So is travel resuming or not after Covid? It's hard to predict and depends on where you live. I have to admit I travelled into the Republic of Ireland as soon as permitted (and because I'm fully vaccinated) but I might have been slower to travel if I hadn't had the jab just yet or … Continue reading Travel Resumes after Covid?
Restrictions in Ireland started to ease slightly after May 10th, 2021, and so off I went in my wee car from Northern Ireland to the deep South (permitted) to visit my friend Sara. Yes, Sara of Riverdance, Anuna, Suantrai and general teaching excellence! We had great craic: good food, a nice bottle of wine (ouchy … Continue reading Ireland Reopens: I visit Gorey, Co. Wexford after Covid restrictions
Hey! If you've come here to find the long-form paper that I presented at the ISA Convention on 7 April 2021, then you're in the right place! If you click below, a PDF of the document should download. ISA Paper - Patrick HughesDownload Please note: this is a work in practice, do not copy from … Continue reading ISA 2021 – WH11 Paper
When I was out jogging around my Airbnb in the south of Spain a day or two ago, or maybe when I was attempting a careful post-run stretch thanks to Peloton's app, I managed to pull a muscle. At least, something jangled out of position in my upper right back and decided to be uncooperative … Continue reading The Two Sleeps Theory
Last weekend saw me toddling over to Glasgow to see Strictly the Show with me old chum, Lynsey. Little did I realise when I was booking that my arrival a day ahead of schedule would see me spend Brexit day in a wee hotel off George Square in the centre of Glasgow. The day started … Continue reading Two Days in Glasgow
Strictly Brexit & the Power of Future Nostalgia On the day that the UK leaves the EU, I find myself in Belfast City Airport on the way to Glasgow to meet my friend Lynsey and to see the Strictly stage show. As I was bouncing through duty free, who do I spot trying on all … Continue reading Strictly Brexit?
[Shortcut to the poem mentioned in this blog: Border Butter] This blog is part of a short series documenting 5 days of activities at the British School at Rome, supported by my funders, Northern Bridge DTP. If you’ve missed out so far, try out details from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 or Day 4! And so … Continue reading Five Days in Rome (Day 5)
If you were reading my blog about Rome (see Day 5 here), you may have seen mention of my poem, Border Butter. I wrote it about the murder of our Great Aunt, Margaret Moore. It's a story I've never not known, something deep in our fabric and that of our community, how Margaret and her … Continue reading Border Butter: A Poem by Patrick Hughes
This is Day 3 of five days visiting Rome for the Northern Bridge Winter School. I'm very lucky that Northern Bridge provides me with funding that means I can do a PhD. I'm in year one of that. Along with about 14 colleagues, we are at the British College in Rome. If you missed … Continue reading Five Days in Rome (Day 3)
This is the second of 5 short blogs describing my visit to Rome as part of the Northern Bridge Winter School. If you'd like to start with Day 1, click here... Day 2 (Tuesday) dawned with a sky full of colours behind the screen window. I was so tired, I woke really early again, but with so … Continue reading Five Days in Rome (Day 2)