All I want now is to be left in peace; to smoke my pipe and to enjoy an odd pint of stout. Of course, that is now illegal, just about anywhere in Ireland, but at least our village has the sense to apply laws that are reasonable, and to ignore all those petty little regulations that are designed to save us from our own natural inclinations to enjoy ourselves. Grandad is an ordinary bloke. He's sane. He even has a certificate from his psychiatrist to prove it. He says that he is making great progress. Grandad's only problem is that he is getting old. That has a good and bad side. The good side is the good looking girls don't feel threatened any more, he can pay for things with small change when there is a long queue and people will only mutter. The bad side is that he is increasingly grumpy and even little things are driving him mad.Grandad has lived an outspoken blogging life since he first started posting in 2006. Building on the success of HeadRambles.com, Mercier puts in print some of his finest and funniest posts.
Richard O'Connor is a Wicklow-living, tourist-hating malcontent. He worked for many years at a RTE and Cablelink before retiring and setting up his own business which keeps him busier than he'd like. He lives in a beautiful house (except for the neighbours) with Herself, enjoys the odd pint of Guinness and blogging.