Minor History

Last weekend we attended an open day of The Hollies in west Cork where some people have built a houses from cob.

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Muhibija Buljubasic, 56, poses for photo with cutlery and a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone on his body and head in Srebrenik, February 23, 2014. Buljubasic discovered five years ago that he had the unusual ability to attach items to his body by radiating a special energy. Without making any special preparation, he was able to hold on to spoons, forks, knives and other kitchen appliances, as well as non-metal objects like remote controls and cell phones. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

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Muhibija Buljubasic, 56, poses for photo with cutlery and a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone on his body and head in Srebrenik, February 23, 2014. Buljubasic discovered five years ago that he had the unusual ability to attach items to his body by radiating a special energy. Without making any special preparation, he was able to hold on to spoons, forks, knives and other kitchen appliances, as well as non-metal objects like remote controls and cell phones. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

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James Joyce: A portrait of the artist as a young a man.

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James Joyce: A portrait of the artist as a young a man.

True.

I’m starting to think that the Iona Institution made the biggest mistake by attempting to redefine homophobia to suit themselves. Three weeks ago, Panti was little known outside of Dublin and outside of the gay community in Ireland. As of this evening, her speech has been viewed over 47,000 times in little over 24 hours. The same video has been shared on the website of the Huffington Post. The issue from which all this has stemmed has been raised in the EU Parliament (according to Twitter). I hope that this comes full circle and the EU put pressure on the Minister of Communications/RTE to apologise to Panti, rather than the straight victims of homophobia who can only be found in Ireland.

Man dressed as shark swims down a flooded central street in Cork city.

Some great photos and more swimmers:

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/anger-in-cork-as-rain-and-high-tides-combine-to-cause-floods-621566.html

Last night, RTE’s Saturday Night Show hosted a debate on the word homophobia. The presenter asked a panel of grey haired people to define homophobia, despite a clear definition found in most English dictionaries. It seemed that the objective of the debate was to remove this word from future debates in the run up to the Irish referendum on Gay Marriage in 2015.

I am not that interested in gay marriage largely because I’m not that interested in marriage (I will vote Yes in the referendum). What I am interested in is the emergance of a growing list of creepy conservatives whose sole interest is to fund campaigns that would prevent the Irish government from introducing legislation that is standard across most of continental Europe. What scares me the most is that they appear to be well funded, and have ample platforms from which to broadcast their propaganda.

Here is some background on Pantigate:
http://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/cahirodoherty/From-Oscar-Wilde-to-Panti-how-the-right-gets-it-wrong-on-LGBTs.html

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Photographs from Cork, Ireland.
By Doug DuBois at DMB Creatives.

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Photographs from Cork, Ireland.

By Doug DuBois at DMB Creatives.

Teju Cole is back. There’s something to read on the Internet again.

I enjoyed this documentary on chickens. It is well worth a watch.

The main thing that I’ve learned from watching is that 60% of battery farmed hen eggs are used in processed foods such as pasta, mayonnaise and cake.