Tag Archives: Halloween

Superheroes take Manhattan (not a story about Marriott management)

Supergirl and Ninja have made it to New York, a city that could use their combined skills at present. They, and the rest of Clan Magennis, left last night just after midnight on a Greyhound bus from Baltimore. Amtrak is … Continue reading

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Haunted Houses at the Gettysburg Address

The Chesapeake Boys will come on Tuesday to fix the dryer but until then we must use the giant tumblers at the Itchy Ankle laundromat,  a social location second only to the Snug Harbor Inn. Today, mid boil wash, I bumped … Continue reading

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No more turnip lanterns

News reaches me from Spalding, Lincolnshire in the UK where they are supplying all of Europe with pumpkins for Halloween. Hurrah for Spalding. Much has been written here before of the Irish habit of hacking up turnips (also known as swedes … Continue reading

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Ten Years To Remember

The papers and tv channels are full of retrospectives of the first 10 years of the century–the noughties. Those who care for the official record can check out the decade in three minutes here but the Crone offers her own stand-out … Continue reading

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Halloween in Ireland

The Crone would love to tell you that ardent readers have been clamoring for more tales of a Belfast girlhood but in fact her revelations about Halloweens gone by in late 20th century Ireland have been met by worldwide indifference. … Continue reading

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Halloween and the perils of vampire kisses and hot wax

The Crone, visited last night by a Vampire and two of his faceless friends, found herself in conversation with the undead. ” It’s bad being a vampire” said the toothy terror ” You live forever” “Yes” said the Crone ” And … Continue reading

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Halloween in Itchy Ankle

If the Blarney Crone was writing the definitive Irish novel you would expect to be moving about between different locations and time periods but on a humble blog a certain simple respect for a linear chronology is usually expected. Sorry. … Continue reading

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Witch in social whirl

Halloween is a big time of year for the Blarney Crone and so she has been a little behind with her blogging. Last week’s yard sale find included a huge box of Stangl Orchard Song (1962-1978) china, just right for … Continue reading

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Give my head peace

The Blarney Crone is in reflective mood, following sad news from Itchy Ankle. ‘Give my head peace’. It’s something harassed Northern Irish mothers say to their kids–or at least they did in the 1960s–when the kids are whining and whingeing and … Continue reading

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Itchy Ankle update

The crone loves other people’s rubbish. This week’s yard sale find: 1964 Red Wing Orange Hearthstone dinner set, including 4 cups and a milk pitcher and lots of dinner plates, salad plates and bowls perfect for the crone’s Halloween celebrations. … Continue reading

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