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  • Couch to 80k
    I’m doing the “Couch to 80k” – a writing bootcamp from writer and poet Tim Clare. For more information go here: Other than Brad and work I don’t think I’ve stuck with anything this long, I usually give up. Exercise Eleven Part A Write about a person. Where they [read more...]

Other sites I visit often


Rhys Wynne A good read. Has some interesting posts about all sort of things from personal to blog sites to gaming.

Sean Writes Words Some personal posts, well written by a genuinely nice bloke.

Vegan Stuff

Hairy Vegans One day they (me and Sam!) might do something with this.


Alistair Appleton This is a blog I’ve been reading for a long long time. It’s not so much a blog anytime but a website for him but it used to be full of very interesting and personal posts.

Drew Lynch He doesn’t so much write a blog but I check his website often for tour dates. Funny and cute.


Jason’s Movie Blog I don’t often agree with Jason but his posts are still a joy to read.


Hunter Kincaid Gay sex and body positivity. Over 18’s only. You’ve been warned.

About Me

Straight 4 pay

The details of my life are quite inconsequential… very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen-year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet.

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Other Random Posts

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The worst few weeks

I’ve written and re-written this post a dozen times to try and get my thoughts out there about the last few weeks and how awful they’ve been. Various things have been going on from my parents getting scammed to both Brad and I being ill as well as few other [read more…]


My thoughts on ‘that’ tweet.

Yesterday the tweet below appear as a retweet in my timeline. As a gay man, I have never been to a gay pride march, nor will I go to one. I despise them. I lived through Section 28, it did me no harm. I don’t force what I am on [read more…]

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At the weekend we had a lovely trip away. Not too far, just to Roscommon to visit and stay with our friends Pat & Marian. Their house is a beautiful little contact on the main road but, with us able to close their front gates, we were able to take [read more…]

Random Thoughts

First Date Advice

Although I’m not the most romantic person in the world I’d like to think I make a good impression on a first date. As ‘they’ say you only have one chance to make a first impression. I must have done something right as sixteen years after my first date with my [read more…]

The Invisible Man (2020) – A Review

The Invisible Man (2020) – A Review

***WARNING*** This review will contain spoilers! When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. One of the [read more…]


Loughrea Toastmasters

Yesterday I took over as Club President for Loughrea Toastmasters, a positions I’m looking forward to serving in. I thought I’d share with you my presidents message for the year. Presidents Message I owe Toastmasters a debt. My husband likes to tell people that I’m a “ringer!” What he means [read more…]

Rather Weighty This

Dangerous BLTs!

Yesterday at home I was having a mini meltdown because I was worried about my weigh in. I’d had a week of BLTs while I was cooking. BLTs aren’t bacon, lettuce and tomatoes which is just as well given that I’m allergic to tomatoes. No, BLTs for me are “bites, [read more…]

I wish I could speak Irish
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I wish I could speak Irish

Okay, the title is true but also misleading. I do wish I could speak Irish but that’s also the name of an Irish class I enrolled in though uni. I’ve tried learning Irish through Duolingo and man is it hard! And also, as much as I think Duolingo is great [read more…]

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Surgery and Sick

It’s been a very difficult few weeks. On February 21st I went in for gallbladder surgery. Everything went well and my gallbladder was fully removed. I don’t feel any different not having one. People warned me about the side effects of not having a gallbladder but so far I’ve had [read more…]

Random Thoughts

More utter shite!

So a “study” has discovered that people who are more attractive are more likely to be accepting of gay sex. Well, that’s what you’d believe if you’d read nearly every fucking gay news website recently. They’re a bit slow on the uptake, the report of the study was published in [read more…]

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Every day is a school day!

I made a discovery at work the other day. For those of you that don’t know I’m currently work a night shift rotation. They last three months and mine will be over in mid-October. As much as I love nights I can’t wait for them to finish as my sleep [read more…]

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A little while ago Davy Quinlivan did a Facebook post about films he hadn’t seen. Reading the list if I’d been wearing pearls I’d have clutched them and would probably still be holding them now! So this is the list and next to each one Davy I’ve given you a [read more…]

Rather Weighty This

*RWT Import* – Overnight Oats

Planning is key to a successful weight loss programme and that doesn’t mean just writing out a shopping list. Sometimes some foods need prepping in advance. As the name suggests Overnight Oats are made the day before and left in the fridge overnight. You can make a few in advance [read more…]

Rather Weighty This


At the Mad About The Voice Ireland event I won a chocolate biscuit cake in the raffle. It was delicious. I know because I ate most of it. Brad had some but not much. I’m sure you can imagine that knowing how much I’d eaten this week played heavy (pardon [read more…]

Couch to 80k

Couch to 80K – Week Two – Day Six

I’m doing the “Couch to 80k” – a writing bootcamp from writer and poet Tim Clare. For more information go here: “You get up an hour early wanko!” I loved this quote from todays podcast. Exercise Ten Another ten minute free write. Pick an object from our day six [read more…]

Random Thoughts

Stand Up Roller Coasters

I am watching a programme about the ultimate ten thrill rides and the people are talking about how on a “stand-up” roller coaster… you stand up! As the human body is used to being in a seated position when travelling then its huge thrill to be stood up – erm [read more…]

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So, as you can see I like to write something at least once a month.  Sometimes I have nothing I particularly want to say I just like to try and be consistent. This is one of those months where I have nothing much to say so instead I’m going to [read more…]

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Holidays are coming!

Brad and I have booked to got to Spain in June.  It has been too long since we’ve had a holiday.  We’re flying out to meet mom and dad.  I’m not gonna lie I’d much rather we were going on our own but only because it’s been a while since [read more…]

Rather Weighty This

Gains and gains.

Today I’ve been more than just a member at Weight Watchers. I’ve been “clerking” – basically taking the money and selling the goodies then sending the members off to get weighed. It’s really interesting and I’ve learned sooooooo much by being at six meeting so far with another three coming [read more…]

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My Hearing Loss Story – ish!

Yesterday, a fella I follow on Mastodon, John, posted this:  It’s a really interesting article where Mary Louise Kelly talks about her hearing loss and some of what she says resonates with me. It’s worth a read. Anyway, I thought I’d share my hearing loss journey*. Unlike hers, my [read more…]

Random Thoughts

Still Small Voice

Sometimes a problem stands before you and gives you the finger. You can’t pass it. You can’t wave it off like you do when others give you the finger, you have to confront it and demand to know why. So you stand your ground and you shout “why?” You make [read more…]

Day 1
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Day 1

Today marks the day I said I’d write something every day. So how about I start with a bit about me. Maybe it’ll serve as an about me page. I’m Rob. I’m a number of years old and I live in Galway, Ireland. I’m married to an amazing man who [read more…]

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500 Things

A while ago I was challenged to write 100 things about myself. I like a challenge so I thought I’d make it 500 and what a perfect way to start this journal. I hate my first name yet it’s the one I hear most of all! I believe I would [read more…]