Armchair Travels

My mother was a martyr to travel documentaries. If it wasn’t Judith Chambers on Wish You Were Here, it was Alan Whicker in Whicker’s Word, or Michael Palin’s Great Railway Journeys. I thought it was a bit pointless watching these shows since her illness prohibited her ever travelling to any of the destinations. Now I …

Careful Now

I’d like to talk to the screen writer of this bizarre dystopian film we’re all living in. They seem to be fond of sudden plot twists that I, for one, never see coming. I wasn’t prepared for the abrupt school closures on 12th March, in fact I was only in my local supermarket that day …

School Days Over

There is a town in Western Central France called Oradour Sur Glane. It has been preserved as an abandoned village since World War II when all 642 inhabitants were marched to the town square and massacred by German troops. President Charles De Gaulle ordered that it be left exactly as it stood on 10th June …

A Grand Stretch

My biggest fear these days, and believe me I have many, is that we will completely lose our sense of craic during all this. We are all being so good, so obedient, rightly so, but don’t we also have to maintain a spark of devilment. I have discovered a few trigger words that make me …

The Covid Saunter

I wonder what name the history books will give to this strange time. If World War II was referred to in Ireland as ‘The Emergency’, I propose we call this one ‘The Inconvenience’. Everyone is being put out. Older people asked to stay locked up at home, young children tolerating new and inexperienced teachers with …

Covid Cusine

Sometime readers, if you are very good, I will share with you the secrets of my shopping list making and grocery shopping management. It is, if I say so myself, my finest talent. Years of taking down lists dictated to me by my mother have stood me in good sted and I plan my week’s …