Wednesday, October 3rd 2012

On today's Mooney, with Aonghus McAnally,

We find out why one listener received the same text message over a hundred times, Philip Boucher-Hayes asks What's Ireland Eating?, we learn about SMILE, a free business swap shop, and vet Andrew Byrne on why pets need our affection as much as we need theirs!

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Receiving Multiple Text Messages

Now, as you know, we’re always happy to try and answer questions for listeners here on Mooney, if we can! We’re always up for a challenge. So when we got an e-mail from Phil Lucey-McAree asking for our help we just had to get involved. Phil said she knew that Mooney had a big interest in Guinness World Records (we feature in the new 2013 book with our Leprechaun Attempt at the Grand Canal Theatre and of course Brenda broke the record for most time spent on a Ferris Wheel), and Phil’s e-mail said:

“While on holidays recently I received a text from a friend. ‘So what’s the big deal’, I hear you say. Well, I received this one message ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-THREE TIMES! Do you know why this might have happened? Can anyone out there beat 133? Or do I make the Guinness Book of Records?”

Receiving multiple texts seems to be quite a common problem - but why? We talk to Phil, in Maynooth, to see if we can get to the bottom of it all...

What's Ireland Eating? (this Sunday, 9.30pm, RTÉ 1)

Now, what did you have for your lunch? A bit of chicken perhaps, or maybe a ham sandwich - nice and tasty, but have you any idea what might be in it? Well we can tell you .. brine (that’s salt and water to you and me), nitrite (it gives the ham the pink colour), phosphate and ascorbate - and not forgetting a bit of dextrose ... and of course a bit of ham as well! Does it still taste as good? This Sunday at 21:30 on RTÉ1, Philip Boucher Hayes returns to our screens with What’s Ireland Eating, and it makes compelling and at times disturbing viewing. Philip joins Aonghus in studio to chat about what he discovered... For more information about the programme, click here.

SMILE Business Swapshop

Now it’s not every day you get something for free, but if you are a business or a school or an artist or a designer listen up because this will be of interest for you! “SMILE” stands for Saving Money Through Industry Links and Exchanges. And it is a “resource exchange” that allows businesses to give away or sell unwanted items that they might have otherwise dumped. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, as they say. You can upload or browse unwanted items on their website: smileexchange.ie – or you can attend one of their events.

Up until now it’s only been aimed at companies in Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Clare – but they’re having their first Dublin event next week and are hoping to bring this initiative nationwide. Michelle Green is the Project Manager of the SMILE Resource Exchange and she joins Aonghus in studio today...

The Dublin event will take place in the Croke Park Conference Centre on Tuesday, October 9th. You should register your interest online on smileexchange.ie and then come along at 9am to register in person. They will ask you to fill out an “offer and want” card. It’s over at lunchtime. First of all there are some talks from businesses who have used SMILE to make successful exchanges. For example MAMMUKO who have made handbags out of tarpaulin or DESIGN CENTRE who make skipping ropes out of plastic bottles and were able to re-use 40,000 unwanted hotel key-cards. Then you are given a schedule to follow. There are various tables set up and you are scheduled to visit each table at different times. It’s a bit like speed-dating. At each table you can hear what’s on offer and you can pitch your offerings. You are allowed to bring samples but only small amounts. There will be a facilitator there who can help identify exchanges. After the event is over you will receive an email with a list of things you might be interested in and a list of contact details. Then you’re free to create a personal exchange with someone and continue it on without the need of SMILE.

The SMILE Resource Exchange is funded by the E.P.A. as well as various Enterprise Boards and County Councils in the regions they work in (Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Dublin). It was started by the Macroom E-Enterprise Centre.

People can register for the Croke Park event on Tuesday, October 9th on smileexchange.ie. There is also a Munster event in Fitzgeralds Woodland House Hotel in Adare on November 20th that you can register online for. And it’s totally FREE!

Pet Advice: How To Care For Your Pet’s Mental Wellbeing

There’s no underestimating the emotional and psychological benefits of having a pet to keep you company. Someone to greet you when you come home from a bad day, someone to lavish love and affection on you with a slobbering kiss or a comforting purr. When you can’t face the world outside, you can always rely on your trusted companion for support. Well, have you ever considered that your pet might need just as much care and attention in that regard as you do? What can be passed off as bad behaviour might well be your pet’s cry for help. Our vet Andrew Byrne is in studio to tell us more…

Osteo Arthritis is a progress disease that changes as pets get older. It can be managed very well but the management must be appropriate to the stage of disease to be most effective. Andrew's his six-point plan for treatment is:
A: analgesia - pain control this is the most important
B: Body weight - controlling body weight has a huge beneficial effect and reducing the amount of medication needed and sometimes eliminates medication completely
C: Care - veterinary care i.e. Diagnosis, medication, general health monitoring as many arthritic pet are older
D: Diet
E: Exercise
F: Follow up

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

Receiving Multiple Text Messages
What's Ireland Eating?
SMILE Business Swapshop
How To Care For Your Pet’s Mental Wellbeing

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