Doing something about bullying - Tuairisc

Brian Greene contacted me last week about a new project he has just launched called Tuairisc.me. Like many good ideas, it’s brilliantly simple. It’s an anti-bullying form for school web-sites that can be added with a single line of HTML to any site. I sent some questions/thoughts over to Brian and his responses convinced me that this thing has legs. But it will only work if as many people as possible know about it. »

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Ballincollig's permanent Orienteering Trail points the way for all West Cork towns

We recently did a short family outing to the forest in Castlefreke just before the kids went back to school. Whilst the walk itself was fun and short enough to avoid the kids complaining too much, it brought up a ton of questions and ideas in my head, such as: Why is it so hard to find detailed information about walks/trails in West Cork and the rest of the country? »

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Three full years a-running and my first Marathon

I thought I’d have a quick peek at my running stats this morning. Last year was pretty good and I’ve managed to start 2013 a whole 6 lbs lighter than I started 2012. Having said that, lots and lots of weight to be lost this year. I started “running” back in 2009. It was not an auspicious beginning. 2009 28.43km 2010 435.81km Timoleague: First 10km Half Marathons: Dingle, Galway 2011 »

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New Alerting System from Cork County Council

It’s great to see Cork CoCo finally putting an Alerts system in place. It’s very easy to use. You simply go to the relevant Map Alerts site and register there with your mobile/email/etc. You can also add your home and work locations for alerts. Right now they are doing Alerts for Met Eireann Severe Weather Warnings in all of the County and for Flood Warnings in Clonakilty. I assume they’ll eventually integrate Bandon FEWS in too rather than running two separate systems. »

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Bandon Coder Dojo on the move

Bandon Coder Dojo kicked off this year and they have just made the move to St Brogans school at the top of the town. It’s on every Tuesday fromĀ 6:30pm to 8pm. They are currently focused on Scratch, HTML and JavaScript. If you have any skills in those areas, they would really appreciate more mentors taking part. Our eldest has just started using Scratch and is finding it good fun. Here’s a screenshot: »

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Finally, together at last, Vibram Five Fingers and Sugru

My two favourite products working together to make me run like the wind (cough). When I switched from running in Bikilas to these TrekSports, I started getting a sore spot just behind the ball of my left foot. It appears to be due to a seam on the VFFs rubbing me. Using a temporary pad worked during the week so now I’m hoping this Sugru fix will be permanent. I have to run 5 miles tonight so that should prove it one way or another. »

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Without Fibre, Bandon will suffer Timoleague's fate

Timoleague was formerly a place of some note, being much resorted to by the Spaniards, who imported large quantities of wine here and it is said there were formerly no less than fourteen taverns that sold sack in the town. Looking at the wide slob lands when the tide is out, or the shallow waters at full tide, it is hard to believe that here was once a busy Medieval port where foreign merchants from France and Spain bartered their wines and Mediterranean produce for Irish butter, hides and farm produce In Timoleague’s case, the harbour silted up through no fault of the town. »

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Goodbye My Friend Bikila #VFF

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqLRH6gS6c0 In March 2011, after doing 2 Half Marathons and a 10k, I was close to giving up on running. Every time I got on a treadmill in my ASICs, I got crippling shin-splints within minutes. It was like trying to run with two solid wooden peg legs. Running on grass was only slightly better. 18 months prior to that I had also destroyed my ankle by going over sideways on it twice in quick succession. »

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Diary of A Virgin Semi-Veggie, Part 4

Hard to believe I started this in mid-Jan and we are just about to bounce into May. Plenty of activity in the past month, some good, some bad. Variety and texture remain problematic but overall, sticking to veggie and fairly vegan for the past few weeks. Some product updates to share. First, the good ones: Sojade - A bifidus soya yoghurt-alternative. This is a shocker. Smells and pretty much tastes like natural yoghurt. »

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