Inspired by Sea Fever

I am lucky enough to have a few paintings of sailing ships – produced by a great-uncle – on my walls. On the back of one is the second verse of the John Masefield poem Sea Fever.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

So this probably inspired a school project for a ditty about what sounds you hear at the seaside.

As the wind whistles through the rope on the boats
and a gull flashes by with a squawk.
The howling waves crash over the beach – Shouting.
Not wanting to talk.


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Low battery buzz from Altec Lansing inMotion Speaker

Altec Lansing inMotion iM237

So as this audio file demonstrates – do not buy this Altec Lansing speaker (inMotion iM237) – if you are going to be sleeping near it when it hits low battery….

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Scary ATM Machine with Hand

This brings a whole new meaning to Deus ex Machina. In Spiddal over the weekend – but somehow I was less than enthusiastic about withdrawing money from this particular machine.

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My recent diagnosis

On 3rd March of this year I was diagnosed with a chronic lymphoid  leukemia with the scary name of Hairy Cell Leukemia. I’ve just finished my chemotherapy treatment – and beginning to feel now like I’m coming out the other side. Continue reading

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St Josephs National School Killasser (the old school)

My Uncle John always took lots of photographs. Nothing was too inconsequential.

A frame from a programme on television, newspaper clippings, hens,  dogs,  cats,  buildings, landscapes. Generous time was also given to his nieces, nephews, brothers, in-laws and friends.

Last week I wondered if there were any photographs of the old National School (st Josephs) in Killasser. It was demolished sometime in the early 1990’s with a new school being built near the parish church. Continue reading

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World Book Day

Today is world book day, but still our sizeable book collection remains boxed in a garage roof space in Kildare.

It’s a horrible thing to do – to go through them, one by one – consigning them to darkness and the inevitable mustiness which will now forever fragrant every turned page. Continue reading

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Her Hviler Norsk Sjømann (here rests a Norwegian seaman)

When I was growing up, I always knew about the body that had been washed up on the beach  in Cullenstown. This was a Norwegian sailor and it was during the Second World War.  It’s only been in the last few months that I have fully come to appreciate the heartache and loss that this incident caused. Continue reading

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And the gate was always closed

Just before Christmas (15th December 2010) the Today Show with Pat Kenny had an item about the rural postman.

I sent a quick comment in via email – the audio is here if a little faint (it starts 15 seconds in).

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The light is no longer under the bushel

In a time when blogging is probably giving away to the status update – I was overcome with ego and finally registered my personal domain.

I’ve carted over some personal, pretty much non-work related blog posts and articles from a healthcare related blog that I have tended not to update since 2008 or so.

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The Letter from the Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Letter from the IBTS on the stolen New York Laptop.



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