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Grandad casts a politically incorrect and jaundiced eye on Ireland and the world in the new millennium
2023-10-02 13:35
So they’re rolling out the Covid vaccine again. I have a violent reaction to this jab – I’m likely to thump anyone who brings it near me, or at the very least roar a resoun… Read More
2023-10-01 13:33
Sunday is a day of rest, or so they say. I’m trying to do my bit.  Resting. Every other day this week something has cropped up – shopping, shampooing carpets [I do a lot of… Read More
2023-09-30 13:25
I idly watched a chat show last night. I had been flicking around the channels vainly hoping Herself would forget the show was on.  She didn’t.  I was trapped. Anyhows they h… Read More
2023-09-29 14:33
I just noticed something. How it got past my eagle eyes is a mystery.  I must be getting old? A few weeks ago I mentioned what looked like a bit of an error in our weather forecasting… Read More
2023-09-28 12:55
Well, that was a terrifying experience. Against all advice from the weather people, I drove over to the vet’s yesterday at the height of the “storm” and it actually was qui… Read More
2023-09-27 12:34
There’s a bit of a wind today. It’s also raining. Since the weekend we have had lots of items in the news and in the papers about the terrible “Storm Agnes” that is a… Read More
2023-09-26 12:10
I just received a phonecall. This was unusual to say the least as no one phones me normally. It was a very nice girl who I can only assume was of Indian sub-continent origin.  Her origi… Read More
2023-09-25 14:08
There are some things I swore I would never do. One near the top of the list was to get a Kindle.  I love books.  I love the feel of them and the smell of them [if they’re ne… Read More
2023-09-24 15:28
Once upon a time, many many years ago I used to play the guitar. I actually played it  lot.  I was in several groups and was generally reasonably regarded amongst my peers. I have… Read More
2023-09-23 13:47
They’re moaning about waste again. One of the problems I have here is getting rid of stuff.  I currently have four wheelie bins – three in the front garden and one in the lo… Read More
2023-09-22 15:44
I’m just back from the village. I didn’t feel like going as I am tired and loving the comfort of the armchair.  However, Herself needed some stuff from the pharmacy and we&r&hell…Read More
2023-09-20 13:26
The floor here looks strange. If anyone came in they would either think it has snowed in here, or else we had had one hell of a party with coke strewn all over the carpet.  However it i… Read More
2023-09-19 12:14
Ireland is taking in Ukrainian refugees. This is all very well, but there is a housing crisis here with over 10,000 [Irish] families homeless.   But the Ukrainians still pour in with no… Read More
2023-09-17 12:44
There seems to be a small obsession with the year 2030. The EU mob tell us to be “Net Zero” by 2030 and I haven’t even a clue what that means.  They say we’re wa… Read More
2023-09-16 14:43
I don’t know if it’s just me? For a long time now I have had problems with the sound on films, in particular speech. At first I thought it was the television.  They seem to… Read More
2023-09-15 11:45
When it comes to vaping I am completely neutral. I have tried a variety of devices and they weren’t for me.  Herself is the same.  So when it comes to the battle to ban them… Read More
2023-09-14 12:49
Last night was a rough night. That wouldn’t be too bad but the night before was a bit crap too.  Two nights in succession are not good for me or my mental faculties [or facilities… Read More
2023-09-12 12:19
My webby engineers are a happy bunch. They don’t bother me with stuff and I don’t bother them.  Much. They wrote to me a good while back saying they were shifting me to a ne… Read More
2023-09-10 12:35
I like to keep an eye on the current state of affairs. Pun intended.  Hah! Our second summer has just come to an end, and while the doors to the garden are still wide open, it has start… Read More
2023-09-09 13:08
We have two summers in Ireland. The first one used to be at the start of June – it was known as the Leaving Cert heatwave, as that is just when school exams are in progress.  I ha… Read More
2023-09-08 12:54
I wasn’t watching the news last night. It was on the television all right but I had de-clutched my brain to let the head into freewheel mode.  So I wasn’t really listening e… Read More
2023-09-07 12:57
The news has reached a new peak strangeness record. They seem obsessed with records these days especially when it comes to the weather.  Apparently each month this year has reached… Read More
2023-09-06 12:55
I had this week neatly mapped out mentally. Yesterday I was to go down to the village as I usually do on a Tuesday.  I didn’t bother as I was knackered and anyway the coffee shop… Read More
2023-09-04 10:00
I watched the weather forecast after the early evening news yesterday. It’s about the only interesting thing on television these days. The forecast was given by Joanna who’s a li… Read More
2023-09-03 14:57
I went down to the village yesterday. For once it was very pleasant and quite warm.  It was deal weather to sit in the sun outside the coffee shop and enjoy people watching as I sip my… Read More
2023-09-02 12:00
There is a programme we watch on one of the satellite channels It’s one where two antique experts travel the country in an antique vehicle scouring antique shops for bargains.  Th… Read More
2023-09-01 12:57
There has been a series of incidents recently here in the Emerald Isle. I refer to some car crashes where young people have been killed. This of course is headline stuff that can keep the me… Read More
2023-08-31 13:55
I came across a strange piece today. New draft guidelines from the department advise that new developments built by local authorities should limit households to a maximum of one parking spac… Read More
2023-08-30 12:23
It’s that time of the month again. I have made an appointment with the vet for Penny’s injection and also to collect a load more tablets.  This is the only time Penny goes n… Read More
2023-08-29 11:24
It’s a perennial problem here. Every day I seem to accumulate a load more of sheer crap and nowhere to put it. Standard everyday waste isn’t too bad.  Some goes in the kitch… Read More
2023-08-28 17:30
I scribbled yesterday about setting up a site for Closet O’Dead. I got it wrong. Here was I thinking that it was a typo and it was actually a member of the O’Dea clan.  It&r&hell…Read More
2023-08-27 13:06
I’m sort of busy at the moment. I’m setting up a new site for some chap called Closet O’Dead.  He’s not related to any of the O’Deads I know but there it i… Read More
2023-08-23 12:07
There is a new report out. Almost 2,000 pubs have closed in Ireland since 2005 – report Some of the figures are quite startling. This is obviously a pre-budget submission.  They w… Read More
2023-08-22 11:50
I went down to the Post Office yesterday. The village Post Office has had a bit of a chequered past having moved location a few times. At one time it was even part of my coffee shop. They fi… Read More
2023-08-21 12:16
This is a weird house. The first weirdness is easily explained. If the back door is open, we hear people talking in the garden. But they’re not in the garden at all – they’… Read More
2023-08-20 13:48
Around twenty years ago we bought a new kitchen. It was very expensive but we wanted a bespoke one to our design using top quality materials. Literally no expense spared. I don’t regre… Read More
2023-08-19 12:51
There has been a particular advertisement running lately on the Irish channels. It’s one of those cheap ones where they use simple cartoons on the assumption that we are all five years… Read More
2023-08-18 13:26
There is a bit of fun going on in our national broadcaster. Seeing as it was my place of employment for forty years or so I had naturally pricked my ears up. The fun and games got a little c… Read More
2023-08-17 13:27
Comedy ain’t what it used to be. I will probably piss off a few if I say that I found “Father Ted” or “Mrs Brown’s Boys” to be distinctly unfunny to the p… Read More
2023-08-16 10:27
Life throws interesting wobbles from time to time. I received a phone call yesterday. It was a chap with an English accent who wanted to come and measure up the house. Could he come tomorrow… Read More
2023-08-14 13:13
I ordered a takeaway curry last night. Well, actually it was a delivery as I couldn’t be arsed to do a ten mile round trip. The phone was answered by the usual bloke who talks faster t… Read More
2023-08-13 13:57
My interest in computers is rapidly waning. This laptop is annoying me. Websites are annoying me. I’m easily annoyed these days. I noticed a while back that my machine is becoming inor… Read More
2023-08-11 12:38
The dog is driving me nuts. She is refusing to leave the house. Now her excuse is that the arthritis is giving her gyp and she can’t step down the couple of inches to the terrace outsi… Read More
2023-08-10 13:21
I sometimes wonder if I died a while back. Have I been resurrected into a world I don’t recognise any more? Is this Heaven, Hell or Purgatory? Or maybe Limbo? This new place I’m… Read More
2023-08-08 12:10
I set my alarm for eight this morning. This is an ungodly hour but some lads were supposed to arrive today to do a job. “First thing Tuesday” I was told so I naturally assumed th… Read More
2023-08-07 17:08
There is a problem with Longrider’s site. It started with an Invalid SSL Certificate problem, and somehow this has evolved into a very strange error where the address redirects to anot… Read More
2023-08-07 13:42
It has been a busy weekend. It started with a bit of destruction. I felled a tree. There is something very satisfying about this that I can’t explain. Maybe it’s because my favou… Read More
2023-08-05 12:27
I changed the title. Calling my weekend musical interludes “podcast” was basically because I mused with the idea of a podcast but decided to just do a playlist instead. I can&rsq&hell…Read More
2023-08-04 12:18
I came across a strange article yesterday. There is a pedestrian crossing in Derry that has been painted with rainbow colours. Now I would imagine that this is an illegal act as such things… Read More
2023-08-03 13:46
Herself likes the occasional banana sandwich. That’s fine. One sandwich takes about half a banana so I tend to have the other half. I used to mash the banana but that got a bit tedious… Read More
2023-08-02 13:46
So we’re in August. This is the traditional fortnight where businesses shut to give their staff a chance to bask in the summer sun. It’s pissing down outside and the central heat… Read More
2023-07-31 11:56
I woke to a silent house yesterday. The power was off. The first problem was of course our morning mugs of tea [and toast for herself]. Naturally the kettle and the toaster were useless. Tim… Read More
2023-07-29 11:46
I brought Penny to the vet yesterday. It was supposed to be a simple visit – her monthly arthritis injection and a repeat prescription for her monthly arthritis pills [did I mention sh… Read More
2023-07-28 12:52
It has arrived! After years of warnings, failed predictions and false starts, Global Warming has at last been consigned to history. Yes, you heard that correctly – Global Warming is ov… Read More
2023-07-26 13:54
I had a feeling it was going to be one of those days. The feeling started last night when I discovered half my bed was soaking wet. I knew for a fact it wasn’t me and the stench confir… Read More
2023-07-25 12:46
I came across a headline today. Unfortunately I accidentally refreshed the page and in that short period they had changed it. This was probably just as well as it was quite startling in its… Read More
2023-07-24 14:52
There is a sort of tradition that people return to work on a Monday. Who am I to break and age old tradition? So far I have nearly filled the recycle bin. Any old rubbish can go in that. and… Read More
2023-07-23 14:03
Yesterday was a difficult day. It involved a lot of lifting an hauling and I’m stiff all over today. Muscles that had become dormant have suddenly sprung to life and are complaining ma… Read More
2023-07-21 12:28
I watched a programme last night. It was Yer Man Noel Fitzpatrick doing his engineering things on dogs to get them back on their feet. I don’t think it will come as any surprise to any… Read More
2023-07-20 13:44
I am used to the advertising world massacring the language. One that springs to mind [but only because I had to look it up] is “Let’s make possible“. Make what possible? I… Read More
2023-07-19 13:12
I got a letter yesterday. It was from the SEAI mob. To paraphrase – as they had tried to get in touch with me and I hadn’t responded, that I was to be removed immediately from th… Read More
2023-07-18 15:20
It was meant to be a quiet day. Then Herself asked me to look something up on her laptop. I confess I am not enamored of her laptop. It’s a [an?] HP which I had problems with when we f… Read More
2023-07-17 12:56
I missed a phone call last Friday. It was on my mobile phone and I didn’t discover it until late. The number mystified me a bit so I did some research. It was from the SEAI mob. Some t… Read More
2023-07-15 12:01
I missed out on my little musical slot last weekend for various reasons. Anyway, here goes again. This next track I first heard on an advertisement on televisions [I think for Delta Airlines… Read More
2023-07-14 12:02
I did my morning browse through the papers. One headline that amused me was one on the BBC News site – Deadly heatwave sweeps across southern Europe; This amused me on a couple of poin… Read More
2023-07-13 12:09
The strangest things seem to happen on the Interwebs. Many many years ago, back in 2007 I scribbled off a piece – How to survive your first Guinness – which for reasons that comp… Read More
2023-07-11 13:40
It’s Daughter’s birthday this coming weekend. Being the gentleman that I am, I won’t mention her age [but she’s catching up on me rapidly]. The point is that she has… Read More
2023-07-10 14:06
Herself and I were chatting about holidays the other night. It’s a topic that arises occasionally. Usually it starts with some wishful thoughts about a break away and usually ends in a… Read More
2023-07-09 13:25
The RTE saga continues to rumble. When I did my third level electronics course the ultimate aim of all my classmates was to get a job in RTE. It was considered the pinnacle of achievement. A… Read More
2023-07-07 13:39
A brief glance at my recent scribblings makes me cringe. Dropping my trousers in the pharmacy? Cleaning shit out of the carpet? Putting my phone in the washing machine? What the fuck am I ra… Read More
2023-07-06 13:20
It was around twelve years ago. We were on a wee holiday down in West Cork. Herself wanted to visit Bantry on market day. That was fine by me. I like Bantry. Anyhows we arrived and Herself w… Read More
2023-07-04 15:53
I’m a doggy person. I don’t love all dogs mind. I don’t have much grá for the little ankle snappers, the accessories of the fashion world. Also I have a thing about… Read More
2023-07-03 12:46
Losing things is just part of life these days. Most of the time this is caused by absentmindedness. I have something in my hand. I go to do something, and whatever was in my hand gets placed… Read More
2023-07-02 10:22
I have been rather busy again. Some of you may have seen a little project I was working on which is more or less complete. I like these little [?] jobs as they keep the grey matter well exer… Read More
2023-06-30 13:09
Naturally I have been keeping an eye on the goings on in the news. And the news here seems to be dedicated to the shenanigans in RTE. There can be mutinies in Russia or submarines sinking el… Read More
2023-06-29 12:12
Quite a lot has been happening in the last couple of days. I brought our Penny to the vet on Tuesday for her monthly injection and her annual boosters. She was less than happy with the trip… Read More
2023-06-27 12:25
I’m sort of busy for the last couple of days. It’s just a little project wot I got involved with. Just a very simple job that will only take a few minutes. Except it turned out t… Read More
2023-06-26 12:28
There is a bit of a scandal here over my old employer. For those of you outside the Emerald Isle, the scandal involves payments to the top earners in RTE. In my glory days as a computer prog… Read More
2023-06-24 14:27
Today’s little offering is from one of my [vinyl] collection. I have several of their LPs from the Good Old Days. Those records of mine have been played so often they are a little the… Read More
2023-06-23 11:59
Today is one day that really irritates me. It’s car test day. I’m not quite sure why it irritates me so much. I am confident that the car is sufficiently roadworthy and if it isn… Read More
2023-06-22 11:37
Greta Thunderguts was granted the Freedom of Dublin last night. Yawn! This allows her to bring goods tax free through the city gates. As the gates no longer exist, good luck with that one. L… Read More
2023-06-19 13:38
My neighbour cut his front hedges during the week. While he was at it he carried on down the lane to my gate which was damned decent of him. It’s amazing the difference good neighbours… Read More
2023-06-18 12:12
I used to be a bit of a nerd. I assume that’s the term? I liked programming and in the past I have had great fun donning my HazMat suit and delving into the engine room that powers thi… Read More
2023-06-17 11:28
This has been one hell of a week. I have been out and about just about every day, and when haven’t been out I have been drawing maps, diagrams and taking photographs for a wee project… Read More
2023-06-15 11:37
They say that today is Thursday. Except, so far as I am concerned, it’s still Wednesday. You see, many years ago I discovered a rather clever technique. As the evening rolls on, I go t… Read More
2023-06-13 11:34
The stupidity of politicians never ceases to amaze me. They never stop whinging about the climate and how we have to achieve certain “targets” before some date or other. We must… Read More
2023-06-12 13:36
It has been an “interesting” day so far. First of all I got a phone call. A very nice chap wanted to come and look at The Manor. Last year I heard about a scheme where all houses… Read More
2023-06-10 14:29
I have given the matter some thought. I have ruminated, cogitated, masticated [but not masturbated] and generally pondered over the subject of an audio venture. Nah! It would be a lot of has… Read More
2023-06-09 13:16
Herself suggested I should be a DJ. This surprised me a bit as how the hell could I just suddenly start broadcasting?  I doubt RTE would want me back and I definitely wouldn’t wan… Read More
2023-06-08 13:28
The climate mob are getting their knickers in a twist again. They have produced a long repost which has presumably been translated into some format that us mere humans can understand. I stil… Read More
2023-06-06 12:35
Penny is a very strange dog. In my time I have known many dogs and am familiar with their general needs, habits and personalities. However I have never met one quite like Penny. She has a un… Read More
2023-06-05 12:53
We are in the middle of the Leaving Heatwave. This happens every year just as students are heading into the exam halls to sit their end of year [and end of school] exams. It is a fair bet ea… Read More
2023-06-04 11:54
I’m reading a book at the moment. There’s nothing odd about that – I always have a book on the go and get through two or three a month. This book however is one I read befo… Read More
2023-06-02 12:17
The grocery delivery is due shortly. It could be any time between one and three so I usually open up the garage doors before one. That allows the delivery chap bring the swag through to the… Read More
2023-06-01 13:27
I’m in a bad mood. I was fine in spite of an early start. The sun is shining though it’s not particularly warm. The weather forecasters are having orgasms over this heatwave we&r&hell…Read More
2023-05-31 12:32
The Nanny State Index for 2023 is out. I’m delighted to see Ireland up there in sixth place way ahead of the UK and our other immediate neighbours. The UK is positively Nirvana compare… Read More
2023-05-29 11:31
There is a new law coming into force here in ‘Ol’ Ireland. The Criminal Justice (Incitement to Violence or Hatred and Hate Offences) Bill 2022 From what I can gather it is aimed… Read More
2023-05-25 12:36
Today is Thursday. I know that for a fact without consulting a calendar, my watch, my phone or my laptop. How can I be so sure? Because it’s Pill Day again. For some strange reason, th… Read More
2023-05-24 11:40
They say that intolerance comes with age. Bollocks! Quite honestly I am more tolerant now than I used to be. If I get stuck behind a slow driver, or even worse, behind someone who stops for… Read More

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