Category Archives: nanny state

“. . . 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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“This land is your land and this land is my land, sure . . . but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyways”. Bob Dylan

i blew into Dublin in the early naughties a very green boy and throughout the years, here in our centralised capital i’ve seen enough to help me make the climb to the heights of Firhouse, an area of southwest Dubh … Continue reading

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“I drink to make other people more interesting.” Ernest Hemingway

I like to drink and i like to smoke although i can only enjoy the latter either inna boozer or in our home and i guess the future tells me that soon enough the practice of smoking at home will … Continue reading

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Would somebody please think of the children…

We’ve come a long way in this country, since the days of the belief that children should be seen and not heard. These days we have a Children’s Minister, a Children’s Referendum and a Children’s Ombudsman. Anything that purports to … Continue reading

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# 18 ) Patrick Heffernan, pint drinker and occasional International GAA player. “Many people have opinions but, too few of them have any knowledge.” . . . and one more quote from an article relating to depression that I read this … Continue reading

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# 7 ) Lillian Hellman, was an American dramatist and screenwriter, famously blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities at the height of the anti-communist campaigns of 1947-52. “I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s … 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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Every other day’s, Quote of the day

# 5 ) Eric Hoffer,  German / American longshoreman & moral and social philosopher . . . from? . . uh oh . . . America? “Where freedom is real, equality is the passion of the masses. Where equality is real, … Continue reading

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Where would we be without Safefood? The quango was originally established to raise awareness of food hygiene and nutrition but they have broadened their remit over time and have proven to be true defenders of the nation. These noble crusaders … Continue reading

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nothing tastes as good as skinny feels

  Eyem in KFC enjoying 3 original pieces, with chips anda phat Coke when these three obese people walk in and sit at the table next to me.  The dude asks; “Will yah not come to the counter wihmee?” . . … Continue reading

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