On the Edge of the Pale: personal reflections on being the ‘/’ in the urban/rural divide

The media were pretty surprised recently when rural constituencies voted overwhelmingly to repeal the Eighth amendment. There was a lot of talk about what this meant for the urban/rural divide. They were sure something had changed, but what was the difference between Urban Ireland and Rural Ireland supposed to be, and why do so many … Continue reading On the Edge of the Pale: personal reflections on being the ‘/’ in the urban/rural divide

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Broken Irish

I first met Mícheál on one of the hottest days I can remember. Or at least one of the hottest days I can remember in Ireland. That doesn't mean it was one of the hottest days I experienced in Ireland, it was just one of the hottest days I remember. The previous day had been … Continue reading Broken Irish

Taxonomy: Characteristics of Writers (porcus scriptor)

Over the years I have read a number of books. I have observed that many of these books were written by writers. You will know a book is written by a writer because he, and it is always a he, will write about being a writer and all that being a writer involves. Primarily it … Continue reading Taxonomy: Characteristics of Writers (porcus scriptor)

All we have is the Future: How history teaches us to be optimistic and why all conservatives are pessimists

Snakeoil for the New Millennium A few weeks ago, we had a financial advisor come in to my place of work to give a lunchtime talk. It was part of a series of talks on wellbeing our HR department had organised. Wellbeing was once an innocuous term which referred to feeling ok and not doing irreparable … Continue reading All we have is the Future: How history teaches us to be optimistic and why all conservatives are pessimists

The Fuel Light (or; Why the Rich aren’t Really Living, or; Love in a Time of Austerity, or; To Sligo and Back)

From 2008 to 2016 I had an intense relationship with the fuel light of a 1.6 litre petrol, year 2000, Toyota Avensis. The fuel light was usually on. For a period the engine light was constantly on, but I remedied this by removing the bulb. It was a great car. A forgiving car. If people … Continue reading The Fuel Light (or; Why the Rich aren’t Really Living, or; Love in a Time of Austerity, or; To Sligo and Back)

An Angry and Inconvenienced Commuter (I Will Testify)

I read in the newspaper today that commuters are angry and inconvenienced by the bus strike. I mean, I didn’t read it in the newspaper. I read it on their website. Well, I tried to read it on their website but was told I would have to subscribe to read it. They said it would only … Continue reading An Angry and Inconvenienced Commuter (I Will Testify)