Gerard Cowan was a wandering minstrel from the Emerald Isle whose love of music and restless nature brought him on a convoluted but fascinating journey over the course of his life. Gerard died in the United States in his adopted home of Pawcatuck, Connecticut on the 2nd February 2009 after battling for over 10 years […]
Auf Wiedersehen Joerg Haider
So Auf Wiedersehen to Joerg Haider the leader of the Austrian “Freedom Party” (sic) who died in a car crash on 11th October 2008. To his supporters Joerg Haider was a patriot who dared to speak uncomfortable truths. His critics saw him as an ambitious, racist opportunist who used anti-immigrant and pro-Nazi rhetoric to stir […]
A Death in London
Jean Charles de Menezes Jurors in the Jean Charles de Menezes inquest today stood in silence at the spot where the 27-year-old Brazilian was shot dead by police marksmen. The six-woman, five-man panel was retracing Mr de Menezes’s final steps and went to Stockwell Tube station where the shooting took place. They filed through the […]
Farewell Ronnie Drew
Like many native Dubliners I am sadder this weekend as the world and Irish Folk music has lost the great Ronnie Drew, the legendary Irish folk singer and musician, who died at the age of 73. Drew, the founder of Irish folk group The Dubliners, had been battling cancer for some time. In a brief […]
In the times of the Soviet Union the archetype of the ideal citizen was characterised as “Soviet Man”, men like the coal miner Aleksei Grigorievich Stakhanov whose allegedly prodigious output was used as the basis of productivity to launch Stalin’s first 5 Year Plan. Hindsight shows us that Soviet Man was a feature of the […]
The Death of Brian Keenan
Brian Keenan The death through illness on the 21st May 2008 of a former Provisional IRA commander who masterminded the organisation’s bombing campaign in England has raised questions about the future of its “Army Council”. Brian “The Dog” Keenan, the son of a Royal Air Force member who grew to become the Provos’ “chief of […]
Scotland Yard to solve Bhutto Murder?
Benazir Bhutto. Despite London’s Metropolitan Police Force, known as Scotland Yard from its original headquarters in the yard of the Scottish Office in Whitehall, being a somewhat devalued brand in the U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has offered its services to the Pakistani government to assist with the “investigation” into the murder of opposition leader […]
Should we mourn a cat?
Our cat, Freddy, died at the beginning of August in Hampden Animal Hospital where he had a second thyroid removed. He has been on a drip since the operation as his calcium levels didn’t recover and he has had to take calcium tablets as his para-thyroids (which regulate his calcium) didn’t operate as they should […]
Marcel Marceau est Mort.
At the age of 84 Marcel Marceau (and with him, Bip the Clown) has died. For decades, Marceau epitomised his silent art, eliciting laughter and tears from audiences around the globe. His comic and tragic sketches appeal on a universal level, with each audience interpreting his performance in its own way. “Mime, like music, knows […]
In the midst of the deservedly warm tributes to Luciano Pavarotti, who died today, 6th September 2007, there was the carping rent a quote on the BBC news from smart ass critic Norman Lebrecht who said that Pavarotti had divorced himself from the real world of opera and music to market himself as a celebrity […]