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The April A to Z Ouch!!

It was my first go at the April A to Z. Will it be my last? No… I’ve already put a few ideas away for next year. One of this year’s challenge posts may have a spin-off… or, indeed 26 … Continue reading

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Dublin Alphabet – P is for Poolbeg

Poolbeg, both the lighthouse and the two chimneys. Both iconic Dublin landmarks. I’ve done the odd post about the chimneys before. I’ve featured the lighthouse as well. Not too many moons ago the chimneys faced an uncertain future. There was … Continue reading

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April A to Z – Vinyl and Vapour Trails

Yep… vinyl and vapour trails. Why? Because I like to ring of it. It hatched when I had one of those lightning bolt moments. You know the ones. I was pondering this post while I was outside doing my bit … Continue reading

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April A to Z – Sunrise to Sundown…

I think I’ve used the Harry Chapin song as inspiration before. All my life’s a circle… sunrise to sundown… Well, why not again? It’s a rather potent song… a reminder of just how lucky we are to witness a sunrise … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Rebellion, Revenge, Respect and Reconciliation 

Yes, it’s quite a mouthful but it’s something that’s been getting to me lately. What, you may ask? Rebellion and revenge or respect and reconciliation? The people of Ireland are currently commemorating the 100th year since the 1916 Easter Rising. … Continue reading

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April A to Z – Pernickety Party Pooper!

Yes… that’s right. Pernickity party pooper! That’s me… no, that’s my good lady. I’m the pernickity one… she’s the party pooper one! Mind you… according to the good lady I’m pernickity, not according to me. Then, on the flip side, … Continue reading

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April A to Z – Memories!

The fun just goes on. Today is the halfway point of the A to Z and boy, am I meeting many new folk and having fun! The whole experience has been a bot of a memory roller-coaster! Taking me back … Continue reading

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April A to Z – Kilcock and Kildare

Before the April A to Z began I was doing my own Dublin A to Z which I have to continue when May rolls around again. I cheated a little then by featuring Kilcock because it’s “our” village. It’s in … Continue reading

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April A to Z – Hello, Help and Helicopters!

Where do I begin with today’s letter? I think I’ll turn the sequence around… I’ll begin with helicopters. Why helicopters? Because there’s an old saying… if you have jet-fuel in your veins it never leaves. Yes, I spent years in … Continue reading

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April A to Z – A for Anniversary

So… we get the challenge under way on a personal note. With a challenge of another kind. Yep… later this month my good lady and I will hit one of those marital bliss milestones. I have posted in the past … Continue reading

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Dublin Alphabet – L for Liffey

OK… some of you may say a river can’t be included in my alphabet but it is as much an attraction in the city as many of the other features. I’m reminded of a bit of wall art on a … Continue reading

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Five Years Later – Celebration Time

Yes… today in 2011 this blog saw the light of day! The main reason, at that stage of my life, for starting a blog was to support my soon to be published first novel. The first category I created for … Continue reading

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Dublin Alphabet – I for Irish National War Memorial

I’ve only recently discovered these gardens. There is definitely an air of tranquillity about the whole site. The circular lines are offset well by the parallels created by the horizontals of stairs and  interlinking trellis timbers. The memorial gardens were … Continue reading

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Dublin Alphabet – F for Fusiliers Arch

As a South African with a very real interest in history this structure in the heart of Dublin has special meaning. The Arch was erected to commemorate the Fusiliers who fought on the side of the Brits in the Second … Continue reading

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Dublin Alphabet – D for Dublin Castle

A tourist trap? Maybe. However, there’s good reason for wanting to visit Dublin Castle. The architecture and history of the whole castle and surrounds has much to see. You can spend a day wondering around the castle and Dubhlinn Gardens … Continue reading

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