The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. But is Robin Redbreast having us on? Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems? Does he deserve his special Christmas place? Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates! To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.
On Mooney today...
We find out why so many sales assistants tell little lies to get sales, find out about the James Bond Lotus Esprit that's to be auctioned following its' discovery at a 'blind' garage sale. Brenda Donohue visits a very unusual house library in Sutton in Dublin, and three listeners play Mooney's Tuesday Quiz to try and win tickets to see Lord Of The Dance in Killarney, and two night's B&B in a Destination Killarney hotel!
Some fascinating recent research revealed that claimed two-thirds of UK shop workers admitted they regularly lie to customers to sell products. They said they made up details when they did not know enough about goods — and blamed their bosses for lack of training.
Nearly half said they found excuses to abandon customers altogether when situations became tricky, hiding in stock rooms or even toilets!
The survey also found that 67% of shoppers have caught a worker lying to them and 40% now go online to avoid poor stores.
That’s a lot of lying. And whilst that was a British survey, if Irish sales assistants lie even half as much, it doesn’t say a lot about our lot either.
To get some idea of the lying lie of the land here, our reporter Brenda Donohue went snooping in the shopping high streets for us...
So if Irish shoppers are or aren’t aware of being lied to by shop assistants, how relevant is this research to us? And if shop assistants lying is a problem here what can retailers AND customers do about it?
Derek is joined in studio today by someone whose work regularly involves training sales staff: Dervilla O'Brien, who runs her own sales and marketing consultancy, Mind Fit Ireland.
What travelled at 135 miles per hour, got from nought to sixty in 8.4 seconds and was the car of choice for the guy who always got the girl?
Roger Moore as James Bond with the Lotus Espirit in the 1977 movie The Spy Who Loved Me
It is of course the classic James Bond car, the Lotus Esprit.
But 007 was only the temporary owner of the car before it disappeared for many years. Recently it was found again in a storage unit in the US - valued at just a hundred dollars - and next month it will come up for sale in RM Auctions in London.
Doug Redenius, Vice President of the Ian Fleming Foundation, recently sold his 12,000-piece collection of Bond movie artefacts. It ranges from toys, games, dolls, posters, movie costumes and movie props - and he reckons that this Lotus will exceed all expected valuations. He's also a consultant for RM auctions on the sale – and joins Derek on the line today from Chicago...
You heard it over and over again throughout the day: that "episode" from the rose of Tralee last night, when New Orleans Rose MollyMolloy Gambel was shocked live on stage. Her boyfriend, Kyle, was brought on by Dáithí O Sé, under false pretences. And he proceeded to get down on one knee and propose to her!
Now, she must've said now about 50 times before actually whispering the word "yes". But she got there in the end!
Seemingly, Molly's father was in on the whole thing! Her mother, however, was left completely in the dark. And, no doubt, there were tears and runny noses all over Ireland!
This issue of public marriage proposals is a real devisive one, though. Not everybody was moved to tears, and there were possibly just as many people saying "ARE YOU CRAZY? WHAT IF THE GIRL SAYS NO?!?"
This morning, the website thejournal.ie began an online poll, asking the public what they thought about the whole public marriage proposal thing. And the result certainly ties in with my suspicions!
Here we go:
The question asked by thejournal.ie was very simple:
Do you think proposals should be in public or private?
The latest results reveal that:
54% said: "I DON'T CARE!"
43% said: "marriage proposals should be in private"
and just 1% said that "public proposals are perfectly okay"
It’s Monday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean? Well, Mooney’s Monday Quiz of course!
And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today!
Because Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance show is making its only Irish appearance at the INEC Killarney next month, the INEC has offered us TWO tickets to the show on a night of your choice (subject to availability). It is on from September 12th to the 15th and from the 19th to the 22nd.
And that’s not all! They have also included a two-night stay in your choice of 'Destination Killarney' hotels. So you can choose from the Gleneagle, the Brehon, the Travel Inn or Scotts. Your prize is based on two people sharing one room and includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice.
Runners-up will get a copy of the Secrets Of The Irish Landscape book – and everyone who takes part in the quiz will get a Mooney PRIDE watch – AND a Masterchef apron!
Hedgerows: It is an offence 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'. For more information, click here.
UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:
Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed
BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted. It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.
Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made. This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.
The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:
(a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
(b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).
The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.
BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal. In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.
BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.
To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.
Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.
If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie