politics


Into The Darkness


On November 9th 2016, still in bed, almost blind with disturbed sleep and terrified disbelief, I posted this: “Woke in the darkness to The Darkness. Everything is tumbling….stocks, hopes, pesos. The lights are going out all over the world.” “The Dark Ages” “The Dark Times”...

Apocalypse Now


America has rejected a female heart and brain surrounded by a bevy of brilliant women, in favour of a male ego surrounded by rotund, jowly old white conservative capitalist males.  Ahead of the vote, result or its latest publication date, the New Yorker Magazine released its...

The US Presidential Election 2016


For months I have been consumed and obsessed with the US Presidential Election, spending so much time on computer, radio and television that I barely got in the harvest before the first frost hit.  I have also become a bore on social media, dealing with...

Of Margaret Drabble and Brexit


  After a few episodes it became rather tedious, but there was one great song in the first series of the TV sit-com “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”  In the Bollywood style, the refrain to “I’m so good at Yoga” is “Look at me, look at me, I’m...

“Queen of the Desert” The Answer Werner Herzog was too politically polite to make


“Somewhere in the letters home of Gertrude Bell, the doughty English archaeologist and colonial administrator, there is a description of a pleasant afternoon spent riding in the Mesopotamian desert in 1918 or 1919. Bell trails a walking stick in the sand. Behind her, Arab boys...

Black Boots, Black Friday


To-day is Friday.   I am Irish, I write a blog. I can say anything I want. I don’t say everything I want because a lot of the words used in diatribes and in anger are ugly – particularly when used by those who are...

JESUS CHARLIE


Regarded as the dominant Irish politician of his generation, as well as the most controversial, Charles J. Haughey (1925 –2006) was first elected to Dáil Eirean (the Irish Parliament) in 1957 and was re-elected representing Dublin constituencies in every subsequent election until 1992.  His career...

Gloves and OJ Simpson


On the night of June 12/13th 1994, we were staying with friends in the hills above Santa Monica.  After supper I sat on the low stone wall behind the swimming pool and looked down over the twinkling dark bowl of West L.A. communities. Suddenly, and...

Allerleirauh


  A couple of weeks ago in Berlin we went off down to where the square ladies shop.  There are a lot of square ladies in Berlin; small, veiled Turkish women who appear as wide as they are tall. These square ladies know their onions,...