Archive for September, 2012

Mack’s Craic

30Sep12

We’re going around the world in twenty-five days, one day for every year we’ve been married. Day 9 Whangarei:   Some people say New Zealand is in a time warp. The old joke went, “When you land in Auckland the pilot tells you to change your watch to local time by turning it back twenty years”. […]


Mack’s Craic

29Sep12

We’re going around the world in twenty-five days, one day for every year we’ve been married. Day 8 Sydney, Auckland, Whangarei: There’s something homely and familiar about New Zealand. We crossed the Tasman for the third time this week and landed in Auckland on a wet and windy Friday, just after 3:00pm. Good job we […]


Mack’s Craic

27Sep12

We’re going around the world in twenty-five days, one day for every year we’ve been married. Julie and I got married in New Zealand on 3rd October 1987. Day 7 Sydney: The great thing for us is that Sydney is so familiar. It feels a bit like ‘Back to the Future’ though. It’s like we’ve […]


Mack’s Craic

26Sep12

We’re going around the world in twenty-five days, one day for every year we’ve been married. Julie and I got married in New Zealand on 3rd October 1987. Day 6 Sydney: I’d almost forgotten what a truly great city Sydney is. Julie and I have moved around a lot for work but Sydney is the […]


Mack’s Craic

25Sep12

We’re going around the world in twenty-five days, one day for every year we’ve been married. Julie and I got married in New Zealand on 3rd October 1987. I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures. Day 5 (continued) Auckland and Sydney: Today was the longest day of the whole trip. Not only was it […]


Mack’s Craic

24Sep12

We’re going around the world in twenty-five days, one day for every year we’ve been married. Julie and I got married in New Zealand on 3rd October 1987. I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures in these Craics. Day 4 Tokyo: Last night we finally checked out the local cuisine. For dinner we went […]


Mack’s Craic

24Sep12

We’re going around the world in twenty-five days, one day for every year we’ve been married. Julie and I got married in New Zealand on 3rd October 1987. I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures in the next few Craics. Day 2 Tokyo: Going to the toilet in Japan is a big deal. The […]


Mack’s Craic

23Sep12

Julie and I will have been married for twenty-five years on the 3rd October. We met and got married in New Zealand, so that’s where we’ll be celebrating it. We’re going around the world in twenty-five days, one day for every year we’ve been married.  I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures in the next […]


Mack’s Craic

16Sep12

You’ve got to admire the families if the 96 Hillsborough victims. For twenty-three years, they’ve fought for justice. Last week, they got closer. Since April 15th 1989, two judge-led inquiries, an inquest, police investigations and a private prosecution have been carried out, but the families’ story has been largely dismissed by the establishment. Many of […]


Mack’s Craic

08Sep12

When I was at school the teachers used to call me a dreamer. These days I’m often called a pessimist. Both labels are meant as a negative and both miss the mark, especially ‘pessimist’. That description over-simplifies it. I’m actually a disillusioned optimist. I know that things can be better and it frustrates me. I […]