Sad day in Dublin

Sunday, February 22, 2004 I was in the farmers’ market in Meeting House Square when all the sirens started hollering, and police cars and fire engines came down through Temple Bar. ‘Weird, I wonder what’s happened’, was the most interested I could get. Then we crossed the Liffey at the Millennium Bridge and I heard […]

Iconoclastic cafes

Thursday, February 19, 2004 An article in today’s Indo describes the problems facing Bewley’s: ‘Bewley’s, which also announced the closure of a northside bakery, said there was a question over the future of the iconoclastic caf?s as a result of Luas disruption, falling numbers of passers-by and steep increases in rates, rent and insurance’ (my […]

My troubled relationship with coffee

Monday, February 16, 2004 I’m trying to give up coffee again. But she won’t let me go. First it’s the routine thing. I’m into work, just checked my mail, time for a nice cup of coffee. It’s how I (used to) mark my morning. So I’ve dodged that one by bringing tea bags and brewing […]

Creme Eggs – a life less creamy?

Tuesday, February 10, 2004 First Marathon became Snickers, and now this? Creme eggs becoming less creamy? In the halcyon days of the mid 1980s, when my only concern was getting home from school in time to watch Grange Hill, the passing of the seasons was measured by the arrival of the foil wrapped egg shaped […]

‘Could try harder’

Thursday, February 05, 2004 My mum sent me over almost all my school reports. Thirteen years of grades and judgements and the frightening thing about them is that they’re all the same. I hardly changed in my entire school career. The first ever report says I was good at English, keen to help in class […]

Duvet or don’t they?

Monday, February 02, 2004 Have to say there’s something brilliant about this duvet cover.  You get one with the positions reversed, too, for couples who sleep on the other side. Same sex variants are also available, but we could also do with a set with dogs or cats curled up at the foot of the […]