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Monday, October 1st 2012

On today's Mooney, with Aonghus McAnally,

We find out about the RTÉ Lipdub shoot, meet the English man who does a forty-mile commute with a James Bond style jet pack, try to understand the psychology of handbags with Kelley Styring, discover what a moonbow is, and three listeners play Mooney's Monday Quiz for a luxury break to the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore, Co. Offaly!

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Lipdub For Big Music Week

Aonghus chats with Brenda Donohue about the Lipdub promo that was filmed in the grounds of RTÉ last Saturday to promote Big Music Week, which begins on Monday, October 15th - see here for more details!

Jetpack Commute

Letís face it... itís tough enough to get up and out the door on a Monday morning - once youíve dragged yourself out of bed, shovelled a few spoonfuls of cereal into your yawning mouth and dosed yourself with caffeine Ė not forgetting to throw some clothes on of course - well, at this stage youíre hardly relishing the thoughts of the commute that awaits you. Whether youíre squashing yourself onto a packed bus, or crawling along the motorway in your car, thereís really nothing ďfunĒ about it. You might have a bit of time to daydream at least... just imagine if you could take to the air, glide above the traffic and even enjoy the wonders of nature as you go? Well, one businessman does exactly that as he makes his way to work each day using a water powered Jet Pack! English businessman Jeremy Paxton, owner of the Lower Mill Estate, joins Aonghus on the line to explain his usual mode of transport...

Jeremy Paxton with his jet pack!
Jeremy Paxton with his jet pack!

To read more about Jeremy's backpack and to see photos, you can read the Daily Mail article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2208711/Bored-old-commute-Meet-businessman-flies-work-Bond-style-jet-pack.html

Demo video of the jet pack in action

JetLev are the company producing the jetpack:

The Psychology Of Handbags

In Reading, England, a judge made the headlines recently for dismissing a barrister's claim that having a handbag stolen was merely a crime of "inconvenience". Her Honour Zoe Smith blasted the defence, saying that victims of handbag theft suffer from stress, anxiety and fear. Backing up what all women know, she said that there are extremely serious consequences because of the nature of the contents of a woman's handbag - keys, purse, phone, cards - these are all items of security for women. But what else do women have in their bags? A recent survey showed that the average handbag contains 70 items! Have a look through your bag - how many items do you have in there? What are they? And what do they say about you?! Brenda Donohue chats to Irish women to have a nosy through their bags, and Aonghus talks to US Consumer Strategist Kelley Styring, author of In Your Purse: Archaeology Of The American Handbag. To see Kelly chat about her book on Good Morning Texas, click here.

In Your Purse: Archaeology Of The American Handbag
In Your Purse: Archaeology Of The American Handbag


During the week, we received this e-mail from one of our listeners, 15-year-old Jane Lucey in Cork:

Hello Derek from Gougane,

Had to tell you last night at 10.40pm we saw an amazing sight, a rainbow over the lake in Gougane Barra in the dark, it was so beautiful, its span was from the Oratory in Gougane to right across the lake on the other side, there was a full moon, we looked it up on google and they said it was a rare occurrence. It felt like a rare occurrence, sorry we had no camera to capture it.

Kind Regards,
Jane Lucey age 15.

So what exactly was it that Jane saw? To answer that, Aonghus is joined on the line by Martin McKenna, a night sky photographer, who specialises in taking pictures of what Jane saw: moonbows. To see some of Martin's amazing moonbow photographs, visit his website: nightskyhunter.com

Mooney's Monday Quiz

Beat the Monday blues by playing Mooney's Monday Quiz! We're looking for three listeners to take on a minute of general knowledge questions - and we have a fabulous prize for the winner!

You could win a relaxing break for two in the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, the Midlandsí best-loved 4-star hotel, complete with luxury spa, Michelin Guide recommended restaurant, a new Italian restaurant and The Palace Tullamore nightclub! Two people will enjoy two nights B&B with dinner in the hotelís new Italian restaurant Balcone Italiano on one evening and full use of the hotelís White Flag award-winning Leisure Club throughout your stay.

The Spa at Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore
The Spa at Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore

If you feel like taking a break, and if you want to take part in our quiz today, then e-mail mooney@rte.ie, telling us a bit about yourself! Or phone or text us from 3pm - 4pm today, on 1850 715 900 or text 51551.

The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock and you need to be over 18 to claim the prize. Under 18s can play on your behalf.

The Island Landscape

RTÉ Television, in association with Mooney, is currently producing a major new documentary series on the history of the Irish landscape. The series will tell the story of how our landscape was created after the last major climatic event – the end of the last Ice Age, over ten thousand years ago.  And we want your help! Would you like to contribute video towards the TV series? Click here to find out what we're looking for!

Today's Podcasts

Commuting by Jetpack
The Psychology of Handbags
Mooney's Monday Quiz

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