Saturday, June 06, 2015

My first published poem. Circa 1991. Aged 18.

I found this gathering dust on my bookshelf. Patricia included my poem about her horse in the book. 

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Women of Ireland "Mná na hÉireann"

I've had this tune in my head since I got back from Ireland. It's like a haunting ear worm.

This fella plays it beautifully on the Irish whistle. (I have tried to recreate it on mine. It sounds wonderful.. ahem)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Would you let your Primary School Kids browse YouTube?

This is a pressing question right now what with the Christmas explosion of iPads and smartphones. Huge numbers of people have instant access to the internet and who doesn't let their kid play Angry Birds on their phone to keep them quiet once in a while?  The birds are harmless enough but there's some scary shit on YouTube. One of my boys came home from a friends house recently having been browsing on his friend's Dad's iPad and he couldn't get to sleep because he was thinking about Evil Elmo! Grandparents all over the country have got themselves all technologically equipped with their new gadgets but haven't got a clue about the perils of Two Girls One Cup (don't even think about googling that one!).  The 6 o'clock news is bad enough for gore, but the possibilities for our babies innocence to be forever tarnished at the glowing face of Apple are endless.  Something needs to be done. We need an emergency health warning put out with all new tablets and smartphones that reads "Do Not Let Your Child Loose on YouTube".  You wouldn't let them out to the local S&M club on a Saturday night would you? Giving a child an iPad and saying "there you go little Jimmy, play with that for an hour or two" could quite easily introduce him to much worse.

Unscrupulous YouTube users have been known to upload porn and name it after children's cartoons just to be 'funny'. Anyone can upload anything to YouTube. You can report stuff that you think is offensive but if your child has already seen it it's too late, the damage is done.

I love YouTube. You can find some great stuff on there. Just please, please tell everyone you know (especially Grandparents) not to let kids browse it!  There will be plenty of time for them to hunt out the sickest videos when they get to secondary school.

As a final note, I'll leave you in the twisted hands of Evil Elmo.  Sleep tight.

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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Grandad Welsh's Yorkshire Parkin, Cinder Toffee and Brittle Treacle Toffee

In honour of Bonfire Night I thought I would share my Grandad Don Welsh's recipes, written by his own hand.  There is Cinder Toffee, Brittle Treacle Toffee and good old Yorkshire Parkin.

I am about to have a go at the Parkin and will let you all know how it turns out.  Here are the recipes in case you want to have a go yourself.

Well it's out of the oven and smells delicious! It has sunk slightly in the middle so I reckon I need a bit more practice (which I'm sure DadAmongstMen won't mind!)  I'm sure it'll taste good, even if we have to eat it with a spoon.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011