The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell,
Spin – Robert Charles Wilson
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun – Peter Godwin – very topical just now as Robert Mugabe has just passed away – a journalists account of the collapse of Zimbabwe.
Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay (Loving it)
Next reads in my TBR pile
In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
American Pastoral – Philip Roth
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Teachers Pet Podcast
This American Life 388: The Rest Stop
Blindboy Podcast: Soss Potion
Science VS: The Abortion Underground
Game of Thrones is over. Do I deleted it from the Sky Box now?
Star Trek Discovery
Lord of the Rings – Movies – Again
Sniper Elite 4
Integrated Assurance Management System
Corporate Planning Tool
Selling in Tipperary and Buying in Cork
Jerry offered an MPhil with TUD in Aerobiology, Atmospheric monitoring and Environmental Sciences: Fully funded and sponsored by EPA. Booked into the Point for accomodation.
Esha started 3rd year Elec Engineering in UCC on a WIT scholarship for tuition from Intel. In a house share in Cork.
Gavin started 1st year Engineering in UCC staying in Deans Hall residence.
Rudely healthy but terribly unfit. Friday lunchtime yoga classes. Fitbit is broken, but it’s the free one Jerry gave me.
Still all Brexit, Brexit, Brexit. UK parliament is prorogued by Boris Johnson the PM. Prorouge is the word of the year. Irish parties are pretending they don’t want an election to protect the stability of the country at this sensitive juncture. In reality they have nothing to gain and the Dáil appears to operate more efficiently with a minorty party in power than it does with a majority.
Greta Thunberg just sailed to the USA for Climate Action.
Donald Trump sent Mike Pence to Ireland to bump his re-election campaign. Pence insulted the Irish Goverment, many times. Do Irish American Republican voters even care?
When I read this back in years to come I hope Greta Thunberg is ascendant and nobody much remembers Trump, Pence or Johnson.
I need an oil change. Driving on an amber light. Renault megane dynamique 1.4 diesel 131 TN One short of the number of the beast.
Watching masterchef Australia.
Likes cheese. Also likes mice.
Ireland Rugby team are No. 1 in the world rankings. World cup begins Friday week.
Liverpool lead the Premier League with 4 wins from 4 matches.
Dublin play Kerry on Sunday (again) for 5th Sam Maguire in a row. The last game was a draw.
Poem that sums up my life right now:
Begin; by Brendan Kennelly
Begin again to the summoning birds
to the sight of the light at the window,
begin to the roar of morning traffic
all along Pembroke Road.
Every beginning is a promise
born in light and dying in dark
determination and exaltation of springtime
flowering the way to work.
Begin to the pageant of queuing girls
the arrogant loneliness of swans in the canal
bridges linking the past and future
old friends passing though with us still.
Begin to the loneliness that cannot end
since it perhaps is what makes us begin,
begin to wonder at unknown faces
at crying birds in the sudden rain
at branches stark in the willing sunlight
at seagulls foraging for bread
at couples sharing a sunny secret
alone together while making good.
Though we live in a world that dreams of ending
that always seems about to give in
something that will not acknowledge conclusion
insists that we forever begin.