With news of the Queen marking the level of bowls of nuts left around Buckingham Palace, Derek explores the relationship of rich people and their money. We find out how sunshine has been brought to a lightless town in Norway with strategically placed mirrors. And Mooney launches a competition to find an Irish gospel group to support the Grammy-award winning The Blind Boys Of Alabama!!
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Last week, Derek visited Tysfjord in the north-west of Norway on the trail of Orcas (killer whales). Unfortunately he didn't quite get to see any, as the boat trip was cancelled. But what he did get to see was the light shining bright on the town square in Rjukan.
Tysfjord in the North-West of Norway
The Tysfjord Turistsenter Hotel, Tysfjord - base camp for the killer whale trip
The closest Derek got to the killer whales was this life size replica hanging on the hotel dining room!
Killer whale mural in hotel lounge
The valley town of Rjukan receives no direct sunlight between the months of September to March every year. In October 2013, three giant mirrors were erected on the mountains to track the sun and reflect sunlight onto the town square.
Rjukan is located in the centre of Norway
Locals of the valley town of Rjukan, Norway, waiting for the giant mirrors on the mountains to reflect sunlight onto the town square.
Giant mirrors reflect sunlight from the mountains onto the town
Notice the light on the faces of the locals
Just before Christmas, it emerged in the hacking trial in Britain that no less a person than Queen Elizabeth II might be a tad miserly... For a woman who's said to be worth 44 billion pounds sterling to be marking a line on bowls of nuts to discourage palace staff from scoffing them does sound mean. But she’s not the only rich and famous person to have a reputation for being a bit of a scrooge.
Eoin Murphy is the Entertainment Editor of the Irish Daily Mail. He’s been looking at some other interesting cases of people being tight with the green stuff, and he's in studio with Derek today with some more examples of tight celebs...
They say the best way to learn a foreign language is to speak it. Well, how about throwing yourself in at the deep end? That’s what many who attend the Irish Language Exchange do.
You see, it’s set up like speed dating. You are assigned a table on arrival, opposite a native speaker of the language you are hoping to learn. You begin by speaking English for five minutes and then another language for five minutes and then move on to the next table.
This way of improving your language skills is proving very popular and last Thursday, Brenda went along to one of the exchange evenings... The languages spoken at the Exchange are: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, Chinese, Polish, and English.
Brenda with Brian Heavey, the Director of Language Exchange Ireland
The Spanish-English Exchange
The Spanish-English Exchange
The Spanish-English Exchange
The Language Exchange meets every Monday at 6.30pm in Dtwo (60 Harcourt St, Dublin 2) and every Thursday at 6.30pm in the Turk’s Head (27 Parliament St, Dublin 2).
For more information about the Exchange, you can also view the video below:
Calling all Irish gospel choirs/groups!
Would you like to perform in the National Concert Hall as support act for gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama as well as on RTÉ Radio 1’s Mooney?
Mooney and Waltons World Masters Series are offering one lucky group the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do just that!
The Waltons World Masters Series welcomes The Blind Boys of Alabama back to Dublin and the National Concert Hall on Wednesday, May 21st 2014. Ireland has its own great tradition of gospel music, and one very special aspect of this concert is that the support act will be an Irish gospel choir/group selected by the third nationwide Waltons World Masters Gospel Competition, in association with the Mooney and RTÉ Radio 1! The winning choir/group will perform a 40-minute set before The Blind Boys take to the stage.
All Irish gospel choirs/groups are welcome to enter.
After all entries are received, a shortlist of three finalists will be chosen by a jury made up of representatives from Waltons New School of Music and RTÉ Radio 1. The finalists will be announced and their recordings broadcast on the Mooney on Thursday, April 10th. Their entries will then be sent to The Blind Boys of Alabama, who will select the overall winner.
The winning choir/group will be announced on the Mooney on Thursday, May 1st, perform on Mooney on a date to be announced, and perform in the National Concert Hall as support act for the Blind Boys of Alabama on Wednesday, May 21st.
The winning choir/group will be responsible for their own transport to/from the venue, as well as accommodation (if required). The group will receive five pairs of tickets to the concert for guests, but there will be no monetary remuneration.
email@example.com (with ‘Waltons World Masters Gospel Competition’ in the subject line)
Waltons World Masters Gospel Competition
Waltons New School of Music
69 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
Entries must arrive by 5pm on Friday, March. Late entries will not be accepted.
Please include the following materials and information:
Entry deadline: Friday, March 21st, 5pm
Finalists announced: Thursday, April 10th
Winner announced: Thursday, 1 May
Concert: Wednesday, 21 May
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