If I work really really hard, just maybe….

Recently I seen the movie ‘The Giver’ …

In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.

This movie is fascinating. It debates the idea of equality, brought in through a system of sameness. A community where there is no war, pain or famine. A community where people have no choice in life, from choosing their family to their careers.

In the movie, the character played by Meryl Streep says “when humans are given choices they always make the wrong ones”.

It made me think a lot about our purpose and what we do with our time. The average life in Ireland lasts 81 years. When you consider that from the ages of 4-21, which is 17 years are spent in full time education, then the average person works until the retirement age of 65. That then leaves you with 16 years of your life, that’s 44 years working full time.

What is it all for ?

when I visualise this in my head I automatically think of a conveyor belt. The start of the journey is similar for most, but the turns you take, the levels you rise and fall are determined on the situation your family are in. Most likely their financial situation. The more money they have or make the more choices that become available to you as you continue this conveyor belt journey from play school, through primary and secondary school, then into university. To be “educated”  in one of the course choices you made on your CAO application, or so you thought! The course you chose can only become available if you attained the required number of points on your leaving certificate, this can be greatly influenced by the school you attended, whether you had an option of support out side of school hours and the educational level of your parents and family at large.

So to cap, you’ve studied for a long time, to get a course you didn’t particularly want, to become “employable” to work a job/career you have zero passion for, to buy lots of overpriced material goods, properties and services. To live through a number of financial recessions only to see your pay decline, taxes increase and public services stripped to the bone, even though you’ve contributed your earnings (tax) to them over the decades.

Now at the age of 45, the income you’re bringing home after years of working hard is now equal to or less than the income you started with on day one. If you’ve been lucky to keep your pay at the level it was before then the new taxes and tax increases will have gotten you, plus you’ve to pay a lot more to use public services like the bus. Did I forget to mention that you’re in negative equity. The 350,000€ home you bought 10 years ago is now worth 265,000€ thanks to the property bubble created by a bunch of lads and some women who don’t seem to have been affected that much, they’re now back in business, buying, developing and selling.

So now you go on your way and be a good citizen, work harder, longer hours, less pay, pay more in tax for reduced services so the government can pay back the billionaires that lost money and blame it one you, the citizens.

So I ask myself again, what is it all about?

My top must watch Documentaries.

Below is a list of Documentaries that I’ve seen and recommend. They are informative and thought provoking.

1. Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis

2. No end in sight. (Critical look at the American lead invasion of Iraq).

3. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara.

4. Chasing Ice. (A multi-year chronicle of the planet’s rapidly melting glaciers).

5. The Genius of Photography. (mutli-TV series BBC)

6. Inside Job. (An examination of the 2008 financial crises).

7. Finding Vivian Maier (Street Photographer who took over 100,000 pictures)

8. Manufacturing Consent. (Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky)

9. the shock Doctrine. (Naomi Klein)

10. Inequality for all. (Robert Reich)

11. Waiting for Superman. (An examination of the school system in the USA and its decline).

There are a lot of hours in the day, make the most of them.

Starting on Monday the 18th, I will be planning my days better. Every summer I try this and lets say, it doesn’t necessarily go to plan. The main aim is to make more of the hours in a day and to waste as few hours as possible. The main things that I’ll be trying to do more is reading and writing along with physical activity. A plan of mine is to wake up and do some exercises. Throughout the day I’ll be trying to note observations, thoughts and ideas so that come the evening/night time I can then do some reading and after that I can write up a paragraph or two summarising the day, thoughts, ideas, the book I would be reading and so on.

Of course, one cannot plan for the unknown or occasional lazy moment that creeps in but I think it shall be fun.

Wish me luck.

Marriage Equality Referendum 2015

On the 22nd of May this year, the citizens of this Republic will be asked to vote ‘YES or ‘NO’ in a marriage referendum. They will be asked if “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex”.

I, as a citizen of this republic and who is also a gay man will be asking my family, friends and others to vote YES on May the 22nd.

I ask those from Ireland who read this to really think about what this referendum means for all generations, for those whom have endured oppression for decades, for those currently living their life as teenagers or adults and for those beginning their life in Ireland, be it from infancy or immigration. It is about time this republic leads by actions and not wait for the rest of the world. We must treat all citizens equally.

What a bloody mess….

Today, we now see a great divide in the world. In Europe we have the occupation of Crimea by Russia and a “civil” war in Ukraine. We have the collapse of Yemen with Iran and Saudi Arabia engaging in a proxy war. 5 years of civil war in Syria has seen the death of over 200,000 people, including nearly 11,000 children and nearly 7,000 women. The rise of ISIS has seen the deaths of thousands as militia from Syria, Turkey, Iraq, the Kurds, the Iraqi Army, Jordan, and west try to contain ISIS.

Due to this, we see the deaths of thousands of innocent people in these conflict zones. Trapped refugees, lack of food and the lack of action will only see the number dead rise and those in trouble will increase.

What we need to do is to start engaging in more balanced negotiations. The favouring of one side at whatever cost has never helped (Palestine and Israel) but prolonged the conflict and increased the possibility of it spreading.

To sum up, keep the west out of the middle east and Africa (militarily).

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News Headlines.


  • Two Brothers aged 9 have been killed after stabbing incident in Charleville, Co.Cork. A third body was also found, 16kms south. 
  • Prison Officers have announced work stoppages for two prisons later this month.
  • Labour TD has stated that campaigner Philomena Lee deserves and apology from the state. 
  • Talks between Greyhound Recycling Company and SIPTU have adjourned at the Labour Relations Commission.
  • Bishop objects to LGBT centre grant on moral grounds. 

International Headlines

  • NATO leaders agree Russia should face more sanctions for its actions in eastern Ukraine. 
  • Women found beheaded in London back garden. 
  • UK to arm Kurds fighting in Northern Iraq
  • The death toll from the ebola virus has risen to more than 1,900 – WHO.
  • Suicide kills 1 in every 40 seconds – WHO. 
  • Oklahoma, medical failures to blame for botched execution. 
  • Columbia University Senior to Carry Dorm Mattress Around Campus in Call for Rapist’s Expulsion.
  • Fast Food workers in the United States to hold national strike for $15 wage. 
  • Comedian Joan Rivers dies aged 81. 
  • More than 35 people have been killed in heavy monsoon rain in Pakistan. 
  • Protesters camp outside the parliament in Pakistan.  
  • South Korean soldiers face murder charge after bullying claim. 
  • Lesotho Prime Minister forced into hiding after claims of an attempted military coup on Saturday.
  • Rare outbreak of Dengue fever in Tokyo.  
  • 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Peru.
  • Caribbean storm Cristobal strengthens.
  • UN calls for the release of Fijian peacekeepers held by Syrian Rebels.
  • Asteroid 2014 RC to pass earth by 25,000 miles this Sunday.  


Soucres: Irish Times, The Journal, CNN, BBC, The Guardian and Time.