Wednesday, June 13

"Tell me this, do you ever open a book at all?"

"Dalkey is a little town maybe twelve miles south of Dublin, on the shore. It is an unlikely town, huddled, quiet, pretending to be asleep. Its streets are narrow, not quite self-evident as streets and with meetings which seem accidental. Small shops look closed but are open. Dalkey looks like an humble settlement which must, a traveller feels, be next door to some place of the first importance and distinction. And it is – vestibule of a heavenly conspection." 
The Dalkey Archive by Flann O'Brien

It's now the home too of an entertaining, interesting, charming Book Festival celebrated on Bloomsday Weekend  - Ulysses' opening is set here also - and it ends with a Quiz for anyone who has ever opened a book at all.

Saturday, June 9

Gadgets Round-up June 2 & 9

Walkies for your fingers with a remote control dog walker, the personal, portable bidet and a transparent kayak to watch the world go under are all featured on here on June 2.

The Burton Sleeper Hoodie with its built-in pillow, a bag that claims to hide your DSLR and Sony's SmartWatch that's smart enough, but not really a watch are here on June 9.

Gadgets is in the Irish Times Magazine each Saturday.