Caterpillar in cocoon in Booterstown reserve
Thursday, July 13, 2006, 10:34 AM
For almost a week now a fine large earth-eating caterpillar has been immobilized at this nature reserve with no sign of it emerging as a large devouring butterfly threatening all the smaller butterflies flying around amidst the swamp plants.
Today poor caterpillar seemed even more forelorne than usual behind a large fence and the brain-driver was even missing.
I got a non- commital reply from the Minister to my complaint about his allowing this reserve to be used as a dump by his buddies in Dunlaoghaire Rathdown council with which I was pleasantly surprised ; you might even say the minister blinked!
Never has Dun Laoghaire beach been so busy as today with dozens of young spaniards swimming there and enjoying it a lot. The irish, of course, are too grand to swim here- they are not happy if they don't have to drive their cars to some 'fashionable' place.
The water was lovely even for those young spanish people and they were happy to have the facility there. The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown council proposed to bury all this area under a green field with appartments only last year.

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Booterstown bird sanctuary
Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 10:20 AM
Things are looking up at the sanctuary in that no further work or additional dumping has taken place since I sent an email to the minister of the enviroment, mr. Roche, questioning the legality of the dumping being done, by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council, of the roadworks debris into the sea inlet here with his written consent.
The Caterpillar earth-mover stands idly by and its driver twiddles his tumbs all day for the past three days. I can't feel sorry for him as he is getting well paid by the Council whether his machine works or not.
The whole operation on the Rock road appears to be a fiasco and an enormous waste of public funds and energy resources. The relaid surface is exactly the same extent and gradient as that taken up, not a millimetre wider or a degree different inclination. The only difference is that bus and cycle lane white lines have been drawn on it. Also a whole lot of pipes were put down but these could have been put under the path which is not much used anyhow by the affluent occupants of this elite Blackrock uppie neighbourhood.
The only thing changed by the Rock roadworks has been the Booterstown bird sanctuary which has had the heart taken out of it by rubble dumped there and which the Council latterly claims is the basis of a new artificial ' island' although ,in fact, their deposit of shit is in the form of a very ugly peninsula - a council thick prick.

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swamp wars
Tuesday, July 11, 2006, 10:44 AM
For the past few days the Caterpillar bulldozer has been standing completely idle on the nature reserve at Booterstown and today its driver, perhaps a mr Dempsey, the owner, was just polishing his car as I went by. That must be costing Dunlaoghaire- Rathdown council a pretty penny every day.
I think we might conclude that the naturists are winning the war as we have certainly won the battle against the machines during the last few skirmishes.
Of course, the machines may only be regrouping for a final assault when they accumulate sufficent rubble ammunition; we can only hope that that is not so.
Had a beautiful swim at Dun laoghaire beach around midday at high tide - no seals today but lots of people, mostly spanish, enjoying the cove. Of course, us irish are too blas`e and busy motoring about to bother about such a place, what with all our second homes in the west.
I stopped off for my, by now, regular headstanding vigil at Booterstown reserve and notice that people only seem to notice you when you are upside down and that goes for the sign on my back too; a driver stopped to tell me it was upsidedown!
It's a pity that no one will read this; I get a feeling, perhaps paranoia, that my site has been blacklisted by Google as very few searchers are directed to although there is much information therein.

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keeping it wild
Saturday, July 8, 2006, 05:51 AM
Since they, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown council, tear down every notice board on which I write DUMP , I decided to use myself as a notice board and spent about four hours standing mostly upright but for a while upside down on my head at the milestone outside the reserve yesterday with my placard 'dump Booterstown reserve'. I think it made a valid statement and got a favourable response from the public.
The people seem to be genuinely shocked at this vandelous action of partially filling the reserve with rubble and debris from the roadworks. and I hope to get the council to remove all this deposit so that the place can return to nature.

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dump Booterstown reserve
Friday, July 7, 2006, 06:34 AM
Who needs a nature reserve anyway in this open air mental asylum we call Ireland?
All we need is another place to dump our rubbish and what better place than the sea or a sea-inlet.

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