The Urge to Breathe

A few months ago when visiting Beijing, I was fortunate enough to be in the city for a couple of days when the air was clear, and was treated to sunshine and blue skies as I explored the city. Of course this is not the norm in Beijing, as it is one of the most … Continue reading The Urge to Breathe

Political Dumping

Ireland goes to the polls again this weekend, in a General Election to determine which one of the two near-indistinguishable neo-liberal parties that have run the country since independence will head the government this time round, and which one will prop them up while pretending to be the opposition. A feature of Irish elections which … Continue reading Political Dumping

Able I was ere I … didn’t care

I've recently been inundated with ads (on free apps that I use) for a company providing a delivery service for their 'healthy' snack food. Food delivery services are not something I am in the habit of availing of. While they are convenient, they are incredibly wasteful; they generate a whole lot of unnecessary packaging to … Continue reading Able I was ere I … didn’t care

A Lesson from North Korea

Greetings, comrades. Following on from my recent brief prequel, I'd like to offer up some thoughts on my eye-opening trip to the DPRK. I returned from the trip unscathed; I wasn't imprisoned, tortured, or brainwashed. This may come as a surprise to some, who have an extremely skewed view of North Korea, no doubt influenced … Continue reading A Lesson from North Korea

Nor any Drop to Drink

A few weeks ago, I commented on the privatisation of water services in Ireland in the context of a 'boil-water notice' that had been issued due to incompetence on the part of the company now responsible for supplying the country with clean, safe drinking water. That issue has now resurfaced, and the same areas are … Continue reading Nor any Drop to Drink

Multiple Pet-hates Under One Umbrella

Dear readers, today you get something of a two-for-one special. Because of the recent spell of wet weather, more and more miserable damp souls are traipsing around the city, holding their personal rain-concentrators aloft in a futile bid to stave off the mere droplets of harmless dihydrogen monoxide. I remain unperturbed by water, and generally … Continue reading Multiple Pet-hates Under One Umbrella