’s no … Continue reading Did they actually walk on the moon. I think so, yes. In a very Carlsberg kind of a way…

I’m not sure why, but I’m feeling pretty nostalgic – missing bus conductors and God

I’m feeling nostalgic. I think it comes from that ennui brought on by the lockdown.  I know it’s not quite like being in prison. I don’t have a pool table for example. But sometimes, when I’m sitting here my mind wanders back and I think of things that are long gone and that I still … Continue reading I’m not sure why, but I’m feeling pretty nostalgic – missing bus conductors and God

I’m sorry but you can’t read this blog now. It takes five working days before it’s readable.

“Here is the news. “One hundred billions dollars has been wiped off the New York stock exchange in trading today. Well, it was probably wiped off because it will of course take five working days for all the transactions involved to go through.” Doesn’t happen though, does it? And yet if I lodge a cheque … Continue reading I’m sorry but you can’t read this blog now. It takes five working days before it’s readable.

Try to tell the kids about how things were in your day and they couldn’t give a thruppenys.

There’s a group of girls living near us, aged I’d say between eight or nine and maybe twelve. They like to bring our mutt Penny for a walk every day when it’s fine. And so Connie gives them a few euro every now and then. The other day when they came, Connie didn’t have change … Continue reading Try to tell the kids about how things were in your day and they couldn’t give a thruppenys.