Nichola’s Week

My love’s endearing little quirk!

My love’s endearing little quirk!

It’s all go on the political front isn’t it? As the government steps down and the election posters go up the next three weeks will see wall to wall coverage of the imminent battle. Prime the Sky box for the soaps because politicians, some of whom you may have mistakenly thought had passed on to the next life, will...
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Seeing success

Seeing success

I know several people that are happy to trot out the theory that despite the fact that there are still sixty seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour, time has somehow speeded up. People with such a belief will usually tell you in the next breath that the end of the world is nigh. To sort of quote a Billy Joel...
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Public Compassion

Public Compassion

If we are to measure social climate and general thinking by what we see in the media then our attitude to murder and death has been well exposed in the past two weeks. This isn’t an easy subject to write about because one wrong word or a clumsy, unexpanded thought and I could be wholly misunderstood in the extreme. I...
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Just buy the boots!

Just buy the boots!

January; the month of guilt! This is probably an affliction only suffered by my own age group and those older. Anyone born post 1980, and particularly the Celtic Tiger cubs, were released from this infernal disease of feeling guilty at the drop of a hat and probably won’t have a clue what I’m talking about. I’m...
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Don’t look back in Anger!

Don’t look back in Anger!

Over the Christmas break I spent some concentrated time with my nephew and niece, five years and two and half respectively. We read books, played games and watched TV. Hanging out with these two for a few days was quite enlightening. I noticed, unlike me, they only ate when they were hungry. Even the tempting things...
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Have we forgotten how to dress?

Have we forgotten how to dress?

The death of actress Moira Hoey who played the legendary Mary Riordan in RTE’s The Riordan’s sparked many thoughts on Monday last. As her death was announced I was instantly transported to Sunday evenings in the 1970s. I have more vivid memories of Glenroe but while I can’t recall actual plot lines from the Riordans...
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Explosion of social carbuncle

Explosion of social carbuncle

The downturn, the recession, the death of the Celtic Tiger; call it what you want but it is a manmade mess of mammoth proportions. While some like to think of it as a bubble bursting, I personally think of it more like a massive boil or carbuncle exploding. When a bubble bursts it disappears. When a boil bursts there...
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Caught in the Ikea Trap

Caught in the Ikea Trap

A pregnant friend invited me to go Ikea on Bank Holiday Monday. I’ve visited Ikea in other countries and know that it is one large consumer trap, the mother of man eating cash cows in the retail sector and I am wary of it. There is something magical about the big blue and yellow box of Swedish home wares. As you...
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