The Men who stare at Hens……

I am pleased to announce that my new book – The Men who stare at Hens ( courtesy of those fine people at The History Press) will be officially launched at the Clifden Arts Festival on Wednesday the 19th of September at the Atlantic Hotel. Strong drink, things on sticks …

The humble rasher…..

This morning, as I incinerated my breakfast, I was reminded of the etymology of the word rasher, as in a rasher of bacon. There are two theories on the subject. The first rather tedious one is that it’s cognate with razor and therefore means a thin strip that has been …

Die Hard ?……

I was going to write about pizzas but I have been distracted by a film on television, Die Hard . It made me think that it is a sad fact, but true, that a small minority of people can watch Arnold Schwarzenegger (or whoever it happens to be) shooting somebody …

Texting and bunga bunga….

I was in the process of sending an encouraging text message to a former student today. I was going to write “Hope everything goes well.” I never abbreviate. I typed hope, then my thumb hovered for a second over the 3def key, but everything is an awfully long word. In …