Changing Times…..

A remarkable group of women, the unique Wexford order of Sisters Of Perpetual Adoration have maintained an unbroken vigil of prayer in Wexford since 1877. Dwindling numbers, like so many other orders mean that they are now considerably diminished. This morning a mass was celebrated for the the sisters and those lay people who take an hour or more per week to spend in silent contemplation with them.

An hour of unbroken and uninterrupted silence in this busy world is a remarkably difficult thing to achieve, whether Christian, Buddhist, or secular. 

Thank you Microsoft….

…..(or I want to strangle someone)

Have a read of this:

Outlook 2016: POP3 duplicates after installing the February 16 Update

So thanks to an ‘update’ on outlook, I have lost all emails on my remote server, and once I prevented further losses there, all emails since are being re-loaded onto my desktop machine every time I start Outlook. Hundreds of megabytes and an inbox that looks like a hall of mirrors.

So my desktop machine has multiple copies, and my Windows phone and tablet have lost the lot….

Would it have been too much, Mr Gates to send your subscribers a note saying that there were some problem and that you were trying to sort it out –  I’m a sole trader with limited resources, and I manage to apologise to my customers when things are not quite going to plan.

Lord only knows what will happen when I do the downgrade.

Maybe it will turn my global dictionary back to proper English – the machine thinks I moved to America since a few upgrades ago…..


Roll on Spring

It’s been a particularly nasty winter for outdoor commercial photography. Wet wet wet doesnt even start to describe it. Grey skies, wind and of course water everywhere doesn’t make for ease of work. As the wettest winter on record, that means the number of opportunities to complete commissions were fairly limited. And then there are the election posters. Hopefully no more of them for a while, but actually, I wouldn’t be betting on that one!

Bruce Shaw St Pats Drumcondra
St Pat’s Drumcondra on a rare fine January evening and minus the election posters


General Election day 2016

Today’s the day – Ireland will have a new government shortly – good bad or indifferent.

Regardless of the outcome, us ‘ordinary citizens’ will still have to get up every morning and do whatever it is that we do, whether in joy, sadness, indifference, frustration or despair.

Vote for someone today. Otherwise, you can’t claim any mandate to complain to praise or  to expect.

2011 Election Count (2)

tempus fugit – bye bye facebook

My new website is live and running.

During the process of developing the site, and building various links I took a fairly hard look at my social media habits. it seems that I’ve become a compete Facebook junkie….

So I’ve switched Facebook from my personal page to land directly on the business page, which, of course remains active. I’ve turned off all notifications and deleted facebook apps from the phone and the ipad.

Let’s see what I can use the 5+ hours per week for. That’s before thinking about the effect on my head space from the negativity, rampant self promotion, plain spam, amens, ‘when she opened…’ and of course rampant misinformation about everything from health to politics. I will miss all the free cars, iphones, ipads and so on though…


farewell facebook