Portmarnock, north county Dublin.



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43 thoughts on “Am I The Walrus?

  1. Jon Smoke

    report on the news last night about am increase in the number of dead seals washing up on shore the past few months, particularly on the south east.
    just another statistic

    1. millie bobby brownie

      Read about that on Sunday. In some places, I think it reported an almost 80% jump in the number of reports of seals being found in this way. Some of the seals were also found with what looked like bullet holes in them, which is very odd.

    1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

      + massive sigh
      what a time to be alive,
      the hypocrisy from the most aggressive, territorial, ruthless, adaptable omnivore on the planet

  2. Redundant Proofreaders Society

    Are vegans unable to process images of dead animals? What happens to them when their pets die?

    Veganism just gets weirder by the day. There was a post recently on a Donegal Facebook fan page from an American woman looking to meet an Irish husband, but felt it was a futile mission because she was vegan.

    1. Pat

      Are vegans really reverse vampires made of acid from the planet Neptune?

      I recently read somewhere that they are related to Toyota Corollas and have no true faces

      1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

        I went vegan for a week and then I had to roll in butter for another week to get over it

          1. alickdouglas

            Dr Douglas Home did see someone I was talking to on a work zoom call recently and say ‘gosh, they look young enough to be your child’, so maybe indeed I am getting old…

        1. Junkface

          “I went vegan for a week and then I had to roll in butter for another week to get over it.”

          Hahaha! Nicely done :)

          I went out with a vegan once, it can get very tiring wandering around looking for a suitable restaurant for dinner when on holidays. In the end, cooking even becomes a hassle, I wasn’t crazy about tofu. It takes a lot of prep to get flavour there.

          1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

            that’s what put me off, the effort to make food exciting,
            I only eat meat twice a week now, always from a butcher organic etc, so mostly vegetarian, can’t wait to get shellfish, wine and real cheese back in my diet after baby gets here but full vegan is a total arseache

          2. Nigel

            Not to be That Vegan Guy (I’m not – I aspire to vegetarianism some day) that just highlights how difficult our society makes it to opt out of certain forms of consumption. It requires determination and commitment and is regarded as making a sacrifice, and most of the policing is done by your fellow consumers whose mockery and derision and hostility is analogius to that of drivers towards cyclists – just because you want to eat a certain way. You don’t improve that situation by hanging your head and accepting it, you make noise and demand better. Isn’t that weird? One of the most radical things you can do iin a consumer society is exert that level of control over what you eat and try to get that society to cater to your requirements. Fair fecks to vegans.

          3. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

            well part of the problem is I won’t eat processed, and processed even vegan does not translate to healthy, so even if the cheese substitute was nice ( it’s not..it’s an abomination ) I won’t use it, just one example of the complications of removing whole food groups,
            even a simple dish like dahl comes alive with a good lump of ghee,
            and yes I spent a week of getting teased about my vegan week by the lads

          4. Nigel

            I think veganism will really bcome mainstream when it has fully developed its own distinct cuisine rather than ‘versions’ or ‘alternatives,’ which might be useful for weaning people away from animal products but rely on mimicking tastes rather than developing a different palate.

          5. Nigel

            Processed vegan foods make sense, so busy people, or people who hate to or can’t cook, can pick up frozen vegan meals for convenience, but, yeah, ick.

          6. Daisy Chainsaw

            Tofu and nut “milk” have a bigger footprint than locally sourced meat or cheese. Soy and almonds don’t grow in Ireland.

          7. Nigel

            Yes, switching from one intensively farmed ndustrialised agricultural product to another intensively farmed industrialised agricultural product isn’t ideal, but consumerist society is designed to compromise you in every way it can. Go vegan. Reform agricultural techniques. Use public transport. Etc. Etc.

          8. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

            In Paris I was signed up for a weekly surprise box, 20 quid and I got a weekly box full of organic fruit, veg, herbs and sometimes yogurt or cider from farms/ allotments just outside of the city,
            it was great, I used to get stuff I’d have to Google sometimes especially in the herb territory, wish there was something like that local here, I know there’s allotments not too far.

          9. Brother Barnabas

            there are loads of those

            I used to get it from greenearthorganics.ie. think it was €50 twice a month. I’m away too much for it to work. but nice otherwise.

          10. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

            I’d try one box and see, the 100 percent Irish one looks the most on point @ 25 E

          11. Nigel

            We’re part of a local farm scheme – bit sparse right now, but my God the spuds are awesome and during the summer my guys stuff their faces with fresh salads.

          12. Rob_G

            @ janet – cheese is a processed food – how else does it get from milk to it’s final form?

            @ daisy – soya milk – incorrect. With almond milk – you could have a point.

            The amount of Brazilian soya that is fed to Irish cows to produce a litre of milk dwarfs the amount of soya used to produce… 10 litres, 50 litres of soya milk.

          13. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

            ah Rob there’s processed and then processed, I’m talking about factory crap like Chicken Kiev with about 30 ingredients and not much chicken for example,
            a good farm cheese shouldn’t have a tonne of crap in it

          14. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

            for example :  original Emmental is produced in small rural dairies with raw cow’s milk, adding only natural ingredients (water, salt, natural starter cultures and rennet); preservatives or ingredients from genetically modified organisms are not allowed.

          15. Rob_G

            sure, but any cheese you purchase in the shop is likely to be closer yo your idea of ‘processed’ vegan cheese than this idyllic, pre-industrial Emmental.

            If you are worried about GMOs*, you should probably stay away from meat and dairy: very few GM crops are grown in the EU for human consumption, as there is no market for it, whereas the feed imported for Ireland’s livestock animals is almost all GMO.

            *personally I have no issue with it

          16. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

            I try to stick to only buying real cheese for that very reason :) any visitors from france have a vacum packed bag of heaven for me !

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