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Beyond the Pale - A 'pale' is a fencepost. The English Pale was a boundary in Ireland marking out the part of Ireland under direct English rule circa 1450 (which included Dublin and environs). Those that lived 'beyond the pale', outside of English rule, were considered out of control and uncivilised. You decide...

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Banter from Blighty 2005 - London


My idea - a chest of drawers. His idea - a lava  lamp he got free from work!

HOME TO THE BRASH OUTRAGEOUS AND FREE

Me ole chinas,


Thursday, October 13, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 17) - Canada

last but not least, zebra crossing
AU REVOIR BUT NOT GOODBYE

While travelling on the highways and byways in Canada, you come across some weird mess-with-your-head stuff...Such as, a BIG red apple on the way from Toronto to Kingston. We actually pulled over and climbed the apple to the viewing platform, alas there was no view, but you know, whatever gives Canadians a kick, in the words of George Bush, 'when in Rome do what the Romanians do' and all that ;o)


Monday, October 10, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 16) - Canada Ottawa

Algonquin Park - don't try and flag down a flower

EVEN CITIES HAVE TO COMPROMISE SOMETIMES

Ottawa is the capital of Canada, like Canberra in Australia it was chosen as a compromise city as it lies between two major cities (Toronto and Montreal) plus it's on the border of Ontario and Quebec. I wasn't really expecting much as it never really gets much press among travelers, and it's not like travelers don't like to talk on and on and on about where they've been, I would NEVER do that ;op


Saturday, October 8, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 15) - Canada Mont Tremblant

Parc Omega
LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY

Mont Tremblant, between Quebec City and Ottawa is exactly like the Whistler ski resort on the west coast...


Thursday, October 6, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 14) - Canada Quebec

Wall mural in Quebec - mind blowing

VIVE LA DIFFERENCE

Bonjour mes amis, while it's in my head I must convey the amusing fact that Canadians call one dollar coins 'loonies', (well, it amuses me). Speaking of loonies, there were crazy people all over the shop in Vancouver and Toronto but I have to say I didn't encounter any in Quebec, however, they are French.


Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 13) - Canada Montreal

My Gaf (or maybe it's Montreal Cathedral)

THE GREAT WHITE NORTH - LE GRAND NORD BLANC

We decided to take the Moose tour around the east coast (such a great idea) and our tour guide was French Canadian so it was great to see him in action. Every time anyone would beep him, he would wait until we were stopped in traffic and calmly get out of the bus, stroll on up the unsuspecting beeper in front and have a "French off", we could only see it mimed through the bus windows but it was highly entertaining, there would be wild hand gestures, red faces, French words left, right and center and then as calm as bedamned, your man would get back on the bus as if he'd just been meditating and drive on. The French eh?!


Sunday, October 2, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 12) - Canada Niagra Falls

Niagra Falls
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS IS...NIAGRA FALLS


When I got back to Toronto after Nova Scotia an odd thing happened... 


Saturday, October 1, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 11) - Canada

sign post in Newfoundland
SOMETIMES TRAVELLING BITES!

First off the bat, if any of you are feeling sick to the back of your dentures with my tales of terrific tantastic travel, it hasn't all been sunshine, lollipops and rainbows...


Friday, September 30, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 10) - Canada Newfoundland

St John's Newfoundland
G'WAN THE NEWFOUNDLAND LIBERATION ARMY (they're a thing!)
Sharon and a plastic man!
Newfoundland

Newfoundland is like a little piece of home, they have full on Irish accents and they are SO friendly, although some were a bit plastic ;o)


Sunday, September 25, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 9) - Canada Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove...Connemara or Canada??
HALIFAX, IT'S NOT JUST THE NAME OF A BANK!

Peggy’s Cove is a fishing village just outside Halifax, to be honest it looks to me like the villagers bolted long ago... 


Monday, September 19, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 8) - Canada Prince Edward Island


"GOD DAMN THEM ALL, I WAS TOLD WE'D CRUISE THE SEAS"

The last place we visited on Cape Breton was a picturesque town called Baddeck, think white picket fences, pleastantville USA, it was also the home to Alexander Graham Bell. That little fact blew my mind. The man changed the face of history. How long can you go without a phone, eh? Although, if I'm perfectly honest, despite my teenage years which were spent glued to the phone, I now hate making calls, I hate receiving calls, in fact, my worst nightmare is seeing that I've an answerphone message. I should set up an anti-communications company with the slogan "don't call us, we won't call you".


Monday, September 12, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 7) - Canada Nova Scotia


Cape Spear...where's Brittany?
OH CANADA, HELL YEAH!

Take New Zealand, add a dollop of Scotland, lashings and lashings of Irish, sprinkle 1000 island ethic dressing, wrap it in the Union Jack , dip it in America, marinate it in French sauce and that's Canada. It's a truly spectacular country. I'm gonna come out and say it, if the stars aligned I would move to Canada in a split second, I fell in love with the place...


Thursday, September 1, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 6) - New England


Happy as pigs under a blanket (or words to that effect)

I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, I'M JUST LOOKING FOR A NEW ENGLAND

Get a memo out to the Kennedys, there's a new Irish Mafia in town and we're claiming New England...


Monday, August 22, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 5) - Peru


Macchu Pichu
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Most johnny foreigners end up in Cusco as it's the place where you can start the trek to Macchu PichuIt's all open squares and windy lanes. There is an Irish pub (isn't there always!) that declares itself the highest Irish pub in the world (Cusco's elevation is 3,400m, that's like being half way up Everest).


Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 4) - Peru

Peru - Home to Paddington Bear
Hola Damas y Cabelleros,

I knew there was a jungle in Peru, but I didn't realise it stretched from the airport to Lima city centre! 
Pandemonium and bedlam everywhere and that was just in the arrivals hall. So Pandemonium took our bags and Bedlam showed us to the cab (fnarr, fnarr).


Thursday, August 4, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 3) - Toronto


"Leaving on a jet plane..."

MADE UP IN AMERICA

Well, my flight over had all the hallmarks of being potentially insufferable when my prized spare seat was stolen by a young upstart... 


Friday, July 8, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 2)



IT'S ALL FUN AND JIGS UNTIL SOMEONE LOSES A JOB!

Well I've got probably one more week in this German bank and then I'm off, gallivanting around the Americas...


Friday, January 28, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 1) - Vancouver


dun-dun-dun-dun...dun-dun-dun-dun (and other ice hockey songs)
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING A-BOOT, EH?

Two weekends back I arrived in New York, the Capital City of the World!



Saturday, January 1, 2005

Curve ball...(Part 2)


SOMETIMES I GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

It's been four years since I have written in my blog, my last post was a cancer diagnosis and the end of a dream to travel the world, a lot happened in those 4 years...

I flew home to Dublin in 2001 and began  cancer treatment in St James hospital under the care of an oncologist. The tumour was extensive, down one side of my neck, under my arm and continued below the diaphragm in my chest. The scary thing was, aside from a swelling in my neck, I looked totally fine. I started immediately on chemo followed by radiation. Sickness from chemo aside, the hardest thing was losing all my hair.