How not to win in politics

  The English team’s eye-watering failure in the World Cup has been put down to a number of things, prominent among them the fact that they were a divided camp. Fabio Capello was supposed to be the tough man in charge; then the team began to wobble and  John Terry jostled his way to a […]

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Green thoughts in a green shade

I wonder if there’s a cut-off point for becoming interested in something? Like, say, gardening. Yesterday I  dug the little three-metre strip that runs along the left-hand side of our driveway. It wasn’t easy. There are Things that have their roots in there that go down until they touch the  upper floors of hell. Then […]

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Green thoughts in a green shade

I wonder if there’s a cut-off point for becoming interested in something? Like, say, gardening. Yesterday I  dug the little three-metre strip that runs along the left-hand side of our driveway. It wasn’t easy. There are Things that have their roots in there that go down until they touch the  upper floors of hell. Then […]

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People who should be certified

I have a friend who was born and grew up in Ireland, then emigrated to Canada. In his mid-thirties he was faced with a choice.  Strip away the rhetoric and it came down to this: he became a Canadian citizen or he lost his job. Now he liked Canada a lot and wanted to live […]

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People who should be certified

I have a friend who was born and grew up in Ireland, then emigrated to Canada. In his mid-thirties he was faced with a choice.  Strip away the rhetoric and it came down to this: he became a Canadian citizen or he lost his job. Now he liked Canada a lot and wanted to live […]

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I’m not just me, you know

I was talking to a man last week and all the time we were talking (or he was talking – it was largely a speaker-listener relationship),  he kept impressing on me…well, impressing on me his own importance. I was told about a number of high-powered projects he had been involved in,  about other projects he […]

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I’m not just me, you know

I was talking to a man last week and all the time we were talking (or he was talking – it was largely a speaker-listener relationship),  he kept impressing on me…well, impressing on me his own importance. I was told about a number of high-powered projects he had been involved in,  about other projects he […]

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Long to reign over us?

 So QE2 plans to visit the south of Ireland next Spring. That’s something to look forward to, isn’t it? As we struggle through January and February, the cuts biting ever deeper, weary from the rains of March and the showers of April, we can turn to each other and say “Don’t forget – Her Majesty […]

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Long to reign over us?

 So QE2 plans to visit the south of Ireland next Spring. That’s something to look forward to, isn’t it? As we struggle through January and February, the cuts biting ever deeper, weary from the rains of March and the showers of April, we can turn to each other and say “Don’t forget – Her Majesty […]

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Enger-land, Enger-land….

My son’s girl-friend is English and every so often she expresses bewilderment and just a touch of irritation at the attitude of Irish – and Scottish and Welsh – people when England are playing football. “If Ireland or any of the other home countries were playing, we would be supporting them completely” she says. So […]

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