Though we are still living in a very restricted society in terms of work, travel, and recreation, one thing that has already returned to normal is golf. While most sporting activities are still out of the question, the good-walk-spoiled around a manicured swathe of former countryside has been permitted once again for the last couple … Continue reading The Golfers of Caerbannog
What happens when our rampantly voracious appetite for consumption is suddenly put on hold? Well, the current pandemic has already seen countless tonnes of fresh vegetables and other foodstuffs dumped in order to prevent oversupply and keep the prices up. In Canada, dairy farmers were advised to up their production of bovine growth stimulant one … Continue reading The Blind Eye
It was when sifting through some of my posts from the early days of my blog, looking for a reference for another piece, that I was reminder that I had once written a piece on Star Trek, specifically in response to the announcement of Patrick Stewart's return to the role of Jean-Luc Picard. The series … Continue reading Train of Thought Departing
I've spent the last few days in Galway, the city on the West coast of Ireland where I was ripped screaming from the void into this plain of existence a few decades ago. One of the great things about Galway is its long coastal promenade, which many avail of for seaside walks or runs. I've … Continue reading Bitch Extensions
When I was sent the link to the new Iceland (the British supermarket, not the country) ad a few days ago, I declined to watch it, as it was labelled as a C*******s ad. It being November, we are already well into the season of being bombarded with ads for all sorts of rubbish, and … Continue reading The People of the Forest
I have mentioned a number of times the hazards encountered while cycling on the streets here. Commuting by bike requires great alertness and quick reactions. The same goes outside of the cities, where traffic is less dense but there are more drivers speeding on narrow, windy roads, more drunk drivers, and ever-poorer surfaces. However, there … Continue reading Hunt the hunters
These days, we seem to be close to living in a Minority Report-like society, where ads surrounded us everywhere. TV is of course full of them, as is the web. I am using the free version of this blogging site, so apologies that sometimes when you click on one of my posts an ad appears. … Continue reading Ads everywhere
Having lived in Dublin for the last few years, I have 'missed' the highlight of my home town's social calendar every summer: The Galway Races. While ostensibly a celebration of hospitality, bonhomie, and sporting endeavour, it sends many of the city's residents into hiding or away altogether, as the ravening hordes descend upon the town … Continue reading Why the Long Face?