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Love & Marriage [The Dubliner, 02/02]

This column appeared in The Dubliner in February 2002. It’s probably a grave insult to the world of commerce for a columnist to address the joys of celibacy in the month of Saint Valentine. But the world of commerce has insulted me often enough so why shouldn’t I? I...

Hells Bells!

This column was written for March 2002 and did not appear in The Dubliner … ever! I had initially planned to write this column about that ambitious Cappuchin monk Father Theobald Matthew who turned Judas on his bartender and founded the Pioneers in 1838. I thought the...

Life is a Frying Pan [BC Magazine, 04/97]

This article featured in Hong Kong’s BC Magazine in April 1997. Picture this. A squadron of charcoal-faced fire-fighters are sombrely trudging their way through the barren stumpy remains of a forest in Southern Australia. It’s only a few hours since a tidal surge of...

The Pearly Gates [BC Mag, 05/97]

This article featured in Hong Kong’s BC Magazine in May 1997. The idea of joining a long queue might not have struck a favourable chord with our Neanderthal forbears, but in today’s hurly-burlied world there is a strong and rising surge of opinion in favour of the...

Being Anglo-Irish – A Hyphenated Existence? [Dubliner, 06/01]

The best thing about being Anglo-Irish is that you can get away with just about anything. The Irish think you’re English; the English think you’re Irish. Deep down, you know you’re not technically either. But if you play it well, you can be better than both. You can...