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The generation game

Three generations of Joneses got together for lunch today. It was a surprise treat that we were all in on, except my Dad, who turns 80 on new year’s eve, and was the target of the lunch treat.... Read more

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Running for your life

I’ve always been something of a runner. Competing at school. Reasonably pacy at footie (first yard in the mind!). Running to keep fit as I got a little older. But today, a wonderful reminder of... Read more

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Brexit: the Irish government is doing its job

For those of us who follow Irish politics north and south, there is very little about the last few days that surprised us. We have seen this all before. All too often. We know that language,... Read more

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Talking the talk

There have been days – just the odd one or two – during my year of daily blogging (we have just moved into month eight) when I would have liked a day off; a short break and for those... Read more

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Three years ago today; the turning point in my life

Depending on how you look at it, three years ago today was either the day I hit rock bottom or the day I started to turn my life around. Either way it didn’t feel like that at the time. It was a... Read more

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It's that time of the year......

…….of peace and goodwill to all men; of excited children’s faces when they realise that Santa has been; of the magic of the nativity story, handed down from generation to... Read more

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Star of the week

It was a great way to end the week. Smiles of faces. Skip in step. Excited daughter. Proud Mum and Dad. Aoife was the week’s “Star of the week” in her pre-school, receiving a... Read more

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The moments you remember

Friendships are made up of all kinds of moments. Good and bad. Happy and sad. Big and small. Monumental and insignificant. It may be the time of year – we put up our Christmas tree tonight... Read more

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Tackling Trump; denial, despair or direct action?

It’s over a year since Donald J Trump was elected President and the world is still in one piece. That’s the good news. Today’s disgusting tweeting – sharing blatantly and... Read more

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All change; no change

Readers of this blog will already know my views on the monarchy. They will know that I consider it an outdated and ugly institution, which lives and breaths to simply maintain its own position and... Read more

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That takes the biscuit

There are few more satisfying things in life than sitting down to a great cup of tea – medium strength – and with it their perfect accompaniment; a biscuit. But the big question – a... Read more

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Keeping it all in perspective

It may be the result of getting older. Possibly even a little wiser. Perhaps it has happened since my breakdown or at least since I took a grip on my life and started to get things in the right order... Read more

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Pinching myself

It’s day three and I am still pinching myself. Our new house is everything I could have dreamed it would be and more besides. The vision of Dr J and her vigilance in the local housing market... Read more

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Kindness and warm welcomes

We have moved. Yesterday went well. Despite solicitor (not ours) delays and the estate agent missing the point of the moment, we were happily holding the key for our new house by 1:20pm. With the... Read more

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Moving house; the worse waiting of all 

I am writing this now in anticipation of success – not hopefully tempting fate but to relieve the boredom of waiting. I have never been especially patient but the waiting around you do when you... Read more

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A balanced budget but no political punch

Moderation in all things. That is – apparently – the secret to success in life. If that is true, Philip Hammond must be the most successful Chancellor of all time. His Budget today was a... Read more

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The Budget; last chance soon

The pressure is on. The Chancellor has to deliver. His Budget is a make or break moment for the government; a drink in the last chance saloon as Theresa May tries to wrestle back control of events... Read more

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Social media: life changing revolution

Like all successful revolutions, it is hard now to remember what it was like before the big changes happened. The new ways of living and working very quickly becomes the norm and accepted as the... Read more

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Mad World

Let’s not concentrate on the fact that I am late to the party; let’s focus on the fact that I am here now. Inextricably, I had not checked out Bryony Gordon’s “Mad... Read more

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