Poet On Ice – A New Year’s Day Skate

When the decision was made to leave Dublin and move to the UK to work the one thing that was certain was it was going to be an adventure – if myself and Maria had to move away from our beloved home then we were going to make the best of it and have fun. One thing we wanted to do was go Ice Skating

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Code Breakers & The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park has to be one of my favourite places to visit since arriving in England so we thought it might be a nice place to visit again on New Year’s eve. The home of British Codebreakers, with Colossus and the Tunney it is easy to be inspired by Bletchley Park’s history.

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A Walk Among The Tombstones – Highgate Cemetery

Described as “One of England’s Greatest Treasures” Highgate is the final resting place of many famous names including writers Christina Rossetti, Adam Douglas, George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), Radclyffe Hall, Karl Marx and my own personal favourite from today, chemist and physicist Michael Faraday.

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A Christmas Carol in Charles Dickens’ Home

This December, I had the opportunity to visit Charles Dickens’ old home in London and watch the classic 1951, Alastair Sim’s version of “A Christmas Carol” – an unreal and haunting experience just to sit there and watch this picture in the same place where Charles Dickens would sit and write.

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Ireland Again by Jessica Baron Hughes

This beautiful painting “Ireland Again” by the talented Cork painter Jessica Baron Hughes always manages to engulf me. It was specially commissioned for the cover of my most recent poetry book by the same name but deserves to be enjoyed for its own merits – it is a wonderful piece of artwork.

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