Lungs inflate with salty still air

Freighter has Bull wall on the bow

Turn and head back down the path

Content for now. mbnov

Puzzling over these shapes

I stopped to wonder

About the strength of the winds

And the forces of nature.


Gobsmacked at what I’m reading today.

Some stoop so low

When things don’t go their way.


Are we near the end

Or the end of the beginning

Of Autocracy

There is nothing inevitable

About Democracy.


A rover rumbles slowly over the surface of Mars.

And, look hey, on its way there is a red sports car.

Can you imagine the look on an Alien face, if it finds this strange object drifting in space?

What next? What will we see?

Space never fails to astonish Me.


Down into the forest, the path twisted and turned

Shaped by countless others who passed between these ferns

Suddenly, a bare root causes us to stumble.

Careful now. Concentrate, or we’ll take a tumble.


Samhain 20

Storm Aiden lashing the window from the South West.

Grey wild skies over the hedge.

A lone magpie prods here and there.

No trick or treaters this unrelenting year.

Silence on the streets again.



Killiney Bay.



NPHET recommends level 5.

Shocked. I would not like to be a member of the Government having to make a decision on this. So much is at stake. Lives that may be lost if Covid gets out of control again, businesses that may never re open. Jobs lost. The problem now compared to March is that a significant percentage of the population will refuse to comply. What then?

The only possible solution I see is that the Central Bank goes full helicopter cash direct to the private sector.



Facebook says it may quit Europe

Hurry up already. FB’s latest court action is the equivalent of giving two fingers to our European data regulations.

Did scientists just find life on Venus?


RIP the rule of law in the UK Astonishing, but not surprising behaviour.


The future of Retail

I’m thinking a lot about retail. 3 pieces that have caught my eye in the last few days.

How to save Irish retail. Stephen Kinsella.€ subscription required. Worth it if interested in Irish business. One crucial factor not mentioned here is logistics costs. It costs us €6 to ship a box to a customer in Ireland, including Northern Ireland, but more than 3 times that to Britain. Amazon is a logistics company operating at enormous scale. If we want to help Irish retailers sell more in Europe, looking at innovative ways to reduce logistics costs would be a good place to begin.

The ecommerce surge. Benedict Evans.

Why the shift to online commerce is here to stay. Om Malik

Just finished reading: The Man Who Solved The Market: How Jim Simons Launched The Quant Revolution by Gregory Zuckerman 📚

Interesting read. Also made me think more about the influence of money on politics which I didn’t expect.


[The French will have to build a wall … – Progressive Pulse](…

Headline of the day for me.

After the race. Howth 17

How Covid-19 Signals the End of the American Era - Rolling Stone

“No empire long endures, even if few anticipate their demise”

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