Category Archives: Home thoughts from a prod

On Being Best Man

Dear readers, but particularly those from St. Columba’s, some of you have asked about my brother’s wedding, and more specifically about all the stories I had the opportunity to tell in the course of giving the best man’s speech. So … Continue reading

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Spem in Alium

A man I loved, a man who had a profound and permanent and life-enhancing impact on me, died yesterday. I just wish I had been privileged enough to meet him. We are not good, in this country, at being male … Continue reading

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Pillow Talk

I am firmly of the opinion that a man’s bedroom is his castle. When I was still living at home this impression was only reinforced on those occasions when I found my mother glaring in at me like a gargoyle … Continue reading

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Morning Has Broken

I remember, once upon a time, not having sciatica. What I am finding increasingly hard to remember is what that felt like. It is 05:22. I have been awake since 03:50. The reason for this is that something right at … Continue reading

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The Fascination of What’s Difficult

I had an interesting conversation earlier today. My brother and I and our friend Bruce were talking about the pleasure that exists in difficulty. By that I mean both the pleasure one takes in accomplishing a difficult thing, and also … Continue reading

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The Bucks Stop Here

I’m all in favour of new experiences. Well, mostly. Kind of. A bit. Not, I admit, when it comes to food. My order in Subway is the same now as it was when I was 11 (“Foot-long turkey breast on … Continue reading

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On History

My friend Louis recently posted a blog which featured a ‘guest post‘ by his friend Peter. It concerned the death of Margaret Thatcher, and contended that this was a person who at least measured themselves against high ideals. I do not … Continue reading

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