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News In Brief: Gay Cows, Water Rows And One Man’s Giant Marrow

Benjy the 'gay' bull faces the burger. (image:

Benjy the ‘gay’ bull faces the burger. (image:

According to South Korea NIB is too drunk to do their job properly this week, because of Ireland’s “alcoholism nature” but we’ll try our best.

You must have seen this story by now, a young teacher was refused a job in South Korea on the grounds the Irish are a bunch of drunks. Sure you wouldn’t want to work over there anyway they’re a fierce dry bunch of lads.

Remember, remember Thursday’s in November. According to the Injuries Board (great bunch of lads unlike some!) it’s the fourth day of the week in November that most workplace accidents occur, more than any other time of the year. Apparently the average award for a workplace accident increased from €27,286 in 2012 to €28,886 last year. But, their study also shows men get paid more in compensation than women! Although in an act of karma, men are twice as likely to get injured, ha, probably too busy waving their mickeys about. Men, pah!

Talking of the un-fairer sex, Benjy, a Mayo bull, is facing the slaughterhouse because apparently he’s gay. Well done Ireland, round of applause. Apparently the farmer who is remaining anonymous told the Irish Daily Mail he is ‘resigned’ to the animal’s sexuality. He bought him last year having been tested; “everything was normal” until he discovered none of his cows were preggers. He thought he may have been a “discreet chappie” who didn’t want to do his thing, but then started chasing his man friends around. Poor Benjy, he’s off to make some nice burgers though, nice and pink in the middle. Continue reading

News in Brief- No Plane Sailing For Rogue Irish


Turns out Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan was sacked ‘on a whim’, NIB’s feeling whimmy this week, or full of whimsy, or whatever the phrase may be. Anyway . . .

Two Tic-tac workers have been offered a sweet deal after they were sacked by the sweet-maker for changing the recipe on a batch of Tic-tacs in a case of ‘gross misconduct’ (this story wins an award for most bizarre thing NIB’S heard in a while). How would you change the Tic-tac recipe, more importantly why? They’re hardly Willy Wonka worthy treats. Anyway, it doesn’t matter; the two workers were found to have been unfairly dismissed and awarded a pay-out in court. Continue reading

How Women And Men Use Social Media And Mobile


Social media and mobile use give us a treasure hoard of insights about our general habits as a community. So it’s only inevitable that we find numerous surveys about the two platforms based on one of the most popular categories: gender difference. These converging platforms are considered to be one of the biggest disruptive trends, as trivial as changing society’s shopping habits and critical as changing government through popular revolutions. And as in real life, men and women differ in using social media and their mobile devices.

We’re already familiar with the disparity in words used by both sexes. We have a comprehensive collation of words used by men and women in their social networks, which, interestingly, showcases the f-word as one of the favorites in men’s comments and posts. Continue reading

News in Brief – Nuns Robbed While Keating Lands Postman Pat Gig


In the week that’s seen ’Danny Boy’ reach 100 and Cork 10,000, well, not much else has been going on.

There has been some “interesting” research into office party politics answering one of life’s greatest questions, when is the optimum time to take pictures at the office Christmas party? Well that would be 10.02 (with the average party beginning at 7pm, so 182 minutes in, fact) though they can be a bone of contention for some. Women complained the party picture didn’t show them at their best, with twenty percent citing their make-up coming off had crushed their hopes of looking like *insert name of celebrity* in *insert name of film*. One in one hundred men complained of the same dilemma and similarly one in one hundred claimed seeing snaps of the office do caused them to look for a new job, the same one in one hundred perhaps? Continue reading

Irish Trio Combat Iona Institute Views On Gay Marriage

Over the Christmas holidays, my partner and I noticed a bit of buzz in our social media feeds about the video released by The Iona Institute and were curious to see what all the fuss was about. After watching the video, we were in utter disbelief. My partner and I are somewhat guilty of living in a bubble. A bubble of love and support from our family, friends and colleagues. In fact, many of them are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the big day.

Watching the video ‘The Case for Man/Woman Marriage’ certainly burst that bubble. Whatever way you sugar-coat a message like that, it’s still discrimination.  Why should our relationship be discounted due to the fact that it is a homosexual one? Why should our ability to raise a child be questioned?  We may be more or less prepared as any heterosexual couple to face the challenges of raising a child; our parenting skills should not be determined by our sexual orientation.

The Iona Institute claim that every child wants a loving Mum and Dad, we believe that the family unit regardless of what form it takes is what a child wants.  Family to us is about providing love and security to our children. We should have the right to be a family, a family with equal rights and protection.

In reality, there are a number of children being raised by same sex parents, unmarried parents and other such family units that do not fit the Iona mould.  The message portrayed by the Iona Ad alienates those children. For the sake of those children and those in loving committed relationships, we needed to send a message of tolerance and equality.

We decided to write a response to their Ad. We wanted to open the forum for discussion and to highlight the issues we had and to make the message more inclusive. We have been overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback and support that we have received. And for now, our hope for a change in attitudes and acceptance has been restored. A big thank you from Sinead, Rupert and I.

Linda Walsh 

Declining Rates Of Women At Home

Years ago, it was almost unheard of for a woman to go out to work once she had children.  Her role as a mother took precedence over any previous career agenda she may have had.  She was to stay at home to care for the children, cook and clean. The husband was the provider.  Many women these days continue to work after they have had children, and there are few who will argue that this shift is a bad thing.  For those that either can afford to stay at home, or choose to for personal reasons, however, there may be a lack of a very important support network that was available previously.

Staying at home all day with a child is a full-time job.  They require constant attention, monitoring, nurturing, feeding and cleaning.  In an office environment, there is always that 5 minute coffee break for a quick chat, the passing in the stairwell that turns into a post-mortem of the previous nights’ TV and the boardroom meeting that runs over due to idle chit-chat at the start.  Some people would claim it is all those little break out moments that make their day bearable.  For a stay at home mother, it is important to have an avenue where this idle chit-chat can happen too.

Over an eight year period from 2002 – 2010, the number of women staying at home dropped by 27,000.  The number of men staying at home has increased, but not proportionately, with a rise of only 1,000.  This may be largely due to our current economic climate, but as more women do go out to work, less social interaction is available to those women who continue to stay at home.  Baby and toddler groups do exist to help with this, but many new mothers report that they can be very hard to integrate, leaving them feeling more isolated than before.

It’s very easy to look at a stay at home mother and think “well isn’t it well for some”, especially when you’re crawling out of the bed at six to begin the mad dash to get the kids ready and be in work for nine.  But the grass isn’t always greener, and the mother who remains at home still has a day’s work to do.  Her day might just lack any adult interaction and she won’t have a scandalous Christmas party to look forward to at the end of her working year.  Greater support networks are needed for these women, for their mental health is just as important as the little ones’ that they spend their day running after.

The Curious Case of Man Flu

As he shuffled towards me, puffy eyed, blanket draped over his shoulders, a box of tissues in his hands I shuddered. Was it that time of year again already? The time of year that every woman dreads, when life as we know it must grind to a halt; when every member of the family is put on edge. The dreaded MANFLU had returned to wreck it’s carnage on the household yet again.

Manflu is an ugly illness, it affects not just the infected but all those within a 10 foot radius of said infected and has been known to drive normally rational, articulate women into spirals of severe under breath muttered expletives to full blown fits of rage. Women by nature are caregivers and it is within our remit that we must look after all those in our charge but when one of your charges is a six foot, hairy, whinging mess it can be a trying business. What causes usually strapping ‘I don’t need a doctor, tis but a flesh wound’ (this when they have accidently sliced through one of their hands with a Stanley knife while doing some DIY) guys to suddenly regress to whiny, helpless babies?

Manflu is not a myth or a made up illness it is in fact a real illness although when women get it it’s just usually referred to as a run of the mill albeit annoying cold! According to Wikipedia the ‘ condition can only truly be called “man” flu when the sufferer in question has a partner from whom they hope to solicit extra attention to care for their supposedly grievous symptoms. When the sufferer is alone then the condition can only be the common cold or flu’.

After countless tea making trips up and down the stairs, newspaper and chemist runs not to mention used tissue disposal, I leave you this Manflu season urging you next winter to drag him (kicking and screaming probably) to the doctor and get the flu jab, then he ‘ll have no excuse to lie in bed all day guzzling soft drinks and eating sweets!