Thursday, February 27, 2014

Big Wave Surfers

I was in Jampa Ling last weekend for the bi-annual Work Weekend that had us preparing the organic garden for spring planting. The head gardener was thrilled with us as we completed the weekend's work in the first day and carried on regardless! Beds were cleared and manured, weeds pulled, stones removed, and shed cleaned. The speed of our work was entirely due to the Herculean labours of three young men from the west of Ireland (two originally from Cornwall but now living in Co. Clare). Aside from being great craic, with tremendous enthusiasm and work ethic, they turned out to be professional surfers of the big waves. Here's a fabulous website that covers some of what they do: (One of them is also a sailor.) I'm as green as the sea at the life they live! But I don't begrudge them. This gorgeous photo is from their site and I assume was taken by the amazing Mickey Smith, surfer, photographer, and film-maker.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Three Generations Stepping Out!

This is my mum, me and my daughter walking along the Quinnsboro Road in Bray after Finn's 24th birthday luncheon in a great Chinese restaurant. Photo taken by Finn's boyfriend, Shane. The hilarious thing of course is that we are all 5 foot nothing and a bit while he's 6 foot 4 (or is it 5)??? And my mum is 90, how great is that?

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Upcoming Irish Referendum on Gay Marriage

An Irish drag queen took the Noble Call at the Abbey Theatre (well done Abbey) to make a brilliant speech about homophobia. This, after RTE - our national broadcaster - in an act of yellow-bellied cowardice (in line with Ireland's insane libel laws which protect the guilty) shamefully paid out an enormous sum of money to certain individuals whom Panti Bliss had called 'homophobic' for their public stands against gay marriage. Apparently, it is NOT homophobic to argue in favour of discrimination against gays and therefore gays have no right to use this term when "debating the issue." Breda O'Brien and John Waters are the two Irish journalists who object to being called homophobic while using "reasoned debate" to explain why they are in favour of discriminating against gays by not allowing them to marry; also, the Catholic think tank Iona Institute. As Panti Bliss (Rory O'Neill) points out, we find ourselves in Orwellian newspeak territory when the two journalists (along with several of their fellows, but not the amazing Gene Kerrigan) and the right-wing Catholics insist that "reasoned debate is being narrowed" if Panti Bliss is allowed to use the word "homophobia"; while, of course, debate is not being narrowed by the threat of lawsuit against the use of a word. IRELAND WAKE UP. THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES.