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Grandad casts a politically incorrect and jaundiced eye on Ireland and the world in the new millennium
2022-08-04 16:37
I used to think the worst job around the Manor was unblocking the sewers. Nah! That’s child’s play. All I have to do is run a hosepipe in through the kitchen window, through the… Read More
2022-08-03 13:09
I have been musing on the topic of senility. No, I’m not senile yet, or rather I hope I’m not. I have had quite a few “senior moments” but I put them down to absent m… Read More
2022-08-02 13:56
I can’t remember when I started the process of shifting my bank accounts. I think it was March or thereabouts. I’m still at it. I had five accounts, four of which are now dead. K… Read More
2022-08-01 11:03
Well that was an uneventful weekend. Of course the weekend isn’t technically over yet because it’s a bank holiday. This means the village is out of bounds because the Great Unwas… Read More
2022-07-30 12:49
Our gubmint has created a nice little conundrum for itself. It passed a law committing itself to reach “emission targets” by the end of the decade. It also did that without decid… Read More
2022-07-28 11:59
Herself can’t type. This isn’t any reflection on her abilities normally as Arthritis tends to limit digital dexterity somewhat and is a valid reason. So if it’s a one or tw… Read More
2022-07-27 13:14
In the comments after my last scribble, Pete J mentioned the Carrington Event. For those who couldn’t be arsed to look it up, the Event was a solar storm back in 1859 which had major i… Read More
2022-07-22 13:56
There’s a programme on RTÉ called “Home Rescue“. There is nothing particularly original in the concept. They find a home that is a bit cluttered and which could do w… Read More
2022-07-21 15:06
It certainly can. It happened to me anyway, this morning. I got up after a grand night’s sleep. I did my morning round which consists of putting on the kettle and toast and while they… Read More
2022-07-20 12:51
There was a nice little spat in the gubmint this week. Some smart arse suggested that if the agriculture sector didn’t cut down on greenhouse gas emissions [i.e. cow farts] that the gu… Read More
2022-07-18 11:58
The dreaded day has arrived. This is the day they have been warning us about and the meeja are going frantic. They are all predicting “record temperatures” and “the hottest… Read More
2022-07-17 09:53
It is pleasantly warm out. It might even be a bit warmer tomorrow. That’s nice. To listen to the meeja over the last few days though you’d swear some catastrophic event is about… Read More
2022-07-15 11:33
I came across an opinion poll last evening. 79% of people in favour of mandatory mask-wearing in public settings. What? Why? Yes, there is a bump in the number of cases of the Virus but it i… Read More
2022-07-13 12:32
I received two letters yesterday. One was from a charity doubtless appealing to my better nature. I don’t have one. It went in the bin unopened. The second was from my old bank. There… Read More
2022-07-12 11:20
You may wonder where I was yesterday. No? I thought not. I was actually in the garden. Herself was baking in bed and decided it was batter to bake in the sunshine. We tried that the day befo… Read More
2022-07-10 12:11
I’m not a great lover of food. In my book, food is just fuel. I avoid all those foody programmes on television as I find them utterly pointless. What is the point of a programme about… Read More
2022-07-09 11:53
Yesterday was a null day. I use the word in the computery sense. Null isn’t the same as zero which is a number, or space which is a character. Null means just nothing – a void, a… Read More
2022-07-07 13:49
I wish they’d shut the fuck up about Johnson. It’s boring. It’s tedious. It’s all they can talk about on the radio and he’s not even our fucking leader. We know… Read More
2022-07-06 12:16
Today is a special little day for my family. I wrote about Grandson the Elder on this day last year. It’s hard to believe that it’s a year. In some ways it seems like a long time… Read More
2022-07-05 12:59
When I was at the vet yesterday I bought Penny a treat. It was a pack of brown sticks that looked like cigars made of dried leather. A neighbour had given her one before and she loved it. So… Read More
2022-07-04 13:55
Yet another visit to the vet. I noticed a while back that Penny had a lump on her flank. It was small – not even a quarter inch across – so I didn’t pay it much attention… Read More
2022-07-02 15:04
I don’t know why. The voice just dropped into my head from nowhere. I looked it up on YouTube an there it was. It’s a lovely bit of Dublinesque so you may need to rely on the sub… Read More
2022-07-01 12:57
Well that’s the week’s peak of excitement over. I hope. I had to trolley up the motorways up to The Big Smoke this morning for an appointment. This is all part of a twice yearly… Read More
2022-06-29 12:08
I’m on duty again. I was sitting here minding my own business and catching up on world affairs when Herself yelled at me. “My tits are hungry! Do something about it.“ The m… Read More
2022-06-27 12:09
The other day I was sniffing around the Interwebs. As you do. I don’t know what I was searching for, or how I came by it, but I found a site which gives a very flattering report on thi… Read More
2022-06-26 11:48
I mentioned a while back that Penny had been to the vet. I came away from that visit with a little collection of medications and potions. She is already on a daily dose for her arthritis. Th… Read More
2022-06-25 12:27
I honestly don’t know what’s wrong with the world. In America the Supreme Court has declared that the Supreme Court is wrong. This has upset one hell of a lot of people. I can se… Read More
2022-06-24 11:24
A couple of weeks ago I came across an article. Google engineer says Lamda AI system may have its own feelings. This was interesting in its own little philosophical way. They even gave a tra… Read More
2022-06-22 12:12
My suspicions were aroused a while back. I think I might be a Russian sleeper agent planted in this imperialist corrupt capitalist country, just awaiting my call to arms. I should maybe expl… Read More
2022-06-21 11:42
The land around here isn’t exactly level. This may be down to being up in the mountains and it’s not surprising that in heavy rain, water tends to flow around a bit. It’s s… Read More
2022-06-20 13:16
I’m just back from a visit to Doc. I didn’t want an appointment but Herself made one anyway behind my back in spite of my expressed ruling. That woman is getting out of hand agai… Read More
2022-06-18 09:50
That was another eventful week. The bug that reared its ugly head is still going strong. Apart from general aches, its main mode of attack is a cough. And what a cough! Every now and them, I… Read More
2022-06-16 12:43
I have got it. But I haven’t a clue what it is. It can’t be Monkeypox because that would be racist and discriminatory. Anyway the symptoms are wrong. Could it be Mousepox? Have I… Read More
2022-06-15 11:44
So Ireland is the third most peaceful place on the planet? What the hell does that mean? I have been trying to get my head around this startling nugget of information, but frankly I’m… Read More
2022-06-14 11:28
This is going beyond a joke. As I was scribbling off yesterday’s little epistle I hit the last full-stop. At that point a trap clacked and I had to edit the last lines, as you may have… Read More
2022-06-13 12:52
Well, that was an interesting weekend. Saturday was mundane enough. It just involved a quick coffee in the village to calm the nerves before venturing into Skobieville. I had a strange assor… Read More
2022-06-11 12:00
It appears that the population of The Manor is greater than I thought. I brought Penny to the vet. This time I managed to do 90 in the 50 straight, but only because I was trying to keep up w… Read More
2022-06-10 12:48
Within reason, we welcome visitors to The Manor. Obviously we’re not going to welcome people we don’t like but in general the door is open for anyone provided they follow some si… Read More
2022-06-09 11:58
I got up this morning, as one does. I slipped on my slippers and dressing gown and toddled off to do the usual morning routines. Having finished the routines and also finished my first mug o… Read More
2022-06-08 12:02
I had a wee bit of driving to do yesterday. It wasn’t that much, just a trip over to the vet to collect Penny’s prescription tablets for her arthritis. On the way back I got thin… Read More
2022-06-06 13:30
Today I was going to meander on a couple of topics but I haven’t a clue what they where or what I was going to say. In fact I’m not even sure what I intended to scribble now. Nev… Read More
2022-06-04 12:52
I feel quite sorry for Queen. I mean the royal one, not the group. Why feel sorry? says you. Look at what she has. She has a number of castles and palaces and is one of the wealthiest women… Read More
2022-06-02 11:15
So that tedious trial is over. I had never heard of Heard [!] and knew that Depp was an actor of somesort though I doubt I have seen any of his films. He seems to be famous for portraying a… Read More
2022-05-30 11:56
I have a small problem. No. Not that. There’s nothing wrong there. I’m talking about hearing. Herself and I generally pass evenings watching a film or a series on television. My… Read More
2022-05-29 12:15
The war continues here at The Manor. I should explain that there are several chairs here and these form the basis of the disputed territories. For the sake of clarity I’ll call the mai… Read More
2022-05-27 13:51
Ben Dhonau posted an interesting comment on my little brainfart yesterday: Cop yourself on: the dangers of accumulation in radon in confined spaces, especially houses, have been proved, know… Read More
2022-05-26 12:12
I really have to admire their ingenuity. Their first attempt was many years ago when they persuaded the world that smoking a single cigarette would cause instant death from cancer. Then they… Read More
2022-05-24 13:45
An email landed in my Inbox yesterday. This in turn landed a somewhat onerous task on my lap. As some of you may be aware, I had the privilege of restoring Anna Raccoon’s site a while… Read More
2022-05-23 09:56
We are on the brink of panic mode again. There really are shades of Groundhog Day here? Anyhows, we have a new health panic on the horizon and they are just waiting for things to develop a b… Read More
2022-05-22 11:45
I decided to do a little clearing on Friday. For various reasons I want to clear space in the garage, but was hindered by an amazing selection of cardboard boxes and crates. Why is it that w… Read More
2022-05-21 10:48
There is something very strange going on. First of all we started hearing about an abnormal number of kids coming down with Hepatitis and liver failure. Nasty! But these were apparently unco… Read More
2022-05-18 12:44
Many years ago we lived in the hell hole that is Suburbia. It was an in between period between moving out of Wicklow and moving back in again. The house that we lived in was in a typically b… Read More
2022-05-17 12:45
The Russians have spoken. You may remember a fortnight ago I mentioned how they were threatening to drown us and the UK in a radioactive lake? Well, our Teashop was a little miffed by this a… Read More
2022-05-16 11:51
I remember the first time I watched the Eurovision bash. It was in 1965 in a friend’s house as my parents wouldn’t get a television. It was somewhat surreal as the television was… Read More
2022-05-15 11:33
There is a phenomenon I have noticed recently. I refer to the strange excitement that hits the meeja when the Moon does something that it has been doing for millennia. Every so often we get… Read More
2022-05-13 12:12
A while back I suggested we drop Bono on Moscow to force them to surrender. Ted Treen replied to this saying “‘Cruel & unusual punishment’ – in spades!“. He… Read More
2022-05-10 13:57
Life is extremely quiet here at the Manor. Or rather, it is today. Yesterday Very Good Friend called. She was supposed to call last Friday but when she didn’t turn up I assumed she wou… Read More
2022-05-09 15:12
Even after all these years [nearly 16 now] I still find it a little unsettling and even a little bit weird. I think up some piece of drivel and scribble it here and before long there are peo… Read More
2022-05-08 10:40
So Sinn Féin are wetting themselves with delight at being the Most Popular Party in Ireland. They’re not. It’s just that the alternatives are worse. All the same I bet the… Read More
2022-05-05 12:57
There was a little snippet of news yesterday that I almost missed. Maybe that was the general intention? Whisper the item and then shout over it about Ukraine or the elections in Norn Iron i… Read More
2022-05-04 13:32
The decision has been took. I am going to have a break. Or, in case Herself starts complaining at being left out, we are going to have a break. Under the circumstances this will involve a li… Read More
2022-05-03 12:51
I see Russia is threatening to drown Ireland. That’s nice. All they have to do is detonate their new not-so-secret weapon – the nuclear tsunami torpedo. One 100 Megaton big bang… Read More
2022-05-02 12:53
Today is the May bank holiday. Why does this unsettle me? Obviously for a major part of my life bank holidays were significant as it meant a day off work. Sometimes I would have to work and… Read More
2022-04-29 12:42
A couple of years back I invested in one of those smart-phones, as they call ’em. I’m not quite sure why I went down that route but I suppose the idea of a pocket computer intrig… Read More
2022-04-28 12:47
It looks like I may have finally won one of life’s little battles. Last year Ulster Bank announced they were thinking of leaving the Irish market. Only thinking, mind you, nothing defi… Read More
2022-04-27 11:24
And the Turf Wars continue. Our Lords and Masters are still debating whether or not to ban the sale of turf [or peat, as some foreigners call it]. They have done so many U-turns in the last… Read More
2022-04-25 11:05
The news last night and this morning was full of excitement about the French election. I assume from the amount of coverage that I should be excited about this? I can’t for the life of… Read More
2022-04-24 13:27
I have started on another of my little projects. This is one I have been meaning to tackle for some time but was a bit daunted at the scale of the task. I just want to tidy up my photographs… Read More
2022-04-23 10:56
Once again, I missed it. Yesterday was apparently Earth Day when we are all supposed to do something for the planet and I completely forgot. Normally I would celebrate the occasion by burnin… Read More
2022-04-22 11:02
As expected, nothing has happened. Well, little of any consequence. I was down in the village the other day and the bloke who owns one of the coffee shops told me he had been dreaming about… Read More
2022-04-16 12:13
Wars seem to be in the news this week. So the Ruskies lost their prize battleship? Apparently it sank “during a storm” according to the official news from Moscow. I checked. At t… Read More
2022-04-14 12:45
I read a thing this morning. It was just an article on the subject of the Russian treatment of anti-war protesters. There was nothing strange or startling about it [except maybe for the blok… Read More
2022-04-13 11:51
Things are starting to fall into place. I took the bull by the handlebars yesterday and trotted into Skobieville. My first port of call was to purchase a new kettle, I seem to have a thing w… Read More
2022-04-12 10:17
I knew something was wrong. My normally razor sharp mind had the wit of a ten week old carrot. Lifeless. Numb. Foggy. Drooping. The cause struck me this morning over breakfast. I was sitting… Read More
2022-04-10 12:23
I get the urge to write. Anything, so long as it’s written. The subjects flit through my mind Like leaves on an Autumn wind. The tree is now bare. The urge is gone.. Bliss!   The… Read More
2022-04-09 10:32
Yesterday was a sort of family day. I picked up Grandson and GrandDaughter the Younger from school and brought them here for the afternoon as their Ma [who by coincidence happens to be Daugh… Read More
2022-04-07 11:17
This may come as a surprise to many, but I get fan mail. Every now and then [about once every five years] I get inundated with a mail which arrives in my inbox. I’m not talking about t… Read More
2022-04-06 12:43
Zelenskyy has spoken. Or is it Zelensky? Or Zelenskiy? No one here seems quite sure as his name is spelled differently depending on which source of news you choose. Anyhows, He has spoken an… Read More
2022-04-05 12:22
Humanity has less than three years to halt the rise of planet-warming carbon emissions and less than a decade to slash them almost in half, the UN said in a landmark report on stopping globa… Read More
2022-04-03 11:48
Enough of the misery and complaining. Today is a fine sunny day and today is special. Today is Census Day! I have a little thing about forms. I hate the buggers. In the past I have wended my… Read More
2022-04-02 11:33
I thought things were going smoothly at last. My quest to change banks is almost over. I have notified everyone of any importance about the new account so all my direct debits and the like s… Read More
2022-04-01 13:23
I had a bit of an anxious day yesterday. Normally I’m a placid sort of bloke. Herself may argue this but I rarely get worked up over anything. Yes, I hurl insults at the television, pa… Read More
2022-03-30 11:58
Our Penny is getting old. I suppose that’s something to be expected with the passing of the years? It happens to most of us. One of the main signs is her changed way of life. No longer… Read More
2022-03-29 12:44
I have seen the future. This little drop of prescience is merely based on my experiences in the past and present and extrapolating them. So what is this astounding prediction? Well, it&rsquo&hell…Read More
2022-03-28 12:58
I thought yesterday was going to be a quiet day. How wrong I was. I was sitting here quietly pirating a couple of films and enjoying the gentle breeze through the open door and the sound of… Read More
2022-03-27 11:06
The radio is on in the other room. Herself has the volume up [as usual] so I am being treated to a debate on current affairs. Frankly my head is spinning as no sooner have they baffled me on… Read More
2022-03-25 12:10
I opened a bank account at the beginning of the month. I was told I would have to provide them with a six month detailed statement from my old bank before the account could become active. I… Read More
2022-03-23 12:35
I am a tad puzzled by this refugee business. Yes, I know there’s a war on. I know some conspiracy theorists claim there isn’t so if so, why are millions of people suddenly runnin… Read More
2022-03-22 13:50
Wow but they’re really ramping things up. Yesterday in a rare touch of sarcasm I suggested that they would produce alarming Virus figures to scare the pants off us. How right I was. Co… Read More
2022-03-21 12:08
Our Teashop is stuck in America. He went over to meet Sleepy Joe but caught the Virus instead. After jetting across the pond he ended up having to have his meeting via video link. So instead… Read More
2022-03-19 10:50
I rarely laugh out loud. It is almost unknown for me to laugh out loud when I’m on my own. I tend to meet humour with an inward chuckle or a wry smile. A belly laugh is about as rare … Read More
2022-03-18 16:02
I have been messing around with the satellite box again. After multitudinous attempts I finally got it to work. This is not a bad achievement considering it took me a week to work out that i… Read More
2022-03-17 11:41
Ah! Saint Patrick’s Day. This is the day when we grant all our politicians and their families and friends a foreign holiday in the country of their choice. We pay, of course. It’… Read More
2022-03-16 13:48
They have just delivered my order of heating oil. I got 500 litres – €882! In the not too distant past I have had a full tank of 1000 litres delivered for around €400. There… Read More
2022-03-15 14:39
Running a property can have its ups and downs. Over the last while there have been a few unexpected problems on top of routine stuff. The biggest problem was the leaking roof which had becom… Read More
2022-03-14 14:20
I took the plunge today. Having verified that my new bank account actually exists and actually works I reckoned it was about time to start telling people. Naturally the most important place… Read More
2022-03-13 12:57
I have a new but temporary hobby. I mentioned how I had resurrected my old satellite receiver and I find it is brilliant for cocooning myself from the constant barrage of news from Ukraine [… Read More
2022-03-11 12:42
I had to go out yesterday. There were several jobs I had been putting off and suddenly one or two were urgent. So off I went on a round trip of half of Wicklow and a fair chunk of South &hel&hell…Read More
2022-03-10 13:47
There has been a bit of bother at the Russian Embassy here. The other day, a bloke reversed his truck into the gates of the embassy and made a bit of a hames of them. Or, as Waterford Whispe… Read More

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