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Sunday, July 13th, 2003
9:37 pm
Up Tipp !!!
ger buph.

Certainly managed intention of increasing Guinness' profits. Am as pissed as a small brewery !!!! Lol !!!

Tipp won. Yippeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! Must look up and see when draw is for the next round. Will possibly go home for it. (cheapflight and dad getting me a ticket )

Would love to have been there. I love the West of Ireland. My dad is there at the moment - but i think that 'she' is with him at the now. don't won't to go there right now - will do in some future post. Still a little child at heart and want my parents to be together - they got on so well at my wedding.

Time to stop talking shite.

Current Mood: Pissed
Saturday, July 12th, 2003
11:12 am
I am sick of journal. Its really making me look like a miserable bastard. So while i am in good mood, i am going to write something a bit more positive !!!

Books I have read in the last week:

Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Saul Bellow - The Dangling Man (absolutely brilliant - new resolution - read more Saul Bellow)
Alexander Solzhenitsyn - A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (mega)

Current Book: William Faulkner - Requeim for a Nun.

Boss's 40th Birthday Party tonight in Bexley. Seraphina and I will be staying over. I intend to drink soooo much that i will push up the profits of Guinness !!!

GAA fest tomorrow. Ulster Football Final. I must ask my dad if he is interested in gonig next year. I have always thought that All Ireland Finals aside, the two great games of the year are the Ulster Football Final and the Munster Hurling Final. I have been to several munster finals, but never the ulster. Munster Football final - will probably be a bit one-sided, but hope that Limerick put on a good show. Then the biggy - tipp v galway. Bit surprised by the tipp team, but i hope to christ that they beat galway. If they do, will probably go and see them in the next round - if i can get a cheap flight. This means about 7 hours in an irish pub. Life can be tough at times !!! Oh well, more profits for guinness !!

Been reading a brilliant site recently - www.anfearrua.com. Excellent gaa site. There aren't enough of these. Though the official gaa site (www.gaa.ie) is quite good, and so is www.setanta.com and www.rte.ie.

c'mon - someone please pass a comment !!!!!

j.

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, July 8th, 2003
9:04 pm
reflections
I have been thinking about my past a lot recently. I watched a game on Sunday, and the memories of times gone by really came back to me. I can quite clearly remember sitting by the sidelines - the smell of the grass, the shouts on the air, the cool breeze of a summer's evening. Those times were very special to me.

I think the reason i have been thinking so much about the past is that i am starting to realise that i am getting old. I had a long chat with a friend of mine today. He too is getting this sense of dissatisfaction. I am twenty eight now. I am married. I have bought an apartment. My wife wants to start a family. I miss my long lazy days of student life. I miss the sense that the future was a great unknown. Life seems all of a sudden very planned out for me. 2.4 children and a family saloon.

Its not that I am unhappy or that my life or outlook is negative. I just feel that I want to re-connect with the John of six or seven years ago. The John who wanted to be a writer. The John that had a free spirit - shaved head and funky clothes. I miss that part of me.

I am also home sick. I miss walking down streets that i have always known, drinking in pubs where people know my name, know my parents, know where i live.

On the plus side, i have made an appointment with my doctor so that i can get a referral to a plastic surgeon and maybe have one more nose job. But again, now that i am getting older, maybe I should just learn to live with the face I have?

I am thinking of going back to university by night. I am torn between studying something that would further my career - something boring like accountancy or finance - or something that would rekindle my passion - english literature, history, or archeology.

I have just finished saul bellow's 'the dangling man'. That is how one writes something in the style of a journal.

If anybody ever reads these entries, they must suspect me of dreadful self-pitying. But that is not a fair reflection. This is just a great place to release my thoughts.
Thursday, June 19th, 2003
10:12 pm
Bit of a non-event day. Went for a drink with Seraphina and had some chinese (which was scrummy !!!).

Trying to plan what to do for the weekend. Going round to my old boss for a bbq on Sunday. Will probably get all broody when I see his little kid again !!!!

I can't wait to have kids.

Current Mood: good
Wednesday, June 18th, 2003
8:38 pm
New resolution - will update at least once a week.

Work is so fucking quiet at the moment its driving me mad. The day seems to last for ever.

I am seriously thinking of going back to see a surgeon about having some more work done on my face. I think i would like to have my left nostril re-done. It is giving my nose a bit of a lopsided look. I think i could probably have some more work done on the scar.

I am also thinking of going for counselling. Its just an idea at the moment. I have been talking to a lot of other people with clefts recently and it has set me thinking about a lot of stuff. Might be good to talk it over with a professional.

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, June 7th, 2003
9:49 pm
Saturday night and my wift is gone out on the piss and I am home alone - well, me and the cat.

Coming back from holiday really is the pits. Just spent a brilliant week in Spain - Santiago de Compestella. Everything is much cheaper over there !!!!!! God, i hate living in such an expensive city !!!!!!! And I am homesick after spending the previous week in ireland (getting married).

Its all a bit of an anti-climax.

Living with a cleft lip and palate is also crap. I absolutely hate looking at the pictures taken at the wedding. I hate seeing myself in photographs !!!!!

Current Mood: contemplative
Sunday, May 18th, 2003
9:43 am
intro
Hi,

my name is john corrigan. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am 28 years old and I live in London. I was born in Dublin, grew up in a little town in Ireland called Cashel in County Tipperary. I was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate.

I moved back to Dublin when i was 19 to go to university. I studied English and History, both subjects i still thoroughly enjoy. But since i got my pc i don't seem to read as much anymore !!!

I have recently joined a group in smartgroups http://www.smartgroups.com/groups/clapaadults which is a group for cleft affected people. It was really weird when we had a meeting a couple of weeks ago - although one in about 700 people are born with a cleft it was the first time i actually met people who had the same life experiences as me. I would urge anyone who was born cleft to check out smartgroups - there is a board for the US and for the UK.

My other main love in live is traditional Irish sports, especially Gaelic Football and Hurling. I also love traditional Irish music and just about everything else to do with Ireland, lol !!!

I bought a two bed flat in London about 18 months ago. I live here with my girlfriend Seraphina and my cat Jimmy. The cat is called Jimmy because when he was a kitten he had a huge shock of fur and looked like Jimmy Hendrix - so my gf reckons !!!! We are getting married in Ireland on 26th May - so if this entry is somewhat incoherent its because my nerves are in pieces, lol !!!!!!!

Will write more later,

j.
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