Penneys For Your Thoughtlessness

So last week most retail outlets in Ireland reopened. There was more wailing and gnashing of teeth as droves of consumer-zombies queued around the block to get into Penneys [sic]. Images and videos of this spread across mainstream and unsocial media, as people complained about the irresponsibility of those gathering in large numbers. That's not … Continue reading Penneys For Your Thoughtlessness

Dye-ing to get back to work

It's been over two decades since I've been for a haircut. Not that my hair fell out as soon as my teens ended, but around that time I decided that going to the barber was an unnecessary expense. So for years, I had cycles of letting my hair grow for a while, getting sick of … Continue reading Dye-ing to get back to work

Fourteen Nights of Thoughts

Fortnight is a funny word isn't it? While the words we use in English to refer to periods of a single Earth rotation all end in 'day', a period of two weeks derives from a phrase meaning 'fourteen nights'. Still, not as odd as in French, Portuguese, and Spanish, which refer to the same periods … Continue reading Fourteen Nights of Thoughts

Week inside my Head

Welcome to a recap of what's been going on inside my head this last week. Don't worry, you won't need to bring a flashlight on this excursion, as we are not venturing into the inner darker regions. I started the week with an observation of city architecture, and how it is largely designed with motorists … Continue reading Week inside my Head

Weekend thoughts

Another week of lockdown over, and still no real certainty about how much longer it will take. I wrote on Wednesday about this, how the government's lack of transparency in testing and recovery data is leaving all in the dark. Perhaps the Minister for Health Wormtongue Simon Harris reads my blog, as lo and behold … Continue reading Weekend thoughts

Strawberry Fields – for now

Along with the increased awareness in recent times of the importance of hand-washing, levels of hang-wringing are also on the rise. This escalated even more yesterday when it was revealed that 189 seasonal workers had been flown in on a chartered flight from Bulgaria, to work for fruit company Keeling's. The concern is understandable, though … Continue reading Strawberry Fields – for now

Who’s Delivering Your Food?

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?

Concern from the Department

On March 12th, the Irish acting government ordered the closure of all schools, universities, private colleges, and every other educational institute as a means of suppressing the spread of the coronavirus. Fair enough. The measure is sensible, and in conjunction with other precautions it has reaped dividends in other countries, notably Korea. English language schools … Continue reading Concern from the Department