We did Sean O’Casey when I was 17.
Being 17 and living in Somerset in the 1970s when the nearest bus stop was three miles from our village and where you considered sophisticated if you had been to London on a day trip, was probably not conducive to understanding O’Casey. His Dublin was as foreign to us as if we had been reading about travels in Africa or South America.
We tried to understand the characters and I once had to look up where Rathmines was in order to see …
We are trying to move house, which necessitates calls to various utilities, which should be straightforward, if it were not for the “Doh!” factor. Do some of the people practice being stupid or do they get taught it by their employers, or is it perhaps just part of our culture?
I remember a couple of years ago, picking up a Weetabix box. I had been eating Weetabix for thirty years. It hadn’t changed much in that time. For thirty years there had been the familiar yellow box and inside the …
It must be thirty years old. I know it was my grandmother’s because it’s a Boot’s 14 inch. (Why Boot’s got involved in such a business is a mystery). My grandmother bought everything in Boot’s, my grandfather, who died in 1972, had worked for them and I assume my grandmother got some discount as a Boot’s pensioner.
My grandmother died in January 1987 and I remember bringing back from England in the back of my little red Austin Metro, along with an assortment of other items. It’s been in the …
Rector’s Letter from Saint Matthias’ Parish magazine:
It is twenty years since I was ordained, 22nd June 1986.
Never being very good at retreats to mark such occasions, I could never keep quiet for very long, I decided instead to go walking for a few days to take time to reflect. My son Michael and I are walking the Hadrian’s Wall path—from Newcastle in north-east England to Bowness on the north-west coast—from Monday 19th to Friday, 23rd June.
It is hard to picture those years, the world is not what …
The Divine Comedy played at the Dublin music venue, Vicar Street, last night. A colleague who travelled up from the country to attend the concert was particularly impressed by the lyrics of one of the songs, Eye of the Needle
âThey say that you’ll hear him if you’re really listening
And pray for that feeling of grace
But that’s what I’m doing, why doesn’t he answer?
I’ve prayed ’til I’m blue in the face
The cars in the churchyard are shiny and German
Distinctly at odds with the theme of …
Dara O’Briain, the Irish comedian, featured on Paul Merton’s Room 101 programme on BBC 2 this evening â I think it was a re-run, which would delight O’Briain because it means he gets to send his most hated things to Room 101 twice.
One of O’Briain’s candidates for Room 101 was one of the dieting gurus â who apparently earned Â£5 million last year alone from gullible people who bought her book. O’Briain pointed out the entirely vacuous nature of most diet writers advice and delighted in quotes from the …