What makes Ireland corrupt
Thursday, July 6, 2006, 09:33 AM
For years we have blame foreigners like the English for our troubles but, perhaps, it is just the nature of the place that makes it like the sow that eats its young as said by one of its exiled writers.
Certainly, today landlordism is more vicious than ever where most young people are reduced to serfdom paying enormous prices for poor crowded tenement style 'homes'.
There were stories of the awful conditions experience by the ordinary people in the time of the Georges before the act of union in 1800 as told by Jonathan Swift and others and blamed on the occupying forces.
But today, with no occupying forces times are not much better; workers are force to work all their lives at minimum wages just to pay to keep a roof over their heads and the landowners can charge anything they like for a plot of ground to build a house and it may only be good for 100 years or whatever length the 'freehold' conditions say or until the apartment block is condemned.
Then we have these landgrabbers all the time trying to create new greenfield sites from seaside locations such as now at Booterstown Nature Reserve.

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Booterstown nature reserve vandalised
Wednesday, July 5, 2006, 03:46 AM
It's hard to believe that we could be so two-faced and avericious as to destroy the only nature reserve in south Dublin by dumping all the old road debris right down the middle of it and that done by the Dunlaoghaire-Rathdown council, which is supposed to guard and preserve that reserve.
The habitat of the wildlife and especially the sea-birds is completely destroyed after it had remained undisturbed since 1840 when it was formed by the railway viaduct passing over the sea-inlet here. It was the only quite resting place for birds away from the mad ingress of human activity.
It is only lucky that Paddies are not in charge of Sarengetti or Krugar or Yellowstone natural reserves because they would use them as dumps just like they are doing with this little reserve.
The council are doing this dumping, in my opinion, so as to facilite a certain big builder and his band ' the finest in the land' with his plans to build apartments on the adjacent field also reclaimed from the sea by the railway builders.
Undoubtedly, we live in one of the most callous nations on earth where only the interests of landlords matter and the rest of us serfs can fuck off for ourselves and become disability recipient beggars - it's the land of the Irish Ripoff Artists (IRA).

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the decay of lying
Sunday, July 2, 2006, 05:00 PM
Oscar Wilde wrote:
'"Facts are not merely finding a footing-place in history, but they are usurping the domain of fancy, and have invaded the kingdom of romance. The chilling touch is over everything. They are vulgarising mankind. The crude commercialism of America, its materialising spirit, its indiffenence to the poetical side of things, and its lack of immagination and of high unattainable ideals, are entirely due to the country having adopted for its national hero a man, who according to his own confession, was incapable of telling a lie, and it is not too much to say that the story of George Washington and the cherry tree has done more harm and in a shorter space of time, than any other moral tale in the whole of history."

Would that George Bush and those other mad 'war on terror' fanatics living under the shadow of that illustrious truth merchant would read Oscar Wilde and realise that just living is to experience terror; we all face death, disease, old age and poverty. Only a dumb animal or robot can face life terror-free, then, maybe again, that is their master plan , to create a world of working robots and consuming animals.

Perhaps, that's a thought for the Fourth of July - You will never get the whole world to accept as true only what you deem to be the truth no matter how many armed soldiers you send or how much you try to buy them off with 'philantrophy'.

Today the annual swim across Seapoint bay, about 2km. took place and I just saw it ending around 17.00 hrs as maybe a hundred or so swimmers came out of the sea at the West pier of Dun Laoghaire harbour.

I have got so annoyed with the vandalism being inflicted on the Nature Reserve at Booterstown, that I took a little direct action by painting over the Nature Reserve sign
with 'Tip Head' and 'Dump' because the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council is depositing the rubble from the nearby Rock roadworks right down through the middle of this designated bird sanctuary completely destroying its nature as a refuge for birds.
The pretence is that it's to construct a public walkway but, I suspect it is only to save the expense of having the excavated material remove to a proper place even though they are being paid to do so by the sponsorer of the buslane lunacy.

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Rising sea
Thursday, June 29, 2006, 03:23 PM
Had another lovely trip to Dun Laoghaire beach today with my two much travelled dogs.
While I would like to think that all these dire predictions about global warming are true, I think is it not strange that the sea has not submerged these piers and walkways, which were built over 200 years ago!
Perhaps, society is only trying to depress us, the ill-informed, and maybe, for once George Bush is right not to be worried about the future of the world.
And certainly the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council don't seem to be worried about expending an enormous amount of energy in escavating the Rock road just to lay pipes and draw bus lane lines on top of the new surface which is exacly the same width and colocated with the old perfectly good road-surface. Thousands of tonnes of material is being taken up and will have to be carried away and, of course, replaced by expensive concrete aggregate.
Worrying about the end of the world goes back to the beginning of time and it was probably one of the things which gave Jesus his appeal and, perhaps, all the other prophets and messias too.

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Dun Laoghaire recovers its foreskin
Wednesday, June 28, 2006, 10:08 AM

The coast at Dun Laoghaire is probably the best place for swimming in Dublin bay and may well surpass anyplace else on the whole east coast of Ireland but it has been out of favour and not 'de rigeur' to the swimming fraternity for a long long time now. Why this should be, I do not know, but it may have something to do with our inate snobbery, that favours the elitist suburbs of Seapoint and Sandycove, neither of which has such good waters especially at low tide.
I have being doing a 'swim-in' at Dun Laoghaire for the past two years and badgering the council to make good this locale and, finally, they have got off their arses and starting reclaiming these 'sea gardens' and their walkways.
It looked so beautiful there today around midday at high tide with seals swimming in crystal clear water overlooked by the rocky grotto and the romanesque shelters and the regenerated walkways.
It's as though the foreskin has grown back over a scratched and raw nob and , perhaps, swimmers will now have balls enough to use this beautiful foreshore.

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