Health


I’s Bucket Challenge


  A few days ago, a friend named me to take up the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Sorry, no d’ice. I am not taking up the Ice Bucket Challenge, because I don’t want to….which in a way is more difficult than doing it, because it is...

Love Your Brain. Kevin Pearce and the Crash Reel


  If you know Shanagarry Pottery, Stephen Pearce Pottery or Simon Pearce Glass, if you worry about someone who participates in dangerous sports, who has gone to war and  has suffered a traumatic brain injury, if you are interested in snow sports and the cool...

A Broken Arm in Chamonix


It was like being in a scene from M*A*S*H. Lying on a gurney in the hall of the hospital, my arm aching in fresh plaster, I tried to relax, but helicopters kept coming close, hovering,whirleygig rumbling, taking off, their sound growing fainter, only to return...

Alexander Cockburn and His Family


Alexander Claud Cockburn died on Friday aged 71 in Bad Salzhausen in Germany, where he was being treated for cancer.  He was, like his two brothers, Patrick and Andrew, and his father Claud before him, a journalist and writer. He grew up in Ireland, worked...