Latest blog posts

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

  • 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 …
  • Hanging around in waiting rooms November 12, 2018
    I had a hospital appointment this morning for a regular check-up that was scheduled for 8.30am. I had received a letter about the appointment a few weeks ago. It said that I was to refrain from eating …
  • Four weeks without my Ulster Bank debit card October 30, 2018
    My wife lost her debit card for our joint current account just over 3 weeks ago, and she used the online banking facility to report it lost and request a new one. New bank cards are meant to take arou …
  • See.Sense ACE bike lights October 26, 2018
    I have a thing for bicycle lights. I’ve got multiple sets, many of which were acquired through various Kickstarter campaigns. The See.Sense ACE lights are one such set. I joined the See.Sense ACE Kick …
  • Using a tablet for choral singing October 23, 2018
    I recently rejoined the Mornington Singers, a chamber choir based in Dublin that I sang with a few years ago. We perform 4-6 concerts a year, and use choral music scores to sing from. That normally me …
  • Hopefully this will be the last Presidential election I can’t vote in October 22, 2018
    This Friday, 26th October 2018, Irish citizens will go to the polls to vote for their next president and also on the 37th amendment to the constitution. As a British citizen living in Ireland for the …