Open letter to Pascal Donohoe

Sign the petition: Do not TAX health food supplements.

Dear Mr Donohoe,

Whilst I appreciate that the government needs revenue it seems illogical that it should choose to get that revenue from those who can least afford it in many cases.

A food supplement is what it says, i.e. food, although like any other food cannot be depended upon entirely for sustenance. For many people, and very often for those who have some medical problem such as my partner, food supplements are not some frippery taken by those who can afford it because they want to ensure they are healthy regardless of cost, but an essential element in their diet where minerals etc are lacking because of a medical condition. A necessity in other words to sustain life.

Since the health service does not provide these essentials, and I am not suggesting they should, it is left to us to provide for ourselves, often at considerable cost – a cost which you now propose to make even more burdensome.

I accept that there are certain items found in health food shops that are not ‘essentials’ nor should they be considered so but a carte blanche punitive application of VAT at the full rate is not the way to do it.

You have it within your power to set a 0% rate for food supplements and I would ask you to consider doing so.

Kind regards
David Loring

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THE SATURDAY ESSAY: if we ignore the ticking clock, the next problem will be a ticking bomb

John Ward is right on the nail again. Our freedom is at risk.

The Slog.



As the end of the week draws nigh, we see our legislative, governmental and Alt State ranks marching forth in the manner of Sgt Bilko’s Motor Pool platoon. Directionless and bumping into each other like so many Dobermans and Paparellis, their only concerted goal is to invent and use more ways of ensuring that their will on Brexit prevails, such that the last thing to prevail – whatever it takes – will be Brexit.

Delayed votes, second referendums, and pretty soon no doubt an old kitchen sink. As I keep on saying (and the view is not popular) the only way out now is a snap General Election during which all Brits with a sense of national duty get behind a Sovereign…

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Reds under the bed again!

Here is a wonderful piece of complete scaremongering

Source: Russia could cause thousands of deaths through energy grid attack.

The scaremongering:

Yet another terrifying warning that Russia could knock out the National Grid in a lethal strike has been issued, this time by the Defence Secretary – but the UK government has issued no advice stating what residents should do should the lights go out.

Gavin Williamson’s warning that Russia could cause “thousands and thousands and thousands” of deaths in Britain through an attack on the island’s electricity distribution system comes just days after the head of the National Cyber Security Centre appeared to suggest an attack of this nature was inevitable

And of course the real reason for the scaremongering:

He told E&T: “There is a tension between the UK, as member of NATO and as part of the sanctions regime against Russia, and Russia itself. There is military posturing that goes along as part of that and there are various aspects of what has sometimes been referred to as hybrid warfare or information warfare that goes on, too.

“I am not aware of, nor do I think there has been, an explicit threat from the Russian side to any aspect of British infrastructure, including the electricity grid.”

He added: “There are concerns over what would happen if the current cold conflict with Russia were to escalate and I think that’s what seems to be driving the general message from the MoD that more funding is needed.

Now we have the real truth.

Of course the UK could stop acting as the lap dog of the US. The politicians and elites cannot get enough of the ‘Reds under the beds’. It is just like going back to the 60’s. How about dropping the US, the people who are actually the most likely to cause a war, and form a better friendship with our European friends the Russians?

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Smudge’s Diary December the 27th 2017

Ha! Semi-feral are I? Not likely. Over the past few months I have worked on the giants and bended them to my will. I didn’t wrote anything in that time ‘cos I was SO busy. Sleeping is hard work and tiring, honest.

Actually, you may not be able to see, but my eyes are closed ‘cos I fell asleep posting this.

My food supply has got tastier and is unlimited, all I have to do is ask and rub against the giant’s legs, and last night marked a milestone in my Giant training efforts when I permitted them to keep me in the house overnight. I think they was very grateful that I was so gracious.

I knew I would win in the end! Now I have to work on better sleeping quarters and instructing the giants that my brother Maximillian Limpyleg should also be persuaded to allow them to take him in out of the cold and wet Irish weather.

I am exhausted after paying a visit outside for what a girl has to do and am going to curl up in the warm and work hard at sleeping for a few more hours.

Note to self: This ejection into the cold periodically is a pain. I have to instruct the giants to find some alternative that does not entail me getting cold and wet when going about my business. I did suggest a cat-flap so I could choose my timing but they were extremely unreasonable and said that it would allow all my cousins, aunts, uncles and parents to come in as well. Personally I don’t have a problem with that.

xx Smudge

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Don’t give G4S & Serco the power to arrest

Dear friends,

I just signed the petition “Don’t give G4S & Serco the power to arrest” and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:

You can read more of this on The Slog

Can you also take a moment to share the petition with others? It’s really easy – all you need to do is forward this email or click these links:

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Thank you!

Grandpa David

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Storm Ophelia in Mayo: The dangers of inappropriate forecasting

First I acknowledge the source of my data for actual wind speeds recorded and forecast bulletins as Met Eireann and have assumed the usage here to be acceptable under their copyright which states: The use of the web pages, and the information contained within them, for private and non-commercial purposes, for teaching, and for research, is allowed subject to the condition that the source of the information is always credited in connection with its use.

I ask readers to note that my censure is solely directed to weather forecasting and Television media as related to the Mayo area and not elsewhere. I do feel that the inclusion of Mayo in the Status Red warning was over the top and inappropriate in the light of other data that is freely available. It was very obvious from the data presented on Earth:NullSchool that Mayo was NOT in line for anything worse than that which we usually experience during Autumn and Winter storms.

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Red Is The Rose (TTBB, SATB, SSAA)

An arrangement of the well known Irish song that tells the tale of two lovers who are parted. The author of the words is unknown and the tune is “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond”, or simply “Loch Lomond” for short, a well-known traditional Scottish song (Roud No. 9598) first published in 1841 in Vocal Melodies of Scotland.

The words that are often sung would appear to be a mis-heard version that has got handed down. (See some more details on the PDF of the score). This version uses the 1934 lyrics for the last verse.

There have been 2 very minor changes (a caesura and a single note change) which are incorporated in the PDF versions below.


Red Is The Rose (TTBB) Full-Score PDF


Red Is The Rose (SATB) Full-Score PDF


Red Is The Rose (SSAA) Full-Score PDF

Any of the PDF files, MP4 and MP3 files can be found on my Google Drive[↑][→] and all are freely available to download and distribute subject to the terms of Creative Commons licence CC BY-SA-NC 4.0. These may be added to from time to time as parts or other arrangements are made.

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