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As Time  Goes By
02-DEC-2009

As Time Goes By

I had plenty of time to consider the passage of time as I waited for a friend to join me for our
weekly coffee this morning - she was very late!
I pondered the changes which had taken place in the last ten years. Ten years ago , the now uber-
cool sophisicated coffee shop was the offices of The Dundalk Democrat, the paper where
I got my first job straight out of college. I never intended to work there as it was a particularly
old-fashioned and backward thinking paper but fate took a hand and I needed a job near home.
It was a higgledy-piggledy office, with manuel type-writers and one phone between five reporters
and the printing was done on old hot-metal linotype machines. Many people thought it 'quaint'
but in reality it was an uncomfortable place to work, cold in the winter and a fire trap.
The Democrat's front page was entirely devoted to advertisements with all news stories inside.
The owner/editor was an eccentric character who seemed to have walked out of 'Dad's Army', complete
with moustache and menacing roar. While it wasn't the most challenging place to work, there was never a
dull moment, with dramas which wouldn't be out of place in a soap opera. Maybe I'll write a book about it some
time but I don't think anyone would believe my stories!
This week ten years ago I moved to the opposition. Shortly afterwards, the editior of The Democrat died, the paper was
bought by a Scottish group and the building sold. So, I now drink coffee where I once worked.

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Patricia Kay06-Dec-2009 12:40
A fascinating story and lovely image Mairead...I am in line for the book too...sounds like it will be a great read!...BV
Char04-Dec-2009 13:17
A great story Mairead. It sounds like it would make an interesting book. Excellent capture of this scene.
marita toftgard03-Dec-2009 22:44
great story
fascinating how everything does go in circles

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Johnny JAG03-Dec-2009 19:58
I can't wait to read that book, it sounds like a fascinating place.
Kevin Chester03-Dec-2009 18:17
I drink coffee where I still work ;-). Nice photo and story, 10 years ago I was holding a 1 year old baby and pondering the future, now shes in comprehensive school.Just 10 years.
globalgadabout03-Dec-2009 16:26
what a transformation...seems a lot more placid than a newsroom...V
Nora van Beek03-Dec-2009 15:08
How ironic that the same building which housed a business so steeped in antiquity now is an ultra modern establishment. Great image and very interesting story!
Neal Nye03-Dec-2009 12:24
I love your stories. I hope you decide to proceed with your book. This is a wonderful shot too with those spots of color.
Colin Storey03-Dec-2009 11:51
Well composed shot and great story.
Betty Vlasiu03-Dec-2009 08:56
Well composed -well done! v
Ann...03-Dec-2009 08:29
I love cool colours and composition of this shot - truly worlds apart from the offices of your youth!
slhoornstra03-Dec-2009 07:07
Nice shot, and an interesting story. Thanks for sharing your horrible experience, nice that you can enjoy this place now. V
LynnH03-Dec-2009 03:45
Fascinating story telling, Mairead. I think your work stories would be quite interesting. Nice, sharp shot that looks uber-cool!
laine02-Dec-2009 23:25
Another great story,Mairead. Nice that the walls are still there to retain the echoes of your past there. There's a lovely ambience in this image.
Stephanie02-Dec-2009 23:13
What an interesting chronicle of the past 10 years of your life!
pkocinski02-Dec-2009 22:47
The circle of life is interesting isn't it?
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