Caffe e cantuccini

I bought myself an espresso machine, recently and boy, am I glad. And while it's late at night and coffee is not advised, I've had a healthy day so a little treat and those almost biscotti are just the way to round it off. But the real, quality topping is the photograph of a Dublin…Read more Caffe e cantuccini

Salad Days

Consistent with my home bound and healthy blog day, this has been a no red meat day with lots of fruit and grains.  For dinner, there's a beetroot hummus and baba ganoush, made with aubergine and Tahini, mint and parsley and fasola, edible nasturtiums and mozzarella, assorted nuts and Irish wholewheat soda bread. All washed…Read more Salad Days

Playing Snooker with a Rope

This was posted on my other blog,, which deals with haemochromatosis, a condition of having an iron overload in the blood but it’s relevant to give it a wider audience


That headline is just one of a lengthy list of euphemisms in the Sicktionary, an online source of ways to laugh at the limp and the lonely (

It is a euphemism for erectile dysfunction, a sexual ailment that describes the male body’s inability to maintain an erection during sexual activity. Hence, playing snooker with a rope, limp noodle, floppy jalopy, pink puncture, Mary Celeste, brewers’ droop. Good, now we’ve got that out of the way, you can stop sniggering in the back, sit up and pay attention.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common ailment for males in the their late 40s or over 50. In Ireland, it is estimated more than 50% of the male population experience it.( For people like me, with haemochromatosis, an iron overload in my blood, it is a symptom.

Men might not mind sharing a joke about it but they don’t want to…

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Living in and on Hope but Little Else Amendments proposed by AAA/People Before Profit to Fianna Fail’s wishy washy motion on the arts are to be voted on in Dail Eireann today at 12.45. The amendments, proposed yesterday by Richard Boyd Barret, amount to a revolution in the way arts and artists are treated in Ireland, opening a way to a creative…Read more Living in and on Hope but Little Else