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!

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

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