Neil talks to The Naked Tour Guide – an enterprising Irish student making waves in Prague. We find out about the Limerick man preparing to row two thousand miles across the Arctic Ocean. And get your calls in to podiatrist Mary Moore who’ll be advising on limiting the damage caused by six inch heels! E-mail us now on email@example.com, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551.
The 1973 movie The Sting is probably the greatest movie ever made about the whole "industry" of confidence trickery. And what an industry it is!
Conmen have been around for as long as money itself. And just in case you think these characters are exaggerated in works of fiction, like The Sting, think again!
Two stories involving conmen were covered in the papers over the last week, both with connections to our little island.
The first concerned a former U.S. Air Force pilot, who pleaded guilty recently for working fraudulently as a commercial airline pilot.
The second involved a very charming young Colombian man, who managed to con his way into the very exclusive Merrion Hotel in Dublin, walking away with €40,000 and some very nice jewellery!
Producer Olan McGowan has been looking into these two stories. And we've also decided to "celebrate", if that's the right word, some of the world’s most legendary confidence tricksters.
We've all heard of "Ponzi schemes". But they were actually named after a guy called Charles Ponzi, and Italian businessman who became known in the early 1920s as a swindler in North America for his money making scheme. Charles Ponzi promised clients a 50% profit within 45 days, or 100% profit within 90 days, by buying discounted postal reply coupons in other countries and redeeming them at face value in the United States. In reality, Ponzi was paying early investors using the investments of later investors. This type of scheme is now known as a "Ponzi scheme".
Gregor MacGregor made his fortune and reputation in the early 1800s when he convinced hundreds of investors that he was the prince of the fictional country of Poyois!
People will know Frank best as he was betrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie Catch Me If You Can.
Born in 1971, Robert was a British barman, car salesman, conman and impostor - who masqueraded as an MI5 agent. For more on this fascinating story, you can read this Guardian article all about Hendy-Freegard: www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2005/sep/06/ukcrime.
Clifford Michael Irving
Born on November 5th, 1930, Clifford is an American investigative reporter and writer. He is known for a fake "autobiography" of Howard Hughes in the early 1970s.
A Limerick man in a little row boat is about to take on a 3,000 kilometre journey in an attempt to become the first to do it on human power alone and in one season. His name is Paul Gleeson and he joins Neil in studio today!
On July 1, Paul and his fellow rowers will attempt to row 2,000 miles across the infamous North West Passage in the Canadian High Arctic, starting in Inuvik (Northern Canada) and finishing in Pond Inlet (On Baffin Island). It is a sea route through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America via waterways amidst the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The book that Paul and his rowing partner Tori wrote in 2010 about their Atlantic exploits is called Crossing The Swell: An Atlantic Journey By Rowboat, and is published by Rocky Mountain Books.
Our feet are one of the hardest working parts of our body, walking perhaps hundreds of thousands of kilometers in our lifetime.
So why are men and women willing to suffer uncomfortable shoes that can cause long-term damage including trapped nerves, arthritis and stress fractures which may even require surgery - all for the beauty of a six inched heel?!
Podiatrist Mary Moore has come in today to share her thoughts on a recent survey which says that half the female population in the UK will put up with foot problems for the sake of fashion...
To visit Mary's website, go to www.marymoorepodiatry.ie.
Hedgerows and the Law
Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.
It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.
It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.
It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.
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Presenter: Derek Mooney