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And I thought I knew more…

I’m not deluded enough to think I’m qualified to talk about much of anything with any great degree of expertise. There’s lots I don’t know

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It seems ages ago now, but it was only last week that I battled the rain and stood with hundreds of others, partially shielded by

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As is my wont, I wandered across the road for 6 o’clock mass to find the church packed to the rafters – standing room only.

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In times when the Catholic Church in particular, and religious institutions in general, are receiving a bashing, it is nice to see that some churches

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You look at me and what do you first notice? My size? My shape? The colour of my eyes? My glasses? My hair? My attitude?

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We live in a divided world. Catholic, Protestant. Black, White. Conservative, Democrat. Jew, Muslim. National, Non-national. Native speaker, Non-native speaker. Roma, Non-Roma. Male, Female. Child,

Bring on the flashmob

I want to be flashmobbed. I want to find myself in a railway station, or a bus depot, or an airport one day and have

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‘Do you know how long I’ve been waiting for you to come into my life?, I asked. He looked at me, a little taken aback.

Life is too short to stay in one place

These last two days have been awash with emails and phone calls and texts and Facebook messages in an attempt to take advantage of Wizz

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Opera is where the guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of dying, he sings. Ah, Robert Burns, what a turn of phrase you

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