Profiles


Once upon a time there was a little girl called Rose. Her father was a Colonel in the Hussars and a millionaire and she grew up on the family’s 600-acre estate in Devon, and their home in London. With an older sister and younger brother,...

Welcome Autumn with Le Bourru


                                  In Ireland, ‘Boru’ means a High King called Brian (d. April 1014.)  In France “Le Bourru” means a Vin Blanc Extremely Noveau…more grape juice than wine, only available...

Victoria Beckham and I


        Victoria Beckham was a singer known as ‘Posh Spice’ with the band “The Spice Girls” before (and sadly, after) marrying the celebrated English footballer David Beckham. They are a grand young couple, each with their own …er…talents – especially kicking balls,...

My First Huipil


  I have always had a soft spot for Frida Kahlo – she and I are the only women I know of who got married lying down – and not just her story and her art are of interest, I am also a great fan...

The Flea Markets of Berlin


  In Berlin, the weekend used goods sales are known as “Trodelmarkts” and “Flohmarkts” meaning Junk and Flea. Here are some other things you will find:   Bicycles, parts of bicycles, clocks that work, clocks that don’t work, baseball caps embroidered with eagles and the...

Plaisir d’Amour


  There is, I think, a difference between “the love of one’s life” and one’s “Grand Amour”.  One’s spouse is often the real love of one’s life, as it is with them, in a happy marriage, one knows real love, sharing, the mutual support of...

The Gift of a Canicule


E-mailed my daughter in New York city: “Any news?” “ANY NEWS??” she replied “Don’t you read your texts?……I’ve just had an earthquake and now we’re getting a hurricane….and you ask me if I’ve any news?”   The perfect storm is no storm at all.   But...

The Big Fellow


There are almost 41 million Google references for “Michael Collins.”   Some of them relate to the astronaut Michael Collins, or the clarinettist Michael Collins and others refer to young fellas and old fellas whose family name is Collins and whose first name is that of...

The Soft Berlin Wall


                                                                    It was fifty years ago today that Berliners woke up on...

Gay Times in the Áras


  It used to be that only Marys stood, and were elected to the highest office in the land.  Now the Irish Presidential race is being dominated by Gays. With the election not until October, to date, we have three Gays – one past, one...
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