Bologna La Grassa

Posted on Feb 18, 2018 in latest | no responses

We have just come back from a very good value package in this fascinating city. It may not be as high profile as other Italian cities, but Bologna rivals most for culture and cuisine. Bologna’s nicknames neatly sum it up: “La Grassa” (The Fat – that rich cuisine), “La Rossa” (The Red – for its […]

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The murmurations of West Cork

Posted on Jan 15, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

The moment hundreds of starlings gathered together to perform a spectacular murmuration has been caught on camera. Grouping together to form different shapes, the birds could be seen flying over their roosting site before suddenly swooping to the ground for the night. Birdwatch Ireland West Cork Branch captured this incredible footage in Timoleague, Co Cork […]

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Winter Solstice from Newgrange 2017

Posted on Dec 21, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

The Winter solstice is upon us.  The day – this year on Thursday 21st December – marks the shortest day of the year before the days slowly begin to draw out again. It occurs because this is when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the Sun – specifically -23.5 degrees outwards.  While the entire […]

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Spike Islands unique Attraction

Posted on Dec 14, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

Ireland’s answer to Alcatraz has scooped second place in the World Travel Awards coming in ahead of such world famous landmarks as the Great Wall of China and Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and being pipped only by the historic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru. Spike Island in Cork Harbour took second place in […]

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Dublin – One of the Best of the World

Posted on Nov 28, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

Dublin has been named one of the National Geographic’s ‘Best of the World’ 2018. National Geographic Traveler magazine revealed its annual list of the 21 ‘must-see’ destinations to visit in the year ahead in their latest issue. The selection process included nominations from the publication’s worldwide network of writers, editors and explorers. In the feature, […]

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Wild Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way

Posted on Nov 13, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

A stunning new TV series is charting one of the world’s most breathtaking but rarely explored coastlines, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Award-winning wildlife cameraman, Colin Stafford-Johnson, takes viewers on a spectacular journey along Ireland’s rugged Atlantic seaboard – from the air, on land and from beneath the waves, from the Skellig Rocks to the Sea […]

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A Ryanair Tale

Posted on Sep 30, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

Ryanair has been humbled as an overstretched, undermanaged airline as it has become a byword for chaos by cancelling thousands of flights, then many thousands more as the normally indolent and complicit CAA explodes with rage at the airline’s handling of Passenger Rights under EU Law. Ryanair has apologised to 800,000 passengers for cancelling their […]

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The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif

Posted on Sep 8, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

This September sees the inaugural Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif take place. There is considerable excitement building  in Kinsale, West Cork the start of the Wild Atlantic Way and of Cycle Sportif which will kick off there next Wednesday 13th September.  So take your bicycle and head out west to embark upon 17-stages of twisting […]

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Cape Clear Storytelling Festival

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

This weekend, American author Chuck Kruger will enjoy one last instalment of the storytelling festival he founded on Cape Clear. The Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival is now in its 23rd year, and has become one of the most renowned festivals in the world storytelling calendar. Each year they  invite some of the most […]

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Greece 2017: Kos to Kalymnos

Posted on Aug 28, 2017 in latest | no responses

Sunrise over the strait between Kos and the Bodrum Peninsula three miles across the water, between Greece and Turkey, between Europe and Asia, between the Great cities of the Ancient World of Cos and Halincarnassus. Between the birthplaces of Hippocrates “Father of Medicine” and Herodotus “Father of History” — at Continental Palace Hotel. I was […]

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The Eagle On London

Labour anti-Semitism – the morning after

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in latest | no responses

Jeremy’s Jewish Question

Posted on Mar 26, 2018 in latest | one comment

TubeMapper captures images of The Underground

Posted on Mar 10, 2018 in latest | no responses

Women on the Buses

Posted on Mar 7, 2018 in latest | no responses

The Eagle on Ireland

The Skibbereen Eagle and the Czar of Russia

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

The Real St. Patrick

Posted on Mar 17, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

More Irish than the Irish themselves

Posted on Feb 18, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

Dublin’s Saint Valentine

Posted on Feb 14, 2018 in Dublin | no responses