Big Production

So here we are January again and old and young, at home and abroad, all colours, all nations doing one thing, standing on the scales and wondering how can it be that after 10 gruesome days or self-denial, sobriety and two hundred and seventy minutes of the treadmill, the needle hasn’t moved a smidgen. We…

Silent Night before Christmas

Published 16/12/16, Cork Evening Echo. At home it’s the week of nativity plays and last minute shopping. It’s Christmas parties and tacky tunes. Its sparkly tops, cinnamon candles and expensive cosmetics wrapped up in posh paper. Luscious food hampers with all the little things that make Christmas so special to us. Christmas is surely the…

Best Day Ever

For fear parents didn’t have enough pressure to raise kids in a world where social media exposes prejudice, hate and terrorism, along with excess, idealism and useless trivia on a daily basis, we, the parents, either because we feel the need to create a balance or we’re just making life hard for ourselves have created…

Don’t go nuts

It looks great on paper, ‘Doha, Qatar, attractive salary, a free flight a year home, contribution to education costs, housing allowance included’. To young couples starting off, or middle aged couple needing to bridge a gap, it reads as a no-brainer. Move to Qatar for a couple of years, save like, heaps of cash and…

Try to look on the bright side

It’s probably ingrained in us Irish and maybe even more-so that any other nationality, that we are prone to suffering from a small bit of negativity. We lean towards the down side. We highlight the pitfalls, point out the inefficiencies and harp on about the negative in like, any situation. We loved to go on about Christmas starting…

Black Friday

So I log to my VPN to have a peek at what’s happening back at home but all I can get are these American news about Black Friday. I refresh and reboot and realise that I’m not watching CNN or Fox, its Irish news and the reports are all on about Black Friday. Confusing because,…