Back in the day, the closing of the pubs was an event you prepared for. Photograph: Thinkstock

I don’t think the pub closure registers much among pulsing youth these days

The chap from Coldplay and Gwyneth Paltrow: blazing trails and setting trends. Photograph: Reuters/Files

Taking my cues from Gwyneth and whatsisname, I sit the cat down and tell her that she and I are going to have one last shot at liv(...)

Neither of us came from money, both of us knew financial instability

I met a man the other night who had grown up in my parish. We got to talking about money, or the lack of it, and how it had shape(...)

Photograph: Lex van Lieshout/EPA

At the behest of colleagues, I reluctantly joined up

People in a  cafe by the river Liffey, Dublin

It’s been a long schlep from there to here but maybe it was worth it

My St Patrick’s Day malaise has arrived again – a hangover from the drizzling 1960s, the squally 1970s and a couple of damp years(...)

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We shouldn’t give a damn what other people think of us, or what we look like, or who or how we choose to love

Iodine tablets. Photograph: Frank Miller

An attempt to organise my books brought me back to iodine tablets and youthful travel fantasies

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