Monthly Archives: August 2015

Brain Health Matters: 1. Decline is not inevitable

When I was developing a brain health awareness campaign for the European Commission I asked people what they feared most about growing old and they told me  that they feared losing their memory and their independence. They also told me that dementia … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

Contrast Click on the images to view gallery In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “From Every Angle.”

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Honesty Matters: Blog Awards Ireland 2015

NEWSFLASH!! Honesty Matters has been long-listed in 2 categories in the Blog Awards Ireland 2015. Best Lifestyle Blog and Best Blog Post. In the true spirit of my blog I have to be honest though and admit that the list is very, very, long … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Today Was a Good Day

Scruffy’s Day In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

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An open letter to Liam Payne of One Direction – Try a Little harder

Dear Liam, I believe that you are being honest when you say that you are not homophobic. I also believe that you genuinely meant no harm. I don’t believe that you should be vilified for your “throw away statement” about a song that … Continue reading

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Secular education: Avoiding the tyranny of the majority

On August 8 my letter ‘A right to education without indoctrination’ was published in the Irish Times. It was an edited version of my blog  ‘Original sin, a four-year old and state-funded education’ On August 11 the Irish Times published … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy

Piece of Meat To be regarded merely as a sex object, to be treated as a ‘piece of meat’, is pretty creepy. I used a lot of negative space to echo the negative connotations. I wanted the meat to look like a … Continue reading

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How many child rapes occur to give rise to 600 births a year?

This photo was taken on my confirmation day one month shy of my 10th birthday It captures my mortification at being asked to hold hands with my cousin who is clearly also uncomfortable, I think he may even be blushing. I am … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

My Past in a Nutshell Perchance you walk along a beech-lined avenue in the autumn, tread softly, because you tread on my memories (apologies WB). Beech nuts Surprise me with precious fragments. Gifting me with glimpses of Childhood feet walking Home from school, … Continue reading

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Original Sin, a Four-Year old and State Funded Education.

The Republic of Ireland has approximately 3,300 primary schools. The Irish State ‘provides for’ education and almost all of our national schools are publicly funded. In Ireland, a National school is a type of primary school that is financed directly by the … Continue reading

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