A generation that is denied the opportunity to study literature, or attend opera, is unlikely to learn the lessons of such horrors. And that cannot be good for democracy, even the broken version of it that prevails, now, in England. Continue reading Disdain for Culture and the road to Fascism
The version of Brexit chosen by Boris Johnson and his acolytes is incompatible with the Belfast Agreement. I know that and have repeated it often. Most people know that. There are practical as well as political reasons why any kind of barrier to trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is unmanageable. There are businesses whose premises straddle the border agreed a hundred years ago. Not all of them are farms. A cow grazes a meadow in Northern Ireland but is milked in the Republic. Is the milk British or Irish? This problem was recognised by the UK’s … Continue reading What a #Brexit Mess
We were told in no uncertain terms, by females present, that reducing an iconic character like ‘Gloriana’ to an offstage voice, was unlikely to prove popular! Continue reading Censorship in the Time of Shakespeare.
As a whiskey lover I am interested in any such development, more so, given that it is also centred on a woodland just a few miles from my home in Stradbally. Unfortunately I would have to win the lottery to be able to afford a bottle of this rare specialty! Continue reading IRISH DISTILLERS REINFORCES SUSTAINABILITY CREDENTIALS WITH NEW CHAPTER IN THE MIDLETON VERY RARE DAIR GHAELACH STORY — WhiskeyTalk2U
Future historians will be able to access all this material in an attempt to arrive at the truth surrounding the most significant events of the twenty first century. Will they reveal the truth or a “seductive form of hisorical inaccuracy”? Continue reading Seeking the Truth
If only they had his eloquence, his charisma, his confidence, they would be standing where he is. But, lacking those qualities, they are content to let him show them the way. Continue reading Soldier, Diplomat, Politician
Those, then, are three great songs that were hits a long time ago but remain among the greatest love songs ever written. I’m sure you can think of some others. Please tell me in the comments. Continue reading Lyrical Affairs
The trick was to keep up with the wandering and, grabbing hold of the handle, pump up and down to increase the speed of rotation before it started to wobble. Continue reading Wander and Wobble
There is just enough detail to bring a face, a room, or a street to life without over burdening the reader with too much dull description. Continue reading Bringing Fresh Light to the Japanese ‘Enlightenment’
However interesting a journey might seem, it quickly becomes boring if undertaken too often. Continue reading Where Are You Going?