Archive for the ‘Tales of the Tellurians’ Category

People Are Having Less and Less Sex

Birth rates in Western countries have been falling for some years now for a variety of reasons and part of the reason is that people are engaging in sex less often than their parents and grandparents.Figures released by the HSE earlier this year show that almost 62,000 babies were born in Ireland in 2017 compared [...]

Dancehall Claim Had Young Audience in Mild Hysterics

Over the recent Bank Holiday Weekend I found myself in mixed age company that, as well as old codgers like myself, also included some yummy mummies and trendy cool-dudes in their 20s and 30s. For a while the conversation moved around the pros and cons of website dating and I had nothing to say because all [...]

Blues report translated into six languages!

A recent photograph of former Waterford FC footballer, Brian Gardner, and his wife, Lyndsay. Brian, who signed to Waterford from Preston North End, scored the magic winning goal in the 1980 Cup Final against St Patrick’s Athletic that propelled the Blues into the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Congratulations to Waterford FC on a successful return to the Premier Division. When the Blues were promoted last season we all said we would be happy if they could just manage to stay up but, as it turned out, we finished in fourth place and, for a long time, looked as if the third spot [...]

Poignant Scene in Moon Movie Creates New Talking Point

Ryan Gosling plays astronaut Neil Armstrong in the new film ‘First Man’.
‘First Man’, the new movie about Apollo 11 commander, Neil Armstrong, is receiving some very good reviews. Starring Ryan Gosling as the first man to walk on the moon, one of the film’s scenes has created another talking point as to whether or not it really happened. There is a poignant scene in the film on the [...]

Guinness World record for Singer Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall.
At 92, iconic singer Tony Bennett is still setting records. Recently, he was awarded a Guinness World Record for the longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single by the same artist. The song is ‘Fascinating Rhythm’ written by George and Ira Gershwin in 1924. It has [...]

Memories Are Made of This..And That…

Often in discussions you will hear people talking about their earliest memories almost always relating to family situations. Well, according to a recent survey involving almost 7,000 participants, about 40 per cent of people had a first memory that was fictional.Current medical research suggests that people’s earliest memories date from around three to three-and-a-half years [...]

“The Hucklebuck” was almost an accidental hit

Many thanks to reader ‘TR’ for your letter and kind comments that are much appreciated. I share your admiration for Brendan Bowyer and The Royal Showband and their recording of ‘The Hucklebuck’.The story of ‘The Hucklebuck’ is interesting because, initially, The Royal had no intention of recording the tune that had previously been covered [...]

Still No Show Like a Joe Show!

Joe Dolan's nephew, Adrian, and older brother, Ben, at the singer’s statue in Mullingar.
Almost 11 years after his death (where does the time go?) Joe Dolan continues to be as popular as ever. Such are the numbers of people coming to Mullingar to visit his statue and grave, Westmeath County Council has decided to create an App that people can use when they visit the town. The App will guide [...]

The Beast of Listrolin’s Cousin

A panther-like creature has been sighted in the Crosshaven area in Lower Cork Harbour.
Two years ago, I closed the file on the mysterious Beast of Listrolin, a black panther-like animal that was first seen in Listrolin in South Kilkenny. Following numerous sightings over a number of years in South Kilkenny and just over the river in parts of Kilmeaden, Mount Congreve and Bilberry, the mysterious black cat simply disappeared. Having [...]

No “Deise Dandy” in Presidential Race

It is my sad duty this week to announce that it is highly unlikely that we will have a Waterford-based candidate in the Presidential Election. As all the various candidates poured forth, I asked a friend, a well-known citizen whom we shall call ‘Deise Dandy’, would he be interested in seeking a nomination but his polite [...]