Monday, January 21st 2013

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On today's Mooney,

As U2 singer Bono has a spider named after him, we find out about other people who have plants and animals named in their honour. We ask if biographies really give you the whole story about the subject's life, we tell you everything you wanted to know about rearing pigs in your back garden, and we're looking for three players to play Mooney's Monday Quiz!

Rearing Pigs

More and more people in Ireland, it seems are raising pigs in their back gardens and last Thursday Brenda spoke to one such person, Niall Crimin from Rathfarnham. But Niall isn't the only one - it seems that there is a growing number of people in this country rearing their own pigs – some for slaughter. And by all accounts pigs are curious and loyal little creatures, and they make great pets! However, it is not a simple as going to the market to buy a fat pig...

Gerard McCutcheon is Pig Development Officer with the Agriculture and Food Development Authority Teagasc, and he has - for over 20 years - been advising farmers on how to raise pigs... He comes into studio today with the do's and don'ts of rearing pigs...

Naming Conventions

Well Bono might have paid tribute to the humble insect, The Fly, with the hit U2 song. But, it seems, he actually has more in common with the spider kingdom! Apart from his involvement with the Broadway musical, Spiderman, it has emerged in the last few days that the U2 singer has had a newly-discovered spider named after him.

It's called the Apto-stichus bonoi, and the name was chosen by the man who discovered the spider, biologist Jason Bond of the Auburn University in Alabama. This is not the first time Jason has named a spider after a famous person. He's discovered 33 new spider species, in total, and others have been named after actress Angelina Jolie, the comedian/TV star, Stephen Colbert. Mooney producer Olan McGowan joins Derek in studio to take a look at some other stars from the world of flora and fauna to have been named after human celebrities!

Bono, and the legs of the Aptostichus bonoi
Bono, and the legs of the Aptostichus bonoi

Freddie Mercury Isopod
Freddie Mercury Isopod

George W. Bush Beetle
George W. Bush Beetle

Helen Mirren and Nepenthes Helen
Helen Mirren and Nepenthes Helen

Hugh Hefner Rabbit
Hugh Hefner Rabbit

Mick Jagger Trilobite
Mick Jagger Trilobite

Richard Dawkins Fish
Richard Dawkins Fish

Stan Laurel Locust
Stan Laurel Locust

Zappa Confluentus
Zappa Confluentus

Apostichus angelinajolieae (female)
Apostichus angelinajolieae (female)

Barack Obama Lichen
Barack Obama Lichen

Beyoncé & Fly
Beyoncé & Fly

Borris Becker Sea Snail - bursina_borribeckeri
Borris Becker Sea Snail - bursina_borribeckeri

David Attenborough
David Attenborough

Frank Zappa Sea Nettles
Frank Zappa Sea Nettles

The Lady Gaga Fern - Gaga germanotta
The Lady Gaga Fern - Gaga germanotta

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!

Imperial Hotel, Cork, part of the Flynn hotel group
Imperial Hotel, Cork, part of the Flynn hotel group

It’s a two-night weekend break for two people sharing one room in your choice of Flynn Hotel. You can choose from The Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny; The Imperial Hotel in Cork; The Park Hotel in Dungarvan; or The Old Ground Hotel in Ennis. Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on one evening of your choice.

Runners-up today will get a copy of Freshwater Birds Of Ireland by Jim Wilson and Mark Carmody. And everyone who takes part in the quiz will get a special “PRIDE” Mooney Watch!

The Questions

Player One

  1. The European premiere of “Lincoln” was in Dublin last night – who plays the lead role in the film?
  2. 'Opthamologists specialise in treating what body part?
  3. Hyacinth in the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances spelled her name B-U-C-K-E-T, but how did she pronounce it?
  4. Red Admirals, Fritillaries and Tortoiseshells are all types of what?
  5. Clint Eastwood starred in a 2008 movie called Gran ______ what?
  6. Which voice is higher, a tenor or a baritone?
  7. Which country do ‘Abba’ come from?
  8. Cox, Braeburn and Gala are all kinds of what fruit?
  9. Which Disney film features the character “Cruella De Vil”?

Player Two

  1. “Podiatrists” specialise in treating what body part?
  2. In the British sitcom how did “Men” Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey “behave”?
  3. What type of bird may be RingNeck, Turtle and Collared?
  4. In the transvestite comedy, WHO was “Queen of the Desert”?
  5. What animal needs “taming” in the title of a Shakespeare play?
  6. What does the “I” stand for in the abbreviation “I.T.”
  7. What is the chemical symbol for lead?
  8. Which girl from the world of literature has a taste for porridge and trouble in a bear’s den?

Player Three

  1. ‘Cardiologists’ specialise in treating what body part?
  2. In which British sitcom did Joanna Lumley play champagne-swilling ‘Patsy’?
  3. How many years are there in 4 and a half decades?
  4. Which famous brothers included Wayne, Donny and Little Jimmy?
  5. ‘Fenders’, ‘Gibsons’ and ‘Ovations’ are all types of what?
  6. Where does Homer Simpson work?
  7. Which country is famous for ‘moussaka’?
  8. In which month is Fathers Day in Ireland?
  9. Peter Sellers played Inspector ____ who, in The Pink Panther?
  10. Where would you find your ‘incisors’?
  11. Which island was originally named Van Diemens Land?
  12. Prince Philip was originally a subject of which European country?

The Answers

Player One

  1. The European premiere of “Lincoln” was in Dublin last night – who plays the lead role in the film? Daniel Day Lewis
  2. 'Opthamologists specialise in treating what body part? Eyes
  3. Hyacinth in the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances spelled her name B-U-C-K-E-T, but how did she pronounce it? Bouquet
  4. Red Admirals, Fritillaries and Tortoiseshells are all types of what? Butterfly
  5. Clint Eastwood starred in a 2008 movie called Gran ______ what? Torino
  6. Which voice is higher, a tenor or a baritone? Tenor
  7. Which country do ‘Abba’ come from? Sweden
  8. Cox, Braeburn and Gala are all kinds of what fruit? Apple
  9. Which Disney film features the character “Cruella De Vil”? 101 Dalmations

Player Two

  1. “Podiatrists” specialise in treating what body part? Foot
  2. In the British sitcom how did “Men” Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey “behave”? Men Behaving Badly
  3. What type of bird may be RingNeck, Turtle and Collared? Dove
  4. In the transvestite comedy, WHO was “Queen of the Desert”? Priscilla
  5. What animal needs “taming” in the title of a Shakespeare play? Shrew
  6. What does the “I” stand for in the abbreviation “I.T.” Information
  7. What is the chemical symbol for lead? Pb
  8. Which girl from the world of literature has a taste for porridge and trouble in a bear’s den? Goldilocks

Player Three

  1. ‘Cardiologists’ specialise in treating what body part? Heart
  2. In which British sitcom did Joanna Lumley play champagne-swilling ‘Patsy’? Absolutely Fabulous
  3. How many years are there in 4 and a half decades? 45
  4. Which famous brothers included Wayne, Donny and Little Jimmy? Osmond
  5. ‘Fenders’, ‘Gibsons’ and ‘Ovations’ are all types of what? Guitar
  6. Where does Homer Simpson work? Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, or Sector 7G
  7. Which country is famous for ‘moussaka’? Greece
  8. In which month is Fathers Day in Ireland? June
  9. Peter Sellers played Inspector ____ who, in The Pink Panther? Clouseau
  10. Where would you find your ‘incisors’? In your mouth
  11. Which island was originally named Van Diemens Land? Tasmania
  12. Prince Philip was originally a subject of which European country? Greece

K Club Wedding Competition

About 22,000 couples get married in Ireland every year – and here on Mooney we’re going to make 2013 lucky for some with a fantastic wedding competition we’re going to be running in January in conjunction with the RTÉ Guide and The K Club! To find out more, tune in, get a copy of the RTÉ Guide TODAY or click here!!! And for more information on all the wedding packages and facilities available at the K Club, click here!

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

Naming Conventions
Keeping Warm When You’re Working In The Cold
How To Keep A Pig
Snow & Garden Birds
Mooney's Monday Quiz

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