I’m A Hippy At Heart!


Don’t ask me for advice,you may end up in the desert,dancing naked with a bunch of Indians around a fire.

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It’s Emerging

The plot of the story is clear in my head!


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7th Irish Red Head Convention 2016


The 7th Irish Red Head Convention took place this year in Crosshaven, 19th-21st and once again was a great success.Ireland has the second highest proportion of redheads at 10%, but up to 40% are believed to be carriers of the ginger gene.

From carrot tossing championships and live music on the Foxygen and ElectRED Picnic stages, to seminars on redhead history and ginger speed dating, there was something for every redhead and redhead appreciator at the Irish Redhead Convention!A number of redhead competitions were held: the reddest eyebrows or the world’s greatest ginger beard.The highlight of the weekend was  the coronation of the new King and Queen of Redheads.This year was the first time that the Irish Redhead Convention  hosted the  MOGO (Music of Ginger Origin) Awards, with public votes already counting towards crowning winners such as Best Irish Ginger Musician, Services to MOGO and Best Ginger Newcomer.

On the ElectRED picnic stage, Red Shearin performed as redhead farmer Michael O’Sullivan and PJ Lynch co-hosted a sheep shearing demonstration. Mind boggling magic, mentalism and close-up illusions were performed by redhead television magician Rua.

Jacky Colliss Harvey gave a seminar on the most influential Irish redheads in our history and discussed important red hair throughout the ages.To add some fun and to include all, there was a variety of competitions for both red headed: humans and dogs. Various sports included: bowling, tug of war, parachute activities and obstacle course. A guided  tour of Cork harbour by boat was also on offer.There was a beautiful farmers’ craft market , the red head parade through the village, the group photograph and live music in selected local bars.Speed dating had gingers flirting and introducing themselves to all. In the past, we have had at least one wedding from it and a number of couples started dating each other. In the silent disco  the gingers danced to the music from their earphones. There were 2 djs and the audience listened and danced to the music, via headphones. The audience picked the favourite music and dj. For the active :yoga sessions and circuit training classes were held. Jorg Koster  had a beautiful photograph exhibition of red heads and our local artist Kerry Collins had a painting exhibition of her painting of local red head residents. It was a whacky festival of ginger loving madness, nick named by locals as the foxyfest. In Crosshaven we prefer the term foxy to ginger!

It brought tourism to our local village and it was for a good cause. Gingers suffer a form of racism called  gingerism and this  brought people together to take pride in their Irish ginger heritage and support one another. They shared stories and experiences. It was wonderful to see such pride in our beautiful Celtic pale, freckled skin and red hair.

Locals volunteered and helped direct traffic and help strangers with directions. The local businesses  offered discount to red-gistered redheads. Red-gisted members were given a wristband, as proof of payment. There was €1 of all rides in the merries. A free pint in Cronin’s pub, the family pub of organiser and founder Joleen Cronin. Cork Airport Hotel offered 10% discount of their rates and Carrigaline Court Hotel offered a special red head rate. IMIJ hair salon offered a blow dry of anyone’s red locks for a bargain €15. The Oar Bar was offering a meal of burger, chips and a pint for €6, greatly discounted. Rejuvenate beauty salon gave a 20% discount. The local chipper offered  a €3 discount off any meal. Hong Kong Chef, our local chinese offered 10% discount off all €50 orders. The River’s End Cafe offered €1 off take away cups coffees and Centra offered 50% off their ice-creams.

20% of all funds went to Irish Cancer Society.Once again the Irish Cancer Society was delighted to be the nominated charity for the Irish Redhead Convention.  This fantastic event raises awareness around skin cancer, the most common cancer in Ireland and for their sun smart campaign( use sun cream and cover -up, stay off of sun from 11- 3 daily) as well as raising much needed funds.

The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s national cancer charity.  The Irish Cancer Society provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Their services are professional, confidential and free of charge. They are almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receive less than 5% government funding.The National Cancer Helpline freefone is 1800 200 700.The Irish Cancer Society is a registered charity. What a great charity to support and the gingers of Ireland were united in fun! To date the Convention has raised over €30,000 for Irish Cancer, well done all!




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Human Family By Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England’s moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we’re the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

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Live In The Present

live in the now

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. Buddha

“Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people…but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.” Steve Maraboli

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present. Babatunde Olatunji

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” Amit Ray

The first recipe for happiness is: Avoid too lengthy meditation on the past. André Maurois

Today is the greatest
Day I’ve ever known
Can’t live for tomorrow,
Tomorrow’s much too long….Billy Corgan

“Tomorrow is tomorrow.
Future cares have future cures,
And we must mind today.” Sophocles

Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts. Jean Cocteau

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

“In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.” Henry David Thoreau

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The past is a good place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. Author Unknown

Do not let your shadow walk you. You are not a slave of the past. Dodinsky

Your heart will be shattered by sorrow
If you force it to live
In tomorrow’s ephemeral imagination-world
Instead of in today’s eternal Reality-Now. Sri Chinmoy

“No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future.” Roy T Bennett

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present. Joan Rivers

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. Jan Glidewell

Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware. Thích Nhất Hạnh

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.Wayne Dyer

“Letting go doesn’t just mean letting go of the past, but letting go of an unknown future; and embracing NOW.” Michelle Cruz-Rosado

If you have one eye on yesterday, and one eye on tomorrow, you’re going to be cockeyed today. Author Unknown

“When regret dominates your past and worry occupies your future, there is no room to live in your present.” Charles F. Glassman

Trust no future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead past bury its dead!
Act, — act in the living Present!
Heart within and God o’erhead. Henry Wadsworth

When I am anxious it is because I am living in the future. When I am depressed it is because I am living in the past. Author Unknown

Remember then: there is only one time that is important Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. Leo Tolstoy

“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.” Roy Bennett

If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is. ~Author Unknown

The future is always beginning now. Mark Strand

Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have – so spend it wisely.Kay Lyons

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon — instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. Dale Carnegie

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Nothing Lasts Forever – Not Even Your Troubles!

Everything heals. Your heart heals. The mind heals. Wounds heal. Your happiness is always going to come back. Bad times don’t last. – Unknown …

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French law forbids food waste by supermarkets – Ireland Please Follow

Title: Food banks and other charities welcome law making large shops donate unsold food and stop spoiling items to deter foragers

Author: Angelique Chrisafis, The Guardian Newspaper

Full Text & Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/04/french-law-forbids-food-waste-by-supermarkets

The Internet, Online, 15/08/2016

Sample Text:

France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks.

Under a law passed unanimously by the French senate, as of Wednesday large shops will no longer bin good quality food approaching its best-before date. Charities will be able to give out millions more free meals each year to people struggling to afford to eat……

Of the 7.1m tonnes of food wasted in France annually, 67% is binned by consumers, 15% by restaurants and 11% by shops. Each year 1.3bn tonnes of food are wasted worldwide.

A report published in 2015 showed that UK households threw away 7m tonnes of food in 2012, enough to fill London’s Wembley stadium nine times over. Avoidable household food waste in the UK is associated with 17m tonnes of CO2 emissions annually…

read full article online…..

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