You were my Sunshine. No, wait, I am not consigning you to the past. You are my Sunshine. You are not just a memory, you are a constant. You are with us, as always. We feel your presence in the house as if you never left: at the windows you always looked through, watching out […]

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Ghosts of music past

I heard a well-known pop song from 2003 on the television the other night. I was watching a lifestyle programme of some kind, I can’t even remember what, but the song immediately brought a smile to my face. I tapped along.  As I recall, it came out around the time my first child was born.  […]

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Interview: Steeleye Span…. “there’s nothing sweet about us”

Originally published on Old school indie fans will know that any animated pub discussion about The Fall inevitably degenerates into reminiscence about that band’s almost innumerable personnel changes – the legendary whipping boys and girls who did their best before falling foul of Mark E. Smith’s iron thumb, and which particular line-up was the best. […]

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Snacks Bygraves

A pleasant cup of tea?  Then I’ll meet you at the cemetery gates. For a blog with the preoccupations this one has, how pleasant to find that a quaint tea room has opened in the quiet surroundings of Deansgrange Cemetery in South Dublin. In a place I like to visit often, this is a very […]

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Trying a medium for sighs

I’m being menaced from the other side. Ghosts are haunting my inbox and after my money. It’s my own fault. In my anxiety to win a silly online prize (the sort of thing Michael Parkinson sends you free if you subscribe to a 50+ life insurance plan), I stupidly said ‘yes’ when asked if I […]

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