My Journey

A Covid passport to get into a pub is a “denial of human rights.” Really? Here’s what a denial of human rights looks like.

So can those knuckle draggers who actually think that being asked to prove they are vaccinated and therefore unlikely to infect others, please stop claiming that their “human rights” are being infringed? I have always been pacifist. Lord I remember marching against the Vietnam War, the Iraq invasion, Bloody Sunday, the Teebane massacre and what … Continue reading A Covid passport to get into a pub is a “denial of human rights.” Really? Here’s what a denial of human rights looks like.

I’m almost afraid to say it: But I’m opposed to SOME bike lanes and SOME Bus Connects proposals.

There are certain things, it seems to me, that you simply can’t say these days. Nobody will give you a platform. Because, quite simply, it wouldn’t be worth the bother of all the negative reaction, the finger wagging and the downright condemnation for allowing such unacceptable views to be published. Believe it or not, those … Continue reading I’m almost afraid to say it: But I’m opposed to SOME bike lanes and SOME Bus Connects proposals.

For a moment, I had hope. But now I see it’s just the most First World Problem of all First World Problems

I was optimistic – for a minute. When I heard people talking about a two-tier society and discrimination and inequality, I thought for a moment that maybe there is an appetite to tackle the problems in our country and, indeed, the whole world. I was thinking of the homeless. I was remembering the Sixties when … Continue reading For a moment, I had hope. But now I see it’s just the most First World Problem of all First World Problems

It will soon be an offence to possess a sense of humour

I’M not sure when it’s going to happen. But the way things are going, it could be soon. Jokes will be banned. Jokes will be banned because every joke offends someone. Did the way Charlie Chaplin walked offend some? I’ll be it did. Was throwing custard pies an obscene waste of food in a hungry … Continue reading It will soon be an offence to possess a sense of humour

I can think of forty music venues in Dublin alone – and they all await my return!

I think it’s 18 gigs now, not including rescheduled dates. That’s what I’ve missed due to Covid and my own health difficulties, Right now, it looks like it will be The Stunning (above) in the Olympia in October when I next hear live music. It’s going to be a long wait. Sure, I’m vaccinated and … Continue reading I can think of forty music venues in Dublin alone – and they all await my return!

Is it just me? Or are there more birds flying around our gardens than there used to be?

I know our planet is in trouble and I know we all have to do our bit. But there are hopeful signs. Small, tiny, minute little signs. But hopeful nonetheless. Like many others we’re making our garden as friendly to animal and insect life as we can.**(This is a lie. Connie is making our garden … Continue reading Is it just me? Or are there more birds flying around our gardens than there used to be?

It won’t be long now…the snug in Toner’s awaits, even if Yeats wasn’t a big fan.

It is said that the only pub ever visited by WB Yeats, was Toners on Dublin’s Baggot Street.A good choice, it being the finest pub on the planet – even if there are quite a few rivals nibbling at its heels. It was Oliver St John Gogarty who brought the poet to Toners. And, I … Continue reading It won’t be long now…the snug in Toner’s awaits, even if Yeats wasn’t a big fan.

How lucky can one man be? I’ve won the Lottery FIVE TIMES!

I’m very lucky. I’ve won the Lottery five times. Yes indeed. I’m that lucky that I’m a five times winner of the Lottery. Here’s how. The first time I won was on August 5, 1953 when I was born into the most wonderful family you could hope for. Indeed, if I was given a choice, … Continue reading How lucky can one man be? I’ve won the Lottery FIVE TIMES!

There seems to be more scams than ever. But, if you’re in the mood, you can have some fun with them!

There are a lot of scams about these days. I keep on getting calls from numbers in the North of England. I don’t answer. They don’t leave messages. I don’t call back. But they do, three or four times a week. I have been asked three times in the past month to pay delivery charges … Continue reading There seems to be more scams than ever. But, if you’re in the mood, you can have some fun with them!

Limericks have gone out of fashion haven’t they? So here are a few oldies…and two (dreadful) new ones.

For no reason whatever, I was thinking about Limericks the other night. You don’t hear many Limericks these days. You certainly don’t hear new ones. So here are some oldies, the first two being favourites of my fathers. **** There was a young man from Japan  Whose poetry no one could scan.  When asked why … Continue reading Limericks have gone out of fashion haven’t they? So here are a few oldies…and two (dreadful) new ones.