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Thursday, January 10th 2008

Richard Collins pop into studio to tell Derek all about the incredible ideas on show at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition at the RDS. We'll be broadcasting tomorrow's programme from the exhibition.

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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLOTHES
If you have children, or grandchildren, making their First Holy Communion this year, have you got their suits and dresses yet? As Christmas is over, and lots of people are paying off their bills, you might think that this isn't the time to be buying Communion clothing for much later in the year but that's what people are doing, as Paddy O'Gorman tells us... He chats to some Dubliners to find out how much they are spending on what, and asks them to remember their own Communions. Plus Brenda Donohue describes her own experience as her daughter makes her First Holy Communion this year.

IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN ART PAINTINGS FOR SALE
Dalí's <i>Dalí Noce (Giraffe Candelabra</i>!) Did you ever think you might like to have a beautiful painting hanging on your wall? Well if so, and if you have some spare cash lying around, quite a lot of spare cash in fact, then here's your chance. Sothebys are exhibiting highlights of their Impressionist and modern paintings in Molesworth Street in Dublin today. Sophie Camu, who is one of the Directors of Sothebys, is with us to tell us what's on offer. Click here for a PDF document with more details (2MB in size).

MAGIC CARPETS
What would you do if you had a magic carpet? Where would you go? Well a group of academics in Harvard University wondered about just that, and we have Professor Mahadevan of Applied Mathematics at Harvard University, to tell us if we can look forward to flying away on our carpets any day soon...

CHINA BANS PLASTIC BAGS
They use three billion of them a day - three billion - but now China has announced plans to ban the production of ultra-thin plastic bags and from June 1st this year will begin to charge for plastic bags. Clifford Coonan is The Irish Times' correspondent in Beijing and joins us with the full story - plus he tells us about the stowaway mice who entered China on a plane from the US! Click here for details regarding plastic bag bans throughout the world.

GARDENING WITH DERMOT O'NEILL:
NEW GARDEN AT ARBORETUM

Dermot answers listeners' queries on seasonal houseplants, wysteria and hyacinth, and chats to Rachel Doyle from Carlow's Arboretum about a magnificent new garden being created there. Click here to read Dermot's notes on this.

TIES
Yesterday we spoke to Dr. Mel Bates about a report that wearing a neck tie could be bad for a man's health. Today Brian Lally chats to sartorial supremo Louis Copeland about the history and type of ties.

MOONEY'S MONEY WINNER
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