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February 3, 2015

Written November 2011

 

 

I’m much better on page than in person. I hate phone calls. I hate meetings. I love emails, tweets and texts. I don’t love letters, because writing anything by hand makes these digital digits feel like they’ve spent an entire victory parade attac...

February 3, 2015

Written November 2011

 

The thing is, when you change location in the middle of a recession, people automatically believe it’s for economic reasons. That starvation, or disgruntled creditors, or creditors disgruntled by starvation chased me out of Cork. That coming back...

February 3, 2015

Written March 2009

 

I don't know if naming your house something equally personal and ludicrous is an Irish hobby, or if it's one practised in many cultures; certainly there seems to be some sort of pandemic writhing its way through our provinces. I wrote a quotation yes...

February 3, 2015

Written February 2009

 

 

There was a tradesman supposed to turn up to give one of my colleagues a hand yesterday, but by three in the afternoon there was still less sign of him than there is of spaghetti sauce on the Turin Shroud.

 

‘He didn't phone?’ asked Mother Hen, our...

February 3, 2015

Written February 2009

 

I had to phone the electrician yesterday to report a problem with some new lighting he'd rigged.

 

‘I'll check that out for you,’ he promised. ‘I'll be there in a minute.’

 

Now, I know what you're thinking. Ha. Feckin' tradesmen and their empty promi...

February 2, 2015

Written February 2009

 

 

The most heated argument I ever had in a taxi was not on the arse of a disappointing Valentine's Day, or with a drunken friend howling hyperbole, or with an overcharging tit of a driver, or any of the usual stuff. It was Christmas 12 months back,...

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