Monthly Archives: July 2015

Telegram from Ypres

Dear Sir/Madam It is my painful duty to inform you that a notice has been received this day from the War Office notifying the death of…… And that was the merciful one.  How many more received notice that a son, … Continue reading

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Postcard from Versailles

Alexandre Dumas once wrote:  “Versailles, like everything on  grand scale, is and will always be beautiful” Thomas Mars phrased it somewhat differently:  “”The idea is not to please the most amount of people. Growing up in Versailles, the idea was … Continue reading

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Promenading in Paris

Say what you will about France and the French, I have, but I do like wandering around Paris.  There is always something going on, something to see and wonder about.   This can be as mundane as a lamp-post.  In … Continue reading

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A little bit more Ireland and une petite bit of La France

What follows is by way of a retrospective and indulging in the prerogative of much funnier writers than myself to either recycle their best stuff or gratuitously find a vehicle for material that didn’t make the cut the first time. … Continue reading

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Yarns from the North II

Well, we’ve covered the best part of 3000 kms – most of them to ASDA and Tesco at Enniskillen.  This last tonight where, after keeping the economy of said town afloat we discovered we needed another suitcase.  Fair enough.  So … Continue reading

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Yarns from the North I

The last couple of days have consisted of sleeping in, getting up, driving about, fishing the Lough and eating ourselves sideways.  The pork pies with pickle from ASDA are worth it.  Still, we found some fun things to do.  After … Continue reading

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