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Confessions of a Learner Gardener – Wintery Predictions

Winter weather predictions have been flying about of late. There have been various warnings: warnings that winter will involve copious amounts of snow and ice, or not much snow at all, that there will be more gales and rain than usual, or on the other hand, normal amounts of rain will soak the land. The boogie monster sounding Beast from the East, presumably some kind of fearsome Siberian wind, will

Letters – Irish Water another quango

Dear Editor, Every town and village in Ireland you go into Irish Water dominate the scene with posters and marches and with very very good reason when you realize that, €500 million out of the State Pension Fund, €600 million from our car tax, our property tax is also gone to Irish Water, it is apparently heading for €2 billion invested in Irish Water. Borrowing off the balance sheet my

Letters – thank you from Friends of Marymount Hospice

On behalf of the Friends of Marymount Hospice / West Cork we would like to thank you sincerely for the recent donation of €2,250.92 A ‘BIG’ thanks to all the sponsors; to those who gave raffle prizes and to all those who donated directly into the collection box. Thank you to the many people who helped in so many ways, making the evening such a huge success! A list of

Letters – Palestine and Israel

Sir, Sandra O Gorman’s letter, September 25, refers to Palestinians as “indigenous”. Anyone who has studied middle eastern history would know that this is absolutely not correct. The indigenous people are the Jewish people. Jewish people are indigenous to what is called Israel, Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and have had continuous presence that dates back to between 1250 to 1300 B.C.E, which is between 3,264 to 3,314 years ago.

The Cloud of Unknowing – Hail Eris!

                ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”     One of the central events in Greek mythology was the Trojan War, waged by the Greeks against the city of Troy when Paris of Troy abducted Helen from her husband Menelaus, King of Sparta. Most people know something about that. What is less well known is how the

An Emigrant’s Diary – time flies!

It was fantastic to have Mom and Dad here in Calgary for two weeks – the time absolutely flew because we packed so much in during their stay. Since Mike and I worked for most of the first week, we didn’t get a huge amount of sightseeing done during the week but Mom and Dad did their own thing during the day, and then we did lots of different activities

Confessions of a Learner Gardener – Lazy Beds and Strawberry Runners

Schools are back, September’s started and leaves are crisping. Which can only mean that summer is over. It seems unfair that summer time, even with all that extra daylight, runs at the speed of a shooting star while winter time trundles and sputters along like a vintage tractor with a wheel missing. I know I’m getting ahead of myself, that autumn is lovely with leaves ablaze with the colours of

Rural Eye – Badger Culling Continues to be Divisive

The badger is one of our most distinctive and best loved animals, possible because of their shy and harmless demeanour, which is probable why badger culling is so vehemently opposed. Badgers are heavy, thick-set mammals with powerful limbs. Easily recognisable, the head is white with two vertical black stripes from ears to below the nostrils. The rest of the body is grey/black which may also include some variations.

The Cloud of Unknowing – The Fisher King

‘The Wasteland’ by T.S. Eliot is preceded by a dedication to Ezra Pound. In English, it reads: “I saw with my own eyes the Sibyl of Cumae hanging in a jar, and when the boys said to her, Sibyl, what do you want? she replied I want to die.”             My love for the word, or my awareness that language had a great and magical