What the world needs now is love sweet love…..lets have a chat about nationalism

Never has the music and lyrics of Burt Bacharach and Hal David resonated so poignantly as on the day Leonard Cohen passed away (he reportedly died on Tuesday 8th November 2016, announced on the 10th), the day the people of the United States of America (did we ever envisage questioning the term 'united'?) elected Donald … Continue reading What the world needs now is love sweet love…..lets have a chat about nationalism

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A glass of lemonade and a packet of crisps

A warning ; what follows is best described as a brain dump, an attempt to get some thoughts down on paper and to see where it leads... One of my first challenges in the study of Irish writing is to determine what is Irishness or Irish culture?  How is it, or indeed, can it be … Continue reading A glass of lemonade and a packet of crisps