50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s tragic death. R.I.P. JFK

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Today marks the 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s tragic death. RIP JFK. pic.twitter.com/u7OWDIJGZZ  Hide photo

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EU President between Taslima and Malala and more

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Yesterday’s pic. Prez of the European Parliament is btwn Malala & me. Huge differences & similarity btwn us. pic.twitter.com/IBLeY3K94E
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@taslimanasreen You gave another reason to 786% Halali Pakistanis to hate Brave Malala. pic.twitter.com/4XRI3MoF8N BTW, you both looking good.

@taslimanasreen You’re hot 😉

@taslimanasreen yup..! Difference – Saffron veil on head ! Similarity – Fatwa on head..!!

@taslimanasreen ملاله جنگجو قبائلی کلچرل میں سافٹ فائٹر اورنسریں گنگا جمنا ڈیلٹا کی باغی

@taslimanasreen Yes, a huge similarity among you, Malala’s father and Rushdi. You guys know how to get West attention.

@taslimanasreen The differeces r thay u wore western dress, she wore pure Pakistani dresss.That made her attractive.

@taslimanasreen Salute to both of you!It would have been fantastic if any one from India was there to complete the trio!Is there any Indian?

@taslimanasreen u shouod try a hand at bollywood….u can be a good competitor to many actresses…honestly speaking.

@taslimanasreen yes, a huge diff! U did all by urself but Malala is being driven by ‘someone’! Haha 

@taslimanasreen Is this “Mangalsutra” in ur neck

@taslimanasreen nicely

@taslimanasreen Ahhhhhhhh that’s gorgeous. Two of my heroes almost right next to each other! (With pesky prez in the way.)

@taslimanasreen Great shot of both Malala and yourself. Thanks for sharing with the public

More Tweets 19th / 20th November 2013

She is not leaving me. pic.twitter.com/Llmrcyssvp

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Malala is with us the previous Sakharov Laureates & the president of the European Parliament. Family photo. pic.twitter.com/ssVY2QwOMF

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Ready for tonight’s program. pic.twitter.com/svOFGcME1q

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Standing ovation for Malala at the European Parliament. pic.twitter.com/e3SC4x3pOP

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Malala is just given the Sakharov Prize. pic.twitter.com/m3kyXGcK0F

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Now Malala is here with us. pic.twitter.com/PRO0p1HFUO

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Now Malala delivering her speech.She started her speech saying Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim,in the name of God pic.twitter.com/vmL5DJtibr

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With Ahmed al-Senussi, who was a political prisoner for 31 years in Libya under Gaddafi. pic.twitter.com/4f8W5pYmys

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Journalists are asking us intelligent questions at the European Parliament. pic.twitter.com/QkGLPusxmv

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Now in a seminar at the European Parliament. pic.twitter.com/CPEnlcZYU3

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Matin Tirmizi,press officer at EP, father Indian, mother German,born in Germany,never been to India. pic.twitter.com/WfSDijhHbE

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Yesterday’s pic. Prez of the European Parliament is btwn Malala & me. Huge differences & similarity btwn us. pic.twitter.com/IBLeY3K94E

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Listening to Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi who got Sakharov last yr.Could not join us cos he is in prison. pic.twitter.com/tyUuaUTUz4

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Listening to Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the Sakharov Laureates. #ENDviolence pic.twitter.com/imfxAjZ6M5

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#ENDviolence with Leyla Zana from Turkey and V.Selimbegovic from Bosnia. pic.twitter.com/RyxUL2QfOB

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Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi is now talking about Iranian law against children’s rights. #ENDviolence pic.twitter.com/cgpdnq9zFq

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Visited European Court of human rights. pic.twitter.com/CksBz5qjPh

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Having lunch at the European Court w/ Michael O’Boyel,Deputy Register of the European Court of Human Rights. pic.twitter.com/kQWXpeIDrg

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Fleece begets Fleece

.:Multi Coloured Sheep:.  The sheep farmer near Bathgate, Scotland, has been dying his sheep with nontoxic dye since 2007 to entertain passing motorists...

The other day I was looking at a retweeted photo of multi-coloured Scottish sheep by Leigh Ann Montgomery. Apparently the sheep farmer near Bathgate, Scotland, has been dying his sheep with non-toxic dye since 2007 to entertain passing motorists.

The cheerful photo in turn triggered off memories of synthetic fleece jackets that I was so fond of wearing years ago when I lived in the country, as warmth was of the essence due to outdoor living. So I went in search of Blackfield Studio Clothing of whom I’d remembered was designer of said fleece jackets and the like. I was unsurprised to discover that the company was still in business in Achill Island, Co. Mayo, and still creating the quirky designed clothing that I absolutely adored in the past.

I linked a few of the designs via Twitter. They’re as cheerful looking in colour as the sheep above. The red hooded fleece one reminds me of a red polka – dot fleece throw over I purchased in Guiney’s in an exchange purchase. It was on sale, so I thought why not go all red because of the season that’s in it.

Women’s Poncho by BlackfieldClothing http://etsy.me/19LyKqp via @Etsy

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  Marie-T. O’Loughlin ‏@MarieTherese39

Fleece Scarf by BlackfieldClothing http://etsy.me/1iyHiIX via @Etsy

 Marie-T. O’Loughlin ‏@MarieTherese39

Ladies Fleece Hooded CoatShort by BlackfieldClothing http://etsy.me/1iySQMo via @Etsy

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I should add, that fleece used in Blackfield jackets, ponchos, hats & scarves are made only from highest quality synthetic fleece material.

I discovered that Blackfield fleece clothing designer was German. Maybe she got Celtic bias binding idea from German traditional clothing?

What I particularly liked about Blackfield fleece jackets were Book of Kells/Celtic bias binding edges. Reminded me of Swiss edelweiss edges

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 Marie-T. O’Loughlin ‏@MarieTherese39

When I lived in the country, I was so fond of wearing fleece jackets. I adored quirky Blackfield, Achill Island ones. http://www.blackfieldclothing.ie/ 

Blackpool / Bournemouth time out with mama

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Blackpool is a fun place. Perfect for families. It’s the number one seaside destination in England. There is a Pleasure Beach, and one can ride on ride on the ‘Big One’, or race your friends on the ‘Grand National’. Smaller children will love Nickolodean Land where they can meet Dora the Explorer and friends. There is also Blackpool Tower to explore, and during August and September one can see the One Mile famous Illuminations that is synonymous with this tourist area. It’s a huge attraction to British people.

Blackpool is also a popular destination for honeymooners. My mother went there on hers. She was very fond of dancing, and there were many venues she could go to enter competitions. My mother also loved the sea, and if she didn’t have a secure job at the Birmingham Assay Office, I’d reckon she would have settled in a sea-side town somewhere in Britain. She grew up in Wexford, the Sunny South East of Ireland that boast some of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland. My mother also once toyed with the idea of going to Australia because of the wonderful outdoor life. I too adore the sea. I know it harks back to my time as a child when I went to Brittas Bay in Co. Wicklow. The seaside meant sheer freedom to me, having been cooped up for most of the year in a Dickensian child prison at Goldenbridge.

My mother was determined to bring me to Blackpool, as she wanted me to savour memories of where she went on her honeymoon. She also felt that it would be the ideal opportunity place to try to get to know me as her daughter. We had a terrific time on the beach. We stayed at the mid-centre part of the beach seen in photograph above. The Blackpool Tower was behind us in the distance. I did have photographs of us taken on a horse and carriage, and in an eaterie, which just dawned on me as I was writing now. My mother was always very kind to me. She showered me with gifts and money all the time. I think it was her way of trying to make up to me for the past. All she ever wanted from me, was something like a bar of soap for Christmas. She didn’t want me spending money on her. She said that my happiness would be the biggest gift to her in the world. Unfortunately, that was psychologically and emotionally way too much to expect, as I was far too damaged. I know she felt guilty about how my life had not panned out, as she would have hoped. Anyway, we put that behind us whilst at the seaside.

My idea of the seaside in Britain was vastly different to my mother’s. I preferred the more sedate type of sea-side such as Bournemouth. It’s also fantastic news that both Boscombe Pier and Bournemouth Pier have won Seaside Awards.

Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations inside viewBlackpool Illuminations Professor Vanessa Toulmin

Celebrating ‘the greatest free show on earth’, this souvenir of the Lights features colourful original artwork telling the story of Blackpool’s sparkling seaside promenade

Blackpool Illuminations ©isox4

The illuminations have been dazzling visitors to Blackpool’s world-famous seafront since 1879. H/t ©isox

The best time to visit is in September, when you can see the world famous Blackpool Illuminations as well as the World Fireworks Championships which are held every Friday throughout the month.Blackpool Illuminations

The best time to visit is in September, when you can see the world famous Blackpool Illuminations as well as the World Fireworks Championships which are held every Friday throughout the month.

Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy correspondence

 

Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy

Rachamim, 13/14 Moyle Park, Convent Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 Tel: (01) 4673737 Fax: (01) 4673749 Email: mercy@csm.ie

Mr Ruam Quinn, T.D.,

Minister for Education and Skills, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street,

Dublin 1

29mMay, 2012

Dear Minister Quinn,

During the period of this extension I suggest that discussions be facilitated between the Provincial Leadership, Educena and your Department in order to arrive at a solution which will provide the best educational outcome for the local population.

Cobh Convent, Co. Cork

I confirm that, if and when the Convent is sold, the net proceeds of sale, after all expenses necessarily incurred in its maintenance, holding and sale, will be provided to the Statutory Fund or, in the event that it is fully subscribed, will be provided to the fund for the new National Children’s Hospital.

Transfer of School Infrastructure

Our Congregation has already acted to ensure that its school infrastructure is preserved for the benefit of education. We are not willing to enter negotiations with Government towards its fulfilment of the commitment which it made in its Programme for Government for the transfer of school infrastructure, currently owned by 18 religious orders cited in the Ryan Report, at no extra cost, to the State.

Should the Government withdraw from the foregoing commitment, our Congregation may give consideration as to how it could participate in conversations regarding patronage, diversity, trusteeship and ownership of schools in an environment that is inclusive of all partners.

Health Infrastructure

I understand that you are referring to St Columba’s Convent – a property of the Southern Province. This is not a hospital property, it does not form part of the State’s health infrastructure and is not part of our Contribution. Communications regarding the possibility of its sale to the HSE are being conducted between the HSE and Sr Liz Murphy, Provincial Leader.

Proposed Statutory Fund

It remains a matter of very considerable disappointment to our Congregation that the Statutory Fund will not be available to former residents who elected not to seek an award from the Residential Institutions Redress Board. I note that the question of eligibility will be reviewed in the event of applications to the Fund not exhausting its resources. I suggest that such a review be time-bound and that it take place within 18 months of the establishment of the Fund. I would appreciate your views in this regard.

Yours sincerely,

 

and the Sue Ryder Foundation. I request your consideration of and assistance in this matter.

Statutory Fund

(i) Cash Payments

I confirm that our Provinces will contribute to the Statutory Fund, following its enactment, as follows:-

Southern Province: The Southern Province promised cash in the sum of €4 million.

€2 million of that sum has been lodged to an interest bearing account and the interest earned as at 10 May 2012 is €86,559.26. A further €1 million will be lodged to the interest bearing account on 1 July 2012. The said €3 million plus interest will then be paid to the Statutory Fund within four weeks of enactment. The final sum of €1 million will be paid on 1 July 2013.

Western Province: The Western Province promised cash in the sum of €5 million.

€2 million of that sum has been lodged to an interest bearing account and the interest earned as at May 2012 is €61,500. A further €1 million will be lodged to the interest bearing account in July 2012. The said €3 million, together with interest accrued thereon will be paid within four weeks of enactment of the Statutory Fund. A further €1 million will be paid in July 2013 and again in July 2014.

Northern Province: The Northern Province promised cash in the sum of €1 million.

The entire €1 million was lodged to an interest bearing account in July 2010 and will be paid within four weeks of enactment. To date the interest earned on this sum is €61,500.

South Central Province: The South Central Province promised cash in the sum of €10 million.

The entire of this sum has been lodged to an interest.