Chicken or Egg? The Glevum Superior

Chicken or Egg? The Glevum Superior

As of 2023, there are a staggering 33 billion chickens  clucking, making them far and away the most populous birdbrain on the planet. One reason why there are so many chickens is that their eggs work very well. Indeed, given the right conditions, nearly all fertilised...
Reflections on Irish Identity, 2024

Reflections on Irish Identity, 2024

Considering the impact of Ireland abroad from Cillian Murphy to St Patrick’s Day to Mick Lynch and the Trade Unions, as well as the historical precedent behind the Biden presidency’s support of the Good Friday agreement and the Irish diaspora around the...

The Importance of Being Bunbury [Dubliner, 08/01]

This column appeared in The Dubliner in August 2001. Everybody wants to be a Bunbury. That, in case you didn’t know, was the title of a short-lived 1988 UK chart entrant sung by a band called The Bunburys who were actually The Beegees in disguise. It was a concept...

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...
Life is a Frying Pan

Life is a Frying Pan

We are all well and used to the daily bummer in life, from the instant our alarm clocks shrill our weary eye-lids open to the moment we collapse on our beds, too shattered by our escalating ambitions to indulge in the fun and frolics of our more praise-worthy...