Confusion Dot Com.
By Paddy Egan
It’s frustrating what modern technology has done
It has re-drawn our vocabulary, could we call it a pun
The words of hi-tech are a little confusing
Some we understand while we find others amusing.
Twitter is a word still used by the birds
And Google is a reminder of baby’s first words
The web was a place that a spider called home
And world wide applied if he wanted to roam.
Facebook is useful to look up our kin
But it sounds like the book we kept our photos in
An iPod was package where we found garden peas
Now a plaything for children, a kind of disease.
A text was a passage we read from a book
But now it reads more like gobbledygook
An e-mail was a letter delivered by hand
And Cyber! The study of humans and life on the land.
On line was a wire for hanging out clothes
And u-tube was what the doctor pushed up in the nose
Internet brings a message from me unto you
But it is also something a fish shouldn’t do.
A dongle has a ring that sounds like a bell
A mouse used to squeak but now he can click just as well
We have Pinterest and Dot.com and a selection of blogs
Our beautiful language is just gone to the dogs!
If you have not already done so, get the school books and necessary provisions for school. Don’t leave it to the last minute as you will be wasting time queuing unnecessarily. Try to plan for the extra expense of school for September. Make double dinners at every opportunity and freeze them for September evenings. This will allow you to have more time to focus on homework and getting the children into their school-year routines. Talk to your children and agree the daily chore list for each child and put it up on the wall. It is valuable to give the student who’s doing exams the week days off. It gives them the message that you are supportive and in their corner. In a busy household, it is important to have the co-operation of the whole family to help manage the housework.
with Dr Catherine Keena, Teagasc countryside management specialist
Look out for Bird’s foot trefoil with clusters of bright golden yellow flowers, tinged with red or orange with irregular petals. Beneath three ‘trefoil’ leaflets, there is an extra pair of leaflets near the stalk. Like other legumes of the pea family, bird’s foot trefoil roots in association with bacteria fix atmospheric nitrogen, enriching soil. It is the foodplant of the dingy skipper and common blue butterflies. Around fifty species of bees have been observed visiting bird’s foot trefoil. Arranged like a bird’s foot, the seed pods give its name to bird’s foot trefoil – part of our native Irish biodiversity.
The number of Irish people with impending heart failure.
More often than not, online returns are land-filled rather than resold. So in the age of the influencer, [the practice] of social media hauls is becoming a very wasteful issue.
Lynn Haughton, The Upcycle Movement.