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The Piazza del Popolo in Ascoli PIceno

Ascoli Piceno – A jewel in the Marche

Monday, August 4th, 2014

The city of Ascoli Piceno while easy to reach, is also far enough away from the main attractions of the Marche region to keep it off the general tourist track for many people, which is a shame because it’s a real jewel, with plenty to see and do, as TMO Travel found on a recent […]


Crimea and the kenosis of the European soul

Monday, March 10th, 2014

“You write down in your newspaper articles that Russia and Ukraine will never be separated,” said Kolya, sticking his index-finger for emphasis like a boxer sticks the jab, “You tell them that!” Then he continued “I hope that you’re not here to debase the moral order of our society” – rumours about “provocateurs,” both foreign […]


Meat Deboner – a short story

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

They’re looking for meat deboners at the processing site in Paull, a coastal village ringed by chemical plants and vacancies, so I fill in my slip and waft it towards the receptionist at my agency. She puts it in her out-tray without looking and without raising her head, and she doesn’t smile. “You’ll not need […]


Irish Sopa statute signed

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Yesterday, despite a popular outcry and serious objections raised, Ireland’s Minister of State for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock signed into law the European Union (Copyright and Related Rights) Regulations 2012, a statutory instrument which has been described as Ireland’s version of SOPA. The background to the statute is outlined here and here. When news […]


Sinead O’Connor – How About I Be Me (And You Be You)

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

There’s a quote, from an article that Germaine Greer wrote back in the 70s,which springs back in to my mind continuously when listening to certain albums: “When Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho the walls came tumbling down. That’s revelation. The holy Ghost talking. So it can be done. The way to crack a mirror or shiver […]

The House of the Mosque – Kader Abdolah

Friday, February 19th, 2010

I finished Kader Abdolah’s The House of the Mosque on the same day that organised celebrations (and crackdowns on civil unrest) took place in Tehran to mark the anniversary of the 1979 revolution which swept Mohammad-Rez? Sh?h Pahlavi from power and led to the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Looking at the pictures […]

Irish politicians worse than Polish?

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

The Gogarty wave has hit Poland. Naturally it has been shorn of almost all context, leaving Poland with an image of Irish politicians as pugnacious, uncivilised and immature. But it’s much worse than that. Gogarty apologised for saying to his honourable friend “fuck you” one second after saying the words. Later that day he said […]

Why Are We In Vietnam?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

While the barman was ejecting some difficult guests last night someone switched channels on the TV above the bar to a news show. The sound was on. They were talking about Afghanistan. It seems that Barack Obama gave prime minister Donald a bell and Don immediately agreed to send another hundred thousand or half a […]

Litblog’s weekly tweets –

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Chanced upon an interesting review of Anne Enright’s ‘The Gathering’ http://bit.ly/ZyJvW # Hearing good things about David Vann’s ‘Legend of a suicide’ http://bit.ly/215OEP # So it turns out that @wuming6 is not, in fact, Wu Ming – see: http://bit.ly/D7AED Cheeky! RT @VersoBooksUK # Powered by Twitter Tools.

Violent Scenes at Fitzgibbon Street

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Dublin, Ireland There were violent scenes at Fitzgibbon Street this morning as members of the public forcibly ejected the gardai who had been staging a sit-in occupation in direct contravention of a High Court injunction directing them to vacate the station by 7 am. When the 45 police officers failed to comply a citizen squad […]

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