Former Burtonport Coastguard Station ‘Duck Cottage’ is on the market for €455,000

first_imgDuck Cottage’, a former Coastguard Station, on the water’s edge of Rutland Island, a half a mile from the Donegal mainland, is on the market for an eye-watering €455,000. Built in the early 1800s and modernised over recent years, the cottage is one of just fourteen homes on this unspoiled island. Glorious sandy beaches, abundant wildlife, and rare wild flowers combine to make Rutland an exclusive hideaway in The Rosses.Duck Cottage has its own boat slipway and a deepwater mooring allows easy access to other islands and the mainland.There are no roads or mains water on Rutland. Pure Donegal rainwater is harvested from the cottage roof for showering and washing up.A solar panel system helps heat the hot water.There’s an electric two oven Aga cooker, two multi-fuel stoves, an open kitchen fire and storage radiators throughout. A spectacular upstairs loft style lounge allows amazing views of the sea, nearby islands and the fishing boats and ferries heading for Aranmore.A Beech and Oak Kitchen is at the heart of this cottage – ideal for get-togethers and cosy winter’s evenings. Duck Cottage will suit people with a love of the coast, boating and the countryside.It’s a place for adventures. Homes like this rarely come on the open market.See full listing from online here.Former Burtonport Coastguard Station ‘Duck Cottage’ is on the market for €455,000 was last modified: April 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:propertylast_img read more

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Michael Chandler: Helping Steer the Green Bandwagon

first_imgIt wasn’t lost on those who read his blog posts on GBA and www.FineHomebuilding.com that Michael Chandler was an exceptionally good choice for the Builder Advocate of the Year award that he received last month at the National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Conference, in Raleigh, North Carolina.Michael’s instructive, always constructive, and eloquent commentaries make us feel smarter after we read them. More important, they deliver on a crucial component of green-building advocacy: an evenhanded, practical analysis of how green building ideals can be reckoned with location, code, available materials, financial resources, competitive issues, and the political landscape.In his 30 years in the green building business – including his role, since 1987, as president of Chandler Design-Build Inc., in Mebane, North Carolina – Michael has acquired a knack for sorting through the complexities and challenges of a profession that is tough enough even without the economic afflictions of the day. But in a conversation this week, he noted that the current confluence of environmental and economic concerns plays especially well to his taste for preaching the green-building gospel, often to small and medium-size homebuilders for whom making ends meet trumps environmental stewardship.Shaping a message, understanding needs“It’s really critical to get out there and talk to the builders … where there’s no building code to speak of,” he says, noting, “I frequently talk to a lot of people who don’t believe humans have anything to do global warming.” So he presents his case for green building in economic terms, to help his listeners understand that there’s “a competitive market advantage to building a high-performance home, and to their ability to adapt” to shifts in consumer expectations and the availability of natural resources.“I think we builders who give a damn need to talk to the builders who are just getting by, and explain that if they don’t get on the bandwagon, they’re going to get left behind,” he says.Accordingly, he considers his ongoing work with the NAHB National Green Building Program, both as an instructor for NAHB Certified Green Practitioner classes and with the NAHB-ICC/ANSI standards task group, to be critical to furthering green practices among the organization’s 250,000-plus members, many of them medium-size builders.“If we can’t move NAHB in a good direction,” he says, “then we’ve lost the war.”At the heart of his drive to advocacy, he adds, is a personal preference for machines, buildings, and building systems that work extraordinarily well. “I love high-performance stuff,” he says. “It’s all about getting rid of mediocrity in my life.”last_img read more

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Honing Your Craft: Find Your Voice as a Director

first_imgA big issue that plagues some indie filmmakers is their lack of identity. Many independent films can end up feeling like a parody of someone else’s work, ultimately leading them to be flops both commercially and critically.If you watch enough movies, you should be able to tell the work of Aronofsky from Spielberg simply based on their directorial style and the trademarks that they leave on each scene.These are filmmakers that spent decades honing their craft and understanding what they wanted to say and how they wanted to say it. They found their voices long ago, and ultimately their work has become extremely identifiable as a result. If you (as a director) want to get the most out of yourself creatively, one of the most important things you can do is develop your directing style so that your work can speak for itself.While it might take a long time to get where you want to go (creatively-speaking), in this post we’ll explore three powerful steps you can take to find your voice as a director.1. Watch More MoviesOne of the biggest red flags of a director that hasn’t found their own voice is when their taste in movies is all over the place. Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with binge watching movies across every genre; I truly believe you can learn something from any movie no matter how far off from your own taste it may be.But if you simply like watching movies, but aren’t particularly drawn to one genre, director, or style – then that may be the first sign you haven’t found your vision or style as an artist.If this sounds like you, I would recommend watching loads of movies (I’m talking 1 – 2 a day on average) for as long as you can. Completely saturate yourself in films and after a short while some of them will get stuck with you. There will be those films that nag at you, that you want to go back and watch, or that inspire you to make something yourself.Chances are, whatever films are drawing you back to them will be in a similar genre or will deal with similar subject matter – and that may very well be the first step in identifying the films that you are best suited to direct and that you really want to make.2. Understand How to Tell a Story With No DialogueEveryone wants to be the next Tarantino or Sorkin. A lot of indie films these days are busting at the seams with heavy dialogue, yet there is often no substance to what is on the screen – not to mention there is no distinct style in the way the dialogue is being delivered.While you might be more inclined to direct heavily dialogue-driven films (and may be a great dialogue writer too), you need to challenge yourself to tell stories without dialogue if you want to maximize your talent. This may seem counterintuitive, as your strength may be as a writer, but the fact of the matter is you aren’t doing yourself any favors as a director by resting on your laurels as a writer.If you really want to develop your directorial style, trying shooting a test scene or a short film with little to no dialogue at all. Once you’ve mastered that, and you go back to your heavily scripted material, your work will improve dramatically.Imagine a musician that isn’t very good at playing guitar, but can write great songs. This person would always be held back by the fact that they can’t express their art form to the fullest, much in the same way that a director is held back when they don’t know how to direct with images.Just remember, filmmaking is a visual medium. And as the adage goes – show, don’t tell. It’s in the subtleties of camera movement, framing, and other visual choices that your directing style will really come out, so be sure to embrace that as much as you can.3. Tap into Your Music TasteThere are a lot of similarities between film and music, in my opinion at least, and it’s no coincidence that the type of music that filmmakers love is often in the same vain as the films that they create. Take Tarantino for instance.It would be hard to deny that his musical influence isn’t obviously put front and center in so many of his films, and as a result the tone and style of his movies are largely centered around his taste in music.The Tarantino example might be the most obvious, but the same could be said for nearly any auteur that has really found their voice. It’s why Spielberg has worked with the same composer (John Williams) for so long and why Fincher has stayed with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross after hitting it off with them creatively several films back.So for these reasons amongst others, I would argue that a big part of developing your style as a director is understanding your taste in music. After all, 50% (or more) of the viewing experience of a movie is dependent on the audio, and the music more so than any other element of the process guides the viewers emotional experience.And by the way, if you aren’t a big music fan, that doesn’t mean you can’t find your voice. Perhaps your style is simply best served with sound design or natural backgrounds as opposed to a traditional score. Whatever the case may be, understand yourself on a creative level (musically speaking) as it is very much related to who you are as a storyteller.How do you define yourself as a filmmaker? What steps did you take to find your voice? Let’s discuss it all in the comments below.last_img read more

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How Screwed Are The Eagles With Mark Sanchez As Their Starting QB

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Houston Texans on Sunday, bringing their record to 6-2 — good for sole possession of first place in the NFC East. They also moved up two slots in our NFL Elo rankings; at the moment, their 1584 Elo rating ranks eighth among all NFL teams.But it wasn’t all good news for the Eagles on Sunday. The team’s starting quarterback, Nick Foles, suffered a “cracked” collarbone on the final play of the first quarter, necessitating an appearance by backup Mark Sanchez. While Sanchez played reasonably well in the victory, tossing a pair of touchdowns and posting a Total QBR of 53.4 (the NFL average for QBR is 50), there’s no small degree of trepidation among Eagles fans about the prospect of moving forward with Sanchez as the team’s starting QB for the next six to eight weeks.Anytime a team loses its starting quarterback, there’s a clear drop-off in performance. To quantify that decline, I went back and gathered data from every NFL game since 1978 in which a team was missing its regular starter at quarterback (defined as a QB who started at least 10 of 16 games for the team during the season). According to the Elo ratings going into those 1,585 games, which ostensibly assume the regular starter is playing, the starter-less teams should have expected to win 46 percent of the time. In actuality, they only won at a 37 percent clip.Essentially, a group of teams with an average pre-game Elo rating of 1478 played like they collectively deserved a 1419 rating. If the Eagles followed the same formula, we might surmise their “true” Elo rating without Foles would drop similarly to 1525, effectively making them the 18th-best team in football instead of the eighth-best.Making matters worse for Philadelphia, the numbers say that Foles is better than the typical starting quarterback — and that Sanchez is far worse. Since his NFL debut in 2012, Foles has been the sixth-most efficient passer in the league, according to adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A). Meanwhile, over the years in which Sanchez was the New York Jets’ starting quarterback (2009 to 2012), he posted the worst ANY/A in the NFL among QBs with 800 or more attempts.But when we look at the aforementioned dataset of backup-quarterback games since 1978, the post-game shift to a team’s Elo rating doesn’t bear any relationship to the disparity between the career ANY/A rates of the starter and the backup. In other words, the Eagles’ Elo rating is likely to decline with each successive game in which they are forced to start Sanchez instead of Foles, but it’s hard to say how much the difference between Foles’ career resume and Sanchez’s resume matters.Besides, there’s also evidence that Foles’s passing isn’t even the reason the Eagles have been winning this season. The team’s defense and special teams have been among the best in the NFL, while the team’s offense has underwhelmed. Although Foles’s numbers were otherworldly in 2013, his passing efficiency has been average at best in 2014 thus far, in no small part because the incredibly low interception rate he posted in 2013 has (predictably) regressed to the mean.There’s no question that the Eagles are worse off because of the injury to Foles, and it makes a material difference to their playoff odds going forward. But things may not be quite as dire for Philadelphia as they seem. read more

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PDM reveals TCI financial plan in Budget debate

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 18, 2017 – Grand Turk – Historically today, the Turks and Caicos will hear the financial plan of a new government which is led by a lady, who also happens to be the country’s Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, Hon Sharlene Robinson.It has been 13 years since the People’s Democratic Movement as Government has laid out their fiscal strategy for the Turks and Caicos Islands, and while the budget is said to have a continuation of many PNP projects there are allotments which the PDM is touting as characteristic of what their party deems important to national development.In a debrief this morning, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Dwayne Taylor shared with Magnetic Media that coverage of the session will be wide with live streaming online at Facebook courtesy of Life Productions, on Digicel Play Ch2 also courtesy of Life Productions; on radio via Radio Turks and Caicos which also has live audio streaming from its website and aired over Ch53 on the PTV network and there is live coverage by 4News on the Digicel network.Hon Taylor said he anticipates 100% attendance by all elected and appointed members of Parliament for the convening which opened at 10am and opening prayer is by Rev. Claire Robinson. Acting Attorney General, Dr. Michael Dillon will be sworn in to fill the ex-officio role of the AG in the House of Assembly, as Hon RhondaLee Braithwaite-Knowles is absent.The Appropriations Bill 2017-2018 will be presented by Premier Robinson, a rebuttal by the Leader of the Opposition PNP or a designate will follow.    “It is expected that debate on the Budget will take up most of the proceedings and we expect that the Bill will go through all three readings today,” explained Speaker Taylor.While you never know, the Speaker said he expects there to be no hiccups in HOA operations today, and announced that within this fiscal year it is expected that the House of Assembly will again be relocated for 3-4 months for repairs, which includes the leaky roof of the NJS Francis Building, which is where parliament is housed.  The building is a part of an already heralded ‘green project’ by the PDM Administration.Two other bills are on the agenda for a possible first reading, and the hot button issue of service charges to hospitality workers will see the Private Members Motion requesting an amendment to the law likely to a second reading within this session which runs until this Friday, April 21, 2017.The Premier does have the prerogative to re-order the agenda, so things could change explained the Speaker.  On the order paper, five questions from the Opposition; four from Leeward and Long Bay Hills member, Hon Akierra Missick and one question from Appointed member for the PNP, Hon Royal Robinson.The House of Assembly is currently in session.#MagneticMediaNews#HOAinsession#historicdayinTCIHouseofAssembly Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#historicdayinTCIHouseofAssembly, #HOAinsession, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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What Was Life Like Beside Bowie New Doc On Guitarist Mick Ronson

first_img New Rock Doc On Bowie Guitarist Mick Ronson what-was-life-beside-bowie-new-doc-guitarist-mick-ronson Email Twitter News What Was Life Like Beside Bowie? New Doc On Guitarist Mick Ronson Facebook Guitar great and David Bowie’s early ’70s musical partner is the subject of a new documentary out this fall Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 5:52 pm As of late, more and more compelling music documentaries have been unearthing the stories behind the eras and albums we love. This fall, glam-rock guitar great Mick Ronson’s story gets its own rock doc.Behind Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story follows Ronson’s prolific career from his work with David Bowie as guitarist in the Spiders From Mars to his work with Lou Reed on his 1972 classic album, Transformer, and then with Bob Dylan as part of the Rolling Thunder Review live band in 1975–1976.”I spent a little time with David [Bowie],” Queen drummer Roger Taylor says in the trailer, “and he used to say when I found Mick Ronson, I found my Jeff Beck.”Ronson’s untimely death in 1993 at age 46 came far too soon, and Bowie said of his musical sideman, “If Mick had lived on, he would have become a major producer and arranger, and of course, he would have remained one of rock’s great guitar players.”The film hits select theaters Sept. 1 and home video Oct. 27.Read More: James Murphy On Advice From David Bowie, Being “Done” With Producinglast_img read more

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