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Sean and Rosanna Drive to Newry



Monday 27 October 2008


A bank holiday Monday so Rosanna and I decided to go to Newry.  Traffic jam soon after the Cloghogue Roundabout.  Eventually, before Rosanna parked the car, I jumped out as we passed the main door of the Quayside Shopping Centre to go in for a piss to the toilet at Sainsbury’s.  "I’ll meet you at the main door," I shouted rather ambiguously as I banged the door of the car shut.  Anyway I spent nearly half and hour standing in the cold with an open-necked shirt and jacket at the door of Sainsbury’s.  It turned out that Rosanna was forty or fifty yards away at the main door of the shopping centre.  Anyway, after a few mobile calls, we met at Sainsbury’s door and sat in the coffee shop inside while I let my temper cool.  We walked as far as James Kelly’s drapery and looked around the shop.  Rosanna has a penchant for handling the goods.  I kept my cool and kept my distance.  We walked on to the square and looked in a "woolen" shop which had a sale on.  Low-priced shirts – but they were short-sleeved.  In a small café/deli beside the woolen shop we had lunch.  I did not allow Rosanna’s fussing to get on my nerves and I was eventually served with a massive plate of chicken-and-bacon pie, chips, coleslaw, vinegary salad.  I ate every morsel, except for a few chips which I gave Rosanna, and drank a cup of coffee and my mood and sense of well-being improved.  £6.20 for my main dish.  Rosanna paid all £12 I think costing her €16 (I think).  We walked across the canal to The Canal Court Hotel back entrance.  Both of us went in to the toilet in the hotel but we did not tarry and walked on to TK Maxx where I bought a Calvin Klein T-shirt for £9.99 and a collared shirt for £19.99.  The second shirt was 16 ½" and when I got home I realized my collar size is 17 ½" so I did not take the shirt out of the wrapping.  The T-shirt, an L size, proved tomorrow to be an ideal fit.  I also looked at all the designer jackets and saw some nice ones including a navy velvet one with small champagne dots in a regular pattern by Pierre Cardin.  Unfortunately there was nothing in my size.  Rosanna, after much huffing and puffing bought a Rosetta handbag for about £22.  There was a massive shower of rain while we were in TK Maxx but it had stopped by the time we left to walk past the Buttercrane back to where Rosanna had her car parked outside the main entrance of the Quayside shopping centre.  I went for another piss in Sainsbury’s toilet before we pulled out the back way from the car-park to travel on through Omeath.  I went in to the toilet in the golf club but was annoyed see no result posted in the locker-room of Sunday last’s competition.  However I noticed that 42 points were 1st, 2nd, 3rd in a competition on Sunday 28 September 2008.  I formed the impression that Og and I had won and perhaps Ciaran Rafferty, in the background, by ringing up had created some difficulty about our card.  We will just have to wait and see.  Text from Kevin McGeough to say he cannot play golf on Tuesday or Wednesday.  I lit the fire in the WEL.  It was cold.  Picked Eamonn up at 9.40 p.m. in Clarke Station on his way back from Cootehall.  He was in good form.  When I asked him how the weekend went he remarked, "I got a good sleep."  I ate corn-flakes and milk around 9.00 p.m. and Rosanna gave me a small fried beefburgher when I came home with Eamonn.  Washed my teeth, flossed, brushed my dentures, did exercises before retiring to bed around 11.00 p.m.  I think I also did exercises before I performed my ablutions this morning.  Felt a bit stiff and sore during the day but light.

Spinach, Thumbnails, “Warm Recital in Anaverna.”


Thursday 23 October 2008

Did my exercises in the morning and evening and washed my six remaining teeth before bed.  Took no siesta.  Left Eamonn in to DkIT for 8.30 a.m.  Ate tagliatelle reheated with a "green" sauce and also salad complete with a vinegary dressing – for lunch.  Later in the evening I had grilled salmon, soy sauce, spinach, broccoli, mixed vegetables, a microwaved Rooster with lots of "real" butter.  I discovered how to save images in and paste them into the body of the pages.  Put 3 thumbnails up on the homepage and three thumbnails onto latest news page.  Added yesterday’s journal as a blog on my stumble site and also uploaded three images – scenes of the Lough, Ardaghy, Dessie.  Rose of SitesToGo returned in the afternoon on my mobile a call I recorded in the morning – or maybe it was a response to the card I included with the cheque I sent to STG on Monday.  She said the pictures on the site were "too big."  In the morning I wrote an article "Warm Recital in Anaverna" and uploaded it onto indymedia around 10.30 a.m.  Lit the WEL fire in the afternoon.  A windy wet day.  Corn flakes and milk for supper and for breakfast.  Eamonn rang me in the afternoon.  He missed the 4.00 p.m. bus so I went in to DkIT and collected him.  He was waiting at the back gate.  I spent a lot of time on the computer today.


A New Steinway, a 1714 Stradivarius, Mussels, Sparkling Wine, Sausage Rolls


Friday 3 October 2008

Rather stressed out and restless in the later morning and went to bed for an hour but this did not really help matters.  Left Eamonn in to DkIT for 8.30 a.m.  Wrote yesterday’s journal.  Rang Sorley in The Strand.  Pringle will be there on Sunday morning at 11.00 a.m.  I suggested to Sorley that Dessie and I would like a fried breakfast then.  "No problem!" Sorley replied rather expansively.  Dressed as yesterday except that I swapped my Manchester United grey tie for a rather loud yellow one with a psychedelic pattern in brown and blue.  Rosanna drove in to Clarke Station where we met Eamonn and she gave him the charger for his laptop.  He had left it behind him this morning.  The three of us traveled in the same carriage on the 3.20 p.m. Enterprise to Connolly.  Rosanna’s "social welfare" pass meant a free ticket for me too.  Rosanna and I traveled on the Luas to the Jervis stop.  Went in to Arnott’s on Henry Street and looked at shoes.  €200 is not the dearest for a pair of Barker shoes.  Could not find Lotts Café so we continued on to IFI where we sat down for a minute and I went to the toilet.  Walked on searching for Dublin Castle.  A girl rang the doorbell of the main hall and the caretaker emerged to confirm that that was the door to come to at 7.00 p.m. for the Irish Austrian Society reception.  When we returned at 7.00 p.m. he remembered us, "You’re back again."  In the interval I had a meal of chips and mussels ("Moules frites") and Rosanna a goat’s cheese and salad starter.  She had two glasses of house red.  Aisling who joined us around 6.15 p.m. had a latté and Paul a coffee.  I had also two small bottles of Perrier water and a coffee.  The total charged to my MBNA card was ~ €53 including a tip of €5.  The waiters were very different in personality.  French.  The blonde girl who approached us first got up Rosanna’s nose.  She was getting thick and wanted to leave.  In Chez Max you get the mussels in their shells with a white liquid cream sauce.  Rosanna’s mood mellowed as the meal wore on and she was delighted when Aisling and Paul turned up.  Paul told me he is able to play a few Beethoven Sonatas on the piano.  At the reception in Dublin Castle Rosanna and I sat at the side and did not get involved.  I had an interesting conversation with Kevin Farrelly a retired engineer living in North County Dublin.  He had spent most of his career abroad in different parts of the world including in "the white man’s grave" in Africa.  His wife – a French woman in bouffant hairstyle and long coat – was doing a little circulating with friends.  I had an orange juice and Rosanna had two glasses of sparkling wine.  At the interval in the concert I went out to the reception room and sourced a glass of red for her.  Hugh Tinney and Ensemble Wien played Dvorak Piano Quintet No 2 in the first half starting at 8.00 p.m.  The piano (a new Steinway?) was heard to good effect and also the viola.  The cello opened sweetly.  In the second half Tinney took a rest and sat down in the other end of the back row where we were sitting.  He is almost as good a clapper as I am!  Brahms Hungarian Dances 1, 4, 7.  Joseph Lanner Die Mozartisten and then five pieces by various members of the Strauss family including two encores.  In the second half I listened fairly intently to the lead violin.  A 1714 Stradivarius I thought it had a bright tone with a little "cry."  My impression of the Steinway was something the same – a bright forward tone with clarity and no huskiness.  Or maybe it was the key of the music or the way it was played?  I thought Hugh Tinney got on well with Ensemble Wien.  There was an appealing passage for the piano near the end of the Dvorak – a sort of hesitant, accompanied cadenza – and Tinney got the utmost support as he milked the passage quite beautifully.  In the second half the cello player was substituted by a double-bass player and, with a very light touch, he seemed to me to dominate the ensemble – and this is not just because he was standing up.  The optics were better in the second half.  I could see each performer clearly from the extreme back left corner of St. Patrick’s Hall whereas before the interval the first violin, the second violin, Hugh Tinney and his page-turner were all in a line from my point of view.  So I could see only the first of these and had a poor view of the rest particularly Hugh Tinney.  Rosanna had a glass of sparkling wine at her foot in the first half and added to this a glass of red for the second half.  We caught a taxi to Connolly.  €10 including a €1.50 tip.  The program cost me €5.  Hugh Tinney was celebrating his 50th birthday.  He was talking to a dark haired young woman as we walked towards the stairs so I did not approach him although I was longing to do so.  I was feeling starved with the hunger on the train which left Connolly at 11.20 p.m. and after a multitude of stops reached Clarke Station around 12.35 a.m.  Rosanna drove home without incident.  The house cold.  I ate corn-flakes and milk, washed my teeth, eschewed exercise and was delighted to get to bed.  I think Rosanna stayed up a little longer than me eating sausage rolls – I had one, too, before I got ready for bed.