Category Archives: Europe

“. . . but! i don’t want comfort! I WANT GOD! i want poetry, i want danger, i want freedom, i want goodness, i want sin . . .”

I remember the day Nelson Mandela was released from prison, I think it was the weekend and for sure I was in my Grand Uncle’s house just two minutes from where I lived.  It was a sunnie day in Cavan and … Continue reading

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It is harder to fight against pleasure than against anger.

“. . . There’s a battle outside and it’s ragin’, it’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls, For the Times they are a’Changin . . . ” . . . wrote Blind Boy Grunt sometime in Autumn sixtie … Continue reading

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“If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.”

Over the past two months or so i’ve been letting things get on my nerve, stuff that ordinarily annoys me but which i try and ignore, such as Una Mullally, The Irish Times, Broadsheet, The Guardian, Ivana Bacik, Clurr Daly … Continue reading

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16 ) Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist from Italy. “A tear dries quickly when it is shed for the troubles of others”

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Eurovision revision

Conchita Wurst, Austria’s bearded lady, was crowned, eh, queen of Eurovision on Saturday night, beating off stiff competition in the shape of a lovely, laid-back, country folk-ballad from the Netherlands. While there’s no denying that it was a belter of … Continue reading

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Eurovision Favourites

From the sublime to the ridiculous, from saucy Polish washerwomen, to Game of Thrones lookalikes and bearded ladies. It’s been a hell of a show so far. Here’s our favourites from the two semi-finals and rehearsals, in no particular order… … Continue reading

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# 14 ) Ulrike Marie Meinhof, wazza German left-wing militant chick anda fool, from Oldenburg, Germany.  She died on this day thirtie eight years ago. “Protest is when I say this does not please me. Resistance is when I ensure what does … Continue reading

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For the weekend that’s initt; # 10 ) Karol Józef Wojtyła, wazza Catholic Polish Pope from Poland who according to the present wazza backward bigoted homophobe . . . hmmm . . . “Faced with problems and disappointments, many people … Continue reading

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“Pylons, those pillars Bare like nude, giant girls that have no secret” Sir Stephen Harold Spender

  From earlier today on my way to work . . .

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Wrongs and rights

The Irish media have been universally welcoming yesterday’s verdict from the European Court of Human Rights on the case taken by Louise O’Keeffe. Louise suffered abuse as a child in school and originally took a case against the Irish state … Continue reading

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