Valuable: Elephants, ostriches and ability

Have I ever told you about my friend Caroline Casey? She’s been one of my favourite people since we were about 13 and gallivanting around the muddier corners of North Tipperary together. She’s hilarious! She is the only person with whom I have semi-regular blueberry muffin battles. She does some incredible things. She once went […]

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Resolutions 2016 (as taught by 2015)

  To have fewer cats that pee on soft furnishings by this time next year. To make a point of always first checking whether all stray cats I let into my home are heavily pregnant or not. To persuade any kittens that stray cats have in the house not to jump in the sink while […]

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November 2015

19th NOVEMBER 2015 Apart from the obvious working-at-home advantages of rarely having to go further than the kettle and not needing to get properly dressed before lunchtime – if at all, my office has the additional bonus of regular visitors such as this one, Heifer, my four-month-old kitten. I hadn’t intended having any kittens on […]

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Photoshot

23RD SEPTEMBER 2015 I’ve just done a photoshoot, interview and photo handover for The Daily Record about The Scottish Ambassador. Those of you in Scotland can get a copy of Monday’s paper and guffaw heartily at the sight of me looking like an eejit, both in photos taken on the banks of the River Clyde this […]

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September 2015

20TH SEPTEMBER 2015 The paperbacks have made it to Amazon.co.uk for pre-order, which is quite exciting. I also noticed (ego-surfing) that Facebook has suddenly created an author page for me! I am obviously now a megastar. Plus some German bookseller has been promoting the hardback, so world domination is clearly mere metres away.  __________

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Nice One, Hen, or The First Time I Worked At A Fish & Chip Shop

When I was 18, I got a job in a fish and chip shop in Dumbarton, just north of Glasgow. This was a mistake. Dumbarton has a picturesque ruined castle and views of the Highlands, 3196-foot-high Ben Lomond and the River Clyde. I did not see any of these things. I did see a lot of lard.  HERE’S THE STORY…

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The Somerset Cheddar

I wrote a story about cheese. I was originally going to make the main character a cantankerous Mature Isle of Mull Cheddar, but to show that I have no hard feelings towards those from south of the border, I made it a story about an English cheese. This is part 1.  “Even back then,” laughed the […]

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The Sausage Capital of Nebraska

The people of the US have a rather delightful tendency to bestow upon their hometowns and cities worldly titles, crowing of mighty achievements, products and produce. Read on to find out where to go when you want to schedule a vacation to finally pay proper homage to socks, carrots and fire hydrants in the Sock, […]

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The Hebrides Do Not Make Me Think of Leeks (excerpt from The Scottish Ambassador)

It’s early evening, and Manuel, a local lawyer friend, has met me at the Duke of Perth, one of Chicago’s two Scottish bars. It’s famed for its weekly All You Can Eat Fish and Chips. On our way to the beer garden, we pass a once mighty stag’s head on the wall. The addition of […]

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