Brian O’Neill

Open sunday – politics free zone…

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In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics.

Brian O’Neill

Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

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The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing.

coffeehousewhig

Ballot fundamentalism is destroying democracy…

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Yesterday afternoon while trying to reset my brain from the fog of the first few days of a new year, a friend was talking to me about the big electoral year ahead of us. American, UK and Irish general elections …

Brian O’Neill

How to write, and why you should…

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I know it is a bit quiet this week on Slugger. We are still in the post-Christmas slump. Also, many of us got struck down by the various lurgy over Christmas. Regular service should resume next week. I thought I …

Michael McCoy

Meanwhile, on the Ring of Fire…

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Quakes are so common in Japan that I no longer notice the small ones, just like my host family when I woke them in panic at my first, well before dawn on a winter morning in 1987. Monday’s was a …

Samuel Thompson

The Bombing of Gaza. Worse than the Blitz?

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I find there are only so many photos and clips of dead and shredded children one can take. The material coming out of the Middle East since October 7th has been heart rendering and anyone with an iota of empathy …

Brian O’Neill

Here be dragons…

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2024 is the year of the dragon. I was born in a dragon year, and supposedly I am confident, intelligent, and ambitious. Also passionate and energetic. I guess it would also explain my occasional habit of flying over small villages …

Frank Schnittger

Irish rugby is in a good place heading into the new year…

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In the past Irish rugby internationals like Johnny Sexton, Tommy Bowe or Geordan Murphy were able to ply their trade in France, Wales, or England without detriment to their Ireland careers. Now the assumption is your Irish international career is …

Samuel Thompson

Your 2024 Old Thompson’s Almanac…

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The twenties have been disappointing, haven’t they? So far, we’ve had a global pandemic, murderous wars and a lurch towards irreversible climate change. Our luck has to change, hasn’t it? After consulting my crystal ball and the entrails of various …

Brian O’Neill

Open sunday – politics free zone…

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In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics.

Brian O’Neill

Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

No comments

7289

The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing.