World Art
The World Art blog contains a database of realist art from around the world. These paintings can be viewed country by country by clicking on the list of countries and themes down the right-hand side of the blog (144 countries - Over 400 artists - Over 1500 drawings and paintings - Themed pages e.g. children, demonstrations etc. - Over 300,000 hits from 160 countries since inception of database in March 2010).

Swords, Co Dublin History
Swords / Sord Cholmcille: A Visual and Textual History is an illustrated history of Swords, County Dublin, Ireland from the 1790s to the present day compiled from my collection of historical photos and engravings, my photos, and other sites. It also contains published articles about Swords from the 1830s onwards. It is hoped it will be an invaluable aid to individuals, schools and academic institutions who are interested in Swords history and especially for the Irish diaspora who will remember the town from different periods in the past.

Family history research using various resources e.g. the National Library, National Archives, Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths, Registry of Deeds, Military Archives, internet websites and local County Libraries

Notes on
Romanticism V Enlightenment
"Some Eighteenth century people believed that reason and science are good and therefore things would just go on improving forever. This optimism characterized a period that came to be known as the Age of Enlightenment. At the end of this period, mass movements in America and France, and the Industrial Revolution in England, changed the world forever, making people realize that society in the 19th Century was the first that could conceive itself to be radically different from the past. This led to a sense of disillusionment and alienation began to spread, and the Romanticist movement rose up as a backlash. Romanticists believed that the advances made by The Enlightenment were creating an oppressive, and conformist society - and that science and rationality could never hope to truly understand the world and the human personality and that the modern world's progress came at the price of cherished values from the distant past which was slowly dying out. Though the Enlightenment and Romanticist movements are long gone, the general ideas behind each - the dialectic, if you will - survives to this present day."

Irish Dances Simplified

The following dances are designed to reduce confusion and keep the number of moves or figures to a bare minimum. The full versions can be introduced later when the dancers have become familiar with the basics.

Irish Economics
'Understanding Ireland's Economy' is a collection of tables, graphs, quotes and comments with a minimum of unexplained jargon designed for those who are interested in the Irish economy. The material covers topics such as Tax Revenues, Current Expenditure, Capital Expenditure, GDP, Social Insurance/Social Assistance,Mortgage Debt,Live Register/Unemployment Rate,Corporation Tax Rates, The Celtic Tiger, Retail Sales, National Debt, General Government Debt, Gross Fixed Capital Formation, Government Bonds, EU/IMF Programme, Resident Holdings of Foreign Portfolio Securities,Bank Bonds, Private Sector Debt, Irish Savings etc.

Food and Diet
A collection of resources and links relating to research on the Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet and Food Documentaries.
T. Colin Campbell's book, The China Study, examines the relationship between the consumption of animal products (including dairy) and chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancers of the breast, prostate and bowel. The authors conclude that people who eat a whole-food, plant-based/vegan diet—avoiding all animal products, including beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese and milk, and reducing their intake of processed foods and refined carbohydrates—will escape, reduce or reverse the development of numerous diseases. They write that "eating foods that contain any cholesterol above 0 mg is unhealthy."

Soviet Cinema 1917 - 1953
Research in to Soviet cinema 1917- 1953. 
"The cinema of the Soviet Union, not to be confused with "cinema of Russia" despite films in the Russian language being predominant in the body of work so described, includes films produced by the constituent republics of the Soviet Union reflecting elements of their pre-Soviet culture, language and history, albeit they were all regulated by the central government in Moscow. Most prolific in their republican films, after the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, were Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, and, to a lesser degree, Lithuania, Belarus and Moldavia. At the same time, the nation's film industry, which was fully nationalized throughout most of the country's history, was guided by philosophies and laws propounded by the monopoly Soviet Communist Party which introduced a new view on the cinema, socialist realism, which was different from the one before or after the existence of the Soviet Union."

Matriarchy v Patriarchy
Matriarchy v patriarchy / nature-based v anti-nature resources
"A matriarchal religion is a religion that focuses on a goddess or goddesses. The term is most often used to refer to theories of prehistoric matriarchal religions that were proposed by scholars such as Johann Jakob Bachofen, Jane Ellen Harrison, and Marija Gimbutas, and later popularized by second-wave feminism. In the 20th century, a movement to revive these practices resulted in the Goddess movement.
The concept of a prehistoric matriarchy was introduced in 1861 when Johann Jakob Bachofen published Mother Right: An Investigation of the Religious and Juridical Character of Matriarchy in the Ancient World. He postulated that the historical patriarchates were a comparatively recent development, having replaced an earlier state of primeval matriarchy, and postulated a "chthonic-maternal" prehistoric religion.

M. J. Quintana
Research into the life and work of the Spanish poet and writer Manuel José Quintana y Lorenzo (April 11, 1772 - March 11, 1857). Quintana was born at Madrid. After completing his studies at Salamanca he was called to the bar. The first volume of his Vidas de Españoles Célebres, containing lives of Spanish patriots, stirred the public imagination and secured Quintana the post of secretary to the Cortes during the French invasion. His proclamations and odes fanned the national enthusiasm into flame. But he was ill rewarded for his services, for on the return of Ferdinand VII he was imprisoned at Pamplona from 1814 to 1820. He was finally given a small post in the civil service, became tutor to Queen Isabella II, and was nominated senator. Though publicly crowned as the representative poet of Spain (1855), he seems to have lived in poverty. Quintana died at the age of 84.