This is the beginning of my blog. Born today, on a full moon in Taurus in the year 2016. I name it ‘The Fretful Midge’ because I think it is one of the most wonderful titles for any piece of literature I have ever come across. It was coined or perhaps ‘birthed’ by Terence De Vere White, a writer who was a contemporary of my father’s in Dublin, when all the scribblers used to gather in The Pearl Bar on Fleet Street, opposite the Irish Times. This is a photo of it long after its heyday when the likes of Brendan Behan were crooning at the counter:

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