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  • Cork County Council: going backwards in the race against waste | Writing, life and other animals
    In Clonakilty for example the council imposed barriers have just become physical with the introduction of automatic coin operated gates that will only accept exact change It s hard to think of a better way to make recycling more inconvenient Way to go Cork Co Co To be fair the County Council has introduced kerbside collection of recyclable materials which is a step in the right direction But what about those who can t avail of the service or choose not to The levy is an incredibly unsubtle ploy to lure people who ve opted out of refuse collection back into the fold giving the Council a handy measurable revenue stream over the year But if they re serious about encouraging sustainable waste management the Council should be trying to offer more not less options to householders Make it as easy and convenient as possible to recycle make better value and less hassle than chucking it in the bin and hey presto you ll get more people recycling It s not rocket science A solution to Ireland s waste management woes will demand vision commitment and a healthy chunk of forward thinking Unfortunately what we have is a local authority that s so short sighted it terminally myopic Cork County Council is obviously as strapped for cash as everyone else these days but targeting responsible waste disposal as a way to generate additional revenue is sheer lunacy If the council want to save money I d suggest they start by getting rid of the bright sparks who decided that taking already inadequate recycling facilities and making them even worse was a good idea But this is the civil service so instead they ll probably get a bonus As for us we ll keep recycling of course as will many other households around the county If you re recycling already you ll probably keep doing so the real worry is that encouraging people to start recycling just became that little bit harder and the temptation to burn rubbish or simply chuck it over the nearest hedge that bit stronger Cork County Council Recycling Waste Management Shambles 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 27 Tagged with Cork County Council Recycling Shambles Waste Management 5 Responses to Cork County Council going backwards in the race against waste Ant Galvin says 24 February 2009 at 16 24 Visited my local amenity recycling centre in Macroom on Monday It seems the same charge has been in place there since Feb 9th E3 for everyone entering the centre This is enforced by an employee who has to take the money off each person entering and gives them a receipt This is nuts Calvin says 24 February 2009 at 16 41 Sheer lunacy but then I guess that s nothing new from Cork CC Wendy says

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  • West Cork Wash out! | Writing, life and other animals
    If Ireland had an official national weather then rain would be it And yet here too we fail miserably at the faintest whiff of extremity Last week it rained hard for a few days and highlighted just how flimsy our drainage systems flood defences and coping mechanisms really are Huge swathes of West Cork and a substantial chunk of Cork City sank beneath the rising flood waters thousands of homes were damaged hundreds of vehicles stranded and countless commuters failed to make it home to their families In short it was a complete shambles And I was out in it I had to drive up to Cork airport and back on Thursday The journey up wasn t so bad but the return trip was something else again According to the radio Bandon and Clonakilty had become impassable so I d have to try an alternative route I headed towards Macroom then down the back way towards Dunmanway and so began an adventure that I d rather not repeat in a hurry involving endless back tracking some hair raising floods that I managed to make it through and one particularly bad one outside Dunmanway that I spectacularly failed to get through Stopped in my tracks one of the many impassable bridges I confrontent on my drive home Luckily a sympathetic lady in a 4 4 took pity on me as I waded through the swirling flood water She towed me out and somehow I managed to get the car running again A few miles down the road I came to a bridge or at least a place where there should have been a bridge It was underwater I hit detour on the sat nav and a very proper English voice uttered recalculating for the umpteenth time that day before sending me left up a side road I drove for hours backtracking when the water blocked my path Wherever I could I turned uphill figuring that at least then the water would be heading the other way This proved successful to a point but with one fairly major stumbling block the River Bandon still lay between me and home Thwarted at every crossing point I tried I finally made it to Ballineen and my last hope of making it across the river I was in luck the bridge was still passable if barely Triumphant I headed for home and then ran out of diesel I could have screamed in fact I think I did After much faffing about I managed to get a bit of diesel and limped the rest of the way home I glanced at my watch it was 4 15pm a one hour journey had turned into a four hour plus nightmare I can understand us not coping well with heavy snow or prolonged droughts these are after all unusual occurrences in Ireland but rain Give me a break Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2009/11/27/wash-out/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Video | Writing, life and other animals
    Calvin at 11 33 Tagged with Newport online video Wales YouTube Is this really our answer to problem children Children Parenting Video 4 Responses Mar 31 2010 Every line of dialogue in this disturbing Barnardo s film was written as a comment on a UK newspaper website about children Makes you think Posted by Calvin at 17 24 Tagged with backlash Barnardo s Children Parenting Video Hilarious iPad parody from Channel 4 Advertising TV Video No Responses Mar 26 2010 If you haven t seen it already this Channel 4 parody of Apple s iPad to promote their E4 service is simply priceless Meet the ePad take something so amazing that you can t comprehend it and then make it amazinger E4 s E Pad take the most amazing thing ever and make it amazinger Posted by Calvin at 15 43 Tagged with Apple channel 4 E4 ePad iPad YouTube 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 whiff of extremity Last week it rained hard for a few days and highlighted just how flimsy our drainage systems flood defences and coping mechanisms really are Huge swathes of West Cork and a substantial chunk of Cork City sank beneath the rising flood waters thousands of homes were damaged hundreds of vehicles stranded and countless commuters failed to make it home to their families Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 12 58 Tagged with flooding floods Ireland West Cork CO2 is NOT a poison Children Climate Change Environment Evening Echo Column family Marketing Parenting Rant Video Writing No Responses Nov 10 2009 Image via Wikipedia Global warming or climate change as I

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  • Flooding | Writing, life and other animals
    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 whiff of extremity Last week it rained hard for a few days and highlighted just how flimsy our drainage systems flood defences and coping mechanisms really are Huge swathes of West Cork and a substantial chunk of Cork City sank beneath the rising flood waters thousands of homes were damaged hundreds of vehicles stranded and countless commuters failed to make it home to their families Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 12 58 Tagged with flooding floods Ireland West Cork 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 Wildlife and Nature blog

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  • West Cork | Writing, life and other animals
    castlefreke West Cork Long Strand Posted by Calvin at 13 07 Tagged with Castlefreke Long Strand Nikon D90 Photo Blog Photography West Cork West Cork Pot holing Evening Echo Column Politics Rant West Cork No Responses Jan 29 2010 Image via Wikipedia I ve never really understood the attraction of intentionally putting yourself into a damp cold dark place to defy death in pursuit of fun and discovery Call me boring but I can get all the damp cold and dark that I m likely to need in a lifetime on a typical winter s day down in West Cork The prospect of gearing up from head to toe in an array of protective clobber donning a headlamp and descending into the bowels of the earth for the privilege doesn t exactly fill me with glee But it does some people evidently like the members of the Speleological Union of Ireland SUI or cavers to you and me These are people who routinely give up their weekends to go pottering about underground voluntarily for enjoyment On their very impressive website www caving ie they court potential recruits with this enticing opening gambit Caving is the exploration of natural underground spaces It is an adventure sport with inherent risks many caves are cold or wet or muddy or all three Sorry you haven t managed to grab me there try again Technically potholes are caves that include vertical drops and therefore require the use of ropes and or ladders Nope sorry still not really getting it Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 14 48 Tagged with caves evening echo Ireland potholes potholing roads West Cork 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

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  • CO2 is NOT a poison! | Writing, life and other animals
    but it s not going to win you any prizes for positive parenting Generally parents have better success by engaging with children in a meaningful and productive way Why should getting youngsters or their parents for that matter to pay attention to the issues surrounding climate change carbon footprints and sustainability be any different We need to inform educate and engage not beat them with a big stick Peddling the end is nigh message may help the people involved to feel like they re doing something worthwhile about the problem but it s never been a particularly effective catalyst for lasting change The central message of this dangerous missive seems to be the ludicrous notion that CO2 itself is somehow bad it s not despite the bad press In fact without CO2 the earth couldn t support life Plants use CO2 from the air and hydrogen from water to lock energy from sunlight into carbohydrates These carbohydrates form the foundation of almost every food chain on the planet including our own Oxygen is released as a by product of the process sustaining its levels in the atmosphere and allowing us and everything else on earth to breathe Far from being intrinsically evil as it seems to be portrayed these days CO2 is actually critically important We couldn t survive without it I could be wrong here but I think I ve spotted a flaw in the logic of those trying to teach a generation of children that one of the fundamental building blocks of life on earth is something we need to eradicate Climate change is the single biggest challenge humanity has ever faced For my children s sake and their children s after them I understand the need for all of us to be more accountable for the energy

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2009/11/10/co2-is-not-a-poison/ (2016-02-15)
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  • ACT On CO2 | Writing, life and other animals
    call it given that there s been scant evidence of any actual warming going on in Ireland over the last few summers is a serious issue for sure But am I the only one worried by a recent spate of publicity that s painting carbon dioxide CO2 as a noxious chemical we need to eradicate One TV ad that targets children and parents is particularly disturbing not because it deals with the sobering subject of climate change but because it s built around misinformation and blatant scaremongering The ad I m talking about shows a father reading a bedtime story to a little girl a dreadful story about how the nasty CO2 monster growing ever larger is wreaking havoc with the climate and killing the planet If you haven t seen it you ll find it below Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 13 36 Tagged with ACT on CO2 Advertising Climate Change CO2 emissions global warming Video 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 Wildlife and Nature blog Ireland s Wildlife on Facebook Recent Posts Empire it s finally out

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  • Advertising | Writing, life and other animals
    Understanding Digital Marketing It s basically a foundation for businesses and marketers on how to harness the internet to sell your products and services and reach out to customers which of course has very little to do with this column or does it Researching the book meant I had to delve deep into the world of the online marketer and increasingly the mainstream marketing masses who are adopting electronic marketing strategies to reach an increasingly wired customer base And guess which segment of today s society is among the most connected That s right our children especially as they enter their teens It s frightening how much spending power teenagers seem to have these days and with a ready peer influenced market spending lots of time online you can bet that marketers are reaching out across cyberspace and reaching into your wallet through your children Marketing to young people is nothing new of course companies especially larger brands with massive advertising budgets and seemingly limitless resources have been targeting children for years Television adverts for toys games fast food snacks and confectionery do an excellent job of appealing to a younger audience applying indirect pressure on parents to spend spend spend But there are a few important differences for parents to consider as mainstream marketing leaps the digital divide and brands start to engage with our children online What are they looking at When children are sitting in front of the television listening to the radio or reading a particular magazine parents are generally aware of the kind of advertising they are being exposed to but do you really know where your children like to hang out online and whether the sort of targeted advertising they re being influenced by is appropriate How much information are they sharing Unlike traditional channels like TV Radio and Print online marketing is a two way street This is not a broadcast medium it s a specifically targeted conversation crafted with the marketers goal in mind How much information is your child sharing with the brands they engage with online Low barriers to entry mean more brands compared to traditional media online marketing opportunities are still relatively cheap and because young people are volunteering more information online campaigns can often be focussed to reach a much narrower and more responsive audience It means more businesses can afford to engage online which means teens are likely to encounter a far broader range of advertising than they typically do in other media No geographical boundaries the internet transcends geography so depending on where they go online children can be exposed to advertising and marketing messages from around the globe advertising that isn t necessarily governed by the rules and conventions that parents take for granted in their own country It s not just the computer it s very easy for parents to assume the computer is the hub of their child s interaction with the online world but increasingly mobile devices like phones MP3 players and

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