The Tomb of Santa Claus

“Only the very young or very unsophisticated maintain the surviving faith in the legend of Santa Claus.” So was written in the Derry Journal on Friday 22nd December 1933. Santa Claus, as I’m sure everyone is aware, is a hybrid of different folklores and popularised by the iconic (and frankly, bloody annoying) advert Coca Cola trot […]

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Irish at the South Pole

A continent so vast and desolate it contains 90% of the world’s sheet ice. Its discoverer? An Irishman, who rests in a cemetery on the English south coast… Brighton Extra Mural Cemetery. The monuments and tombs here are an everlasting festival of Victorian Sussex. I love it here; it’s one of my favourite cemeteries. I’ve […]

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