Wine Appreciation Course at The Hole in the Wall, Dublin

By | 2017-02-15T14:33:39+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Wine|

A few weeks ago, I saw on Facebook that the local pub in Dublin, The Hole in the Wall, was putting on a Wine Appreciation Course. It was €80 per person and consisted of 6 Tuesday nights from 8pm to 10pm. The course was on every second weak which was nice as it requires less [...]

Book Review: Paul O’Connell – The Battle

By | 2017-01-19T16:16:30+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Book Review|

  I have finally finished reading Paul O'Connell's autobiography which is aptly named The Battle. I picked it up at the airport when it first came out and then it spent a number of weeks in my car as I didn't have time to read. I finally had the chance over the last couple of [...]

What Mad Stuff am I watching on Netflix in 2017?

By | 2017-01-13T12:16:32+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Netflix|

  Towards the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017, I have been watching a few shows on Netflix. I love the Netflix original shows that pop up from time to time. Some are crap but often they are brilliant shows produced either exclusively for Netflix or else in conjunction with a traditional TV channel [...]

What’s on Netflix? – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

By | 2016-12-22T10:23:27+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Netflix, Review|

If you don't like Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, best move on a few paragraphs below to some other recommendations on Netflix. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency was another series of books that Adams wrote in the late 80s. There were only two books, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and then The Long Dark Tea-Time [...]

Selling Your House Yourself – No Estate Agent Needed?

By | 2016-12-20T11:43:12+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Here's the situation I find myself in. In late 2004/early 2005 I was ready to buy a house but the prices in Dublin were crazy. €200,000 was my absolute limit for a mortgage so my choice was either buy somewhere in Dublin that I wouldn't want to live, in a mid-terraced house I would hate [...]

Lack of Christmas Markets in Dublin in 2016?

By | 2016-12-12T17:10:18+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Christmas|

Cologne 2015 Christmas Markets Last year, my partner and I went to Cologne for the Christmas markets of which there are many. We also went to the I Believe Christmas market in Dublin which was pretty good but not a patch on Germany. Keeping it Irish, we went to Belfast also where they [...]

Filter Photography

By | 2016-12-06T14:16:01+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Arts, Photography|

Before modern digital filters like Instagram and the like, photographers used physical filters to generate the results that they want. Even today, the best images are produced using traditional lens filters. To get into landscape photography, a filter is pretty essential so it was about time I invested in some. Up until now, the only [...]