Fri, 27 January 2017 Shalom
For Holocaust Memorial Day – the final speech by Charlie Chaplin from his film The Great Dictator. It remains incredibly stirring and appropriate. Shalom to everyone today.
Support kindness, empathy, and compassion. Resist fear, despair, and autocrats.
We must not revisit our great mistakes.
Fri, 20 January 2017 Resistance is Fruitful
It should comes as no surprise to any readers of my blog or Twitter that I’m not a fan of the soon-to-be elected President of the USA. I have taken a policy on social media of not posting any of the stream of prophesies of doom of what’s coming over the next four years, but [...]
Mon, 24 February 2014 She Walks in Shadows
Within genre circles (sf/f/h) there are some debates that keep rising from the grave, like brain-lusting zombies. You chase the brutes about, slice off their heads, throw them back into the pit, and tamp the soil down hard upon their twitching limbs.
Yet, they keep digging their way out of the earth.
This is particularly tiresome if [...]
Tue, 11 February 2014 Women Can Jump
I’m not particularly into winter sports, but today I discovered a fact that will have me tuning into today’s Women’s Ski Jump at the Sochi Olympics.
This is the first Olympics where women are allowed to compete in the Ski Jump competition.
Let’s just consider that, shall we. It was only in 2011 that the Olympics committee [...]
Mon, 03 February 2014 oppression, subtle and not-so-subtle
Here is a fantastic speech by one of Ireland’s best known Drag Queens, Panti Bliss (Rory O’Neill), about how subtle, and not-so-subtle, oppression in society is internalised by the victims of oppression.
I particularly resonated with Panti’s description of watching a ‘reasoned debate’ on TV about why you should or should not be entitled to [...]
Fri, 15 March 2013 Irish Comic Book Month
We’re mid-way through March, and I figured I should mention that this month has been designated Irish Comic Book Month.
You can keep up with what’s going on at Irish Comic News, which is the best web site for news/information/sneak peeks of the work of Irish comic book artists & writers.
Last night, to celebrate Irish [...]
Thu, 02 June 2011 be part of the solution
It’s no surprise to any of my regular readers that I’ve considered myself a feminist from the moment I understood what it meant. Most importantly, I have always stated that fact without embarrassment or the need for a self-deprecating modifier (‘but I like men!’, ‘but I never burned a bra!’, etc. etc.).
Yet, for me it [...]
Wed, 04 May 2011 Through a Girl’s Eyes
I’ve mentioned before that I sponsor a girl in India through the fantastic aid agency Plan Ireland, which is part of an international child sponsorship organisation.
I’ve always been impressed that it pays so much attention to the experience of girls in developing countries, as can be seen by its Because I am a Girl campaign. [...]
Thu, 24 March 2011 solidarity
I have a history of social activism. When I was attending Trinity College in Dublin I got involved in student politics. For four years I was on the Gradate Students’ Union, and for the last year I served as President.
During that period I sat on numerous college committees, including TCD’s College Board – which was [...]
Mon, 07 February 2011 not a weekend for the ladies
Some of my regular readers might remember my tangle with SFX magazine last year over its one-off special horror edition, which barely mentioned the existence of women in its pages, and its poor response.
Things must have changed, eh?
One year on the magazine just ran its multi-media conference, the Weekender 2, an event promising to [...]