My House In Damascus – Diana Darke

Living in the eye of Syria’s storm: My House in Damascus The advice she got was clear and unambiguous: “Don’t do it.” Further, it was given by a lawyer who knew his stuff. But what was the advice she sought? Marriage? Divorce? Changing horses midstream? None of these. What Diana Darke wanted to know was…

The Colour & Joy Of Friends

In media,there always has to be a plan B in the event of a situation,interview or broadcast going belly up or even into overdrive.With live television / radio / vox pop,anything can happen & I mean anything.You must always remember that everyone has a desire for their 15 minutes of fame,how they aqquire it,well now…

‘I feel love never dies…’ Leonard Cohen

Marianne Jensen on the back cover of “Leonard Cohen’s Bird On The Wire” Album Considering he’s also a poet and novelist of renown, it’s unsurprising that Leonard Cohen’s music is a little more profound than the norm. He’s always explored the big themes – love and death and art, what it means to be human…

Lotabeg, the Cork house that time forgot…

A house where the sun went down on the British Empire reveals its secrets as the contents are to be auctioned In 1903, Vincent Hart a 22-year-old newly qualified engineer from Cork went out to India to serve the British Empire. He returned more than 30 years later – in 1936 – to an Ireland that had…

“One of the great & honest music interviews”,Heck interview with Jonny Hall ‘I’m a 30-year old scumbag with a crap job, no security and I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do’

Utilising all the subtleties of a bull with a nuclear device strapped to its horns wreaking havoc in your ma’s china shop, Heck‘s reputation for battering venues and whipping the disenfranchised into a frothing frenzy is quickly passing into the hallowed metaphorical hallways of punk legend. These noisy oiks are four very distinct and individual…

So Long Marianne

Leonard Cohen sent a touching final letter to his dying muse Marianne Ihlen, the subject of his song So Long Marianne.Ihlen, who was also the inspiration behind Cohen’s later song Bird on the Wire, died in Norway on July 29 at the age of 81. Cohen met Ihlen – then Jensen – in Hydra, Greece in…

The Workshop Tea Rooms -Very Special

The Workshop Tea rooms is owned and run by brothers Aiden and David. The Workshop was in fact that, a workshop, until a few years ago when the brothers decided to convert their fathers old carpentry workshop into something new. The family have worked in this area for over 300 years and so the lads…

Susanne Dillon – Photographer

Dear John Dillon,
I have some bad news for you. I don’t know how to put this to you but I am divorcing you. I don’t think that we work as well as we use to together….more than a photographer,one very funny lady.

Nobel Literature Laureate, Nadine Gordimer 1923 – 2014

South Africa has produced several writers of stature in the past half century, but few have approached the achievement of Nadine Gordimer,. A significant figure in world literature, Gordimer plumbed the depths of human interaction in a society of racial tension, political oppression and sexual unease. The connection between the intimate and the public lay…