Monthly Archives: June 2012

Escaping the heat

Whew, it’s been hot, hot, hot here in the Big Apple. Intent on escaping the heat yesterday, I walked along 46th Street to Pier 86 on the Hudson River. I stood at the end of the pier waiting for a … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Art

One of the things I love most about art is how it can restore the spirit, and nowhere is this more needed than in the New York subway. Commuting via subway can be arduous at the best of times, and … Continue reading

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Ice cream nirvana

Not all ice cream is created equal. The first time I tasted really good ice cream was in Stuttgart, Germany. When I returned home to Ireland, the £1.99 gallon tub lurking at the bottom of the supermarket freezer just wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Parks

The subject of parks makes me sit back and consider not only what they are, but what they represent. The history of parks is the history of mankind moving away from nature. For 99% of human history, we lived in harmony … Continue reading

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Summer solstice in New York

As if to welcome the summer solstice today, temperatures in New York soared to record-breaking highs. Cooling centres were opened all around the city and air conditioners were cranked up to provide respite from the stifling heat. Noel Coward once … Continue reading

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Happy Bloomsday

What a fun Bloomsday this is turning out to be. I am spending the evening in the studios of WBAI performing Ulysses live on air. There’s nothing like the rush of a live performance to exercise your acting chops. Hope … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Secret Places

I have a secret I’ve been bursting to tell you about since I first found out about it, but I held on for three entire days so that I could share it with you today for the travel theme, in … Continue reading

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New Croton Dam

When I visited the little village of Croton-on-Hudson recently, I anticipated quaint houses, sprawling green spaces and heavily wooded areas. I got all that and more, including some of the best home-made ice cream I’ve tasted to date and a … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Oceans

June 8th is World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day has been unofficially celebrated on June 8th since 1992 when Canada proposed the idea at the Earth Summit in Rio, and was officially recognised by the United Nations in 2008. The … Continue reading

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Transit of Venus in NYC

If there’s one thing I have learned to count on during the time I’ve spent in New York, it’s this: if there is even the slightest suggestion of an extraordinary astronomical event, I won’t see it. Massive solar storms bring … Continue reading

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