As I have met Derbhile Dromey, the author of our book for this book, I was really curious to read The Pink Cage. The fact that both Derbhile and Astrid, the main character, have sight impedients, made me wonder if it was going to be slightly autobiographical. ?Derbhile works as a copy writer and Astrid works as a proof reader so they both work in similar fields but judging by what I know of Derbhile, I am fairly confident that [...]
All this talk about overweight and obese children on the news today got me thinking. ?I do think it is important that parents are educated regarding what their children should be eating, partly when one quarter of all 9 year olds are supposed to be overweight but the suggestion that parents bring them to the doctor to be weighed and for some dietary advice seemed a tad absurd.
I am seriously wondering if facebook and twitter are affecting my ability to make polite conversation! ?I was never the most tolerant of people, limiting my exchanges about the weather to a couple of sentences before moving on. Coming out of church, I would see women my own age making what looked like animated conversation with women thirty years their senior and I would wonder would I be able to maintain more than three sentence with most of them. Don’t [...]
Did you see the RTE programme ‘What’s Ireland Eating?’ last night, first shown here in May and back again. Borne from the book ‘Basketcase – What’s happened to Ireland’s Food’ by Philip Boucher-Hayes and Suz Campbell, Philip was the presenter on the programme, seen interviewing farmers, the general public, supermarkets, butchers, food processors and more to show how the supermarkets are enticing people into their shops with loss leaders, that the producer of that special offer is the one who [...]
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards was inspired by a story about a Down syndrome baby being put into an institution by his father, his mother being told he had died. The child spent his entire life in the institution.
The start of the novel is compelling, telling the story of a young married couple, Norah and David, ?set in 1964. He is a medical doctor and ends [...]