When fitness is a pain in the ass

Fitness is one of those elusive concepts that means something different to everyone. To you it might be the ability to run a marathon or bench press your own weight. To me, it means feeling strong and having fewer aches and pains. The last post I wrote of this nature was entitled 'Two steps forward, one [...]

New salon measure a stiff one

As a paid-up fan of the nanny state in most situations it’s not often I’m the first to shout ‘stop’ to public health measures, but they’ve finally hit me where it hurts. A proposal announced yesterday to stop hairdressers serving a glass of whatever takes your fancy stopped me in my tracks. https://www.instagram.com/p/BVmvTpXh7AE/?taken-by=deshocks Is there [...]

The magic of Potter wasn't just in the story, but its impact

Twenty years ago this week, something magical happened. With the publication of one book about a seemingly unremarkable bespectacled boy, reading suddenly mattered again. For a generation - two, by now - Harry Potter was the boy who lived, in our hearts and in our minds. His creator, Joanne Rowling (known as JK, because it was [...]

Staycation? Don't mind if I do

I never understood the appeal of 'going to look at the planes'. My mother, who grew up in Ennis, talks fondly of Sunday drives to Shannon, where she and her siblings would be encouraged to watch the planes landing and taking off from Co Clare's most cosmopolitan location. It's always seemed to me like a poor [...]

Book review: Small Great Things

  I love nothing more than a good story. If you're looking for someone who appreciates beautiful prose or elaborate explorations of characters, you're probably on the wrong blog, because what I want from a book is to be engaged by the story. Good prose and solid characterisations help along the way, but it's a good [...]

Book review: Somewhere Inside of Happy

  I first came across Anna McPartlin last year when I read her book The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes, and I was thrilled to see she has another just out, Somewhere Inside of Happy. I've got a sneak peek at the new release and, like Rabbit Hayes, it's a cracker. McPartlin's own complicated background really informs [...]

Book review: About Face

My Tuesdays have been made complete in recent months by the addition of the Irish Times Women's Podcast. Ireland has been crying out for its own 'Women's Hour' and this really hits the spot for me. Usually presented by Kathy Sheridan, it's just the right mix of politics philosophy and fun that I'd expect from chat [...]

Review: Five star family fun in the Portuguese sun 

  The beach next to Martinhal Resort     If you’re looking for a holiday incorporating good food, better wine and lots of activities to put the colour back in your cheeks, but you’re a five star traveller, you need look no further than Martinhal Resort in Sagres, Portugal. The family resort is a [...]

2018-12-01T09:55:46+00:00 October 4th, 2015|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A home from home, in the sun

 I wrote these two pieces last July, after travelling to Kusadasi with Sunway Holidays. They never made it to the blog, for some reason - but in this weather they're a nice reminder the sun exists! "It’s a bit like being on the slab below at Kay O’Connell’s, but it’s lovely, like.” Kusadasi has been a [...]

2018-12-01T09:57:00+00:00 February 21st, 2014|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , |

Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths 29 (Photo credit: GabboT) Woody Harrelson by David Shankbone (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I went to see Martin McDonagh's latest, Seven Psychopaths, last night, as part of the Corona Cork Film Festival. I'm a huge McDonagh fan, having seen his Leenane trilogy more than once and In Bruges at least three [...]