The Germans are known to be highly efficient, punctual, thrifty and law abiding - we speak to the English reporter who tried to live like the Germans for a fascinating documentary. Brenda Donohue gets expert advice on the most nutritious foods to put in your lunchbox, and we hear about a new play which explores trying to find love on the internet...
Well - the drama is over! The children are all settled down in school for the new term and it’s back to the routine of uniforms, collections and lunch boxes. But did you know that two out of every three Irish parents struggle to come up with healthy ideas to fill school lunch boxes on a daily basis?
Come to think of it, it’s not just children that struggle with interesting, healthy lunches boxes - we all do.
Whether we are going on a long road trip, bringing a lunch into work or packing a sandwich to bring to Croke Park for The All-Ireland Hurling Final replay.
Brenda met up with nutritionist and dietician Dr Mary McCreery, from Blackrock Clinic, who believes it’s important to put food in your lunch box that you LIKE as opposed to something you don’t really like, but believe to be healthy...
For more information on how to create a healthy and varied lunchbox, this info page and download from SafeFood may be of interest: http://www.safefood.eu/Publications/Consumer-info/Healthy-lunchboxes.aspx.
There are some people that are what you might call devoted to their work, but there are few of any of us who have gone quite to the extremes of BBC journalist and documentary maker Justin Rowlatt...
Firstly, his wife walked to hospital in labour because he had committed to reduce the carbon footprint of his entire family for a year - and then he brought half his family to live in German to try and see how German they could become!
Justin working at the Faber Castell pencil factory in Germany
For one, he found out that he would have to be very focused on his job, and not send texts while working at a pencil factory! Justin joins us from the BBC studios today to tell us what prompted him to up sticks and take his family teutonic...
For more information about the BBC TV programme Make Me A German, visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038669g.
Dublin’s Fringe Festival is in full flight all across the capital, with over 100 productions about everything under the sun - from the GAA to Australian Dance troupes in briefs to comedy to dance!
And the woman who has been at the helm of the ship guiding it through the choppy waters of recession is its director Roise Goan, who joins Derek in studio to give us the lowdown on what's on. And we're also joined in studio by young playwright Oisin McKenna, who tells us about his play on finding love on the internet, called GRINDR/ A Love Story.
For more information about Dublin Fringe Festival, visit www.fringefest.com. And for more information about GRINDR/ A Love Story, visit www.fringefest.com/programme/grindr-a-love-story. Please note that the play is not suitable for children.
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