Dustin the Turkey, 2008 Eurovision Winner.
Has their ever been a Turkey with such talent? Irelande Douze Pointes!! The 2008 winner! You heard / saw this Turkey first here!
The Years of the French.
Storming of the Bastille Bastille Day 14th July 2007, was the 218th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille Prison in France, an event profoundly ignored here entre les Rosbifs. It is hard to recall the French Revolution without thinking of the response of the Chinese Premier Chou En Lai, who when asked what he […]
Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin.
Curvilinear Range One of the unsung joys of Dublin City are its delightful Botanic Gardens set in its Northside suburb of Glasnevin around 3 miles from the city centre. Glasnevin is a village which has been swallowed up by […]
P.S. I Love You – Film Review.
I was not a happy bunny going along to this as movies based on Chick Lit Novels are not my thing, the reviews were not encouraging and the other half was enthusiastic about going – in short everything I potentially dislike about a movie. However I persevered not just from the fear of retribution from […]
Bertie Ahern and Poverty in Ireland.
Poor Bertie Ahern, the Irish Taoiseach, (Prime Minister) is living proof that in spite of the economic boom in Ireland “The Celtic Tiger” which has seen Ireland transformed in the past 20 years to the economy with the second highest per capita GDP (after Luxembourg) in Europe poverty remains a pressing issue. The Bold Bertie […]
Longford Lecture 2007 – Mary McAleese
I walked across Dean’s Yard behind Westminster Abbey on a frosty and dark London Friday evening (November 23, 2007) with some anticipation to attend the annual “Longford Lecture” being delivered this year by the President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese, on the theme of “Changing History”. As I walked through the splendid surroundings I did […]
Towards the Somme – a personal Journey.
Armistice Day and the wearing of the poppy have always created difficulty for Irish people, a difficulty which echoes the cathartic schism which occurred in Ireland from 1914 to 1918, the years of the “Great War.” On August 4th, 1914 England declared war on Germany and so began the conflict which became known as the […]
First Women MP
Emily Dugan’s “Men Only, you must be joking” article today (16/10/2007) in the U.K. Independent Newspaper repeats the common error of referring to Nancy Astor as the “First female member of parliament.” This distinction actually belongs to Constance Gore-Booth, The Countess Markiewicz , who in the December 1918 general election, was elected for the constituency […]
A Gaelic Irish Joke
A Paddy walking through a field sees a man drinking water from a pool with his hand. The Paddy shouts “Na ol an t-uisce, ta sé lan de chac bo” (Don’t drink the water, it’s full of cowshit.) The man shouts back “I’m English, speak English, I don’t understand you”. The Paddy shouts back “Use […]
Bob Geldof and Me.
Dublin in the 70’s was a dreary spot. Ireland was in the grip of the old certainties and the thought control mechanisms were still in place. I found myself studying architecture at Bolton Street College of Technology. Here, there were a number of third level courses (Architecture, Surveying, Engineering and Geo-surveying) grafted onto what was […]