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Auld Lang SyneImage via WikipediaAs 2008 draws to a close, may I take this time to wish you and yours a fabulous 2009. 2008, you have been a great ride! Lets see you out with that traditional song “Auld Lang Syne” – its bit of a different version. enjoy!

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Review of Nosh + Coffee

Nosh + Coffee,

Carey’s Lane,

This is my favourite Cafe in Cork. Its is the location of my Saturday morning treat before work. The staff here are delightful and the smell of freshly baked goods in the morning is mouth watering. I find Nosh + Coffee to be very reasonable priced too, especially in comparison to Gloria Jeans. This is definately a place to go to unwind after a spot of shopping to allow yourself to relax before heading on home.

I would also recommend Nosh + Coffee as a place for lunch. Their food is really nice and good quality. I just adore their panini’s. Again they are very reasonably priced!

Rated 5/5 on Nov 09 2008
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Review of The Good The Bad and the Weird (Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom)

The Good The Bad and the Weird (Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom)

I saw this film at the Cork Film Festival last month and I never got around to writing a review so here we go. What an amazing film! The Good The Bad and The Weird is a Korean comedy loosely based on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The story follows three bandits in Japanese controlled Manchuria in 1930s. The settings is amazing and the story line hooks you in. The action is top notch as you should expect from an eastern film. Byung-hun Lee who plays the Bad is amazing in the role and really is that (hot) bad guy that in some way wouldnt mind if he won. Kang-ho Song who plays the Weird is brilliant at playing a outlaw with a very shady past. Woo-sung Jung who plays the Good which is a fascinating character as he tries to bring the others to justice.

An excellent film that is well cast and well worth seeing! The reason that I am only giving it four stars is the fact that it is in Korean and you have to read the subtitles which will always hold me back from awarding the full five stars!

Rated 4/5 on Nov 09 2008
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Anonymous Emails

So I got an anonymous email today which has sparked my interest! It has warned me about an event in Cork that I am annoyed about. Well now that I know about it!

Dear Mr Spillane

This weekend sees Cork’s City Hall play host to a 3-day ‘Mental Health
Awareness Weekend’. While ostensibly organised by the “Citizen’s
Commission for Human Rights Ireland”, this is in reality a front group
set up by the Church of Scientology to campaign against psychology and
psychiatry, with their event this weekend going so far as to feature
lectures from a ‘Dianetics counsellor’.

As you can read on their website http://www.cchr.ie they believe that
“psychiatrists ruin lives and undermine society at huge cost” and that
each of “ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression or schizophrenia” is an
“invented psychiatric disorder”. One of the aims listed on the site is
to “ban psychiatric drugs labelling them a human rights abuse”. Their
site advises visitors to “support legislative measures that will
protect children from psychiatric and psychological interference and
which will remove their destructive influence from Irish schools” and
says that “psychiatric and psychological services should not be funded
by the State” and to “Remove psychiatrists as advisors or counsellors
from police forces, prisons, criminal and drug rehabilitation and
parole services. Do not permit them to give opinions about or to treat
drug addiction, criminal behavior and delinquency”

In the words of Scientology’s current leader, David Miscavige,
addressing the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) in
1995: “Objective One – place Scientology at the absolute forefront of
Society. Objective Two – eliminate psychiatry in all its forms. Weaa
don’t care what the current think is regarding what’s wrong with
theplanet. Government won’t handle it. Politics won’t handle it.
Legislation won’t handle it. All that’s going to handle it is what we,
of the IAS, have set down in stone. Let’s get rid of psychiatry, and
let’s bring Scientology to every man, woman and child on this planet.”

You can learn more about the CCHR at the following websites:


The Email was addressed to me and I would like to thank the sender for bringing it to my attention!

I hate these people so much. The Mental Health Services do great work. I was recently discharged from the Mental Health Service, I am not a survivor, I am cured. I get very frustrated, as all my Doctors, therapists, and counselors. If it were not for them I would still be in a bad way and out of work.

Obviously medication deos not work for everyone but it works for some!

A Vision for Change – Minister of State Response

I recently recieved an email from the Department of Health where Dr. Jimmy Devins, T.D referred my email. The email is a shorted version of The Ministers reply (surprise, surpirse). I am surprised the email made it to my inbox as the title made me weary to open it. “Ref: KB233” is a strange title to give an email, in my opinion anyway!

Lets see the line again that they want to drill home:

In view of the significant additional investment in 2006 and 2007, it is appropriate, in 2008, to pause and review the situation to ensure consolidation of the investment to date.

Makes me angry every time I read it.

Previous Posts:
A Vision For Change – Ministers Response
Last post, actions to follow up
“A Vision For Change” Budget not spent on Mental Health!

Petition – Implemet Fully “A Vision for Change”

Blogger in Draft

So blogger started off this new thing Blogger In Draft it came up after I posted so I clicked on it and found a nifty tool which you will notice on the righthand side of the blog, I updated my Blogroll! About time anyway I know! Its no longer static and will show the blogs after they have updated! Cool, I think anyway. Also you can import your subscripstions from Google Reader making all that bit easier if your lazy like me! Check out the blogs. I highly recommend the following (In no Particular Order):

* Semper Idem
* ByteSurgery
* GayPatriot
* Irish Taxi
* Guy Fawkes’ blog of parliamentary plots, rumours and conspiracy
* Iain Dale’s Diary
* Maman Poulet
* Boulton and Co
* Standing my Ground
* Damien Mulley

Have a browse through the rest yourself… *Now what else does this draft yoke have he mumbles while clicking things*

My Daemon

This is cool, is it right?

Trivial Persuit 90’s Edition!

Found this on Links for Everyone

Trivial Pursuit Bring on the 90’s

Test your 90’s knowledge in this special version of the popular trivia game.

Rock the Vote!


Rock the Vote is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation that will officially launch in spring 2007 with the aim of mobilising young people to create positive social and political change in their lives and communities. The goal of Rock the Vote’s media campaigns and street and campus team activities will be to increase youth voter turnout in the 2007 Irish General Election. Rock the Vote will coordinate get-out-the-vote events and voter education efforts across Ireland, all with the objective of ensuring that young people take advantage of their right to vote. Rock the Vote’s work will not end when the polls close. We will empower young people to create change in their communities and take action on the issues they care about.

I’m a big supporter of any thing that encourages young people to get out and vote and I think this is an excellent idea. I look forward to seeing it being launched!

There is jobs available with RTV but the deadline was yesterday feck!