Prevention better than cure

AT a guess I would say that most health problems are self-inflicted. I too am guilty for I was once a heavy smoker, I sometimes drank too...

The last exit

IT wasn’t supposed to be like this. Surely I should have been blissfully unaware of my surroundings and oblivious to what was going on around me. But, after strolling...

I hate this age

ALAIN DELON, born 1935, was one of the great cinema stars of the 20th century. Irresistibly good looking the French thespian wasn’t born with a silver spoon...

Chit-chat not cheat-chat

BANTER is a charming yet misunderstood term. The reason for the confusion is because it appears to be a peculiarly Irish trait. It is the Blarney of those lucky...

When redcoats were popular

FLIPPING through a collection of pre-war photographs I was struck by changes that have since taken place. About 1925, a young man named Billy Butlin took a...

If you’ve got it flaunt it

ONGOING debate about the distraction of social media and television has much merit. But, it is our weakness if such takes up too much of our time....

Christmas Eve in the casa

WITHOUT inspiration there can be no communication. Every line we read be it a news report, biography or poem, is inspired by someone of something. Such was my inspiration...

It was Christmas day in the workhouse

IT is said that the power of the pen is mightier than the sword and it is true. John Barleycorn, the Jack London novel, had a remarkable effect...

The forgotten

I seem to recall there being no inflation between Queen Victoria’s ascendancy to the throne in 1819 and the near end of her reign in 1901. Imagine, what...

A fate worse than death

I have little to fear if after mortal death I need to answer for my sins, which are few and far between. However, I am anxious about...

Stetson-rated

THE term ‘cowboy’ conjures up an image of a bungling builder. Of course the building and allied trades can be attractive to swindlers. But, in my experience, the...

Looking forward to the past

I ONCE thought that changing fashion was uncontrollable and came with the human condition. Only later in life did it occur to me that fashion changes not...

Be careful what you wish for…

BE careful what you wish for as it could come true. Research reveals that winning the lottery doesn’t necessarily mean winning happiness. Many winners reflect that their lives were happier...

Paradise lost

THE curse of mankind is unquestioned acceptance of one’s enslavement. Throughout history, humans use fellow humans to war on their foes. Wage-slaves are used to manufacture goods or...

Crash and crèche

FOR a variety of reasons many men live solitary lives. Perhaps they are widowed or a relationship has crashed. Without a partner, girlfriend of wife, many are the problems...

Wish you were here

I RECALL a letter to the editor in which the correspondent waxed lyrical about her life in Spain. “I’m a single mum who came for a holiday and...

Not a ghost of a chance

ANY dinner table conversation that turns to the lively topic of ghosts invariably raises the spectre of haunted houses. I wonder how many of us would venture...

One small act of kindness

WRITING for media since the 1980s I am still clueless as to the news content strategy used by newspaper publishers to harvest more readers. Seeming obsessed with trivia...
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