Holidos and Don’ts – the aisle seat

You know that annoying dude who won’t shut up on your long-haul flight or falls asleep and their head flops near to your shoulder. No, it’s not me, and by the way I’ve noticed you’ve been getting a wee bit bold. Well, the answer is an aisle seat. I won’t go into the tale of […]


They hail from China, herald in the New Year, mark the burning of a Catholic traitor and are banned in southern Ireland. And fireworks will be lit all over the UK tonight to commemorate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. That was when a group of disenchanted Catholic noblemen attempted to blow up […]

My Sporting Weekend – Washington Nationals

No, I’m not trying to avoid mentioning the Rugby World Cup Final… or the British Commonwealth Cup as I prefer to call it. There aren’t many sports, to be fair, that are truly universal and can really claim to have a ‘world’ cup. Baseball falls into that sphere with the World Series being an all-American […]

Flyday Friday – El Al

Should you go to a country if you oppose their regime? El Al’s entry into the Irish market with three flights a week from Dublin to Tel Aviv has unleashed a torrent of invective from the twiterrati. I’ve heard similar moral standpoints from friends who refuse to visit Trump’s America. And say that they won’t […]

Flyday Friday – Berlin

Christmas 1989 was a special festive season as Berliners celebrated the Fall of the Wall. And relatives, east and west got together at last to celebrate something the rest of us take for granted. Turkey and all the trimmings and to pull a cracker. Of course Germany is the home of the Christmas Market and […]

Flyday Friday – Das airport toilets Herren und Damen

I feel I know Franz J Strauss better now than my own wife. Having spent a good bit of time with him on four visits to his airport in the last couple of weeks. Franz J is not from the illustrious musical Strausses, the elder of whom gave his name to Vienna Airport. He was […]

Hello Halloween!

Tried to get hold of the mother-in-law the other day but she was busy. On a totally related issue… Halloween is the next big festival on the radar. And I’ve scared up these offers… We’ll get to the new world of Halloween, America, later but first let’s drop in on Dracula… if he’s up. Kane’s […]

Flyday Friday – Ryanair flyin’ where?

One of my favourite things around the house (The Scary One, of course) is my globe. Particularly when one of those destinations crop up on the Ryanair roster for summer 2020 which I’ve never heard of. Palanga is one, Podgorica another. I was concentrating in Geography class when Verona and Marseille came up. Palanga, I […]

Snoop Dogg and me acting the goat in California

I don’t think Snoop Dogg was talking to me but the ladies were. Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, as his Mammy christened him, was entertaining us in the way only he could. Standing on the pristine Huntington Beach in Southern California playing us a set of his tunes and standard party hits. While smoking a funny […]

Flyday Friday – Virgin vs plastic

Are you a hoarder? It sounds like one of those American TV ads… call this number for a money back guarantee if you’re not truly satisfied. I have more toothbrushes, combs, earplugs, eye masks and pens than I know what to do with. And bags in which to hold them. And it’s rightly getting up […]