All I want for Solstice is my sanity

Here we are, bottom of the year, it’s all good from here on in, the short northern latitude days will extend by almost three minutes of daylight from tomorrow. This is the true mid-winter holiday, recognised all over the world and just rebranded for religions, getting the details mixed up as all Marketing inevitably does,…

Newtown & Guillame swimming website

Some of you may have noticed a new link in the sidebar. I put together another site for Tramore’s Newtown & Guillamene swimming clubΒ some time back. We’re just starting to add content to it. There are plenty of photographs going back up to 80 years to come (probably slowly), along with stories and anecdotes. Now…

My swimming range in Tramore Bay

After years of swimming T-Bay, I’ve gotten to know it reasonably well. A few years back I drew up a map of the pertinent features, from a swimming point of view. That map is a bit out of date, I’ve made a few discoveries since then, but I just keep it in my head now.…

Tall Ships 2011. Leaving Dunmore East

If you’re in Ireland, you’ll probably have been bombarded by the coverage of the 2011 Tall Ships Race, which was starting from Waterford, the second time it’s started from the port. Last time in 2006 I visited the berthed ships, but this time Clare gave me the chance to go out with her on Orca.…

The depths …

It’s essential you click on the picture and look at it at full size. ‘Y’ha-nthlei is deeper than you know’. See here for the original story, important to my lifelong H.P. Lovecraft obsession.