I get too many emails. Now most days I do empty my in-tray – but I only manage to do that because I’m filing the emails in a series of sub-folders. And to be honest there are some sub-folders, e.g., the “to be read” one, that I hardly ever look in.   Last week, rather than just continue to let the number of archived emails increase, I decided to stem the tide – to reduce the number I receive.   So I started clicking unsubscribe buttons. So far it has been fairly simple – usually a one-click … Continue reading

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Some of you know I support Leeds.   (We’re talking football here!)   And you may remember a post I wrote back in April talking about Neil Warnock – the Leeds manager – and his failure to take responsibility for results. The team’s problems were always someone else’s fault.   At the time Leeds were in 12th position – 8 points adrift of the playoff positions.   Fast forward 10 months and earlier today Leeds were in guess what position?   Yep 12th!   And guess how many points adrift of the playoff position?   Yep – 8 … Continue reading

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One morning recently I tried contacting a government agency.  Things must have been very busy for them because…   Their phone was not being answered by a live human being.   Neither was it answered by one of those messages that directs you to press different numbers for different departments.   And neither was it possible to even leave a message.  No messages were being accepted.   And their answering message said to phone back in the afternoon.   How about that!   So things weren’t getting off to a very positive start!   However, because I … Continue reading

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Last Friday my son and I drove by a hotel here in Kilkenny.  We were looking for a hot chocolate for him.  There were three flagpoles outside the hotel – for the European Union, Kilkenny & Ireland.  The Irish flag had fallen to the very bottom of its flagpole and was lying on the ground.  And the other 2 flags were visibly frayed around the edges.   The overall impression was one of neglect.  And being Irish I was also upset at seeing our flag treated that way.   We went elsewhere for the hot chocolate.   … Continue reading

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