Talking about TV stations has got me going on this particular annoying ad by RTE news “The Truth matters”. Its annoying that this station is know for its censorship, one sided debates and sheer ignorance. Had a run in with them myself the now famous Colm and Jim Jim on radio 2 or 2Fm as they call. They went all quiet when asked to back up what they had put out and refused to sue when called “Liars” and “Two legged Rats” so I got no justice from them. Back to the “Truth Matters”, RTE wouldn’t know the truth if it bite them on the arse. Enough said
Was watching TV3/Virgin Media one last Saturday and the program that was on was some English import – catchphrase i think and I felt like I was watching a English tv station rather than a Irish one. I remember when initially watching English tv stations they felt different than to watching a Irish one . Everything on Irish tv stations is nearly English or American and feel that Irish culture is being overshadowed somewhat and that we are raising a generation of “West Brits” or people who feel that English culture is superior to Irish culture. Irish tv stations don’t make enough “home produced” dramas, comedies, documentaries to fill the needs of the country and just buy in English dramas and films cheaply. Comedies from RTE are notoriously not funny at all and TV3/Virgin Media don’t make very much Something should be done to rectify this, more state Grants for Irish productions, quotas for Irish productions on Irish tv, so to stop the tv stations from looking like a ITV channel in England. Culture overshadowing i don’t think is good for Ireland and for Irish identity in the world.
That’s a screenshot from the BBC website ( Cristina Criddle https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-54816579)which says that Santa’s grottos will be missed this year due to the Corona virus. This virus is certainly putting a damper on things in a major way. First it was St Patrick’s day , followed by Easter cancellations and then May day and so on, It is a tough year for those working in travel and tourism and the pub trade has taken a “hit” as well.This year will be remembered for the Corona virus and not much else .
Planned restrictions are possibly Christmas parties, pub crawls and New Years eve celebrations. Will pubs be allowed to Re-open one wonders ? It is unlikely that the virus is cleared out before Christmas . Will people be allowed to fly home for Christmas ? Measures like pre flight testing will have to be done or testing at the Airports will have to be brought in. Otherwise you are just reintroducing the virus again, Christmas looks like its going to be different this year
By https://www.nursetogether.com/ – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89016611
Its Just been announced that the 26 counties is to go in Lockdown for at least six weeks starting Wednesday night. This is in response to the increase in cases of Co-Vid 19 throughout the country. This is basically the run up to Christmas and shopkeepers will be angry as it is their busiest time.
I noticed last week that the cinema’s/pubs are shut again with a quick perusal of the internet. That was level 3 restrictions i suppose. It looks like being a “Blue Christmas” or sad Christmas with alot of activities being banned – Christmas parties, dinners and pub crawls being stopped to avoid people getting infected. One wonders what the situation will be for people returning home for Christmas ? Possibly bring the Co-Vid 19 virus with them ? They will have to be testing at the airports or before arrival in Ireland . The government might put a stop to people coming back – its possible
Will six weeks clear the virus ? More likely the spring alot depends on the flu season. Read somewhere that the amount of flu cases has declined from 2019 will all the restrictions on movement, face masks etc..
One thing for sure the economy is really taking a hit.
Halloween is already a casualty like “off” with Minster Harris saying that there will be “no trick or treating” this year. The situation here is largely a failure of Government/s to coordinate their antivirus measures with each other leaving every country open to re-infection as soon as the lockdown ceases. Some co-ordination between countries is required .
Just noticed on the Tv3/Virgin Media news at eight, that up to fifteen British soldiers will not face any charges for their role in shooting dead 14 civilians in Derry in January 1972. All the civilians were unarmed.
There was no evidence of the British soldiers being fired upon on the day and their firing on the march against internment was totally unnecessary .
At the time the massacre brought a wave of revulsion against British rule in Ireland with the British embassy in Dublin being burned to the ground.
However todays decision by the British authority’s is an attempt to cover up their crimes in the North of Ireland which they want hushed up. Relatives of those killed on Bloody Sunday are planning a appeal against the judgement.
Nearly fifty years later what does one say ? British army siding with loyalists against Nationalist protests. The apartheid orange state established against the wishes of the majority of Irish people by Lloyd George and the rest of the British cabinet. One ponders should they follow the South African model of a Truth and Reconciliation commission which would give an amnesty to those who had committed war crimes during the troubles. No one is more opposed to this than the British government who want their collection of dirty tricks to remain secret. There will be little justice or truth until the Brits are brought to book.
Well well, the establishment have made a mess out of Nama, two men have been charged in the North with fraud in respect to the sale of Nama’s Northern loan book. It was sold for less than one third of its book value of sterling $4.5 billion. Basically sold for a song to a American company Cerebus who obviously got a bargain. Wouldn’t you make a “killing” here if you had the credit rating. Mick Wallace then TD now MEP raised the matter in 2015 in the Dail that one politician got over £7 million lodged in a Isle of Man bank account obvious kick-back or “Success fee” as the politicians call them.
You have the Vista of state assets being sold for way less than their worth and then the “state” paying three times the price when it comes to the National Broadband Plan- € 3 billion when Eir (formerly Eircom ) said they would do it for €1 billion, big difference what ?
The Broadband plan and that National children’s hospital are obvious examples of waste and government corruption. What country can be run this way, One that ends up being bankrupt ! One that needs the Troika (The EU, the ECB and the IMF) to bail it out and put the citizenry even deeper in debt.
TD Mick Wallace ‘told he would be “sorted” for raising issues on sale of NAMA Northern loan book’ – Dáil hears
Here is a remark made by one Francie Molloy Sinn féin MP for “Mid Ulster” on the Good Friday Agreement. Mr Molloy now says that Sinn féin got nothing in the agreement with both governments prevaricating about a Border poll. One wonders what took him this long to get this revelation about the GFA, a rather one sided agreement which shored up the Orange state. In fact “nationalists” seemed to have given up on a United Ireland in return for power sharing with loyalist politicians. Despite this power sharing has been on and off during the last twenty years .
I have heard the Good Friday Agreement described as a “False Peace” a agreement made by bribing one side to accept unacceptable conditions lies and half truths. In this agreement the principle of “Consent” is established in that the majority of Northern Ireland have to consent to a United Ireland for it to happen. Who consented to “Northern Ireland” in the first place ? Answer Nobody, it was conceived against the wishes of the majority of Irish people who were never allowed a vote on it.
My opinion is that the clock should be rewound and that Irish people are allowed to vote if they want a border or not in a Fair and free referendum. Thus the principle of “Consent” is established for all to see. The Good Friday Agreement made a United Ireland almost impossible to achieve and gave the “South” all the legitimacy of a reservation or more accurately one of those black homelands in apartheid South Africa.
Bertie Ahern and Gerry Adams are happy to be the big knobs in the free state but the time is coming when the boat will be rocked and both Mr Ahern and Mr Adams and others will be overboard.
July has passed and officially the summer of 2020 is over, though August a month of Autumn is more or less regarded as a summer month. Well where did the summer of 2020 go ? We got a nice May and a not bad April but after the first week of June the summer seemed absent and we got a lot of rain. Not ideal as the co-vid restrictions will make a lot of people have to holiday at home and having good weather would be rather nice . No such luck though and the rain continues . Interesting i have heard that the hotels despite missing many tourists are still charging over €300/night and some self catering charging €120-€150 a night pretty steep what ? No bargains there ! We have alot to learn about affordability and value for money, definitely. May be next year will be better, don’t we say that all the time ?
Just noticed a headline in Saturdays Irish times –
“This is not just the chronic indiscipline that Fianna fail TD’s have displayed in opposition; it is the every- man for himself behaviour of a pack of looters”
I actually listened to this book, a audiobook on Audible. It makes a good listen and is narrated by the author himself. It tells of the author’s journey in being over 22 stone – 140 kilos to eventually losing 8 stone- 50 kilos and regaining his health and spark for life.
The author was at a party when a friend of his who happened to be a doctor pulled him aside and told him that he probably had diabetes, Tom was overweight, making frequent trips to the loo and had to dabble his forehead to wipe off sweat. A appointment was made with the doctor , which subsequently tested positive for diabetes . Tom had a unhealthy lifestyle , he ate rather a lot and did alot of snack eating in between meals. The author rarely cooked for himself and ate takeaways rather a lot. His lifestyle also included going to union meetings across the UK and dining on lavish meals provided and consuming lots of drink too. He wore a baggy suit for his obvious bulk and when he turned fifty vowed to makes changes to his life.
His major motivation that his health wasn’t good and he probably faced a premature death if he carried on the way he was. He adopted the “Keto” diet and made time for a routine exercise in his busy work schedule. A stop was made to all the takeaways and the snack eating he was doing. He reckons that he was the House of Commons canteen best customer and consumed lots of bacon buttes as well other items on the menu. He ditched all sugary foods, pies cakes, biscuits and ice cream and sought to consume more fruit and vegetables though being carbohydrate aware. He also consumed some “bullet” coffee, coffee with some yak’s butter added in to ease cravings . He walked to work, took the stairs rather than the elevator and had a regular “box exercise” with a private instructor most weekday mornings.
He made a point of getting out more, climbing Snowdonia and taking part in other outdoor pursuits such as cycling, kayaking and so on, The result of all this was that the weight pilled off Mr Watson though it was slow and steady progress. He lost some 8 stone – 50 kilos off his body and felt like a new man. He gained a love for the outdoors and physical activity. He resolved to fight big food companies in the way they push sugary food on people and especially children with tempting sweets and cartoon characters . The author makes the point that children don’t get enough outdoor activity and what they get is comparable to high security prisoners,
The author journey ends with him competing in a bicycle race cheered on by his son and daughter from his first marriage. I am struck by the fact that it is largely will power which motivates him rather special diets and so on. He was able to see his weight reduction through and reap the benefits i.e no more diabetes medication, There are many people who need such will power .