My TEDxDublin Talk The Forgotton Seasons
My TEDxDublin Talk The Forgotton Seasons
Twelve countries are about to agree a trade deal that would let companies sue our governments to get rid of laws that protect us, but reduce their profits! This affects legislation on everything from internet freedom to GMO labeling. With just 48 hours until the deal is sealed, three countries are wobbling. If we deluge them right now with a call to stand strong, we can stop this global corporate takeover before Monsanto uncorks the champagne:
Monsanto’s about to celebrate their biggest coup ever, but we’ve got until the weekend to stop them.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a huge, ultra-secret deal among twelve major countries that would give corporations unprecedented power -- allowing them to use new global tribunals to sue our governments for passing laws that protect us, but reduce their profits! This could apply to everything from labeling GMO foods to protecting internet freedom. Wikileaks has broken the story and opposition is building fast, but the countries are rushing to seal the deal in 48 hours.
This is insane, but we have a chance to stop it -- 3 countries are wobbling, and if they pull back now the whole deal could crumble. If we deluge leaders in Chile, New Zealand and Australia with a global call to stand strong, we can stop this corporate takeover before Monsanto uncorks the champagne.Sign up now and share this with everyone:
The leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership drafts read like an extended Christmas wish-list for big business -- it would set a global standard of companies imposing their will on our governments through an opaque system of tribunals. These courts could limit access to cheap generic medicines in favour of branded medicines, and even allow cigarette companies to sue governments over health regulations that they say threaten profits! It’s almost too crazy to be true.
But practically no one has heard of the TPP! The talks are so secretive that not even our elected lawmakers know what’s in it -- just the negotiators and 600 corporate lobbyists. Now leaked texts have shocked politicians and citizens from Chile, New Zealand, and Australia. And they are pushing back on the corporate bullying, and against the US that is hell-bent on getting a deal agreed before there is too much public scrutiny.
The TPP affects us all -- it infringes on our rights and undermines our democracies just to protect the corporate bottom line. And we only have days to stop it. Join the urgent call and tell everyone:
It can be easy to feel small in the face of big corporate forces driving our governments. But people, not money, are the true source of power. Time and again, our community has proved that when we come together to protect our rights against corporate takeover, we can win. Let’s now stop this unprecedented threat to our democracies.
Alice, David, Jooyea, Alex, Aldine, Julien, Ricken, and the Avaaz team
PS - Many Avaaz campaigns are started by members of our community! Start yours now and win on any issue - local, national or global:http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?cl=3648577639&v=32205
WikiLeaks publishes secret draft chapter of Trans-Pacific Partnership (The Guardian)
Full text of the leaked draft text (Wikileaks)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is the complete opposite of 'free trade' (The Guardian)
Fast track risky path for Pacific trade pact (Seattle Times)
For Free Trade's Sake, Get IP Out of the TPP (Huffington Post)
Philip Morris Leads Plain Packs Battle in Global Trade Arena (Bloomberg)
The Beef will be served in the Restaurant from Friday 8th October 2013
The Name meaning Irish / gentleness coming from the words Ireland, Eire and Japanese word for gentleness ya.
Éireyu is a cross between Waghu and Angus. He has been very carefully looked after throughout his life - getting the odd barrel of Guinness to enhance the flavour of his meat and being massaged with Poitin to aid in tenderizing the flesh. He has grown to a huge size and is a wonderful looking beast.
The Calf’s are fed on it’s mothers milk for 7 months and are out in pasture green natural Irish grass land.
The calves are fed two pints of the finest Guinness and massaged with Poitin twice a day.
There bed is made out of a unique Irish 10,000 year old Turf which helps with it’s wonderful coat
The cattle are bread for 30 months and are played piped music to help them relax in their environment.
The flesh is wonderfully marbled with a beautiful red color
The taste is unique, as you can taste the barley and the grassland
The grade was U,
The fat was graded 5
Kevin Thornton grew up in Cashel Co. Tipperary and spent all his school holidays on his uncle’s farm near Cashel, at weekends Kevin would spend his spare time working in the local abattoir learning about the stress of the animals;
At the age of 16 after leaving school, Kevin took up his studies in Galway, and after his studies traveled around the learning his craft, working in France with Paul Bocuse.
Kevin opened his first restaurant in 1990 the Wine Epergne and in 1994 opened Thornton’s Restaurant with his partner Muriel where after 7 months of opening received his first Michelin star and the second star was awarded to Kevin in 2002. Thornton’s restaurant is recognized world wide and was voted in the top 25 restaurants of the world
I am learning about the past as it helps me to move forward
The Céide Fields, the largest Neolithic (Stone-Age) monument in the world, with field systems, dwelling areas and megalithic tombs almost 6,000 years old.
Covered in blanket bog, with its unique vegetation and wildlife, the area has been selectively and sensitively excavated since its discovery in the 1930′s by a local schoolteacher while cutting turf for fuel. It is the oldest known Stone Age field system in the world, and is 7.9km (west of Ballycastle in North Mayo
The remains of stone field walls, houses and megalithic tombs are preserved beneath a blanket of peat over several square miles. Ongoing research involves locating and mapping the buried walls by simply probing with iron rods, to avoid destroying any of the remains. Then habitation sites and tombs are carefully excavated to yield a unique picture of the way of life of our ancestors 200 generations ago.
We now know that they were a highly organised large peaceful community of farmers who worked together on clearing hundreds of acres of forestry and dividing the land into regular field systems. Their main economy was cattle rearing but they were skilled craftspeople and builders in both wood and stone and also had strong spiritual beliefs.
Dining Room © Kevin Thornton
Dinner White Sea Urchin© Kevin Thornton
Sea Urchin © Kevin Thornton # Thornton's Restaurant
Ballontine of Blaqck Sole © Kevin Thornton# Thornton's Restaurant
Black sole with Dill and pea © Kevin Thornton # Thornton's Restaurant
Hand © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Morels © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Addi © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Prep for dinner service © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Making Dried ice – 40 c © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
My Knife © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
opening Wine © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Ice © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
just about reday for service © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Plating © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Black sole © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Ballontine of Black sole Dill and Cucumber with Caviar © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Pea tuile © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Dill and Cucumber Jelly © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Morels fresh of course © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Cucumber © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Checking the Room © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
White Sea Urchin fromWest Cork Ireland © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
First Course White sea Urchin © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Table with People © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Nicko © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
The team © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
The team with me © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Tom, Andrew and myself © Kevin Thornton # Thoprnton's Restaurant
Enjoying food is about the energy,people bring to the table
Video by Kevin Thornton and Darrel Kavanagh
Brilliant letter from Trever
I'm writing to let you know a bit more about my number one daft idea
this season. You may have heard me pontificating on the subject
'Leave Our Kids Alone' is a global campaign to ban children's
advertising. Using the same slick visual vocabulary of the modern
adman. And funnier lines (Abie!).
Enclosed in confidence are some reflections on the subject, by way of
background... Let me know if you'd like to lend your name, thoughts,
help or complaints to the project.
There are 300 girls called Armani in the United States. McDonalds is
the largest private operator of playgrounds in Australia. And alcohol
companies have colonized sports fields throughout the developed world.
None of this is surprising to anyone who knows how marketing works.
First we get your kids’ attention. Then we sell you stuff they don’t
The under-16 market in the UK alone is now worth £30 billion a year.
The credulity of children is routinely exploited by companies with the
ethics of a playground bully. Marketing messages shape the way kids
see themselves and the world: how they learn, what they eat and how
they play. Values, aspirations, health and self-esteem are all
undermined by cynical pleas to the immature mind. The immediate
effects include emotional problems, eating disorders and behavioural
issues. Apparently it’s what happens when you try to create a race of
We have become numb to the cynicism of such marketing. It is so deeply
ingrained in our culture that we rarely stop to unpack capitalism at
its creepiest. Advertising is a powerful tool, potentially
transformative, but there is something essentially deviant about most
commercial propaganda. Only if you buy this car today will your life
be complete. Let me give you diabetes. Are you sure you don’t want
Advertising is a symptom as well as a cause. Our consumerist culture
is predicated on the idea that winners get all the latest products.
You hear people talking about built-in obsolescence and you know
they’re referring to a telephone. But the flipside of consumerism is
that if you can’t afford that new iphone, you’re just not worth it.
Mammon offends common sense as expressed in every major faith and
none. It is not simply that the man who knows he has enough is rich.
It is that people who spend their whole lives trying to buy more stuff
are bound to be utterly miserable. Money can buy happiness to a
certain point, but there is little, if any, psychological benefit to a
very high income. (A far better indicator of happiness is how you fare
in relation to your neighbours.) Yet our culture privileges wealth at
every turn. Never mind the delusions of Donald Trump or the
self-styled grandeur of Wall Street. Life is the preparation of a
delicate soul for the polite refusal of a loan. The indignity of being
turned away for being too poor.
It is a truism that children grow up fast these days, but we rarely
stop to explore what that means. One study found that half of English
four year olds did not know their own name, but 69% of three-year-olds
could identify the McDonalds golden arches. The lack of a level
playing field makes efforts to stop the rot improbable. Every pound
that the British government spends on promoting healthy eating is
matched by ninety nine pounds in advertising for the top ten food and
Many millions of people now recognize the pernicious effect of
marketing on children. They have natural allies in the family,
churches, charities and schools. The Lancet medical journal has called
for a worldwide ban on the advertising of food during children’s
television programming. In California cigarette companies are obliged
to subsidise the production and publication of anti-smoking ads. It is
agreed that the enemy is well armed, but truth is also a powerful
weapon, and politicians are beginning to recognise that teaching
people how to over-consume may not be the smartest thing to do right
If we are witnessing the birth of a global anti-consumerism movement,
let us admit that the Scandinavians got there first… as usual. In
1991, Sweden legislated to restrict advertising to children. There are
no advertisements aimed at children under 12 at any time, and anyone
who appears in a programme for children may not appear in any
advertisement. It’s as if the Swedes asked themselves a simple
question: what are the circumstances in which it’s okay for a stranger
to manipulate our children? One day the answer to that question will
be heard around the world.
Leave our kids alone.