Pledge Request: Fax Your TD
John Handelaar is looking for some people to support his efforts to develop an Irish equivalent of the hugely successful UK site WriteToThem.com for contacting UK politicians. The Irish version of the site would allow people to contact their councillors, TDs and MEPs for free. If you are interested in helping out, visit www.pledgebank.com/faxyourtd BEFORE 1ST FEBRUARY.
Maman PouletNumber crunching - how ailing are you? (7.2.2006, 15:10 UTC)
Bertie needs a lesson in the language of disability – he talks about 'impairments' and 'ailments'. I don't have the flu Bertie. Is it too much to think about your Department and other government departments as the ones being disabled rather than focusing on the people within and how disabled they are and if there are enough of them there. (And this mini moan goes out to the political leaders who were asking the questions too) Ah will wait for him to say how lucky we people with 'ailment...
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Maman PouletThe meaning of life....(well who's blogging and who cares about who's blogging) (7.2.2006, 15:00 UTC)
Hmmm is the irish blogosphere representative? Who cares? Why should it be? Do we need to be like the blogsphere in the USA? How representative is the blogosphere in the USA really? Does anyone in the USA care either? Why are those who query the representativity of the Irish blogsophere worried? A sociologist thinks... took me an hour in Liffey Valley to think that! Hence why sociologists are poor.
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Maman PouletMarital Harmony - Blogging style (6.2.2006, 21:13 UTC)
Do Blogs break up marriages? Hmmm one of the points covered in Damien’s interview on the latest Ireland Digital Podcast about the Irish Blog Awards. Given my beloved does not know what a blog is I think I’m safe (for the moment anyway!) Oh and the Eurovision gets a mention too. No ‘You’re a Star’ voting with cars covered in Vote X Blog etc for the IBA’s yet then.    If blogging and politics come up in other interviews Damien might mention t...
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Maman PouletThe Daily IRISH Mail (6.2.2006, 18:59 UTC)
So the Irish Daily Mail or the Daily IRISH Mail hit the streets today. It looks just like Ireland on Sunday. ‘Get a new Mail in YOUR Life’ screams the headline banner. I get enough spam already thanks!So I picked up my free copy – the only type of copy of this I will ever pick up. And thumbed through it. So Brenda Power – ‘the face of family values’, David Quinn ‘defying the consensus’ and Mary Ellen Synon ‘always controversial’ are amo...
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Maman PouletWho's Free Speech is it anyway? (6.2.2006, 14:50 UTC)
So the ‘Christians’ are all lining up saying that the cartoons should have been published and they are all in favour of free speech. Included in this group is John Waters who was on Eamon Dunphy’s programme on Newstalk 106 (mp3 available) this morning stating his Christian belief and background. In fact he says every Irish newspaper should publish the cartoons to support democracy and free speech.  Oh I so look forward to the next gay kiss in Fair City or the next tim...
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Maman PouletVoting opens at the Irish blog awards (5.2.2006, 22:15 UTC)
The long lists are up here and some eejit (s) (lovely people really) nominated me. Anyway vote early but not often or Damien won't be pleased. The shortlists (5 in each category) will then head for a judging panel and the awards are to be held in Buswells (') on March 11. It would seem that the awards and sponsorship are gathering steam and there is a press release going out too. Thanks to Damien for all the hard work and I look forward to tea and sangwiches or a g&t on the night.
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Maman PouletRachel Allen's Smoked Salmon Paté (4.2.2006, 20:14 UTC)
Several more visitors from UK based surfers googling for Rachel Allen ‘s smoked salmon paté recipe and one request later, here is the recipe!Rachel Allen’s Smoked Salmon Paté (from Rachel’s Favourite Food for Friends, 2005 -  Gill and Macmillian)This is a delicious paté that makes a little smoked salmon go a long way. Left-over scraps of smoked salmon are perfect for it, and it will keep for a week in the fridge, I love it  on crusty white of ...
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Maman PouletGoogle and Maman Poulet might be your friends (4.2.2006, 14:39 UTC)
Lots of searches ending up here this morning for Rachel Allen’s recipe for Smoked Salmon Pate. This must have been on her programme on the BBC before lunch today. Now I don’t have the recipe on the blog but might be tempted to type it up if you leave a comment in the comments section! (Have not read or opened the book since I got it for Christmas)
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Maman PouletTenacious blogging (3.2.2006, 15:19 UTC)
One of the wonders of blogging that I most enjoy is that one click and you are very far away or maybe very closeby in terms of enjoying and identifying and learning from a blog author. So today I clicked on Queerfilter (a lgbt blog aggregator) and clicked on a random link and ended up here.One Tenacious Baby Mama blogs from Canada, the blog description reads Âthis is a critical, anti-oppression, anti-authoritarian, sex positive, Black conscious, queer, feminist pregnancy and birth blog fro...
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Maman PouletPost of the week (3.2.2006, 09:49 UTC)
There’s a new kind of black person that’s supposed not to complain about racism anymore because it’s considered un-American and a downer, who can comfortably be a warmonger, an enthusiastic capitalist at any price. In some contexts, to talk about racism these days is almost as rude as eating with your mouth open or farting in public. This new black person can easily vote for Bush, can talk about making money and not flinch about where the money comes from, can be gay and conser...
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Maman PouletSmash Hits smashed (2.2.2006, 16:11 UTC)
I am supposed to be on light house cleaning induced blogging but I could not let this go unremarked. Next week sees the publication of the last issue of Smash hits. The Guardian reports that changes in the needs and opinions of the discerning 11 to 14 year old girl readership mean that there were less tribal followings of the magazine which in the past has propped up sales. (East 17 versus Take That which side are you on - that sort of thing.) Also advertising had changed with a lot less spen...
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Maman PouletCalling the MSM to account and how to do it (2.2.2006, 13:20 UTC)
There was an interesting lunch at the National Press Club in Washington last week between some prominent bloggers and journalists from the Mainstream Media. Deborah Howell, the ombudsman from the Washington Post, made a surprise appearance at the lunch. You can read accounts of the lunch and subsequent responses here, and here . What is interesting is the hurt expressed by Howell at the response of bloggers and commenters on her blog to her failure to get Wapo writers to correct their assertions...
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Maman PouletWomen and Politics (2.2.2006, 12:02 UTC)
This could get as interesting (if not more so) as the women and blogging theme a while back.) Infactah is calling on women to change their attitudes to politics and current affairs and stop watching Sex and the City and the like. Read more here. Oh you are very brave Colm, or very foolish...or neither. :-)More later.
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Maman PouletWonkette returns... (1.2.2006, 18:28 UTC)
Ana Marie Cox (the orignal wonkette!) returned last night for live blogging of the State of the Union. You can read it here, so much better that watching it.
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Maman PouletDavid Quinn jumps ship (31.1.2006, 01:55 UTC)
I heard about this a while back but had forgotten to note it. The Daily Mail will launch its Irish Version on February 6 with a speculated print run of 100,000. David Quinn joins the Associated Newspapers stable as the social affairs editor leaving the social and religious affairs correspondent portfolio he held for two years at the Irish Independent. Given the losses faced by Ireland on Sunday in the past year, Associated Newspapers seem to have money to burn. An advertising campaign to run t...
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Maman PouletPodcasting Sunday Brunchstyle (31.1.2006, 00:11 UTC)
If you have not heard it already, have a listen to a beta version of Sunday Brunch hosted by Richard Delevan, with Mick Fealty of Slugger O'Toole, and Gavin Sheridan where the recent epic debate between Sicilian Notes and Mental Meanderings is mentioned. (And it was a lot more than handbags at dawn!) By the way a readers guide to the debate is helpfully provided by Dossing Times. Eilis O'Hanlon gets a mention in the podcast also. More about Eilis later this week in Maman Poulet's new project ...
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Maman PouletAnd today we are thankful for (not) (30.1.2006, 01:32 UTC)
Eilis O’Hanlon thinks Irish lesbians and gay men should stop moaning – we are lucky we don’t live in Nigeria or Poland. She says there is no discrimination here and no anti-gay movement. Guess she did not read the submissions of the various groups in the appendix of the Oireachtas report. Or read the media reports of the bashings, or the story on gay teachers in Ireland.  Oh and she forgets about section 37 of the Equality Act 2000 and the other anti-gay pieces of leg...
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Maman PouletBloggers going Dutch (28.1.2006, 22:50 UTC)
20 US bloggers are going to Amsterdam with blogads.com and Holland.com. Details are available here of how it is organised and what the bloggers have to do in return for the freebie. Well well Bord Failte are you reading – now that might be a better use of some of your vast budget? And if any country wants to invite me to do likewise I am very open to offers.
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Maman PouletTwenty Silk Cut (Purple) (27.1.2006, 19:33 UTC)
Tonight (for one night only – well maybe) Maman Poulet brings you Twenty Silk Cut (Purple), smoking in smoking rooms in Dublin bars. Maman Poulet knows that she’s no Twenty Major so accept my apologies already. However it’s Friday, my body hurts, I have not had a decent nights sleep all week and I feel like a few rants.‘Wayne on suicide watch’ screams tonight’s headline in the Evening Herald. Of course he’s on suicide watch no thanks to the antics of the...
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Maman PouletMove along.... (26.1.2006, 22:58 UTC)
Several people have come to Maman Poulet tonight searching for information on a Fianna Fail gay councillor. Well you won't find anything here. I know Malcolm and think the Echo and the Sun's coverage has been despicable. However if you agree with me you can email him and send him some support - you'll find his information on the Fianna Fail website. (not going to provide a direct link in case of spam/crap etc.)
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Maman PouletFed up, pissed off, moving on? (25.1.2006, 00:47 UTC)
In the 1980’s and even the early 1990’s many lesbians and gay men left Ireland. Oppression, stigma, and the appalling economic conditions were amongst the reasons people took the boat or the plane to anywhere but here. Those who were diagnosed as being HIV positive moved to the UK mainly in order to seek better care, respect and anonymity at the height of the AIDS pandemic and panic (government advertisements warned tourists not to bring AIDs home from their holidays – ‘c...
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Maman PouletWhat did he mean by 'I hope you go'? (24.1.2006, 11:36 UTC)
GWB on Brokeback Mountain (needs speakers and may not be worksafe depending where you work!)  I have not seen it yet either but that’s another story!
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Maman PouletAnd soon on the red carpet (if not walked into it) (22.1.2006, 21:06 UTC)
For 2 hours before the major awards ceremonies the US TV companies broadcast the entrances of the stars. At last weeks Golden Globes, E! launched a new team to present the comings and goings, who wears what and who designed what.Star Jones has been replaced with Isaac Mizrahi, an out gay fashion designer (nope I had never heard of him either). And his debut has hit the headlines. Instead of just cooing over the dresses and the performances that had brought about the nominations, Mizrahi went tha...
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Maman PouletSome F words (21.1.2006, 02:26 UTC)
The Carnival of the feminists (Number 7) has taken place. Every few weeks I check in and it is a wonderful journey through feminist blog entries of the past month through a very wide variety of subjects. Each month a different blogger (this month it’s Lauren @ Feministe) takes the task of putting together the list from her own surfing and recommendations from other blog readers.Posts that tickled me this month included Blakademic’s entry on the L word and how race is portrayed on the...
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Maman PouletCorrections, Clarifications and Curiousities… (20.1.2006, 20:07 UTC)
An update to the European Parliament vote on homophobia. Ozren on Gaire posted here that there was an amendment tabled before the vote on the resolution.There was a previous vote, on whether the phrase"ensure that same-sex partners enjoy the samerespect, dignity and protection as the rest of society" should remain in the resolution. (See below for context of thephrase.) On the vote about that point, Liam Aylward, Brian Crowley, and Seán Ó Neachtain voted against including the phrase in...
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Maman PouletCluck cluck cluck....drumstick anyone? (19.1.2006, 17:04 UTC)
So a majority of members on the  All Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution (APOCC) decided not to recommend changing the definition of the family in the Irish constitution. They decided to leave the definition of the family as being based on marriage due to fears it could lead to a divisive referendum on gay marriage.  Huh? There are 77,000 cohabiting couples according to the last census and 150,000 other families headed by a single parent and 1,500 same sex couples....
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Maman PouletFinal thoughts on a busy blogging day (19.1.2006, 00:24 UTC)
Well I don’t know where Mary Lou or Gay Mitchell were during today’s votes, but they do not seem to have been present during the other votes held today either so not going to read much into it either.  Kathy Sinnott’s opposition was no surprise given the nature of the funding and support she received during her campaign from pro-life and other organisations. It has been a very busy day on Maman Poulet today and thanks to those who emailed or commented on the updates I...
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Maman PouletResolution on Homophobia - How Irish MEP's voted (18.1.2006, 17:13 UTC)
The European Parliament Vote on the Resolution on Homophobia took place earlier today. The Resolution was passed by 468 votes in favour, 149 against and 41 abstentions. I have checked the Result of the roll call votes available here and here is how the Irish MEP’s voted.In favour – Liam Aylward, Brian Crowley, Sean Ó Neachtain, Eoin Ryan  (FF)Prionsias De Rossa (Lab)Simon Coveney, Avril Doyle, Jim Higgins, Mairead McGuinness (FG)Marian Harkin (Ind)AgainstKathy Sinnott ...
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Maman PouletResolution on Homophobia - How Irish MEP's voted (18.1.2006, 17:11 UTC)
The European Parliament Vote on the Resolution on Homophobia took place earlier today. The Resolution was passed by 468 votes in favour, 149 against and 41 abstentions. I have checked the Result of the roll call votes available here and here is how the Irish MEP’s voted.In favour – Liam Aylward, Brian Crowley, Sean Ó Neachtain, Eoin Ryan  (FF)Prionsias De Rossa (Lab)Simon Coveney, Avril Doyle, Jim Higgins, Mairead McGuinness (FG)Marian Harkin (Ind)AgainstKathy Sinnott ...
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Maman PouletBlogbridge - save me from my info overload (18.1.2006, 14:16 UTC)
I downloaded Blogbridge last night and am teaching myself about RSS feeds and all sorts of things…If I don’t appear in the next few days a search party and oxygen might have to be despatched to South West Dublin.
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