Many apologies to all of those who have tried and failed to use the rather clunking contact form

I’ve now created a dedicated email address so people have somewhere to get in touch without having to leave a comment under a particular post, and can do so privately. You can reach me at

For some reason the idea of commenting on particular posts isn’t very appealing. So do feel free to get in touch, the only person who sees the details  is me. I’d also like to get a clearer idea about what people are looking for – so far there are lots of views from the US, Australia, and Ireland, so I guess it’s the Irish stuff that’s sparking interest. It does with me a lot as well, but as a London boy, I kind of like we’ve been here one way or another for a couple of hundred years. Time to sew a few more buttons on that jacket………

Also, thank you to everyone who has been in touch so far, every comment to date has given me something useful to add to the pile of jigsaw pieces.