I am one of those rare things these days. A Mass goer! Of course, due to my illness and then Covid-19 I haven’t actually attended Mass in person for a year. But I have enjoyed travelling around the country on my laptop on a Sunday morning picking and choosing where to attend Mass. Now I’m … Continue reading Today at Mass, there was a lesson for bankers. I doubt they listened.
I don’t know if you’ve been following the court case involving publicans and their insurance company. It looks fairly simple – but of course once lawyers get involved, it’s anything but. The simple version is that publicans believed they were insured against a pandemic and have lost a whole heap of money since Covid-19 struck. … Continue reading Good luck to the publicans in their battle with the insurance company
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
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…
“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.
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.
I bumped into Mary Lou McDonald the other day. “How’s she cuttin’ Mary Lou?” I asked her. “Well, I’m glad you asked me that question. For too long this government has not cared one way or the other how people are. Too much cutting and we’ll put an end to it. And as far as … Continue reading Bumped into Mary Lou the other day. You wouldn’t call her a Woman of Few Words…
Two scientists walk in to a bar. The first one says: “I’ll have H2O.” The second one says: “I’ll have H2O too.” The bartender gives them both water because he is able to distinguish the boundary tones that dictate the grammatical function on homonyms in coda position as well as pragmatic content. A sign said, … Continue reading It’s budget day! So in case nothing you heard so far has you smiling, maybe these few gags will.
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!
It was an extraordinary scene. The old man, still wearing his familiar NHS glasses, greeted his guests one by one as they arrived by boat or, in some cases, by helicopter. John Lennon looked every day of his 80 years as he stood there on Dorinish Island, the escape he had bought back in 1967 … Continue reading What if John Lennon had survived that gun attack – and had his 80th birthday party in Mayo?