Irishman looking for love in London

Irishman looking for love in London

What’s on offer: I’m a vibrant man already enjoying a full life with various interests and passions. A couple of my life philosophies: less is more, and work to live not live to work. I’m not looking for another half, as I believe we are all whole. Much of the time I’m thoughtful, friendly, sincere, […]

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I love music… any kind of music!

I love music... any kind of music!

I’ve enjoyed music as long as I remember. In my teens I liked Elton John and Rod Stewart and the more fashionable David Bowie thanks to my brother Peter. A little later in 1977 the punk thing exploded, and its close first cousin New Wave. I hung out with a few guys who were well […]

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Scrabble Beyond The Parlour

Scrabble Beyond The Parlour

I’ve been playing competitive Scrabble for almost 25 years now, and I often meet people who say “I’m really good at Scrabble”. I ask them one simple question “Do you know all your twos?” And invariably I get a glazed look coming back at me. I know instantly they are not serious Scrabble players. 2 […]

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Jazz Clap Goop

Jazz Clap Goop

I love food, but for a long time I’ve been harbouring the thought that preparing meals is all too much bother! What with first finding a recipe, then sourcing the ingredients and finally prepping and cooking the meal which often takes 10 minutes to eat and several hours to prepare. Well I decided to drop […]

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South London Hip Cafe #1: The Peckham Pelican

South London Hip Cafe #1: The Peckham Pelican

If it’s not an Irishman writing your blog, then he’s making your coffee and sandwich at the Peckham Pelican, which opened beside the local fire station about a year ago. The café is a spacious affair at street level of a council block of flats. Stu (not Irish), one of the co-founders, explained it was […]

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Boys and their toys

Boys and their toys

There’s a saying “You’re never too old to have a happy childhood”, and maybe it was a combination of hearing this, and my partner Claire introducing me to her vast cuddly toy collection from childhood that prompted me recently to start collecting teddy bears. In the past I’ve enjoyed collecting vinyl, wristwatches and chairs. Being […]

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The Hoffer Project

The Hoffer Project

My dear mother Rose used  say ” Your health is your wealth”, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to appreciate the wisdom in it. On the 3rd of January 2013 I’ll be the ripe age of fifty, and I can’t quite believe it. On a recent holiday in Portugal with Claire, and my brother […]

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Crap Job? Great Job!

Crap Job? Great Job!

I picked up two mid-twenties lassies, one French, the other Polish, on their way to booze in Shoreditch. They were chatty but a bit melancholic – one of them was complaining of a crap job (sales assistant in French Connection) and unfulfilled dreams. Over the last 20 years I have done many personal development courses, […]

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Fully Grown Men

Fully Grown Men

I like shopping and I like eBay, and while browsing a few weeks ago I saw a most lovely five year old retro-style Vespa PX125 listed. It had barely any miles on it and had a multitude of extra chrome bit add ons, and looked gorgeous in black. Now Claire my partner had seen a […]

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Burgers and other bites

Burgers and other bites

Opera Tavern Having picked up waiter/pop-up restaurateur Max Halley recently, I was very much looking forward to a visit to Opera Tavern in Catherine Street WC2 – a tapas restaurant which was formerly a pub, where he works. He’d told me about their mini pork burger with foie gras mixed in the mince which I […]

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