Continuing with my theme of looking for positive outcomes in the post-pandemic world, today I want to talk about employment rights. This is critical right now, seeing as so many people around the world are losing their jobs at least on a temporary basis, and many businesses, like those that rely on people travelling, may … Continue reading Who’s Delivering Your Food?
As the number of cases of the corona virus around the world continues to grow, more and more countries are starting to see immense pressure on their health systems. This is no more evident than in Italy and Spain, where the number of deaths are horrifying. It is worth noting here why these two countries … Continue reading A better future in this?
While ambling along the streets of Bray a few days ago, I spotted in the distance a magnificent old red-brick and dark wood Tudor-style building, replete with clock tower and all. The high-sloping roof and wooden bay windows suggest it wouldn't have looked out of place in an Alpine village. I had of course passed … Continue reading Imperial Fast Food
Another upshot of this virus hysteria that has come to light is the last few days is revelation that many carriers are flying empty planes in and out of Europe, since people have cancelled travel plans due to paranoia about what should be an easily-contained pathogen. So instead of grounding the planes that have no … Continue reading Carbon-belching Ghosts
Having only had a car for a short time living in Dublin, before getting rid of it because driving in the city is utterly pointless, I never really paid any heed to the many signs (such as the one pictured) on the approaches to the city indicating how many spaces there are in various car … Continue reading It’s got Nothing to do with Vorsprung Durch Technique, you Know
And so the day is finally upon us. After weeks of houses and business premises draped in orange and black and artificial cobwebs, Halloween itself is finally here. So today is the day where everyday folk walk around the city dressed in ghostly regalia and splattered with (hopefully) fake blood, in ostensible commemoration of the … Continue reading Can We Have Our Samhain Back?
Last weekend, I dragged my out-of-shape carcass on a 42.2km loop around Dublin, taking part in the 40th Dublin marathon. They made quite a bit deal of it this year, as we humans are wont to do with multiples of ten. There were also record numbers participating, with 22500 registered - though not all who … Continue reading Twenty Six Mile Waste-line
Yesterday afternoon, sitting in a café having uncharacteristically not brought anything to read, I indulged in a spot of people watching. While observing those coming and going, the title of a book caught the corner of my eye. A young kid had come in, accompanied by his responsible adult, and had said book clutched in … Continue reading The Death of Dreams
A short observation: On Sunday last, October 13th, I saw for the first town this year a house festooned in Halloween decorations. 18 days before the actual event. Since then, I have seen a few more mushrooming up around where I live. Even yesterday, when I went for something to eat after work, the restaurant … Continue reading The Hallowness of Modern Life
Last night I stumbled across information about a social event which, like most social events, I have no intention of going to. However, this one did grab my attention momentarily, as it was billed as a 'Che Guevara Anniversary Night'. What could this involve? Seminars on Marxism or Maoism? Lectures from noted socialists and trade … Continue reading A Fitting Tribute?