Love/Hate with the gym

Over the last number of years I’ve been terribly lazy when it comes to exercising.  Which if you knew me when I was younger would be a surprise; I was a jock in every sense of the word.  My sport of choice was basketball, for fun my friend and I would train and partake in…

It starts with a conversation

Debates surrounding climate change or global warming have come to a head.  Over the last number of days the group called the Extinction rebellion (XR) have been protesting in different countries from the UK  to New York in the hopes to utilise a political movement and guard against human extinction and ecological collapse. Lately I…

Pothole politics

Ireland is having a local election soon. And I have no one I want to vote for. The strangest thing I have found about my local representatives is that it doesn’t matter who is voted in, the party that the politicians do or do not represent is not important and I will tell you why…

Introduction to Political Philosophy

Currently doing the Yale open courses online from here.  This entry is looking at Socratic Citizenship: Plato, Crito.  I’m not presenting my own interpretations an I’m largely piecing together information from different sources none of it my own work.  I will provide sources.  In the Apology, Socrates proposes a new kind of citizenship in opposition to…

Quick blog

Hardest thing I’ve started writing is a children’s book. What started out as easy has reached a stage that feels more like wading through mud than flowing water. And yet I am enjoying the challenges that come along with writing out of my comfort zone. Recently I’ve been interested in blogging more (not here I…

The divisiveness of WikiLeaks

Journalism confuses me to no end, and the Julian Assange arrest exacerbates the debate of what is journalism. For clarity I am a mature student studying journalism, I have recently deferred my final year because of personal reasons. I’ve only taken an interest in journalism over the last five years or so. A question always…

Looking in from the outside

I find the world of journalism strange, more so the journalism of today. Journalism of the past was built on the foundations of holding those in power in check, journalist were used to be a “ragtag” group of misfits”, as James Carey aptly pointed out in his speech ‘where journalism education went wrong’ ‘The first…

Rob reads: interesting articles

 Men paid 9.9% more than women With just hours to go before the deadline for UK companies to report their gender pay data, the latest figures show that men are paid on average 9.9 per cent more than women in Britain. Under rules introduced last year, UK employers with 250 or more workers are required…

The problem with feminism

There is an interesting story surrounding the patronage of Athens and it goes like this: Under the reign of Cecrops, men and women could vote equally.  Society in Athens at that time was sexually freer. This freedom was undermined when Athene and Poseidon raced for patronage of the city of Athens. While the men voted…