Reflecting on the Election That Was

The Irish general election has been and gone (it was held on Saturday February the 8th) and its result has prompted words such as ‘seismic’, ‘revolutionary’ and ‘game-changing’ to be extensively bandied about in the media. The traditional centre-right duopoly that has dominated Irish politics for decades has been broken, as the left-wing, nationalist Sinn…

Solstice: the Radiance of Full Daylight

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono Having waxed lyrical about my attitude to seasonal changes a number of times on this blog, it would be remiss of me not to…

Shattering Seas: The Creative Spirit of Tori Amos

Every now and then, a musician comes along whose creations cut to the very core of my soul: a musician who makes me dream, wonder, think and feel. Tori Amos is definitely on that list. Anyone who is familiar with Amos knows that her back catalogue includes a vast amount of high-quality material – her…