Monthly Archives: April 2016
Or, more precisely, “May Day at the Estate,” which is just a few days away. So what’s planned for this very special day? Well, if past years are any clue, this is the way it goes: I lead off the … Continue reading
What’s New for the 24h of April: Pogues perform ‘Streams of Whiskey’, medieval lives and medieval mysteries, a century of Welsh myth in children’s literature and buckdancer’s choice on other things…
Last night as I slept I dreamt I met with Behan I shook him by the hand and we passed the time of day When questioned on his views On the crux of life’s philosophies He had but these few … Continue reading
Let me tell the tale of Irish coffee while I fix you one. It is said the very first Irish coffee was invented by Joseph Sheridan, a barkeep at an airbase located in Foynes, a small town in the West … Continue reading
What’s New for the 17th of April: live Irish music from De Dannan, John Brunner does future shock, artisan chocolate, Big Band music, Valente tells a story, chamber folk-pop, a history of caviar, Ottoman culture and a bevy of other things!
I decided to return to the library and see what I could learn there. Besides, I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when … Continue reading
Midsummer’s coming! Time for the season of outdoor delights and endless nights, and guests coming and going through all the strangest Doors in the Green Man Pub. Have you heard the Endless Jam? No, not the Neverending Session; we’re almost … Continue reading
What’s New for the 10th of April: some live Celtic music from Dervish, American terroir, Peruvian music called chicha gone psychedelic, a Martian train story, CBGB punks, essays on William Morris, an American ghost story and other interesting things!
Are not all stories, all books — and indeed all of us — connected to something bigger? Always implying what came before and what might come after? The question is — what’s the value of the fragment you are encountering in … Continue reading
Dear Gus, We’re in Amsterdam now, as Ingrid’s seeking out those botanical bulletins that Tamsin and you wanted. (Be glad that the endowment fund for the Estate is a fat one, as these will be costly, says my dear wife.) … Continue reading
What’s New for the 3rd of April: a new project helmed by American Irish fiddler Liz Carroll, a charming tale from Charles de Lint, our coffeehouse, hunting mushrooms, ‘Macpherson’s Lament’ live and much more!
Fare thee weel, you dungeons dark and strong, Fareweel, fareweel to thee. Macpherson’s rant will ne’er be lang, On yonder gallers tree. Chorus of ‘Macpherson’s Lament’ I’ve been out on a long walk since just past dawn here on this lovely … Continue reading