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Mattie Lennon Irish Author/Poet- TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS


by Mattie Lennon

Emails offering flat garden hoses, penile extensions, 2% mortgages in North Carolina or equipment to spy on neighbours, I usually delete unread.

Recently, however, one caught my eye:
Men’s and ladies prestige watches for all occasions… 98% accuracy… Includes all proper markings… authentic weight.

It reminded me of my own foray into the world of retailing chronometers. In the early summer of 1972 I discovered a source where I could purchase large quantities of affordable, imported, watches at £2 each. (Hector Grey pointed out to the young, entrepreneurial Bill Cullen that if you buy an article for a pound and sell it for two pounds that is one-percent profit. According to the Scotsman’s reckoning I was only making .25% percent on the watches; I was selling them for £2: 50. each.)

The streets of Dublin proved to be lucrative for me in the month of June. Through hard work, a lot of patter and strategic planning I sold hundreds of watches in the Capital. Sales dropped in early July. Had everyone in Dublin bought a watch from me?

On Sunday 16th July, a scorching day, I headed for McHale Park, Castlebar to the Connaught Final. Roscommon beat Mayo 5:8 to 3:10 and I boarded the Dublin train with pockets bulging.

In the All-Ireland hurling final Kilkenny beat Cork 3:34 to 5:11 and watches were on offer to all.

And on the penultimate Sunday of September, as the final whistle blew, I was waiting outside Croke Park. Kerry V Offaly had ended in a draw. Both sets of supporters were jubilant in anticipation of a win next time out. Fob-watches were purchased for wives and girlfriends… and sometimes both.

I was, once again, ready for the replay on 15th October. Offaly beat Kerry 1:9 to 0:13. Watches would adorn muscular wrists in Banager and Blennerville.

I found that the only section of the Irish community completely out of the watch market was the Greyhound fraternity. (Perhaps they were only interested in stopwatches). A visit to Harold’s Cross resulted in not one sale.

When Percy Bysshe Shelley was selling his book Address To The Irish People, at the Gresham Hotel, in 1812, he said, “I stand by the window and wait ’til I see who looks likely. Then I throw a book at him”. I didn’t use the poet’s marketing ploy but one hundred and sixty years later and twenty yards from the prestigious Hotel, on 03rd November I was selling outside the Savoy Cinema in O’Connell Street when a well-dressed man of rural-Irish background asked me, “How much for four watches?”

The lapel of his fashionable, fingertip-to-hip-length, fawn coat failed to conceal the tell tale strap of a Walkie-talkie stretched diagonally across his chest. This didn’t bother me. In the preceding months I had met literally hundreds of Guards in the course of my selling. Some had bought watches and with many others I had exchanged good-natured banter. But, seemingly, this was different.

If Garda John McGonigle had asked where I had gotten my wares I suppose I could have quoted William Paley’s Natural Theology (1802), “Suppose I found a watch upon the ground, and it should be enquired how the watch happened to be in that place… the inference, we think is inevitable… ” or I could have given him the name and address of my wholesaler.

But he didn’t ask. Instead he called for a patrol car and I was conveyed to Store Street station. The driver was a, civil, plain-clothes officer who asked if I had, “ever been in trouble before”? I shared the back seat with a twenty-stone Inspector. He went a long way towards proving the theory that fat people are jolly. He found the fact that forty watches for which I had paid hard-earned cash, were being confiscated, hilarious. “You wudda had a profitable night on’y ye met the wrong man” he guffawed.

Back in the station McGonigle suggested that the watches weren’t of top quality, as if I had been claiming that they were Omegas.

When I asked if I could make a phone call, Garda McGonigle was the one to answer, “No”.

Eventually I was asked where I got the watches and I gave the name and address of my supplier who was based a ten-minute drive from the station. Was my alibi checked out? No.

The squad-car driver put me in a cell and formed the opinion that it wasn’t necessary to confiscate my belt or tie. “You don’t look like the sort of fellow that would hang himself”. He looked in on me later and when I asked him what time it was, adding,” Isn’t it hard lines when a man starts out with forty watches and ends up asking someone else the time?” he laughed; a genuine laugh.

In the small hours of the morning, while pondering on what I was missing (Johnny Flynn had been playing at the Ierne) the shouts and language in the adjoining cells made me thankful that I wasn’t a law-breaker or a Guard.

My first cell-mate was an intelligent individual. The sort you could talk to. He was removed and replaced by a well-dressed teenager who was probably a hard man out on the street but allowed his vulnerability to show once locked up. I learned from a page from the Irish Independent, which lay on the “bed”, that my friend Dick Trueman had been appointed Secretary of the United Arts Club. Towards dawn I was presented with a Charge-sheet which proclaimed that I was being charged with,” feloniously receiving forty watches… “.

When I insisted on reading the document I was accused of being, ” very cagey”.

Though nobody had asked me what was my trade or profession the “Occupation” line on the sheet was filled with the words, “No business”.

When my term of incarceration came to an end (the only night of my life spent in a cell) and the crisp November air of Northside Dublin assailed my face, I was in a position to review the words of George A.Birmingham; “The Irish Police Barrack is invariably clean, occasionally picturesque, but it is never comfortable”. If Mr. Birmingham had ever visited Store Street he would have omitted the bit about “invariably clean”.

The burly, polite, Garda who ushered me into the “meat-wagon” asked,” Were you batin’ the polis last night?”

I answered in the negative without elaboration. (Come to think of it, not alone have I not indulged in “batin’ the polis” since, but somewhere among my collection of newspaper cuttings, Clancy Brothers records and knick-knacks picked up in the Dandelion Market is an interesting letter; It is from superintendent Micheal Carolin expressing his “deep gratitude” for my “assistance rendered to Gardai Eaton Touhy and Brian Woods who were under attack on Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot”.

So, I didn’t agree with Brendan Behan when he said that there was no human situation so grim that the appearance of a Policeman wouldn’t worsen.)

I was taken to the Courts area kept in a holding-cell with a number of others. I was the only first-timer and I was informed by the more experienced that I would be “going straight to ‘the Joy'” (Mountjoy Prison).

On my journey through the subterranean passage, from the holding cell to the Court, Garda McGonigle, who was now in uniform, (I bet he didn’t sleep on a plank) made me walk in front of him. Perhaps he feared my having a lump-hammer or an anvil concealed in my shirt pocket.

When the Judge addressed me, not being au feit with Courtroom protocol, I stepped forward to deliver the monologue, which I had rehearsed through the night. A Garda put out a restraining hand and whispered to me that that is not how things are done. The Judge on seeing my confusion said, ?”You’ll get plenty of opportunity to say what you have to say”. They next thing I heard was “adjourned”. I signed a Bail-bond for £25 and? walked to freedom thinking of a couple of lines from The Ballad Of Reading Gaol:
“Out into God’s sweet air we went
But not in wonted way… ”

I contacted my supplier and, since neither of us had anything to hide, he accompanied me to Store Street Garda Station and explained that, yes, he had been supplying quantities of watches to me over the preceding months. The officer on duty pointed out that since I was already charged I would have to appear in Court on the appointed day or a Bench-warrant would be issued for my arrest.

When I returned home to 4, Chester Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, I discovered that the house had been searched by a number of Gardai. A ledger and light fitting were missing. The former was returned to me later in Dublin Castle. The latter I haven’t seen since.

I later learned that the following exchange took place between two friends of mine:

“Did you hear about Lennon being arrested?”

“No.What did he do”?

“Oh, nothing. He had too much time on his hands”.

On my next Court appearance, being a great believer in the maxim that the innocent don’t need defence, I didn’t engage a Solicitor. Garda McGonigle’s only evidence was, “I am not offering any evidence”.

Life went on.

I haven’t featured in Fogra Tora since.

As far as I know, Garda McGonigle didn’t finish up directing traffic in Bangor Erris and I haven’t ever heard of a Guard being charged with wasting Police time… have you?

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2012 Global Ebook Awards Finalists- THIS MOBIUS STRIP OF IFS by Mathias B. Freese Best Autobiography/Memoirs Non-Fiction

2012 Global Ebook Awards Finalists

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Best eBook Trailer

Amazon Categories Create Best Sellers by Aggie Villanueva
Dying the Right Way, A System of Caregiving and Planning for Families by Janice Louise Long
Equity of Evil by Rudy Mazzocchi
Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator by Robert Downs
Flow-tography: Better Photos Now by Suzanne Merritt

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Simon and the Solar System by Derek the Ghost
The Day I Became a Pirate by Cary Snowden

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Joy after the Fire, When Grief, Loss, and Despair are the Seeds of New Joy and Growth by Joyce Wycoff
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Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

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Do You? By Michelle Reynoso
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My Healing Heart by Rosalie B. Kahn
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3 Off the Tee: Make it Happen by Lorii Myers
15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy by Mary C. Kelly, PhD
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Burnished: Burnside Life Stories by Kate Shayler
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The First Americans Were Africans by David Imhotep Ph.D.

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Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door by Susan Borax and Heather Knittel
Knowledge to Grow Shaped Trees by Peter Cook and Becky Northey

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It’s Your Thoughts that Count by Wendy Betteridge
Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill by M.G. Edwards
The Success Attitude – Haunting Messages Guiding Us by Janice Davies
The Unknown Connection by Phyllis E. Sloan

Leadership Non-Fiction

Do Not Invent Buggy Whips Create! Reinvent! Position! Disrupt! by Kenneth J. Thurber Ph.D.
Preventing Sales Crimes by Peri Shawn

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Dying the Right Way, A System of Caregiving and Planning for Families by Janice Louise Long
Whole-Body Dentistry®: A Complete Guide to Understanding the Impact of Dentistry on Total Health by Mark A. Breiner, DDS

Men’s Issues Non-Fiction

Testosterone: A Man’s Guide by Nelson Vergel

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A Fleet in Being: The Austro-Hungarian Navy in WWI by Russell Phillips
Chow by Victoria A. Hudson

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Demystifying Confucianism by Yoko Miyamoto
The Immigrants’ Daughter by Mary Terzian

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Do You QuantumThink? New Thinking That Will Rock Your World by Dianne Collins
Walking for Peace, an Inner Journey by Mony Dojeiji
Wholeness in Living: Kindling the Inner Light by Mayte Picco-Kline

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Don’t Carve the Turkey with a Chainsaw: Resolving Family Conflict by Roger E Frame, Ph.D.
Parenting Plans For Families After Divorce by Joan McWilliams
The 4-1-1 on Step Parenting by Michele Sfakianos
The Parents Report Card by Lawrence J Bradley

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The Big D!ck Contest: Exposed by Lafferty Johnson

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Do Not Invent Buggy Whips Create! Reinvent! Position! Disrupt! by Kenneth J. Thurber Ph.D.
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Man’s Greatest Fear by Thomas M. Lister

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Do Not Invent Buggy Whips Create! Reinvent! Position! Disrupt! by Kenneth J. Thurber Ph.D.
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Grownup Love: Getting It and Keeping It by Gloria Arenson
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Mind Work: Shedding Delusions on the Path to the Creative Core by Peter Clothier
Toward a Positive Psychology of Religion: Belief Science in the Postmodern Era by Robert Rocco Cottone
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48 Hours to Chaos: An Engineer Looks at Life and How the World Really Works by John D Waterman

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Alpha Chick, Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power by Mal Duane
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Dying the Right Way, A System of Caregiving and Planning for Families by Janice Louise Long
Power To The Patient: The Medical Strategist by Barbara Hales,MD

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Rose Mary Stiffin, Phd Author- WALK IN BETHEL


by Rose Mary Stiffin, Phd

A return to the Southern Gothic tradition and a testimony to her Southern roots, author Rose Mary Stiffin’s debut novel, WALK IN BETHEL, is an earthy, spellbinding drama set in the sweltering Mississippi Delta. With skeletons in the closet and a myriad of back porch speculations, Stiffin writes in the vernacular of a multi-family epic, that describes the darkest passages of the human heart, as well as its we-lit corridors of freedom, forgiveness, and love of family. Nashville is Reverend Carl Thompson’s wife; she secretly considers prayers to be no more than wishes yet believes God walks the Earth. Though she’s witnessed brutality, she’s also seen equality of human kindness. Returning from her Christian duty to call up the infirm- in this case Belle Washington, a child-bride and runaway who has lost another child- Nashville is dragged into a cotton field by two depraved white youths, the Ferguson brothers, and would have been brutally raped if it weren’t for Mike Poe fending off her attackers. Their desperate trek home is fraught with terror as they try to avoid the revenge-seeking brothers. The chaos leads to a desperate sin without measure, and consequences that will follow them to their graves. Years later, when Nashville’s daughter Allene Marries Robert Sutton, a man with a murderous past, she’ll have no idea what truth will haunt him and what fate will provide. This unforgettable saga links three families, several generations, and is ultimately a story of survival, for what we can forgive is what we must never forget.


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