Strange Days Indeed

Oh give me land, lots of land, and the starry skies above Don’t fence me in Let me ride through the wide open country that I love Don’t fence me in ‘Don’t Fence Me In’ Cole Porter There’s always something cooking and nothing in the pot They’re starving back in China so finish what you … More Strange Days Indeed

Perspective

a particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view: most guidebook history is written from the editor’s perspective. • [ mass noun ] true understanding of the relative importance of things; a sense of proportion: we must keep a sense of perspective about what he’s done | though these figures shock, … More Perspective

2020 Vision

IN WHICH WE HAVE MORE TANGENTS THAN A WHOLE SCHOOLFUL OF GEOMETRY BOOKS WHILST WE TEASE OUT THE OPTIONS FOR A BRIGHT, SHINY NEW YEAR, INCLUDING A BRIEF TREATISE ON THE PERILS OF MIXING UP ‘BONKING’ WITH ‘BONKING’… Oh how tedious that blog title must read. How many editors (and sub-editors, and sub-sub-edi… yeah, okay, … More 2020 Vision

Hello, Dublin!

Well, it has indeed been a little while since we last met. That goes for both the Dublin Marathon, and you and I, dear reader. The effects of Connemara are still being felt. After-shocks, you might call them, of the running kind. Not the seismic variety; more just heavy legs, niggly groins, grumbly knees and … More Hello, Dublin!

Resetting the clock

Well, in contrast to the last blog post, which was about three and a half million words long, give or take a million, this will be blissfully short. We’re just back from a long weekend break in London. Good times. We did some touristy stuff, but mostly visited markets and ate and drank like it … More Resetting the clock

Into the Great Wide Open… and the long, dark night of the soul: the Connemara 100 Race Report

“Into the great wide open Under them skies of blue Out in the great wide open A rebel without a clue” Into The Great Wide Open Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (Warning: for this blog is long and full of terrors!) Where to start? Probably little point in going down the whole ‘why would you … More Into the Great Wide Open… and the long, dark night of the soul: the Connemara 100 Race Report

Through the Gap

IN WHICH WE FINALLY GET OFF THE FLAT TRAILS OF COUNTY KILDARE AND INTO THE MOUNTAINS IN PREPARATION FOR THE CONNEMARA 100 I’m about 6 miles out of Laragh on the road heading for Sally Gap, and the weather forecast is letting me down. It is certainly a different world up here, in the Wicklow … More Through the Gap