for August, 2016

Walls of fame

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First impressions can be surprisingly accurate, though they often get buried with time and familiarity. So on our 11th anniversary of arriving in Ireland it’s good to remember which aspects of this beautiful country wowed me in the first few weeks. Many of them are clichés – the green, the friendliness and oh the weather […]

Magic rules

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It’s a tricky one, magic. Who doesn’t love a slice of the impossible in a story, from Mrs Pepperpot’s shrinkage to the BFG blowing dreams or the whole of Harry Potter? But it’s hard to get it right. We all know stories where the magic seems too random (an example for me is Alice in […]