Cruising the high seas is a viable alternative to the nursing home
At this time of year businesses tend to shut down and like our politicians, many people take time off and maybe enjoy a lengthy holiday.
Unless you are a tillage farmer, life slows down and even meat factory quotes can be hard to come by as sales drop off and summer heat is blamed for the poor demand for beef and lamb.
Newspapers struggle to find headlines to attract readers and daft stories tend to circulate giving the month of August the title 'the Silly Season'.
Food is always a good topic for when news is scarce and I must admit that I find it extraordinary that we import hundreds of millions of chickens in to Ireland in the form of fillets or other cuts from as far afield as Vietnam yet if you change the meat in any way, like covering it in breadcrumbs for deep fat frying, it can be sold as Irish.
I refuse to eat chicken unless it comes direct from an Irish organic producer. It costs a bit more but it is surely more important to be confident of the purity of what we eat than to worry about the possible dangers of food additives and other substances pumped into carcasses to bulk up their weight.
I love the tales of the elderly couples who found it made economic sense to sell their home and spend their remaining years circling the globe on world cruises.
Apparently this can work out cheaper than staying in a nursing home. The medical care available on luxury cruise ships is first class, the food is excellent and you can live out the remainder of your years in affordable luxury.
Or the Canadian retirement plan which proposed swopping the residents in nursing homes with those in prisons.