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  • Budget | Writing, life and other animals
    it contained It might have something to do with the ludicrous name No matter the gravity of the Special Advisory Group s proposals calling an advisory body on spending cuts Bord Snip makes it very hard to take it seriously But there s no doubt the cuts the group advocate are deadly serious One of the recommendations that s causing particular consternation among parents is the proposal to universally cut child benefit The An Bord Snip report says Further savings of 513m should be achieved by effecting a 20 reduction in the Child Benefit payments Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 19 53 Tagged with An Bord Snip Budget Child Benefit cutbacks Economy Ireland PACUB recession Medical card fiasco a picture s worth a thousand words Photography Politics Rant social media Whimsy No Responses Oct 21 2008 Picked up a link to this photo on Twitter click on the image for the original image on Twitpic it s a shot taken by clodaghkelly at her local SuperQuinn Sums up the government s medical card fiasco so more eloquently than anything I could write no further commentary required Technorati Tags Medical Card Twitpic budget fiasco Posted by Calvin at 11 02

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/tag/budget/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Medical Card | Writing, life and other animals
    local SuperQuinn Sums up the government s medical card fiasco so more eloquently than anything I could write no further commentary required Technorati Tags Medical Card Twitpic budget fiasco Posted by Calvin at 11 02 Tagged with Budget Medical Card Politics TwitPic Twitter 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/tag/medical-card/ (2016-02-15)
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  • When stereotypes are true | Writing, life and other animals
    worst thing about it is the fact that it s absolutely true God I hate conforming to a stereotype The girls of course think it s a great skit and are going to make us wear the stickers all day tomorrow Can t wait 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 22 45 Tagged with family 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 School it s a wonderful thing Working from home the good the bad and the ugly 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2008/09/05/when-stereotypes-are-true/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Small talk with a web designer | Writing, life and other animals
    I m a writer not a designer but as soon as anyone finds out I do some website stuff or I m in any way involved in internet related work this is almost invariably the way the conversation pans out Does this resonate with anyone else out there Technorati Tags web design funny internet small talk whimsy 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 00 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 Irish Potato Recipe Classic Smoked Reindeer Stew When stereotypes are true 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2008/08/13/small-talk-with-a-web-designer/ (2016-02-15)
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  • The end of summer | Writing, life and other animals
    suddenly realised that time was running out We panicked packed and headed for Baltimore Sitting on the ferry watching tendrils of mist settling over Sherkin I couldn t help wondering what on earth we were playing at Camping is one of those curious things that is at its best before you leave and after you get back The anticipation and the memory tend to surpass the actual experience by the proverbial country mile Yet despite the dubious looking weather we got lucky this time It s true there wasn t much in the way of sunshine but at least the rain held off until after the tents were up and we all managed to stay reasonably warm and dry When you re camping anywhere in Ireland that s a bonus The children had a ball with their friends and that evening pint in hand listening to the trad session that had just started up in the pub I began to think that this camping lark wasn t so bad after all We arrived home from our trip exhausted happy and more than a little smug that we d managed to conquer the soggy Irish wilderness August is generally a frantic month when you live somewhere like West Cork Visitors tend to descend just like us they re in a last minute panic to make the most of a rapidly evaporating summer Of course that s lovely but it s also very disruptive to any sort of routine I ve come to realise you just have to accept things are going to be manic go with the flow and wait for everything to settle down again come September September of course is when the real summer starts As soon as the children go back to school we re pretty much guaranteed

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2009/09/02/the-end-of-summer/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Camping | Writing, life and other animals
    journey ahead They re gathering now in large numbers preparing for a migration that will take them across Europe to sub Saharan Africa for the winter After the summer we ve had I wish I could join them Soon the swallows will follow suit the hedgehogs will intensify their hedgerow foraging before settling down to hibernate squirrels will horde caches of food blackberries will ripen It can all mean only one thing summer is already drawing to a close But nature isn t the only thing telling us that things are about to change Parents the length and breadth of the nation will have noticed other signs As the new school term approaches the kids start getting restless realising that their long weeks of freedom are coming to an end It affects parents too conscious that there s not much of the holidays left we rush to cram in all the things we ve been putting off over the summer break Last week for example we found ourselves on Sherkin Island putting up the tent in weather that was let s face it marginal at best It was certainly a far cry from camping nirvana but we d promised the girls and after letting much of the summer slip by waiting for a break in the weather we suddenly realised that time was running out We panicked packed and headed for Baltimore Sitting on the ferry watching tendrils of mist settling over Sherkin I couldn t help wondering what on earth we were playing at Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 23 30 Tagged with camping holidays Sherkin Summer 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/camping/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Chameleons, eat your heart out! | Writing, life and other animals
    Nephrops norvegicus scampi or langoustine We kept him for a while in one of the tanks at the marine lab I spent a long time just watching him and the changes in skin colour and texture never ceased to amaze me Amazing footage of the cryptic and behavioural colour changes in cephalopods in the second half of this TED talk 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 0 13 Tagged with bioluminescence cephalopods TED Wildlife 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 Herring Gull Larus argentatus photographs Kayaking with a seal entourage off 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2010/04/18/chameleons-eat-your-heart-out/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Bioluminescence | Writing, life and other animals
    Writing Chameleons eat your heart out Animals Wildlife No Responses Apr 18 2010 I love cephalopods squid octopuses and cuttlefish They re among my favourite marine animals When I was studying Marine Biology at The University of Liverpool we rescued an octopus that ended up in the wet lab with some Nephrops norvegicus scampi or langoustine We kept him for a while in one of the tanks at the marine lab I spent a long time just watching him and the changes in skin colour and texture never ceased to amaze me Amazing footage of the cryptic and behavioural colour changes in cephalopods in the second half of this TED talk Posted by Calvin at 0 13 Tagged with bioluminescence cephalopods TED Wildlife 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 there Ireland s Wildlife sails past 4 000 likes on Facebook Web content help limited time offer Web Content Review Here comes the rain again West Cork Summer Unlimited Professional WordPress Themes for one Low

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/tag/bioluminescence/ (2016-02-15)
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