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A happy St Patrick’s Day to all

Even to those, like me, who are 'Plastic Paddies'

Today, as I’m sure many of you are aware, is St Patrick’s Day. Irishmen and women around the world will be celebrating though, sadly, most of the festivities will be going on behind closed doors.

It will be a muted affair.

As far as I’m aware, the Irish in the county of Kent have never attempted to follow the example of Boston in America and turn the Medway green. I did consider a bit of Photoshop trickery, but decided against it.

So, to the Irish in the county – and Plastic Paddies like me (English-born of Irish parents) – have a very happy day. Actually, this is my wish to all readers of this blog, irrespective.

I hope I’m not breaking copyright by repeating this Irish blessing…

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Don’t hit the Guinness or whiskey (with an ‘e’) too hard.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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