Category Archives: Arts

Away from the manger

We all know it’s a given that Christmas lights won’t work when you finally dig them out of their hiding place… but there’s another Christmas hex to beware of… Anyone who has ever bought into the business of decking the … Continue reading

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After the thrill is gone

The Eagles play the O2 Dublin in June 2014.  This witchy woman – a fan for 40 years – is ‘worrying ’bout this wasted time’. Something momentous happened today, gentle reader.  I’m not saying it was a good thing, but … Continue reading

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Valentine, dude… what have you done?

Do you heart or hate St Valentine’s Day?  I reckon him with the heart would hate it. Does he, I wonder, have any idea what he unleashed?  Is he sitting up there in the communion of saints scratching his head … Continue reading

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A pair of Christmas muppets

Who knew that 50p could buy such twinkly, sparkly, Muppety memories? The other day marked a little anniversary for me.  Thirty three years ago, myself and himself headed for Dublin and launched an assault on the jewellery shops.  Sometime around … Continue reading

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Superhero Santa and his saintly alter ego

Like every superhero should, Santa has a quiet, unassuming alter ego.  And he’s not just for kids – if you’re a thief, a murderer, a spinster or from Limerick, you’re in. At this stage, small children all over the country … Continue reading

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Sad tidings of great tackiness – a one-act tragedy

Just when you think the commercialism of Christmas can’t get any worse… it gets worse.  What was once delightful and delovely is now degraded and ‘deluxe’. Every year at this time, I join the choir of people who bitch and … Continue reading

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Who do I think I am?

‘We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation’, said Voltaire.  I look to it to salve my soul and revive my spirit. I can’t believe I’ve populated these pages over the last few months without ever mentioning Scotland.  … Continue reading

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