short stories. first draft! “man in a café I was sitting in my favourite café at my regular table, a four-seater beside the main window, looking out over the cafés well-manicured lawn and flower beds to the large red-brick Edwardian houses fronting onto the main Dublin – Belfast road. I was given to using this particular table because its location meant I would not be in too close a proximity to cafés other clients, being a four-seater meant there was plenty of space to place the Irish Independent and the Irish Times, so generously provided by the café proprietors, in a readable position beside my plate of a full Irish breakfast. And of course, the window views added to the ambience, while allowing me to view the passing street life on the busy thoroughfare!

What Bookies want to offer odds on the following: that on Saturday, 19/10/2019, Ireland will trash the All Blacks by a score exceeding 12 plus a bonus point and that the UK Parliament will pass Boris’s Brexit Deal by 3 clear votes majority, well is there any takers?

Scots ask, has Boris moved the bridge to nowhere to a bridge to Scottish independence? Stormont Assembly to get “democratic right to vote on Brexit” in Boris’s new Brexit proposals and Scots enviously ask “what about us?

Irish Daily Star follows up with streetdogs. blog the word on the street (eventually!).

Nice to see, Terry McGeechan, belatedly Writing a commentary in the Irish Star today Monday 16th September on our political class of all hues stating that pensioners and other vulnerable citizens will be the least of their concerns with the effects of Britex being used as a justification to deny a 5euro hike in next month’s budget to various sectors of the population, while our TDs are being awarded 1,600euro a year pay rise at the start of this month, with a further hike in their pay next year. Very importantly pointing out that even those TDs who voluntarily decline one or both of these pay rises will not be losing out on the value impact said pay rises will have on their pensions.

Now while Terry McGeechan’s article is very well written and informative and well worth the read, Where has Terry McGeechan been for the last three weeks? On August 22nd we at the word on the street brought our readers attention to an article in the  Irish Independent by political correspondent, Hugh O’Connell reporting on the comments of Barry Cowan, that pensioners were of the least of his concerns in a Brexit Armageddon aftermath, while not being prepared to  consider revoking the TDs pay rise in the same scenario!!

“All hands on deck” Barry Cowan (FF), YES to TD’s payrise of euro 1,654 pa. and NO to pensioners euro 260 pa. Noel Rock (FG) and Séamus Healy (IND), sing a different tune!

On August 22nd, we quoted Barry Cowan, Fianna Fáil Public expenditure spokesperson stating the view “the potential Armageddon is too severe and it will be all-hands-on-deck, we must focus on those areas that are most vulnerable” the least of our worries would be pensions”

Bearing in mind that a weekly pension increase of 5euro equals 260euro per year for an individual pensioner and the incoming salary increase for TDs is 1,654euro per year each  ( no productivity agreement required), this being the equivalent of giving 6 or 7 pensioners a 5euro increase per each TD, exactly whose hands will be on deck?

Nice to see that Noel Rock (FG) and Séamus Healy (IND) state an intent to decline to accept the said salary increase. Food for thought for Barry Cowan and others?


Reading a report in the Irish Independent Monday, 26th August, by Farming Editor,  Margaret Donnelly, quoting comments in support of Irish Beef Farmers by the Head of SuperMac’s, CEO, Pat McDonagh Stating there far too few in charge of the beef sector, and promoting and calling for the farmers to act together and get more control of their industry and again today  Saturday, 31st August he is seen and heard on the news speaking in support of the Beef Farmers, stating that Beef Farmers are no better off with the price they receive for their product than they were 10 years ago, despite rising costs incurred by them in their industry.  Being a buyer of some 26,000 – 30,000 tons of Irish Meats, he is a person well placed and informed to pass comment on the just cause of Irish  Beef Farmers.

Now, the word on the street is given to wondering, will we sometime soon be seeing and hearing of moves by the Beef Farmers and a certain business person to open a joint enterprise rivalling the current Meat Processing plants and their controlling interests? Perhaps Bookmakers might like to start offering odds on this?


Barry Cowan, Public expenditure spokesperson says, Let them eat cake! Sort of like you know who!

Apparently, according to Hugh O’Connell, Political Correspondent writing in the Irish Independent, there is a bit of a civil war taking place within the Fianna Fáil Party top dogs over the forthcoming Budget and the impact of Brexit on the Irish Economy. Hence we are told Social Protection spokesperson, Willie O’Dea states he would be “robustly” arguing for the same 5euro per week increase in welfare payments.

However, Barry Cowan Public expenditure spokesperson states “The least of our worries would be pensions” well of course if a person is a Senator. a TD, a Minister, a City Mayor, Local Councillor or Senior Civil Servant the least of your worries would indeed be your gold plated pension!! Hilariously in the same statement, our hero says that in “the potential for Armageddon is far too severe and it will be all hands on deck,  we must be focused on those areas  that are most vulnerable”

Exactly who does Barry Cowan think it is that are going to be the very first victims of the Armageddon, he envisions befalling the Irish economy and society, perhaps the Primates in Dublin Zoo?


Be afraid, really afraid, the Human/Monkey creature is coming.

You may have thought Frankenstein’s creature was something to laugh at but did you know, a Spanish Scientist, Professor Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, claims to have successfully created a Human/Monkey Chimeras Embryo, a Chimeras is a single organism that has cells from different diverse organisms. in this case a monkey and a human. The professor has previously unsuccessfully tried the same thing with a Human/Pig Chimeras Embryo. According to a report in the Spanish Newspaper, El País.