Tag Archives: Northern Ireland

Belfast Bath Time

Malt and Cod Liver Oil does not seem to have been a feature of many people’s childhoods, but it was a big, sticky boke-inducing part of mine.  In Belfast in the early 1960s, we were served a heaped spoonful on … Continue reading

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Good for the Soul

I am trying to improve my noticing skills and I am also meant to be taking more exercise. The noticing will be helpful for writing and for coaching, and the exercise will be helpful for life. Walking is easier, I … Continue reading

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Belfast Flag Protest: Too Much Like Old Times and Old Troubles

January 9 –tomorrow–is Kate Middleton’s birthday and one of the 20 days of the year when the Union Jack will fly over the city hall in Belfast, and above all other municipal HQs in the UK. If you find it … Continue reading

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Better things are electric things

The decision to abandon electricity in favor of gas did not come easily. My father worked for more than thirty years for Northern Ireland’s one (then nationalized) electricity company and always took it as a personal affront when a customer … Continue reading

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Harsh words from Home

Spud Hughes is a hard man to get hold of in any hemisphere or timezone. That’s how it is with international entrepreneurs and media moguls. My appointment with him was at 7:30 this morning, Eastern time, and it is fair … Continue reading

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Putting the rot in erotica

I have had an enthusiastic response to my offer to pen the Irish version of Fifty Shades of Gray.  (See Forty Shades of Green). I am simply waiting for both the Catholic church and the Democratic Unionist Party to come … Continue reading

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A hedgerow makes the headline

I am debuting a new banner for the Blarney blog. The photo above replaces one of an Irish letter box taken in Navan, Co. Meath several years ago. The new banner features a hedgerow in Carnlough, Co. Antrim, snapped last week on a day-trip to the … Continue reading

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In the back of a Belfast taxi

1. ‘City Hospital, the Cancer Center please” “Are you going for yourself or to see someone?” “Just visiting” “I’m only asking cos I’m being treated at the center in Dundonald.  I have this weird blood disease that means my blood … Continue reading

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Words for my father

This blog has lost its most steadfast reader. My father W.M. Barron, who died on Tuesday October 18, 2011, was not always a fan of everything featured here, but to his credit he never tried to censor the Blarney Crone … Continue reading

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Happy with the Silver

The last time I ran it was in the company of an Olympic Gold Medalist.  Mary Peters won the Pentathlon in Munich in 1972 and came home to Belfast, Northern Ireland to face the kind of adulation currently enveloping NI … Continue reading

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