Month: October 2017

Ophelia was an angry lady

  Well, Ophelia came and went. Ireland was in lock-down, with public transport cancelled and schools closed. The advice was to stay indoors until the storm had passed. I went out before the storm arrived and found the supermarket busy with people stocking up for a siege, but there was a hush in the air,

INSPIRE weekend for speakers

  Just had the most amazing weekend of speechmaking and Barbershop singing. It started with a day at the annual Conference (INSPIRE) of the Professional Speaking Association, which I co-founded in 1999. It was the first time I had been given a speaking slot at the annual gathering, and used my 20 minutes to talk

October already. Christmas soon

The leaves are changing colour. Spectacular reds and yellows are livening up the mottled green of trees in autumn, and curly leaves litter the pavements, skittering along with puffs of wind. There’s a chill in the air, overpowering the diminished efforts of a fading sun, often reduced to what P.G, Wodehouse would call “a weak