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reviewed The Quiet Man. December 19, 2008
The Quiet Man
The first time I saw "The Quiet Man" some 20 or so years ago I was not all that thrilled with the idea.  This is one of my wife's favorite movies and I watched it just to make her happy.  …
reviewed Guinness Draught. December 10, 2008
Guinness
Guinness is one of my favorite beers.  The thick, creamy brew feels like you're almost drinking a dessert.  Interestingly enough, a Guinness has less calories than the same amount of a regular …
reviewed Stephen Colbert. March 26, 2009
Stephen Colbert
The Colbert Report starting Stephen Colbert manages to walk the fine line between news and entertainment.  As a spin-off from The Daily Show with John Stewart, Colbert plays the role of the conservative …
reviewed Secret Garden. August 09, 2009
Fionnuala Sherry and Rolf Løvland
If the Grand Canyon is where one sees God, then Secret Garden is where one hears God ...   (well, at least it is 100% true for me)!      I chanced upon the music of Secret …
reviewed Travel. October 25, 2009
posted in Inspirations
Travel
As 2009 began, I experienced walking in the clouds. It happened as midnight striked (on Chinese New Year, in Shanghai) and some kids flew some firecrackers into a neighbour’s apartment and fire …
reviewed The Auld Dubliner (Long Beach, Ca). January 04, 2010
posted in Los Angeles
The Auld Dubliner (Long Beach, Ca)
I have to admit, I’m a sucker for Irish pubs.  While traveling through Europe, I had a saying that if we couldn’t find a good place to eat or drink, go to the local Irish pub. We’ll, …
reviewed Miller's Crossing. January 28, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Miller's Crossing
Can the Coen brothers make a bad movie? I haven't seen it yet.     Saying that Miller's Crossing is "a gangster movie", or is "about gangsters" is like saying that War and Peace is …
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 …
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 …
reviewed Guinness Draught. November 08, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
Guinness
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 :-).   …
reviewed A Year in the Life of William Shakesp.... November 27, 2008
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Recently I was given a copy of "A Year In The Life of William Shakespeare: 1599" as a gift.  Although I am an avid reader of non-fiction I initially balked at reading this volume because …
reviewed The Quiet Man. May 11, 2009
The Quiet Man
The Quiet Man is John Ford's ode to Ireland. This is one of my favorite movies to watch & it is so much fun.  The cast, made up of Ford's group of stock actors & the local Irish townfolk, …
reviewed Van Morrison. July 05, 2009
Van Morrison
Van Morrison - Top 10 Favorites   Back in the 1960’s, Van Morrison was that fiery little red-headed guy from Belfast Ireland who fronted the group “Them” (named after the 1954 monster …
reviewed Miller's Crossing. July 23, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Miller's Crossing
It's hard to find someone who doesn't like gangster movies.  Gangster movies show such a complex, criminal world with colorful characters, drama and violence that makes it easy to get caught up and …
reviewed Westlife. August 10, 2009
posted in People Power
Westlife
Westlife, another Simon Cowell discovery. Very successful with 14 no. 1 singles in the UK (3rd highest in history; only behind Elvis & Beatles!), very delightful. Another foursome like Il Divo (original …
reviewed Frank Sinatra. December 07, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Frank Sinatra
Francis Albert Sinatra sure packed an awful lot of living into his 83 years on this earth.  During the course of his remarkable career Sinatra would evolve from the handsome young …
reviewed The Wind That Shakes the Barley. May 07, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' transports us to its setting like few movies do. Like a taste of Ireland's Guinness Beer, the movie makes a strong impression that leaves a long aftertaste. Screenwriter …
reviewed Miller's Crossing. January 27, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Miller's Crossing
This is one of the earlier collaborations by the Cohen brothers who co-authored the screenplay, directed by Joel Cohen. I enjoyed it more when I saw it again recently than I did the first time almost …
reviewed Frank Sinatra. September 02, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Frank Sinatra
Michael has written a great review about Frank Sinatra's album "Songs for Swingin' Lovers" which prompted me to mention a few reasons why "the chairman of the Board" will …
reviewed Frank Sinatra. September 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Frank Sinatra
I just saw a great review about Frank Sinatra's album "Songs for Swingin' Lovers" which prompted me to mention a few reasons why "the chairman of the Board" will never get …
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, …
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 …
reviewed Gate Lodge Guest House. April 27, 2011
Gate Lodge Guest House
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 …
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, …
reviewed Guinness Draught. February 19, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
Guinness
Everyone's heard of Guinness. even if you don't drink beer, you've heard of Guinness.  As the gentleman in the TV ads would say, their marketing is, "brilliant!" Unfortunately, their beer …
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