An Irish dancer with the ‘fastest feet in the world’ celebrates 100 years of Irish history from the Easter Rising to Packer Bonner saving a penalty Five-time World Champion Irish Dancer David Geaney from Dingle, County Kerry, and James Devine … Continue reading Irish History in music and dance – watch those feet fly!
AT A GENTLE PACE is about a month old now and I’d like to offer the chance of winning my bestselling guide to creative writing to anyone who follows this blog. If I get lots of follows I’ll make more … Continue reading International Book Givaway! All you have to do is follow…
France at Home has been bringing Normandy traders across the Channel for over 20 years. There are other companies working in this field – the thought of going to a genuinely French market on the doorstep is very appealing, but … Continue reading French Markets Crossing the Channel
I love paintings and structures that trick the eye. The very difficult technique has its roots way back in ancient history. Pliny the Elder (who died trying to get a better look at Pompeii the day the volcano erupted) wrote … Continue reading Art that plays tricks – TROMPE L’OEIL
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In the summer of 2014, I posted a marvellous photograph of Penn Station by Berenice Abbott. Here are many more treats, including Penn. Photograph of Berenice Abbott (left) was taken by Hank O’Neal at his… Continue reading Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Vintage Photos of New York City | FROM THE BYGONE
Some of the worst-thing articles are light-hearted in a subversive grumpy old man way. Some are mean-spirited. Some are just plain wrong. The 12 Worst Things to do in Paris The list compiled by the Daily Telegraph travel staff in … Continue reading Are these really the WORST places to visit?
Do you think broccoli is disgusting? Does the picture above make you uncomfortable? Is the one below a lot more reassuring? Here’s advice from a self-confessed fussy eater on how to travel to exotic places without starving or losing your … Continue reading Be honest, are you picky?
Rough Guides are running a competition for new writers in the UK, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. First prize is a handsome £2000 (approx. US$2800) to spend on a trip of your choice … Continue reading International Travel Writing Competition
I was only in central Dublin a matter of minutes before I saw my first army troop carrier. Its boiled cabbage paintwork and squat body was as evocative of the years around World War I as a red poppy in … Continue reading Travelling Back in Time – Dublin 2016 to Dublin 1916