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)

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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)

Catholics, Conflict and the Creation of the Irish National School System

In recent times the role of the Catholic Church in the Irish educational system, particularly the primary school system, has come under scrutiny. The declining influence of the Church, the growth in secular values and rapid increase in cultural diversity has led to many questioning a system where 96% of Irish primary schools are under … Continue reading Catholics, Conflict and the Creation of the Irish National School System

The Welsh Schoolteacher, the Italian Prostitute and the Complete Plays of Brendan Behan

I am not sure exactly when the following incident happened. All I can say for certain is that it was sometime during the summer of 2003. I moved to Amsterdam in June of that year, in response to the invasion of Iraq, and stayed a year. My logic was that if Bush and Blair could … Continue reading The Welsh Schoolteacher, the Italian Prostitute and the Complete Plays of Brendan Behan

2016: Extraordinary Popular Deaths and the Madness of Crowds

It all started with Lemmy. His death at end of 2015 was, to me, unexpected, but only because I never thought about him. How often did anybody actually think about him? Who actually wondered when he might die? Suddenly social media was afire with people lamenting his loss and expressing their appreciation of his work. … Continue reading 2016: Extraordinary Popular Deaths and the Madness of Crowds