Like it or not, poppies no longer represent what they initially were created for. Every year we have remembrance services where those in power in the state talk about our military and giving thanks to their courage, whilst handily forgetting that when current soldiers often come back from tours of Afghanistan, it's up to charities to mend what's been broken.
Ireland has a heavy footprint of highly profitable, multinational technology companies and many in the sector refer to Dublin as the "Silicon Valley of Europe." It is a fact that Ireland has one of the lowest corporation tax rates in the EU, but Ireland (and its people) have a lot more to offer than just a strategy to maximise profits.
But Jamie Cullum's BBC Radio show called and it made perfect sense to take the opportunity to big up this crazy city on air. Actually, this broadcast is not for his weekly Radio 2 show, but for a documentary he is doing for BBC Radio 4 called 'Piano Pilgrimage'. The premise of the show is to explore the changing fortunes of the 'home piano'.