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Galty: 87 today

Wednesday, 3 April, 2019

In 1932, the year he was born, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley was published; Amelia Earhart flew from the United States to Northern Ireland in 14 hours and 54 minutes; the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened; the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at its lowest level of the Great Depression, bottoming out at 41.22; Konrad Adenauer opened the first Autobahn in Germany; the Cortes Generales of the Spanish Republic approved the Autonomy of Catalonia; the first Venice Film Festival was held; the Soviet famine of 1932ā€“33 began and millions starved to death as a result of forced collectivization; India played its first Test Cricket Match with England at Lord’s, and the Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd was proclaimed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the rule of Ibn Saud.


“His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings
He furleth close; contented so to look
On mists in idleness — to let fair things
Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook.”

The Human Seasons — John Keats

In the year of his first cigarette

Saturday, 24 June, 2017 0 Comments

In the year that the great Galty smoked his first cigarette, The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, premiered in Hollywood; Francisco Franco assumed power in Spain; Flann O’Brien’s metafiction At Swim-Two-Birds was published in London; Princess Fawzia Fuad of Egypt married Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran; Billie Holiday recorded Strange Fruit; Italy seized Albania and King Zog fled; an Irish Republican Army bomb exploded in the centre of Coventry, killing five people; John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath was published; Batman made his first appearance in Detective Comics No. 27; nylon stockings went on sale in Wilmington, Delaware, and LaGuardia Airport opened in New York City.

Oh, and the opening shots of World War II were fired when Germany invaded Poland.


The Galtees

Monday, 3 April, 2017 0 Comments

The Galtees

“Mountains, according to the angle of view, the season, the time of day, the beholder’s frame of mind, or any one thing, can effectively change their appearance. Thus, it is essential to recognize that we can never know more than one side, one small aspect of a mountain.” — Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

The Wisdom of Galty

Monday, 2 January, 2017 0 Comments

At 85, he has distilled a life’s wisdom into rustic aphorisms. “Cats are cleverer than dogs,” he says. “You can’t get cats to follow cattle.” And every cattle herder and sheepdog owner would agree.


Happy New Year!

Sunday, 1 January, 2017 0 Comments

Resolution for 2017: “Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.” — Cormac McCarthy, The Road

The fire