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  • Wales Ireland, triple crown, six nations, grand slam, Cumry an byth! | Writing, life and other animals
    you can take the Welshman out of Wales but well you know the rest Ireland started brightly but for most of the game there was really only one team in it The score line never really reflected the run of play with the Welsh missing a number of chances that should have put them out of sight by mid way through the second half despite being down to 14 men for a full 20 minutes It s back to the drawing board for Ireland and Eddie O Sullivan who really doesn t seem to have any answers Maybe it s time for him to stand aside Considering this is supposed to be the best Irish side for generations it s looking pretty desperate The triple crown of course is a bonus the big result for Wales was beating the English right at the start of the Six Nations campaign You know the drill as long as we beat the English cue Stereophonics As long as we beat the English Stereophonics Roll on the French next weekend and our Grand Slam Well would you bet against the boys in red Technorati Tags Ireland Wales Rugby Six Nations Triple Crown 2008 Grand Slam 2008 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 45 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 HP iPAQ 514

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2008/03/08/wales-16-12-ireland-triple-crown-glory-for-wales/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Rugby World Cup orphans | Writing, life and other animals
    a passing interest to the results and league tables throughout the year I ll watch sport and enjoy it if it s on but I don t go out of my way to follow a particular team or camp out in front of the telly to watch every match I prefer spending time with the family and we ll generally do stuff together at the weekend head out for the day tackle the never ending list of jobs in the garden together or perhaps play a few games indoors if the weather s bad Spending time with the family at the weekend has always been more important to me than sport well almost always Once every four years I turn into my wife s worst nightmare an armchair sports fanatic glued to every scrum and line out applauding every shimmy and sidestep cheering as the underdogs score that breakaway try against the tournament favourites She becomes a rugby widow my children rugby orphans The fridge normally full of food is suddenly overflowing with that staple of the armchair sports fan beer Instead of a dad who wants to engage with them play silly games and generally mess around the children are suddenly confronted with a lunatic creature ranting at them to keep quiet while the match is on or trying to find other ways to keep them occupied like sending them to the fridge to fetch another beer Occasionally they ll sit with me and start watching the match asking questions non stop Who s winning Who do I want to win What colour tops are they wearing Why are all those men jumping on top of each other Quite often they re more entertaining than the game cheering at all the wrong things the little one shouting come on

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2007/10/04/rugby-world-cup-orphans/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Back to school… back to normality, sort of | Writing, life and other animals
    a hasty goodbye and ran back indoors to dry out The first few days back at school call for a bit of re adjustment for children and for parents For them having structure suddenly imposed upon them after the comparative freedom of the holidays must be a bit of a shock to the system for us it s the other way around with the children in school every day our time is freed up and we need to re focus on using it more effectively That can be easier said than done and is likely take the best part of a week for things to settle back to normal For the children the anticipation of returning to school tends to be worse than the actual experience The girls like school and genuinely look forward to seeing all their friends again but as the last few weeks of summer ebb away and the spectre of a defined daily routine looms they start to get a bit edgy This year though they haven t had much time to dwell on it We ve had people staying for most of August the last batch only left this morning half an hour or so before the girls school bus arrived With six kids and four adults in the house things have been pretty frantic and there hasn t been much opportunity to ponder the fact they d be going back to school this week Another thing that s taken some of the sting out of going back to school this year is the fact that they re not just starting a new school year but going back to a brand new school In March the pupils and teachers moved out into portacabins and the builders moved in to the main school building The whole place has been gutted renovated and extended after six months of hard work the pupils and teachers of our local national school now have a state of the art learning facility that any community would be proud of In their eagerness to see their new school officially opened the girls practically ran onto the bus this morning or at least would have if they could have traversed the flood on their own To be honest I think we re all glad to be getting back to some semblance of normality after what s been a very busy summer While the kids revel in the freedom of the school holidays by the end of August they re ready for school and a bit of structure does them no harm at all Related articles by Zemanta Ikea s Back to School Laptop Solutions geeksugar com Don t forget to enter Engadget s back to school giveaway part one engadget 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 11 Tagged with Children column

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2009/09/07/back-to-school-back-to-normality-sort-of/ (2016-02-15)
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  • The nights are drawing in | Writing, life and other animals
    s not light but it s not quite dark either more of an elongated twilight But despite a daylight extension courtesy of our peripheral geography the nights are definitely starting to draw in Like everything else that life throws up this presents yet another dilemma for parents With the school term literally around the corner do you start to re establish school time routine and get the kids to bed earlier or do you let them stay up later to wring every ounce of potential out of the rapidly evaporating holidays Sunday morning was yet another West Cork wash out We decided not to venture out to watch the Tour of Ireland cyclist passing through the local village as they headed for Cork and were pretty much resigned to staying indoors But contrary to expectations it brightened up in the afternoon so we headed for Galley Head and the Whale Watch Ireland event that s held towards the end of August every year As we approached the lighthouse we almost missed a small handwritten sign informing us that the watch had been cancelled due to the weather yet another casualty of the summer that never was For once though the sun was shining out of one of the bluest skies I ve seen all year It was glorious if a little breezy so we decided to head up to the headland anyway to see if we could spot anything Galley head is an amazing place elevated above the sea it offers panoramic views across the Atlantic and up and down the West Cork coastline It s the ideal place for some shore based whale watching With luck timing and a decent pair of binoculars or a spotting scope you can see a wide variety of dolphin and whale species from Galley Head As it happens we didn t see any of them on Sunday just a slew of sea birds but none actively feeding which suggested an absence of fish and no fish means no whales Still the anticipation was exciting for the children and when they got tired of looking they had a great time playing on the grass with their friends enjoying the sunshine and spectacular views As we left Galley Head head it was getting late but the weather was holding and so the perennial dilemma reared its head Should we head for home tea and an early night for the children or make the most of the break in the weather to stay outdoors In the end there wasn t much hand wringing involved We ve seen so little sun this summer that we decided to make the most of it and headed for the nearby forest walk up Carrigfadda Hill We figured that this could be the last bit of sun we see before they go back to school and that tired kids in theory at least would go to bed easier For more information on whales and dolphins in Ireland visit the Irish Whale

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2009/09/02/the-nights-are-drawing-in/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Back-to-school | Writing, life and other animals
    light obscured by banks of horrible black cloud that has been the hallmark of a summer that simply never happened We had one week of nice weather towards the end of June and then the heavens opened I know Ireland s famous for being green but this summer has been ridiculous No wonder the travel agents are seeing a surge in business It s enough to make anyone want to hop on a plane But back to the darkness it s getting properly dark much earlier Yet another reminder that we re running out of summer with just the occasional glimpse of sunshine Perched out beyond the western edge of the time zone we tend to enjoy a little bit more light than our neighbours to the east when the clouds don t obscure it that is In midsummer I can be outside at 11pm and there s still a glow in the sky to the west It s not light but it s not quite dark either more of an elongated twilight But despite a daylight extension courtesy of our peripheral geography the nights are definitely starting to draw in Like everything else that life throws up this presents yet another dilemma for parents With the school term literally around the corner do you start to re establish school time routine and get the kids to bed earlier or do you let them stay up later to wring every ounce of potential out of the rapidly evaporating holidays Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 23 42 Tagged with back to school Evening Echo Column Parenting Summer 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 Ireland

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/tag/back-to-school/ (2016-02-15)
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  • First day at school is mixed blessing for parents | Writing, life and other animals
    simply wasn t the demand There are open days when children and parents get to meet teachers see classrooms and familiarise themselves with school before term starts and improved communication between teachers parents and children means it s all become less of an ordeal and more of an adventure for the children But what about parents If anything the first day at school is more traumatic for them than for children today Sending your youngest off into the big wide world without you for the first time even if it is only the local national school is sure to tug at the heart strings But trust me the prospect of a few hours of genuine peace and quiet every day is a real mitigating factor The twins can t decide whether they re looking forward to the return to school or not but they re more than ready for it They ve been wired for the last couple of weeks which is pretty normal for the end of the holidays Except that this year it s been much worse largely I suspect because we haven t really had a summer School will at least keep them occupied and re establish a bit of routine and order We ve been talking to the little one about her transition to full time education all summer doing our best the lay the groundwork for the coming weeks She thinks it s a great idea but I m not convinced she realises school is an all day five days a week week in week out thing Yes it will be difficult yes there will be tears and no doubt there will be three tired cranky girls to contend with on their return But there ll also be a mum and dad who ve had

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2008/09/04/school-its-a-wonderful-thing/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Published | Writing, life and other animals
    their first day at big school I was reading this week that the National Parents Council used to run courses for parents whose children were going to school for the first time but they stopped them because children and schools are so much better prepared these days There simply wasn t the demand There are open days when children and parents get to meet teachers see classrooms and familiarise themselves with school before term starts and improved communication between teachers parents and children means it s all become less of an ordeal and more of an adventure for the children But what about parents If anything the first day at school is more traumatic for them than for children today Sending your youngest off into the big wide world without you for the first time even if it is only the local national school is sure to tug at the heart strings But trust me the prospect of a few hours of genuine peace and quiet every day is a real mitigating factor The twins can t decide whether they re looking forward to the return to school or not but they re more than ready for it They ve been wired for the last couple of weeks which is pretty normal for the end of the holidays Except that this year it s been much worse largely I suspect because we haven t really had a summer School will at least keep them occupied and re establish a bit of routine and order We ve been talking to the little one about her transition to full time education all summer doing our best the lay the groundwork for the coming weeks She thinks it s a great idea but I m not convinced she realises school is an all

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/tag/published/ (2016-02-15)
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  • New year’s resurrection… blogging and social media | Writing, life and other animals
    of an organic subconscious thing I simply blogged less frequently stopped sharing everything with the world and liberated myself from behind a keyboard smartphone more often and for longer periods of time One of the catalysts I m sure has been a motivation to get out more and re engage with my number one passion wildlife since receiving my stellar 40th birthday present in November huge thank you Sally Ann It s helped me to focus in more ways than one So I m going to be resurrecting this blog the blog over on my writing business site and my social media engagement in general to be much more focussed this year blogging tweeting and generally engaging about things that I really care about and I feel others will find useful rather than wittering inanely about anything and everything My goal for this year is to continue my work helping business clients with their online content strategy helping them to attract targeted traffic and boost conversion through focussed well thought out and well executed content but also to return to writing editorial for web and print publications on topics that interest me I don t question the value of social media it offers tremendous opportunity for both businesses and individuals to engage in productive interaction and collaboration I m still using social media every day I m just going to be doing it in a more focussed and I hope more productive way What about you is anyone else out there feeling the same way about blogging and social media Do you ever feel jaded with constant online interaction Have you taken steps to remedy that 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 49 Tagged with blogging online strategy social media 2 Responses to New year s resurrection blogging and social media Derry O Donnell says 27 January 2011 at 0 07 I went through the same thought process last year mainly in relation to Twitter I blogged about my reasons for seriously cutting back on it as I was approaching my 2nd year anniversary on it Like you I got jaded with it all I m quite happy now to daydream and gaze into space rather than constantly check my twitter stream It s how I get my best ideas I still engage in online interaction but not to the same extent I used to Calvin says 27 January 2011 at 10 59 I think it s easy to forget how important downtime is You have to stop occasionally disengage and resist the insiduous urge to share absolutely everything Social media is a fantastic resource and undoubtedly has huge potential as a medium for engagement building reputation research creating buzz raising your profile and lots more besides But it has a tendency to become all consuming at least it

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2011/01/19/new-years-resurrection-blogging-and-social-media/ (2016-02-15)
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