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  • Wales | Writing, life and other animals
    in Cardiff in the deciding match of the RBS Six Nations 2009 hoping to claim not just the title but their first Grand Slam since 1948 All that stands in their way is fifteen Welshmen and the legendary Cardiff crowd And therein lies the rub Wales in Cardiff is the Irish team s toughest fixture of this year s Six Nations campaign and you can guarantee the Dragons will come out fighting If they re on form the Welsh have the potential to turn the Irish dream into a red white and green nightmare This is being billed as one of Ireland s biggest rugby matches in recent memory but the expectation transcends even that Set against the backdrop of the country s economic woes many are billing the resurrection of the nation s rugby team under Declan Kidney as a beacon of light amidst the gloom a sentinel of hope that could buoy the flagging spirits not just of rugby fans but of a nation desperately in need of some good news But what has all that got to do with Granddad disowning the girls Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 16 43 Tagged with Cardiff Grand Slam Ireland Rugby six nations Wales Wales 16 12 Ireland Triple Crown glory for Wales Reviews Rugby Wales No Responses Mar 08 2008 Wales did the business again at Croke Park today a victory I savoured more than most as a Welshman living in the Emerald Isle I love Ireland and can t think of anywhere better to live than West Cork but when the rugby s on all bet s are off I may have an Irish wife Irish daughters live and work in Ireland and root for Ireland when they re playing anybody else but when it comes to rugby

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  • Web | Writing, life and other animals
    will be posting business related missives there rather than here from now on This will remain as always a personal blog that I ll use to post all sorts of whimsical bits and pieces that cross my mind and of course the occasional bout of spleen venting when the Irish system gets even more frustrating than usual The business blog will have a much more practical focus with hints tips and suggestions on how to make your web content work harder for your business I m also experimenting with a pre pay Web Content Audit service and pre pay Web Content Consultancy packages The idea is to help small to medium businesses to fine tune their web content and keep control of their costs by pre purchasing the advice and help they need eliminating the spectre of looming invoices when cash flow is tight Of course it also means I get to spend more of my time helping my clients rather than chasing payments I think it s a system that could work well for all concerned I guess time will tell whether it will catch on or not Posted by Calvin at 12 14 Tagged with seo copywriting web consultancy web content Top online marketing speakers International Authors Drinks for 50 BARGAIN Digital Marketing Events social media Technology Web No Responses Nov 02 2009 Image by lism via Flickr Only four days to go before Understanding Digital CREATIVE when Damian Ryan and I will be hosting four leading speakers in the online creative space at the National College of Ireland in Dublin The event is on Thursday 05 November at 4pm On the agenda we have Dave Birss former creative head of Poke London now Head of Digital with OgilvyOne in London Nick Suckley Managing Partner of Agenda21 Digital Matt Butterworth former Managing Partner Founder and Digital Strategist with Folk Creative Robin Grant Founder of We Are Social and of course the co authors of Understanding Digital Marketing me and Damian That s four award winning digital creative thought leaders and a couple of widely acclaimed online marketing authors ready to share the secrets of creative online marketing with YOU But that s not all there s also a drinks reception afterwards courtesy of Design Week sponsors Bombay Sapphire The cost to tap into this extraordinary pool of digital marketing insight including drinks and a valuable opportunity to network just 50 That has to be a bargain in anybody s book So what are you waiting for Head on over to the Understanding Digital CREATIVE site now to secure your place at what promises to be an amazing digital marketing event And don t forget to come over and say hi Posted by Calvin at 13 03 Tagged with conference creative Dave Birss design week digital creative Dublin event ICAD Matt Butterworth Nick Suckley online marketing Understanding Digital Rise of the cyber bully Children Evening Echo Column Parenting social media Technology Web 3 Responses Aug 12 2009 Image by J O I D via Flickr When I was a child I was bullied at school Hard to believe if you know me today but back then things were very different Tall gangly and with a chronic lack of self confidence I guess I made an easy target Picking on the big meek kid seemed to be the order of the day and it hurt much more than just the physical pain The specifics of individual events elude me now but I still remember vividly how the taunting and physical bullying made me feel worthless insignificant and utterly irrevocably alone It didn t help that I was getting mixed messages at home Mum was advocating a turn the other cheek approach while Dad was a staunch advocate of a give them a dose of their own medicine solution It left me in limbo In the end it turned out that Dad was right but I was in fifth year at secondary school before I d finally had enough faced my demons and turned the tables on the bullies That s when it stopped Bullying in any form is abhorrent on so many levels but at least in my day the bullying was a tangible thing I could see the people who were taunting you real flesh and blood boys standing in front of me But today there s an altogether more sinister aspect to bullying a new dimension to an age old menace that s being facilitated by modern communication technology Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 11 42 Tagged with bullying cyber bully evening echo kids online bullying Parenting Writing Feed problems Blog Web No Responses Aug 06 2009 Image via Wikipedia I noticed last night that my RSS feeds had stopped working Disaster Well OK not quite but a problem nonetheless Now solved by getting my web host to alter a technical behind the scenes whojamawhatsit If you suddenly stopped getting posts from this blog in your reader apologies everything should be working again now if not please leave a comment below to let me know And of course if you fecked off unsubscribed in the meantime please please please re subscribe by clicking on the big feed icon in the sidebar If you re wondering what an RSS feed is check out this video then subscribe to receive new content direct to your chosen reader Posted by Calvin at 10 42 Tagged with CommonCraft feedburner feeds RSS Ireland s wildlife page on Facebook Animals Internet social media Web Wildlife No Responses Jul 10 2009 If you re on Facebook check out my new page on Ireland s Wildlife and pass it on to all your friends The page and the twitter account on wildireland are the first steps in building an online community of wildlife enthusiasts in Ireland As time and budget allows I m also working on an Ireland s Wildlife website sort of an online hub for all things wild in Ireland a jumping off

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  • West Cork | Writing, life and other animals
    mallard tufted duck or teal they d be a new species for my loosely defined patch But they were just that bit too far away to make out features for a positive ID with the bins and were travelling too quickly to go get the scope I m pretty sure they weren t any of the three aforementioned duck species and for some reason a little voice in the back of my head keeps whispering wigeon but I guess we ll never know Posted by Calvin at 13 21 Tagged with bird ID ducks Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea in West Cork Birding West Cork Wildlife 2 Responses Feb 08 2011 Once upon a time not very long ago I used to be content with the notion that a redpoll was a redpoll was a redpoll All that changed just over a month ago when a mealy redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea joined the gang of lesser redpolls Carduelis flammea cabaret visiting my garden bird feeders I get lesser redpolls in the garden every winter and lovely little birds they are too But back in early January I was casually watching a few of these charming little finches jostle for position on the feeder when I noticed one bird in particular that looked very different It was noticeably chunkier and much paler in appearance more of a frosty grey brown than the usual warm brown and buff tones of the lessers I dived for the books and opened up a real can of worms Redpoll identification it turns out can be a real NIGHTMARE After a bit of reading comparing and some more watching followed by more reading and head scratching I was convinced that the paler bird was a mealy redpoll the nominate sub species of the common redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 12 51 Tagged with Ireland mealy redpoll redpoll Cork Waste Management is Rubbish Environment Government West Cork No Responses Sep 24 2010 Back in February last year Cork County Council came up with the brilliant plan of charging people to recycle their rubbish It appears that nothing much has changed because the same short sighted civil servants who decreed that charging people to do their recycling was a stellar way to encourage responsible waste management now seem hell bent on making things more difficult in Skibbereen too Reduce reuse recycle Not in County Cork you don t I arrived at Skibb recycling centre this afternoon to be greeted by an array of perfectly serviceable recycle bins all seven of them cordoned off with a liberal sprinkling of warning signs around the periphery Wondering what was going on I asked one of the yellow clad attendants It seems that the powers that be in charge of waste management have decided that they don t need seven recycling bins even though they re filled to bursting point on a weekly basis and there are often crowds of people waiting to deposit their recycling Instead

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  • Wildlife | Writing, life and other animals
    bird book and the camera ended up in the car Quarter of an hour later I was standing at the salubriously dubbed Shite Lane crossroads on Galley head looking at a lovely example of a wood warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix Don t you just love it when things work out I had a quick scoot along the Top Lane too seeing as I was already in the vacinity Secretly I wanted to bag a hoopoe love that name but the scientific name is even more impressive Upupa epops anyone on Galley just to annoy CorkBirdNews AKA Galley Head Birding who was away from his home patch at the time But no such luck and he s back now so opportunity lost Did get some fantastic views of a peregrine on the deck but crap photos too far away for my poxy glass and a mist rolling in didn t help and lots of hyperactive choughs mobbing a very vociferous raven It was a happy reminder that great birding even in the midst of spring migrant mania isn t all about rarities That said a few woodchat shrikes Lanius senator have been cropping up further east and west along the Cork coast which makes me think there must be at least one or two lurking on nearby headlands too Galley Toe Head or along the coast in between I ll be keeping my eyes peeled or failing that will monitor CorkBirdNews on Twitter and let a more competent dedicated single child free retired birders find one for me Posted by Calvin at 15 40 Tagged with Choughs Galley Head Peregrine Raven Wood Warbler Mealy Redpoll Lesser Redpoll spot the difference Animals Birding Wildlife No Responses Mar 31 2011 The mealy redpoll that spent the winter hanging around my garden is still making regular appearances at the feeders During the recent spell of decent weather I managed to get these shots of first a lesser followed a few seconds later by the mealy on the same station at the seed feeder Identical light identical camera settings etc make for an interesting comparison It highlights the significant differences between two birds that in Ireland are still considered sub species of the common redpoll but in the UK are split into different species The Lesser Redpoll Carduelis flammea cabaret Carduelis cabare t is on the top the Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea is on the bottom Click on the pic to see a larger version Related articles Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea in West Cork cjwriting com Tips for saving Britain s birds guardian co uk Great Backyard Bird Count 2011 Takes On More Serious Tone Following Mass Animal Deaths huffingtonpost com Posted by Calvin at 12 06 Tagged with birding birds Ireland lesser redpoll mealy redpoll Redpoll ID This is not a birding blog honest Birding Blog Environment West Cork Wildlife Writing No Responses Feb 22 2011 No really it isn t although in all fairness you could be forgiven for thinking it was

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  • Writing | Writing, life and other animals
    quiet here of late it s because I m busy working on a follow up book to Understanding Digital Marketing another collaboration with my co author Damian Ryan The new book dubbed The Best Digital Marketing Campaigns in the World mastering the art of customer engagement is coming together nicely but the deadline for delivery of the finished manuscript to our publishers Kogan Page is imminent So it s all hands on deck in a mad scramble to pull the everything together and that means precious little time for anything else including this blog other websites my various social media accounts and sundry other projects I have on the go I will do my best to post the occasional update here over the coming month or so but things are likely to be pretty frantic Posted by Calvin at 12 44 Tagged with Calvin Jones Damian Ryan Digital Marketing Kogan Page The Best Digital Marketing Campaigns in the World Procrastination our default state Blog Children Evening Echo Column Parenting Rant Whimsy Writing 2 Responses Feb 03 2010 Image by Emilie Ogez via Flickr As words go procrastination has to be one of the best I like the way it rolls around on your tongue taking as you might expect a little longer than necessary to get itself out It s a word that lingers without really knowing why Putting things off is something most normal people do as a matter of course Unless a task absolutely needs to be done now we ll typically set it aside and do it later focussing instead on what we feel is more immediately compelling Psychologists as is their wont weave a complex tapestry of theoretical meaning around people s very natural tendency to defer things until tomorrow They call it procrastination and describe it as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety of making a decision or starting any task But who in their right mind pays much attention to psychologists They re masters at taking perfectly natural human behaviour sticking it in a box adding a fancy label and attributing it to potentially serious underlying mental health issues They re so good at it because they spend an awful lot of time doing it time they could easily allocate to more productive work but choose not to Sounds very like procrastination in action to me According to the psychologists then procrastination stems from issues of anxiety a low sense of self worth and a self defeating mentality too much of it they maintain can be a symptom of underlying mental health conditions like depression or ADHD What a load of old cobblers Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 15 24 Tagged with evening echo human behaviour Parenting procrastination psychology Column gone Evening Echo Column Writing No Responses Feb 02 2010 Image via Wikipedia For the last seven years give or take a month or two I ve been writing a weekly column for the cork based Evening Echo one of Ireland s

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  • Empire — it’s finally out there | Writing, life and other animals
    empire of Bantara forever You can download a free two chapter sample on my main website here and when you re ready you ll find the full book available on Amazon co uk Amazon com and other local Amazon sites just search for Calvin Jones or Empire Bantara to find it But I don t own a Kindle Don t worry you can still read Empire on one of Amazon s free Kindle reading apps for smartphones tablets and computers Check out this page on Amazon co uk or this page on Amazon com for details I ll make more reading formats including a print copy available in due course but for now please do check out the PDF sample and give the Kindle version a try if you like what you read And don t forget to let me and other people know what you think by leaving a review on Amazon Finally a huge thanks to my daughters Ava Nia and Lana who nagged me to dust off Empire and publish it Without them I suspect the procrastination demons would have won and it would never have seen the light of day There s a sequel in the works and I for one can t wait to find out what happens next 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 32 Tagged with Books ebooks KDP Kindle publishing 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

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  • Calvin | Writing, life and other animals
    my head from the end of May until mid September As soon as the familiar scattered showers of spring elongate into the protracted solid periods of unrelenting rain that are the hallmark of a West Cork Summer it s there I guess I should at least be thankful that the song is bearable Here Comes The Rain Again by The Eurythmics could this be the ideal West Cork summer anthem I LOVE living and working in West Cork and feel very privileged to do so but please please please can we have a little bit of sustained sunshine and some slightly warmer evenings Lighting the fire at the end of June because you ve got frostbite in your extremities is frankly no fun at all Posted by Calvin at 9 44 Tagged with Eurythmics music rain Summer Unlimited Professional WordPress Themes for one Low Price Blog Business Internet Marketing social media Web No Responses May 05 2011 Wow just discovered that the amazing Genesis theme framework for WordPress and ALL Genesis CHILD THEMES are available for the staggeringly low one off payment of just US 249 95 It s called the Genesis Pro Plus Package and until 11 May Studiopress which is part of Copyblogger Media is offering this comprehensive set of WordPress Premium Developer Themes for more than 600 less than purchasing the framework and 36 child themes separately PLUS you ll automatically get access to all future Genesis child themes they create as part of the bundle Bargain A must for WordPress web designers online marketers and bloggers rolling their own sites How much is having some of the world s best professional WordPress templates at your fingertips worth More than US 250 that s for sure One project and it s more than paid for itself If you re a web designer building sites using WordPress day in day out and you re not already using Genesis then you d be crazy to pass this offer up It s an incredible deal Likewise if you re an online marketer or affiliate and create your own sites to promote online products Genesis gives you all the tools you need saving you time and money Even if you just maintain your own WordPress blog and create occasional sites for for family friends or colleagues it makes sense just for the time it will save you I ve used the Genesis framework on a few client websites now and just built my own pet project the Ireland s Wildlife website using it It really is wonderfully easy to work with simple to customise highly flexible and stable it just ticks all the boxes I guess that s why it s used by some of the world s highest profile bloggers like CopyBlogger Brian Clark ProBlogger Darren Rowse and the inimitable Chris Brogan at Chrisbrogan com Support when it s needed which isn t often is available via a dedicated online forum on the Studiopress site and the answer to every question I ve had so far has been there already a quick search and the solution s at hand Check out the Genesis Pro Plus Package if you re into WordPress I d highly recommend it Posted by Calvin at 17 50 Tagged with Genesis offers themes Wordpress Ireland s Wildlife Blog Site Finally Live Animals Birding Blog Environment My Sites News Web Wildlife No Responses May 04 2011 After much deliberation and procrastination I ve finally set the Ireland s Wildlife Website free into the wilds of cyberspace It s still very early days and it s a bit thin on content I m working on it so please bear with me but I think there s a great foundation to build an online wildlife hub and resource for everyone who s interested in Ireland s wildlife the places they live and the people who work with the Take a look and let me have your feedback thoughts ideas and suggestions Related articles Ireland s Wildlife 1 000 fans and counting cjwriting com Posted by Calvin at 15 46 Woodchat Shrike in Rosscarbery amazing Animals Birding West Cork Wildlife 1 Response Apr 20 2011 Today was an amazing day You know those balmy April days that practically taste of the promise of summer the vanilla citrus scent of gorse blossom hanging in the unseasonably warm air Well this was one of those I had a meeting in the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery this afternoon after which the plan was a leisurely stroll across the causeway and down towards the Warren Strand to meet the family for a picnic on the beach Sounds idyllic doesn t it But it gets better A quick circuit of the reed bed revealed an assortment of warblers in the deciduous trees at the western end willow warblers chiff chaffs and a full on X Factor style sing off between three male blackcaps There wasn t much happening from the causeway some late black tailed godwits and a couple of little egrets in their breeding regalia they look so much swankier when they re all dressed up So it was onto the Warren road heading for the beach Something made me stop scanning the estuary for waders and look up into the stubble field behind the houses on the other side of the road A bird flew up and landed on the electricity wires I swung up the bins Surely not I looked again I was definitely seeing an adult female Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator I made my way into the field for a closer look What a magnificent bird a first for me and a fabulous bird to find for yourself I sent the news in to Colin Barton who runs corkbirdnews and he was on the scene from Galley Head in short order I ve used one of Colin s photos of the shrike above as mine are a bit ropey only had the compact camera with me and handheld digibining is

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  • Books | Writing, life and other animals
    to find it But I don t own a Kindle Don t worry you can still read Empire on one of Amazon s free Kindle reading apps for smartphones tablets and computers Check out this page on Amazon co uk or this page on Amazon com for details I ll make more reading formats including a print copy available in due course but for now please do check out the PDF sample and give the Kindle version a try if you like what you read And don t forget to let me and other people know what you think by leaving a review on Amazon Finally a huge thanks to my daughters Ava Nia and Lana who nagged me to dust off Empire and publish it Without them I suspect the procrastination demons would have won and it would never have seen the light of day There s a sequel in the works and I for one can t wait to find out what happens next Posted by Calvin at 10 32 Tagged with Books ebooks KDP Kindle publishing The Book Depository great books free shipping fantastic service Books Reviews 1 Response Mar 02 2010 Image via CrunchBase I discovered The Book Depository just before Christmas and what a boon it proved to be Like most writers I love to read in fact reading widely is an essential part of my job I love shopping for books online but I always begrudged paying inflated international shipping costs to get books delivered to Ireland from leading UK book retailers Enter The Book Depository which offers great books at fantastic prices with FREE worldwide shipping Fantastic now I could order my books and have them sent direct to my door in Ireland without paying inflated shipping costs I ordered a number of

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