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  • Links for writers, and the Plain English Campaign | Writing, life and other animals
    others but all of them are worth a look Another I find interesting is the site of the Plain English Campaign I don t use it very often but they have a nifty little tool called Drivel Defence that you can download to your desktop It analyses plain text or web files reporting on individual and average sentence length and suggesting alternatives words from the Plain English list that may improve the clarity of your writing It s by no means foolproof but if you use it in conjunction with the various Plain English writing guides available on the site it can help you to write in clear accessible and unambiguous language As with all other writing aids rules and guides there are no absolutes What s important is getting your message across to your target audience as effectively and efficiently as possible As long as you re achieving that feel free to bend all the rules you want Technorati Tags writing writing links reference plain English Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 10 19 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Celebrity a viable career choice for Irish teens Working it Holiday blues Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading

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  • Murnane & O’Shea Website live | Writing, life and other animals
    O Shea are one of the leading building contractors in the south of Ireland and this site helps to bring the Murnane O Shea brand bang up to date The Murnane O Shea Homepage Originally I opted for a more conversational copy style given that the main target audience was identified as residential buyers particularly families After seeing a draft the client felt that the style might detract from the professional image they were keen to portray I didn t agree with their assessment but could see why they might be reluctant to come across too chatty we finally struck a balance between the informal style that I prefer and the more formal style typically adopted by their construction industry competitors What do you think of the copy and of the site in general Do you feel a more conversational style would work better or should it be more formal Have we got the balance right Let me know what you think by using the comment form Technorati Tags website copywriting web content Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 16 19 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email I need a holiday Down on the range in Spain s Extremadura Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin

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  • Career Moves section launched in the Evening Echo | Writing, life and other animals
    The section features articles news hints and tips on careers recruitment and training If you re in the Munster region and are looking for a career boost pick up a copy of the Echo on Mondays and take a look Technorati Tags Evening Echo Cork Munster Recruitment Training Careers Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 10 53 One Response to Career Moves section launched in the Evening Echo Writing for life Career Moves goes from strength to strength says 11 May 2007 at 12 28 weekly Career Moves supplement that I helped launched for the Evening Echo has proved highly successful over its Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email First swallow spotted Grow your own get the kids into

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  • Meetings — the ultimate time waster or a valuable business tool? | Writing, life and other animals
    with somebody without meeting face to face requires a paradigm shift and some people are uncomfortable with that The bottom line is that for independent contractors providing a service meetings will be necessary as long as clients deem them necessary but before deciding to meet consider the following What is the objective of the meeting what do all of the stakeholders want out of it How much time and resources will be tied up in the meeting think about all of the people who will be attending and ask yourselves if a meeting really represents the most effective investment of their time Could the objectives of the meeting be more efficiently met through other forms of communication If a meeting really is necessary try and make it as effective as possible by Having a clearly defined agenda before the meeting starts and sticking to it Keeping it brief Limit the number of attendees at the meeting the more people involved the less effective the decision making process tends to be Agree clear actions based on the points covered in the meeting and confirm them later by e mail Suggest potential alternative for the future like conference calling web conferencing e mail instant messaging etc The truth is that in most cases the time you spend in meetings could be used more effectively allowing you to deliver more value to your clients The trick of course is trying to convince your clients of that fact Technorati Tags meetings time management business communications Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 9 43 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these

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  • Software | Writing, life and other animals
    as in free options check out OpenSourceCMS com which lets you play with a huge variety of open source software to find out what works for you You ll find blogging software under Blogs in the CMS Demo menu on the left nav I have this blog running on my web hosting account alongside my other websites CJ Writing Image Invitations and Reenascreena com It uses the free open source WordPress blogging platform which was an absolute doddle to install and use Whatever platform you choose to use for your business blog here are a few things to bear in mind Update your blog regularly unless you provide fresh topical content both your readers and search engines will rapidly grow tired of your blog Make blogging part of your daily or weekly routine Give your blog a focus decide what your blog will be about make it relevant to your business and to your readers and make sure its a subject that you re interested in or even better passionate about That passion will shine through in your posts and you ll attract more readers and more inward link that will help promote your blog s search engine ranking Don t make it too formal unlike a lot of business writing your blog should be personal and written in a conversational style that connects with your readers Steer clear of business or technical jargon and try and write the way you d speak to a friend Blogging is about building up a rapport with your audience and you won t do that with formal stuffy or overly verbose language Keep it varied although your blog needs to have a particular focus try and vary the topics you cover within that broader subject area People don t generally want to read about the same thing over and over again Have fun if you enjoy writing your blog chances are that people will enjoy reading it Blogs are becoming a serious and very effective business tool If you have a business and want to maximise the effectiveness of your online presence you should seriously consider setting up your own blog If you need help with setting up a blog for your business or with writing regular entertaining targeted blog posts to keep your readers coming back for more then get in touch Technorati Tags blogging for business business blogs blog writing writing services marketing blog software open source blogging services business blogging tips Posted by Calvin at 12 41 Writing tools your office to go Business Copywriting Internet Software Writing No Responses Mar 20 2007 For the last year or so I ve been using portable versions of popular open source software applications installed on a USB Flash drive It s brilliant I just plug the flash drive into any Windows PC anywhere and I have instant access to my e mail client Mozilla Thunderbird web browser Mozilla Firefox office suite OpenOffice org FTP Client FileZilla and much much more It s

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  • Writing tools: your office… to go! | Writing, life and other animals
    FTP Client FileZilla and much much more It s like being in my own office only not Now these portable applications have been bundled into a Portable Apps Suite that s simple to install on any removable drive and provides a handy launcher in the Windows taskbar that gives you easy access to all of your portable applications It s the perfect solution for a writer on the go I can carry all of my current work and the applications I need to work on it around with me on my USB flash drive I m always ready to meet that deadline no matter where I find myself What s more I have all my browser bookmarks saved passwords e mail and account settings ready to go No more remembering addresses login details or struggling with awkward webmail interfaces And because they re all open source applications I have no software licensing headaches Give Portable Apps a try and pretty soon I bet you ll be wondering how you managed without them Technorati Tags writing tools portable applications portable apps mozilla firefox mozilla thunderbird FileZilla software open source Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 14 51 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email ScribeFire add on for Firefox makes blogging a breeze A tale of two princes Subscribe to feed

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  • Whale Watch Ireland 2010 | Writing, life and other animals
    and uncertainty all adds to the excitement and it s a fabulous free family outing at some of Ireland s most spectacular natural locations Here s a list of Whale Watch Ireland 2010 locations from the IWDG site Location Meeting Point Watch Leader Howth Head Dublin Balscadden Car Park Brian Glanville Bray Head Wicklow Pitch putt car park Dinah Boyne Hook Head Wexford Hook Lighthouse Kevin Mc Cormick Ardmore Waterford Ram Head signal tower Andrew Malcolm Galley Head Cork Lighthouse Pádraig Whooley Garranes Beara Cork Dzogchen Beara Ctr Patrick Lyne Slea Head Dingle Penisula Kerry Slea Head Shrine Nick Massett Brandon Point Kerry Car park Mick O Connell Loop Head Clare Lighthouse Aoife Foley Black Head Clare Lighthouse Joanne O Brien Downpatrick Head Mayo Car park Conor Ryan Mullaghmore Head Sligo Mullaghmore lay by Fiona Farrell Lough Swilly Donegal Fort Dunree Dermot Mc Laughlin Portstewart Head Derry Harbour Hill Jim Allen Larne Antrim Larne Town Park Glenarm Rd Ian Enlander So get yourself to a headland near you on Sunday to find out more about the whales and dolphins around Ireland and hopefully see a few for yourself I ll be at the Galley Head watch in Cork if you re in the vicinity come say hello Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 11 24 Tagged with Ireland IWDG whale watching Wildlife 3 Responses to Whale Watch Ireland 2010 Good Irish whale news again Dear Kitty Some blog says 13 August 2014 at 21 54 Whale Watch Ireland 2010 Humpback whales near Ireland Dear Kitty Some blog says 27 September 2014 at 16 33 Whale Watch Ireland 2010 Humpback whales

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  • family | Writing, life and other animals
    with our New Year convictions leaves us feeling worse about ourselves than we did before So my suggestion for a New Year s Resolution this year is to resolve not to make any New Year s Resolutions at all Trust me you ll be much better off If you eschew my advice and decide to make a few regardless for goodness sakes keep them to yourself That way at least you can pretend you chose not to make any resolutions and you alone will know how spectacularly you ve failed I love Christmas and all the festive frivolity that surrounds it but New Year is a pretty rubbish holiday and while 2010 is likely to be a better year for many of us than the one we ve just departed somehow I can t bring myself to embrace the excitement As I ponder all of this New Year whimsy I glance at the children and see three individuals refreshingly unencumbered by all this nonsense Shielded from the worst of what the year throws their way by the insulating buffer of good parents for them every year is a happy one and the prospects for the new year are always bright They live in the comfortable bubble of consistency that we provide blissfully oblivious to the ups and downs of our topsy turvy world You ve got to envy them that Happy New Year Posted by Calvin at 0 02 Tagged with 2009 2010 New Year Resolutions Ice skating fingers blades and other worries Children Evening Echo Column Events family Parenting Reviews No Responses Dec 09 2009 It s official I still have all of my extremities I know this because I ve counted them Two arms two legs eight fingers two thumbs and ten toes Three weeks ago it had seemed like such a good idea My wife was browsing the Cork on Ice website and asked if I d be up for going ice skating with the gang Sitting at home in a warm living room saying yes had been easy Now the day had arrived though I was feeling a bit less assertive Me blades and a large expanse of cold wet slippery stuff not a good combination I ve been ice skating maybe three times in my life The first was as a child when we were taken to a huge Ice rink in North Wales on a school trip As with most unpleasant experiences my mind has obscured most of the details All I remember is clinging white knuckled to the edge of the rink making my way inch by painful inch around the perimeter In my mind s eye all I could see was images of bloody skate blades and severed fingers From the moment I stepped onto the ice I remember praying for the experience to end The next time was a friend s birthday party When I found out we were going ice skating it was all that my parents could do to convince me to go This time I was a little braver and actually let go of the side Big mistake I spent more time spread eagled on the ice than I did actually skating Cold wet and miserable I vowed never to set foot on an ice rink again Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 11 37 Tagged with 2009 Christmas Cork evening echo family ice skating Parenting Better late late or never Children Christmas Evening Echo Column family Reviews TV No Responses Dec 03 2009 The Late Late Toy Show is an Irish institution That doesn t necessarily mean it s a good thing just that it s an inescapable one As inevitable as death taxes corruption tribunals and election posters the Late Late Toy Show is one in a long list of things that parents all over the country have to suffer but would generally prefer to avoid Having skilfully managed to sidestep the live airing on Friday night the girls had friends staying over and were so engrossed in play that they forgot about it I thought that we might get away with it this year but thanks to the wonders of modern technology there was no chance of that The next day we had a family viewing of the show over the Internet With the computer hooked up to the flat screen telly and RTE Player streaming full screen it was almost as good as viewing the live show Lucky me Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 14 35 Tagged with Christmas late late RTE Ryan Tubridy Toy Show West Cork Wash out Climate Change Environment Evening Echo Column family Parenting Photo Blog Rant Video West Cork Writing 1 Response Nov 27 2009 Best wishes and condolences to everyone in West Cork Cork City and further afield whose homes and businesses were affected by the recent flooding In Ireland we don t do climatic extremes very well Maybe it s the inevitable consequence of a climate that consistently under delivers We don t get long baking hot droughts we don t get bone chillingly cold winters with lots of snow and ice we don t get anything extreme on the weather front really just a perpetually dreary middle ground As a result we re rubbish when it comes to dealing with weather related problems In the summer we moan about the rain but on the very rare occasions when the sun does shine for more than a few days the council starts running out of water If it has the temerity to snow the entire country grinds to a shuddering halt until things thaw out again and anything more than a stiff breeze has us running indoors to take refuge from falling trees But if there was one type of weather you d expect the Irish to cope well with it would be rain If Ireland had an official national weather then rain would be it And yet here too we fail miserably at the faintest

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