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reviewed Milligan and Murphy. October 21, 2013
Milligan and Murphy
This is the story of a pair of half-brothers in contemporary Ireland. Milligan and Murphy were born to the same mother. Their first names were both John, so they became known by their surnames; hence, Milligan and Murphy.      Their mother, with whom they both live, will never be nominated for Mother of the Year. Her parents and grandparents are all deceased, so no one taught her …
reviewed Haunted Ground: A Novel. December 01, 2012
Haunted Ground: A Novel
Picture a place in Ireland where a farmer is cutting turf in a peak bog on a chilly April morning. Something catches in the man's cutting tool and when he finds it is the head of a young woman. The setting is in the Galway area in the western part of Ireland.      Cormac Maguire is an archaeologist working at the National Museum and is asked to examine the head …
posted a Quick Tip about Travel. January 10, 2012
posted in Inspirations
I love to travel when I can, but I spent the last five years in complete poverty so I didn't get the chance. Staying positive though, I'm a bit better off now and am planning a trip to someplace I haven't been. The problem is that travel can be so expensive, and that cheap ways of doing it are only known to insiders. But I love going to new places and being overwhelmed by something I had, until then, …
reviewed stolen souls. December 13, 2011
stolen souls
Set in Belfast, a young woman from Lithuania named Gayle is coerced into coming to Ireland for a chance at a better life. She believes she will be working as a nanny. However, she's sent to do hard labor at a farm and then sold into prostitution. When the people running the group attempt to force her into a sex act and one of them is attempting to rape her, she kills him in self defense.   …
posted a Quick Tip about Travel. July 05, 2011
The hardest part of preparing for a trip is to decide to go. After that, everything is easy.
posted a Quick Tip about Travel. May 21, 2011
posted in Travel à la carte
While traveling solo across the world, I meet many strangers who later become the best of friends. I may not see them often, but they sure have a great impact in my life. I'm forever thankful I meet them while traveling and am looking forward to meet many more. Traveling is like the air I breathe, I need them all the time! :-)     
reviewed Leap Year. May 20, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Leap Year
Every year as Valentine's Day approaches the number of romantic comedies hitting theaters increases. A few years ago we were hit with a remake of an old classes (When in Rome - modern update to Roman Holiday), we had the romantic comedy with Taylor squared and a collaborative with other great actors (Valentine's Day) which I thought lived up to it's hype. However if I had been part …
posted a Quick Tip about U2. May 17, 2011
posted in Music Matters
One of my very favorite bands. U2 bears their soul on every record, wandering spiritually and ideologically, bringing attention to questions great and small, and always shedding light on the ugliest and most beautiful aspects of life.
posted a Quick Tip about Gate Lodge Guest House. April 27, 2011
   your home away from home in Dublin, Ireland!
reviewed Gate Lodge Guest House. April 27, 2011
Believe it or not, Dublin was not a high priority on my places to visit in Ireland. It was the Place Everyone Visited and therefore I wanted to go in a different direction. However, the one stipulation of Steffie’s agreement in tromping around Ireland with me was that we go to Dublin for tours at the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery. So I had to figure out our route and the best place …
reviewed The Wind That Shakes the Barley. April 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Ireland in the early Twenties exploded into armed rebellion against the British. In The Wind That Shakes the Barley, two brothers at first made opposite decisions. A group of Black and Tan British soldiers arrive at a farm where the brothers and a group of other young men are resting after a hurling game. The British terrorize everyone there, the men, the women, the aged and the young. They beat and …
reviewed Dublin, Ireland. April 13, 2011
The Book of Kells Exhibition – is housed within the grounds of historic Trinity college. It is definitely a “must see” for Dublin. The Book of Kells is a gospel manuscript from 800 A.D. that was totally hand done by Irish monks with beautiful calligraphy and even more stunning full color illustrations. They show sample pages blown up to poster size so you can see the  intricate …
posted a Quick Tip about What's missing in the best of Irish r.... April 05, 2011
What's missing in the best of Irish reading
OK, I can see we're past the high interest time for everything Irish, but I just noticed the Irish reads and couldn't help but comment. The best book to get you into visiting Ireland is "Rick Steve's Ireland." He shows you how to be a part of the culture. If you are going to see Ireland and specifically Dublin, you need to read the Dublin writers like James Joyce, Jonathan Swift and Samuel Becket …
started a discussion, "What are your thoughts on". February 20, 2011
posted a Quick Tip about Juno's Cafe. February 18, 2011
Juno's Cafe
   If you're thinking about heading to Dublin (or you're already there, lucky you!) give Juno's Cafe a whirl! Best bangers and mash I've ever had!
reviewed Juno's Cafe. December 22, 2010
posted in Dining Out
Juno's Cafe
The day after our arrival in Cork, my pal Steffie and I had to high-tail it to Kent station to catch a train to Dublin where we would be checking in at the Gate Lodge B&B. The train ride was peaceful, and I had made sure to reserve us both window seats so we could enjoy the idyllic scenery. Even though I was so tired, I tried my best not close my eyes for more than a blink; I didn’t want …
answered a question. November 22, 2010
Isn't this just the end result when national economics are founded on debt?
answered a question. November 22, 2010
Isn't this just the end result when national economics are founded on debt?
reviewed Guinness Draught. November 08, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
I am going to review Guinness Draft not as a beer snob but as a home brewer.  I don't drink much beer I buy because I brew enough mead and beer for myself and probably my friends too :-).      Guinness is one of those underrated beers which is great in part because of how it subtly differs from other stouts.  Folks either love stouts or hate the burned bitterness …
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