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    Tuesday, May 7th 2013

    On Mooney today...

    We hear about the opening of the ABBA museum in Stockholm, and Brenda finds out why women want to change their men's dress sense!

    Eurovision and the ABBA Museum

    Well, the countdown has begun! This day week, Tuesday May 14th, Ryan Dolan will step out on stage in Malmö, Sweden, and sing his little heart out for Ireland in Semi Final One of the Eurovision Song Contest.

    OUR countdown has begun too. Mooney is flying out to Malmö on Sunday, and we will be broadcasting live from there on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week – bringing you all the Eurovision news and gossip as we get it!

    Ryan Dolan rehearsing on stage in Malmö this afternoon

    Ryan Dolan rehearsing on stage in Malmö this afternoon

    Ryan Dolan's backing dancers rehearsing on stage in Malmö this afternoon

    For more images from and information on this afternoon's rehearsal, click here.

    Our very own EuroGuru, Paul G Sheridan, is in studio today to look ahead to Semi Final One and who Ryan’s competition will be…

    Derek also talks to Diarmuid Furlong, President of the Irish Branch of the Eurovision Fan Club, who is at the Eurovision Media Centre in Malmö.

    In Brighton, in 1974, a Swedish quartet took part in the 19th Eurovision Song Contest and arguably changed both Eurovision and pop music forever.

    ABBA very soon became a household name and they stayed together until 1982. They have sold over 390 MILLION albums and singles - and STILL continue to sell albums - quite amazing for a band that haven’t sung together in 30 years!

    And today sees another tribute to their enduring popularity: "ABBA THE MUSEUM" opened its doors to the public this morning.

    Carl Magnus Palm is a full-time ABBA biographer and expert based in Stockholm, and he has been to visit the museum. He joins Derek from Swedish with his thoughts... For more information about the Museum, click here.

    Fixing Fashion Faux-Pas

    In the first flush of romance, it is easy to forgive a partner's unfortunate choice of clothing.

    But that tolerance has a limit - six and a half months, to be precise!

    That is the point where women decide enough is enough, and start to demand changes in the man's fashion sense, according to a survey by Marks and Spencer and Oxfam.

    And in case of resistance, the action taken to change their partner's style can be ruthless. Just under half of women admitted to throwing away their partner's offending items without him knowing, and one in seven took it one stage further, by putting them in the wrong wash on purpose.

    Brenda Donohue went out and about in Dundrum to find out how much truth there was to this...

    So what do you think?

    Is it a load of rubbish? Are men being portrayed unfairly?

    Has your husband something in his wardrobe you want to get rid of - or have you sabotaged it already...

    Let us know - call 1850 715 900, text 51551, or e-mail mooney@rte.ie.

    The survey found that the top five fashion turn-offs for women were meggings (tight male leggings), onesies, leather trousers, three-quarter-length trousers and flip-flops.

    Men's five pet hates were onesies, jeggings (leggings styled to look like denim jeans), velour tracksuits, animal-print clothing and boob tubes.

    And in case of resistance, the action taken to change their partner's style can be ruthless. Just under half of women admitted to throwing away their partner's offending items without him knowing, and one in seven took it one stage further, by putting them in the wrong wash on purpose.

    Despite only one in five women admitting amending their own fashion taste to fit a partner's style, more than two-thirds confessed to raiding his wardrobe on occasion.

    Men are less keen, with only one in five admitting having worn an item of their partner's clothing.

    Jo Hemmings, a behavioural psychologist and relationship coach, said she "wasn't surprised to see that it takes just over six months for women to take control.

    "During the 'honeymoon' period, we tend to be blissfully unaware of any negatives in our new partner or let the little things go over our heads.

    "Items which scream lost youth or fashion slave can be perfectly acceptable in the early part of a relationship, but as we grow more comfortable with our partners we become less able to bite our tongue."

    The survey was undertaken for Marks and Spencer and Oxfam's Shwopping initiative, which encourages the public to give unwanted clothes to charity rather than put them in the bin - since its launch in April, Oxfam has received more than 3.8 million items of clothing.

    New Burial Laws

    The late Margaret Thatcher was cremated last months, and cremations are becoming increasing popular here in Ireland, as are different types of burials.

    But the law on burials in this country is about to be updated and from the first of June new regulations mean that bodies can be buried without coffins for the first time in more than 120 years.

    For more on this, Derek is joined in studio by Keith Massey, from Ron Massey Funeral Directors...

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    Eurovision 2013: Ryan Dolan's First Rehearsal

    This afternoon, Ireland's Eurovision representative Ryan Dolan took to the stage in Malmö for his first rehearsal; we chat to Ryan, his manager Stuart O'Connor, our EuroGuru Paul G, and Diarmuid Furlong, who is President of the Irish Branch of the Eurovision Fan Club!

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    Eurovision: ABBA Museum Opens In Stockholm

    The ABBA Museum has just opened in Stockholm, and to talk us through the museum, we're joined from the Swedish capital by Carl Magnus Palm, a full-time ABBA biographer and expert!

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    Women Who Dress Their Men (And Vice Versa)

    In the first flush of romance, it is easy to forgive a partner's unfortunate choice of clothing. But that tolerance has a limit - six and a half months, to be precise! A new survey reveals what men and women would change about the way their partners dress - Brenda Donohue has been finding out more!

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    Changing Burial Laws

    The law on burials in Ireland is about to be updated, and from the first of June new regulations mean that bodies can be buried without coffins for the first time in more than 120 years. For more on this, Derek is joined in studio by Keith Massey, from Rom Massey Funeral Directors...

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    Music Played on the Show

    • 02:46 p.m.
      Title: Does Your Mother Know
      Composer: Andersson/Ulvaeus
      Performer(s): Abba
      Performer(s):
      Album: The Definitive Collection (Recordno: 5499742) , Polar , 5499742
      Duration: 0:03:11
    • 02:53 p.m.
      Title: Thank You For The Days
      Composer: Davies
      Performer(s): Luke Kelly
      Performer(s):
      Album: Thank You For The Days - Single , Iml , CAS0201
      Duration: 0:02:34
    • 02:53 p.m.
      Title: River Deep Mountain High
      Composer: Spector/Barry/Greenwich
      Performer(s): Ike And Tina Turner
      Performer(s):
      Album: River Deep Mountain High , A&M Records , 3931792
      Duration: 0:03:34

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