As the early results of the 2016 election came in, it looked like the United States was indeed about to have its first female President. The networks were calling the early reporting states on the East coast for Hillary Clinton. The talking heads on T.V. had some discussion about the margin of her lead being … Continue reading Why did Trump win the 2016 Election?
West Ham vs Tottenham Hotspur Jose is back. He is taking charge of a talented, if aging squad. Spurs have been underperforming for most of 2019. They are struggling to pick up points away from home, and their points total for the calendar year would have them battling relegation. Still, on their day, they are … Continue reading Premier League Gameweek 13
"If this is your first time playing here I hoped you brought lots of golf balls', warned the starter. She then helpfully advised "Don't miss right on the front 9 and don't miss left on the back 9". This is a very enjoyable trek, every hole a different test. We also did well on the … Continue reading DeLaveaga Golf Course, Santa Cruz
This Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is a real challenge. It is an excellent course. Every hole has something to make you think and it is easy to find yourself in trouble. A good tee ball is essential. Tournament is one of the best courses in Silicon Valley. https://youtu.be/tc9VnPNtsZc
As we walked back to the car after I collected my daughter from school, she began telling me about her day. "We had a lockdown drill today, dad." "How was that?" I asked. "It sucks," was her reply. After I had a little chuckle to myself over her use of the Americanism, "it sucks" I … Continue reading Why America is Not Great (Part 1)
"Are people's teeth in Ireland as bad as the rest of the UK?", my child's larger than life dentist asked me. We were meeting him for a consultation to see if our daughter needed to get braces. He admitted that he was quite shocked at how crooked teeth were in the UK. He said it … Continue reading Socialised Medicine vs Private Insurance
Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and even Winston Churchill are all supposed to have said that the US and the UK were two nations separated by a common language. This could also apply to Ireland. Many people that I meet here are unsure of the relationship between Ireland and the UK. The vast majority of … Continue reading An Accent and a Language Barrier