January, 2011

We’re all agreed (well, nearly all…)

A number of men called at my door on Saturday afternoon. They said my house, their houses, all the houses in the neighbourhood were in danger of burning down, and the only way to avoid the danger was to write a blank cheque and give it to them.  At first I resisted but then I […]

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We’re all agreed (well, nearly all…)

A number of men called at my door on Saturday afternoon. They said my house, their houses, all the houses in the neighbourhood were in danger of burning down, and the only way to avoid the danger was to write a blank cheque and give it to them.  At first I resisted but then I […]

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Brian bows out

Having just watched Brian Cowen resign as leader of Fianna Fáil, I’m tempted to say “Nothing in life/Became him like the leaving it”, but of course he’s not leaving political life, he’s going to be Taoiseach for the next seven weeks. Will he run for re-election in Laois/Offaly? It’s hard to say. Probably he will […]

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Brian bows out

Having just watched Brian Cowen resign as leader of Fianna Fáil, I’m tempted to say “Nothing in life/Became him like the leaving it”, but of course he’s not leaving political life, he’s going to be Taoiseach for the next seven weeks. Will he run for re-election in Laois/Offaly? It’s hard to say. Probably he will […]

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Slip sliding away

Look, anyone can make a mistake. We all do it. But some mistakes are a bit more revealing than others, like the man who had a limited knowledge of psychology. When a friend explained to him that a Freudian slip was when you mean to say one thing but say another, he was impressed. A […]

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Slip sliding away

Look, anyone can make a mistake. We all do it. But some mistakes are a bit more revealing than others, like the man who had a limited knowledge of psychology. When a friend explained to him that a Freudian slip was when you mean to say one thing but say another, he was impressed. A […]

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Danger: election ahead.

And they’re off! A date for the twenty-six counties general election has finally been set – Friday March 11. Let the shouting, elbowing, gouging and kicking begin.  So far, Fianna Fáil have set the pace for abuse, denouncing poor leadership,  failed strategies and an inability to relate to people’s real concerns. Unfortunately they’ve been talking, […]

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Danger: election ahead.

And they’re off! A date for the twenty-six counties general election has finally been set – Friday March 11. Let the shouting, elbowing, gouging and kicking begin.  So far, Fianna Fáil have set the pace for abuse, denouncing poor leadership,  failed strategies and an inability to relate to people’s real concerns. Unfortunately they’ve been talking, […]

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Anna Lo and the case of the frightening road-signs

Bilingual road signs, eh? That’s what Conor Murphy is planning. They can be (and in most cases probably will be, if the plans see realisation) in Irish or Ulster-Scots and would be a voluntary opting-in procedure by each area’s council. Anna Lo of the Alliance Party doesn’t like the Murphy plans and has said so. […]

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Anna Lo and the case of the frightening road-signs

Bilingual road signs, eh? That’s what Conor Murphy is planning. They can be (and in most cases probably will be, if the plans see realisation) in Irish or Ulster-Scots and would be a voluntary opting-in procedure by each area’s council. Anna Lo of the Alliance Party doesn’t like the Murphy plans and has said so. […]

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