EU & Government: Taking away Turf Cutting rights from families in Ireland (losing our traditions)

•May 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I recently relocated to Kildare and learned of an issue that is directly effecting some of my friends and family.

Europe and The Irish Government are planning to prevent families (domestic turf cutters) who have been cutting turf for fuel for hundreds of years from doing so.

Starting from 2011 to 2013, it will be illegal to harvest turf from small bog plots across Ireland and Kildare.

This will have serious implications for people like my grandparents who rely on cutting turf for their Winter Fuel supply, they will now no longer be allowed to do this & instead will have to find costly fuel alternatives such as oil, gas, coal etc – so fuel poverty is a reality for them and many domestic turf cutters nationwide.

The government is offering compensation to domestic bog cutters for loss of fuel, but the amount more than likely won’t cover the full cost of buying annual fuel.

Domestic turf cutting is where families only take enough turf for the supply of fuel for the family home but government commercial operations are where huge amounts are extracted thus depleting vast areas of land, plantlife & wildlife.

It’s estimated that there are 750 domestic turf cutters presently cutting turf in Ireland – these are small scale and work off just 5% of Irish bogs compared to the largescale turf cutting by the State on the remaining 92%-95% of bogs.

SMALL SCALE DOMESTIC TURF CUTTING

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LARGE SCALE STATE TURF CUTTING

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In context, just 1 acre of bog will last domestic cutters approx 300 years – effectively giving turf cutters fuel security for generations and helping them to avoid the reality that is fuel poverty (especially in times of recession).

Small scale domestic turf cutters have also proven over the years that turf cutting & bog conservation can co-exist.

Even the most extreme opponents of domestic turf cutting have admitted that our domestic & preserved bogs are some of the most pristine in Europe, if not the world.

And this is down to the domestic turf cutting families who over the generations have kept, cut, maintained and conserved their bogs with conservation in mind.

The Turf Cutters & Contractors Association (TCCA) is a national organisation setup to fight for the right of the continuation of domestic turf cutting in Ireland, it was also set-up to represent people affected by the Habitats Directive 1997 (SACs Special Areas of Conservation) and the Wild Life act 2001 (NHAs National Heritage Areas).

The TCCA represents the Domestic Turf Cutters of Ireland, enabling them to speak with a unified voice and they are fighting for the retention of the right of domestic turf cutters to cut an annual supply of turf to heat the family home.

Find the TCCA on Facebook for the latest updates on the above issues (click on link).

Kildare also has it’s own lobbying group, The Kildare Turf Cutters Association -(click link to find them on Facebook).

You may say to yourself that this issue is small in the grand scheme of things, it only effects 750 people and 5% of our bogs.

But it’s not just an issue about Turbary Rights (turf cutting rights) being taken away – its also a cultural & heritage issue, a craft which is being forced to die, a time-honored practice that goes back hundreds of years, a place where families came to bond over the turf and regaled stories about our past and heritage.

Another strike by the EU at the very fabric of our roots, a continuation of the homogenisation of our culture, identity and heritage. This is something we should fight for – without heritage, culture and history as a race we are nothing!

Please join the above groups on Facebook, if not only to support the domestic turf cutters then simply to try protect our traditions and heritage.

PART OF OUR HERITAGE

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T-Mobile & their very funny Royal Wedding Video

•April 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Ah viral videos, how we love you and T-Mobile have gone super viral with this funny Royal Wedding video.

This is the wedding entrance dance to top all wedding entrance dances!

T-Mobile’s Royal Wedding Dance celebrates the marriage of William and Kate with the help of a host of royal look alikes and music from East 17!

New Evian Babies Video – dance baby dance!

•April 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Oh they’ve gone and done it again – this Evian advert is brilliantly clever, brilliantly simple & brilliantly executed.

Oh did I mention that I think this ad is brilliant?

This video is part of Evians Let’s Baby Dance campaign, where you are invited to make the longest Video via Webcam on this water brands website.

Origins skincare launches new store design

•April 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment
My favourite skincare brand, Origins has launched a new store design at it’s Costa Mesa store in California.
 

The design by Origins and New York firm Lalire March Architects is an evolution of the brand’s store concept that advocates a barrier-free selling environment.

Store guides still walk freely around the store to provide assistance, but design enhancements are intended to encourage customers to direct their own shopping via digital touch-screens, testing at a “Discovery Bar,” and visual merchandising displays highlighting best-selling products and key ingredients.
The Estee Lauder owned brand is trying to give  customers different ways to shop and different stories around products, creating zones within the store where customers play and investigate on their own, sample, try things, read and create their own customised experience. 

The new design reinforces the brand’s scientific and natural messaging with beakers brimming with botanical ingredients used in product formulae. Arches in the ceiling are a nod to greenhouses, and science labs inspire brushed metal and white surfaces. Slatted wood walls are lit from behind as if they were illuminated by natural light.

Origins future renovations to the brand’s fleet of 92 U.S. stores will be made on a case-by-case basis. The brand is carried in 398 department store doors domestically in the USA and already has revamped the Macy’s counter at the Westfield Century City shopping center in concert with the new design.

The design is also being rolled out internationally, where Origins now has 486 doors at a mix of freestanding, department and specialty stores. The brand will add approximately 90 more by the end of the calendar year. 

Sales of skin care at Estée Lauder rose 14 percent — the most of any category — to nearly $1.03 billion in the second quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010.

Origins’s latest skin care offering which launced this month is Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum (featuring extracts from the African Anogeissus tree).
Origins executives do not reveal sales figures, but industry sources estimate that the product could generate $25 million in first-year retail sales globally.

Beautiful, sublime art-ad for Japanese Mobile phone

•April 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

No need to say anything about his advert, I’ll let its beauty and simplicity speak for itself.

 

 
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