Pól Ó Lorcáin
Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

The woman who had never been to Brazil

I was at a dinner party just before Christmas. It was one of those parties where everything falls into place. The ambience (cold outside, fire blazing in the grate), the camaraderie (a great mixture of people who have known each other for a long time) and of course there was a large array of drinks to be weighed and savoured.

After a wonderful meal, we sat round the fire with a relish that seemed to say that we had never been near a fire before. “Far from it we were reared”, as the saying goes. Then we began a blindfold beer testing session. I got a stout and lager right but confused two others – damn.

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