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  • Television | Writing, life and other animals
    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 organisers can hook up wirelessly to the internet Home games consoles too are often connected and the in game advertising your children see when they play the latest games are often streamed in real time from the internet in response to actions taken in the game There s nothing inherently sinister about marketing to children online in fact if it s done responsibly more targeted measurable open and accountable marketing can be a good thing As parents we need to be aware of changes in our children s use of media of the way businesses are using digital channels to reach out to them and the potential impact it can have Ultimately it s our job to shield them from harm in the real world and the virtual one Posted by Calvin at 10 28 Tagged with Advertising Business Children evening echo Internet marketing Parenting Television Fraggle Rock channel surfing can pay dividends Children family TV Whimsy 2 Responses Jan 07 2009 Some things in life just make you smile Normally I abhor channel surfing with a passion but tonight my wife s antics with the remote control yielded unexpected dividends Fraggles It was an obscure free to air satellite channel called POP TV and we d caught the Fraggle Rock opening credits Magic When you re ploughing through your adult life trying to make ends meet busy with work family and the myriad challenges pressures and distractions of the world we live in it s all too easy to forget about the lighter side of life But them something small like Fraggles will help put things back into perspective I used to watch Fraggle Rock with my sister and brother in my Nain s house Welsh for Grandmother after school Happy carefree days long gone but thankfully not forgotten Posted by Calvin at 0 51 Tagged with Childhood FraggleRock Free to air Television Is it really about the baking Rachel Evening Echo Column family Food TV Writing 2 Responses Dec 12 2008 Image via Wikipedia Oh no that programme s terrible uttered

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  • Why ferrets are better pets than hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc. | Writing, life and other animals
    diamonds Technorati Tags Ferrets pets Evening Echo parenting 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 15 57 Tagged with Animals country living evening echo ferrets Food Pets 8 Responses to Blackberries ferrets and jam Saul says 12 October 2008 at 17 36 Hey i was just wondering if you were from Cork And if you are where did you get your ferrets I have been looking everywhere for them for more than a year Please if you have any info on breeders forward them onto my email address or comment back on this page Thanks a million Saul Calvin says 12 October 2008 at 20 47 Hi Saul Thanks for stopping by I m down in West Cork and got the ferrets from a friend who no longer breeds them AFAIK the pet shop in Bantry sometimes has kits for sale they have their own ferrets there and also know a lot of local ferret owners You ll find their number on this post on the Beara ie website Saul says 13 October 2008 at 21 45 Im down West too Your welcome Thanks for all the info and stuff Well I already have my name down on the list for the new kits they might be getting in before New Year So fingers crossed there could be two new additions to the family in 2009 Are those pictures above of your own guys Thank you so much Calvin Saul Calvin says 13 October 2008 at 22 15 Hi Saul Glad to help Yes the photos are of my ferrets Frida and Frankie two jills from the same litter we got as babies from a friend The top pic is of Frida just after we got her there aren t many things cuter than a ferret kit to be honest The lower pic is one of them wreaking havoc in my office Hope things work out for you C Saul says 14 October 2008 at 21 30 Thank you so much Well they are really cute I hope so too All the best Saul Agne says 14 April 2009 at 0 07 strange looks from local farmers while walking the ferrets notwithstanding Hehehe oh how well I know about that Farmers or everyone else Strange looks sometimes even mean ones and so many myths about these little amazing creatures It makes me laugh or want to cry for the animals sake every time I hear them Really nice article and oooohhh I can smell the grass and fresh berries just sayin says 6 September 2009 at 6 41 Vicious ferrets are by and large mistreated ferrets and as a general rule they won t bite unless seriously provoked I think it is incredibly irresponsible to tell people this Ferrets bite Alot I ve had ferrets and while some do not bite

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  • Pets | Writing, life and other animals
    is to investigate a potential meal Both are thinking of lunch it s just that one is looking for its lunch while the other wants to avoid becoming lunch So guinea pigs rabbits et al spend all their time running away while ferrets tend to run towards strange sounds and actually engage in active play When was the last time your guinea pig played chase with a feather on a string As for the supposedly vicious nature of these marvelous mustelids I have to say it s mostly a myth Yes they have the arsenal to inflict a nasty bite but then so does your average dog cat and even the aforementioned rabbits guinea pigs and hamsters if mistreated Vicious ferrets are by and large mistreated ferrets and as a general rule they won t bite unless seriously provoked I went out to their large hutch enclosure to fit their leads and harnesses matching little red and black numbers and after a bit of squirming wriggling the ferrets and cursing me we were ready to go Walking with ferrets is a slow process especially when you re heading down a country lane They keep diving into the hedgerow investigating smells mice rabbits rats foxes badgers and whatever else has crossed the path the night before Their leads get tangled in the undergrowth and progress is well let s call it gradual At this time of year that s ideal because ambling slowly along a hedgerow thick with brambles gives you ample opportunity to pick out the best of the blackberries The crop this year is admittedly not spectacular spoiled by rain and lack of sunshine but there are enough around to make picking them worthwhile as you wait for a stray ferret to emerge from a hole in a drystone wall That night as the bread machine beeped to tell me the jam was ready to pour into jars I found myself smiling involuntarily This is what country living is all about strange looks from local farmers while walking the ferrets notwithstanding There are a few things I miss about living in the city largely involving more convenient access to products and services but by and large the country wins hands down At this stage I wouldn t move back to the city for diamonds Technorati Tags Ferrets pets Evening Echo parenting Posted by Calvin at 15 57 Tagged with Animals country living evening echo ferrets Food Pets Have your steak and eat it Animals Children Evening Echo Column Food Parenting Pets Writing No Responses Aug 26 2008 Image via Wikipedia Published in the WOW supplement of the Evening Echo Forget your Vietnamese pot bellied pigs your Andean chinchillas your African pygmy hedgehogs and your North American chipmunks apparently tiny Irish cattle are the latest en vogue pet for forward thinking families Spurred on by high food prices and a growing desire to get back to basics on the nutrition front people it seems are going gaga for miniature cows

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  • Country Living | Writing, life and other animals
    just to stay alive and you ll start to see what I mean And then there s instinctive behaviour when a herbivore hears a sudden noise it s primary instinct is to flee but a carnivore s natural instinct is to investigate a potential meal Both are thinking of lunch it s just that one is looking for its lunch while the other wants to avoid becoming lunch So guinea pigs rabbits et al spend all their time running away while ferrets tend to run towards strange sounds and actually engage in active play When was the last time your guinea pig played chase with a feather on a string As for the supposedly vicious nature of these marvelous mustelids I have to say it s mostly a myth Yes they have the arsenal to inflict a nasty bite but then so does your average dog cat and even the aforementioned rabbits guinea pigs and hamsters if mistreated Vicious ferrets are by and large mistreated ferrets and as a general rule they won t bite unless seriously provoked I went out to their large hutch enclosure to fit their leads and harnesses matching little red and black numbers and after a bit of squirming wriggling the ferrets and cursing me we were ready to go Walking with ferrets is a slow process especially when you re heading down a country lane They keep diving into the hedgerow investigating smells mice rabbits rats foxes badgers and whatever else has crossed the path the night before Their leads get tangled in the undergrowth and progress is well let s call it gradual At this time of year that s ideal because ambling slowly along a hedgerow thick with brambles gives you ample opportunity to pick out the best of the blackberries The

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  • Ferrets | Writing, life and other animals
    they can sleep for up to 16 out of every 24 hours which I must admit makes me a bit envious they spend most of their time playing and exploring to hone their hunting skills Compare that to a guinea pig for example which needs to spend every waking hour chewing frantically just to stay alive and you ll start to see what I mean And then there s instinctive behaviour when a herbivore hears a sudden noise it s primary instinct is to flee but a carnivore s natural instinct is to investigate a potential meal Both are thinking of lunch it s just that one is looking for its lunch while the other wants to avoid becoming lunch So guinea pigs rabbits et al spend all their time running away while ferrets tend to run towards strange sounds and actually engage in active play When was the last time your guinea pig played chase with a feather on a string As for the supposedly vicious nature of these marvelous mustelids I have to say it s mostly a myth Yes they have the arsenal to inflict a nasty bite but then so does your average dog cat and even the aforementioned rabbits guinea pigs and hamsters if mistreated Vicious ferrets are by and large mistreated ferrets and as a general rule they won t bite unless seriously provoked I went out to their large hutch enclosure to fit their leads and harnesses matching little red and black numbers and after a bit of squirming wriggling the ferrets and cursing me we were ready to go Walking with ferrets is a slow process especially when you re heading down a country lane They keep diving into the hedgerow investigating smells mice rabbits rats foxes badgers and whatever else has

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  • Pets | Writing, life and other animals
    on the Irish authorities you ve got some serious catching up to do when it comes to catching those canine culprits Technorati Tags DNA Pets Dog fouling Ireland Israel forensic Posted by Calvin at 13 56 Tagged with Animals Children Pets Rant Blackberries ferrets and jam Animals Children Evening Echo Column family Food Parenting Pets 8 Responses Sep 24 2008 It was 4 30pm on a Friday afternoon I was sitting in the office about to start writing this column when one of the twins burst in Dad can we take the ferrets for a walk she asked I looked out of the window For once the sun was shining You d be amazed at how quickly I can move when a viable opportunity to avoid work presents itself I was out of the door in a flash the laptop and the column forgotten We ve had the ferrets for just over two years now and they really are wonderful pets They re so much more fun than alternative small animal options rabbits guinea pigs and hamsters Ferrets are naturally playful inquisitive and affectionate They re predators and like all predators cats dogs lions etc they get their energy in small high value doses That means that when they re not sleeping and they can sleep for up to 16 out of every 24 hours which I must admit makes me a bit envious they spend most of their time playing and exploring to hone their hunting skills Compare that to a guinea pig for example which needs to spend every waking hour chewing frantically just to stay alive and you ll start to see what I mean And then there s instinctive behaviour when a herbivore hears a sudden noise it s primary instinct is to flee but a carnivore s natural instinct is to investigate a potential meal Both are thinking of lunch it s just that one is looking for its lunch while the other wants to avoid becoming lunch So guinea pigs rabbits et al spend all their time running away while ferrets tend to run towards strange sounds and actually engage in active play When was the last time your guinea pig played chase with a feather on a string As for the supposedly vicious nature of these marvelous mustelids I have to say it s mostly a myth Yes they have the arsenal to inflict a nasty bite but then so does your average dog cat and even the aforementioned rabbits guinea pigs and hamsters if mistreated Vicious ferrets are by and large mistreated ferrets and as a general rule they won t bite unless seriously provoked I went out to their large hutch enclosure to fit their leads and harnesses matching little red and black numbers and after a bit of squirming wriggling the ferrets and cursing me we were ready to go Walking with ferrets is a slow process especially when you re heading down a country lane They keep diving into

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  • Garden Chipper/Shredder Review B&Q Performance Power | Writing, life and other animals
    gadget and fundamentally I m a geek at heart You know what I think she s right Technorati Tags Gardening Performance Power Shredder reviews 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 12 59 Tagged with B Q Gardening Reviews shredder 6 Responses to B Q Chipper Shredder makes gardening fun again Conor O Neill says 29 September 2008 at 14 51 I sooooo want one of those Sounds like a bargain Do you put on a Fargo accent when you are using it Calvin says 29 September 2008 at 15 09 It s pretty cool nice and compact too so it fits in the shed a treat So far I m well impressed Still working on the Fargo accent though Julian says 22 November 2008 at 17 04 Keep us posted on durability I m always worried that tools for breaking things in the garden rotavators shredders and so on will themselves break sooner rather than later Last time I asked Fruit Hill Farm down your way they recommended a very expensive heavy duty shredder which had just ceased production and was thus unavailable relief as the only one worth bothering with Now they seem to have something a bit daintier http www fruithillfarm com cat shredder shtml But I ll show Santa your review first Calvin says 24 November 2008 at 14 59 Hi Julian Still going strong after a fair bit of punishment It s polished off all the autumn hedge clippings and shrub prunings and apart from having to sharpen the blades a couple of times it seems none the worse for wear I saw some of the

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  • B&Q | Writing, life and other animals
    branches and recycling the nutrients in the garden made far more sense than carting them by the trailer load to Clonakilty for disposal For 121 I wasn t expecting much but I have to say I ve been gobsmacked by this compact little machine It eagerly chomps up branches up to 3 5 cm thick making short work of all but the thickest branches Anything too thick to shred and put on the compost goes on the woodpile for firewood so it s a real Win Win Zero waste you ve got to love it The blades did get a little dull from the heavy duty stuff I was throwing at it but a quick rub with a sharpening stone had them operating perfectly again in no time What s amazed me most of all is how it s got me into the garden I m loving it pruning and shredding away for hours I don t even notice the time passing My wife reckons it s because it has a plug that means it s a gadget and fundamentally I m a geek at heart You know what I think she s right Technorati Tags Gardening Performance Power Shredder

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