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The next biggest thing after the Spork?
April 8, 2008, 3:34 pm
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Just like all past lifesaving discoveries, like the electricity, light and the macarena…. something new has emerged…I am talking about us… the YouTube generation. Haven’t you already realised how much YouTube has changed your life? How much it has changed the world? Be it seeing an old friend in the street or sitting bored out of your head at the back of a lecture theatre, the word(s) “YouTube” somehow pops up everywhere!!! You could be sitting talking to a friend about feckall… if you type those words into the search box you are guaranteed to find something…. its just scary how much this one idea has englufed the entire world into this almost addictive state. I heart YouTube.

Below I have listed my top 5 favourite videos from YouTube:

5) Daft Hands – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – (You gotta love it!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2cYWfq–Nw

4) Looty Baby (HAHA!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1G1t3-VZbA
3) Achmad – A Classic!! U Gotta Love Him!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjR2KbdW8oU

2) Tommy Tiernan – LOL! Well… It’s NOT CORK!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRm9Q2KfzBA

(drumroll…….)

1) Hooooo3!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtRzf_ZcM0U

Hope you enjoyed this post!!! I say “Hail to the new generation, the YouTube Generation!! Oh Yeah!”


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Herbal Abortion?

Hello there everybody!!! It has been a while since my last post. Can’t say I’ve been busy cuz I’d be lying and that would be bad! I’ve just been super lazy 🙂

Now I realise the weirdness that is my topic of today but believe it or not its true! Now let me start by explaining WHY I decided to discuss herbal abortion today. I was handed a leaflet by a gentleman in the street which I hung up on my wall. You see, for a few years now the people of Ireland have been fighting for abortion rights, thousands of women have to travel to the UK every year from Ireland to get legal abortion procedures performed on them. I know many people out there are against abortions but, hear me out, this post is entirely non-biased and I will not be explaining the procedure in detail.

So here goes…!

Herbal abortions (or DIY abortions) have been thought to be around since before the 8th century AD, information was passed down from mothers to daughters. From the early 1300’s up until the 1800’s possessing such knowledge of herbs which cause a woman to miscarry/abort was dangerous. Anyone caught by the authorities at the time were considered witches and were tortured to death!

Also, women believed sitting over a pot of boiling onions would induce an abortion! Other techniques involved massage, pointy objects and administration of abortifacient herbal pessaries.

The success rates for herbal abortions are between 30 and 80 percent, and are effective only within the first trimester of pregnancy. This drastically drops as the pregnancy continues.

Typically used ingredients include:

Angelica

Black Cohosh

Blue Cohosh

Cotton Root Bark

Evening Primrose

Parsley

Pennyroyal

Pineapple (ya i know WEIRD!)

Tansy

Vitamin C

Most of the above ingredients work by either stimulating intense contractions of the uterine wall to dislodge the foetus, or by way of poisoning the foetus, not allowing it to thrive. I hope this post was intellectually stimulating for your taste 🙂 I always say there is no harm in learning something new everyday, as the saying goes! Thank you for reading!

A word of advice: Many young women all over the world find themselves in the situation of a crisis pregnancy, I only have one thing to say (and please bear in mind, I AM NOT JUDGING YOU!), we all make mistakes, its only human of us to, however;

” Live your life before you start another”

P.S. I would advise against performing any at home abortion procedure without the advice of a professional. I accept no responsibility for anyones silly idea that this piece is highly informative. Please use protection!


Could I offer you a nice big slice of FEAR?
February 20, 2008, 7:27 pm
Filed under: Body, cork, Fear, Mind, Spirit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Fear

(fîr)

n.

1. a. A feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger.

b. A state or condition marked by this feeling: living in fear.
2. A feeling of disquiet or apprehension: a fear of looking foolish.
3. Extreme reverence or awe, as toward a supreme power.
4. A reason for dread or apprehension.
 I decided to take a turn from my usual goofy-ness for this post to talk about something a tad bit more serious. I was walking merrily in town when a word randomly came to mind, FEAR. What is fear to you? Is it a colour? A texture? A smell? Everyone fears something or someone. Be it God, our parents, spiders or even polkadots! The point is, we all fear something… and the purpose of this post is to see what people are afraid of…. you can add as many fears as u want… no matter how silly u may think they are… and just to start you thinking… I am gonna write down a few of my own fears, and I hope my readers can appreciate the courage it took for me to write this down:
1) Spiders I would sooner grab a snake by the fangs than allow a spider near me…. (cringe)…. I don’t remember any traumatic experience that involved spiders but i just do NOT like them at all.
2) Heights Ever since I could remember I’ve been afraid of heights. Even as a child so much as learning to ride a bike (which I still can’t bring myself to doing!) was one of the scariest things I ever tried to do!
3) Failure Now this fear is one of my worst… I am not afraid of dying because its inevitable…. but the fear of death without accomplishment is what I fear…. I want to die having given something back to the world, and not being able to do that to me is, failure.

“A problem shared is a problem halved.”

If you aren’t comfortable revealing your name thats not a problem for me. Just leave your fear on the page for myself and others to see… theres nothing to be ashamed of…nothing to lose….. and theres no judgement here… I just wanna know…

What do u fear?

P.S. This post was NOT meant to depress or scare anyone… its just a thought that came to mind today when the word FEAR came to mind 😛


Spot the duck
February 12, 2008, 10:45 pm
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Spot the Duck

Ahhh…. What a beautiful day this was…. Myself and my snapping buddy Valí were taking a nice long walk on the South side on our way to the bird sanctuary (known locally as the Lough)… the wind was so strong I felt like I was about to be blown off the face of the earth!! ANYWHOO…. back to todays post…. when we reached the Lough we popped over to the petshop round the corner to buy some birdfeed…. the lovely shop owners not only gave us a giant free bag of bird feed but also allowed us to take a photo of them!!! (they insisted actually!!)

There were loaaaaads of seagulls… there was a family bringing out a bunch of stale bread to feed the birds and the seagulls swooped in to get it… they were coming from everywhere… and you can see a bird coming in from all angles in this shot… but lets see if u can spot the intruder lol…. like he even stands a chance!!!

QUACK!



Oh holy moly!
January 31, 2008, 12:01 am
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Saint Finbarr’s Cathedral, Cork

Ahhh…. hello there again…. todays post is well…. u probably saw it before u even read this!! Those who know me know one thing I am passionate about is my photography… so I thought I’d share some of this passion with y’all :> What ur looking at is a photograph I took of Saint Finbarr’s Cathedral in Cork City. It was built in the 19th century in honour of the patron saint of Cork (duh!). Now the story of how I came about to take this picture is actually quite funny:

I was chilling at a friends house one day after classes munching on a bar of Dairy milk chocolate when I took a peek out the window at the cathedral… the sun was just setting and the sky was the colour of the warm organic honey my mama used to shove down our throats as children (everyday!!! I tried to avoid it by sleeping in a little extra… doesn’t work!)…. AAAANNNYWHOO…. I quickly jumped up, snagging a whole toe on the coffee table to fetch my camera from my backpack to take this shot. Et voilá! Totally worth the blinding pain of my toe AND my picture had a story to tell!

I like this photograph for a number of reasons, one being the feeling that sunset gave me when I first set my eyes on it, like there was an explosion of warmth and passion right behind that building! On another note, I’d love to get your feedback on what you think of this photograph! (I DID use a film camera to take this picture and it didn’t exactly scan perfectly but thanks to Mish it looks muy better than the original scan! Phew)


Now that I’ve conquered the craziness surrounding the fear of showing my photographs to people, you will be seeing more and more of them! I plan to take my #2 trip to the Lough this weekend if the weather stays this nice or if I’m really lucky I’ll go to Fota Island and shoot the penguins!

And that ladies and gents concludes post number 3 of Mollie’s Blog of Stuff. Thank you for tuning in!

(Mol Bows)

(Applause)



Recipe for a happy tummy!
January 22, 2008, 10:22 pm
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I know I had promised a new post by Friday but my internet was down so I apologise for that!

Onto today’s post, as I mentioned before, baby Guinness eats only wholesome, hearty, homecooked meals. I feel this way I know exactly what goes into his oh so topsy-turvy tummy. At only seven months of age, it is crucial a kitten’s food contains the essential nutrients to help him grow. This recipe can also be used with adult cats. Although I wouldnt change it,’you can cut out the milk powder if u like. So here’s the recipe I’d use normally… you can substitute the meat for chicken too!

Ingredients

200g Wholewheat Pasta (I use spaghetti ’cause its just easier for him to eat but any will do!!)

500g Minced Beef

3 Crushed Eggshells*

2 tbsp powdered milk (make it up into a paste with a small bit of warm water!)

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup sliced green beans

3 tbsp soyabean oil

1. Boil the minced beef in a pot of water for about 25 mins. Drain. Save the water! You will need it in the next step!

2. Use the water from step 1 to boil the pasta until its just overcooked. It needs to be a bit mushy.

3. Off the heat, add the pre-boiled minced meat to the pasta, mix, then mush it up like mad with a potato masher!! Add the milk paste and crushed egg shells to the mixture.

4. Next, add the oil to a pan over low heat and add the vegetables. Once the vegetables have softened slightly add them to the other ingredients. Guess what comes next?? You guessed it!! MUSHY MASH MUSH MASHY!!!!

5. DONE. This recipe should be enough to last about 12 servings. I separate the mix and put it into disposable pudding cups and bung them into the freezer! The trick is to defrost one in the fridge one day in advance.

*Crushed eggshells = Wash and dry 3 eggshells, put them in the oven at 190 degrees celcius for about 20 minutes or until bone dry. Using a pestle and mortar crush the eggshells into a fine powder.

As mentioned in the previous post, you can add a couple of tablespoons of brewers yeast to the food once its defrosted. I use one tablespoon per serving, twice a day! (duh) Also, if you like, you can add 2 tablespoons of codliver oil to the recipe after the finished mixture has cooled down slightly. Codliver oil is rich in vitamin D which is great for growing bones! But please don’t try to be over-enthusiastic and add too much, it can be dangerous! You put your kitty at risk of vitamin A toxicity as codliver oil is rich in vitamin A too!

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RESULT: Well… just see for yourself!



Farting Guinness
January 10, 2008, 11:52 pm
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As entertaining as it might be to watch someone fart a pint of stout, this is about my kitten Guinness. You see, originally, I wanted to talk about my cat’s farting problem. After having written the title it comes to light that there isn’t much more to say than “my cat farts”. I could begin to describe the odd resemblance of the smell to rotten eggs amalgamated with curry sauce… but I won’t.

Instead, I’m going to tell you the story behind the farting kitty, this is where it all began:

“One Saturday morning after doing the housework, I decided to chill ax and spend some quality time with my handful-of-kitten, baby Guinness. He was only four months old at the time and smelled of cookies and dust. There he was, a ball of fluff lying tummy-up in my arms. As I leaned in to give him a kiss on his head I felt a weak contraction of my whole kitten accompanied by a loud sound, somewhat like the sound of a choo-choo train, and a whiff of morning breath. I was in SHOCK! How could a smell so offensive, so distasteful, come out of a ball of fluff?”

Something needed to be done. So I progressed to doing some reading here and there about how to make it all STOP! Then it hits me… there IS no way to stop a cat farting, but there are ways we can reduce the farting whilst taming the smell. It’s all about the diet.

Here are some tips on taming the MONSTERS of farts that your cat may emit:

* Avoid giving your cat milk, it disagrees with their digestive systems

* Try switching to a more organic diet like homecooked food. It’s friendlier to your pocket and you know exactly what goes into it!

* Feed him treats rich in fibre, like those intended for hairballs, or give him access to fresh clean grass

* A couple of tablespoons of powdered brewers yeast a day sprinkled onto his food helps reduce farting AND gets rid of fleas!!!

* Switch to dry cat food (my cat gets diarrhoea when he eats commercial wet cat food)

* Avoid cat foods containing corn, chicken meal and soybean meal, go for those that have lamb meal, rice and barley

I hope this was helpful to all those fart-generator owners but mostly I hope everyone reading was even a tiny bit amused