Just some random bits of the world.

Meet Makayla, a defiant and brave 9 year old with “a touch of Down syndrome” who inspires her family

This Irish Times feature piece is a very touching story that puts a lot of our day-to-day grumblings into perspective. Rebecca, the 18-year-old sister and writer, is very eloquent in describing her sister’s spirit. It’s Makayla ‘get back up again’ spirit, while having Down syndrome, that moves me the most. She knows she is a little different (and what of it) but believes why should that stop her. Thanks to the Bradley family for letting us into their world with great honesty.


Makayla and Rebecca Bradley

Water, Irish water, everywhere

This is one that has me torn. I truly believe we, Irish folks, should pay for water. Other utilities need to be paid for and no one is saying ‘why are we paying for electricity and gas?’ But in life it’s what people are used to and people, including me, don’t like change. So it’s hard to tell people to pay for something new.

My personal difficulty is with how long it’s taken to find out the costs. And then the real costs are going to be higher than we recently were told they would be. Don’t soften us up with a mistruth – just be honest. This site shows what will be the more realistic costs.

Others, like the Impact Trade Union, challenge the figures that we’ve been given to justify the cost of the roll-out.

And does Irish Water need 1,700 staff or 4,000 staff? Again we are being confused on the matter as now it seems it’s closer to 4,000.

But, there is some black humour in paying for water in Ireland. We do get rather a lot of rain. Time to go for some lunch now, get the umbrella out again and maybe shed some tears in the rain.


Tractor and trailer in floods