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On being an aunt (1)

They say if you don’t find a missing child within 48 hours, the chances of it all coming out good aren’t great. Those first 48

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I’ve gotten used to being shortchanged when it comes to entertainment. Gone, I thought, were the days when the fortune I shelled out for a

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I can’t explain my faith. I have no particular need to. I know it works for me and that’s what matters. I’m not much for

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I’ve been to funerals of people I’ve never met. I’ve never said hello to the body in the coffin, shook their hand, or passed the

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Apart from the obvious environmental repercussions, the stress that can accompany airline travel makes me wonder why I persist. Not every flight is stressful but

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You don’t just wake up great one day. That’s not the way it works. What you get out of life is directly related to what

Where have I been?

So I’m not the only one, eh? A few weeks ago, I apparently committed to taking part in a Write Like Bukowski night here in

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Bloody brilliant. That’s it. Can’t think of anything that describes last night any ¬†better than that. Bloody brilliant. Booking tickets for a gig online is

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There’s a lot to be said for being Irish. We have a finely honed sense of self-deprecation that means we laugh at ourselves before anyone

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When I get something in my head, I’m like a chicken with a speck of blood.I start to fixate. I have even been known to

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