I’m lucky my mother is still alive and enjoying life, and so grateful that for the past few years we make an annual trip to London where we take in visits to palaces, museums and other major attractions. We’ve always been close. I think I got my sense of humour from her and her quiet determination to survive whatever life throws at you. She’s 85 … Continue reading How does a mother cope with a facially disfigured child?
Richard Norris, 39, features on the cover of next month’s GQ magazine. If you don’t already know him, Norris – who blew off a chunk of his face, jaw and teeth in a gun accident when he was 22 – had a face transplant two years ago. The remarkable 36-hour surgery – the face came from a 21-year-old – was not without risk. In fact, … Continue reading Face transplant? Not for me
Take a look at my face and what you see is a collection of scars that have changed remarkably little in around 54 years. While I have had several operations to try to correct problems with my chin especially, you wouldn’t really be able to spot the difference. As I said in a previous blog, the hoped for miracle surgery that would transform my scarred … Continue reading The real scars are inside you
Our son Daire was in Dublin for the weekend, and because we hadn’t seen him in a few months we decided to drive up last Saturday. And what a lovely evening we spent in The Chop House, savouring our delicious steaks, catching up on news and delighting in a beautiful evening and great conversation. As Daire was heading off to London the following day he … Continue reading I had lunch with Daniel Day-Lewis – almost
The title for this post was prompted by a remark my son Daire made to a schoolmate who obviously made a comment when he saw me drop Daire to school one morning. “Would you like your dad to look like mine?” It was said in anger, and out of love for his dad. And I’m very proud that he reacted the way he did. I … Continue reading Would you like to look like me?
I’ve covered a lot of bases in this blog, so much so that occasionally I feel lost for a theme. In fairness, I have also been pretty busy with other things that have eaten into my free time. But still, every so often when I feel like I should throw a blog out, nothing comes that I haven’t already written about. Not quite true – … Continue reading Meeting a brick wall in blogging
No, I’m not planning to kick the bucket any time soon, but right now I’m looking at life in a slightly different light and wondering what I should do with my remaining years. Yes, there are many unread books I haven’t got around to, and TV series and films I desperately want to see, but they’re not quite what I have in mind. So here’s … Continue reading Things to do before I die