Monthly Archives: June 2012

On Being Irish

A shortened version of this piece was published in ‘The Irish Times’ on 17th July 2012 ‘When the soul of man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk … Continue reading

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TIME

Nobody will convince me that time does not pass more quickly now in my seventies than it did when I was in my twenties or thirties. When I go to bed it seems no time since I went to bed … Continue reading

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In Defence of Curmudgeonry

The diversity of human nature means that different people unaccountably have different likes and dislikes. Apart from the kinds of thing that most people abhor, town dumps, traffic jams, louts making a nuisance of themselves on the street, my three … Continue reading

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The Sea, Sand and Believe it or Not – part 2

Comments welcome to: semple.patrick006@gmail.com However the universe came to be and for whatever reason, if any, it fills one with reverential awe to contemplate on a clear night from the deck of a ship at sea the immensity of the … Continue reading

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The Sea, Sand and Believe it or Not – Part 1

Comments welcome to:   semple.patrick006@gmail.com At sea, aware of the unfathomable immensity of the universe, I was awestruck by the beauty and wonder of the firmament.  It has a greater immediacy in the middle of the ocean than in a … Continue reading

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The Joys of Being Vegetarian

We went ashore at Salerno, Italy, from our cargo ship. We were travelling in the Mediterranean and looked forward to a meal as a break from ship’s fare, good solid food as it was even for us vegetarians. Here I … Continue reading

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