The fact that I managed to maintain a love of poetry from childhood is a miracle, given the excretable teaching methods and violent delivery of my childhood schooling. But love it I did; and do to this day. I still remember the frisson of delight I experienced when I read[…]
Yesterday, I found myself using an expression I don’t think I’ve ever used before. I was talking to somebody very young and I used the expression ‘long long ago’. As I was saying this, I noticed that I elongated the words ‘long’ and felt something echoing back from centuries past.[…]
First of all, I’m not a train nut. I don’t wear an anorak and stand in the rain at the end of railway platforms and scribble down passing train numbers in a cheap notebook with a blunt stubby pencil while peering myopically through my rain splattered specs and wondering if[…]
Jaysus, I’m so hungry I’d ate a nun’s arse through a convent wall, I said to myself as I shumbled out of the damp dreary Dublin dusk into the bright warm welcoming embrace of Cornucopia. I marvelled, as I often do, at the glorious incongruity of the very existence of[…]
Today is my 64th birthday. When I was making my breakfast this morning, I found myself singing the Beatle’s song: When I’m Sixty Four I first heard this song belting out of the big Phillips transistor wireless sitting on the mantelpiece of the breakfast room in 9 Dollymount Grove, Clontarf,[…]
This is a talk I gave about 18 years ago when I was very involved in the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order. Looking back over it now I sort of envy the simplicity and certainty of my vision back then. Although all of it is true and most of[…]
Welcome to my blog. This is my travel blog but will also contain occasional musings, reflections, wonderings, mutterings, with the odd rant but not too many ravings. Enjoy and feel free to comment.
Well, I made it. I have finally arrived in Thailand. Who would have guessed this a few months ago. I began writing this while waiting in the transit lounge at Schiphol Airport for my plane to Bangkok. I enjoy being in this no-mans land or limbo while awaiting my flight.[…]