A new addition to the family – Poppy!

Poppy
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A non-political post!!

So last night while out I get a phone call saying be carefull of the dog when coming home! This gets me all excited on the way home! She is a beautiful dog. She is a year old and a rescue. We think she is a cross between a Corgie and a Border Collie or a Alsation or even both. She is asleep on the chair next to me as I type this and is the cutest thing ever.

Hopefully she will be with us for a long time! 🙂

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Am I a Geek or a Nerd?

This is something that has been annoying me as I am told there is a difference between being a geek and nerd. But can you be both if there is a difference?

According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary a ‘geek’ is “an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity (computer geek)”. Now I wouldn’t consider my self an expert in many fields but an enthusiast definately. Mostly people refer to me as this due to this blog, my political involvement and my use of things like facebook and twitter.

Now according to the same dictionary a nerd is “an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person ; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits (computer nerds)”. Okay so I aint a nerd considering I am not unstylish, have you seen my wardrobe (it has overflowed!). Unattractive? I was called a greek god by a customer and often get told quite the opposite. Socially inept? Have you ever gone out with me? I disappear as I know soooo many people!

Okay so we have decided (well I have) that I am a geek. The next person to call me a nerd gets a slap ok? (I jokes!)

I think ‘nerd’ has lost its meaning and has become one and the same with geek. That is the problem. I know I am a geek with the whole computer thing and the Magic: The Gathering and maybe soon Dungeons and Dragon (maybe then I will be a proper nerd! 😛 )

Any of ye have thoughts?

A reason to Love Cork

City Quarter, Cork
I love Cork and I am very patriotic about my home town, and events on Saturday made me love it even more. At the weekend my boyfriend was up from Kerry and he stayed around town on Saturday and we met up for lunch. At all times I was with him in town we were holding hands. Did we get a reaction? No

Russ and I

In fact most people registered no reaction especially Irish people. A few people stared and in fact two girls said “eww gays” and then burst out laughing! This is a major reason why I love Cork. I never get hassle about being gay or holding hands with guys. I have gotten hassle in other places, notable Dublin and Koeln, where I was shouted at, but it comes with the territory. (‘Queer’ in Dublin and ‘Schwule’ in Koeln).

Lots of foreign people ask me what it is like to be gay in Ireland and I must say being gay in Cork is grand as most Cork people don’t give a toss! Which is also an attitude I have!

So I LOVE Cork!

Me and Religion: Part II

So when I last posted about my religion (back in July!) I was thinking about becoming a Bahá’í as the whole atheism thing didn’t exactly work for me! Well nor has being a Bahá’í. So what am I now? Well I am a pagan. I believe in a number of gods and also have great faith in Angel Cards and Runes. It is a strange feeling these. I also have many other things happen to me that is pointing me in this direction some of which I won’t mention as they are very personal. I’m not exactly sure why I am typing this but I feel the need to get it off my chest and so that you know where I am coming from when I right about religious issues or figures.

I suppose I was always close to nature and I suppose my interest in history and mythology now tie in very closely to my religion. It strange that it is only this week that I started using Runes and they have already had an impact on me. I got them over two years ago for Christmas and I don’t know whay I didn’t use them. They are amazing and freakishly accurate. I did a runecast today on me giving up coffee (I’m doing it in support of someone giving up smoking, so a good cause) and they told me it was a good thing to do. That I needed patience as well as will power and that I will be successful. So good news! My angel cards also regularly come up good and in fact give me a kick up the arse at times to ask people out!

Anyways thats enough for now. Some information for any other pagans in Cork there is a moot every second Sunday. next one is this Sunday 9th at 4:00pm in the Cornerhouse pub on Coburg Street.

Me and Religion

Well the whole atheism thing hasn’t exactly worked and I’m giving up on being a Bright. Though I am not going back to Christian let along Catholic. I have recently come a cross a new religion (both to me and it is fairly new in religious terms also). What is that faith? Bahá’í.

Bahá’í teachings appeal to me and Shoghi Effendi has summed them up and I cannot disagree with them.

The independent search after truth, unfettered by superstition or tradition; the oneness of the entire human race, the pivotal principle and fundamental doctrine of the Faith; the basic unity of all religions; the condemnation of all forms of prejudice, whether religious, racial, class or national; the harmony which must exist between religion and science; the equality of men and women, the two wings on which the bird of humankind is able to soar; the introduction of compulsory education; the adoption of a universal auxiliary language; the abolition of the extremes of wealth and poverty; the institution of a world tribunal for the adjudication of disputes between nations; the exaltation of work, performed in the spirit of service, to the rank of worship; the glorification of justice as the ruling principle in human society, and of religion as a bulwark for the protection of all peoples and nations; and the establishment of a permanent and universal peace as the supreme goal of all mankind—these stand out as the essential elements [which Bahá’u’lláh proclaimed].

So it kinda does sound all wishy washy but I recently got a book in Waterstones and it explains it all. I recommened it to anyone interested in Bahá’á or religion in general. It is “The Baha’i Faith: A Beginner’s Guide – Beginner’s Guide” by Moojan Momen.

I am currently learning alot about the religion thanks to a book given to me by a friend. It is “Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era”, so far an interesting read but it is competing with other books at the moment so must concentrate on it.

Anyway thats an update on me and the religious front. Incidentally the Baha’i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee have been inscribed as UNESCO Cultural Sites.

First some sad news…

I was genuinely saddened to read that Brian Wilde, Foggy in “Last of the Summer Wines” died yesterday. I think he was a great actor. As a young’un I regularly watched that show with my dad.

BBC Story

Secondly, I’m moving back top Ireland sooner then I thought. I moving back to the Republic at the end of May instead of the start of July as originally hoped. I’m going to miss Germany, but I’m looking forward to going home and getting to vote in the Referendum. Hopefully will get some canvessing done!

Morning Briefing, 26th February

Well I’m back in Cork after USI LGBT Standing Conference, where I was re-elected to Working Group on the 3rd count! Also congrats to Ms. Sonya Donneally who was elected unanimously as the new LGBTRO! woo! (P.S. If anyone wants to know what motions where passed email me!)

In the news today!

The International Court of Justice, is due to deliver its verdict today on whether ot not Serbia is responsible for Genocide ‘through the killing, torture, rape and expulsion of Bosnian Muslims’ (CNN, RTÉ, Breakingnews) If passed, it will be the first time that a state, rather than an individual or group, has been held responsible for genocide.

Nurses begin there industrial action today with a protest outside CUH (Breakingnews, RTÉ) The INO and PNA are seeking a 10% pay increase for their members and a reduction in their working week to 35 hours.

Israel is after performing a raid on the West Bank, it has now entered its second day (RTÉ, Breakingnews)

Jean-Marie Le Pen has laucned his latest bid for the french presidency (France 24, CNN) He has put forward an anti-immigration, ultranationalist stance, pledging to cut off social benefits for foreigners and deporting those who are unable to fend for themselves. He is having difficulty getting 500 mayors to back him.

Talks begin today in London on Iran’s Nuclear program. (CNN, France 24). The P5 and Germany are meeting to discuss the next course of action. Israel is denying that its has plans to attack Iran’s Nuclear facilities (France 24) and the USA have plans to bomb Iran according to Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh (CNN)

Thats its for now!

New blog/column over on Gay Cork

Wooo! I started a blog/column over on gay cork yesterday wooo! It’s called ‘The Political Gay’

Have a looksie!

Dilemma – To sue or not to sue

Well today I had a 2nd meeting with an Advocate Worker of the Irish Advocacy Network, and it looks like I have a possibility of redress against my former employer, as it was a ‘constructive dismissal’.

I have a dilemma, do I take on a case and the workload involved, lots of paper work, and secondly I have two avenues I can take. I can go to the Equality Tribunal, hopefully with help from the Equality Authority under a disability discrimination, or I can take a civil law case under the Unfair Dismissals Act.

At the beginning I was leaning towards the civil law case and testing it out with FLAC in UCC on Wednesday Night (They meet top floor of the students centre 6-7pm if you need them) but after reading the literature, I think the ‘constructive dismissal’ can come into the disability case.

Any suggestions? Do I take case or Not?

Comments on a postcard or the usual way!

Work! What work?

God, I’m officially unemployed as of yesterday (though still in full time education) so need to find a part-time job!

So as i was bored i took a trip around the blogosphere and found some interesting stuff.

A People’s Ard Fheis? hmmm would it work??

Is there a vast lesbian conspiracy? My jury stills out on this! 😛

Excellent post on the greys anatomy-homophobia debacle

An all-Ireland soccer team? If they can do it for rugby why not soccer?

Methodists dont want bush’s library! can u blame them?

some funny bloopers

If you hate cheerleaders you’ll love this