The Word on the Week
March 2, 2019


It has been called my pet aversion. It disfigured the wooded landscape as far as eye can see. It wraps itself around the tree covering up its beautiful bark. It grows so profusely that it could be a candidate for the National emblem! After all it is much easier to find than shamrock but perhaps […]

February 23, 2019


In a week that has seen turmoil in places as distant as Venezuela and as near as the House of Commons in London it was a relief to see the orderly assembly of Cardinals and Bishops in Rome. All seemed to be under control. The chain of authority is understood. In Venezuela there is a […]

February 16, 2019

Human Anatomy

Perhaps the most common question asked among those of a certain age is “How’s the health?” With the older half of the population on blood thinners, stents and pace-makers the conversation flows into what the author Maeve Binchy described with delightful ambiguity as an “Organ Recital”! The fact is, as the Psalmist puts it, we […]

February 9, 2019

A Valentine Card

In previous blogs we have looked at the connections Dublin has with St Valentine but now as we anticipate the anonymous Valentine card with its ‘guess who’ in disguised handwriting let’s have a closer look at this thing called love. Some call it chemistry that attracts one to another and certainly that could account for […]

February 2, 2019

The Fields of Aviva

The 2nd of February, traditionally called Candlemas Day, is located mid way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It has long been associated with forecasting the weather as the Old Folk’s poem relates: – If Candlemas Day be dry and fair The half o’ the Winter’s to come and mair If Candlemas Day […]

January 30, 2019

Something to beef about

Recently the UK medical journal The Lancet recommended a 90% reduction in our intake of red meat in our diet. Indeed, their recommendation looked something like this; porridge for breakfast, rice for lunch, a dinner of lentils and vegetables, and a single hamburger every few weeks, as a treat! Such is the latest effort to […]

January 20, 2019

Hatching a Catastrophe

The Teresa May sponsored plan to extract the UK from the EU, despite all warnings that it would not pass a Parliamentary vote, was voted on, producing the largest Government defeat for over a century. The resulting chaos permitted each of the smaller parties and factions to get their moment in the limelight this week […]

January 17, 2019

Climate Change

Climate change – ho hum boring; that is until the reservoirs dry up and we are faced with drought. “That’s not going to happen” according to President Trump and our Government. The latter pay lip service to the problem but for various reasons (all well founded you understand) find it inconvenient to do anything about […]

January 5, 2019

What’s new about the New Year?

It is a question that is not often asked! Someone is bound to answer, “The date for a start”! The German saying “Kommt Zeit Kommt Rat” translated as “Come Time Come Wisdom” does not always live up to its expectations! Nor do the resolutions, made on New Year’s Eve, have much chance of a life […]

December 15, 2018

Advent Calendar

Millennials and their offspring, the Generation Z, are largely unaware of the meaning of ‘Advent’ and even our Calendar is under threat as the flight from all things Christian continues to gather pace in the West. They have ‘Thrown out the Baby with the bathwater’ and part of the bathwater was the Advent Calendar. The […]

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