Stories – you can’t take them with you!

June 5, 2007

I was at a funeral to-day, a sad occasion at any time but, in this case, it was also a celebration of a marvelously full 95 years of life! One of the mourners observed that she had just meet a long unseen cousin at the funeral who entertained her with several really brilliantly remembered tales from “the old days”.

She went on to say she had told her cousin,

“You should write all those stories down so that your grandchildren can hear them.”

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And you know what? She’s absolutely right! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Troubles: “I could write a book….”

June 5, 2007

If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard, “I could write a book…” said in Northern Ireland over the last 30 years I would have enough in the tank that just putting a couple of quid to it would pay off my debt! Let’s face it… everyone has a story to tell about something that happened during the troubles. Many are very sad, more are poignant in some way, some are hilariously funny (especially in hindsight!) but what all have in common is that these stories are the stuff of history.

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I’m wondering here if we could make a start in telling those stories and if, in the telling, Read the rest of this entry »