I give the title “Pride” to this post for three reasons.

The first is a French runner. He won the European steeplechase last night. I think this may be his third time to be crowned Euro steeplechase champ (I could be wrong). But he won last night with ease. So much ease that he decided to striptease as he ran the final straight. The pride was written all over his face. Before the evening was out he was stripped of the gold medal. Disqualified, for breaking the rules. I bet he regrets the premature celebrations, poor chap. As John Lennon used to say, in his Liverpool accent “Alright alright, keep your shirt on.”

The second reason is Mexico. The Mexican people are leading the way when it comes to world peace. As of July, 12,000 guns have been handed in to the ‘Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe’ in Mexico city since there was a programme introduced in which a weapon can be exchanged for food, or cash, or a laptop, or a domestic appliance. And get this…children who hand in toy guns also receive a reward, in the form of another toy like a football or something non-violence related. Go Mexico, be proud!!! I wonder would this be worth a try with kids all around the world? Maybe it’s not too late to help the next generation.

Heap of guns in different bright colors

And finally the third reason is my eldest daughter (17) received the results of the leaving cert exams this week. For those overseas, the leaving certificate exams are the final exams of second level education. She did very well.

Close up of a graduation cap and a certificate with a ribbon

I don’t know much about science (there’s a song in that) but she has whittled it down to two universities. There are some things I can offer advice on. Science isn’t one of them. Although chemistry… I do know not to mix my drinks.

I will miss her…moods and all. But I am proud of her.

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Not the face!

Boy, I sure showed those wasps who’s boss!


The traps worked fine but not all the wasps took the bait. There are plenty of them left in the skip…waiting for me.

By coincidence, yesterday, there was a feature on the radio about wasps and their purpose in life. Yes, wasps have a purpose. It turns out they actually keep other pests at bay, like ants, flies, and moths. I kinda felt guilty (slightly) when I heard that.

It’s a pity they can’t tell a moth from a trucker.

I have to get this off my chest or I will explode;

Is it just me or do you find blogging about daily stuff extra hard these days? I am finding it really really hard.

The truth is I can’t get all the mayhem and killing out of my head. I have typed and deleted so many potential posts about Gaza, Ukraine, Ebola, various News channels with their spin.

I don’t like guns at all. I don’t like leaders who encourage young men and women to kill each other. Somebody should hand the leader a gun and say “After you. Lead us into battle.”

I wish all the soldiers of all the armies in the world would come to their senses and realise they are just pawns. Try a different job. Make the leaders duke it out between themselves.

Look at our hands, they are designed to create, not destroy. What sickens me is the way the gun designers have made gun handles contoured to fit perfectly into the human hand. Nice and snug. What kind of mind would design such a thing?

Comfort grip

Comfort grip

God designed our index finger for something other than a trigger.

comfort grip

Comfort grip


Where did it all go wrong?


The truth of war

The truth of war

It took me two hours to find the right words, without taking sides. Two hours of typing and deleting and typing again. That picture above says it all about guns and bombs and armies and war.

God watch over their parents and give them strength.

Sorry. Had to get that off my chest.

Thank you for reading



Common sense.

Today’s WordPress prompt asks Which technology is now obsolete? I think Common Sense is obsolete.

It has been a week since my last post. The truth is I want to write something light hearted and carefree but I can’t.

I know what the problem is. It’s a combination of a few things.

There is a new war in the world. This time it’s in Ukraine. That is the far side of the world to a lot of english speaking countries. The mainstream media will spin the lies and give the “leaders” of the “western world” as much air time as they need to convince us that they are telling the truth.

It sickens me also that Barack Obama keeps saying stuff like “The world is angry with Russia, ” or “The people of Europe support us in this.”

I don’t know whether his speeches are written for him or he pens them himself. But I want whoever reads this post to know he doesn’t speak for me or anybody I have ever met. In fact I will go so far as to say that successive United States governments are looked upon with disgust, although this view will never appear on the news. War seems to be the only thing that interests them. War and power and gun factories and oil.

The man seems to think he is the mayor of the whole world. Hollywood and the media push this image also.

I can’t understand what makes a person forfeit their soul to follow orders given my a mere human who exalts himself at every opportunity. And it’s not just him. There are plenty of other leaders who export death to innocent countries who happen to have oil or something of value.

I don’t like posting something without trying to make a small difference. I was going to add a video of soldiers who have had enough of killing, telling their stories. I might do that again.

I decided on a topic which I feel is urgent. It’s a technology which is far from obsolete.

Everybody knows what a hologram is; it’s a 3D image of a person or thing. There is a technology which was tested out back in 2001. A missile shrouded by the image of a plane, perhaps? I feel that same technology will be used to spin another lie in the near future.

If tomorrow, you looked to the sky and saw a spaceship or  a meteor, how would you know it was real or a hologram? The documentary channels on telly are choca-blok with ufo’s and meteors. Does anybody wonder are we being prepared for another crazy hoax?

I never gave much thought to the hologram thing until a man called John Lear insisted that the planes on 9/11 were holograms. He is a highly decorated pilot who holds air speed records, has worked at every level including air traffic control. His dad invented the Lear jet among other things.

Nobody will answer for 9/11. I think we all agree they got away with murder. They seem to be above the law. But hopefully folks won’t be so easily fooled next time. Myself included.

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Saying thanks, starting write now.

Saying thanks, starting write now.

The best cure for the blues is to excercise. Exercise  = Exorcise

Another cure is recieving the Liebster badge!


Thanks to this lady I don’t have the blues today nor probably for the rest of the week. I enjoy the easy way she tells her tales. It seems effortless to read her posts and before I realise I’m reading at all…I’m at the end; A sure sign of a talented writer.

There are conditions to this badge. Before I wear it, I have to

(a) Thank the blogger who gives it.

(b) Answer the eleven questions she asks.

(c) Nominate eleven bloggers with less than 500 followers.

(d) Ask these eleven bloggers eleven questions.

(e) Let these bloggers know that I have nominated them.


Here are the questions I was asked, plus my answers.

1. Do I prefer real books or internet or audio books?

I prefer real books. Audio books are also a great alternative to a physical storyteller.

2. If money was no object what would I do all day?

I would tour all the historic and prehistoric sites around Ireland. Over and over and over!

3. Where do I most want to travel?


4. Up to now, what has been my biggest success?

Breaking every rule in the book and still believing that I will be forgiven.

5. University or Life experience, which prepares a person best?

Neither! Good parenting is key. Read to them stories from Aesop’s fables and/or Children’s Bible.

6. What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for me?

Forgiving me.

7. I have a Ten minute speech to give at a high school. What will it be about?

Explaining that anybody who preaches peace with a stockpile of weapons and souls at their disposal is as close to evil as it gets.  Let him/her do his own shooting.

8. Favourite Ice cream flavour?


9. Night person or Morning person?


10. What book have I attempted to read several times but couldn’t finish?

None! I think I have finished every book.

11. What book title best describes my life?

A traveler’s guide to Sacred Ireland. by Cary Meehan

Every page is a whole new experience.


My nominees are:


My questions for them are :

1. Tea or coffee?

2. Best piece of advice you have ever been given?

3. Which do you prefer Mountain or Beach?

4. Biggest lie you ever bought?

5. Your dream job?

6. Any phobia?

7. Favourite holiday memory, if any?

8. Can you swim?

9. Apart from swimming, what should we all try to learn?

10. Do you have a pet?

11. Can you recommend an Author?


ps…are you nosey like my wife?

Thank you for reading


A little song about swimming.



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