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2021 Grateful 22: Two slices of a pizza life

Today is my mate’s birthday. Were he still gracing the world with his presence, he’d be in fancy dress somewhere celebrating. He was a great

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2021 Grateful 23: I wake to sleep

I can’t imagine life without books. I love where they send me. The lovable Mike Romeo, from the pen of Toby Neal, introduced me to

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Growing old gracefully

The Debs, that student dinner dance in Leaving Cert year, was the first in a series of milestone events. Then came the 21sts. And the

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2021 Grateful 24: Rant by a fool

The inimitable Pat Browne moved on this week and my world will be a lot less colourful without him. We were in school together many

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2021 Grateful 25: Christmas in July

It took seven months for the envelope to get from Ireland to Hungary. For seven months, the small package languished in the bowels of some

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Mastering my AÁBCs

For the seventh time in twice as many years, I have once again boarded the Hungarian language train after nearly a 12-month stopover in the

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2021 Grateful 26: The gift of boredom and birds

A couple of things happened today that distracted me from the heat.

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2021 Grateful 27: Catastrophe averted

After spending hours picking cherries and then standing over a bowl pitting them, I was all for preserving them in the simplest way possible: a

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2021 Grateful 28: Caledonia on my mind

Thirty-four flights departed from Budapest Airport yesterday. One of them took my friend back home to Edinburgh. I was watching the sky to see if

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2021 Grateful 29: Free gym membership

If I could claim back all the money I spent on gym memberships, I’d be able to buy another of Michael Pettet’s paintings and another

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