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  • IWDG | Writing, life and other animals
    arriving together purely by chance There s more information on these whale sightings on the IWDG website and you can see details of all recent reported killer whale sightings around Ireland here Posted by Calvin at 19 10 Tagged with Ireland IWDG Killer Whale Orca West Cork whales Courtmacsherry fin whale autopsy coming to Channel 4 TV Wildlife 7 Responses Jun 29 2009 Image via Wikipedia I just got this via e mail from Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Apparently the autopsy of the fin whale Balaenoptera physalus that stranded in Courtmacsherry bay in West Cork back in January is going to be shown in a new Channel 4 series called Inside Nature s Giants Here s the e mail text All The post mortem of the fin whale stranded in Courtmacsherry Bay in January 2009 will be shown on Channel 4 in a new series starting this week The programme is entitled Inside Nature s Giants and the four part series covers an Elephant 29 June Fin whale 6 July Crocodile 13 July and Giraffe 20 July All programmes are at 9pm on Channel 4 The IWDG were contacted by Channel 4 the day the whale stranded having picked up the story from our website As we did not know what was going to happen to the whale or subsequently its carcass it was hard to know how we could facilitate and whether indeed a post mortem could be carried out We had never tackled such a large animal before so were literally going into the unknown After lengthy discussion Windfall Films decided to fly over a large whale researcher from the US Even then access to the whale was not certain as Cork County Council policy was removal or burial Fortunately everything worked out and Channel 4 got their autopsy we learnt more about whales in Ireland Cork County Council got the whale removed and Kilbrittain community got their skeleton Joy Reidenberg from the US was absolutely incredible and took us all through the process of post mortem examination of a large whale See the amazing footage on Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday 6th July Sounds a tad on the gruesome side but I for one will be watching with interest The series kicks off tonight with the dissection of an elephant Posted by Calvin at 11 26 Tagged with autopsy television channel 4 IWDG whale Walrus spotted in Wicklow Wildlife No Responses Jun 23 2009 Image via Wikipedia Just got an e mail from Padraig Whooley of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group re a possible walrus sighting of Co Wicklow Ireland At 19 30 this evening Tues 23rd June we received a call from a Johnny Byrne informing us that at 15 00 he had seen earlier what he believed to be a walrus off Maherabeg heading north from Magherabeg beach 50 yards off the rocks towards Magheramor beach in Co Wicklow Padraig who is the sighting s coordinator with the

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  • Whale Watching | Writing, life and other animals
    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 Posted by Calvin at 11 24 Tagged with Ireland IWDG whale watching Wildlife Funding Humpback Whale Research in Ireland Animals West Cork Wildlife No Responses Jan 31 2010 In the wake of the spectacular humpback whale encounters off the Wexford coast recently and the incredible footage shown on the RTÉ news the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group IWDG is calling for funding to help them find out more about the humpback whales that visit Ireland s coastline every year We re incredibly lucky to have these amazing animals and other large whale species as regular visitors to our shores and finding out more about them is a crucial step to the conservation of these magnificent animals I ll let Dr Simon Berrow of the IWDG explain I hope you have all got to the see the amazing images and footage of the humpback whale off Co Wexford Hopefully too some of you will be able to go and see this magnificent creature for yourselves It might not breach but humpback whales are still one of the most enigmatic and popular species on the planet This is the 11th individual humpback whale the IWDG have recorded in Irish waters All previous whales have been photographed in more than one year and although this is the first time we have recorded this one we fully expect to see this whale again This shows that humpback whales are returning to Ireland each year where they are spending a considerable period of time but we do not know if they are passing through on their way to somewhere else or where they go when they leave Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 1 30 Tagged with humpbakc whale Ireland Irish humpback Irish Whale and Dolphin Group whale watching Common Dolphin bow riding a Fin Whale off West Cork Photo Blog Photography Wildlife 12 Responses Dec 01 2008 West Cork is a truly amazing place for getting up close and personal with some of the largest and most spectacular creatures on the planet Every winter large baleen whales congregate off the South West coast with a lot of activity focussed off the headlands of West Cork On Friday I was lucky enough to head out on a Whale Watching Trip with Colin Barnes out of Union Hall We saw a total of five cetacean species on the trip Fin Whales Balaenoptera physalus Minke Whales Balaenoptera acutorostrata Humpback Whales Megaptera novaeangliae Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena and more than a hundred Common Dolphins Delphinus delphis A Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus surfaces not far from the boat A common dolphin Delphinus delphis appears riding the bow wave created by the

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  • All work and no play…. | Writing, life and other animals
    long day at school leaves them mentally exhausted tired cranky and almost incapable of constructive play Surely that s not right Surely it s time to move on from archaic and prescriptive educational doctrine and allow children a bit more room to grow think and learn for themselves I m not saying abolish homework altogether although a quick Google on the topic reveals that a lot of very informed people are saying exactly that What I am most certainly suggesting is that homework should be tempered significantly for younger children By all means reinforce what they ve been learning in the classroom through simple exercises they can do at home but homework for a six year old should take them half an hour max You can t really blame individual teachers they re a product of the system that governs them Our education system is struggling to keep up in a world that s changing with astonishing speed I can t help feeling somehow that giving masses of homework to primary school children is a prime example of how education is failing to evolve apace While the books have changed mainly into workbooks which are extortionately expensive can t be re used and ensure a steady stream of renewable revenue for educational publishers the practice of doling out masses of homework is a throwback to a bygone era of learning by rote when we focussed on teaching children what to think rather than the much more crucial skill of how to think for themselves In a world that s changing rapidly it s the latter that will see our children thrive and prosper and for that they need space time and energy to explore the world outside their schoolbooks It s time for our educational system acknowledge the value of

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  • Children | Writing, life and other animals
    it doesn t always work out that way Our latest anniversary was last Sunday The plan was to head out for a semi romantic family picnic at one of West Cork s many beauty spots but predictably that notion was scuppered by the West Cork weather With no sign of the Indian Summer so many people had been predicting we decided it would be wiser to stay in Just like every other aspect of our lives our anniversary has become as much about the girls as it is about us and our relationship I m not sure that s necessarily a healthy thing but its the way it is To the children our anniversary is akin to a birthday something for us all to celebrate together as a family In a way I guess they re dead right our relationship is the hub of the family unit the bond that holds everything else together It is every bit as important to them as it is to us Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 16 41 Tagged with anniversary Children evening echo romance West Cork Back to school back to normality sort of Children Evening Echo Column family Parenting School 2 Responses Sep 07 2009 Image via Wikipedia Column for 02 09 09 I woke up early Outside the rain which has been such a prominent part of this summer pounded on the window and I decided that another five minutes under the duvet wouldn t hurt When I finally surfaced the weather hadn t improved resigned to the fact I plodded down to the kitchen for my compulsory caffeine fix before putting the girls school lunches together The mind numbing routine of school mornings was upon us once again The rain kept falling as the girls had their breakfast and we checked and double checked that they had all the bags books pencil cases lunches water bottles and other paraphernalia that a new school year demands So much for my recent prediction that the start of school would bring some long overdue sunshine If anything it just started to rain harder After one last check to make sure they had everything we headed out of the house to find a flood forming outside our front gate Just as the bus pulled up I grabbed my wellies and ferried the girls across the pooling rainwater so they could climb aboard with dry feet I waved them a hasty goodbye and ran back indoors to dry out Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 23 11 Tagged with Children column Evening Echo Column Parenting school holidays Flu it s a swine of a thing Children Evening Echo Column Parenting 2 Responses Jul 30 2009 Image by Amanda Ruth via Flickr It seems like eons ago that the WHO declared an imminent pandemic of the A H1N1 derivative of influenza The world s media hit the big red PANIC button We were all convinced that global human overpopulation was about to be solved by the killer flu strain as it rampaged across the planet Swine flu coverage was everywhere on the telly on the radio in the papers and saturating that undisputed barometer of contemporary human interest Twitter That was back in April Then as quickly as it had flared up the radio and television coverage waned stories about the Swine Flu pandemic were relegated to the inner pages and Twitterers started to tweet about more pressing concerns like the colour of Stephen Fry s socks or Britney s dog s favourite ice cream Swine flue didn t just fall off the media radar it plummeted out of the public consciousness The trouble is nobody bothered to mentioned that fact to the virus which continued its microbial business of infecting anyone and everyone it came into contact with Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 11 39 Tagged with Children Evening Echo Column H1N1 pandemic Parenting Swine Flu Parenting a benevolent dictatorship Children Evening Echo Column Parenting Politics No Responses Jun 15 2009 Image via Wikipedia Voting is important Democracy is something that people all over the world have fought for tooth and nail it s something people are willing to die for and in parts of the world they still do We tend to forget that having the right to vote is a remarkable privilege that we should all exercise whenever we get the opportunity It s a chance to make our collective voices heard and to let our public representatives know what we really think It s our chance to have a say in who governs us to put competent stewards in office who will steer this nation s course to future prosperity Or at least that s how it s supposed to work Democracy is at the very core of the freedom we experience every day of our lives So it s curious that exercising the right to vote in the local and European elections last week felt like such a waste of time I went along naturally but it was more out of a sense of obligation than a genuine belief that by voting I could make a difference Am I the only one who finds it discouraging that voting has become an exercise in selecting the best of a bad crop rather than struggling to choose between truly exceptional candidates Maybe it s just that like a big chunk of the Irish electorate I m disillusioned by the ineptitude of government at local and national level by a farcical and frankly completely un viable opposition and by the relentless petty sniping of party politics on issues that should transcend political point scoring We took the children with us to vote it s important to expose them to the democratic process although explaining the intricacies of it to eight and five year olds is a bit of a minefield I think it s vital for them to realise early on what voting is why it s important and what our public

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  • Evening Echo Column | Writing, life and other animals
    inches per hour You never know when you might need to react to the unexpected Never is the rather obvious answer but the point is you have to be ready I ll drive for hours on the open road but fifteen minutes in stop start traffic has me tearing what little hair I have left out What you may be asking has inspired me to share this mind numbing tirade with you Possibly the biggest waste of our limited time and resources that exists on this or any other planet that s what Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 8 12 Tagged with Appointments Cork Evening Echo Column hospital Mercy Waiting Rooms Flu it s a swine of a thing Children Evening Echo Column Parenting 2 Responses Jul 30 2009 Image by Amanda Ruth via Flickr It seems like eons ago that the WHO declared an imminent pandemic of the A H1N1 derivative of influenza The world s media hit the big red PANIC button We were all convinced that global human overpopulation was about to be solved by the killer flu strain as it rampaged across the planet Swine flu coverage was everywhere on the telly on the radio in the papers and saturating that undisputed barometer of contemporary human interest Twitter That was back in April Then as quickly as it had flared up the radio and television coverage waned stories about the Swine Flu pandemic were relegated to the inner pages and Twitterers started to tweet about more pressing concerns like the colour of Stephen Fry s socks or Britney s dog s favourite ice cream Swine flue didn t just fall off the media radar it plummeted out of the public consciousness The trouble is nobody bothered to mentioned that fact to the virus which continued its microbial business of infecting anyone and everyone it came into contact with Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 11 39 Tagged with Children Evening Echo Column H1N1 pandemic Parenting Swine Flu Bats in the attic Evening Echo Column Wildlife 2 Responses Jul 09 2009 Image via Wikipedia I was sitting watching telly the other night when a movement outside the window caught my eye I took a closer look but couldn t see anything so turned my attention back to the television There it was again This time I looked for a bit longer and sure enough I saw a tiny creature emerge from the eaves of the house silhouetted briefly against the darkening sky The bats were back Irish bats hibernate through the winter and stir into life again the following spring In summer the expectant females set up maternity roosts in old buildings attic spaces under bridges and other suitable locations where they give birth to and rear their young Despite their small size the bats I was watching were adults leaving the roost to feed on nocturnal insects Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 14 44 Tagged with bats buildings conservation Environment Evening Echo Column Ireland

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  • Homework | Writing, life and other animals
    happy by getting all her homework It was too much Since school restarted in September when the little one who s six years old got a new teacher we ve seen the volume of homework she brings back each afternoon increase Now it s reached a level that s bordering on the ridiculous A six year old is already tired after being at school all day The last thing she needs when she arrives home is big chunk of homework To her credit she does it diligently every day except Friday which is thankfully homework free As I help her with her maths reading and writing I can t help thinking that enough is enough that outside school hours the priority for young children should be to play and have fun to learn through non academic pursuits that expand knowledge promote problem solving stimulate imagination develop spatial awareness and all those vital things that you can t teach in a classroom Instead they have homework which after a long day at school leaves them mentally exhausted tired cranky and almost incapable of constructive play Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 18 07 Tagged with Children Evening Echo Column homework Parenting

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  • Time to decouple school and religion | Writing, life and other animals
    childcare in perpetuity The Catholic Church should be forced to release it s insidious unhealthy grip on our nation s children I m not talking about reducing it s involvement from the current 92 of schools to Dr Martin s suggested level of 87 to reflect the Catholic proportion of the Irish population I m talking about completely divorcing the association between education and the Church full stop Our children are the most innocent and vulnerable sector of our society we have a duty of care to protect them from predatory monsters whether those monsters wear robes or not Related articles by Zemanta The Catholic church risks alienating those who seek guidance guardian co uk Catholic Church Abuse Report Shocks Ireland abcnews go com 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 23 15 Tagged with Catholic church Evening Echo Column Irish clerical abuse Irish schools Parenting 2 Responses to Time to decouple school and religion Br Tom Forde OFM Cap says 30 June 2009 at 22 12 As a priest a religious and someone involved in education I too share horror at what has happened to people in Catholic institutional care in Ireland and the emotional physical and sexual abuse of children by clergy religious and laity It is sickening and there s more to come with the Dublin Diocesan report The safety of children must be a priority but taking the schools off the Church if its even possible is not a solution Firstly the system goes back to the 19th Century and the British Gov s plan to educate all the children of the UK and Ireland The cheapest and easiest way was using the established parish systems The cost was and is shared by the local Church and the State The Irish Gov inherited and maintained the system because it works very well Today the people have rights to representation on Boards of Management and have more hands on say in the education of their children than many people do around the world While most Parish priests would be only too glad to be rid of the onerous job of School Manager the State cannot afford to both compensate the Parishes for the loss of their property usually the land the school stands belongs to the Parish and then pay a School Manager The State would also have to come up with the full cost of running every school There d be some cutbacks to meet that bill If the State were to take total control then the control of the schools would move away from the local area to faceless bureaucrats in the Dept Take it from someone who works in education we don t want that As regards your remarks about priests I too get angry at the abusers But most priests the vast majority are

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  • Politics | Writing, life and other animals
    Local wannabe councillors have no chance One such unfortunate suddenly appeared on the telephone pole outside our house recently When I went to bed at midnight the pole was bare the following morning at 7am there he was grinning down at the house like some voyeuristic lecher Was this supposed to inspire me to vote for this man Think again It makes you wonder who s giving these people their marketing advice Maybe I m missing something but I can t for the life of me work out how poster politics is supposed to work Yes it raises public awareness but more often than not it s the groan and cringe kind of awareness that does nobody any favours And let s be blunt here on balance your typical local election candidate isn t particularly pleasant to look at it s no beauty contest that s for sure So what do you have Just a bunch of ugly mug shots sullying the Irish landscape and for what Do they tell me what these people stand for Do they tell me what they plan to do for me my family and my community if I help elect them No they just distract and irritate me and if anything have the opposite effect Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 23 07 Tagged with election posters Evening Echo Column Politics Election poster wraiths strike at dead of night Comment Politics 9 Responses May 06 2009 I woke up this morning to find this monstrosity cable tied to the telegraph pole outside our front gate Now while I m sure there s a large portion of the Irish electorate who d love to see the heads of certain Irish politician s on a pole I don t think this is quite what they had in mind I m sure Cllr Adrian Healy is a lovely man but do I really want to look at him every morning while waiting to deposit the munchkins on the school bus I don t think so Incidentally this poster wasn t up when I went to bed past midnight last night I know because I had to pop out to the car for something it was surreptitiously positioned in the dead of night by the election poster wraiths These ethereal creatures of the darkness are mercifully scarce but the population explodes rapidly pre election and left unchecked can quickly reach plague proportions Sneaker than a malevolent super sleuth they could certainly teach the CIA or MI6 a thing or two about moving around undetected They re practically invisible we only know they exist at all because of the conspicuous trail of unflattering mugshots they leave in their wake to torture the general population Stop polluting our countryside with poster politics and start tackling the issues POLITICIANS you re not that pretty Stop trying to win our votes with banal posters and start tackling the issues show us what you believe in what you stand for and what you re going to do for our community if you want our votes All these posters do is sully the view generally annoy the electorate and add to Ireland s growing waste mountain See some sense please Posted by Calvin at 13 03 Tagged with fine gael Ireland Politician Politics posters Classroom cutbacks show Government s true colours Children Comment Economy Education Evening Echo Column Government Parenting Politics Rant School No Responses Jan 10 2009 Image via Wikipedia With the excitement of Christmas and New Year behind us the kids are gearing up to going back to school Their partly looking forward to seeing their friends again and partly mourning the fact that the holidays are coming to a close I can sympathise with them in part because I still recall the conflicting emotions of going back to school after the Christmas break from my own childhood but mainly because of the clash of sentiments it causes for me now as a parent Back to school means back to routine getting up early making school lunches a personal pet peeve of mine organising the kids getting out of the door on time The return to school imposes structure on the fluidity of life and on one level that s a good thing At the same time structure and routine are always going to be more boring and mundane than disorder and spontaneity and part of me riles against the conformity of it all But back to school they must go and while spending lots of time with them over the holidays has been wonderful for the most part I ll be happy to reclaim the bulk of my working week as we head into what promises to be a very challenging year Talking of challenging years I guess I should be grateful that the children have a school to go back to in 2009 given the cutbacks our esteemed Government is imposing on our education system Faced with the cost cutting initiatives spearheaded by Cork TD and Minister for Education Batt O Keeffe financially embattled schools across the country are facing a very tough 2009 on the fiscal front and will no doubt be looking to parents for fundraising and direct financial contributions The Government will bail out the banks it seems but bailing out the schools falls to mums and dads I m all for parents getting involved and raising money for schools but for my money if you ll pardon the pun such funds should surely go towards equipment facilities and resources over and above those demanded by the standard national curriculum Schools should be adequately funded by Government to cover all of the basics When parents have to raise money to subsidise things like the school s heating bill there s something seriously wrong with the system Nobody questions the need to cut Government spending in the wake of the economic downturn but the approach the Government has taken speaks volumes about the character of those we choose

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