So what is there to know?

I'm just an ordinary bloke.  You'd pass me in the street without noticing me as I have no distinguishing features apart from being over six foot tall, with a grey beard, usually with a pipe stuck in my gob and with a dog at my feet.

I live up in the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland, with Herself and the dog.  It's a peaceful spot and that's the way I like it.

I'm getting on in years, having retired some time ago.  I used to work in RTE, the National Broadcaster, but quite honestly that is an aspect of my life I would rather forget.

I started writing stuff on this site way back in October 2006.  I don't know why I started this writing lark and even more baffling – I don't know why I continue.  It has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride though, with awards, a book and several radio and newspaper interviews.

Maybe my likes and dislikes will give a better picture of me?


  • Herself, the dog, my daughter and grandchildren [but not necessarily in that order]
  • My garden
  • Supping cups of coffee outside my local coffee shop on a Summers day
  • Walking in the woods
  • Listening to good music
  • The odd pint of stout
  • Baiting tourists
  • And of course a good book


  • Txt-speak and the Twitter generation
  • Hypocrisy
  • The law
  • My Former Employers

Positive hatreds….

  • The Government [weapons of mass corruption]
  • The Nanny/Bully State
  • Anti-smokers
  • The EU