October 31, 2011 · 3:31 pm
Is your dog ready for Hallowe'en?
Hallowe’en is coming and the goose is getting fat… That was what we sang door to door at Hallowe’en back in Belfast. Tuneful? No. A seasonal song? No. On the scrounge? Yes.
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat… At some houses my mates and I were listened to once, then other residents would be summoned to the door for a repeat of our odd performance.
If you haven’t got a penny, a pound will do… And at many doors we were Continue reading →
Filed under family history, In the village
Tagged as All Hallows, blackwater, blackwatertown, cerberus, Christian, costume, demon, devil, dog, dress up, dressing up, festival, festival of light, halloween, masked man, pagan, pet, trick or treat, village
June 1, 2011 · 9:49 am
Not sure which end of the lead is in charge.
It’s hard for someone who has a real bond with an animal, especially a dog, to explain the nature and strength of the connection to someone who has never experienced it. Or to convey the sense of loss if the animal dies or is taken away.
But Ninni Holmqvist may have managed it Continue reading →
Filed under art, life, What I'm Reading
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April 6, 2011 · 7:26 pm
So many questions. What is it about New Yorkers and their dogs?
Is it art?
And have I just met the most dedicated art lover in the world? Continue reading →
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