Okay guys, I’m going to get serious for a minute. If you’re not in Ireland at the moment, you may not know about the situation regarding the laws on abortion. It is completely illegal, even in cases of rape, incest, fatal foetal abnormality, and other such things.
Women have died in this country because inability to have an abortion put strain on their health. A woman who wasn’t even Irish begged for an abortion because her child was about to die in the womb. The complications arising from her case resulted in her contracting septicaemia, organ failure, and tragically dying. In 1992, the X Case took place, involving a 14-year-old girl, knowns only as x, who became pregnant after being raped. Instead of offering help to the girl, who because suicidal, they prevented her from travelling out of the country for an abortion.
Any Irish woman* who needs an abortion has to travel to the UK, which means if you don’t have the money, you’re out of luck. What does the Irish Government have to say about this?
Well, recently the UN confronted the Government about our abortion laws, pointing out that we were breaking Human Rights laws, and that the Government treated Irish women* like vessels.
Joan Burton, the Tánaiste, said that there will be no referendum on abortion in this Government’s lifetime. They’re literally saying that they don’t care enough to rectify Human Rights breaches.
I am NOT a vessel, and neither are you. Make your voice heard. Come to the March for Choice on the 27th of September in Dublin.
Sometimes is from their album ‘The Good Youth’ which was recorded with Red Bull Records and John Feldmann of Goldfinger. See Blitz Kids play in the Academy 2 onFriday 26th of September, and in the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast on the 25th. Tickets €11.50 incl. booking fee are on sale this Wednesday from Ticketmaster. Over 14s, no alcohol.
New to Slam Dunk, we weren’t exactly sure what to expect. With our background in outdoor festivals imprinted on our minds as well as being used to tiny college campuses we weren’t sure how it was all going to play out. But turns out Leeds University was huge, who knew? It even had a shop. Lap of luxury.
Despite the icky weather spirits were high and the entrance queues moved nice and quickly. The range of merch was bountiful and there was enough space in the merch room to shuffle about and look at everything, and it’s always nice to see the bands themselves man the merch tables.
We caught The Skints play before We The Kings, and having never heard them before we didn’t expect Reggae to come out from the stage. But the crowd welcomed them warmly and got really into it, dancing that little side to side shuffle. Although the sound issues made it hard to hear what they were saying, the crowd still sent them lots of love.
A late start and sound problems didn’t deter We The Kings from putting on an enjoyable show. Neck Deep and Real Friends are well worth a mention- both having put on a fun and intense show that the crowd got really into. The highlight of the whole thing though was The Ataris. They played songs mostly from So Long Astoria and it came with a rush of nostalgia and good memories. We can cross them off our bucket list now.
Despite the crowds being a little calmer than what we’d be used to, all in all Slam Dunk was fucking awesome and I highly recommend it for your festival list next year. We can’t wait!
See you there!!
For anyone who was there, or just wants to check out the scene, you can find photos from the shows here!
(Note: Im not being paid by earthpaste or anything. I’m just very passionate about how awesome it is)
What the hell is Earthpaste? It’s a healthy all-natural alternative to toothpaste!
Wait, toothpaste isn’t healthy?
Not really, no. There’s a reason there’s ‘do not swallow’ warnings on the tubes. Normal toothpastes contain some or all of the following:
Flouride- this is the worst culprit and is unfortunately also in our water. It can be very toxic and terrible for tummies.
Glycerin- glycerin is fine for most things but when its put in your mouth it creates a coat that can stop your teeth from re-mineralize, which leaves them weak.
Artificial Colours- Like with food, these just aren’t good for you
Foaming Agents and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate- Toothpaste doesn’t actually naturally foam up like that, and it doesn’t really serve a purpose. It is an additive that can increase the acidity in your mouth which can lead to heartburn and stomach acidity problems. The increased acidity can also cause or aggravate mouth sores.
So what IS in earthpaste then? Purified Water, Redmond Clay, Xylitol, Essential Oil, Real Salt, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Menthol. All of which are either naturally sourced or certifiably safe for consumption!
Why those specific ingredients?
Redmond Clay: This is what polishes and cleans your teeth! It’s rich in minerals and is alkaline.
Purified Water: This is just to hydrate the clay so its spreadable.
Xylitol: A sweetener that is found in lots of fruit and veg that actually promotes tooth health, actively reduces tooth decay, and helps teeth with their re-mineralization process to keep them nice and strong.
Tea Tree Oil: Helps keep gums healthy and fights bad bacteria.
Other Essential Oils: These are the flavours that are added: the wintergreen, peppermint, spearmint, lemon and cinnamon. All healthy things! Peppermint is great for stress relief and supports healthy digestion, wintergreen promotes dental health, and cinnamon is a great anti-oxidant.
Menthol: This is only in the wintergreen, peppermint and spearmint ones. It makes your mouth minty fresh!
Redmond Real Salt: This makes it taste even better and is also anti-bacterial.
Ew, clay, wouldn’t that taste gross?
Surprisingly not! Ok,so it takes a few days to get used to, but once you do you forget what any other toothpaste ever tasted like! Maybe use mouthwash for the first few days until you adjust…
But will it clean my teeth and mouth as thoroughly?
Yes! Better actually. Ive been using it for about 2 months now and my teeth have never been whiter or stronger!
Who do you suggest should use this?
Well, everyone, but it is especially good for:
Young kids who have a tendency to swallow their toothpaste. Not only is earthpaste not bad for you to swallow but it’s actually good for your tummy.
People with frequent stomach problems like, heartburn, or stomach pains due to excess acid. Your current toothpaste could be aggravating it. Each ingredient does as much good for your stomach as it does for your mouth.
If you HATE the taste of mint. The non-minty flavours could save you from that twice daily minty hell.
Where can I buy it? Well the official website doesn’t ship outside the US. Boo. But fear not, you can get them on Amazon with TeethNThings!
Real Time is a little-known Canadian movie from 2008 that is well worth your time.
Real Time centres around a reckless gambling addict in serious debt and the man who is sent to kill him. The hit man Reuban (Randy Quaid), gives Andy Hayes (Jay Baruchel), less than two hours to get his affairs in order and say goodbye to his loved ones.
The movie plays out in real time and it’s brilliance lies in the back and forth conversation between Andy and Reuban as Andy attempts to come to terms with what is about to happen. Although slightly on the predictable side, this movie is sad, funny, and surprisingly heart-warming. It is a story about truth, morality, and the daily strife of those who are struggling to get through each day. Despite feeling sorry for Andy’s imminent death, at no point during this movie do you feel anger or hatred towards the man who is due to carry it out. This is partially due to the script but mainly due to the humanity brought to the character by Quaid. He, like Andy, is just struggling to get from one day to the next.
This movie leaves you questioning life and how you are living it. It leads you to question the ways you are spending your time and whether you are living fruitfully. It is a great movie for those days where you need to feel inspired to make your life something greater.
Uses: How cool would that be? Bored in school? Bam, a slide for your enjoyment. Really long flight of stairs to walk down? Bam, slide. Running late? Bam, slide. And best of all when someones running away from you up some stairs? Bam, slide.
Effect: Conjures a Patronus- a silvery white animal shaped figure to ward away dangers. Patronuses are cast using happy memories.
Uses: They are not only useful for warding away Dementors and Lethifolds, but also bad thoughts in general. Really sad one day? Why not just conjure up a silvery friend to keep you company for a few minutes. Someone bullying you? Conjure a Patronus to keep you safe (not in front of the muggles though!)They can also be used to send messages but since it’s slower than text or facebook chat this would probably only be useful if you didn’t have any signal.
Effect: Apparition is a method of magical transport where you turn on the spot and instantly appear at your required destination.
Uses: Apparating would just be so much easier and less smelly than the bus. It would also be handy for making quick getaways, if you’re late for a meeting, or if your curfew’s in a few minutes and you’re still fifteen minutes away. It would totally be worth the risk of splinching (when you accidentally leave some of your body parts behind…)
Uses: This is great not just for reaching things you can’t reach but also for that moment when you get into bed and realise you need something from the other side of the room. It would also be great for getting the remote, summoning something you left at your house and you’re already half way down the road and don’t want to turn back.