Jet Black Friday

See what we did there… the deals are flying in and we’re off and running with this Icelandair www.icelandair.com/en-ie/flights/special-offer/ cracker. Now, having spent Thanksgiving Evening in the company of the Americans from Visit USA www.visitusa.ie. Icelandair are a popular choice for fliers who savour going through Reykjavik. Icelandair gives passengers 18 gateways in North America. […]

Black Friday feeling

Everyday I write the book. as Elvis Costello once wrote, but his was all about love, ours is about what we love… holidays. Every day I bring you something special… Give us this Day on Sunday, Cruiseday Tuesday, Hungry and Thursday. And usually Flyday Friday, but this week I can’t and wouldn’t want to ignore […]

Moanday Morning – supermarkets

Or Supermarches as they like to call them in France, though, in truth, it’s not really the French grocery stores that I’m targeting today. In general they’re pretty well marked and their booze is of course far more competitively priced. Which is why there are so many booze cruises from England to Normandy to fill […]

Thanksgiving – In America and Ireland

There’s a lot to give thanks for. Celtic are top of the league, I’m off to Tobago next month, The Scary One, of course. And, best of all, did I mention that Celtic are top of the league? Thanksgiving is one of the world’s great festivals, mainly because it’s completely inclusive. There are no religious […]

Moanday Morning – Self-service

And we’ve been had. I don’t know when and I don’t know where but it turns out that Modern Man has to serve ourselves. But isn’t the whole point of serving that somebody else does it for you? And that brings me to the other great con of our age, Do It Yourself. You do […]

Holiday Snaps… It’s Georgia, the love getaway

I’m headin’ down the Atlanta Highway Lookin’ for the love getaway Headed for the love getaway, love getaway I got me a car, it’s as big as a whale And we’re headin’ on down to the Love Shack The B-52s Where you might just find your favourite Travel buddy. I caught one of Georgia’s finest, […]

This Sporting Weekend – Internationals

I first learned about the world through watching sport – World Cups, Olympics, the golf. The planet always gets a little bit smaller when your country is facing Kazakhstan in the footie. Or your rugby team tries for the umpteenth time to beat New Zealand. While the cricketers are ducking out of the way of […]

Give us this Day – LA’s gospel choirs

My family teased me when I was young as I stood by the side of the choir trying to be one of them. The choir that is. I lack nothing in enthusiasm but everything in vocal range. The same today, on both counts. My love of choirs has only grown the older I’ve got. And […]

Jocktails – the Sazerac

Now we all know that Cocktail Hour is 6 o’clock but did they stipulate that it had to be 6pm. So picture the scene: the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans are belting out the tunes. Before they lead us into the hall, naturally playing When The Saints. They’ve got gumbo and jambalaya on […]

Jocktails – the Hurricane

I try to make a point of never sharing my cocktail with anybody else… but you’d do well to drink this Jocktails recommendation, The Hurricane, on your own. This is Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane cocktail and it’s meant to fill 13 thirsty drinkers. I guess it depends on your crowd! I was introduced to the Hurricane […]