Bye Bye Winter, Hello Biddy

Winter can be an unforgiving time in Ireland given the precarious nature of Atlantic weather systems. So it’s with great relief we welcome spring on 1st February. For our ancestors who lived in a more agrarian society this date was the start of a new farming season and celebrations were held in honour of the … Continue reading Bye Bye Winter, Hello Biddy

Saint Petersburg: Cultural Colossus

St. Petersburg is deservedly known as Russia’s cultural capital. It’s breadth and depth of cultural heritage is astonishing and in this post I’ll attempt to distil several hundred years of various art forms into a couple of paragraphs. Aleksandr Borodin, Igor Stravinsky and Dmitri Shostakovich are the three prolific St. Petersburg natives in the classical … Continue reading Saint Petersburg: Cultural Colossus

All kinds of Anything

Eurotrash. Ridiculous. Kitsch. Hotbed of sodomy. All words used to describe the Eurovision Song Contest, aka Eurovision, by its critics. All kinds of anything have been broadcast as part of the contest, edging Mullaghanish1 close to meltdown. It wouldn’t surprise me if the show has been denounced from pulpits. If Eurovision was a man I … Continue reading All kinds of Anything