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@radiobrendan It’s fair to say that it’s largely down to the Irish Americans, those in the US to be clear, that St Patrick’s Day is as big and wide-reaching a celebration that it is these days. They glamorised, as only they can, what had been back in its origin(...)

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@radiobrendan For a small country without a history of conquest, the Irish do certainly get around. Of course the chief reason most left and still leave the island was and is for economic reasons. Ireland has only ever been able to sustain a certain number; whether it could or(...)

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@radiobrendan Wanted: Enthusiastic people to take anything from six to 24 hours out of their day (with the ‘promise’ of more days to come), be ordered around like dogs when needed, virtually walked over when not. Food may or may not be included, it depends on how the(...)

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@radiobrendan Back in late 2007, during my first full-time radio job, the general manager of the station in question, a recently-appointed Portuguese man, took to me one side and said, “Brendan, you’ve lost your joie de vivre.” While he mightn’t have been(...)

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@radiobrendan In our last post we saw how the security concerns some may have about visiting the departments of Caquetá and Putumayo may be a bit off the mark. In a way, you could say both places are microcosms of what Colombia as a whole was for the international community just(...)

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@radiobrendan There’s a school of thought that suggests that travellers who seek out ‘non-tourist’ areas are generally doing themselves a disservice. Basically, the reason why some places aren’t holiday hotspots is that there’s just nothing of(...)

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@radiobrendan Picture the scenario. You meet a stranger on the street, have a brief, perhaps cordial exchange, and moments later you’re handing over practically everything you have in your possession. If you’ve your bank cards on you, you might even go to the nearest(...)

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@radiobrendan For the last 20 months Bogotá’s only regular quiz (trivia) night, IQuiz, has been on the go. It’s still quite a niche event, a nature of the ‘beast’ that it is perhaps. Nonetheless, as a labour of love, it’s been relatively successful(...)

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