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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Michael Brunnock Making Waves With New Album The Orchard

By Wayne Dean Doyle

This might just be the kicker, that Michael Brunnock‘s music career deserves. The new album, “The Orchard”, by Michael Brunnock, has more emotive content than the final stages of the Titanic. It’s very difficult not to become reflective as an individual while listening to this album, like a guiding hand which forces you to become more in depth about yourself and the world around you. Quite simply, just magnificent and real food for thought.

Catchy and heartfelt from every note to the unassuming soothing voice of Brunnock and the ceaseless sweet cords of his five-band piece. Michael emigrated from Ireland and relocated to New York more than a decade ago, preforming at home with bands such as, Little Palace, The Van Winkles and Dead Can Dance’s, Brendan Perry. Michael seems to have a great sense of Identity, which is a binary fiber throughout his music.

Michael opened for The Frames and The Swell Season, on sold out American tours, whilst also squeezing in appearances on TV shows such as FOX 5's ‘Fearless Music'. Brunnock’s vocal ability received even greater recognition, when his soulful voice guided Sean Penn, through an emotional Journey in, This Must Be the Place (2012).

Brunnock has a rich and almost seductive ability, in this infectious thirteen-track album. He draws listeners in and captivates them, in a somewhat lost sense of time. A mish mash of David Gray and the Killers, without the over emphasized penetrating music, instead it is replaced with a clean cut reliance, on a somewhat soothing meditative voice, which grows and grows. Michael offers an intriguing album, with extremely deep heart felt lyrics for many to connect to. Simply put, very effective in terms of conveying a message.

Similarly with Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, Wrecking Ball, Michael sings of a pictorial magical show and the emotive upheavals of the many, which regardless of what you do in terms of career or life, really hits the nail on the head. It’s a difficult task to pick a favorite track within this album, as each track for the most part, has its own unique tale and identifiable characteristics.

Take Game Changer, track seven for example, extremely catchy and packed with loveable lyrics. The song could easily be applied to the various situations in life we are faced with on a daily basis. The first few seconds of Circle, reminds me somewhat of the 1916 rising, but again, its the ability of Michael’s voice and music to allow listeners to associate his music with such special events in ones heritage and life. Track thirteen; Down by the Araglin, reminded me so much of Ireland, it has a chirpy quality which leaves you toe tapping and swaying without even noticing.

There is certainly an Irish heritage embedded within this track. It would seem unfair not to mention, Sensation, which simply sucked me into a fantasy world with its amazing harmonies. Hearing this live, really did peel back the skin of somewhat buried complex issues, of one’s identity and oneself.

As for the rest, you will just have to visit the link below and immerse yourself in a lyrically beautiful compiled album, an escape from the madness which surrounds our lives today. A five-piece band, with boundless energy and synchronization systematically morphed together, to convey a great deal of trust amongst the members.

These guys were simply magical, a must listen to album. Open a beverage whilst listening to the crackling fire alongside these ardent enraptured tracks. In terms of rating, because this type of album will appeal to the masses and has a moving quality, one would unquestionably have to give an eight out of ten, for this little gem.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Some nice insights into the Con Edison Lockout.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sincerest Apologies

Dear Readers, My sincerest apologies for not posting in quiet some time, I am currently working as a full time reporter, so please feel free to read up on my latest articles, and again, thank you for your support. I will update as often as I can. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Ever wondered just how much tax you pay on fuel: Well here you go, calculate your weekly tax payment.
Current average petrol price: 167.9 Current Vat: 31.4c/litre Fixed Duty: 59.622c/litre Government take: 91.02c/litre Cost before tax & duty: 76.88c/litre Retailer & distributor margin (est): 11c/litre Base petrol price (est): 65.88 Source

Friday, April 13, 2012

From one Childs hand to another

Shocking revelations of co-operations, chocolate and child labour

By Wayne Dean Doyle

When you’re peeling back the wrapper of that piece of chocolate or being overwhelmed with comfort whilst sipping that cup of cocoa, would you embrace the oncoming delight and comfort if you knew more than 109,000 children from the Ivory Coast work under some of the most horrific forms of child labour? And over 10,000 of these children are victims of trafficking and enslavement according to

“Children as young as seven endure sixteen hour days and beatings to produce the cocoa that major companies use to make chocolate. Only days before Easter, these companies are desperately competing with each other to maximize profits”, stated Amanda Kloer of

Companies that currently purchase cocoa beans from West Africa where slave tainted labour is being used to produce cocoa include of M&M, Mars, Cadbury Ltd, Butler’s Ltd, Kraft and Ben and Gerry’s.

“These companies do not have to publicise the country of origin of raw materials such as cocoa beans” stated Vanessa Cooling of the Food Safety Authority.
“With meat products and various other products, country of origin must be declared on labelling etc, but not in this instance. I’m sure if you contacted these companies directly, they would provide you with the information you need”.

Companies such as Nestlé, Hershey’s, Cadbury and Butler’s are all lacking when it comes to providing clear accountability within the area of their products.
The lack of traceability is frightening for a concerned consumer.

“We source our beans from Ghana, stated Christine Baldwin, a customer representative of Cadbury Ltd. “I do not have any more information for you”.
Similar enquiries were made to Butlers Ltd, a leading luxury chocolate company within the Irish market and unfortunately requests for information were met with a similar response. “We do not give that information to the public”, stated Kathy Keeney a customer representative of Butlers Chocolate.

Nestlé control a substantial amount of the Irish chocolate industry with a multitude of products. Michelle Doyle a Public Relations officer of Nestle stated, “All our information is available on our website”.

Further efforts made by this publication to obtain basic information such as production traceability and corporate transparency had been circumvented once more.
Evidence from Global civil societies such as, Raise the bar campaign and documentaries such as The Dark Side of Chocolate, directed by Miki Mistrati and Roberto Ramano clearly outline serious malpractices within the cocoa industry.

Pressure is building, yet these companies refuse to provide consumers with this small moral comfort.

The Dark side of Chocolate and other documentaries alike have found evidence that children as young as seven are being kidnapped and sold for as little as €230 and forced to work up to one hundred hours a week in grotesque conditions.

All enquiries made into where and how chocolate companies source and farm these cocoa pods left a lack of clarity and accountability.
Are these companies currently using child slave labour to process chocolate? If this is not the case, why isn’t there information providing transparency and production lines?

Enquires made to Hershey chocolate company was also met with a continuous ream of public relations orientated waffle. Where does Hershey’s source its cocoa beans?
This question was blatantly avoided over and over again, the company opting to send five page emails of the excellent work they do. No reply to the question.
The public refusal by Hershey’s to release information about its supply chain and production process would suggest Hershey’s cannot guarantee child labor free chocolate.

Nestlé’s cocoa plan-revealed in 2009-stated the company would be working towards displaying a fair-trade logo on all of its Cocoa products. Nestlé has added Fair-trade Kit Kat thankfully.

“Fair-trade Kit Kat involves just 1% of Nestlés cocoa purchase and Nestlé is criticised for failing to deliver on its promise to end child slavery in its cocoa supply chain by 2006” states
A spot check conducted by this publication of location’s in Dublin, Wicklow and Carlow super markets and grocery stores has found that the vast amount of confectionary products do not display the Fair-trade logo, and in Nestlé’s case the Fair-trade logo accounted for 10 per cent of their products in any given store.
An investigation into the transparency and accuracy of the sourcing of these cocoa beans has led this publication to believe that there are serious efforts being made to distort, limit and control the flow of incriminating information needed for clarity and enhance to consumer confidence in these key areas.

According to Euromonitor the chocolate industry in Ireland is worth a staggering excess of €583 million and is expected to reach €631 million by 2015. Seasonal chocolate is worth an average of €86 million.
Ireland has the highest consumption of chocolate per capita in the world with on average 11.2 kg consumed by individuals per year. To put this into context this is the same weight as 3,385 double Decker busses – in chocolate.

Cadbury, who source their cocoa from Ghana in West Africa, announced in 2009 that all their products would be going fair trade. But unfortunately this still has not happened and Irish consumers continue to purchase Cadbury products despite little or no transparency.

Over 60 per cent of chocolate consumption in Ireland is a product owned by Cadbury. It is important consumers in Ireland take issues of this nature seriously, after all who would want to be associated with child labour, or supporting it through the purchase these products?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

From one Childs hand to another - New Investigative article to come !!

Shocking revelations of co-operations, chocolate and child labour

By Wayne Dean Doyle

When peeling back the wrapper of that piece of chocolate or maybe being overwhelmed with comfort whilst sipping that cup of cocoa, would you embrace the oncoming delight and comfort if you knew more than 109,000 children from the Ivory Coast work under some of the most horrific forms of child labour? And over 10,000 of these children are victims of trafficking and enslavement.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Exposing the Deep Web

The Internet we don’t know

By Wayne Doyle

“I cannot say that we are familiar with the deep web. What I can tell you is that any server or website that interacts or promotes crime will be subject to an investigation, once a complaint has been made”, stated John , who declined to give his second name, from the Garda Press office.

An investigation made by this publication into the illegal activity within the “Deep Web” has revealed a world of corruption, guns, sex trafficking and information about high profile individuals and their personal lives.

The Deep Web (also called Deepnet, the invisible Web, DarkNet, Undernet or the hidden Web) refers to World Wide Web content that is not part of the Surface Web, which is indexed by standard search engines such as Google, Bing and Dogpile.

When pushed further on the Gardai’s knowledge around the area of the deep web the Garda source concluded, “You can find all our information in relation to internet safety on our website under the frequently asked questions section.

William, a computer programme who is extremely efficient in areas such as Java script, HTML and general software encryption stated, “It’s not a case of just typing into Google and logging in, the deep web is complex and dangerous for those who can’t operate down there anonymously”.

Further investigation proved Williams point as statistical information within the seep web revealed only 800,000 individuals worldwide have made it inside the deep web to date.

To find out more about what the deep web contained there was six hours of programming and downloading plug ins, adjusting our privacy setting manually and removing any tangible trace of our location led us to the deep and murky underworld of the Deep Web.

Within the inner sanctum of the deep web individuals can avail of a multitude of illegal services such as rent-a-hacker, false documentation such as passports, and a wide range of guns and also view sensitive documents and user manuals for heavy weaponry and bombs.
“These doxboxes or documents as we would call them, are constantly being monitored by the FBI and CIA, if you stumble on the wrong images or wrong page, you could find yourself in serious trouble”, states William.

Contact was made with the New York Headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s internet crime department in order to understand where and how exactly law enforcement is dealing with this current global problem. The investigation was directed to the FBI cyber crime section where evidence of up to seventy prosecutions to date in relation to cyber crime ranging from illegal music and movies to child pornography was discovered.

In 2008, the U.S. President mandated the NCIJTF to be the focal point for all government agencies to coordinate, integrate, and share information related to all domestic cyber threat investigations. The FBI is responsible for developing and supporting the joint task force, which includes 18 intelligence agencies and law enforcement, working side by side to identify key players and schemes.

Its goal is to predict and prevent what’s on the horizon and to pursue the enterprises behind cyber attacks. Unfortunately I did not uncover any evidence which would suggest that the Irish Police force in terms of Cyber Crime is aware of the severity of what is going on inside the deep web through the use of Irish servers.

Access to the deep web was gained through the Tor network, which essentially allows the user to browse the deep net unidentified. For example, when you request information from Google the information travels from the site/server you requested it from thus it can be easily tracked to your computer with your unique user identity.

However, the Tor network uses multiple servers and multiple computers from all around the world, all connected to the Tor network to relay the information back and forth. In this situation it is almost impossible to identify the requester or server of that particular information. These are layers and layers of security to provide maximum anonymity.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Investigative Article To Come !!

Exposing the Deep Web

The Internet we don’t know

By Wayne Doyle

An investigation, with the consultation of The FBI and Garda Press Office, into the illegal activity within the “Deep Web” has revealed a world of corruption, guns, sex trafficking and information about high profile individuals and their personal lives.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Amateur International Boxing Association wants Female Boxers to “Wear Skirts”.

By Wayne Doyle

Female boxing is about to make history, but unfortunately it has been undermined with the bizarre suggestion that female boxers should wear skirts.

The upcoming London games will see female boxing for the first time but female competitors have been asked to wear skirts in order to distinguish themselves from male competitors.

However, the view that sexualising the sport and using women to do so is not only unjust, but also that it has nothing to do with sport and only serves to enforce gender stereotypes.

Britain's Natasha Jonas was damning in her criticism of the idea, saying: "The only people who would want to see women in skirts are men."

Athletes from other sports such as Tennis and Badminton have voiced their opinions, stating that these athletes wear skirts so why shouldn’t female boxers.

Watch this space !!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hi Everyone

Hi Readers,

Hope you all have a great New Year. Firstly I would just like to thank the reader who recommended me on StumbleUpon, and secondly to let you all know I'm currently working on some articles which will be available within the next week. Your continued support is greatly appreciated