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Bits and pieces January 12, 2013

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture.

Let us start with the ISS, orbiting somewhere above us and their most recent commander who did this tour of the station before returning to Earth the month before last.

On a completely different angle here’s an interesting one, a site dedicated to Soviet maps of various places, including Ireland and the UK, drawn up from the 1950s up to the 1990s.

There’s an appendix which lists some of the detailed maps: Irish locations include Dublin (printed 1980, compiled in 1970) and Belfast (printed in 1964 and compiled in 1951). Derry/Londonderry is another. It is difficult to believe that maps so out of date would have been entirely useful in the event of an invasion. But drawn they were. Presumably satellite imagery superseded them, but an interesting question is how they managed to get what are apparently, to read the site, extremely detailed drawings completed.

Can this be true? Discussing those who carry cups of coffee around with them from place to place there’s an anecdote of how at a church service people turned up with Starbuck’s coffee. Does that sound plausible? It’s interesting to think a bit about how food consumption has different meanings, class, gender, social and so on. Arrive at work or a meeting with a box of chicken wings and the significations are radically different, aren’t they? But then there’s an element of conspicuous consumption about cups of coffee ported around in the hand that in truth irks my frugal inclinations. Or perhaps I’m just being mean-spirited.

And what of this? I was in Hodges Figgis in Dublin during the week getting a book as a gift, and what do I spy on the graphic novels shelves, why this… I did not purchase it. Perhaps I will some day.


1. doctorfive - January 12, 2013

Really great Deprivation Index map covering the whole island



WorldbyStorm - January 12, 2013

That’s amazing doctorfive, deserves a post all its own. Right down to street level.


Gearóid - January 12, 2013

That’s an invaluable link Doctorfive. Fascinating to look at Ballinasloe, my hometown, and how areas which are ‘extremely disadvantaged’ and ‘very affluent’ exist within such a small town.


doctorfive - January 12, 2013

yeah, according to this the area around St Grellan’s there is only second to Moyross at the wrong end of the scale.


Gearóid - January 13, 2013

I noticed that there, shocking.


EamonnCork - January 13, 2013

Fascinating also to see that McEoin Park/Farnagh estate in Longford town also makes the bottom 10 nationally.
I used to work in Longford and if my memory serves correctly back in the eighties a similar survey came up with a similar result for this area. There was supposed to be a task force appointed to try and come up with some solutions but local politicians told the residents that they were actually being insulted and stigmatised by being described as disadvantaged and nothing was ever done.
I think I’m correct on this and I’d worry that canny TDs will feel inclined to employ the same tactics this time when confronted with the evidence that, even in relatively small places, that most cherished myth of Irish society, that this is a classless place where everyone is in the same boat, is nonsense. This is a very subversive survey.


2. Starkadder - January 12, 2013

Really insightful- thanks for that, Doctorfive.


3. Jim Monaghan - January 13, 2013

Another excellent summary by Paddy Healy The open and hidden cuts in Budget 2013 are now taking effect.
1. 20,000 over 70s and 20,000 under 70s to lose medical cards due to more stringent means tests. More prescription items are to be removed from medical card cover.
2. Spending on pendant alarms for the elderly to be slashed by more than one half (from 2.45million to 1.15 million)-many new applicants will lose out!
3. Full time workers on and above the minimum wage have had their pay reduced due to the abolition of the PRSI disregard on the first 127 Euro per week. Those on huge incomes (eg 500,000 per year will “suffer” an identical reduction)
How can any human being defend these measures??

Let us remember that :

· Top 10,000 tax payers have a total income of €5,959m per year and each has an average income of €595,900 (Reply by Michael Noonan to parliamentary question) ..
· From 2010 to 2012 the wealth of the top 300 Irish rich has increased by 12 Billion Euro to 62 Billion or 200 million each ( Nick Webb, Sunday Independent, March 11 2012)

Not a penny in wealth tax has been imposed and the top 10,000 income earners on 595,000 each will suffer the same reduction of 260 Euro per year as a person on the minimum wage!


4. doctorfive - January 14, 2013

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