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Trees (when I look out the window of my home office)

When I look out the window of my home office here in my home in Kildare I see some beautiful trees which I am pleased to say I planted many years ago when we first moved to this property. The trees, like myself, have matured and aged and we have both taken on a slightly […]

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The fundamental principle of being paid for work

This morning, as most mornings, I received an email from an employee who wanted to know if he “had a case”. He was most appreciative of the work I did, the YouTube videos I uploaded to my YouTube channel, the blog posts and information on my various websites, and so forth. But he wanted me […]

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Why my chatbot Watson is back (and the surprising reason he went away for a while)

When I made a chatbot (Watson) for my websites with the IBM Watson Assistant programme in November 2018 I was stunned as to how intelligent it was, and the potential it offered.  I was also stunned by the reaction from some humans. Let me explain.  Watson’s intelligence is founded upon Natural Language Processing which is […]

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The independence of blogging

Blogging in 2019 probably appears to many as old fashioned and something whose ship has sailed. But nothing could be further from the truth. There is a tremendous amount to be gained from blogging and writing regularly, even if it is only to force the writer to assemble his/her thoughts. But the benefits go far […]

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Learning WordPress-One of the best decisions I’ve made

I don’t know exactly when I learned to use WordPress as a publishing/blogging platform, but it has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. Firstly, it has allowed me to publish my own content on my own websites which I control entirely. The freedom, and control, that this has […]

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Trying to Articulate How I Feel About Donald Trump

I’ve put off writing this blog post for a long time. My fear is that I will not be able to articulate, with sufficient accuracy and power, my low opinion of Donald Trump. But I must try now because if writing and communicating is about anything it must include being able to deal with the […]

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Aleppo to Ballinamore-Would You Accept the ‘Inadequate Services’?

I find it a little bit nauseating to hear people talking about their ‘concern for the asylum seekers’ as a reason for their committed opposition to housing them in their community. It has always struck me as odd that the people expressing concern have never exhibited strong feelings in that connection in the past. The […]

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The 1 Thing I Have Learned from Losing 3.5 Stone

From August 2018 to date, April 2019, I have lost 3.5 stone weight.  And the most important thing I have learned from the exercise has not been about the food I eat or the exercise I take. No, these things are important, alright, but they are not the most important thing. The most important thing […]

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Brown Bread

I received a gift of a new Neven Maguire book at Christmas, “Neven Maguire’s Home Economics for Life: The 50 Recipes You Need to Learn” and took it as a hint that I was to finally get my act together in the kitchen. And so with prodigious enthusiasm, not to mention a tremendous and violent […]

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If Nobody Reads This Blog

If nobody reads this blog I still win. Don’t get me wrong: I would love to have hundreds, nay, thousands of readers showing up everyday to read what I write. But if they don’t, if nobody shows, I am not bothered or embarrassed. Because what I am looking to do by writing here every day […]