Latest blog posts

An extract of the 10 most recent posts from my blog:

  • Water features of Bushy Park Dublin March 17, 2019
    I’m very lucky to live near to Bushy Park in Terenure, Dublin. It’s a great park with loads of amenities, and is also a park full of interesting places to explore. One of the parts of the park I love …
  • Waiting one year for my citizenship March 15, 2019
    It’s now exactly 12 months to the day since I applied for Irish citizenship through naturalisation. And I’m still waiting… The INIS website says that “it takes 6 months for a straightforward applicati …
  • Integrating shopping receipts with my bank statement March 6, 2019
    With most transaction now taking place by card, the days of the paper-based receipts in shops are surely numbered. Some shops now ask me whether or not I want a receipt – I suppose to avoid the enviro …
  • British citizens in Ireland after Brexit February 6, 2019
    It looks increasingly likely that a no-deal Brexit will go ahead on 29th March 2019. So what does that mean for the 100,000 British citizens currently living in Ireland? In Britain much has been made …
  • Changing mortgage at the end of a fixed rate February 4, 2019
    We took out a fixed-rate mortgage for our home around 3 years ago, and that fixed-rate period is about to come to an end. If we had done nothing and left the mortgage as it is then it would have trans …
  • Fisherman’s Friend tin January 8, 2019
    I was delighted the other day to spot Fisherman’s Friend tins for sale in Berlin’s Tegel airport – so much so that I bought three of them! I’m a singer and a huge fan of these lozenges, and they’re my …
  • Do I look like a Hick? December 11, 2018
    One of the benefits of having the first name of Richard is that there are so many nicknames and pet-names. Here’s just a few that I’ve used or been called over the years: Rich Richie Rick Ricko Rickie …
  • My company reads my secure web traffic November 27, 2018
    We’ve all been told that we should use websites that encrypt their traffic. We should look for the https:// at the start of the address to make sure the site is secure and give us peace of mind. But w …
  • Still waiting for my citizenship November 26, 2018
    There’s a bunch of Irish Citizenship ceremonies going on in Killarney today, 26th November 2018. If it’s anything like recent times there’ll be thousands of new Irish citizens sworn in. As for me, it’ …
  • SiteGround web hosting Black Friday sale November 14, 2018
    I got a notification today that SiteGround, the web hosting company that I use to host all my sites, are having a Black Friday sale with discounts of up to 75% off their hosting plans. The discounts a …