Sunday, July 21, 2013

No Incentives in Ireland to Use Wind Energy



One of the fascinating things about this short documentary is the news that Ireland fails to support a cheaper, more energy efficient and environmentally friendly source of electricity despite the fact that we are the best country in Europe geographically to exploit wind energy. The expert here points out that the biggest supplier of electricity in Ireland - the semi-state body ESB - uses fossils fuels, in particular, expensive, foreign-bought heavily polluting COAL to produce electricity! Having recently done my income tax, I can tell you that my electricity bill doubled from last year to this, despite the fact I was working 5 days a week away from home!!! The documentary points out that Ireland has refused to offer any kind of incentive such as grants or lower tariffs to those using wind turbines. Does this make any sense? No. (Film by Kathleen Weir)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

LOST


In keeping with my tradition of discovering things long after everyone else, I've just finished watching the complete series of LOST. Watched the ending twice. Wept buckets twice. Not since Star Trek (all of them), Buffy the Vampire Slayer and House MD have I been so captivated by a television series. I was prepared to go anywhere with them - into the past, the future, sideways, crazyville, schmaltz, wherever. Loved every minute. Favourite things included: every moment involving Terry O'Quinn (aka John Locke and the Smoke Monster), strong women characters, people talking Latin (linguam latinam dico), Hurley, constant headwreck surprises, Bernard and Rose, Vincent, multilingualism, Ben's incredibly complex character, the fact they had an attractive - in every way - Iraqi character (but we're supposed to believe that Said would take that blond bimbo instead of his brave, beautiful wife into the Hereafter?!) , the big Egyptian statue, the weather (I am convinced the island was somewhere off the west coast of Ireland, where else does it rain so much?), priceless one liners such as "I don't believe in a lot of things but I believe in duct tape," and of course Sawyer's nicknames for everyone, his relationship with Juliette, his detective role, his comment on Lapidus being "out of a Burt Reynolds movie" - oh what the heck everything about Sawyer. Things I disliked: seems the chief role for women is child-bearing while men alternately ruin or save the world, Jack tearing up at every moment (I'm on for men showing feelings but even a woman tearing up that much would cause me to say "suck it back, wuss!"), Jack being the main hero of the show (my LEAST favourite self-righteous self-tormenting royal pain in the ass character), the mythology of the island - seriously lame including that hokey golden well of light, the fact no one seems to think just killing 'the bad guy' - who was much less of a prick than Jacob - is the answer to everything: why not redeem him? why not 'fix him' Jack? Smokey had very good reasons for turning out like he did. His fake mother killed his real mother and his real mother's people, and then his horrible brother threw him into the golden well and turned him into a monster. All he ever wanted originally was to leave the island! What really struck me throughout the series was how mindlessly brutal most of the people were - the Dharma Initiative people, the Others, Widmore and his people, the fake mother of Jacob, and Jacob as well as his brother. The only people who seemed capable of any real or consistent human kindness and compassion were the flawed people of Oceanic 815. Weird.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Heat Wave in Ireland!


The country is in happy shock and everyone is delighted with themselves. A man texted into a radio station that he was working on the roads in a digger and got so hot he stripped off and was working naked. A flurry of texts from women followed demanding photos to be posted on the web. You gotta love the Irish. There is no other nation that appreciates good weather the way we do. And of course everyone ran off to the beaches and got burned. I never saw so many red people in my life!

Monday, July 08, 2013

Apologies!


I realise people have been returning and I haven't written anything new but I am up to my eyes at the moment. Having temporarily finished working at my Tibetan Buddhist Centre - see www.jampaling.org - I completed the first pass of the final proofs of my new book late Saturday night. Now I've got an arts grant proposal to complete as well as preparations for my upcoming journey to Outer Mongolia (!!!). More about that anon. Back shortly.