The Health and Safety Inspector, Part 1

This is just something I had been working on, for the hell of it. It was just something to keep me writing. The first part of a short story involving a rather odd government official….

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One Ring to Rule Them All, and in Craigavon Bind Them

Another one from the vaults…this one has been updated slightly to correspond with the ridiculous situation Northern Irish government finds itself in i.e. there hasn’t been one for two years. I think this might actually be better than the current state of affairs….

View of new Craigavon Council Chambers.
Photo originally from an IO9 article
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Catholic Church In Ireland Finally Admits Role In Dinosaur Mass Extinction

Further to my previous post, here is another article from my old Flipping Out blog. At the time I was trying to go for a News Thump or The Onion style news article style blog. I will be uploading them to this site over the next few days, and most follow a similar ‘fake news’ format.

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The Real Enemy

This weekend I was involved with a charity coffee morning for the charity Aware NI, to raise awareness for mental health issues, particularly mental health issues in males. It was the brainchild of my friend Chris, who did a great job organising everyone and everything. Males are generally terrible about talking about their feelings due to the expectation of society that they maintain their ‘masculinity’ and soldier on. Unfortunately, things like anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts aren’t things you can soldier on through. There is no shame in asking for help. It could save your life. Men need to know this, and it is up to society to change the preconceptions and stigma associated with mental health. I have struggled with depression in the past and am thankful that I was able to talk about it with others. Talking about it helped. Writing about it helped. With hindsight, from the conception of my ‘traditional fantasy’ world, long years ago, mental health was a big inspiration; in fact, without realising it at the time, depression and anxiety are literally the enemy…

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